GJF (1193) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, straightforward belgian style. A good bit of pear and a bit of funk in the flavor. A dry finish, just a touch of hop at the end. Nicely balanced ale.
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law. Pours pale straw with a large, off-white head that is partially diminishing, leaving thin yet firm lacing. Interesting funky yeast nose (soft cheese, sourdough) with a fruity undertone (orange and lemon peel, nectarine and grapefruit). Fruitiness seems to eventually overpower the yeast notes as it warms. Mildly sour, mildly sweet flavor - I pick up black pepper, graham cracker, light nectarine. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation - fruity esters in the finish. Well done.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (small sample). Very light yellow pour. Aroma of spice and citrus - smells and tastes like a Belgian. Somewhat carbonated. Nice brew.
minch25 (578) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought I had rated this, but I guess I didn’t. Here’s from my notes, circa Nov ’09. Pours hazy straw blonde, soft medium sized white head. Aroma: yeast, orange peel. It tastes like a standard Belgian blonde to me. Soft carbonation. Or a toned down tripel. Golden Monkey’s little sister? Not very exciting.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed golden color/ lingering white head. Nice peppery, salty, citrusy pale malt aromas with mild barnyard piss. frothy light mouthfeel. Very good citrusy, clove flavors with dusty pale malts, peppercorn, mild barnyard funk. Great beer.
Strykzone (4383) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half of the pint pour was white foam and it seemed like forever before it faded. Sticky and stringy lacing. Appearance is slightly opaque honey. Nose is pleasant with fruit and funk which is as it should be. Flavor is complex fruit, spice, and that funk again. It is surprisingly dry. Aftertaste is oranges and bubblegum with a very faint bitterness. This saison is too much like a hefe to be a great beer. Still, it is a pleasant and enjoyable offering.
Keir (123) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10.29.09 Bottle. Pours golden with nice light white head full of big bubbles. Aroma is slight, sweet, fruity, candy, bubblegum. Tastes sweet, fruity, tart, nice bite. Very carbonated.
Braudog (5454) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very bright golden yellow, with a tall stack of tight white bubbles for a head. The aroma is quite esthery, with a hint of tropical fruit. Quite the light, pleasant drinker -- frothy and fruity, with pineapple, banana and very light malt. I do believe I’ve discovered the perfect breakfast beer! Outstanding.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a bubbly white head. Aroma of light fruits, light toast, yeast, grains, slight sourness. Flavors are bright with lemon/zest/citrus, dry bread, light spice. Mouthfeel is light and lively sweet and a touch tart with a sort of creaminess that leads to a dry somewhat tart finish. Pretty tasty overall, this would have been awesome in the Summer or Spring, too bad it’s 25 degrees out and snowing presently.
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straw colored brew with a massive ivory tower that produces a significant amount of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, biscuit, lemongrass, pepper, and citrus. Flavor shows tons of orange peel, lemon rind, slight funk, and spice. Highly carbonated...pretty good brew.