June 2012 - Continental European Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is Continental Europeanan Ale Styles
Continental European Ale Styles Reviews
198400
Brasserie Dupont
Avec les Bons Vœux
Golden amber color with a high white foamy head. Rich salty baguette, marmalade, and spicy apple-pear tart aromas with a vibrant, fruity-yet-dry full body and an everlasting, pepper bread, date, sour cherry, earth, and elegant spice driven finish. A incredibly complex and flavorful Belgian ale. Amazing!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198395
Brasserie Dupont
Foret Organic Saison
Bright golden amber color. Rich, layered aromas of honeyed pineapple cake, dried fruits, and toffee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry full body and a pure, elegant fruity soufflé and delicate peppery spice finish. A beautiful saison that is a benchmark of the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198560
Brouwerij Bockor
Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge
Deep reddish brown color. Effusively dizzying aromas and flavors of dried sour cherry, Meyer lemon vinaigrette on mesclun greens, dark raisin bread and cocoa with an intensely mouthwatering dry-yet fruity full body and a long, complex, vinous finish. A sensational sour beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198393
Brasserie Dupont
Foret Blanche Organic White Beer
Fully hazy golden nickel color. Rich, elegant aromas soufflé, fresh brioche, and delicate peppery spices with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a long, kiwi, starfruit and grassy earth finish. A superb choice for the table and a wonderful example of the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198291
Hofbräuhaus München
Hofbräu Maibock
Pure copper color. Layered aromas of fresh baguette, toasted nuts, and earth follow through on the dryish, frothy medium-to-full body. The finish is long and perfectly balanced with a seamless marriage of nutty bready malt and noble hops. A fantastic maibock.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198549
Birrificio Brúton
Momus
Deep reddish bronze color. Complex aromas of toasty fruit cake, molasses and spicy praline with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, dense spice, caramelized apple and citrus, field greens, and lightly smoky mineral finish. Excellent dimension and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198399
Brasserie Dupont
La Biére de Belœil
Rich dark amber color with a high white head. Aromas of caramelized dried fruit, soufflé, and thyme honeycomb with a racy fruity medium-full body and a lively peppery, radish and mineral finish. A dazzling food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198557
Goose Island Beer Co.
Pere Jacques
color. Lively aromas of dried stone fruits and cherries, pistachio nougat, sassafras and delicate spices with a satiny fruity medium-full body and a tropical fruit tart, nut pastry, molasses and grassy, peppery spice finish. A complex, flavorful treat that is a dead ringer for a real Belgian dubbel ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198536
Samuel Adams
Rustic Saison
Golden amber color. Wonderfully spicy bread pudding and creme brulee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with cocoa, marmalade, and peppery spices on the long, seamless grain, grassy earth, pepper and fennel-like hop finish. A great US saison.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198165
Unibroue
Eau-Bénite
Cloudy golden amber color. Mild egg white omelet, stone fruit, and peppery spice aromas with a supple, frothy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a juicy apple cider, radish, lettuce, and wheatgrass-like hop finish. Very elegantly styled and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195343
Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre
3 Monts Grande Réserve Amber Ale
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas of homemade apple sauce, banana souffle, and delicate nutmeg with a frothy, supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, snappy toffee, honey, lettuce, grass, and lemon curd and pepper finish. Fantastic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198544
Samuel Adams
Longshot Secret Alt
Deep reddish mahogany color. Rich aromas of chocolate covered graham crackers and dried cherries with a frothy fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a crisp, roasted citrus and praline finish. A big, delicious alt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198162
Unibroue
Quatre-Centième
Hazy golden color. Aromas of peach custard, bubblegum, clove, and brioche with a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice spicy coriander, mint, carrot omelet, and pepper snap on the finish. A lively, engaging beer for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198609
Brasserie La Binchoise
Belgoo Magus
Lightly hazy golden amber color. Exotic aromas and flavors of buttery pistachio brittle, dried cherries, mint jelly and spiced peaches with a silky entry to fruity medium-to-full body with orange-raisin chutney and grassy hop notes on the long zesty finish. Delicious and fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198561
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Grand Cru by St. Feuillien
Bright yellow color. Aromas of poached egg, buttered toasted baguette, dried citrus and fig with a sumptuous fruity-yet-dry full body and a long, warming, complex finish with notes of sweet and peppery spices, dried fruits, praline and mossy earthy hops. A delightful sipping or food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198556
Goose Island Beer Co.
Pepe Nero
Dark brown color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, black pepper, and roasted root vegetables with a crisp, round dry medium-to-full body and a savory, arugula and grassy hop finish. A wonderful table companion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198394
Brasserie Castelain
Castelain Grand Cru Blonde Biere de Garde
Bright amber gem color. Lovely aromas of toasted fruit custard pastry and delicate peppery spice with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, mouthwatering citrus soufflé, pepper, and grassy hop flourish. A delicious seamless sipper or table Old World beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195344
Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre
Gavroche French Red Ale
Deep amber color. Aromas of apricot butter, nut brittle, water chestnut, tamari and fig bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty ripe citrus, peach, apple, white chocolate and delicate peppery spice finish. A delicious food beer, try with chicken of salmon teriyakis.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198553
Goose Island Beer Co.
Summertime Kolsch
Bright toasted bread and melon aromas and flavors with a supple, crisp medium body and a nut, pepper, and leafy vegetable accented finish. A rock solid quaffer or food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198554
Goose Island Beer Co.
Sofie
Golden color. bright orange cake, banana bread, and spicy soufflé with crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mint tea, peppery spice, and root vegetable accented finish. A very nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198555
Goose Island Beer Co.
Matilda
Bright amber color. Intriguing aromas of cheese rind, oysters, dried fruit, and chocolate pastry with a satiny, dry-yet-dried medium-to-full body and savory beet, caramel, mint tea, and grassy hop finish. A lively, distinctive food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198821
Bastone Brewery
Biere de Garde
Murky amber copper color. Aromas of baked pear and lemon, peppercorns, butter roasted nuts, and herb banana bread with a finely foamy dryish medium body and a hint of spearmint, tea, and lettuce greens-like hops on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198822
Bastone Brewery
Farmhouse Cru
Bright golden color. Sweet spicy custard pastry aromas and floral honey aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a frothy, pear, watercress, wintermint, and peppery spice finish. A refreshing take on the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195342
Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre
3 Monts Classic Golden Ale
Radiant golden yellow color with a superfine white mousse. Scintillating aromas and flavors of apple and pear jams and ciders, toasted bread crust, souffle, artichoke, and delicate anise and pepper with a silky, lightly fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy honeyed kiwi and melon finish. Delicious and super food friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198392
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
Witkap Pater Stimulo Abbey Singel
Yellow color with a slight haze. Complex aromas citrus marmalade, pistachio nougat, and spicy fruit tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a watercress, praline and mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198433
Caldera Brewing Company
Vas Deferens Ale
Rich chocolate roasted pecan pie and singed raisin bread aromas and flavors with a chewy, fruity full body and a dark roasted grain, chocolate covered orange peel, radish, tomato paste, mocha, and mineral accented finish. A brash Belgian strong ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198396
Ölvisholt Brugghús
Lava Smoked Imperial Stout
Brown black with a golden color rim. Aromas and flavors of smoked bacon, dark chocolate, smoked gouda, pipe tobacco ash, and toasted raisin bread with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, lingering, grassy, minerality hop accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198266
Barrel Trolley
Belgian White
gold color. Inviting aromas of toasty fruit custard pastry with and buttercream with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, citrus chiffon, jicama, and watercress like hops. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198425
Blue Tractor Brewery
Punky's Monkee Belgian Rye Pale Ale
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of grainy rye toast, praline, and citrus marmalade with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a toasty, jicama, pepper bread and grapefruit aromas. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198820
Bastone Brewery
A.P.B.B.P.A. Belgian Style Pale Ale
Cloudy light copper color. Aromas and flavors of spiced pear, peach soufflé, fruit gum, and floral honeycomb with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, baked lemon, kiwi and grassy hop accented finish. A nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198422
Bayou Teche Brewing
Courir de Mardi Gras Biere de Mars
Bright clear old gold color with fleeting bubbles. Bright buttered raisin toast aromas with a crisp, dryish medium body and a nice peppery frisee and radicchio-like hop finish. A very pleasant take on the style, but could use more rusticity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198097
Bogotá Beer Company
Zipaquirá Abadía
Golden amber color. Mild olive bread and nut aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a buttered roasted corn, caramel and earthy hops. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198529
Bogotá Beer Company
Candelaria Clásica
Bright yellow color. Aromas of toasted corn and apple butter with a frothy dryish medium body and a touch of lemon and pear on the crisp, refreshing finish. A nice lively kolsch.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198397
Brasserie Dubuisson Fréres
Cuvée des Trolls
Cloudy golden color with a silvery cast. Aromas of apple custard tart and tomato pepper bread with a round, crisp dry medium-to-full body and frothy egg, pear, pepper, and metallic mineral notes on the leafy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198269
Hopper Whitman
Belgian White
Pale golden amber color. Mild aromas and flavors of buttered orange bread toast and nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, citrus and delicately peppery micro-greens-like hop finish. Not really a Belgian white, but nicely balanced and quite tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198452
Blue Heron BrewPub
Dubilee Dubbel
color. Aromas of molasses, mint gum, plum pastry, and caulk aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity and a rock candy, spice, and mild leafy greens-like hops of the finish. A nice easy-going dubbel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198263
Blue Tractor Brewery
The Fog White Ale
Minutely hazy golden color. Delicate peach and Meyer lemon soufflé aromas, toast, delicate spice aromas with a crisp, chewy medium-to-full body and a tangy, citrus, radish and peppery hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199549
Blue Tractor Brewery
Hunter's Moon Belgian Roasted Pale Ale
Minutely hazy copper brown color. Aromas of roasted citrus and nuts, spicy banana bread pudding, and pine sap with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a zesty citrusy hop driven finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198011
Buckman Botanical Brewery
Le Petit Mort Black Saison
Deep reddish brown color. Rich spice cake, ginger snap, and delicate herbal braised meat aromas with an under carbonated, dryish medium body and a nut, apple and spice bag accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198601
Carolina Brewery
Maibock
Bright copper color. Aromas of honeyed corn raisin bread and delicate spiced caramel with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, vegetal roasted corn and okra finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197362
Southampton Publick House
French Country Christmas Ale
Beautiful lustrous amber color. Aromas of eggy citrus soufflé and cake batter with a supple, frothy medium body with custard pastry, wet clay and grassy/lettucey hops on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197838
23rd Street Brewery
2 Scoops Belgian Dubbel
Deep reddish mahogany color. Aromas of creamy nougat, sassafras, mint, and caramel frosted cake with a supple, dryish medium body and a root vegetable, tomato, brown sugar, and straw accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198426
Blue Tractor Brewery
FoolBrew
Hazy yellow orange color. Intense herbal minty dried flower and dusty grain aromas with a chewy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried peach chutney, peppery Asian spice, and fruity tea-like, citrus and hops finish. Interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198098
Bogotá Beer Company
Policarpa la Fuerte
Old gold with a gunmetal cast and fleeting bubbles. Aromas of wet grain, egg custard, baked carrot, corn bread crust and bubblegum with a silky dryish medium body and a raisin corn bread pudding, salted caramel, and salty roasted root vegetable finish. An interesting, savory food centric beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198582
Cervecería Kross
Kross Maibock
Deep copper bronze color. Yeasty bread, fig, and dried citrus aromas with a dryish medium body and a tangy, stone fruit pit and grassy earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198268
St. Cloud
Belgian White
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey toasted date scone with a frothy, dryish medium body and a crisp, kiwi, nectarine, straw and wafer accented finish. A nice food beer, but not really a Belgian white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198166
Unibroue
La Gaillarde
Hazy golden color with a straw green cast. Bold and funky aromas of sweaty cheese, dried lemon, and salty grilled root vegetables with a supple, dryish medium body and a radish, egg white, and mossy rocky earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197839
23rd Street Brewery
Winter Wit
Deep copper mahogany color. Sourdough, dried Meyer lemon, and nut brittle aromas with a tangy, dryish medium body and a very nutty, almost woody finish with a lash of frisee like hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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