NOTES: Bomber @ Venti’s Basement Bar. Initially grabbed this because it has a limited edition label that is my new favorite bottle art of all time.
STYLE: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
APPEARANCE: Cloudy Orange-Gold
HEAD: Less than a finger of fluffy white head. Below average retention, little lacing
NOSE: Tart and dry with wine and a little sour cherry coming through.
TASTE: Tangy and bright with a nice cherry kick and an astringent finish that has more to do with lactic acid than alcohol. A little funkiness appears toward the end, but it’s not at all overwhelming. The pinot barrel aging actually seems to tie everything together rather than pop out too much on its own.
MOUTHFEEL: Moderately full bodied, not over-aggressively carbonated.
DRINKABILITY: At 5% ABV you could knock back a couple bombers if you were in the mood, though I tend not to session sours. I got through this bottle quickly and enjoyed the hell out of it.
RATING: 3.5 hops. Though I absolutely bought this bottle for its label, once I broke into it I forgot about bottle art. It’s a great sour saison from an up and coming craft brewery in Portland. Grab a bottle if you’re lucky enough to find one!