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October 2012 - Fruit, Lambic and Specialty Beer Styles

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

Brouwerij Lindemans Framboise Lambic
98 points
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.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Raspberry Tart
98 points
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.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Wisconsin Belgian Red
98 points
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.
Destihl Saint Dekkera Reserve Framboise
94 points
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.
Brouwerij Lindemans Pêche Lambic
93 points
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.
Destihl Saint Dekkera Reserve Flanders
93 points
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.
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co. Provisional Saison
91 points
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.
The Vermont Pub and Brewery Gluten Free IPA
91 points
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.
Caldera Brewing Company Hopportunity Knocks Centennial IPA
90 points
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.
Island Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Aged Island Pale Ale
90 points
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.
New Planet Beer Company Tread Lightly Ale
90 points
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.
Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Alba Scots Pine Ale
90 points
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.
Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Ginger Beer
90 points
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.
Brasserie de Brunehaut Brunehaut Blond Gluten Free Ale
89 points
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.
Brouwerij Van den Bossche Buffalo Stout
89 points
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.
Cervecería Kross Grand Cru
89 points
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.
Destihl Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Strawberry Ale
89 points
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.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Sour Ale
89 points
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.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Mixed Breed Sour
89 points
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.
Blue Tractor Brewery Hopicidal Maniac Columbus IPA
88 points
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.
Caldera Brewing Company Hop Hash Ale
88 points
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.
Granville Island Brewing Co. False Creek Raspberry Ale
88 points
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.
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
88 points
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.
The Boston Beer Co. Norse Legend Sahti
88 points
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.
The Boston Beer Co. Mighty Oak Ale
88 points
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.
Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Kelpie Seaweed Ale
88 points
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.
Blue Heron BrewPub Grapefruit I.P.A.
87 points
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.
Brasserie de Brunehaut Brunehaut Amber Gluten Free Ale
87 points
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.
Hopcat Brewery Super Sage
87 points
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.
Hopcat Brewery Kiwis Playhouse
87 points
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.
New Planet Beer Company 3R Raspberry Ale
87 points
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.
Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale
87 points
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.
Buckman Botanical Brewery Chamomellow Ale
86 points
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.
Destihl Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Hawaii Ale
86 points
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.
New Planet Beer Company Off Grid Pale Ale
86 points
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.
Northwoods Brewing Corp. LLC Rowdy Rye Ale
86 points
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.
Samuel Adams Triple Bock
86 points
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.
The Vermont Pub and Brewery Tulach Leis
86 points
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.
Bogotá Beer Company Cajicá Honey Ale
85 points
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.
Blue Tractor Brewery Sunshine Wheat Wine
84 points
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.
Buckman Botanical Brewery Ginger Beer
84 points
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.
Buckman Botanical Brewery Parnold Almer Ale
84 points
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.
Delafield Brewhaus Pomegranate Lager
84 points
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.
Destihl Strawberry Blonde Ale
84 points
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.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. 330 Summit IPA
84 points
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.
Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer
82 points
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.
The Vermont Pub and Brewery Forbidden Fruit Ale
82 points
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.
Destihl Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Apricot Ale
81 points
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.
Pearl Street Brewery Red Wine Barrel-Aged Imperial Pilsner
81 points
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.
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