slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"i’m still at odds on this one. it started out just sweet with not nearly as much complexity as expected. obviously as it warmed from 45, it got better and more complex. i’m still not sure about the interplay betweeen the sweet pinot aspects and the bitter orange peel, but the aftertaste that was a little harsh at first was better by the end of the bottle. the aroma was nice right off the bat. sweet but complex...grapes, citrus, malt. nice body...maybe a little cloying. not my favorite DFH beer, but not bad. better beers for the price, though
Steiner15 (3) - Hamilton, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great looking 2in lacing when poorer into Duvel tulip,appearance is an orange Amber color,pick up on the grape- orange notes.this one had me worried to try but overall great beer
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Elizabeth Station, Bellingham
Cloudy golden color with compact head. Nice aroma, mildly fruity and woody. Good body strength, moderate sweetness, with light impression of sweet white wine.
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured hazy orange with a nice forming head. A little dry with wheat and citrus zest notes. A hint of grapes, musk, with some yeast spicing and esters. Great with food.
jflopsu (644) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a hazy orange with white head. A faint aroma of orange and coriander. A wheaty, yeasty, orange peel, and coriander taste. A dry aftertaste.
superspak (2836) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheatm honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial witbier style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
airrick2003 (539) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: a darker gold color with tons of light brown particles floating every where inside, pours with a very large beige head, takes a long time to pour it down
Aroma: egg, alcohol, just smells thick, coriander,
Taste: strong coriander, strong alcohol, some bitterness in there, kind of sweet,
Palate: has a very heavy mouthfeel, leaves a faint bitter and coffee aftertaste,
Overall: this beer screams big beer all the way through with it's abv punch, could use more complexity on the taste though
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Aholmb1 (122) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: translucent orange color, see chunks of goodness floating in it, nice two inch white head, pretty dense head
Aroma: citrus, faint on the smell
Taste: alcohol, citrus, grape, wine flavor
Palette: slightly bitter at end, medium body, strong aftertaste of Pinot flavor
Overall: this is a very good beer and strong !
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jdb288 (581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Cant’ believe I hadn’t rated this one before. Funky reddish/maroon pour with decent sized head. Woody and wine-y - Heavy oak notes in the aroma. Taste is easily identifiable as a belgian - spicy, coriander, orange all do come thorugh. The pinot adds some complexity, sweetness, and body. Solid.
Darkmagus82 (1823) - - JUL 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-6-12 -
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a hazy golden color with a slight reddish tinge and a one finger white head. The head faded relatively fast and left some nice lacing on the glass.
Smell – The smell is heaviest of yeast and a wine like grape aroma. Mixed with these, are smells of a citrus and dark fruit nature. Overall it is quite pleasant.
Taste – A sweet dark fruit flavor meets the tongue. The dark fruits are heaviest of cherry but contain lighter notes of prune as well. These dark fruit flavors are also mixed with a good presence of a grape flavor which combined to give this beer a wine like tasting body. While wine like, as the taste advances beyond the initial taste, yeast flavors as well as a light citrus flavor come to the tongue. Toward the end the alcohol makes its presence known and leaves a satisfying warming taste in the mouth.
Mouthfeel – For 10 % abv. the body is actually a little on the lighter side (although heavy in comparison to the average brew) and the carbonation level is on the higher side. Both the “lighter” body and higher carbonation are very fitting for the fruit and wine like characteristics of the brew and make it quite easy drinking even at 10 %.
Overall – I am usually not a fan of a beer that has wine like characteristics, but this one was quite enjoyable.