maekchu (1982) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery during Zwickelmania 2013. Estery, sweetish, honey, some cat pee. Hazy dark straw color. Very mild fruity initial / goes tangy with light fruit (pears, peaches) in mid palate / finish is not quite cloying, but almost. Medium body, with a very smooth mouthfeel. As close to Duvel as I’ve had from a US brewer, but without that beer’s bright flavors. A very good Belgian-style blonde ale.
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber brought back for me from Portland by my fiancée. Quintessential saison aroma. Murky orange body with a thin white head. Just about a perfect saison, with a little higher hop profile than most. Could use a touch more sweetness and body, but still excellent.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Towards the end of the bottle we get a very dark straw color, dirty, thick and hazy, moderate to large frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Soft sweet floral and ctirusy hop aroma.   Subtle spices.   Smells quite vibrant, and inviting.   A bit more muted on the tongue, dank, basement, musty.   Smells like a fresh Blonde Ale, tastes like an aged Blonde Ale.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with a bit more spices than it started with, clean, musty, with some citrus peel and soft floral notes.   Better than I expected, and not really mealy at all.   Enjoyable!
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber courtesy of bvc. The pour is a hazy golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that falls quickly. The aroma is sweet fruit, Belgian yeast, and some lingering straw and hay. The taste is the sweet fruit of the nose along with a lemon peel lightly bitter character, and the Belgian yeast in the finish. The finish also features a dry mineral hay. The palate is medium bodied, a lower carbonation level, and yeast and straw and fruit in long finish. Thanks Brandon.
boFNjackson (4110) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ 15th Ave Hophouse... Poured cloudy, golden orange with thin white head. This was nice tasting BPA. Some esters an fruity notes along with yeast spices that were supported by some green hops, earthy spices, and bready malts. Clean, not in your face. Super drinkable.
MrFecesious (926) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 On tap at Darby’s. Cloudy orange with nice white froth. Great crisp fruit taste with yummy yeast. A good barnyard bitterness to it but just so well balanced. This goes down the gullet super nice. Aroma is citrus and yeast.
Just had this again and such a great beer.
BeefPocoroba (49) - Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at C Bar. Was impressed with the fresh qualities to this beer. Definitely a keeper
Sledutah (4314) - Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At GABBF 2013
Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a medium sized white head and good lacing
Aroma and flavors of Belgian yeast and malts, spicy and fruity
Nice and tasty, like to get a bottle and have some more.
bhensonb (10803) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours orange gold with a foamy/creamy off-white head. Aroma has NW hop and a hint of sweatsox. This is a very nice aroma. Med body or better. The best thing - there’s a lot of earth/sweatsox at the start. Then it gets fruity and bitter. With some NW hop. This is amazing stuff. My tongue is feeling barnyard while there’s fresh fruit still. Frickin brilliant ale. If I had the skill, it’s the beer I’d make. Now I just had a mint choc stout, but that was good, so I don’t think this is a relief rate. The aroma and flavor are to die for. Individual parts of the numbers don’t qualify for high, but the overall does. It’s greater than the sum of its rating parts. :)
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver
Cloudy blond color, with creamy head. The aroma is very mild, at least it’s a bit spicy. Good flavor, malt, with a quite strong spicy character and delicate fruitiness; the mouthfeel is very smooth; strong bitterness too.
Quite close to a real Belgian, a bit more fruity and bitter than the average.