jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 750mL Bottle. Poured a reddish color with fine white head. The aroma screams of cherry and perhaps some notes of orange and coriander. At first this does not taste like any witbier I have had, but towards the end of my first glass I can begin to sense how the witbier emerges from this monster (much like the loch ness monster emerges from Scotland lake). The more I drink this beer, the more I can taste the orange and cherry. It has a large taste of red wine as well - which separates this witbier from the any other I have tasted. Like the other reviewers said, you do not taste the alchol - but you certainly do feel it. I finished off a 750mL and I am feeling the 10% as i type this comment. This has been my favorite DFH to date, as well as one of my favorite beers. Reminded me of a belgian witbier version of Troeggs Mad Elf.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(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.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - MAR 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.