October 2013 - 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
203443
Lambickx
Lambickx De Troch
Slightly hazy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salty baguette, gruyere omelet, and lemon spritzed green apples with tart, frothy medium-full body and a long, mouthwatering apple cider vinaigrette on endive and kumquat finish. A great food beer with laser-like acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203827
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co.
Hop Centraal
Deep amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapples and peaches, and grapefruit marmalade on cheese pepper bread with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, warming, mixed peppercorn, spiced tea, pine needle, mint jelly, and peppery arugula finish. Deliciously decadent.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203803
Goose Island Beer Co.
Bourbon County Brand Stout
Opaque black brown color. Rich aromas of spicy poached peach, strawberry, and pear, rich chocolate, teriyaki, and espresso with a satiny, chewy, fruity full body and a long, creamy mocha, creme brulee, fruit, spice, and peppered greens finish that continues to evolve. Utterly delicious, complex,and super rich.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204020
Brouwerij Lindemans
Pomme Lambic
Brilliant old gold color. Rich green apple, golden raisin pound cake and nougat aromas and flavors with a fruity, tangy medium-full body and a long, mouthwatering Meyer lemon and tangerine accented finish. Absolutely delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203625
Fort Collins Brewery
Out of Ashes Rauchbier
Golden yellow. Aromas of smoked ham and gouda omelet with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a frothy smoked jerky, nut, morbier cheese, and grilled rapini finish. A brilliantly balanced and savory smoke beer that will be great with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203801
Goose Island Beer Co.
Lolita
Copper red color. Aromas of fresh raspberries and cheese turnovers with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart, sour citrus, root vegetable, and Brazil nut finish. A great savory beer with delicate balancing fruitiness. This screams for food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203672
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
The Mound Maker
Pretty copper brown color with a ruby glow. Enticing aromas and flavors of mincemeat pie, sassafras, chocolate Montmorency cherries and graham crackers with a velvety fruity medium-full body and a long, seamless finish with delicate cinnamon, clove, mint and licorice notes dancing discretely. A delicious, verging on decadent barrel-aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203669
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell Shocked Radler
Yellow straw color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade on scone with a fruity, medium body and a crisp, grapefruit rind and orange sorbet like finish. Very clean, fruity, and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204207
Berghoff Brewery
Germaniac Pale Ale
Rich old gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed herb toast, praline, and dried mango with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a nice bitter wave of grassy, piney hops on the finish. A superbly crafted, exceptionally drinkable ale that will be sensational with food, especially cheeses and sausages.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203439
Birra Amiata
Contessa Italian Pale Ale
Cloudy pale amber color. Bold aromas of lemongrass, grapefruit marmalade, sourdough baguette, green tea, and grass with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, tangy lemon cake, herbal honey, poached pear and earth driven finish. Fantastically flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203790
Elevator Brewing Co.
Horny Goat Barrel-Aged Porter
Deep brown color with a manilla blanket of fine foam. Attractive aromas of roasted peanuts and chocolate and dried banana with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chocolate mint, mocha, and peppery spice nuanced finish. An appetizing barrel-aged porter with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203802
Goose Island Beer Co.
Juliet
Rich reddish copper color. Aromas and flavors of honey on poppy seed cake and berry vinaigrette with a crisp, tart medium body and long, mouthwatering roasted root vegetable and lemon vinaigrette on kale finish. A very appetizing beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203674
Hopcat Brewery
Blambic
Lightly hazy ruby color with a blue violet cast. Fruity and savory aromas of blueberry cobbler and blueberry vinaigrette on a spinach salad with a tart, medium body and a balsamic vinegar and fleur de sal driven finish. A savory lambic that will sing with foods; try with an endive salad.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203444
Lambickx
Lambickx Kriek Private Domain
Deep garnet color with a fuchsia lace. Aromas of sour cherry soufflé, yeasty bread, sour cream, and hay with a supple, very tart medium-to-full body and a long,pomegranate, passionfruit vinaigrette, bamboo shoot, and earth accented finish. Excellent poise and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203442
Lambickx
Lambickx Private Domain
Rich old gold color. Bold aromas and flavors of fresh sourdough baguette, salty toasted nuts, and exotic citrus and melon with a crisp, tart medium-to-full body and a green apple, passionfruit, grain, and mineral accented finish. A clean, deliciously zesty lambic for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203791
Elevator Brewing Co.
Angry Goat Barrel-Aged Nut Brown
Hazy copper brown color. Aromas of dried fruits, toffee, clay, and delicate peppery spice and herbs with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy candied citrus, nougat, sweet spice, and brown sugar finish. Excellent vibrancy that shines through the barrel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203626
Fort Collins Brewery
Out of Ashes Mesquite Chili Lime Ale
Pale amber color. Bold woody aromas and flavors of smoky mesquite grilled meats, peppers, and fruits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry full body and long, complex array of smoked pepper, nut, root vegetable and grass notes on finish. A smoke beer that really delivers the wood smoke goods!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203670
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Polish Eagle Imperial Porter
Dark brown black color with a bubbly head. Aromas of chocolate toffee and toasted raisin bread with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy, creamy, cocoa mousse, peppercorn, and rye toast driven finish. Excellent depth and balance of roasted malt and barrel character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203716
Gore Range Brewery
Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Dark brown black color with a light brown mousse. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, roasted chestnuts, fig, pepper, and pumpernickel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory, mole and anise accented finish. Nicely balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201763
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Rosalynn Bliss Blonde
Minutely hazy golden color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried mangos and peaches lead with a cream puff like backnote. Very frothy and well carbonated with a crisp, toasty almond biscotti, green tea, and white strawberry accented finish. Fun, flavorful, and admirably non-cloying and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203916
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Small Batch Series No. 5
Luminous brown color. Aromas and flavors of toasty vanilla cake, chocolate cherry, cola, and delicate smoked spices with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a chewy, brown sugar, balsamic, grain, smoked peppercorn, and roasted nut finish. Very rich, tasty and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203913
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Raspberry Ale
Golden amber color. Aromas of raspberry sorbet and multigrain toast with a fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed dried apple, spice, and raspberry jam on wheat wafer finish. A clean, pure and fruity crowd pleaser for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199005
Blue Tractor Brewery
Hopicidal Maniac Summit IPA
Lightly hazy amber color. Toasty grapefruit custard pastry aromas with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, well balanced citrus peel and pepper driven finish with lingering bitterness and astringency. A rich, go-to- IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203792
Buckman Botanical Brewery
Apple Beer
Pure golden color. Aromas of honeyed poached apples and caramel on sourdough toast points with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and zesty, warming lemon pepper, apple eau-de-vie, and nougat finish. Nice vibrancy with a fall fireside appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203671
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Brewer's Grove Bourbon Barrel Aged Spruce IPA
Beautifully lustrous, light amber color. Aromas of apricot marmalade, lemon gelato, pine blossoms, Thai basil, and golden raisin bread with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a a lingering, astringent, mango chutney, pine cone, clove, and thyme honey driven finish. Hopheads will love this.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203440
Green Jack Brewery
Rippa English Tripel
Hazy deep amber copper color. Aromas of honey-buttered scone, dried fruit, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a refreshing, beautifully balanced finish with emphasis on roasted nuts, cocoa, and grass. A great take on the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204058
Les Brasseurs du Nord
Boréale Dorée
Deep golden amber color with a light lacy head. Grain-driven aromas of malt, dried fruits, nuts, and straw with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a bright citrus soufflé, root vegetable and sprouts finish. Very well balanced and drinkable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203627
Blue Point Brewing Company
RastafaRye Ale
Deep amber color. Aromas of tangerine and grapefruit marmalades on rye toast, oregano, and a hint of dank pine cone with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nicely astringent and drying wash of grilled root vegetables and grassy, barky hops. A rock solid rye-IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203445
Delafield Brewhaus
Mango Sunset Lager
Pale golden color. Bold fruity aromas of peach cobbler and mango sorbet with a fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, tropical fruit punch accented finish with Hawaiian toast-like malt notes poking through on the finish. Quite fruity and rather like a shandy in flavor, but pleasant and different.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203828
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co.
Magwitch IPA
Hazy amber orange color. Dense aromas of pine sap and blossoms, grilled grapefruit, lemon yogurt, and lavender thyme bread with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and lemon, pink pepper, white chocolate mint cookie, overripe pear, Brazil nuts, and grilled radish greens notes on the finish. An interesting, complex and evolving brew. For contemplative sipping or food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203717
Gore Range Brewery
Chardonnay Barrel Aged Saison
Bright golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of salty herbed butter sourdough baguette, praline, pepper, and dried pineapple and coconut with a a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a long, savory dried lemon, radish and hay accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203799
Rogue Ales
Big Ass Barrel Blackberry
Dark reddish brown with almost no head. Compact aromas of cherry butter and honeyed pumpernickel rye toast with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy bread pudding, candied spiced nuts, and peppered greens on the lingering warm finish. Serve with pastrami.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203363
Stillmank Beer Co.
Wisco Disco
Deep amber color. Toasty and nutty fig and date breakfast bread aromas are attractive with a supple, dryish medium body and a honey roasted nut and delicate peppery spice finish. A pleasant session ale that will be great at the table with sausages and cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203804
The Brooklyn Brewery
Wild Streak
Old golden color. Aromas of honeyed toasted fruit cake with a crisp tangy medium body and a molasses, caramel and peach skin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203911
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Citra Dog American IPA
Hazy golden amber color. Bright aromas of grapefruit and pineapple-peach-mango cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and lingering, bitter pine, citrus peel, corn pudding, and pepper finish. A pleasantly aggressive IPA; try with casseroles.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203651
Upland Brewing
Kiwi Lambic
Cloudy golden orange color. Interesting aromas of citrus and onion marmalades on brie, Playdoh, and sourdough with a piercingly tart full body and a long mouthwateringly tangy and salty Sicilian lemon vinaigrette, ponzu sauce, and kiwi skin finish. A vinous lambic that will be great with cheeses and bbq turkey legs.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203652
Upland Brewing
Malefactor Flanders-Style Red Ale
Murky brown color. Aromas and flavors of sourdough, dried lemon and cherry, and pink peppercorn with a tart, dry-yet-fruity full body and a long, mouthwatering passionfruit, radicchio, and pomegranate. A great sour beer that will sing with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204132
Elm City Brewing Company
Peachy Keen Kölsch
Minutely hazy gold color. Attractive aromas of crusty fresh baked peach pie and creamy flan with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, peach phosphate, nut, radish, and grass accented finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203403
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Brewmaster Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Opaque black color with a brown cast. Very dense aromas of soy sauce, pure chocolate, sautéed mushroom, beeswax, and char-roasted chestnuts with a plush dryish medium-full body and a grilled apple, lemon, arugula accented finish. Quite intense, earthy, and ageable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203843
Morgan Street Brewery
When Helles Smolders Over
Hazy golden amber color with a fine white foam. Delicate smoky aromas of grilled cashews and zucchini bread and clay with a foamy, dryish medium body and a grilled corn, cucumber and smoked peppercorn finish. A nice mild smoked session beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200325
Reuben’s Brews
Roggenbier
Copper brown color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, sarsaparilla, brown sugar, caraway rye and banana breads with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pear-banana soufflé and earthy grains and nuts on the finish. Interesting and fun, pair with sauerkraut and sausages.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203650
Upland Brewing
Sour Reserve
Cloudy amber bronze color. Bold aromas of caramelized pineapples and pears, apple cider vinegar, putty, and sourdough with a crisp, tart, medium body and a balsamic vinaigrette on salty artichoke hearts finish. A rich, savory lambic that needs food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200756
Kichesippi Beer Co.
Kishesippi Logger
Deep copper color. Aromas of frosted flakes, hazelnut pastry, and chocolate soufflé with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory mole, starfruit, nut, and grassy, watercress-like hop accented finish. Different and fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203917
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Mesquite Smoked Porter
Deep brown with a tan head. Aromas and flavors of dark pumpernickel toast, dried fruits, and smoked Brazil nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, mole, twig, paprika, and grilled pepper accented finish. A solid smoke beer for chili.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203668
August Schell Brewing Co.
Star of the North
Pale straw green color. Aromas of cashew butter, asparagus frittata, yeasty bread dough with a very crisp, tart medium body and a tangy, roasted citrus, nut, cucumber skin, and grassy finish. A bone-dry table beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198026
Buckman Botanical Brewery
Side Dish Ale
Bright root beer, mint gum and candied yam like aromas with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spicy, confectionary finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203437
Calapooia Brewing Co.
Chili Beer
Deep copper amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of sweet peppers and hot pepper jelly with a supple, dryish medium body and a wafer, water chestnut, and chili pepper seed finish. A nice pepper beer, but could use more oomph.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203844
Morgan Street Brewery
Lactovision
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate yogurt, caramel brownie, dried fruits, edamame, and faint dried meat with sharply tart, medium body and a tangy sour cherry, lemon and radish driven finish. An interesting range and arc of flavors that would be best with food, especially cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203915
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Small Batch Series No. 6
Murky copper brown color. Oaky aromas and flavors of sour cherry and lemon, toffee, anise, sassafras, composted fruits, and bark with a frothy dry medium body and a creamy sour Greek lemon yogurt, nutskin and radish finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200110
Blue Tractor Brewery
Deep Fly Rye
Slightly hazy old gold color. Lightly sour aromas of citrus, thyme, and lavender with a supple dryish light-to-medium body and a fleeting wafer, orange ice, and water chestnut finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203675
Hopcat Brewery
Strawberry Rhubarb Zugspitze
Cloudy amber copper color. Curious aromas and flavors of stewed rhubarb, fennel, and okra and focaccia with a very frothy, dryish, medium-full body and a savory, mouthwatering wild strawberry turnover and sour cream accented finish. A bit odd, but should make an interesting table companion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200326
Reuben’s Brews
American Rye
Bright golden yellow color. Spic and span like aromas of dried lemon peel, lavender talc, thyme, and seltzer water with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy rye, peppercorn, jasmine tea, and honey buttered roasted corn cob finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203288
Steadfast Beer Co.
Steadfast Sorghum Pale Ale
Rich amber color. Aromas of brown sugar, dried fruits, pine needle and honeyed nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a bitter, blackstrap molasses, pine bark, turnip, and pepper finish. A bit angular and sharp.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203789
Elevator Brewing Co.
Ghost Scorpion Lager
Hazy amber copper color. Aggressive and dimension habanero pepper aromas are reminiscent of hot sauce not beer with a sharp, dry medium body and an amazingly hot roasted ghost pepper finish that lingering and stimulates the tear duct and mucous membranes. More of a pepper condiment than a beer, but the super hot pepper flavor is very pure and is the hottest beer we’ve ever reviewed. BE CAREFUL, drink in very small quantities at a time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203287
Steadfast Beer Co.
Steadfast Golden Blonde Ale
Bright golden yellow color. Slightly sour aromas of sourdough, nuts, celery salt, and dried citrus peels with a frothy, dryish medium body and a tangy omelet, Greek yogurt, and peppery arugula accented finish. A nice choice for cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203845
Morgan Street Brewery
Oak Lactovision
Deep brown color with a tan lace. Aromas of rubber balloon, fruity taffy, and bubblegum with a sharp tart, medium-full body and a very sour and drying lemon pith, cherry pit, cacao nib, balsa board, and pomegranate seed finish. Quite austere, and unwieldy at present.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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