June 2013 - Continental European Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is Continental Europeanan Ale Styles
Continental European Ale Styles Reviews
198968
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Pater Dubbel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200391
Birrificio Brúton
Stoner
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198957
Brouwerij Alken-Mazs
Grimbergen Blonde Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202525
Fort Collins Brewery
Maibock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202515
Samuel Adams
Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202517
Samuel Adams
East-West Kölsch
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202260
Stone Brewing Co.
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202426
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell's Maifest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198969
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Christmas Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202465
Hopcat Brewery
Golden Devil
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202330
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Maibark
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202138
Unibroue
Seigneuriale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198990
Brasserie Duyck
Jenlain Blonde
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198967
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Agnus Tripel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202464
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
La Grande Vitesse
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202466
Hopcat Brewery
Axis: Sour's Love
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202353
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Brewer's Share Phil's Existential Alt
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198950
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Tempelier Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200926
DC Brau Brewing Company
Ghouls Night Out
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202419
Moab Brewery
Desert Select Tripel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202349
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Dream Weaver
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202425
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell's Zommerfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201632
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Light
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202332
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Orthus Dubbel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202447
Gore Range Brewery
Dub
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202350
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Belgian Blonde
Bright light amber color and head. Aromas of roasted asparagus, sauerkraut and nuts. Dirty root veggie, overripe apple, and cardboard flavors follow.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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