Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GT2 (9259) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Dogbrick (9181) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is a clear copper color with a medium slightly fizzy white head that evaporates steadily. Short strings of lace on the glass. Aroma of citrus, vanilla, spices and oak. Medium body with a vinous character and flavors of oak, vanilla, coriander and yeast. The finish is sweet and fruity up front with a spiced aftertaste. Above average overall.
crossovert (8853) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wasnít really a mix of flavors that I liked nor did they become better when mixed. It is still a good evening thirst quencher in the summer.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mcberko (8722) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, pours amber orange. Aroma of primarily 1) coriander, and 2) orange zest, wheat, yeast and red wine. Flavour is very complex: orange peel, coriander, and citrus - with secondary notes of sweet fruits, and subtle vinous and oak qualities. Most invigorating.
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking soft orange and red colored body, surprising color but nice to look at. Nose is a bit strange, one part funk, one part marshmallow, one part white grape and one part plain yogurt... itís differnet but doesnít do much for me, and that goes for the taste as well. A bit bland and boring, though some might find it subtlely complex but honestly to me the white grape and pear flavor donít feel backed-up well by a good grain bill and some body. Itís thin without being crisp, itís flat without being uncarbonated. A bit disappointing.
arminjewell (8478) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark red with an off white head. Aroma full of orange and coriander with the wit, and the bitter fruitiness of the pinot. Tastes of orange and banana with a slight fruity overtone that somehow balances well. Very good for such a strange concept of a beer.
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Caponeís. First of all, there;s no way in hell that this is a wit, no matter what Sam says. Ruby colored with an off-pinkish head. Aroma of cabernet, citrus, spices, cranberry, orange zest, oaky port wine. The flavor is fruity, with a solid cranberry note, plus cherry, orange zest, some oaky port winey flavor hints, and some cognacy spirit twinges. Medium palate that gets a bit hot, this one is extremely unique, but not a world beater.
MartinT (8396) - 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!!