brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle. Cherry colored pour with a light haze to it. A very vinous nose with musty grain notes. Interesting. The flavor is very unique and enjoyable! The wit taste is there with musty grain and hints of fruit and spice, but the juice and oak aging have added so much more complexity. There is a light sweetness that is marked by ample honey and a deepness to the brew that is likely the oak imparting tough to spot vanilla/wood hints. The fruity notes are more complex than I would have expected and while nothing stands out, the fruit is well balanced and the orange peal and pinot noire juice (cherry?) seem to really complement each other. Very fresh tasting. Full mouth feel. A great experiment!
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Dilly Deli 4/26. Very tasty - definate presence of the wine addition to the Belgian Wit-style. Fruity sweet with crisp mouthfeel - pretty smooth. Alcohol flavor is moderate throughout but balances well. Solid all around - very different but solid. I’d like to try it again.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is yeasty and spicy. Color is red, with a white, bubbly, thin head. Solid mouth feel with a strong bitter/sour upfront quality. Strong alcoholic quality. Very spicy in flavor.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma is lightly sweet. Smells vinous with notes of spices, oak, cherries, and cloves. Poured a pinkish amber color with a medium, rocky, light pink head that lasted throughout. Good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter and tart. Tastes of cherries, Cabernet, coriander, clove, citrus, and a little yeast. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, sweet, vinous finish.
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bronze-red in the light, light cherry red with a bit of shade. A little like "OFF-brand" mosquito repellant. Frothy! Spice-coriander, big flavor note, but not a lot of depth and complexity.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a cool beer. Once again, they work the oddball ingredients that make a sure thing. Pours almost red and the aroma of citrus and coriander. The coriander brings the flavor throughout and shows all the way to the finish...it is a deep bodied but fun wine woops beer! :-)
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a clear, amber, red - very similar to a rose wine. Aroma of orange juice, wheat, and a little spice. Flavors of orange peel, coriander and sweet malt. There’s also a mild, underlying bitterness. The finish is dry and a little bitter. Interesting and different.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Hazy, amber, pink grapefuit hue. Decent, medium sized bubbly head. Aroma has the Wit characteristics, lots of oranges but more of the flesh to me rather then the peel. Medium bodied, creamy, cranberry tart, tangy with alot of citrus and spices. Firm maltiness emerges as brew warms. The pinot juice provides the tangyness and it plays well with the spices and body. Alcohol is in the mix but not a sore thumb by any means. Very unique, transcends the style and almost beer itself. Bravo for pushing the envelope. Why wouldnt this be labeled a fruit beer considering the Pinot Noir juice?
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle
This was $11.99 at the local bottle shop. I was a little skeptical at first but my wife eventually bought it anyways (due to the pinot factor). As it turns out this was certainly a very unique beer but one that would not have me running for more. Try to grab a sample at a tasting if you can or split it with a few friends.
Aroma / Appearance - The peppery nose immediately betrayed the vinous heritage of this release. Along with it were hay, presumably from the wit and watermelon rind. Behind it all was vanilla and cloves. The aroma did not disappoint my expectations. The body was not bad either - an unusual cherry red that I normally associate with krieks. Chunky lacing clung to the sides leaving strata behind.
Flavor / Palate - The bite is not nearly nearly as good as the bark. Vinous notes warm the palate before yeasty chocolate cake, wheat bread, gingersnaps and spices step in. The finish reminds of baked Lays. There is evidence of the pinot noir but it does not stand out nearly as much as in the nose. For whatever reason, perhaps its hybrid nature, this did not excite me that much. Still it does deviate from the norm quite a bit and I have to give Dogfish Head credit for that.
JFGrind (2006) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled a few bottles of Red & White over the past month, another unique offering from DFH. Pinot Noir adds sweet/tartness and the woodiness blends well with spices and Wit beer base. Not sure what inspired DFH to brew Red & White, but I give mad props to them!