bhensonb (13522) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours golden amber with a creamy/bubbly beige head. Aroma reminds of old fashioned linoleum paste. Fruit, maybe also banana, peppery clove spice. Near full bodied. Flavor is definitely peppery, lightly stone fruit, touch of tropical fruit, and a lot of bitter hop. Finishes very peppery. Pushing the Belgian limits here.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured golden amber/orange with a thick, bubbly, eggy head. Nice lacing and retention. An extremely refreshing beer. The matte creating a soothing palate with a hint of smoke and phenols. Smooth, belgian yeast esters and spices. Earthy hop flavors and floridness. Citrus, grassy tones and a hint of malt sweetness to help the body.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours orange-gold, small white head, nice lacing and retention. Very faint nose of spice, barnyard, dough, and fruit. Perhaps when it warms up more will show. Medium palate, unexceptional taste. Plain beer festival brew flavors, little bit of banana and slight clove, pepper on the back end. Ok, not as good as the label art (Charles Burns’ ill illustration).
sonnycheeba (4799) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear gold with medium, creamy white head; short retention and good lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, pears, cookie malt, spice, and grassy hops. Flavor is heavy malt, light hops, and medium esters; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (11662) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, light alcohol, spicy hops and fruity esters. Flavor is malt forward with light hops and bitterness, fruity esters, spicy alcohol and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at special brews. Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with a creamy thin off white head. Classic green apples and sweet cream nose showing plenty of dust as well. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Dusty, toasty mid palate with apples and sweet cream, dark dusty finish. Solid tripel.
joeyray700 (15) - motley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured clear copper color with nice beige head. Nice clean fruity aroma. Very clean well balanced hoppy taste. Nice clean mouth feel. Overall a good beer but nothing great.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured at the Publican, on tap. Golden color with three fingers white head. Smell is faint banana and clove. Taste is light and crisp, gum and light citrus. It’s decent, but nothing special.
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an ale mug. Rich golden color. The slightest bit of cloudiness - is there a secondary fermenation? One finger of head on the pour, dissipates fairly quickly, but a bit lingers for quigte some time. Not much lace on the sides of the glass - just a few dots here and there. Aroma is different than I would expect. Some malted barley. Some esters and phenols, somewhat like papaya. Some grassy notes. Flavor is reminiscient of Duvel - rich and sweet, with some of the earthy almost peaty flavor I get with a Belgian blonde. Decent amount of hops from the boil, perhaps the herbal qualities of the yerba mate as well, means it finishes dry, almost astringent. Rich body, with mild carbonation. Overall, a fun beer and I am looking forward to the next installment from one of my favorite local Seattle breweries.
troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Malty without being too sweet. Aroma has some yeastiness. Rathe full bodied. I could not taste the yerba mate.