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RATINGS: 1006   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.


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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
buerckholtz (33) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2007
I had this beer at the GABF last year and it was wonderful, the bottled version was a different experience. Pours reddish clear with a dinky with head. Aromas of fruit and red wine, coriander, citrus. The flavor was a let down, as with most DF high grav brews it was syrupy sweet and had a soap flavor in there. Almost like a underage barleywine that had been oaked in wine barrles. I poured this with 3 other beer geeks and we did’nt even finsh the 4oz sample we took.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jflopsu (546) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Pours a hazy orange with white head. A faint aroma of orange and coriander. A wheaty, yeasty, orange peel, and coriander taste. A dry aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheatm honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial witbier style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (484) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Appearance: a darker gold color with tons of light brown particles floating every where inside, pours with a very large beige head, takes a long time to pour it down Aroma: egg, alcohol, just smells thick, coriander, Taste: strong coriander, strong alcohol, some bitterness in there, kind of sweet, Palate: has a very heavy mouthfeel, leaves a faint bitter and coffee aftertaste, Overall: this beer screams big beer all the way through with it's abv punch, could use more complexity on the taste though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aholmb1 (96) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Appearance: translucent orange color, see chunks of goodness floating in it, nice two inch white head, pretty dense head Aroma: citrus, faint on the smell Taste: alcohol, citrus, grape, wine flavor Palette: slightly bitter at end, medium body, strong aftertaste of Pinot flavor Overall: this is a very good beer and strong ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (523) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Draft. Cant’ believe I hadn’t rated this one before. Funky reddish/maroon pour with decent sized head. Woody and wine-y - Heavy oak notes in the aroma. Taste is easily identifiable as a belgian - spicy, coriander, orange all do come thorugh. The pinot adds some complexity, sweetness, and body. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1313) - - JUL 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-6-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a hazy golden color with a slight reddish tinge and a one finger white head. The head faded relatively fast and left some nice lacing on the glass. Smell – The smell is heaviest of yeast and a wine like grape aroma. Mixed with these, are smells of a citrus and dark fruit nature. Overall it is quite pleasant. Taste – A sweet dark fruit flavor meets the tongue. The dark fruits are heaviest of cherry but contain lighter notes of prune as well. These dark fruit flavors are also mixed with a good presence of a grape flavor which combined to give this beer a wine like tasting body. While wine like, as the taste advances beyond the initial taste, yeast flavors as well as a light citrus flavor come to the tongue. Toward the end the alcohol makes its presence known and leaves a satisfying warming taste in the mouth. Mouthfeel – For 10 % abv. the body is actually a little on the lighter side (although heavy in comparison to the average brew) and the carbonation level is on the higher side. Both the “lighter” body and higher carbonation are very fitting for the fruit and wine like characteristics of the brew and make it quite easy drinking even at 10 %. Overall – I am usually not a fan of a beer that has wine like characteristics, but this one was quite enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacchus66 (17) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Hazy amber pour with a thin white head. Aromas and flavors feature citrusy herbs with a malt balance. Medium bodied. Good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2819) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2014
The aroma is wine barrel, cereal grain. The appearance is clear deep amber red. The flavor is bubblegum, perfume, wine. The finish is perfume, flowers, red wine. Medium to medium/thick in body. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
HoppyScallywag (69) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Not as impressive as I was hoping, but still good. Dogfish never disappoints. Sweet rate at first...lingers lightly there after. The oak is apparent but the point noir taste is a little harder to find. Overall, a good brew ....not an all nighter though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (1522) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Murky amber with reddish hues. Nose of Belgian yeast, orange, and red grape. Flavor is light red grape and yeast with some citrus orange and spice. Lingering yeast and grape. A bit hot and slightly muddied flavor. An imperial wit with grapes.


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