rumproasts (5422) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2017 KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear peachy orange with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that receded slowly down to a large puddle and collar, and possessed some excellent sheets of lacing.
The aroma was mildly sweet with a grain malt and a moldy Belgian yeast and had notes of citrus (orange), a mild hint of red wine, dark fruit (grapes & plums), oak cask, and a bit of coriander.
The taste started off mildly sweet with a hint of dark fruit and a mild wine presence, and then became moderately yeasty with a light spicy citrus note and a slight alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a nice spicy wine flavor left behind.
Mouthfeel was a hair above light in body with a mildly dry texture and a soft carbonation.
Overall an impressive tasting brew, unlike anything I have tasted up to this point. The mild "Pinot Noir Cask" flavor blended remarkably well with the Belgian yeast, thus hiding the high ABV and making it a most enjoyable drinking experience...
Tap at gravity. Golden orange with small head. Just a tad tart. Listed as a wit on the menu, definitely not that. Fruity grape and mild boozy hit. Wine barrel influence is mild. Interesting complexity and enjoyable, but not sure I’d seek this out again. tapefuzz (615) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2017
750mL bottle. Pours caramel with a medium off-white head. Aroma is wine, oak, orange, wheat, and yeast. Taste is wine, alcohol, orange, spice, caramel, and oak. A touch of yeast. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Smooth, slick, and slightly creamy mouthfeel. This really isn’t much like a witbier, but is very interesting. King of reminds me of Midas Touch. sinfull (1675) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Hazy , amber color. Big , white head. Caramel, honey, spices and moscato grape in aroma . Sweet, malty taste with flavors of yeasts and fruits. Unique and delicious.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone swesson (461) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2017
From a bomber. Pours a dark, almost opaque orange and makes a thick off-white head. A bit of lacing follows the liquid down the glass. Aroma is of oak, Pinot Noir, and malted barley. Tastes of Belgian yeast, coriander, and malt. This is a great beer and a unique taste profile.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Hopper8 (196) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2017
Really good beer. Super easy finish with nice present fruity flavors, the Pinot noir really comes through, but the corriander and oak keep things balanced. Good beer
Rumbero (86) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2017
2013 750 ml bottle
Aroma: mostly fruity aroma with stale green apples (oxidation shows up here), vinousy notes, and lots of spices included the expected coriander.
Appearance: pour a pale/medium amber with a thin off-white head that has decent retention. mostly clear as it warms but there is some visible sediment. no lacing observed.
Flavor: a lot of caramelly sweetness, vinousy overtones and oak. earthy hop flavors are minimal but bitterness is significant to mostly balance.
Palate: rich, creamy almost chewy texture, medium body, almost on the full side. carbonation is light and lacking a bit (shows age here as well). a mild astringency is present.
Finishes sweetish, vinousy with a long lasting astringency and hints of alcohol.
Overall: didn’t know what to expect here as far as cellaring. its an aged 10% abv beer. it was never a favorite of mine when fresh but its held out pretty well.
jonalbert2x4 (2) - Putney, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2017 does not count
Fantastic. Perhaps the best I’ve ever had. This brewery did everything it set out to do with marrying the wit with the wine. A taste of balanced grape and honey and carbonation. nearbeer (5454) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Half growler. Light haze on the orange-amber brew topped by a film of spit. Toasted wheat, rye, citrus, cocoa and bubblegum aroma. Tastes of bubblegum, spicy tripel yeast, earthy potato bread, cocoa and citrus. Medium-heavy body has a dry slant and low-medium carbonation. Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2017
This is a good beer. The moscato grapes it’s brewed with add a nice flavor that’s reminiscent of wine (as it should be), but it still tastes more like a beer. It’s a solid effort from a great brewery. gripweed57 (2584) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2017
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky Amber orange color topped by a large long lasting rocky beige head. Wonderful clinging lace. Unique aroma is comprised of yeasty, sulphury vinous notes and orange peel. First sip has traditional Belgian Witbier character. Notes of coriander and orange peel mix with dough and hay. Then, sweet fruity, yeasty integration and tart grape affluence. The flavors meld wonderfully as if they were always meant to be together. The beer improves as it warms, with the 10% ABV remaining well disguised in the complex flavors. The is a hint of oakiness in the finish, though the character is somewhat subdued. Overall, a real adventurous brew, one you come to expect from the folks at Dogfish Head.