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June 2012 - Continental European Ale Styles

June 2012 - Continental European Ale Styles
This month's Beer feature is Continental Europeanan Ale Styles

Continental European Ale Styles Reviews

Brasserie Dupont Avec les Bons Vœux
99 points
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!
Brasserie Dupont Foret Organic Saison
97 points
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.
Brouwerij Bockor Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge
97 points
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.
Brasserie Dupont Foret Blanche Organic White Beer
95 points
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.
Hofbräuhaus München Hofbräu Maibock
95 points
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.
Birrificio Brúton Momus
94 points
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.
Brasserie Dupont La Biére de Belœil
94 points
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.
Goose Island Beer Co. Pere Jacques
94 points
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.
Samuel Adams Rustic Saison
94 points
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.
Unibroue Eau-Bénite
94 points
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.
Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre 3 Monts Grande Réserve Amber Ale
93 points
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.
Samuel Adams Longshot Secret Alt
93 points
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.
Unibroue Quatre-Centième
93 points
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.
Brasserie La Binchoise Belgoo Magus
92 points
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.
Brasserie St. Feuillien Grand Cru by St. Feuillien
92 points
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.
Goose Island Beer Co. Pepe Nero
92 points
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.
Brasserie Castelain Castelain Grand Cru Blonde Biere de Garde
90 points
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.
Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre Gavroche French Red Ale
90 points
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.
Goose Island Beer Co. Summertime Kolsch
90 points
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.
Goose Island Beer Co. Sofie
90 points
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.
Goose Island Beer Co. Matilda
90 points
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.
Bastone Brewery Biere de Garde
89 points
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.
Bastone Brewery Farmhouse Cru
89 points
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.
Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre 3 Monts Classic Golden Ale
89 points
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.
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder Witkap Pater Stimulo Abbey Singel
89 points
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.
Caldera Brewing Company Vas Deferens Ale
89 points
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.
Ölvisholt Brugghús Lava Smoked Imperial Stout
89 points
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.
Barrel Trolley Belgian White
88 points
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.
Blue Tractor Brewery Punkys Monkee Belgian Rye Pale Ale
88 points
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.
Bastone Brewery A.P.B.B.P.A. Belgian Style Pale Ale
87 points
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.
Bayou Teche Brewing Courir de Mardi Gras Biere de Mars
87 points
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.
Bogotá Beer Company Zipaquirá Abadía
87 points
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.
Bogotá Beer Company Candelaria Clásica
87 points
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.
Brasserie Dubuisson Fréres Cuvée des Trolls
87 points
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.
Hopper Whitman Belgian White
87 points
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.
Blue Heron BrewPub Dubilee Dubbel
86 points
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.
Blue Tractor Brewery The Fog White Ale
86 points
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.
Blue Tractor Brewery Hunters Moon Belgian Roasted Pale Ale
85 points
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.
Buckman Botanical Brewery Le Petit Mort Black Saison
85 points
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.
Carolina Brewery Maibock
85 points
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.
Southampton Publick House French Country Christmas Ale
85 points
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.
23rd Street Brewery 2 Scoops Belgian Dubbel
84 points
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.
Blue Tractor Brewery FoolBrew
84 points
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.
Bogotá Beer Company Policarpa la Fuerte
84 points
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.
Cervecería Kross Kross Maibock
84 points
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.
St. Cloud Belgian White
84 points
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.
Unibroue La Gaillarde
84 points
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.
23rd Street Brewery Winter Wit
83 points
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.
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