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RATINGS: 1049   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3615) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy ruby color with a moderate, bright white head that is lightly tinted pink. Nice bright aroma of orange, malt, and red wine grapes. The flavor is malt and orange along with a noticeable amount coriander, some light oak, and red wine grapes. Coats the palate nicely but is not thick or syrupy. The alcohol is very well hidden with virtually no bite. Quite enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2007
Really nice beer, had at a tasting at Churchkey spring reviaval. Good time by the way. pours slightly pink with an orange, definatly seen is the influence of the pinot noir juice and barrels, has some good spicy flavours the booze is well hidden as well. very nice product!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle: Ruby body with a very soft looking, rocky, attractive pink head. Aroma is malty, crisp, with heavy grape and citrus notes. Banana and clove like notes present. Just wonderful. In the mouth, this beer starts out very malty for a wit, with clove/banana qualities begging to intrude at midpalate, after which the alcohol starts to show its teeth with apple flavors. The finish shows off a more grape-like quality, present at differing points, but really shows up in the finish. Dry finish still, with some lingering sweet-alcohol bite. Mouthfeel somehow manages to start out crisp, then smooth out towards the end. Very interesting and good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle: Nice pour with a moderate head. very nice smell with a hints of fruit. Very enjoyable. Def worth a try

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2012 sampled at the Hampton tasting - Pours a nice red color with a moderate head. It smells of sweet malts, yeast, and maybe some dark fruit. The flavor includes those components and some moderate hops. Enjoyable, but Id like to try it again when its not at the tail end of a long night of beer tasting. Rerate from tap at Dash In - Orange, hazy pour with a long lasting head. Aroma of berries, malt, and a little alcohol. Sweet, fruity taste with good hops bitterness in the background. Alcohol comes out more as it warms. Hops very apparent in the complex finish. 8/4/9/3/16.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Big orange peel aroma with lots of corriander. The aroma is also lightly vinuous with hints of cherry. It pours a transparent reid with a moderate pinkish-white head with good retention. The flaovr is loaded with orange peel and corriander with just the faintest notes of banana. There is a slight tart vinuous flavor in the background. The finish has a light flowery bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (996) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Reddish color. Little cloudy. Tart cherryish aroma. More winey flavor and texture than beer. Syrupy, little spicy and slight alcohol flavor too. Good and interesting but too winey and sweet for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours a really gorgeous clear light red with a thin head. Light pomegranite and grape aroma with some vanilla and musty sweetness. Lightly tart with subtle flavors. Mild grape with other vague fruitiness. Nice big body but still rather crisp. Clean spicy, slightly tannic finish. Where it lacks in complexity it makes up for it with a youthful character. Really nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
geronimorex (8) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2007 does not count
I greatly enjoyed this beer, having tried it twice now. I went out and purchased four extras to share with friends -- hopefully will be able to resist opening one and let it age for a few years to see how this tastes in the future. Thanks to the wine that is blended in, it has a very unique taste -- delicate and fruity and cheerful when cold -- more robust and sophisticated as it warms up. Incredibly drinkable, alcohol seems almost completely masked. There is a spice to it I cant put my finger on, but no matter how you drink it, it is very refreshing and I think would pair well with almost any meal -- from burgers to sushi.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Very nice pour, a clear ruby body having a tinge of amber topped by a creamy pale pink head. The aroma is fruity with grapes and cherry and some citric tartness. The alcohol and some light spicing is also present. Not much of the Wit base recognizable in the flavor except for some coriander and orange zest. Its got juicy stone fruits, caramel, vanilla, iron, oak, and alcohol. A bitterness from the hops begins midway and intensifies. The finish is dry and bitter. Interesting.

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