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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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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
buerckholtz (33) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2007
I had this beer at the GABF last year and it was wonderful, the bottled version was a different experience. Pours reddish clear with a dinky with head. Aromas of fruit and red wine, coriander, citrus. The flavor was a let down, as with most DF high grav brews it was syrupy sweet and had a soap flavor in there. Almost like a underage barleywine that had been oaked in wine barrles. I poured this with 3 other beer geeks and we didnt even finsh the 4oz sample we took.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5972) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2007
The aroma has wheat and coriander. Flavor has grape tastes, white mostly, as well as distinctive wine taste that is just a little dry. There are some spices here. A red beer, and quite sweet. Strange but very nice. A long way from the a standard wit.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2007
Sample at Indy tasting Hotshotz - Aroma of urinal, funk, cherry, oak and wine. Pours orange-red with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor is smooth fresh oak, bready yeast, malts and pinot. Palate is dry and a touch hot. I never thought I would use "urinal" as a good descriptor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2007
Nice looking soft orange and red colored body, surprising color but nice to look at. Nose is a bit strange, one part funk, one part marshmallow, one part white grape and one part plain yogurt... its differnet but doesnt do much for me, and that goes for the taste as well. A bit bland and boring, though some might find it subtlely complex but honestly to me the white grape and pear flavor dont feel backed-up well by a good grain bill and some body. Its thin without being crisp, its flat without being uncarbonated. A bit disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2007
The color was a deep strawberry/amber. The head was peachy/beige, foamy, creamy, and thick-bodied. The aroma was very familiar, belgian yeast. The flavor was bitter, alcohol, and dry. The palate was harsh, has a stong bite to it, and very carbonated. The finish was warm and slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Draft at Dogfish Head tasting type thing in Fort Worth (yes, Im that cool). Red orange body that fades to a deep rose, with a mostly white but partly pink head. Aroma has some slightly soured berries, grapes, oak, light spice and toffee. Surprisingly well-rounded in its flavor to me. Tastes of wood/oak, and a strong wine-like grape tartness with a bit of grain flavor too. A bit hot, but it fits the wine taste. Finishes pretty dry, but balanced with a nice bread flavor. This was a really fine beer, a great jolt of excitement to a style of beer that badly needed it (IMO).

Okay, I tried this from the bottle and it was noticably less hot this time. Perhaps the lack of food pairing? Palate score goes up a point.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2007
DFH tasting at Flying Saucer (Houston). Red/garnet color with large foamy head. Nose is some orange and light cherry. Flavor is sweet candied fruits that is very fruit forward...very forward.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2007
750 ml. bottle pours out a deep ruby brown with a large foamy and surprisingly long lasting head and a thin veil of slippery lace. Definite vinous nose mixed with grapefruit, a subdued smokiness, and some earth notes. Very lively effervescence, a light to medium body, and a a faint astringency come together on the palate. There is some grapey sweetness, but some sourness enters the picture as well. Finishes with some sweetness, but a dryness is also present, the origin of which is unclear to me. Alcohol, in spite of the 10% ABV, never seems to be very evidnet. Another flier from DFH, and this one is pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2007
Dogfish Head tasting, Flying Saucer, Houston. Pours crimson with an ivory head and an aroma of cherry and bread. Flavor is prescription cherry cough syrup and alcohol. Thick mouthfeel. Use only as directed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5834) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2007
Shared 750ml bottle at JKs Spring Gathering. Pours a ruby redish brown brew with an amazing fizzy pinkish white head. Aroma reminded me of those orange swirl danish rolls with white frosting. Also picked up the scents of belgian Wit yeast, oak, coriander, and citrus rind. The flavor is fruity, with some raisin cranberry, and cherry. Average palate that has a spicy aftertaste. Very enjoyable.


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