obguthr (3672) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lemongrass, funk, and persimmon nose. Hints of marshmallow also discernible. Hazy amber, thick cream colored sticky head. Grapefruit, lemongrass, and funk. Orange peel at midpalate and beyond. There’s even a malty presence. Alcohol well concealed. Multi-dimensional and very well balanced, nice intensity. West coast saison if there is such a thing. Fantastic!
onceblind (3966) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden under a sticky and lasting foamy white head. Earthy floral and funky nose with hay and white flowers, leafy hops, and freshly milled wheat. Flavor is bright and full and fun with wheat and hay and oats and bright fruity tones like clementine and pear and guava and an earthy kiwi. Very tasty saison worthy of competing with any saison from Denver or Belgium.
Braudog (5601) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Heck of a pour ... golden, crystal-clear amber with nice inviting bubbles, the head a white, craggy, rocky pile of foam. The beer gives off a nice yeasty nose. It drinks with a nice fruity, yeasty, hoppy ... everything ... character. Piles of flavors in this, yet still simply sweet and enjoyable. Nice stuff. (#4750, 8/28/2012)
Ratman197 (9560) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of BeerandBlues2 (thanks Brad!) poured a clear gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, grapefruit, light lemon zest and a hint of pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, grapefruit, lemon zest, light spice and a hint of pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering citrus finish.
khays (50) - - APR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells estery, yeasty and fruity (raspberry and pear notes) and there is a very slight metallic smell. Pours a golden colour, looks highly carbonated and clear. White finger width head.
Complex flavour, sweet and bitter, like grapefruit peel, hints of raspberry, strawberry, spices, grass and pear. Lack the funk that is usually present with saisons.
Medium body, sweet to begin with, creamy in the middle, a bit bitter near the end and slightly astringent to finish.
Perhaps this is a little too refined for a saison, no haze, clear taste, no funk and really amazing flavour. The bitter finish leaves you feel like you just are grapefruit peel, which is all. Would fault this beer for.
bhensonb (10816) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy dark gold with a 3 finger creamy/foamy tan head. Lots of hop. Seems floral and resin. Earthy as well. Med + body. Starts with lots of hop. Many types, but they leave with bubble gum behind. Then it goes earthy, fruity citrus. This stuff suggests Belgian, but has really cool hops. And it is earthy beneath it all. Delicious, brilliant, effing great ale. Complex to me.
smith4498 (2988) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear dark golden color with white head. Lemon and grass aroma with some yeast. Grassy and doughy aroma with some lemons and a hint of biscuit malts. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.
poisoneddwarf (1692) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours hazy copper with a large cream-colored head with great retention; leaves decorative lacework. Aroma is hoppy for a saison--woodsy, piney, floral, perfumey hops. Taste is more in line with the category. Along with the prominent aforementioned hops, Belgian yeast and an earthiness are noticeable. It starts out lightly sweet before becoming quite bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy. Pretty good.
DMLINAZ (284) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From last month’s Total Wine summer beer tasting class. Lots of aroma here; good flavor. For both aroma and flavor: yeast; lemon; Belgian; clove; sharp; peppery. I’d definitely have this again.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: Pours a clear deep bronze golden with a clingy-lacing froth of white head. Has a fresh lemon and grapefruit hoppy nose with a healthy amount of light caramel and biscuity malts. Starts with good lightly toasted malty sweetness quickly giving way to assertively bitter and semi-tart citrusy hops that linger into the finish. Well-balanced, true to the hoppy saison/Belgian IPA style and pretty drinkable too.