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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Deep golden hued, with subtle hints of vanilla, clove, and cinnamon. Fruity, spicy, and warming with a complex but soft malt character. Editor’s Note: Limited edition summer seasonal for 2009 but pilot batches were available at fests and the brewpub prior to this release.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle
Pours a cloudy cheddar orange- foggy, slightly thick- with a dense white head. Nose is pancake, vanilla, light corn syrup, raisin, and reduced-calorie honey. Flavor is raisin syrup, clove, fresh honeycomb, pancake, and light plumb. Nice mouthfeel and a pleasant warming sensation in the belly. Not a bad beer but the elements are too busy vying for attention to allow this to be a great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours goldend with some hints of spices and caramel malt. Flavor is slightly complex with vanilla and cinnamon with a fruity undertone and some spice. There is a slight malt character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bomber pours deep dull gold - copper with large tan head. The aroma is full of sweet notes like apples, pears, honey and plum puree as well as some spices and a hint of booziness at the end. The taste is pretty soft and smooth with sweet notes of apple, honey, pears and plum juice. It picks up various winter like spices as well as cloves and a faint level of pepper covered peach slices to midway. It gets slightly boozy here and there yet remains soft and smooth into the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (2672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 26, 2010
On tap at Redhook brewpub. Pours out a cloudy gold/orange topped with a small white head. Aroma was of pit fruit, yeast, spice, and sweetness. Taste more of the pit fruit sweetness along with a good amount of alcohol showing through.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle shared. Poured hazy orangish gold, white head. Nose is vanilla, spice, dark fruit, booze. Taste is also heavy on the spice, vanilla, dark fruit, sweet malt. Mouth is full and warming. Overall, a decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Tasted 7/1/10. 22oz bomber. Bottled May0409. Filtered yet mildly hazy. White ring of head. Floral and honey aromas with a mild berry undertone. Mild hops and a slight alcohol burn. Spicy and full bodied with a sticky body. Citrus yeast and peppery flavors. Cinnamon toast. Bitter grassy and floral. Subtle note of caramel in the front. Lingering and somewhat ample alcohol burn. More toasty than citrus, but still solid!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
22oz bottle, remnants of Boonville. Pours a deep golden-orange color; slightly hazy; small-bubbled, off-white head with light retention and decent lacing. Uh-oh. Lots of stale maltiness, raisins, and overripe fruits in the aroma; cloying sweetness, with some alcohol present even at quite cold temperatures; sweet, sticky, overripe, boozy, and stupid; huge amounts of alcohol for the style, and none of the charismatic elements of the style. Full body (ugh); modest carbonation (did we forget to read up on what a tripel is?); not creamy, but cloying, non-astringent, with a bit of soft warmth coming through; following the aroma, just tons of raisins, stale malts, honey, and cloying malty sweetness; TRIPELS DO NOT NEED TO BE 10% ALCOHOL TO BE COMPLEX, and I present this as proof that they’re far better when they aren’t; complex and layered in the way that a compost bin offers wide-ranging complexity; no me gusta. This is difficult to drink, heavily viscous, and a shameful example of the style. I can’t support brewing like this. But honestly, I’m kind of grateful this is as poor as it is, because otherwise I’d feel obliged to drink the rest of this. A lengthy, cloyingly sweet finish of honey, cardboard, raisins, and sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2010
Very drinkable. Pours golden with a small head and lacing. Aroma of spice. Vanilla, cloves in the flavor. Nice melding of the flavors, but nothing spectacular.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3686) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Orange in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of booze, grain, caramel and yeast. Taste is sweet with sugar, booze, caramel and grain.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Sampled in a 22oz. Pours with a really impressive golden brown hue. Thin white lacey head. The aroma is sweet. The palate is nice but not the best and what you would expect. Great drinking brew. You can taste the alcohol.


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