Best Cellar Selections For Beer

220346
Upland Brewing
Sour Reserve
Minutely hazy gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of pickled vegetables and fruits, champagne vinaigrette on greens, honey buttered sourdough toast, and reduced lemon with a lightly tannic, tart, effervescent, sour full body and a tingling, distinctive, very long radish and jicama, nuts, and grassy earth finish. A superlative sour beer with great length, power, and finesse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222291
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Jewbelation 20th Anniversary Strong Ale
Brilliant dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, roasted nuts and espresso beans, honeyed toasted flaxseed bread, and apple vinaigrette with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long chocolate covered citrus peels and nuts and chili pepper finish. A rich, warming dark winter ale with loads of sweet and peppery flavors that tingle the tongue.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222377
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2017 Barrel Aged Barleywine
Old gold color. Aromas of lavash, pineapple cake, peshwari naan, toasted sesame and poppy seeds, and crisp celery with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long apple cinnamon compote, roasted walnuts, bitter greens, and raisin toast finish. A rich barley wine packed with fruit, spice, and intrigue; cellar-worthy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221247
Ayinger
Celebrator Doppelbock
Dark bronze color. Fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate banana cake and pudding, toffee, smoked nuts, and sundried-tomato chutney with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long honeyed lettuce and mocha gelato finish. A fantastically flavorful and instantly appealing doppelbock with tremendous versatility.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211729
Lambickx
2014 Lambickx Private Domain Gueuze
Brilliant clear light gold color. Bold, sour, earthy aromas of white balsamic vinaigrette, sourdough nut bread, reduced lemon, and stinky cheese rind and horse hair brush with a silky, puckering, spritzy, sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, long Swiss chard, citrus pith, and sour green apple finish. A racy, palate awakening lambic that will excel at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217577
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale
Medium-brown color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of toffee, peach custard, and apple pie with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, complex, long vanilla cola, peppered citrus and greens, and spices finish. A bold, barrel-aged ale with lots of sassy, spicy hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211730
Lambickx
2014 Lambickx Private Domain Kriek
Brilliant neon red oak color. Bright, fruity aromas of dried sour cherry, honeyed sourdough, mustard greens, and barnyard with a supple, tart, fizzy, moderately sweet medium body and a sleek, medium-long marinated beets and cranberries, red wine vinaigrette on artichoke hearts and mesclun, nuts, and cedar finish. A nicely nuanced, very dry and savory sour cherry lambic; will appeal to wine drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220695
Brouwerij Timmermans
Oude Gueuze
Hazy old gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of lemon, white balsamic vinaigrette, nectarine, and gauze and horse blanket with a supple, puckering, finely carbonated, sour full body and a tingling, very long peach pit, lemon and kiwi seed, lemon zest on sourdough toast, and olive brine finish. A wonderfully bracing and appetizing gueuze that invigorates the palate and will be marvelous at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220320
August Schell Brewing Co.
Tidal Disruption Blackberry Berliner Weisse
Maroon color. Earthy aromas and flavors of overripe and stewed berries, gherkin, berry yogurt, and leather shoes with feet with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long pomegranate vinaigrette on greens, chestnuts, grassy earth, and lime pith finish. A brooding and earthy berry Berliner that will excel at the table, especially with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220274
New Glarus Brewing Co.
Strawberry Rhubarb Ale
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of baked strawberries and rhubarb, caramel yogurt, and berry candle drippings with a supple, tart, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour full body and a tingling, complex, very long wild strawberry vinaigrette, pickled melon, and chocolate smoked nuts finish. A rich, layered fruit beer with pleasing hints of sourness and smoke.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab