HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours clear orange, minimal head. Slight citrus aroma, little to no spice. Taste is beery - indistinct - with maybe some citrus? Not alot going on, really underwhelming. Felt like the sour was added to mask the absence of everything else. kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Fruity Pebbles aroma with some funk. Somewhat tart, citrusy, and yeasty. Acid from orange peel tempered by a very dry finish. Different - rather like this as a slow sipper in small doses. Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Nice spice and citrus tones with bready notes. Slightly hazy golden. Semi-sweet with good spice flavor and a lot of yeast notes. Balanced with a dry spicy finish. Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
A nice beer, good for summer drinking. On tap at Venti’s. A dull lemon (nice- opposed to shocking or sour) with a slight hint of cloves. Light sticky head, dark yellow in color.
New Belgium, and Michigan’s own, Brewery Vivant, each stuck a hand in the mitten for this wonderful collaboration. A bright Biere de Garde with a pale copper sheen, this beer is brewed with pale malt, and some oats for creaminess. Hopped with Sorachi Ace to reinforce the citrus bite from the bergamot addition, the Brewery Vivant Collaboration is refreshing, and strong. A hint of clove from Vivant’s house yeast brings a spice bite to the extra dry finish. Enjoy with friends.
Just the facts Ma’am...
Birthdate - October, 2012
ABV - 9%
IBU - 18
Calories - 235
Hops - Target, Sorachi Ace
Malts - Pale, Munich, C-120
Fruits/Spice - Orange Peel
Body - Medium-Light
Aroma - Fruity orange and lemon peel, lots of spicy phenolic yeast flavors (clove, peppercorn), fresh herbal tea, fennel, some tropical fruit notes, cellar-like notes.
Mouthfeel - Starts warm, cloying and boozy with effervescence like a fine champagne, finishes bone-dry- perfect biere de garde style!
Flavor - Sweet fruit, slight citric tart and mineral-like
Visual - Light golden straw with a uniform haze & slight sheen; low white head with nice lacing. pras (602) - Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Poured pail yellow. Aroma of lemony citrus. Taste was crisp and fresh (after being aged for 2 years). Very enjoyable. Couldn’t tell its high alcohol content.
musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours a lemon/golden yellow with lively carbonation with 2 finger head that quickly dissipates and leave no head. Moderately sweet with lemon/orange citrus with spices (coriander?). Yeasty doughy flavor with some mild herbal hops to draw the finish to a slightly bitter end. Medium body with moderate carbonation that quickly settles down after the pour. Very well balanced, given it is a 9% beer. I like it, although it is a touch sweet for me. Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Draft. The aroma is pretty hoppy. There is also some sweetness. The appearance is a hazy golden with a creamy head. The taste starts out kinda lemon zesty and finishes kinda hoppy. Has a fruity sweetness in the middle. The palate is nice. Overall, this is a good beer. Well done.
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Bomber. Pours a translucent golden color with a thin white head. Some lacing and loads of carbonation. Aroma of cereal malts, citrus, and a bit of funk. Tastes like fruit loops. Sweet cereal malts mixed with a light hint of citrus hops. Some caramel notes Spicy medium dry finish. crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Clear orange-golden with a lasting, foamy off-white head. Aroma is sour citrus, a little funky spiciness, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, a tad tart, overripe fruit, fermented orange, a little bitterness on the finish, some lasting booze and syrupy orange (bringing to mind Triaminic, or a mimosa with orange schnapps). After the first several sips, my impression of the flavor and palate improved considerably, moving from a semi-cloying start to pleasantly dry and tart. Definitely more enjoyable than my description suggests. jhgrantjr (473) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Stumbled on a bottle at Forrest Hill Wine Merchants in Germantown. Have never tried the "Biere de Garde" style. Pours a golden and clear color. Had a good foamy head on the pour. Aroma is slightly citrus, has some of that barnyard funk and spiciness. Taste is tart and fruity, which makes is a little sweet. But as it warms up, it gets thicker and I can taste the alcohol more. There is an aftertaste that I do not like. I think it is a lemon zest. I’ll have to try other versions of this style before I know if I like it or not. This particular one I won’t try again.