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RATINGS: 371   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Plovmand (6501) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Kingcecils Birthday Tasting. Pours hazy golden with a medium creamy white head. The aroma is spicy yeast, caramel and fruit. The flavour is wheat, fruity hops, sweet caramel and fruity hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KingCecil (2050) - DENMARK - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle @ my birthday 12 ... it pours clear golden with a large white head..... the aroma is so nice fresh, fruits, herbs and sweet candy...... The flavor is fruity and light hops! ...... nice brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
bottled, thanks to bu11zeye, deep golden in color with bubbly foam head, sweet dense fruit flavor like cantalope

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (11122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell, London, many thanks to Mike! Pours clear, yellow-gold with a good and sturdy white foam head. Lots going on in the nose, herbs and spices, coriander, doughy wheat, yeast. Medium to big sweet flavor with heavy wheat and yeast, faint lemon, white sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with lots of sugary dough, yeast, white bread. It’s tasty stuff, if a bit sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2633) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2012
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grape, apple, pear, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, cilantro, herbal, light cayenne, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of apple, grape, pear, cilantro, clove, banana, pepper, herbal, earth, grass, bubblegum, wheat, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruit, banana, pepper, clove, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with nice complimenting flavors from the herbs and spices. Nothing is overbearing. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial witbier! Fantastic complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. This was very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dsbrochu (4) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2012 does not count
Perfect cider and wheat beer mix. iChat taste cilantro or cayenne but it is great for a 9% concoction. Highly recommended! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (499) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Aroma of apples, spices, earthy. Clear golden color, medium white head. Medium sweet flavor. Medium-thin body, high carbonation, spicy dry finish. Overall refreshing beer crossing between fruit ale and cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5477) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 23, 2012
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, with apple cider and cayenne pepper, from De Bierkoning Amsterdam, complex brew, fruity/sweet and slightly spicy, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, nice and original brew, yet expensive!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
THOUGHTS: Not very exciting. Just sort of a fruity Belgian ale with some spices. Not all that different from the Pearl Jam beer with different fruits and spices. Hid alcohol incredibly well. They cayenne started to come out later and added a little character. Eventually it did get interesting, but overall a disappointment. Not distinct enough. Had it warmer, had it colder and nothing made it taste better. It was actually a little cloying by the end. It hid the alcohol so well I was surprised when it snuck up on me. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light to medium yellow with nice carbonation and a huge, meringue-like, white head that mostly but slowly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate hay and pale malt; moderate to heavy doughy and spicy yeast; apple; vegetable; spices; herbs; and slight cayenne. The initial flavor was light light to moderately sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly acidic, ever so slightly bitter, slightly sour and spicy. There was mostly apple, cayenne spiciness from time to time, herbs, spices, tons of yeast, spicy and doughy yeast, and light bread. The light to medium body was ever so slightly syrupy and then fairly dry with fizzy carbonation and a spicy and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2012
poured slightly cloudy with a decent head and good lacing......Janelle’s Belgian with slight Wheatey smell....much better than expected

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