greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 750. Pours a deep orangish-red with a small, but lacing white head. Nose is of typical wit spices and the not so typical pinot noir. The taste is an outstanding blend of belgian yeast, corriander, bitter orange peel, and cloves all mixed with a fairly well balanced wine note that comes to the forefront. The after taste is quite earthy, but pleasent. This is the first marriage of beer and wine that I have had, but it makes me want to experiment with my home brews. A fantastic beer.
Msavage235 (90) - - MAR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up this pint bottle in Houston, TX. Pours a light bourbon color with a fluffy, bubbly white head that stuck to the side of the glass. Aroma is spicy with some citrus notes. A burst of the corriander that melts into a citrusy, fruity lovely back-end. I donít really pick up the Pinot Noir that itís supposedly aged with, except for a little dry, wine fruit taste at the end. Itís definitely expensive and not one of the best Dogfish Head brews that Iíve tried but this blows Blue Moon or Hoegaarden out of the water.
PaulUnwin (87) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma seems of citrus, grass, spruce, appearance is reddish brown cloudy, tastes like a belgian strong red ale but with an aftertaste of fruity and wine. Overall a good beer, very enjoyable.
Gabler (87) - , New York, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Hazy deep amber beer. Slight yeasty nose, some citrus as well. Subtle woody flavor, complex character. Alcohol crept up on the mouth, slightly acidic also. This beer has great subtleties. Quality brew.
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is red body with white head. Aroma was fruity. Citrus is noticeable. Taste is of fruit pinot noir with a nice carbonation
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with my good friend Kyle and others at his wedding. This is a hazy orange amber colour with a thick, full, off-white head. The aromas are full of wood: oak; some funky citrus in there too, banana. Smells really nice. The mouthfeel is medium to full, a bit spritzy despite the body. There are plenty of more woody flavours in there after a sip; I taste a fair bit more citrus too, some dark fruits with orange, alcohol. What a strange/wonderful combination of lighter summery citrus flavours with darker and stronger belgian ale type flavours. Sadly, the flavour of alcohol is a bit overwhelming.
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Consumed at 50 degrees. Smells of dry white wine with a hint of grapes and oak. Pours reddish amber with lacing and thin white head. Has excellent body and amazing palate. Not a huge wheat fan, but itís complexity makes you forget because it takes your taste buds on a ride. Has a much maltier profile than the smell makes you think. Tastes of orange, vanilla, and as smooth as the day is long.
3sheets2wind (78) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2013 This is a very interesting beer. While it is expensive, its uniqueness is well worth the price ($14/bomber). This is a sweet beer with a sticky mouthfeel, but there is a good amount of carbonation so the sweetness never overloads the palate. Pour is a clear amber with a thick white head that diminishes into a sticky lace. Very boozy. Frech toast with syrup and orange marmalade notes. I am now wishing I had this for sunday brunch with waffles and ice cream. Definitely taste the coriander and spice, but these do not overwhelm. Very little bitterness, but this hophead doesn?t mind. I poured cold from a bomber into a tulip glass, and as it warms up it tastes better. I?m not a huge fan of white beers, but this is the best I have ever had.
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can see where this is a love/hate. Not much going on in the aroma for me, maybe a whiff of grape. Attractive orange color with thick head on pour. Somewhat sweet, a little thick on the mouthfeel. Lack of aroma resulted in a flavor surprise - wine grapes for sure, but some nice citrusy notes to balance it off. Sweet but not heavily so - some warmth from the alcohol. Thought this was well-balanced overall. Enjoyable, great change of pace and would probably go great with a cheese/meat plate.
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is interesting. Pours a gorgeous orange-red with a creamy off-white head that dissipates to a thin cap of lace. Aroma is all Belgian fruit with a hint of citrus. The pinot noir and oak do lend a wine-like tartness that is a bit off-putting at first. The more I drink it, however, the more I find it compliments the typical Belgian fruitiness. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Big, warming alcohol.