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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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ChainGangGuy (4908) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
750ml bottle - $10.99 at Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body, though, with a little tinge of green to it. Fluffy, white heads that cashes out quickly leaving on appreciable lacing as it goes.

Smell: Initial scents of lemon verbena, winey grapes, apples, and pears. Then, the soft wheat and pils malts. Characterful saison yeast throughout. Also, some alcohol definitely catching the nose.

Taste: Pils, wheat malts, a little grainy, a little doughy with some ground spice notes and moderate, initial sweetness. White grape, apple, even some tart pears interwoven with a lemony, herbal kick, but, mainly it’s the taste of white wine. Lightly musty. The underlying spiciness ramps up a bit as the alcohol quickly takes hold, heading towards the warming, tart, relatively dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It’s solid. While not loved, I did like it fairly well for an interesting, wine-like, fusion-type beverage.

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Happy as always to try a DFH experiment. This one was better than many. Clear gold, slight fizzy head. Aroma was lightly of wheat and light fruits - maybe Thompson seedless green grapes, but it could just be subjective. Flavor matches, a hint of honey, the suggestion of some tartness. Pleasant, if not overly complex. Interesting - the noble rot really doesn’t come through as much as I would have expected - the saison yeast must have beaten it to the punch. In the end, just comes across as a nice saison.

madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
6th June 2012
Bright clear paleish gold beer. Good white head. Mildly sour grapey nose. Palate is fresh and crisp. Mildly tart grape with a whisper of orange. Minerals. Finishes dry and winey. This really does come over as a tart white wine. Would love to give this to snooty wine drinkers and see what they made of it! Super inventive - even by Dogfish Head standards!

nearbeer (5516) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2013
On tap. Golden with a small, creamy head. Aromas of grape must, white wine, crisp citrus. Flavors are the same with maybe a touch of toast. Near- medium body is dry and has medium-high carbonation.

Jakob (29) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2013
pale color, only slight head. smell is quite acetic, grassy, bret. nice carbonation. sour, grape taste, reminds of an new zealand sauvinon blanc. I eould categorize it as sour beer instead of fruitbeer

Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Aromas of pear, apple, apricot, green melon, flowers, and fresh straw. Clear gold, with a fairly lasting, white head. Dry, tart, and slightly sour. Medium bodied with average carbonation, and finishes with dry, fruity flavors lingering.

BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. I’ve been looking forward to trying this since it debuted several years ago. Bright clarity and straw yellow on the pour with a retentive white head. Pils malt and grassy aroma, earthy, stone fruit, mild grape. A touch of DMS. Mildly acidic and pretty strong yeasty flavors, some bright grapey fruit, husky DMS malt, dry, well hidden alcohol. Lots of saison character. No huge Viognier nor wine, nor sour flavor in the fore front. Lively carbonation. Bready and yeasty flavors. Dry, well contained alcohol. Different than expected. Aftertaste has mild plastic and sulfur notes.

dwyerpg (6285) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2013
This is the second grape-wine beer I’ve had in a week and while way better than Blue Moon Proximity I’m just not sure grape is all that great in beer. This is just okay.

ansalon (4079) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2013
Sampler at Amsterdam café in San Fransisco. Quite sour, with hints of lemongrass, lime peel and apricot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

drjay44 (3769) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2013
750 ml. capped bottle. Pours a thin white head, with some lacing, over a pale yellow (SRM 2) body.....nose is vinous, with light Pils malt.....taste is vinous, with light cereal, sweet throughout, finishing with a light hop bitterness....mouth feel light, light astringency, carbonation high. The grape must dominates the very light malts with a remarkably small contribution from the hops. The net result is a sparking, slightly bitter, moderately sweet, low alcohol, white wine. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6

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