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 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 finish conveying nuances of 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
Unibroue 2014 17 Grande Réserve Dark Ale
94 points
Dark burnt sienna color. Complex aromas of fine chocolates, red bean confection, cola-nut, mandarins in whipped cream, and chrysanthemum with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long cafe latte, white chocolate, tobacco, hoisin sauce, carrot cake, and baked plums finish. An excellent Belgian-Style Ale with a myriad of flavors; try with east-Asian cuisines.
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 finish with overtones of 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.
pFriem Barrel-Aged Frambozen Lambic Ale
92 points
Brilliant ruby oak 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 finish revealing accents of 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 finish with nuances of 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 finish with accents of 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 finish with notes of 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.