marcus (10148) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle consumed at City Beer,. Pours clear blonde with a tiny off-white head and a winey aroma. There is a slightly sour fruit flavor with a very dry finish that sticks to the palate. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Pours a clear golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with funky yeast and earthy hops countered by bread, yeast, biscuity malt and light fruit. Light grapes, apple and alcohol.
Medium bodied with a good amount of earthy, musty funk that is overtaken by a strong, sweet vinous presence. Hints of grassy hops and funky yeast followed by prominent vinous grapes as well as some apple, pear and sweet booze. Not much heat though with a well masked abv. Just a bit too sweet for my liking and could use some more funk for balance. Decent but a bit one dimensional.
bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle: pours light golden amber with a thin very white head, funky, sweet aroma, taste is tart, fruity, dry finish. SudsMcDuff (8388) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2012
thanks to Lee for the bottle .. Pours medium gold .. great foam, lacing is solid .. . deep purple grape, grape skin, and tart yeasty mud .. . spiky mouthfeel .. . an alright brew just to muddled and sharp
.. . . do you really love the lamp? Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very wine like, yet you could tell it was still a bear. Nice experiment. Hid alcohol well. Not my favorite beer, but very interesting. It got a little more saison like as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a crystal clear, light, pale yellow with beautiful carbonation and an average to large, white, head that kept a decent sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light grain and wheat; light to moderate funky and musty yeast; grape; white wine; and some citrus. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, light to moderately acidic and lightly sour; while the finish was moderately sour and lightly acidic with a fairly short duration. There was white wine, tart grapes, slightly funky yeast, musty yeast, some citrus, and some wheat and grain. The light to medium body was very dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
italarican (1546) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle. Clear gold pour with standard white head. Aroma has notes of grass, corn, banana, and lemon. Wheaty flavor with cooked banana and grass. Some bubble gum and tart lemon in the finish. Strange and not particularly a favorite. Boutip (6332) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy beige color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light spicy yeast ester and some light dry grape notes light dry hoppy notes also distinguishable. Taste is a complex mix of rustic malt with dry hoppy notes with light dry grapes notes that are more subtle then I had expected. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and hard to describe but very complex and still easily drinkable. I was almost expecting a mess of flavour based on the description but Dogfish were really able to create a very unique and interesting beer. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pale golden pour with a small bubbly head. Yeast and grape notes on the nose.. Tasty with wine and carbonation, the grape flavor really comes out. This is a great, unique beer. Newk (299) - - JUL 3, 2012
poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear gold color with a foamy head. Almost champagne-like in the glass.
Very nice spice based aromas of hops, creams, florals, some nectarines, pears and apricots. The botyritis influence is certainly showing in the aromas.
Medium bodied with a real smooth feel. Again, the botryitis influence shows through on the feel as there is more of a fatness to it along with notes of apricots, pears, spices, and hops.
This was more wine-like that it was beer for me. Certainly showed off the botryitis but also showed the use of the viognier grapes as well. It was a very enjoyable drink though and one I’d like to try again. Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
pours pale gold. Almost as if you mixed champagne and white grape juice. Nice rising bubbles and foamy head. Aroma is a lot of grape, and also classic Belgian yeastyness. Light bodied and refreshing. Starts more saison like, and then the grape musty notes come rushing forward and last on the backend, it’s impressive how well balanced and not sweet the grape is. A unique beer for sure