hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
22 oounce bomber. Poured a reddish color with a decent head. Nice tarty flavor. The berries come through nice. very drinkable. piscator34 (2620) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
2009 vintage Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Rose/gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of "rocket" candies, lemon, and dark berries. Flavours are of earthy Brett, lemon, and mild blackberries. The body is light, tart, and very appetizing. I get the feeling that a fair bit of the fruit has dropped out. Great as is, but I’m really curious to find out how this stuff drinks when fresh. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to someone (I forget who) for this. 2009 vintage bottled on August 14th.
Looks like GI carbonated the pooch on this one. Strong gusher (though nowhere near the worst I’ve experienced) was handled with care over a sink and I only lost a small portion of the beer.
3.0 A: The appearance resulting from the gushing is a mess. All of the yeast and blackberry slurry mixed well throughout the whole bottle. Opaque amber brownish color. Frothy white head, which retains fairly well, had plenty of blackberry and yeast particulates throughout and especially on top, giving the appearance of a cappucino with a healthy dose of cinnamon sprinkles on top. The beer, like the head, has particulates throughout.
3.5 S: The nose is rather boring for a beer put through what this one has been. Equal parts brett funk and sourness, but neither are very strong. Lightly acetic, a bit more lactic acid, and a light berry component. If I hadn’t known about the wine barrels, I probably would have attributed the light grape vinous component to the berries, but it sticks out with the a priori knowledge. Light woodiness with a touch of astringency. Overall, it’s a good aroma, but it doesn’t have any balls to it. Far too subdued.
3.5 T: The taste suffers from the anemia of the nose. It’s tasty just like the nose is pleasant, but no power at all. There’s a light tartness, but the acetic sourness is all but gone. Compared to the sourness, there’s a decent amount of funk featuring a basement muskiness, leather, and wild apple. The tartness of the berries shows that they are there, but there isn’t a lot of berry flavor. Woodiness and astringency are there again and in good proportions.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Aggressive not-quite-spritzy carbonation. Could be smoother, but that’s mainly due to the overcarbonation.
3.5 D: It’s an okay brew if there’s nothing better around, but a bomber of this is a rather boring experience. The aromas and flavors are okay, just too weak to make this a truly enjoyable experience. The overcarbonation and the price didn’t add anything positive either.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-18-2011 05:42:44
BrewBoxer (2657) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bomber. Pours a purple browinsh ciolor with no head. Smells floral potpuri, fruit and spices. Tastes of cherry and rasberries with a sour bite, but not overly tarty. Really good example of a sour. Not what i expected from goose island. Good job. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
In short: A very tart, dry and oaky beer with plenty of tart fruits (raspberries mainly).
ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
How: Bottle 22oz, vintage 2009, bottling may 2009. Consumed when almost 1.5 year of age
The look: Gusher. Cloudy dark pink body topped by a large pink head
In long: Intense nose that is dry, tart and fruity. This is like smelling raspberry seeds, cherry pits, etc. Taste is super sharp. Tart raspberries, crisp wheat, cranberries, sour white grapes, cherries, raspberry seeds, cherry skin, lots of oak, some strawberries. Tartness level is through the roof, medium acidity, low sourness, very astringent. Sharp dry finish leaving fruit acidity after-taste. This is a Sour Ale (more like a Tart Ale) that is very intense but also manages to be highly drinkable. Overall the flavor profile of this beer is like an oaky fruit Berliner Weisse, as if Dieu Du Ciel would oak age their Solstice d’Été aux Framboises. To quote William Shakespeare: " What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun.". On a related note, I am amazed at the number movie plots that were accurately predicted by Shakespeare.
2009 Vintage. Bottled August 14.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Appearance: Pours a hazed, reddish-pink body with a very tall, rather fizzy, lightly pink head.
Smell: Airy nose of tart-scented berry-based spread, oak-based barrels, and a particularly small spoonful of salty bleu cheese crumbles tucked in back.
Taste: There’s a brief, light opening of sweet maltiness. A handful of berries, both ripened and unripened, firmly funky barnyard phenolics, and with a robust, zesty oak wood presence throughout. Though blackberries were used, it all keeps coming up tartish raspberries. Not overtly flavorful, the fruit, though ample for the proceedings. Modesty lactic. Cracklingly acidic. You’ll likely pucker. One drop of lemon juice, then a continued subtle fruitiness into the dry, fizzy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.
Drinkability: There’s freely wild funkiness, there’s fruit, and plenty of bubbles. Interesting and enjoyable for a bottle’s worth.
2009 Juliet- bottled on my birthday :). This is also the review # that corresponds with the day I was born (not planned at all). This was a crazy gusher which made quite an event at our family gathering. Poured into my duck rabbit snifter (~10 oz).
A- Body is a dark translucent pink color with uniform fogginess. Pours with a very foamy light pink head which suprisingly doesnt take long to settle to 1/2 finger and very little lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Nose is quite tart-with an acidic tartness striking first, behind this is raspberry, a hint of vinegar, and a hint of funk-the main character is the acidic tartness.
T- As with the nose the acidic tartness is the first to come through in the flavor-at a moderate strength-behind this is dry raspberry and a hint of funk. The tartness quickly fades and almost disappears for the finish allowing a dry mild berry flavor to shine. Nothing really lingers on the palate.
M- Carbonation is quite high and tingly with a lightweight, slightly dry body.
D- This is a very good wild ale overall. The highlight is the tartness-but overall its mild to moderate with a clean finish. This was a good sour to start the family off with as its not really offensive.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-26-2010 15:34:35
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bomber shared with my bro on nye 2010 to 2011. Pours a light reddish brown with a glowing pinkish hue, small quickly fading white head. Aroma is funky barnyard, nice fruity note. Definitely some woody wet earthiness along with the light fruit notes. Flavor starts sweet and mild, nicely soft and fruity before picking up some funky notes, then a sharp citric lemon tartness. The tart notes linger with the blackberry definitely up front. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Very nice beer, happy new year! Many more beers to come! :) iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2010
22 oz bottle, 2009 version sample December 2010:gushes on cap removal...I barely manuvered the bottle over the glass, losing just a few drips and bubbles. Pours with a thick, billowy & fluffy off white head that loudly and quickly diminishes...strong, funky barnyard aroma is immediately noticeable...with notes of oak and lightly charred wood. Lively palate, though not overly so as I was expecting. Clean...while being fairly tart. I imagine there used to be light fruit, but that has faded to be replaced by yeast and nice bitters. Long, leathery and funky finish. This holds true to a great farmhouse ale, though I would classify as a sour...either way, nice. drowland (8938) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
10/9/10. Thanks, Lance! Bomber shared at Tally Sourfest. Light fruity and woody aroma with a slightly sour and quite winey flavor with plenty of dark fruits. A bit simple and light, but very nice.