puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - APR 9, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is bland, slightly chewy grape and old, odd oak, kind of wheaty but really not very appealing. Pour is nice though, a gentle ruby akin to a framboise lambic. Flavor is really not better than the aroma at all, kind of licoricy dark oak, a slight touch sour but mostly odd and uneven. Really I think the pinot flavors just clash with whatever else is going on. This beer had a ton of potential and I was really excited for it but it’s just come across as a total dud. The rich white chocolate wit flavors and strong yeast of a big belgian wit (think allagash 10th) are nowhere to be found, nor is the subtle, oaky, funky grape of the pinot barrels. And tangelos? Well, the bottle mentions orange peel, but still, where the hell is that?
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Banana,wheat, a touch of corianader, and a distinct touch from the wine barrels, taste is huge fruit, big body,initially sweet, with the pinot noir coming through in the aftertaste,and drying it out with a touch of astringency, no one in our party could taste any orange or tangelo,wonderful new taste experience, but cost makes it a one time shot
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 Pours red with a thin white head. Smells of coriander, lemons and lots of spices. Taste is packed with caramel, coriander, roses and lots of spicy elements. The Pinot really shines through as the beer warms and compliments this one nicely. Mouthfeel is of licorice with an earthy finish.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 750ml bottle....appearance:clear, reddish-brown with a small, lingering off-white head. aroma: farmhouse grassy with some citrus thrown in for good measure. taste: wheaty with orange zest and corianderwhich then turns slightly sweet. finish was bitter and dry like a champagne. medium body mouthfeel. not bad to try but wouldn’t go out of my way to get it again.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, by the time the finished product reaches consumers this beer no longer resembles a witbier in the slightest. That being said, let’s rate this thang. Pours a mostly clear reddish color with a somewhat nice white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma may hint at citrus in the beginning but quickly gives way to sweet grapes and bits of plum. The flavor is very sweet with a fruit punch element and a slightly winey alcoholic finish. Very drinkable and very unique which is no surprise for a brewery like Dogfish Head.
MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours sort of a reddish, pinkish, brown with a white head. Smells of cut grasses or damp wood, and malts. Complex flavors of wood, grass, malts and a very slight red wine tartness. Very interesting and tasty.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting idea of a witbier, just from the looks of it - it is a clear, dark ruby-red beer, with a slightly pink, big-bubbled head. The aroma is filled with a Belgian/Saison array of spices, and a strong earthiness and grassiness. The flavor is very full and pretty complex even, with some more of that wet-grassiness. The alcohol is not obvious in the taste, but it is pretty evident in the slightly burning sensation I get from this. A little bit too heavy, or syrupy sweet for my taste. I really don’t get any wine-like flavors. It reminds me a tastier version of cough syrup.
notalush (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour with a purple-ish tint and a well-sustained ring of white lace - musty, semi-earthy aroma, with coriander quite apparent, along with citrus rinds (tangelo?), light woodiness, and a background tartness that isn’t quite so easy to associate with pinot - creamy mouthfeel, with dense, heavy flavors of caramel sweetness and candi sugar - the subtle spicy notes, citrus, and musty/tart qualities are all drowned out by this - far in the background, you can detect some really nice pinot qualities, and a subtle woodiness from the barrel, but, again, the strong malt profile overpowers these flavors - this could have been a really nuanced beer, but they made the abv too high, leaving behind lots of residual sugars - at 6 or 7 percent abv, this would have been awesome - the way it is now is...well...somewhat good, but frustrating.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sour, with lots of pinot and maltiness. Pours a rub-amber, small white head. Flavor is pretty malty, slight tartness, and pinot noir. Pretty good. A little pricey though.
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Kind of a copperish rose color. Aroma is the barrel. Dead wine, musty wood. Tastes rather full and rich. Heavy malts and dense red grape skins. Caramel cake sweetness. Loud, brash, and resonant – desireable plucky white flavors are drowned entirely. Expecting something sprightly and nuanced, this was quite startling and almost off-putting. This is an exemplar of this brewer; equal parts overkill and skillful presentation.