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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Positive Contact is a cider-beer-hybrid veeeeeery loosely based on a Belgian-style Wit beer brewed with a bunch of unconventional ingredients for the style. Typically, Wits are brewed using bitter orange peel and coriander, but we went a different route. Inspired by one of Sams trips to Eataly in New York City, Sam and Ben brewed this beer with organic Fuji apple cider, fresh organic cilantro, and dried cayenne pepper. The cider was pressed in house from 200 lbs of apples with our very own fruit press. These wonderful fresh ingredients were delivered to usa couple of days before the brew by Sams friend Zeke of Washingtons Green Grocer. The grain bill for this brew was about 50/50 wheat and barley but a small portion of Anson Mills Slow-Roasted Farro was also added. To make this awesome product,the folks at Anson Millsuse a unique ancient heirloom variety of grain which imparts a delicate aromatic quality (Farrois traditionally used in soups and similar dishes). On top of that, a new hop variety was used, named Calypso, which lends notes of pear and apple that perfectly compliment the other ingredients in the brew. It was then fermented with a Belgian Wit yeast strain, adding both fruity and spicy complexity. This beer was made with a number if ingredients more traditionally used in the culinary world and we designed it to be a dazzling nimble food-pairing brew. Positive Contact: Between beer and cider. Between food and drink. Between us and you.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2012
75cl bottle. Large white head, clear apple juice body with a few floaties. Aroma is moderately sweet, coriander, Belgian spicy, apple. Taste is moderately sweet, apple, dusky/yeast, some mint, light cardamom, cayenne, alcohol warming. Medium body, light stickiness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
DFH Positive Contact Clear, Bright golden, lots of carbonation, 2 finger head. Good retention Clove, banana, light apples, a bit earthy. Not a whole lot of other aromas. And they're not very pronounced other than banana Herbal, banana, cayenne heat in the back of throat works with alcohol warmth. Apple skin and a bit of sweetness middle of tongue as it warms. Getting quite a bit of tartness at the back of the tongue towards the end of my first glass. Medium, coats well. Lingering taste of apple skin and aged cheddar. Very different. Extremely clear for a Wit and a few shades darker . I like the cayenne bite at the end, it hides the alcohol well. There is a lot going on here. I wouldn't have guessed its a "cider hybrid" though. Not bad. Not great. The 9% hits you pretty good after a while so be careful. Worth the try. B- Don't buy again -

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours filtered clear hay yellow with a fat dollop of white head. Aroma should be saying, "how bout them apples..." Tons of apple, with hints of sweet honey and some yeasty notes. Big creamy body with flavors of apple, sugar sweet caramel, and a dab of pepper. Long, clean and smooth finish. Interesting beer, a little too sweet for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6643) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle, shared with my wife. Deep golden colour with a slowly forming big bubbly white head that retains beautifully. Aroma is Belgian yeast, hard candy, and spicy coriander. I thought I’d get some apple or peppery nuances from the description, but nothing like that ever came forward to me. Yeast sweet palate, rock candy, coriander, a little doughy. No apple on the palate, but I’m impressed that as I sit here typing my review not long after drinking this, there is a distinct apple fruit aftertaste lingering. Odd little beer, kinda cool. I’m glad I didn’t pay big bucks for it though (like I did with Bitch’s Brew).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle from a local shop. Aroma and flavor of Belgian ale with heavy banana ester, honey, cider, and select allspice. Looks fair unassuming, but the palate is also fairly crisp on both ends with a wide range of flavors in the middle. Very good beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stamm (1) - - OCT 13, 2012 does not count
bread, cereal, floral, citrus, alcohol, golden, orange, hazy, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, light body, lively. This is a good beer. Very Belgian like and a welcome change from Dogfish’s mostly hoppy other stuff. I’m a big fan of Dan the Automator, but I don’t understand what he has to do with the beer. Did he make up the ingredients? Does Dan the Automator also brew beer when he’s not making music? Anyways, it’s a nice beer and I would buy it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Picked this up in the bottle at Total Wine in Henderson, NV. Fresh fruity aroma from the Fuji apples. Taste is similar to a Belgian blonde. A good hybrid of a cider and a Belgian wit. Fantastic flavor profile and drinkability, another home run from one of my favorite breweries! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3949) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Thanks a bunch to phaleslu for getting this one for me. Pours clear golden with a white head. The aroma has some apple cider aspects, Belgian blonde earthiness and sweetness along with some peppery spice and a bit of dirtiness. Medium body that is fairly slick then has some micro sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with earthy Belgian blonde traits that shows some spice, light toast to malt, some sweetness and has no apple traits noticeable. The finish has some earthiness and a bit of the pepper showing through. I can notice the apple if I’m really looking for it, but its not jumping out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2004) - USA - OCT 7, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Brewed with fuji apple cider, which comes thru in the fresh and fruity aroma. It is a bit like a cider and wit mix. This does not appear to be one of their historical beers but it certainly has the DFH/Calagione signature touches - fruity notes, drying hops, and a warm, spicy tingle. Btw I saw Calagione and his beer history researcher give a talk and share some beer a couple of weeks ago, and that was very interesting - I’m glad they did that. Positive Contact is brewed with farro (whatever that is), cayenne (which is noticeable on the palate), and cilantro. The Belgian yeast is noticeable as well, and makes it seem a little like a tripel or a golden ale. The ABV is well masked. Another fine DFH original.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (6659) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle at Craft Beer Co Tasting, thanks to Mike. It pours clear light yellow, with a thin white head. The nose is icing sugar, sweet apple, pear drops, straw and some smoke. The taste is sweet malt, sugar, light chilli/cayenne pepper, dough, straw, over-ripe apple and hay, with a sweet finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Too sweet. Rather odd….


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