Best Cellar Selections For Fruit & Specialty Beers

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
Goose Island Beer Co.
Bourbon County Brand Stout
Opaque black brown color. Rich aromas of spicy poached peach, strawberry, and pear, rich chocolate, teriyaki, and espresso with a satiny, chewy, fruity full body and a long, creamy mocha, creme brulee, fruit, spice, and peppered greens finish that continues to evolve. Utterly delicious, complex,and super rich.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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
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
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
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
North Coast Brewing Co.
2011 Old Stock Ale Barrel Aged Cellar Reserve
Dark hazy walnut color. Lively, mature aromas of chocolate fondue, tamari, figs, and pound cake with an oily, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long chocolate berries and raisins, caramel nut fudge, and microgreens finish. A mellow, well aged barrel accented ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachev's Cobra
Opaque brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroons, roasted nuts, dried fruits, and peppery spices with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, involved, medium-long finish revealing accents of grilled root vegetables and pepper with light oak. A deep and flavorful nightcap; give this a bit of time in the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Blue Blood Brewing Company
Red Wine Barrel Aged Farmhouse
Minutely hazy dusty pale old color. Lively, sulfurous, tropical unusual musty aromas of overripe lemon and green apple, vanilla toffee, prairie grass, and licorice with a supple, puckering, fizzy, sweet-and-sour medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long reduced lemon and peach pit finish. A complex barrel-aged sour ale that evolves with aeration.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Brewmaster Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Opaque black color with a brown cast. Very dense aromas of soy sauce, pure chocolate, sautéed mushroom, beeswax, and char-roasted chestnuts with a plush dryish medium-full body and a grilled apple, lemon, arugula accented finish. Quite intense, earthy, and ageable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab