Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hard beer to rate. First, it pours a pinkish orange and wears a nice little head for that strenght. The flavor profile is highly juicy. I canít say the Pinot Noir struck me as particularly genuine, certainly not feeling very supple and stripped from its tannins within all that wheat. Its characteristic cherry note comes across as very sweet. The spiciness and juiciness on the other hand pair well. The result is an extremely experimental ale, which I guess is the objective and certainly interesting to try, but it seems that the juiciness could not come without the invasive sweetness that would feel much friendlier with sharper tannins. Alcohol remains well concealed through and through though and putting a score up remains a hard task.
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An okay beer. I wasnít too happy with this beer. I thought that Dogfish Head would vastly improve the taste of the Witbier, but that didnít happen. The aroma is nice and fruity. Instead of having a strictly citrus flavor, the beer smells more peachy to me. I love the color, it is not yellowish, as most Witbiers are. There is little head, and the beer is very creamy. The taste just doesnít cut it for me. Very weak, and lasts only a short period of time. I like the better than other Witbier, but I see room for improvement. Tends to have a bitter strike towards the end, which makes this an interesting Witbier.
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
They werenít kidding, it really is red (a very nice crimson) and white (pearly white head that held firm)!
Acidic nose that reminded me of raspberry vinegar. I wasnít sold at first, but it sort of grew on me. Not much grape, oak or fruit peel in the nose, at least not that I personally detected.
Sweet and fruity shows that DFH know how to make Beers with solid malt backbones, and they didnít overdo it with the barrel aging that often strips the maltyness away. And it hides the 11% dangerously well. You can feel a certain raisin aftertaste, and the oak was only a minor participant in the flavor profile, kudos for that, and for an overall very well made Beer.
Sudz (7) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2007 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Really excited about this one, but was left disappointed. Interesting nose, kinda funky and weird, reminded me of the smell of a spit bucket. Not sure I liked it, but at this price I was really trying. I will say great color! The flavor was also a bit weird, almost like drinking one of those beer coctails that were popular in the í90s. Canít say I particularly enjoyed it, but Iím glad I tried.
DubC (8) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber red. High alcohol content without being too full in body. Strong citrus aroma with a fruity taste and spicy finish.
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
really nice. I generally do not like fruity beers, but this dry trace of pinot noir is an excellent touch. Excellent appearance and body. Very full, alcohol content very subtle. A new favorite.
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Evocative orange peels are combined with flower petals to form a creative companion to the grape juice. The cushy carbonation and balanced spiciness are crucial in making this Belgian Witbier succeed with the Pinot Noir fruitiness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the rosy cranberry red.
-This is well-malted, and the mouthfeel is very classy.
-Light tartness dries up the back end, as cranberry fruitiness swirls by.
-Alcohol is very well-hidden, which seems to be a DFH standard.
-The bready yeast adequately supports the spicy flower bouquet.
Bottled in February í07. Thx Eric!!
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy orange amber with a white pinkish head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and orange peel. Taste is juicy and light with coriander and pepper spices. Finishes with a lightly tart citrus. This is damn good. When Dogfish experiments itís not always perfect, but this one is great.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus points for creativity. Even if a dogfish brew sucks, at least theyíre trying something innovative. This is far from suck. Pours a violet red. Smells thinly of vinous qualities, fruits, yeast. Taste was wine-like but with spicey notes, some honey, and fruits. Finished the same. Very soft, delicate taste and palate. Alcohol is hidden. Balanced perfectly.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber, slight prplish, beer with a pink/purple head. Yeasty, slight citrus aroma. Yeasty, spicy, orange, slight grape flavor. Medium body. Lingering fruit and orange/yeast. Hudes alcohol well. Grape flavor gets stronger, but itís definately a strong Belgian Wit first.