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RATINGS: 1035   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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3.7
djd07 (15106) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2009
750 mL bottle, Pours a cloudy orange copper with a small frothy white head that diminishes qucikly leaving good sticky lacing. The aroma is fruity malt with yeast, strawberries and orange peel. Medium mouthfeel with a dry tarty malt with a dry bitter finish. Alcohol present but not to overpowering, a good belgian strong ale from Dogfish Head.

3.5
Ratman197 (14978) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a clear copper with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of coriander, orange peel, wheat and hints of grape and oak. Palaye was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coriander, orange peel, wheat, light grape and light oiak with a smooth lingering bitttersweet finish.

2.5
DSG (14922) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle sample at a wood-aged beers tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Cloudy orange. Aroma of fruitiness, spices, grains, caramel, wood and alcohol. Sweet flavor, spicy, woody, fruity, alcoholic, with a tart vinous note and a drier, spicier and more alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied, slightly sticky. Not my thing.

3.8
Tmoney99 (14627) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle at the Dilly deli. Poured clear reddish amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly diminished with an fair lacing. Moderate spicy citrus aroma. Medium body with sticky texture. Medium balanced citrus flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 (3/18/07, 750ml bottle, bottled 2/9/07) Medium off-white head atop lightly hazed pink-amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, alcohol, light pepper, wood. Taste is medium sweet, orange, grape, some alcohol/vinous. Creamy full body. (5/3/6/4/12)

(8/20/06, growler, thanks kmweaver) White head atop cloudy apple cider body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange rind, alcohol, some vinous. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some alcohol, light clove. Full body with low carbonation. Too hot. The growler was filled the same day I tried it, so I don’t know why I think so little of this one when others enjoy it so. (6/3/4/3/9)

4.2
Lubiere (13995) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
A hazed orange amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a complex mix of vinous malt, like a barley wine and fragrant spices, orange peels, herbal notes, quite nice. In mouth, a complex mix of candy sugar, coconut lotion, orange peels, coriander, vanilla and maple. Beautiful! Bottle shared with GRM and ProbstK. July 24 2011. Merci Sylvain!

3.8
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2008
My review from cvillebeerkgeek.blogspot.com...

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful. This beer definitely lives up to its name, sporting a garnet red body with suspended tiny white yeast particles, and a large, white head, that shows good retention and moderate lacing. Doesn’t exactly look like a witbier, but that’s OK. 5.0/5.0

Aroma: Belgian yeast comes through strongly on the aroma, as well as the coriander and orange. The Pinot Noir makes a subtle contribution and there are caramel, bubblegum and banana notes as well. 4.0/5.0

Taste: The flavor breaks down into two distinct stages. First, there are the typical Belgian ale flavors... banana, yeast, caramel. That is followed by the Pinot Noir, which comes across assertively yet subtly, if that’s even possible. Coriander, citrus, berry and oak notes throughout, and a nice tannic sourness. 4.0/5.0

Mouthfeel: Very light, but not too light for a wit. Effervescence is a little too weak. The mouthfeel has a fairly strong chewiness to it, despite the light nature of the beer, probably as a result of the oak. Regardless, this could benefit from being a little bit more full-bodied. 3.5/5.0

Drinkability: This goes down easy, but with 10% alcohol by volume and a deep complexity, it’s definitely a sipping beer. At 750mL per bottle, this is a big commitment, but definitely a pleasant one. 4.0/5.0

Overall: 4.15/5.00. Dogfish Head is known for its experimental brews, and while this one is highly experimental, it hits the mark. Definitely pick up a bottle if you can.

3.4
kermis (13883) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle shared from Dogfish Head, Fairfax. Pours hazy amber orange with an off white head. Aroma of yeast, malt, caramel, orange peel, alcohol and coriander. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
Stuu666 (13660) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden, sweet toffee, dry winey taste, grapes, bitter.

3.9
BeerandBlues2 (13595) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
750 mL bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours deep amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, bread), average hops (flowers), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, earth) with notes of banana, cherry, wine, oak, and vanilla. Full bodied, alcoholic and sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness; spicy alcohol, red wine, plum, and oak flavors with a subtle hint of orange.


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