Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
puzzl (3257) - 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 (6355) - 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.