Vibrant P'ocean
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #218
Ranked #28,608
3.78 | pDev: 8.2%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
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Notes: Sour ale brewed with elderberry, elderflower, lemon and fleur de sel blended with 2-year aged Rodenbach foeder beer. Collaboration with Rodenbach.
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Photo of puck1225
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think I was a bit spoilt from just having Jester King Less Dots - this beer is similar, but not the in the same league.

Poured from a can into a a tulip glass. Dark pink color with nice initial head and good lacing. Nice fresh berry smell and taste. A good but not vibrant taste profile. Overall good but probably not a repeater.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz can into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, deep red, amber color with some bright highlights when held up to the light along with streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continually rising to the beer's surface. Has a just slightly pink, but mostly white head that's about an inch thick when first poured. head eventually settles to a thick white foam ring surrounding the inside of the glass at the beer's surface along with some nice cluster swirls of surface foam. Not much lacing here though. Aromas of some bready malts, elderberry, and some citrus funk. The flavors are very similar, with some bready malts, elderberry sweetness, some funky lemon citrus, some oak must, and a hint of sea salt. Good balance of flavors that really mesh well after the beer has had the chance to sit and warm for a bit. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet also smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a slightly sour, funky, musty, yet also fairly sweet aftertaste with a clean finish. A very interesting take on this style of beer.


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Photo of thebeers
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear Kool Aid red with two fingers of purple-tinted head that quickly fizz away leaving a crown and some spotty lacing, which themselves eventually disappear.

The initial aroma strikes me as very Gose-like, but there’s definite wood and some cranberry-esque and floral components.

The taste is somewhat similar. It’s very light and fairly salty. There’s light sourness, funkiness and woodiness, and some light berry fruitiness and tartness as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little creamy with mild carbonation — the saltiness building up of it sits too long on the tongue.

Certainly the worst Rodenbach I’ve ever tried — but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. There’s a time and place for almost everything. If you’re looking for a cheap, sessionable, American Gose-type beer with a slight hint of character beneath — something you could tailgate with on a hot day without a second thought — this beer’s for you.

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Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer, with excellent head production and lacing, and a crystal clear, lively, reddish-dark amber body. Head retention is OK.

Musty, sharp, and fruity aroma. Cranberry, lemon, oak, cherry, flower, vinegar.

Almost tea-like up front, likely due to the berry and flower, but this is quickly followed by a sharp, musty, oaky sourness. Not particularly sour over the course of the sip, but it's quite tasty.

Crisp and smooth feel; not quite as crushable as the low ABV kettle sours that have become so popular, but not a slow sipper like Rodenbach's Flanders red ales.

Entirely an in-between beer, but a very tasty one.

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Photo of officerbill
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red with a a thin, quickly dissolving head.
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this beer. I love Rodenbach and like most DFH sours, but this is a case wher ethe sum is less than the parts.
This isn't a bad sour, so much s it's an indecisive sour. The funk is there, there's a mild tartness, the sour cherry is lurking in the background. You get some wet straw and damp oak. Sadly it doesn't all come together the way, I believe, the two excellent breweries thought it would.
This isn't a bad beer and the price was right ($11-something/6), but it feels like it could have been so much better

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Photo of larryi86
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, dated 1/10/20, poured into a snifter

A- A clear bright ruby red with a small pink head.

S- Tart, lemons, elderberry, a little floral, some oak, a little chalky, hints of Rodenbach.

T- Tart, elderberries, floral, touch of sweet malts, oak, touch of lacto.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A decent sour, but I have had better sours from both breweries. Flavors come together fairly well, but I would have like the Rodenbach to shine through a little more.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark reddish color, verging on purple. The aroma is strange and disjointed. Hints of a great foeder beer come through, but are muddled by strange herbal notes. Lacto notes seem off...and then it hits me. What is this beer trying to accomplish? I know, it wants to be a fruited sour beer. And yet everything here comes off in a weird, muddled, slightly unappealing manner. Flavor profile follows suit (for better or worse). It opens up with the pleasant qualities of a good foeder sour - gentle funk, tartness, and touches of oak. After that, it kind of derails. I do note some nice elderberry flavor, before abruptly finishing with a distinctly savory yet herbaceous note. There are very good elements individually, it has to be said. Too bad everything comes together like a complete car crash. On the plus side, it's fairly crisp and dry, with the sourness and vibrant carbonation cleansing the palate nicely. Overall, I don't find it wretchedly bad, but it's certainly isn't good, either. It's also a waste of what seems like an excellent foeder beer. Pity...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of its playbook is from the Flanders region of Belgium, the other in the historic sour trends of Northern Germany, yet spearheaded by America's Dogfish Head brewery. Their collaboration with the classic Rodenbach brewery yields a beer made from two beers: a two year barrel aged Flanders Red Ale and the other a Leipzig inspired edelflower, edelberry, lemon and sea salt ale.

Vibrant in its pour, Vibrant P'ocean placed a glean on the eye with a rosy mauve haze and a sparkling, frothy show. A tease of rosé tartness with delicate suggestions of lavender, carnations, sea air, and delicate red berries draws in the nose juest ahead of an equally delicate sweetness of honeysuckle, light wafer and a mild candied sweetness.

As the bubbly ale races across the middle palate, its sweetness starts to lessen and the brisk sourness shines with apple cider, lemon, red and green berries, light cherry and a mix of white and red grapes. Citrusy underpinnings trend tart and peppery with vinous wines, oak and a dash of white pepper for balance and incitement.

Medium light in body, the floral and flowery ale is moderate in sourness while showing a rounded but mild mannered display of flavor. Finishing vinously tart and refreshing like wine spritzer, a return of sourdough and a dash of salinity reels the session back into the sour ale world. A truly inventive beer.

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Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a "snulip" glass. Ever-so-slightly hazy ruby color, with a thick head of pink-tinged white that receded fairly rapidly leaving minimal lacing. Aromas and flavors are fruity and funky, with berry, citrus, and a floral note. There is some pleasant tartness, along with plenty of salinity from the fleur de sel. The finish is dry and crisp, with a touch of tart fruit and citrus lingering on the palate. This is about what I imagined it would be when it was first announced, and that is not a bad thing at all. Recommended.

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Photo of EMV
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Crystal clean burgundy/maroon pour with thick foamy white head. Falls fast... nice ring of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Fruit/berry plus a bit of funk and acidity.

T.F: Tart and acidic up front. Lemon and berry... modest funk with the suggestion of sweetness that never appears. Some floral character... a bit of oak towards the finish. The flavor kind of peters out after the initial tart/berry. Zesty carbonation... clean and refreshing.

O: This is a so-so collaboration from 2 great breweries. It can't decide if it wants to go Rodenbach or Dogfish Head and kind of fails at both. It looks great... smells great... but has a muted flavor profile that doesn't do justice to either brewery. Easy drinking... light and very sessionable. Would be great for a day at the pool or while doing some yard work. Not a winter beer in any way.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours perfectly clear, dampened only by the rose to ruby hue. The froth is a raspberry pink, and grows to a couple fingers on an aggressive pour, falling at a moderate pace, fading to almost nothing. Swirls bring a thin and fleeting ring.

The berry (elder apparently) comes through nicely on the nose with a slightly floral note and a hint of salinity. The wood from the Rodenbach beer's treatment is present in small amounts, more as it warms, but overall it is pretty subtle.

The berry fruit tartness that greets my palate is a little on the tart side - it seems as if the kettle souring is to blame. Once the tart wears off, there is a lemon seltzer, grain, and dry wood backing it. A quick drink comes across as a cranberry cocktail with ice where the latter is half melted. The beer is light, a bit carbonated, and fairly refreshing.

The seems like an odd mix as I try to deconstruct it. The up front tartness of the DFH sour is moderate at most, perhaps due to the blending. The second half that seems like it could be driven by a light foeder beer seems to be missing the nuances of those lighter beers. It's almost as if the two beers cancel out the key parts of the other.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a beautiful clear ruby color with a very generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has elderberry and lemon hints
T-The taste follows the nose with an elderberry and lemon flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated smooth beer
O-A good Fruit and Field beer

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Vibrant P'ocean from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 33 ratings