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RATINGS: 1036   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A big, Belgian-style Wit brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with Pinot Noir juice. After fermentation a fraction of the batch is aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels, and another fraction is aged on oak staves. The beer is blended together before packaging. This has been one of our most popular Limited Edition beers at both our Rehoboth Beach, DE brewpub and at festivals. It successfully marries the refreshing citrusy qualities of a Belgian-style white beer with the robust complexity of a bold red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Pours a deep amber with hints of passionate red and a tinge of violet. The head is thick and off-white with a just a touch of pink. The aroma is heavy with wheat with hints of witbier spice (orange peel and coriander). The tip of the tongue detects a dry beer that is heavy with wheat and tingly with carbonation. The middle of the tongue picks up delectable sweet malts, some yeast, and some spice - mainly coriander. The back of the tongue picks up a touch of hops, more sweet malts, wheat, and an overall tinge of dryness (reminiscent in mouthfeel to a dry red wine). The finish is dry and complex with hints of bitter hops, orange peel, and red wine. The mouthfeel is deceptively light for a beer of this strength. The beer hides the alcohol very well - alcohol is only detectable in the finish (and in the buzz that quickly follows a few sips). An amazing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Pours a nice reddish-orange with a small bubbly head. Strong aroma of Coriander with a hint of orange. Tastes better than the aroma leads you to believe. Wine is faint but nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Thereís a reason why people donít usually grape up a beer. This one has the nose of a Belgian white, lightly touched with wine. The wine was overpowering and did nothing good for the beer, adding a cloying offputting something. More interesting than enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
(BOTTLED ON 2/12/07.BONUS BREW BY WAY OF MCBACKUS)cherry red body with a nice looking bubbly white head.aroma is dusty barnyard hay,citrus rinds,coriander,grapes,Jarlsberg cheeseand cherries.flavor starts out like a belgian wit,then the pinot type flavors take over.cherries,corriander,and Jarlsberg cheese are also in the flavor.this is different for sure.although i have a feeling about halfway through the bottle it will be a bit much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Pours a clear pinkish color with a white head. Grape, oak, coriander, pepper, and slight alcohol on the nose. But the overall impression of the smell is of a Belgian white with some extra notes to it. The taste begins with sweetness, but the pinot notes come in quickly and the finish is dry. The pinot concentrate adds a taste to the beer that is more fruity than vinous, although this brew does have distinct wine-like qualities. An interesting brew, but I donít see myself coming back for this that often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 ehhh....pours a bubble gum color with some foamy head. Aroma is big sweet belgian yeast and some spice. Flavor is pretty much a yeasty/sweet BSA...kind of had a bit of avec bon voeux in it. No, wood, or pinot that I can detect...it is actually kind of like cider. Anyway...not sure if Iíll be trying this experiment again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
via trade with the_epeeist - im not sure what to say about his beer. i can say however that i loved it. im not sure how to describe this beer as much of the flavor and aroma that i know is coming from the pinot noir barrels and concentrate is there, but based on previous experiences its a completely new flavor. not quite red wine flavors...much milder, softer, sweeter, less dry...but blended beautifully with a belgian wit flavors im used to. citrusy, yeasty, spicy...nicely carbonated...almost champagne like. the alcohol is well hidden and the flavor just gets more enjoyable as the beer warms. obviously it doesnt look like a witbier, but the color of this beer is just beautiful. if this review seems all over the place, its because thats kinda how i feel about this beer. it was an all new experience for me. i need to get another bottle of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Donít believe the hype! Iím kidding a little here. If I were to have judged this beer on my mental expectations, there would be low marks. Since I am going to rate it based on its merits as a good beer and not as a belgian wit my marks will be higher. Pours a little darker than a roseí but much lighter than any red wine. The nose is all belgian wit yeast and coriander. The flavor is where everything goes haywire, for a wit, I got almost no coriander and no tangerines. There is a great amount of sweetness with some of the vinous notes from the pinot noir barrels to add complexity. The finish shows a little of the spice that I was looking for. Really good beer, just not what I was looking for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Gogeous color, rich ruby color, with a thick and dense pink head. The witbeer aromas, citrus coriander et al..., shine, maybe a bread like aroma at the end. Rich and warming on the palate,hints of oak shine through. Not as dry as I expected, my only "complaint" is that the alcohol is a bit noticable. Good beer by a great brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintocb (649) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Incredible. Smells like the orange rolls I ate for breakfast as a kid. Yeasty, bready, fruity and sweet. Canít believe it qualifies as a Wit from looking at it. Ruby and orange mixed. White head. Amazing taste. Sweet and sour mixed with some spicyness. Hides the alcohol to the point of absurdity. Finishes with coriander and some estery flavors. Supurb. Worth the wait and the forty mile drive.

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