Best Cellar Selections For Continental European Ales

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
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
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
214631
Upland Brewing
Mayhaw Sour Ale
Hazy light gold color. Bright, toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of butter toasted nut bread, turkey jerky, and hint of rubber with a soft, sharp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, long white balsamic on radicchio, green peach, and earth finish. A lovely, tart, mouthwatering sour ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220960
pFriem
Belgian Strong Blonde
Minutely hazy gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of poultry seasoning, schmaltz cookie, panettone, and apple jacks cereal with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long toasted zucchini spice bread, sassafras, salted caramel, and pepper finish. A rich, well-balanced Belgian strong ale that will reward patient sipping and cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219256
Belgh Brasse
Mons Quadrupel D'Abbaye
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, dried fruits, earthy herbs and mint, and leather with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long stone fruit yogurt, granola, pepper roasted carrots and beets with mint, and pepper finish. A silky and satisfying quad with a wonderfully bearable lightness of being.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220693
Dubuisson
Scaldis Amber Belgian Ultra Strong Ale
Brilliant amber color. Buttery aromas and flavors of honeyed spiced tropical fruits, peach tea, sarsaparilla, and dulce du leche gelato with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long brandied caramelized bananas and pears and pepper jelly on toast finish. A bold, powerfully flavorful Belgian strong ale with rich fruit malt and a long warming finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab