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June 2013 - Continental European Ale Styles

June 2013 - Continental European Ale Styles
This month's Beer feature is Continental Europeanan Ale Styles

Continental European Ale Styles Reviews

Brouwerij Corsendonk Pater Dubbel
95 points
Mahogany brown color. Mild aromas of lemongrass, lime leaf, mint, pepper and cocoa with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, zesty citrus, dried peach, spiced nut, mineral and pink pepper finish. Distinctively limey and delicious.
Birrificio Brúton Stoner
92 points
Hazy golden amber color with a lacy head. Effusive aromas of spice, apple butter, cashew brittle, pear and kiwi with a satiny, fruity medium-full body and a chewy, seamless mesh of honeyed nut, dried fruit, and spice flavors. Sensational delicious and triumphant at the table.
Brouwerij Alken-Mazs Grimbergen Blonde Ale
92 points
Golden amber color. Rich aromas suggest an array of tropical fruit marmalades and yeasty spice cake with a zesty, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a nicely layered spiced peach, ginger, and citrus finish. A nice crowd-pleasing session Belgian blonde.
Fort Collins Brewery Maibock
92 points
Copper amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and cinnamon raisin toast with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very clean and refreshing, chewy pear, sea salt, and root vegetable accented finish. A delicious and lively beer for all occasions.
Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA
91 points
Slightly hazy amber color. Aromas of dark grain pastries, roasted nut, nori-like hops, and dried fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice savory, chewy salted baguette and caramelized fruit and nut finish. A delicious and very table friendly beer.
Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch
91 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of honey and egg sandwich with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a caramel cream, sea salt and peppery radish-like hop flourish on the long finish. Great layers and zestiness; will be great with spicy foods.
Stone Brewing Co. Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
91 points
Pale amber color. Hop forward aromas of grilled grapefruit, pine and pepper mesh with fruity, spicy pastry notes. Bold yet supple with a tangy medium-full body and a rich, interplay of citrus hops, savory salty arugula-like greens, wafer, and dried fruits. A great marriage of Belgian yeast and American hops.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Maifest
90 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of grilled pineapple, honeycomb, papaya yogurt and pepper with a round, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy and warming pepper bread, arugula, and roasted nut driven finish. Delicious and a really nails the style.
Brouwerij Corsendonk Christmas Ale
90 points
Rich reddish brown color with a taupe mousse. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, graham crackers, lemongrass and mincemeat pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a root beer float, toasted cherry-berry pastry, and spice finish. A rich, fruity holiday beer that is sure to please.
Hopcat Brewery Golden Devil
90 points
Bright old gold color. Nicely sour aromas of Key lime pie, lemongrass, cheese rind, and sour cream frosting with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy pineapple custard, savory grainy bread, sweet mint tea, corn pudding, and exotic peppercorn accented finish. Very different, but fun.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Maibark
89 points
Brilliant copper color. Aromas of cashew and almond butters on toast with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with a warming peach compote, praline, pepper, and radish finish. Very tasty with a chewy texture and kick befitting a bock.
Unibroue Seigneuriale
89 points
Hazy orange amber color. Aromas of spiced peanut, grilled fruits, and a touch of latex with a chewy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed citrus and peppercorn driven finish.
Brasserie Duyck Jenlain Blonde
88 points
Pale amber color. Complex aromas of spicy, yeasty orange cake, nut butter, and honeyed bread crust with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, peach, clementine, and spice layered finish with earth hops keeping the fruit in check.
Brouwerij Corsendonk Agnus Tripel
88 points
Golden color. Bright spicy and fruity hop, Belgian yeast and malt aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, radish, honeyed beet, spice candy, chalk, and pepper pastry finish. Tasty.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company La Grande Vitesse
88 points
Hazy amber color. Aromas of fresh cashew butter, minty herbs, and spiced zucchini-fig bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and tangy, baked stone and citrus fruit, wafer, lettuce, and honeyed peppercorn finish. Very tasty and balanced with an interesting range of flavors.
Hopcat Brewery Axis: Sours Love
88 points
Deep brown black color. Aromas of chocolate roasted chestnuts, sour cherries, and raisins with a tangy, medium-to-full body and a chocolate mousse, balsamic, radish, and dried berry driven finish. A nice mouthwatering brown ale.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Brewers Share Phils Existential Alt
87 points
Deep copper mahogany color. Aromas flavors of dark roasted nuts and grains with a very crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an astringency baker’s cocoa, roasted coffee bean, pepper, white ash and radicchio-like bitter hop finish. A bold, expansive, roasty alt that is different, but fun.
Brouwerij Corsendonk Tempelier Ale
86 points
Bright copper color. Bright lemon, thyme, and lavender (spic n span-like) and car wax aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy herb citrus chutney and Asian spice fade.
DC Brau Brewing Company Ghouls Night Out
86 points
Hazy deep amber color. Bold aroma of circus peanut and grape jam is dominating with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy peach-date chutney, banana chip, and peppered greens accented finish.
Moab Brewery Desert Select Tripel
86 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of peach butter and salty nut brittle with a chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, tingling young coconut, melon, salty baguette, peppercorn, and grassy herb and rapini finish.
Ore Dock Brewing Company Dream Weaver
86 points
Aromas of honey baked ham with pineapple, clove and cinnamon raisin toast with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy wafer, alfalfa sprouts, citrus marmalade and melon taffy. Lot of complex fruitiness in a lighter style.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Zommerfest
85 points
Rich old gold color. Aromas of Denver omelet and butter toast with a dryish, minutely sour medium body and a tangy, Greek yogurt, melon rind, turnip, and lemon pepper-like hop finish. A food beer for sausages and sauerkraut.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Light
84 points
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of raisin scone have a slight vegetal twang with a frothy, dryish light-to-medium body a toasty, grassy finish. A solid lawnmower beer.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Orthus Dubbel
84 points
Dark brown color. Mld aromas of dried fruits, almond brittle, and delicate spices with a supple, fruity medium body and a bubblegum, citrus yogurt, sprouts, and starfruit finish.
Gore Range Brewery Dub
82 points
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Brilliant copper color. Slightly sour aromas of peanut butter, zucchini bread, fruit gum and crayon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and honey, apple custard and kale finish.
Ore Dock Brewing Company Belgian Blonde
80 points
Bright light amber color and head. Aromas of roasted asparagus, sauerkraut and nuts. Dirty root veggie, overripe apple, and cardboard flavors follow.
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