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RATINGS: 1053   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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3.1
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Pours a transparent, ruddy amber color with a respectable layer of off-white head. Sweet, fruity aromas of squeezed orange juice blend oddly with some cherry notes that are borderline grapey. Alcohol is clearly present in the nose. Medium bodied, sparkling mouthfeel. Very estery and spicy, with more sweet orange and cherry flavors on the tongue. Fusel alcohols are much too hot. Lots of soft fruits and yeasty alcohols linger in the final smack. Thanks for sharing, Clark!

4
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2007
Reddish Orange with White Ring. Coriander, Fruit and Yeasty Aroma. Medium Hazy Mouthfeel. Palate Covered in Layers of Yeast, Mixed with Spices, Notably Coriander and Some Subtle Orange...Fruity Pinot Noir Flavors Keep This Beer Soft and Memorable. Noticeable Warming. I Want to Argue that It Seems a Bit Thin, but Iím Not Sure Iíd Want it Any Other Way. Overall, Outstanding.

4.6
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2007
This beer pours a pinkesh red color with a medium white head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aroma on this beer is not very strong but it is very pleasant! The flavor nocked me away! Youíll have no idea that this beer is 10% ABV, it is WELL hidden! The complexities of the flavor in this thing are awesome. It starts off kinda sweet and creamy but in the end becomes alittle dry and lingers for quite some time! I highly recomend getting this stuff if you can! I know I will be buying some more!

4.3
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2007
Wow, this is really interesting. I say this is a perfect example of why it is good that DFH continues to push boundries. Beautiful to look at, with itís slightly pink, thick head. The flavor is as close to a beer/wine hybrid as one could imagine. I would love to see them try this with some other reds in the future- a zin would be really interseting. The wit lends itself perfectly to this kind of screwing around.

3.2
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 didínt even finsh the 4oz sample we took.

3.9
JK (6095) - 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
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
3fourths (9331) - 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... itís differnet but doesnít 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 donít feel backed-up well by a good grain bill and some body. Itís thin without being crisp, itís flat without being uncarbonated. A bit disappointing.

3.8
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
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Draft at Dogfish Head tasting type thing in Fort Worth (yes, Iím 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.


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