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RATINGS: 1034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2007
Tap. Pours a deeper mauve with a nice off-white head. Nose is clean with notes of fruit. Flavors are citrus mixed with a vinous quality from the red wine. A little sweet and a little tart, this was a nice combination of flavors although it took some time to get used to. Not a full bodied brew, but a light refreshing quencher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2007
Ruby/pink fleshy amber pour with a small, creamy, pinkish/tan head. Light malty aroma, with notes of sweet and sour fruit, and yeast. Flavor is full of fruity candy sugar, and soft lush vinous fruit, with a very slight bit of alcohol in the finish. Palate is medium/full with a light sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours a clear red except for the fine particulate. The spicing comes through first almost like a maltier witbier, but upon closer notice the winey aspects of the pinot noir comes out especially in a light tartness. Interesting in concept but not really all that bizarre in taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2007
This is a difficult brew to pin down. Hazy ruby red pour with large off-white head has a muted nose of dried fruit and earthy funk. The body is heavy and palate is smooth. Flavor is dominated by the pinot qualities of heavy fruitiness with some spiciness from the wit sneaking through. A nice earthy dryness finishes it off. The wit character is almost nonexistant and the overall brew is much less than the sum of its parts (oak, oranges, coriander?). That being said it is very drinkable and unique. It also manages to hide the alcohol very well. Worth taking a look.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 9, 2007
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 its 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2007
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 wouldnt go out of my way to get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2007
First off, by the time the finished product reaches consumers this beer no longer resembles a witbier in the slightest. That being said, lets 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2007
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.

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