radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a clear golden yellow color. Aroma was belgian yeast, sweet malts. Flavor was sweet, almost candy like in nature. Touch of spices, apple cider. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Light straw aroma with an odd fruitiness – banana skins. Quite ester-y and a bit odd – on the sweeter side. May dry out nicely with some additional age. Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bomber from BP in Yellow Springs, OH. BP, yes BP.....we call it Beer Place. I was a bit reluctant to buy this beer at first after reading that it was made up of types of white wine grapes. But, I really enjoyed this yeasty, fruity, herbacious, spicy Belgian tripel. I will certainly get this one again, my favorite Epic of the series thus far. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle: Pours a fairly light, clear golden with an average white head. So - the infamous Vertical epic. Seems that I joined the party a bit too late considering this is my first one and by all accounts it’s the worst one. I couldn’t say that from experience, so here’s my thoughts on this one. Aroma is a bit vinous, a little funky. It’s a surprising 9.5%, to be sure because this brew feels very light for it’s style. With that said, flavors are an odd mixture of Belgian yeasts, sugars, vinousness - there’s a bit of alcohol bitterness here like you’d expect from a wine bottle, honestly. Interesting and unique brew but it seems a bit off putting, honestly - notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2010
On paper, this beer sounds pretty awesome - however, something like this requires nuance and subtlety, which are two things this brewer simply does not do well - cloudy gold with a saffron-ish tint - headless - aroma is heavy on the white grape/wine component, but with a hefty dose of yeast and phenols, herbal tea-like character - relatively inviting despite being a bit clumsy - pretty much everything in the flavor is overdone - the chamomile is overuse and generates an unwelcome bitterness - grape is fairly potent, but tastes kind of like cheap wine (the alcohol burn in the finish does not help this) - light phenols - overdone herbal bitterness in the finish, tasting a bit like a mouthful of yarrow - dry finish - too much of too many things.
dmac (6574) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2010
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a great looking clear orange body with an average size frothy white head with lots of continually rising carbonation. Aroma was largely comprised of something between wine and grapes along with a heavy dose of yeast, crusty grains, rock candy and dried tropical fruits. Medium bodied with slightly strong tight bubbly carbonation and a dry finish with a touch of alcohol heat that is so subtle it’s not even noticed until it’s almost at the bottom of your throat. Flavor reminds me a lot of church, chunky bread dipped in cheap wine. This one just tries to hard and has to many ingredients going on for it for any one of them to make a nice addition. Basically it’s easily drinkable but just to complicated for it to translate. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle pours orange-gold with a white head. Aroma is dusty and doughy yeast, reinforced with underlying floral/fruit notes (primarily from the gewurtz and sauv blanc), a touch of bubblegum and toast. Flavor shows basically the same. Overall body is moderate, with sweet belgian candi sugar quickly being dried by a somewhat astringent oak presence. User29624 (1687) - - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours gold with a thin head. Light aroma of floral hops, little bit of Belgian yeast. Crisp beer and a little sweet - you can taste grapes and some chamomile. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden, but I thought the beer was just average. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bomber poured into a tulip glass. I’m surprised by the many low scores on this. Maybe I’m rating it higher since my earlier beer was not so good. If that is true, then I will adjust this next time I drink it! Aroma is floral and light; color is gorgeous with amber/orange. Small head faded quickly. Taste is great, very cool marriage of a strong Belgian blonde with zesty white wine grapes. I can clearly taste the Sauv Blanc and Muscat. Very crisp and clean finish and the after burp is sweet! A very enjoyable beer. I think my wife would love this which means I need to go buy a couple more! tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Poured a bright golden yellow color, nose was heavily vinous with a hint of banana, taste was almost identical to thunderbird wine. This one should definitely be served in a paper bag.