RATINGS: 1052   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle. Aroma: Coriander, orange, perfumey floral, red wine, oak/vanilla. Appearance: Purple/amber in color with a full and thick pinkish head. Good retention and lacing. Flavor: Weird. I get the Witbier flavors. Nice coriander and slightly bitter orange, some perfumey floral and a touch of lemon. Intertwined in all that is an earthy and slightly sweet red wine taste, coconut/vanilla/oak, yeast, and a fairly sweet candy-like flavor. Low bitterness. Finishes a little sweet. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: I appreciate the experiment. Weird but pretty good too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Bottle. Nose is everything youd expect: coriander, citrus, and grapes. Pour is a beautiful opaque blush wine pink-red with a steady but small white head. Lacing is absolutely gorgeous. Taste is well-balanced wine/wit flavors, again, very much what youd expect, but done well enough to make it work. The palate is a bit tannic at times, but smooth at others, complex and interesting. Yet another fantastic experiment from those crazy DFH guys.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2007
THOUGHTS: Smells like a wit or weizen but doesnt taste or look like one. A real hybrid. Not exactly what I love in beer, but a quality beer all the same. This was very easy to drink and definitely different. It also hid the alcohole incredibly well. Im glad I tried this one. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark orangey, reddish amber with a huge white head that lasted for a while and left escellent lacing. It also had nice cargonation to watch. The aroma was moderate to heavy yeast, wine and wheat. The initial flavor was moderately sweet while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter and sour with a short duration. It had a medium body that was dry up front and watery, but not watered down, if that makes any sense. It had fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear red in color with an off white/pinkish head. Aroma, yeast, some wheat and grapes. Flavor, some wheat and light malts up front, some grape notes, a sweetness, and also a bit of acidity. I really liked it. A refreshing beer, with a nice twist to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours hazy orange ruby with a pale lavender head. Aroma is funky, musty, sour, grass. Flavor is bitter initially, funky, musty, meaty, but has an awful chemical taste like cheap whiskey. I was pretty disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3448) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2007
This just came into Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse today in 750 bottles. Totatally unexpected color of red with brown notes. big foamy head.. Nose is exactly what youd expect from a product description like this. Really good although so much boozier than wits. Lots of head and lace.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Pours red with white head. I love witbiers but this wasnt a witbier in any way. I hate red wine and thats all I could taste a dry red wine with its nasty irony bite and disgusting aftertaste. Some coriander and citrus peel and no malts because they were completely driven into the ground by putting this beer in a wine barrel, horrible idea, this may have been a good beer before it hit a barrel, I would never drink this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
I like witbier -a lot. Im fine with lots of coriander, really. Citrus peel? Delicious. You can tell the witbier base here easily. But the fruit! Its too sweet, and far too prevalent; its totally off-putting and artificial and I like Pinot! I was so ready to like this, yet I poured most of it out. Aroma has nice a nice mixture of elements, including woodiness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2007
This is another spectacular Dogfish Head brew. While my olfactory might be a bit off it aroma is like sweetened celerary and vegetables mixed with orange peels and some othe citrus. The taste is also a bit vegetable. I mean that in a very good way....because I normally hate veggies.. The in mouth feel is smooth, crisp, clear, and sweet, not to mention mid-high-thickness. No syrupy flavours here; yet I do hint at the orange peels and ?possibly? other slight citruses.. The finish is crisp and smooth and goes down without problems...none. A slight pallette coating but so thin it dissolves fast and begs for another sip. For 10%ABV This and "Burton Baton" of Dogfish Head get a perfect 5. Also FYI The store was only alowing one per person...and they know who we are....because they only got 6 fifths of it....dang. Its also a bit bubbly but not overly done.....perfect!!!! The one reason why I didnt give it a fullon 5 is because of the vegetable flavour. The Appearance is a bright orange/red/yellow; sunset colors (of the sun itself and transparent to translucent). With a medium light head that is white and bubbly. A beer to impress your finest guests with....if you can find a way around the 1 per person per bottle thing. But for what it is....up that one pallate flavour mark making this a perfect beer! Thanks Dogfish Head for Brewing for such a treat! And if I hear this is an experiment....please make more! Overall grade : highly satisfied. Style points (if I were allowed to give them would be a 10).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Pours a pinkish amber with ruby/violet highlights and a thin pink lasting head. Aroma is sweet tangy grapejuice, light on the oak and vanilla, with hints of perfume, flowers, and sugary sweetness. Fruity flavor dried out by the wood, with oaky and grapeskin tannins, grapejuice flavor (not concord- but red wine grapes), a bit salty, earthy, and a touch of DMS- sea-salt spray quality. Notes of orange peel spice and belgian yeasty phenoilcs from the wit characteristics come through a bit in the end as it warms. Mouthfeel is nice, and appears to be bottle conditioned? Definitely unfiltered as there is a certain sediment in the bottle. At first, on tap at EBF, I didnt like this. Then out of a bottle it seemed very nice even fresh (1 month in the bottle) This might also be nice with some age on it.

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