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RATINGS: 996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Rating number 748! Yay! What a milestone.... I didnít get much oak in this one, it seemed more like a middle of the road amber ale. Oh well..

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
A hazed orange amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a complex mix of vinous malt, like a barley wine and fragrant spices, orange peels, herbal notes, quite nice. In mouth, a complex mix of candy sugar, coconut lotion, orange peels, coriander, vanilla and maple. Beautiful! Bottle shared with GRM and ProbstK. July 24 2011. Merci Sylvain!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a clear copper with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of coriander, orange peel, wheat and hints of grape and oak. Palaye was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coriander, orange peel, wheat, light grape and light oiak with a smooth lingering bitttersweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2008
750 mL bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours deep amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, bread), average hops (flowers), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, earth) with notes of banana, cherry, wine, oak, and vanilla. Full bodied, alcoholic and sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness; spicy alcohol, red wine, plum, and oak flavors with a subtle hint of orange.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle @ home. Light ruby red appearance with a fairly small white head. Light Belgian white nose with coriander and orange peel and red vinous notes. Belgian witbier with coriander, grapes, red wine, and citrusy notes. Fairly dry, wheat, vinous finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2009
On tap at Brother Tuckers. Pours a cloudy orangish color with small whtie head. Aroma is very sweet with a lot of caramel, orange peel, and some yeast. Flavor has a strong alcohol component, but not in a bad way so much. I get caramel, fruit, syrup and some slight wine notes...but not a whole lot. Yeast and spices are present as well. good beer. but I couldnt drink a lot of this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Growler... Murky, yellow ale with a small, creamy, white head. Fruity, woodsy nose with notes of citrus, bread and boiled grain. Tart íní tangy flavor. Good balance. The high ABV is very well hidden, but gently makes itself known on the palate (completely hiding 12% is about as possible as hiding an elephant behind a sumac tree). Full-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Tangy, dry finish. A shout goes out to kmweaver and Mike at DFH for sharing!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
Deep red, slightly hazy brew with a light pink tinted head. Itís a really good looking brew. Vineous aroma that shows a light orange peel and coriander note. Light peppery alcohol and a nice wheaty spiciness as well. Quite elegant at first. The flavour though kind of lacks the guts to deliver on the promise. Light bodied and the alcohol kind of strips away the more delicate character that this yeast is trying to give off. Itís a pretty good idea and the beer is okay, but I donít think it is terribly well-executed.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pinot Noir does go with beer- but with sour ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels (RR Supplication, Panil Barrique). Pinot Noir juice (?)....maybe not. On tap at Quarry House Tavern. Pours a clear deep pink with a baby white head. Aroma is sweet candies, strawberry. Taste is baby powder, powdery malt, boozy, a bit bland. Dry ending.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2008
My review from cvillebeerkgeek.blogspot.com...

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful. This beer definitely lives up to its name, sporting a garnet red body with suspended tiny white yeast particles, and a large, white head, that shows good retention and moderate lacing. Doesnít exactly look like a witbier, but thatís OK. 5.0/5.0

Aroma: Belgian yeast comes through strongly on the aroma, as well as the coriander and orange. The Pinot Noir makes a subtle contribution and there are caramel, bubblegum and banana notes as well. 4.0/5.0

Taste: The flavor breaks down into two distinct stages. First, there are the typical Belgian ale flavors... banana, yeast, caramel. That is followed by the Pinot Noir, which comes across assertively yet subtly, if thatís even possible. Coriander, citrus, berry and oak notes throughout, and a nice tannic sourness. 4.0/5.0

Mouthfeel: Very light, but not too light for a wit. Effervescence is a little too weak. The mouthfeel has a fairly strong chewiness to it, despite the light nature of the beer, probably as a result of the oak. Regardless, this could benefit from being a little bit more full-bodied. 3.5/5.0

Drinkability: This goes down easy, but with 10% alcohol by volume and a deep complexity, itís definitely a sipping beer. At 750mL per bottle, this is a big commitment, but definitely a pleasant one. 4.0/5.0

Overall: 4.15/5.00. Dogfish Head is known for its experimental brews, and while this one is highly experimental, it hits the mark. Definitely pick up a bottle if you can.


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