Bill Becker (1321) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Feb 2006
Poured from bottle a very nice ruby red witha smallish head that dissipates quickly leaving just a fine semi layer with some lacing.
The smell is of cherries...sour cherries. Nice.
The taste is also of sour cherries but it's mixed with a citrusy bitterness that mixes nicely with the cherries and makes the beer pretty darned drinkeable.
Bottom line: I've had this quite a few times in the past and shame on me for waiting to review it *after* it was dropped from the line.
This bottle says best by 15 March 2005 and it *may* have suffered a little when compared to a fresh sample but dang it, it's still a good drinker(hence, if you see it, do not be afraid to buy it) and I will miss it. zoucrew102 (2048) - - SEP 9, 2017
Bomber, 2017 vintage. Sweet cherry aroma with notes of tart cherry, oak and some wheat malt. Pours deep red colored with a thin white head that has little retention or lacing. Starts with sweet cherry flavors as well as some wheat malt and acidity. Finishes dry, but quite smooth with tart cherry flavors and some oak. Quite nice. ehaak26 (658) - - SEP 6, 2017
Part of a flight at Whichcraft Brews. Aroma is cherry with a nice tart finish. Ysok02 (1763) - Mons, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2017
Robe grenat, fine mousse. Nez sur la cerise, la griotte, note acidulée et finement boisée. Bouche à l’attaque fruitée, acidulée, fine bulle, de la fraîcheur, une finale acidulée. Bière agréable et bien faite. gopherfan99 (2000) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Bottle; pours cloudy red brown with a slightly pink head; aroma of tart cherries with some hints of wheat and malt; taste is mostly tart but has some hints of sweetness with cherries and wheat; dry, tart cherry finish
oobawa (1653) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Alarmingly red, like a pint of sparkling grape juice, with a vinous undertone to match. Crisp and full of bright cherry tartness, mostly dry with a modest sweet black cherry undertone bolstered by oak vanilla notes. Finishes a bit weak, tart but overly sparkly. Still tasty, though. Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2017 New Belgium sour ale based on traditional cherry lambic, as part of their Lips of Faith series. Bomber shared with Ster at Uncle Babe’s in Gent. Label - and the New Belgium website - mentions Oud Beersel as the supplier of the lambic involved in this one, rather than Boon as is mentioned above on this site... Thin, loose, dirty off-pinkish, lightly lacing head, hazy cherry red robe with amberish-brownish tinge. Lots of fresh cherries in the nose, fruit yoghurt, cherry pits, some stale sweat, sweet white grape, vague sherry, caramel, passion fruit and fermenting hay. Convincingly rich cherry pulp flavor in the onset, hints of purple gooseberry and very subtle passion fruit, spritzy carbonation, lean and smooth mouthfeel; sour but not puckering, rather a soft, sedate, accessible lactic tartness. This tartness continues over the middle and dries the palate in a gentle manner, at least compared with traditional cherry lambics; bit ’moelleux’ in the middle with a light caramelly malt base, sweetish underneath the tartness, fruity and juicy, dryingly tart finish with still vague traces of that soft caramelly sweetness lingering. Comes across as a hybrid between actual ’oude kriek’ lambic and cherry oud bruin, which is no surprise since it is basically a blend of Oud Beersel Oude Kriek with New Belgium’s own house sour Felix (which, if I understood correctly, is a kind of blonde counterpart of oud bruin, I guess roughly in the style of e.g. Petrus Aged Pale and the like in Belgium). Fairly clean, straightforward and perhaps lacking a bit in complexity to be internationally great, sour but in a mellow, tart, yoghurty and, as said, ’oud bruin’-like way, accessible and suitable as an introduction to sour cherry beers - a tasty introduction indeed, with still more than enough fruit acidity to be credible and authentic. Pleasant sour, in all. GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Clear red with a pale head. Aroma is cherry pie, cherry candy. Light-medium bodied, tart and fruity on the palate, lightly dry and funky finish. Taste is cherry pie, cherries. zvikar (6349) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 22, 2016
Pours red cherry with a small head, aroma of wood, honey, cherry and caramel, flavor is acidic with cherry and apples, medium bodied Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2016
This beer is beautiful to look at, but it kind of lacks what I expected from it in taste and smell. It’s tart like a lambic should be, but it’s not as sweet as it looks, and it looks like the fruitest beer you can get your hands on. It’s a solid sour, but it’s not the best that New Belgium makes.