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RATINGS: 328   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Very estery yeast, phenolic nose, lots of raw sugar. Taste is very sweet, extremely yeasty, touch of bandaid, herbs, pears and honey.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7895) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
750mL thanks to Travlr. Low haze golden with larger, white head formation. Quick retention. Nose is heavy sugar, dense simple syrup, heavy dose of Belgian tripel yeast, heavy esters, pear. Taste is sweet, sugary, more like a tripel. No cider character. No cilantro, no cayenne. Should be moved to Abbey Tripel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Slightly hazy pale yellow pour with a fluffy white head. Spicy floral aroma. Clove and banana. A bit thick and sticky banana flavor. Floral notes. Sweet at first. Dry bitter finish with lots of alcohol. A bit of spice on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden yellow color, large white head. Aroma of sweaty feet and apple skins, subtle black pepper. Taste is hot mulled apples. Interesting.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strilo (63) - Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Fantastic. Seems like a Belgian trippel to me. Made just for the OBF. Hints of a farmhouse ale as well. 9% ABV but doesn't drink like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Tap at OBF. Pours hazy dark gold with a slight white head. Aroma has lots of banana ester. Med body. Flavor has banana with lots of Belgian yeast/spice. Clearly Belgian. Earthy. Mildly spicy. Excellent flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4026) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2012
In the year 3030 everybody wants to be a DJ!... Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured hazy, vibrant pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Most notably is this didnít really taste much like the description. But succeeded as a solid Belgian Ale. Dry, some attenuation and carbonation to balance the sweetness, yeast spice and esters. Floral finish. Hints of apple, but not overly done and totally cider-like.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerathon (957) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Meh. It was okay, but not something I want to drink again. Too much like a cider. I like beer, not cider. I give Dogfish props for doing something unique though. Apple is heavy in aroma and taste. The ABV is well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
750mL bottle from 2012. Pours hazy gold and orange with a fizzy and creamy 2-finger eggshell-colored head. Moderate retention with no lacing. The aroma is banana esters, wheat, clove, some coriander and mild rotting apple with mealy texture. Some grassy and herbal notes, too. The flavor is Belgian yeast, sweet and sugary, with some faint apple and pear. Mild clove and spice, with slight cayenne spiciness. Lively mouthfeel with medium body. Crisp, refreshing, and thirst-quenching. Good. [1088]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2710) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Not sure why I continue to purchase brews from DFH. Donít remember one that didnít disappoint. 1st bottle of 120 minute? Utopias? Beyond those, my money wasnít well spent. 14 karat pour with a minimal ivory head. Tart apple, floral qualities, bright citrus, pear and apricot along with light pepper, wheat, and yeast. Ingredients better than the sum of their parts. Wish this was even average...meh!


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