About Cellar Selections

Cellar Selection is a designation for wines or beers that our tasting panels feel will improve with proper aging in climate-controlled conditions, like a wine cellar or basement. 

For beers, the Cellar Selection is given for bottle-conditioned beers whose high complexity and maltiness will integrate and mellow with six-months-to-two-years of cellaring in a refrigerator or cool basement. In particular, many imperial or “extreme beers” with highly elevated hop and malt levels can round out nicely with exaggerated hoppiness receding into a more balanced, savorable flavor profile.                                                                                                

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Best Cellar Selections For Continental European Ales

Upland Brewing Sour Reserve
97 points
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.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Beer, 2017 Top 2 Best Ale, 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer, 2017 Best Sour Beer
Lambickx 2014 Lambickx Private Domain Gueuze
95 points
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.
Lambickx 2014 Lambickx Private Domain Kriek
94 points
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.
Brouwerij Timmermans Oude Gueuze
93 points
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.
Upland Brewing Mayhaw Sour Ale
93 points
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.
pFriem Barrel-Aged Frambozen Lambic Ale
92 points
Brilliant ruby color. Sour, earthy aromas and flavors of raw macerated berries, pickled root vegetables, lacquered wood, and bark and grape leaves with a slightly chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long rye toast grilled with cumin oil, smoked nuts and chocolate, and peppered artichoke salad finish. A serious, contemplative lambic with deep savory flavors and a bright rosy future in the cellar.
pFriem Belgian Strong Blonde
92 points
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.
Belgh Brasse Mons Quadrupel DAbbaye
91 points
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.
Brouwerij Timmermans Oude Kriek
89 points
Sedimentary brick red color. Attractive aromas of honeyed toasted graham crackers, cherry butter on cinnamon nut bread, granola and s’mores, and fine charcoal with a lightly tannic, puckering, petillant, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long lemon zest with goose, white balsamic vinaigrette on endive, fancy pickle juice, and nutskin finish. A bracingly sour and epically proportioned old lambic.
Dubuisson Scaldis Amber Belgian Ultra Strong Ale
89 points
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.