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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2007
750 ml bottle. Aroma moerate sweet malt and fermented fruits. Red body with white head that had a tynt of pink. Mild sweet malt caramel presence along with some fruity citrus orange flavors. Full bodied that was easy on the palate. Good sipping brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 I have to have this one again! Wow! For me the flavor was Very complex, subtle and mellow. There was no one dominating characteristic. I felt like I would appreciate this one a lot more the second time around now that I get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2007
Pours a almost clear ruby color with a large, pink head. Aroma of yeast, grapes and oak. Tastes slightly vinious, with some citrus qualities and a bit of funk. Subdued spices. Slightly hot. Medium body. A winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1308) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2007
Bottle, pours a clear dark red bronze with a few bubbles, sweet aroma with a white beer malt fragrance, raspberry, strawberry and wine aromas, there is a aged tone to the aromas, faint grape skin fragrance, sweet syrup flavor with berries, wheat and citrus flavor, small bite on the tongue, alcohol warmth in the sip, the alcohol does not overwhelm the flavors as it warms which is good, crisp and medium dry on the palate, a tart and sweet mix in the mouth, comes across as more of a fruit beer then a wit beer, the beer is light to drink but not as light as some wit beers I have tried, this was interesting, I would buy this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
Nice red color with a littel head. Fish and sour malt. Yeasty body with some fruityness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2007
Pours a nice ruby tinged amber, compact head of tight bubbles, great lacing. Aroma is faintly of wood and undefined dark fruits. Full mouth feel is a mix of dark berry flavors like blackberry and a solidly wood oriented finish. Sticky malts add a touch of caramel. Coriander is a faint afterthought. Another interesting experiment from DFH. Although not even remotely a wit, this was still one of their better recent efforts on the fringes of brewing. Keep it up guys!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2007
Sampled March 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, though opaque unless held up to the light, it is a deep reddish color and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pink-tinged, pale, perhaps tan, white head. The aroma is interesting; fruity with notes of berries, plus some definite austere, woody-tannic character. Perhaps a touch of leather, touch of dried leaf character that is not quite tobacco, but really the fruity grape aromatics are the dominant notes in the nose.

Quite thick feeling on the tongue, it is almost syrup-like in its thickness. It is perhaps not quite as sweet as the thickness would suggest, but this beer is still quite sweet. The sweetness accentuates berry flavors as well as some hints of strawberry. Grassy malt notes are noticeable in the middle, and linger on into the finish. A touch of sharpness is found towards the end; it seems to be a mix of prickly carbonation and some slight hop bitterness. A touch of earthy spiciness is also in the finish; it is a touch green, perhaps indicative of some American coriander. The finish has some light woody / tannic notes to it.

I had some hopes for this brew, while it is not as unbalanced as some of Dogfish Headís higher alcohol brews. I am quite surprised by the tangelo character here; it is not really evocative of citrus (donít get me wrong, there are some notes here). All in all this brew is a disappointment; it seems to lack a depth of flavor and a finesse that I was hoping for, plus it just doesnít say Wit to me either. At least there are no off flavors here, it is just that this combination of flavors just donít hold my interest.

Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4626) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2007
Lovely Belgian style - I donít taste the wine so much as a light barley. But with a bit of a fruity taste. Really good beer, though pricey at 14 bucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours a transparent copper amber with ruby hues and a frothy, clingy off-white head. Has a sweet earthy caramely malty aroma with nice coriander spice and a touch of grapey fruitiness and oak with bready Belgian yeasty notes. Body starts full, bready and earthy caramely malty sweet with a light balance of red grapes and nice biscuity Belgian malt and yeasty complexity. Mild orange peel citrus flavor combines with woody oak and bittersweetness in the finish. A very unique, well-brewed and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
From 25.6 fl oz bottle. I did not enjoy this as much as I expected to. Beautiful color, but little head. Alcohol is noticeable in aroma, and at first taste, but quickly goes away. Thin mouth-feel. I think I need to try this again at the brewery to get a real feel for it.

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