jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured with a nice orange-golden hue, shiny and still, yet with a formidable foam head. The aroma is of banana creme, expectant of a creamy delight. Although it’s not quite dessert-worthy, the beer still delivers -- tight with sharp yeasty goodness, a hint of spice, and a tickle of tropical fruit. (#3645, 8/19/2009)
pete4999 (1045) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Bottled May 21, 2009. Amber brown pour with minimal head. Cloudy at first but cleared up over time. Smells spicy - peppery, cinnamon. Also some fruits - for such a light-colored beer, the scents of dark fruit prevail. Taste is similar to the smell. Drinks very easy for a tripel. Despite the ratings here, I was quite impressed. Redhook doesn’t really garner the most respect, but I liked it.
Drake (8547) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 vintage bomber from Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Pours a hazy amber with floating particles. The thin creamy slightly off-white head shows no signs of going anywhere. The aroma is spice, candi sugar, pears, citrus and a faintly hoppy finish. The taste is bread, candi sugar, bubblegum, butter rum, raisin, spice, toasted notes and slight oxidation. Medium-full bodied, high carbonation and a faint bit of warmth.