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RATINGS: 1037   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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3.3
3fourths (9358) - 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... it’s differnet but doesn’t 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 don’t feel backed-up well by a good grain bill and some body. It’s thin without being crisp, it’s 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, I’m 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
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
DrBayern (1140) - 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
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
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2007
Shared 750ml bottle at JK’s 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.

3.2
Cobra (1100) - - APR 16, 2007
750 ml. brown, champagne style bottle. No freshness date. Pours out a light cherry red color, hazy, with a volumous off white head. What are they brewing here? Wine or beer? It certainly isn’t a Witbier, it’s more a braggot. Aromas are of grape juice, yeast, and little else. Tastes far more like wine than it does a beer. Not my favorite brew, that much is certain.

3.7
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2007
Pours an iced tea red-amber color with a half finger head. Aroma is cherry, oak, and wine. Taste is grapes, sweet malts, wheats, and dark fruits. Reminiscent of a barleywine, but not exactly. Sweeter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is medium body with minimal carbonation. Relatively drinkable, nice with italian food. A little on the expensive side, but nice.

4
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
26.6 oz’s of joy...Pours rich ruby red,with nice fluffy head. sudlte aroma with hints of red fruits and spices.The middle of the tongue picks up delectable sweet malts, some yeast, and some spice - mainly coriander. The back of the tongue picks up a touch of hops, more sweet malts, wheat, and an overall tinge of dryness. The finish is dry and complex with hints of bitter hops, orange peel, and red wine. The mouthfeel is deceptively light for a beer of this strength (10%abv). The beer hides the alcohol very well - alcohol is only detectable in the finish. An faNtAsTic beer. I loved it...more please P.S. this one is for my buds, Cornfield & Rayboy


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