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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring layer leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light spicy nose. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits and warming. Hint of alcohol at finish. Bottled 5/21/09, the brewer suggests drinking this within a year. $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley’s Beverage Dover, NH.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Clear light amber with a white head. Nice fruity spicy yeasty candi sugar aromas. Medium body. Good candi sugar, earthy sweet malt flavors with some banana, clove and cinnamon in a warm finish. Reminiscent of their original Belgian style ale from days of yor, very good.

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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2009
6/23/09 from 22oz bottle. Aroma is classic clovey character with lots of holiday spice and citrus tang that has a slight blood-orange quality. Appearance is like perfectly clear honey with a medium maintained white head and classic belgian lace. Flavor has a very complex carryover of phenols that adds a unique earthy and spicy character that carries from the inital taste into the appropriately low noble bittering and faintly lingers in the finish. On first sip, it presents itself as an overhopped Americanized Beligin, the second just makes you realize the yeast strain has a balance of strengths that amps up throughout the palate. The malt sweetness is balanced, with a touch of caramel, a touch of breadiness, a touch of candy, and never overwhelmed by one over the other. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a sharp, spicy carb texture that stays into the coating finish and warms ever so subtley. Overall, a big brew that shows you how a well utilized yeast can bring out the best of malt and hops (even in a Belgian), rather than merely highlighting it’s own phenolic prowess.
Earlier Rating: 5/8/2008 Total Score: 3.8
5/8/08 From the Fermentor. Aroma is spicy clove phenol forward with a hard to place mix of fruit dominated by banana; candilike with strong yeast character. Appearace is a hazy yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Flavor is more of the interesting fruitiness blended with malt and no bittering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm and spritzy. Overall, a cool little brew that is easier drinking than most trippels and excellent phenolics.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle from Windy City. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Bread, honey, and mild spice aroma. Bright lively palate. Tastes of malt, vanilla, some sweet spice, and a very bready finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6851) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmbeer (1241) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2009
22 oz bottle served in tulip- poured a brazen orange with red hue, solid 1 finger head formed and shared some stories with me. Low carbonation, aroma of malt, candi sugar, and notes of dark fruit, vanilla, and raw strength. Hits the mouth with a low- medium body, malt is not like it would be for this style, but still great, the liquid transcents your senses and becomes notes of pure liquid goodness, finish is solid and lingers after a steak dinner (trust me, been there, done that). I know that Redhook has a partnership with ABBev (insert nipple twisting gasp here), but, for this brew, they merely put their head down, swinged for the fences, and hit part of the ball. SOLID BREW. And at the price point ($10 for a single 22oz.), I just may have to get another. Or 2. Or 20.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
22oz bottle. Served in a Bells tulip. Golden colored with a slight orange tint and a one fingered head that dies down pretty quickly. Gentle aroma of vanilla sugar, slight biscuit, a touch of rosewater and subdued phenols. Taste is reserved with some subtle pear and honey. Big mouthfeel at first, ending with some nice carbonation, a lingering mild sweetness, alcohol warmth and lingering white pepper notes. The alcohol is pretty laid back, but hit me halfway through the second glass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Summer 2009 release, 22 oz. bottle purchased at QFC in Lynnwood, WA. Poured into a brandy snifter....it’s an orange amber color, with minimal head. Aroma: Coriander, spice, and vanilla. Flavor: Spice, orange peel, and bananas. Damn...it’s one great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bomber from Total Wine (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark orange amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar, caramel, honey, light spice, bread, yeast, some hints of banana and clove. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar, banana, clove, spice, honey, caramel, some light fresh fruit notes. Generally medium body with a pleasing sweet, malty finish.


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