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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8183) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours reddish amber. White head. Nose of grape, orange peel, malt and hops. Taste of orange rind, malt, grape and coriander spices. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8100) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2012
Tap at the Rehoboth Beach brew pub - 23/05/12. Murky dark orange with a thin white head. Big fruity nose, orange, cherry, berries and a little yeast, red wine notes. Tastes as nose, fairly full bodied slightly sticky and a little alcohol on the finish. Fairly well disguised alcohol flavours, well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2007
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... it’s differnet but doesn’t 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 don’t feel backed-up well by a good grain bill and some body. It’s thin without being crisp, it’s flat without being uncarbonated. A bit disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2007
Pinkish head over a just slightly hazy red-rosy beer with an amber shine. Offputting nose with wild berries, smelling very much like johanB’s less well succeeded experiments with fruitbeers. Wet socks - or maybe coriander. Horrible tase of woodstripper, inedible fruit, higher alcohols and the wet socks. Astringent to the point of... PINOT NOIR??? Any Burgundian vintner would get instant heart attack from this. Failed experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Let me start out by saing that I normally don’t like witbiers, that said, I LOVE this brew. Aroma is very flowery with some light citrus hops, lots of coriander and orange peel, some red wine and cinnamon. Pours with a smallish, creamy, off-white head that has decent retention and great lacing. Hazy clarity with medium sized particles floating around. The body is a slightly pink hue that turns orange at the edges. Taste has a long duration, ends a bit salty. Amazing wheat-wine finish (and I am not even the biggest fan of wheat beers). Alcohol presences is heavy and perfect in this beer. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy with some lively bubbles. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7840) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2007
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 ’07. Thx Eric!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7750) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle thanks to Nisse666! Sampled on September 1, 2012
1 pt 9.6 fl oz
Tiny particle filled copper color, off-white head. Lactic, sweet, yoghurt scent. Sweet, spicy, yeast, sugar, alcohol, Belgian notes taste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
2008-06-01. Hazy golden orange, smallish white head. (3+) Mild aroma, touch of alcohol, muted fruit, something vaguely woody. Muddled flavour, fruit, light bitterness in the finish lingers. (6+) Average palate. Meh. Not unpleasant but does not inspire me to return for a second glass. Bottle, Mondial, Montreal, 4T

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