Vibrant P'ocean
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #82
Ranked #19,586
3.82 | pDev: 7.85%
Jun 05, 2021
Dec 19, 2019
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Brouwerij Rodenbach

Sour ale brewed with elderberry, elderflower, lemon and fleur de sel blended with 2-year aged Rodenbach foeder beer.
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by daliandragon from Maryland

I generally like most of DFH's more esoteric and experimental offerings, so I guess it was finally time to belly up to the bar for this one. Body is amber with scarlet highlights and almost no head after a minute. Nose is tart berries. Flavor is more subtle than I originally thought. Definitely grassiness, tart cherries and grapes and apple with heavy carbonation and grassy and medicinal hops ghosting in the background. Milder and more pleasing than I would have guessed.

Jun 05, 2021
4.25 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on May 31, 2021
4 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on May 13, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Beech105 from Missouri

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. A burgundy color with a pink head. Tastes of tart berries.. a little apple maybe. Love the smell, almost wine like. Not too sour, which is fine by me.

Apr 17, 2021
3.89 by Lelampp from Ohio on Apr 05, 2021
3.5 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 07, 2021
Photo of Franziskaner
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Amber colored with a fingernail of pink around the rim and covering half of the top. I’m smelling Elderberry and lactobacillius. I’m tasting elderberries and tart red berries. The mouth is dry and moderately carbonated.

Jan 15, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

12 oz can

Pours rosey pink, light pinkish head is fluffy and dissipates to a bit of lacing.

Aroma of grassy malts, white grape, apple, brett, and citrus.

Flavor is light tart citrus, white grape, floral and herbal notes, and grassy malt undertone, and a wine-like finish.

Medium body, bubbly carbonation.

Very pleasant and tasty. Not overly sour, good herbal notes. Drinks easy. It's got that DFH distinction of being wine-like and also reflecting their propensity for herbal adjuncts. I like it, probably won't be the last time I drink it.

Jan 06, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Six pack copped from Manalapan, NJ. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with notes of grapefruit and citrus peel. Similar overall flavor profile. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Dec 20, 2020
3.62 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Dec 12, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mntlover from Tennessee

Pours a ruby red small tan with hints of pink head. No lace.

Aroma is tart fruitiness, elderberries, light cherry and strawberry just very light Flanders notes do get some of the dryness.

Taste is like the nose fruity, lightly tart just hints of Rodenbach. Not great but not bad don't see the point of watering down a good Belgium Flanders really.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lighter but smooth.

Overall eh not bad, guess the light Flanders notes make it a bit better fruit beer.

Dec 03, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by burnstar from Pennsylvania

Pours a dark red with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is faint fruit and maybe a little yeast in the nose. Taste is sour but not bracingly so. Fruit thoughout- elderberry- a fruit I'm mostly only familiar with as jelly that my grandparents always had on hand. It's nice- it tastes like a combination of berries that you can't quite place. It's not a particularly distinct flavor but it's the dominant one here. Dry, almost salty finish. The beer is not very complex but it's pleasant and very easily drinkable.

Nov 01, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.7 %, 12 IBU. Dogfish Head Brewing, Milton, DE, collaboration with Rodenbach, Belgium.
Clear, bright crimson coloring, slim and slightly pinkish head.

In the nose: Rosy, tart, fruity. Funky, fresh, sour.

In the mouth: Starts out with intense pucker, incredible tart. Cherries and berries, and plenty of oak. Very pleasant sour ale, but lacks the complexity of the regular Rodenbach. Definitely drinkable. Decidedly tasty. Sparkles on the palate. Yeah, pretty nice. Pretty nice, indeed. Good Belgian/American collaboration sour ale and you can drink it.

Oct 17, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a cloudy, deep ruby red coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smells of light doughy malt and tart elderberry, as well as light floral accents. Taste is a good balance of light doughy malt, a distinct, fruity and tart elderberry presence, some floral notes, a light saltiness and very subtle woody, tannic accents, all underlined by a mild lactic, citric acididy. Finishes with a light tartness and some elderberry and subtle tannins lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation.

This is basically a fruited Gose blended with Flanders Red Ale, and not a lot of the latter judging by the flavor profile. I think your enjoyment of this beer will depend heavily on your expectations of this unique combination. If you expect a Flanders Red Ale, you will most definitely be disappointed, because it totally lacks the complexity of that style, but when you start thinking of it as a Gose, it suddenly becomes a much more enjoyable beer. I think it's kinda fascinating how our expectations and understanding of a beer and the style it fits into can change the way we feel about it, especially with a beer that falls between two stools like this. It's not a very complex or full-bodied beer, but it is very fruity and refreshing, with a good balance of sweetness and acidity, while those certain woody and tannic accents, subtle as they may be, definitely add something to it as well.

Oct 12, 2020
2.75 by chiefz1 from New York on Oct 08, 2020
3.84 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Sep 26, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by JRed from New Jersey

Deep ruby in body with floating strawberry white head. Aroma of berries, cherry soda, sour notes. Tastes of sweet berries, cherries, sour notes, some fruit tang lingers. Light bodied with light carbonation. Would prefer more body but overall, refreshing.

Sep 05, 2020
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3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

refreshing sour great flavor not to sour

Sep 01, 2020
3.93 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Aug 30, 2020
3.82 by robotic_being from Florida on Aug 18, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Beejay from Virginia

A: A slightly murky cranberry color, with a small white head.

S: There is a very light berry smell, and a touch of a sour tang.

T: Slightly tart, with berry flavors, and lightly floral finish with just a hint of salinity.

M: Light in body, and very crisp. Slight tartness gives the semi-dry finish a little pop.

O: Overall a very approachable sour. Not overwhelming, fairly complex and interesting. Easy drinking enough for the masses, but interesting enough for the beer nerds.

Aug 05, 2020
4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Aug 02, 2020
4.11 by markallmon from Tennessee on Jul 20, 2020
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 14, 2020
3.67 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jul 12, 2020
3.89 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Jul 05, 2020
4.01 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours the color of red cream soda with a huge pink two finger head. The nose is mildly funky. The flavor has modest tartness and some hints of berries.

Everything about this beer is pretty low-key, which runs opposite to most of DFH's offerings.

Jun 28, 2020
4.07 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Jun 28, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Color is nice almost looks like a blood red with a quarter inch of froth. Smell is very floral not in a hoppy sense. Slight sour notes of lemon and elderberries reminds me a bit of Berry Weiss. Taste is kind of lacking not really sour in a sense of a bite with my old notes of elderberries and some soft flowers. Body is relatively light almost to light and watery with very little carbonation balance. Overall I really didn't want to be disappointed by this but it really isn't that great of a beer.

Jun 23, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Act25 from New Jersey

33rd review and I'm not a mason. If you live by the sea, this beer is for you.
a) Lovely berry body color, fast face scant head as with most fruit/field beers.
s) Solid Flanders aroma, with perfume, orchard, the sea on the background.
t) best part. follows aroma, but develops wine-like, flowers, field, berry notes against an almost pickle sour, salty, yeasty backdrop.
f) Wine-like, tongue prickle, refreshing, summery, sea air. 2 beers in one.
o) I find the sum better than its parts or the reviews here. Will be great blended (again) with any ale or IPA. Try that!

Jun 16, 2020
3.72 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 15, 2020
4.06 by MGibbons from Maryland on Jun 12, 2020
4.03 by FakeDoctor96 from New Jersey on Jun 07, 2020
3.58 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jun 05, 2020
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3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the can, it was poured into a fluted glass and was a clear dark rose color with a nice light pink head. Honestly, there is not much in the nose other than a light fresh scent. In the mouth, I get a sour flavor and not much else - acceptable but nothing more.

Jun 01, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a small chalice: color is ruby red, great effervescence, one finger thick pink head that dissipates quickly and remains as a ring and wispy top.

Smell is muted when poured, limited amplification with warmth, presents with some light herbs, lactic acid.

Taste presents as quite pleasant notes of herbs, floral qualities, mixed fruity like character of cherry or raspberry, some lactic sourness, hint of saltiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate to strong carbonation, crisp presence on the tongue, lingering sourness but not tongue numbing.

Overall a unique spin of styles with subtleties of herbal/floral additions of elderberry, salt, and barrel and kettle sour notes.

May 23, 2020
3.67 by desint from Belgium on May 18, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a nonik pint glass.

Deep ruby hinting pink somewhat cloudy body, with a mix of faint hinting light brown color as well. Head creation is frothy and big, making an easy controlled three fingers of faint pink and light white color, with very fine bubbles. A bit of staying power, with some good retention, and minimal lacing if at all. Leave it up to the fish to make unique colored brews I say.

Aroma is a little ordinary, hints dry, but improves with some exploration and time. Gose like sensing with salinity and mild sensing fruit. Minimal notes of cherry and raspberry like flavors, and an intersting almost gumdrop like candy floral touch. The effect is a little subtle, which takes some exploring, but it's a fun one to get lost in.

Palate seems a little held back. Quite a bit of a wet feel on this one, with a hint of light grass and sour tame like fruit. Faint hint of brine, with light touches of simple lemon and floral notes. Thirst quenching aftertaste, and a touch of chewy malt just eeking to get out in the palate.

Comes off as a little simple session able sour, but has some interesting qualities. The subtlety is a bit lost in it's light character, wish it had a bit more punch but makes for a still classic experimental Dogfish brew.

May 16, 2020
4.21 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2020
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