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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A sort of Saison, fermented with Botrytis-infected Viognier and Pinot Gris grapes. This beer is brewed with Pils malt, organic Hard Red Winter Wheat malt, Warrior hops, Willamette hops, Liberty hops, Saison yeast and Botrytis wine must.

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jimhilt (2621) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear very pale yellow/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grape nose and flavor is tart grape. Dry finish. Called a saison but really closer to a wine flavor. Not cheap at $14.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA.

3.7
DiarmaidBHK (5703) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. Pours golden with a very thin, barely existent white head. Definite grapes on the nose. Tastes like a Riesling in that it has this sharp fruitiness with a touch of gravel. Finish lingers a bit. Hides its alcohol well That’s different.

3.5
phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear, pale straw gold with lots of rising carbonation bubbles and an initially thick fizzy white head. Big sweet grape character in the nose and flavor. Also sweet and bready malts, apricot, and mild spices. Light-bodied, with crisp, fizzy carbonation and a vinous mouthfeel. Led by those grapes; we split this with wine snob friends who said Viognier is too sweet for them but they were all right with this and said they liked it better as a beer.

3.4
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Tasted on 5/12/13 from a capped 750mL bottle purchased at AJ’s Mesa. Pours clear, very light yellow, with an average, fizzy white head that recedes fairly quickly to thin, but lasting lace. The nose is sweet grape with some light bread malt, and just a touch of a spicy yeast character. The flavor is more of a dry grape flavor than I expected based on the nose, with the same light bread malt and the lightly spicy yeast character coming through a bit more strongly. The body is medium with lively, fizzy carbonation, and a long grapey finish.

4.3
Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle. Looks and smells like a dry white wine, except for the beery head. Sweet, grape-laden for sure. Musty, earthy, leafy. Reminds me of the very first wine I ever tried, or maybe even those grape drinks made to impersonate wine that they give you at Communion. But it’s got a great golden ale mouthfeel, is active and lovely, and drinks with a gumption strong enough to compete with any saison. Good stuff! (#5020, 5/12/2013)

2.5
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Pours clear pale gold. Aroma is grainy with lots skunkyness. Taste is largely the same as the aroma at first. I got alot of skunkyness like drinking a pilsner or something that has set out for way to long. I think I might have been missing something here but this really didn’t agree with me, and I usually love Dogfish Head beers. The one redeeming factor was how champagne like the texture was. Its tasted pretty bad but it was possibly the most easy to drink 9% beer I’ve ever had, gotta hand that to it. After the first few drinks skunk wore away and it was a very sweet half decent pilsner type beer at best, but i saw no real redeeming quality’s. I don’t know if I got a bad bottle of this or what but it was pretty surprising. I was assured it was not old but it sure tasted like it...Something was wrong.

3.3
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Large white head on top of a clear light yellow body. Noise of citrus and a hint of grape. A short finish.

3.9
Viper666 (6034) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2013
Dégustée en fût au "Prohibition Pig" à Waterbury, VT. De couleur dorée pâle et claire. Nez fruité (moût de raisins verts légèrement vineux, traces de cerises sûres et d’agrumes), léger de levures sauvages aux notes terreuses avec des notes de blé, d’épices et de grains de malt. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes huileuses. Goût légèrement sûr et acide de levures fruitées légèrement sauvages (moût de raisins verts vineux, traces de pommes vertes et d’agrumes) aux petites notes rustiques lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de pain avec un léger goût de blé et de grains de malt pâle aux notes sucrées puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux avec des notes d’alcool. Post-goût moyen-long et sec, composé d’un goût de levures fruitées légèrement sauvages aux notes acides et sûres (moût de raisins vineux, traces de pelures de pommes) avec des notes d’alcool, de houblon herbeux et d’alcool. (1er mai 2013)

4.1
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2013
Une bouteille de 75 cl. Une robe paille bien limpide qui montre une tête blanche qui s’effondre rapidement. Un nez qui m’apparaît rapidement très intéressant. Des esters fruités. De la banane, des fruits du verger et des raisins surets. Une belle bouffée de blé sauvage et des malts pils qui suintent la campagne. Des papilles qui transmettent à mon cerveau des informations qui me plaisent énormément. Des raisins poussiéreux et d’autres fruits surets. Des céréales pâles et du blé qui apportent des saveurs épicées et mordantes. Un profil «funk» qui se dessine pour mon plus grand plaisir. Un alcool presque caché. Un corps qui est bien huileux, plutôt dense et traversé par des bulles plus ou moins actives. Une finale asséchante comme la peau d’un raisin blanc qu’on a vendangé trop rapidement. Une des bières fruitées les plus intéressantes que j’ai bues depuis des années. Une création originale et fantastique.

3.6
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 30, 2013
Pours clear yellow with a fizzy head. Good carbonation. Some hint of grapes on nose, Taste has some malt and a hint of grape must.


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