October 2012 - Fruit, Lambic and Specialty Beer Styles

This month's Beer feature is Fruit, Lambic and Specialty Beer Styles
Fruit, Lambic and Specialty Beer Styles Reviews
199666
Brouwerij Lindemans
Framboise Lambic
Opaque garnet violet color with a rosy rim of froth. Rich pure raspberry aromas and flavors with a tangy, fruity full body and a long mouthwatering citrus accented finish. A sensationally vibrant and pure fruit beer that is sure to please. Begs another sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199587
New Glarus Brewing Co.
Raspberry Tart
Deep scarlet mahogany color. Aromas of toasted raspberry pastry and oily roasted nuts with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a suede, Meyer lemon, and grassy earth accented finish. Fantastically flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199588
New Glarus Brewing Co.
Wisconsin Belgian Red
Deep mahogany red color. Rich aromas of dried cherry and baklava with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a lush, layered finish with honey, cherry compote, delicate spices, and tangy citrus like acidity. A fabulous world-class fruit beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199692
Destihl
Saint Dekkera Reserve Framboise
Murky copper brown color with no head. Mild yeasty dough, clay, leather, honeyed nuts, and dried berry aromas with a tart, dryish medium-to-full body and a very penetrating apple cider vinegar and kale finish. A great food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199665
Brouwerij Lindemans
Pêche Lambic
Cloudy golden amber color. Rich dried peach, honeydew sorbet and pound cake aromas with a fruity full body and a vibrant, tangy peach and honeyed lemon and lime finish. Delicious and super crowd pleasing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199694
Destihl
Saint Dekkera Reserve Flanders
Dark brown color. Aromas of sour dough raisin bread and fig paste with a tart, dry medium-to-full body and a sour green apple, apple cider vinegar, nutskin and lime rind driven finish. A solid sour.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199504
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co.
Provisional Saison
Murky deep amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of strawberry rhubarb pie a la mode, clay, and lemon herb bread with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nicely astringent nut and earthy hop snap on the finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199636
The Vermont Pub and Brewery
Gluten Free IPA
Deep old gold color with a minute haze. Resinous hoppy aromas suggest grapefruit, kumquat, and pine sap with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy grapefruit and nut driven finish. A rock solid gluten-free IPA that gets it right.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199763
Caldera Brewing Company
Hopportunity Knocks Centennial IPA
Bright copper color. Aromas of caramelized nuts and fruits, honeyed sourdough toast, and green resinous hop aromas with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy grilled root vegetable, straw, citrus and pepper snap on the long finish. A hophead’s delight.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199551
Island Brewing Company
Bourbon Barrel Aged Island Pale Ale
Brilliant deep amber color. Rich aromas of caramelized nuts, vanilla-maple fudge, and fruit danish with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, root vegetable, latte, and peppery hop accented finish. An on the money barrel aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199603
New Planet Beer Company
Tread Lightly Ale
Golden yellow color. Aromas of cream puffs and stone fruits with a crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a kiwi fruit tart and meringue like finish. Very fruit forward and crowd pleasing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198981
Williams Bros. Brewing Co.
Alba Scots Pine Ale
Pretty copper color. Aromas of bread dough, ground nuts, herbal lozenge and pine cone with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, bitter, fruit caramel, nutskin, and delicate green bark accented finish. An interesting rustic table beer; pair with rabbit stew.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198986
Williams Bros. Brewing Co.
Ginger Beer
Pale golden amber color. Attractive aromas of honey butter, ginger and macadamia gelatos with a sweet medium body and a crystallized ginger finish. A nicely balanced, easy drinking ginger beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199631
Brasserie de Brunehaut
Brunehaut Blond Gluten Free Ale
Hazy golden yellow color. Yeasty dough and nut aromas with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and pleasant hints of sugared fig, earth and biscuit on the finish. A very convincing gluten free take on the popular Belgian blonde style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199633
Brouwerij Van den Bossche
Buffalo Stout
Muddy brown color with a lingering taupe head. Aromas and flavors of baker’s chocolate and coffee gelato with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dried cherry, nut brittle, pepper, and spice driven finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199783
Cervecería Kross
Grand Cru
Deep reddish mahogany color. Dried citrus and berries, roasted nuts, and creme brulee crust aromas with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, fruity roasted grain and nut finish. Very seriously styled.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199695
Destihl
Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Strawberry Ale
Hazy gold amber color. Aromas of nectarine skin, white strawberry, and white wine vinaigrette of mesclun with a tart, dryish medium body and a mouthwatering citrus peel on scone finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199586
New Glarus Brewing Co.
Sour Ale
Aromas of lit match, melted candle, Greek lemon soup, and peach bread toast with a very tart dry medium-to-full body and a kumquat juice, pepper, nut, and kiwi skin finish. A rustic sour beer with intriguing twists and turns. Serve with hearty food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199662
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Mixed Breed Sour
Bright copper color. Aromas of toasted fruit bread and yogurt glazed nuts with a taut, tart dry medium body and an effervescent citrus, rhubarb and pepper accented finish. A solid food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198262
Blue Tractor Brewery
Hopicidal Maniac Columbus IPA
Rich copper color. Bright aromas of whole grain, honeycomb, orange marmalade, and bread pudding with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a chewy, arugula, citrus pith, and steely mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199764
Caldera Brewing Company
Hop Hash Ale
Bright amber color. Aromas of honeyed zucchini herb bread toast and dusty grassy hops with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a toasty, tangy citrus, grilled root vegetables and stone fruits, peppercorn, and spiced nut finish. Brashly hoppy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199306
Granville Island Brewing Co.
False Creek Raspberry Ale
Pale red pink amber color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry scone and soufflé and praline with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tart, wafer, nutskin and peppered jicama accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199827
Samuel Adams
Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Deep copper mahogany color. Aromas of caramelized pumpkin seeds, honeycomb, cola, and spice with a frothy dryish medium body and a savory pumpkin puree, salted caramel, and spicy fruit cake accented finish. Solid and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199824
The Boston Beer Co.
Norse Legend Sahti
Copper color. Cola, root beer, lime, bay and curry leaves, juniper flowers, and spice fruit cake aromas with a supple, frothy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spicy chutney and peppered wafer finish. Very clean and well defined.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198047
The Boston Beer Co.
Mighty Oak Ale
Brilliant copper color. Complex aromas of creme brulee, citrus marmalade, and herb-spice bread with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a peach and mango yogurt and caramelized carrot and squash, nutshell-like oak, and peppery arugula accented finish. A solid "easy drinking" wood-aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198971
Williams Bros. Brewing Co.
Kelpie Seaweed Ale
Dark brown cola color. Aromas of grilled beets and kale, chocolate mint cookie, and tomato-pepper chutney with a silky, dryish medium body and a zesty chili pepper chocolate mousse, nutskin, and turned earth finish. Fun and flavorful; pair with chili.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199624
Blue Heron BrewPub
Grapefruit I.P.A.
Hazy copper color. Bright aromas of fruit pie, herbal hop pellets, chive, and grapefruit marmalade with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a leafy green hop, citrus peel, and grass finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199632
Brasserie de Brunehaut
Brunehaut Amber Gluten Free Ale
Hazy deep amber color. Citrus and lingonberries on toast aromas have a tangy, yeasty edge with a foamy, dryish medium body and a lightly metallic grassy earth and peach pit accented finish. A bit angular, but should work well with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199678
Hopcat Brewery
Super Sage
Minutely hazy copper color. Interesting aromas of sage-oregano turkey stuffing with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a savory zucchini bread toast, honey accented finish with zesty citrusy hops. A unique arc of appetizing flavors. Serve with pizza or turkey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199679
Hopcat Brewery
Kiwi's Playhouse
Aromas of apple cream cheese pastry, carob granola, and melon rind with a tart dryish medium body and a lemon, kiwi, and wafer driven finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199604
New Planet Beer Company
3R Raspberry Ale
Beautiful amber salmon pink color. Fresh raspberry tart aromas with a frothy fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty berry sorbet and wafer finish. Very nicely balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199571
Pearl Street Brewery
Smokin' Hemp Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas of dark roasted nut toffee, smoked jerky and delicate charcoal embers with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, nicely balanced finish with notes of brown sugar and coffee. A easy drinking smoked beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198977
Williams Bros. Brewing Co.
Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale
Dark brown black color. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a prune pastry and mild earth hops accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199427
Buckman Botanical Brewery
Chamomellow Ale
Pretty golden amber color. Attractive aromas of chamomile tea and fresh baked baklava and apple pie with a soft dryish light body and a wafer and praline accented finish. Nice floral aromas with a delicate texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199693
Destihl
Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Hawaii Ale
Brilliant old gold color with flakes of floating protein. Aromas of fruit custard tart and peach compote on cheese with a tart, dry medium-to-full body a mouth-puckeringly sour lemon, pineapple, and nut bread finish. Server with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199605
New Planet Beer Company
Off Grid Pale Ale
Bright copper amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors savory buckwheat bilini, citrus marmalade, and a hint of soy and sorghum with a crisp, dryish medium body and black licorice, molasses and grapefruit accented finish. A nice refreshing, food friendly pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199589
Northwoods Brewing Corp. LLC
Rowdy Rye Ale
Deep amber color. Aromas of orange and peach marmalades on toast with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely astringent peppered nut, root veggie, and starfruit accented finish. A nice easy drinker or pair with spicy pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199829
Samuel Adams
Triple Bock
Motor oil black color with a saffron glass painting rim. Bold soy sauce, edamame, and herbal marinated shittake aromas with a satiny, still, full body and a long salty radicchio, coffee, and pepper accented finish. Different. Serve as condiment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199635
The Vermont Pub and Brewery
Tulach Leis
Hazy pale amber color. Aromas of pineapple-apple yogurt, dried kale, and cheese puff with a supple, frothy dry medium body and a sour dried apple and pear, prairie grass, lemon, and ashy cheese rind finish. Not very Flander’s red-like, but pleasant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199627
Bogotá Beer Company
Cajicá Honey Ale
Minutely hazy golden bronze color. Aromas of crusty fresh bread, tortilla, butter roasted peanuts, and spun honey with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a juicy nectarine, toast, and grassy hop accented finish. A refreshing lager-like ale with a pleasant fruitiness. Serve with Mexican food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200108
Blue Tractor Brewery
Sunshine Wheat Wine
Hazy amber copper color. Curious aromas of cheese and herbal tomato pepper focaccia with orange marmalade with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy peppered citrus, wafer, and spiced nut finish. Different, but savory and will be good with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199428
Buckman Botanical Brewery
Ginger Beer
Lightly hazy amber color. Mild aromas of candied ginger and yams with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed root vegetable and floury nut bread accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199431
Buckman Botanical Brewery
Parnold Almer Ale
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Very mild aromas of lemon scone with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a hint of wafer, jicama, and tea on the delicate finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199606
Delafield Brewhaus
Pomegranate Lager
Brilliant reddish copper color. Aromas and flavors of floury biscuit, berry custard, and delicately scented bath talc with a tangy, fruity medium body berry flavors, beeswax and straw accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199697
Destihl
Strawberry Blonde Ale
Rich golden amber color. Pleasant aromas of strawberry jam on biscuit with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and plushly textured finish with good integration of fruit and malt flavors but a touch of plastic and wax-like phenols on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199664
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
330 Summit IPA
Amber color. Bright buttery, fruity caramel and citrus jam aromas with a zesty dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a round grapefruit sorbet, nut bread, and astringent peppery hop flourish on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198991
Crabbie’s
Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Golden amber. Aromas of ginger tea, ginger bread, and spicy apple sauce with a very sweet, lightly carbonated light body and a somewhat cloying ginger granita, fruit salad, and diet ginger ale finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199634
The Vermont Pub and Brewery
Forbidden Fruit Ale
Cloudy dusty ruby color. Tart red berry and tomato focaccia aromas with a tart, bone dry light-to-medium body and a round, savory salted berry and blood orange finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199696
Destihl
Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Apricot Ale
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of stewed root vegetables, musty attic, sour dough and cheese rind with a tart dry medium body and a musty cloth, kumquat peel and salty nut, accented finish. Very sour and little fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199573
Pearl Street Brewery
Red Wine Barrel-Aged Imperial Pilsner
Aromas of grilled asparagus, putty, candied raspberry and citrus, and cheese with a chewy, vinous and tart medium-full body and a dried peach skin, cedar and bamboo shoot finish. Odd and needs food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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