October 2014 - 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
207980
LUCID Brewing
GOSLAR
Clear golden yellow color. Aromas of crushed coriander, lemon cake, orange peel, and tangerine with a tart, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a very long salt water taffy, lemon peel, root vegetables, and black pepper finish. A wonderful benchmark of the style that is sure to please at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207821
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Maracaibo Especial Special Brown Ale
Hazy medium amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of sour cherries, cinnamon, horse blanket, and candied ginger with a lively, dryish medium body and a very complex, long finish with overtones of dark cacao nibs and dried citrus. An amazingly complex and vibrant sour ale that is a benchmark for others in the category.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207986
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Opaque brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of vanilla caramel cake, chocolate covered mangos and bananas, and rum raisins with a velvety, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a warming, colossal, endless finish with shades of herb toast, peppercorns, radish, and nuts. A fantastically flavorful and balanced barrel aged imperial stout that will be a superb, dangerously drinkable winter warmer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204900
Caldera Brewing Company
Rauch Ür Bock
Dark reddish mahogany color. Bold aromas of smoked nuts and hams and grilled stone fruit and beets with chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy, roasted citrus, baked chocolate, radicchio, and peppercorn finish. Nice balance, vibrancy, and length of smokiness. Pair with Reubens and split pea soup.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207809
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
The Philanthropist
Dark mahogany brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate gelato, roasted nuts, dried fruits, and sweet tobacco with a chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity sweet full body and a mildly astringent, epic, long finish with accents of pepper muffin, earth, citrus custard, and soy finish with light oak. A rich, powerful and balanced beer with great savory, umami character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207541
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Cherry Ale
Dark ruby amber color. Rich aromas and flavors of cherry pie filling and fresh marzipan with a velvety, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with notes of wafer and dried sour cherry. Nice vibrancy and balance of cherry flavor with great mouthwatering acidity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207743
Stone Brewing Co.
- Stone Quingenti Millilitre - Bastard In The Rye
Clear copper color. Aromas of lemon rind, grilled pineapple, pine, and pickling spices with a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long bitter chocolate, toasted rye bread, caramelized citrus, and grapefruit pith finish. A balanced, barrel-aged strong ale for hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207811
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Distinguished Eagle
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla & chocolate covered cherries, cinnamon, baking spices, and chai tea with a creamy, moderately sweet full body and a warming, complex, endless finish with touches of cigar ash, spiced figs, and spiced chocolate. An interesting bourbon-barrel aged stout with plenty of spiced character that adds layers of complexity and table appeal; try with mole, or as a fun beer for holidays.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207468
Brasseurs du Monde
Vin d'Orge Vieilli en Fut de Bourbon Barley Wine
Cloudy mahogany color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toffee, toasted fruit tart, creme brulee, and dill with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, subtle, medium-long finish with notes of fruitcake, honeyed citrus, pickling herbs, and chocolate mint. A delicious, decadent fruit driven barleywine with nicely balanced oak tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207439
C.H. Evans Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Aged IIPA
Cloudy deep amber copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized grapefruit and herbal pizza crust with a chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish with accents of grilled tropical fruits, pine sap, creme brulee, and pepper finish with light oak. A powerfully delicious and well balanced barrel accented DIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208009
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Citra Extra Pale Ale
Pale amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of mango chutney and pineapple cake with a satiny, racy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bitter, engaging, long finish with accents of pepper, nuts, bitter greens, and grilled grapefruit. A powerful, in your face IPA with nice tropical notes throughout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207732
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer
Dark brown color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried fruits, cocoa, and nuts with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of roasted grain, root vegetable, pepper, and coffee finish with light oak. A rock solid winter warmer of a barrel aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207742
Stone Brewing Co.
- Stone Quingenti Millilitre - Mikhail's Odd
Dark brown black color. Aromas of ancho chili, over roasted coffee beans, and dried herbs and spices with a full body and a hot, medium length Nesquik, saddle leather, peanut butter and milk chocolate shake, and cigar wrapper finish. A big and serious barrel-aged stout with lots of stout and barrel character. Serve with cigars or ice cream.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207434
Tennent Caledonian Breweries
Tennent's Gluten Free 1885 Lager
Bright gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toast and cheese soufflé with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, appealing, medium length finish with notes of dried fruit and peppery spice. A rock solid gluten free beer that tastes like a very nice, regular lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207987
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Cerasus Dog
Clear deep amber color. Aromas of lavender, syrupy peaches, cherry juice, and black cherry soda with a lively, finely carbonated, sour medium-to-full body and a medium length lemon & lime zest, caramelized peaches, cedar, and cherry syrup finish. A fantastically complex beer that will shine with at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207860
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Cuvee Diable
Hazy deep amber salmon color. Toasty aromas of fresh gingerbread, honey butter, peach chutney, and mint tea with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, appealing, medium length buttery toasted baguette, salty popcorn, savory cranberry relish, and field greens finish. An interesting combination of toast, lactic, and tart berry tones that will work well with Mediterranean dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207952
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Heavy Soul Bourbon Barrel Imperial Milk Porter
Opaque dark mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of roasted figs, chocolate pudding, mounds bars, and toasted coconut with a sweet medium-full body and a prickly, medium-long finish with notes of semi-dark chocolate, creme brulee, and vanilla custard. A rich, full-bodied barrel aged beer that is a bit sweeter, but restrained.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207812
Hopcat Brewery
Bourbon Barrel Fornicator
Dark bronze color. Creamy aromas and flavors of buttery caramel and vanilla toffee with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium length finish with nuances of salted nuts, dried fruit, roasted root vegetables, and pepper. A solid bourbon barrel aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207737
Lakewood Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Temptress
Dark brown black color. Delicate aromas of chocolate covered fruits, zucchini muffin, and toffee with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long peppery spice, salty dark baguette, sweet potato chips, and espresso finish. A vibrantly delicious and well balanced barrel aged stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207982
LUCID Brewing
Halucidation
Hazy pale amber color. Savory aromas and flavors of stewed okra, succotash, and toasted citrus pastry with a supple, racy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium length finish with accents of marinated artichoke, dried peach, and lemon marmalade. A distinctive food beer with a lot of earthy savory notes; try with haggis.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207921
Guadalupe Brewing Co.
Belgian Style Texas Honey Ale
Hazy old gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of honey vinaigrette, toast banana nut muffin, clove gum, and sarsaparilla with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of dried fruits, delicate spice, and honeyed jicama. A delicious, well balanced marriage of honey and malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207832
River North Brewery
Whiskey Barrel Quandary
Clear deep amber color. Aromas of toasted banana bread, rye chip, banana rum cake, and brown sugar with a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hot, medium-long toasted coconut, banana chip, and caramelized pear finish. Try aging this beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207741
Stone Brewing Co.
- Stone Quingenti Millilitre - Guardian's Slumber
Cloudy mahogany color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toffee, dried citrus, chocolate mousse, and spice with a velvety, tangy, effervescent, fruity full body and an astringent, epic, very long finish with notes of roasted nut, herb, lemon pepper, and pine. A magnificent hop driven barrel aged beer for hop heads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207520
Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Pumpkin Ale
Amber color. Rich aromas and flavors of spicy pumpkin pie and frosted carrot cake with a supple, lively, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, stimulating, medium length finish with suggestions of toasted sweet potato, toasted pretzel bread, radish sprouts, and roasted squash. A delicious and well balanced pumpkin beer for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207859
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Cuvee Ange
Cloudy amber bronze color. Mild yeasty aromas and flavors of apricot chutney, mild sourdough, and berry vinaigrette with a supple, racy, effervescent, sourish medium body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-long finish with shades of mustard greens, pomegranate, peppery spice, and radish finish with light oak. A distinctively vinous, slightly sour barrel aged beer that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207662
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Dream Date
Deep amber bronze color. Attractive aromas of citrus, pine, and toasted fruitcake with a crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, medium length roasted nuts, pepper, and herbs finish. Not a lot of fruit character, but a tasty well made dark ale with vibrant hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207863
Elevator Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Horus Imperial Red Ale
Dark brown color. Lively aromas and flavors of dark chocolate graham crackers and honeyed rye toast with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long finish with notes of creamy chocolate, sautéed yams and figs, salt and pepper, and roasted nuts finish with moderate oak. A boldly delicious barrel aged beer for contemplative sipping; outstanding.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207567
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Opaque dark brown black color. Lively aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, baker’s chocolate, and fig soda bread with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium length finish with notes of roasted coffee beans, pepper, and dried cherry finish with light oak. A sturdy, mocha lead barrel aged imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207810
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Brandy Moundmaker
Dark ruby brown color. Delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and nuts, cinnamon toast, honeyed yams, and toffee with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, medium length finish with notes of fig bread, licorice and coffee, pepper, and grilled parsley root. A robust barrel aged beer with nice vibrancy and appeal for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207813
Hopcat Brewery
Naughty Nicodemus
Hazy light golden straw color. Complex aromas of cucumber, lime juice, lemon peel, and passion fruit with a medium body and a layered, breezy cucumber peel, overripe limes, lilac & lavender, and chamomile tea finish. A light & distinctive beer; try in a gin-based beertail.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207950
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Funk Buddies Wild Ale
Hazy amber color. Aromas of cherries, raisin bread, and caramel covered peaches with a sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a long tree bark, red apple skin, and cherry turnover finish. A tart sour that will be sure to please fans of the style; try with middle eastern or Moroccan dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207736
Lakewood Brewing Co.
Antigoon's Revenge
Medium-Brown color. Brash aromas and flavors of charcoal embers, grilled corn and cabbage, smoked bologna, and nettles with a supple, crisp, frothy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with accents of grilled turnip and carrot, salted dried nectarine, grass, and pineapple marmalade. A brawny, savory smoked beer for the grill.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207829
River North Brewery
Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle
Bright golden amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of grilled citrus and mango, pine, subtle spices, and soufflé with a chewy, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an astringent, appealing, medium-long finish with nuances of toasted fruit pastry, kumquat, herb pepper bread, and tree bark. A rich and delicious Belgian double IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207755
Rogue Ales
Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye Ale
Dark brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of banana peppers, mocha toffee, and ham on rye sandwich with a prickly, lively, frothy, medium body and a mildly astringent, compelling, medium length finish with nuances of roasted chestnuts, greens, grilled parsnip, and earth. A zesty brown ale with robust rye character that will be great with sandwiches.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207452
Samuel Adams
Honey Queen Braggot
Hazy gold color. Delicate aromas of honeyed toast, golden raisins, and floral honeycomb with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium length spiced peach finish. A nice honeyed beer with great table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207729
Stevens Point Brewery
Point One Shot IPA - Calypso
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty grapefruit pastry, herb butter, exotic peppercorns, and pine with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bitter, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of custard and kumquat. A nicely made IPA with plenty of character and a great match for spicy foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207985
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Wulver Wee Heavy Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Dark brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of rich dark chocolate ice cream in a warm waffle cone with a velvety, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate mousse and nuts and pepper. A decadent chocolate bomb of a barrel aged beer; serve with desserts or as a dessert.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207984
ThumbCoast Brewing Co.
Apricot Wheat
Cloudy deep amber orange color. Lively aromas and flavors of dried apricot, muffin, and hay with a supple, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk finish with shades of wheat wafer, starfruit, and root vegetable. A nice dry fruit beer to good balance and purity of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207519
Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Drago
Opaque brown black color. Aromas of figs, smoked dates, leather, and molasses with a creamy, moderately sweet full body and a long vanilla custard, bananas foster, bakers chocolate, and cigar ash finish. A full-bodied bourbon barrel aged beer that shows remarkable balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207738
Lakewood Brewing Co.
Hop Trapp
Copper bronze color. Peppery aromas of egg sandwich, dried papaya and mango, and pepper with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy nougat, cream, and arugula finish. A pleasant earthy Belgian IPA that will do well at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207831
River North Brewery
Grand Unified Theory
Bright gold color. Interesting aromas of pineapple creme brulee, bread pudding, ginger mint cookie, and floral spice with a chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a mildly astringent, complex, medium-long salty nuts, buttery baguette, coriander, and sassafras finish with light oak. A surprisingly complex and intricate barrel aged tripel with lots of Asian spice character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207833
River North Brewery
Barrel Aged Avarice
Opaque dark black color. Aromas of vanilla frosting, black licorice, prunes, and sarsaparilla with a frothy, moderately sweet full body and a warming, engaging, medium length dark chocolate covered espresso bean, chocolate covered black cherries, and black licorice finish. A straight forward barrel-aged beer that delivers on all fronts; serve in a snifter & indulge with small sips.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207757
Rogue Ales
Big Ass Barrel Braggot
Dark medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of molasses, cola nut, nutmeg, and figs with a finely carbonated, sweet medium-full body and a hot, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of red apple skin, syrupy peaches, cocoa nibs, and tobacco. An straight forward braggot that is a good and balanced example of the style; pair with a pipe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207752
Rogue Ales
Morimoto Soba Ale
Hazy old gold color. Attractive aromas of honeyed buckwheat pancakes, dried peach, and nougat with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, refreshing, medium length vanilla apricot yogurt, grilled kale, peppery radish sprouts, and lavender finish. An interesting food friendly beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207458
Samuel Adams
Blackberry Witbier
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of citrus Pez candy and berry cream danish with a satiny, bright, foamy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium length finish with suggestions of candied violet, talc, lettuce, and fresh marjoram. A fun, berry packed wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206411
Stevens Point Brewery
Whole Hog Raspberry Saison
Slight hazy copper penny color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry jam on lemon pepper muffin and circus peanut with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy, warming finish. Flavorful and fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207467
Brasseurs du Monde
Noire du Bretteux
Dull mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of smoked meats, leather, grilled rapini, and brown sugar with a crisp, finely carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a appealing, medium length finish with accents of burnt bread crust, overripe grapefruit, dark chocolate cocoa nibs, and tomato molasses. An interesting balance of sweet and roasted malts that needs food; try with mole.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207438
C.H. Evans Brewing Co.
Lou's on First
Hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of cannabis, grapefruit marmalade, tapioca, and caramelized pineapple with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk finish with notes of grilled turnip, greens, bamboo, and pine cone. A sturdy earthy IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207820
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Oro de Calabaza
Hazy old gold color. Aromas of barnyard, wet straw, clay, and tangerine peel with a finely carbonated, sour medium-to-full body and a long overripe peaches, lemon candy, and straw finish. An American wild ale that is a good marriage of brett fermentation flavors and a balanced sourness; try with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207761
Pensacola Bay Brewery
Black Treasure Imperial Porter
Opaque dark mahogany color. Aromas of sherry, red grape, soy sauce, and chocolate covered glazed donut with a finely carbonated, medium-to-full body and a prickly, medium length roasted root vegetables, roasted hazelnut, black strap molasses, and cocoa nibs finish. A powerful barrel aged porter that’s a bit hot, but would pair well with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207730
Stevens Point Brewery
Point One Shot IPA - Rye
Bright gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of Italian herbs, tomato focaccia, and dried orange and mango with a chewy, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, breezy finish with notes of nutshell, cocoa, pepper, and pomelo. A sturdy, table friendly rye IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207527
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Clear amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, baked spiced apple, peaches and creme, and cream soda with a effervescent, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a medium length finish with accents of starfruit, cream cheese danish, and banana flan. A very approachable bourbon-barrel aged ale in a lighter package.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207465
Brasseurs du Monde
L'Infusée
Hazy golden amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of berry cough syrup, herbal honey, and lilac with a supple, bright, foamy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium length finish with notes of wheatgrass, nutskin, and berry skins and seeds. An interesting fruit and floral summer sipper with a slight herbal edge.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206449
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl
Collesi Imper Ale IPA
Light hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of orange pepper, mango yogurt, and raisin toast with a chewy, vibrant, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium length finish with notes of exotic spices, vanilla cream, and honeyed radish. A big and chewy Belgian ale with lots of fruit and of hop support.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207951
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Opaque brown black color. Oaky aromas of dark chocolate, baked pear, vanilla custard, and cocoa powder with a sweet medium-full body and a warming, medium-long vanilla bean, molasses, chocolate syrup, and dates finish. A rich and balanced aged beer that deserves a snifter and careful sipping, or try in a beer float.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207819
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Bourbon Aged Stout
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of mango chutney, cashew butter, and dried banana and apples with a supple, lively, effervescent, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an astringent, delightful, medium-long finish with shades of peppery spice, honeyed raisin toast, and bamboo. A rich and fruity dessert beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207981
LUCID Brewing
ORA Amber Ale
Dark mahogany bronze color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, honey roasted squash, and turkey jerky with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium length finish with accents of dried citrus, herb salt, rye toast, and pepper. A solid, well-rounded smoke beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208000
Whistler Brewing Company
Big Sky Uncommon Lager
Pale amber color. Mild aromas and flavors of toast and frittata with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, breezy finish with notes of grilled turnip and grass. A pleasant, easy drinking lager with guts; pair with darts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207834
River North Brewery
Wine Barrel J. Marie
Golden amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of sautéed mango, spiced apple, and fruit loops with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of roasted citrus and peppers, balsamic, parsley root, and potato skin. A solid, tasty barrel aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206420
Sprecher Brewing Co.
Beyond 2014 Braggot
Rich amber color. Aromas of American hop pellets with the emphasis on cannabis and apple custard tart. Supple and dry-yet-fruity on the palate with bold chocolate raisin bran muffin and coffee cake flavors and a savory salty baguette, peppered greens, and potpourri accented finish. A totally wild flavor ride. Buckle up.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207466
Brasseurs du Monde
Pale Ale Framboise
Hazy deep amber mahogany color. Bright aromas of cough syrup and raspberry lozenge with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a bitter, medium length peppercorn, radicchio, grass, and nutskin finish. A somewhat austere fruit beer that needs food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207830
River North Brewery
River North IPA
Dark copper color. Peppery aromas of peppercorn, waxy honeycomb, Brussels sprouts, and bubblegum with a supple, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium length baked apple, lemon, mesclun, and roasted root vegetables finish. A nice savory table beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208001
Whistler Brewing Company
Forager Gluten Free Lager
Bright light golden yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach custard pastry, honeyed apple, and flat sprite in a plastic cup with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a bitter, brisk finish with nuances of white peppercorn, corn husk and stalk, apple cider, and rapini. A brash and highly astringent gluten free beer that will be best with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207861
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Three Kings
Medium-Brown color. Bold aromas of coffee with a supple, soft, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, breezy salted nuts finish with moderate oak. A coffee driven barrel aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208019
Banks Barbados Breweries Limited
Hardears Golden Ram Dark Ale
Light hazy copper color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed fig bread toast and caramel cookie with a satiny, frothy, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, brisk finish with accents of chestnut brittle, peppery spice, kale, and paper. A round and zesty amber ale with an interesting caramel and nut character; serve with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207807
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
Ryeot Rye Ale
Dark copper color. Mild aromas and flavors of pepper dust, caramelized carrot, and boiled egg with a supple, crisp, fizzy, fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, breezy finish with notes of turnip, radish, and roasted nuts. A solid session beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207862
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Volume 1
Dark brown black color. Odd aromas and flavors of stewed veggies and succotash with a supple, crisp, frothy, sweet-and-sour medium-full body and a prickly, medium length finish with accents of tamari, vegemite, and boozy alcohol. A brash, rustic barrel aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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