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June 2015 - Continental European Ale Styles

June 2015 - Continental European Ale Styles
This month's Beer feature is Continental Europeanan Ale Styles

Continental European Ale Styles Reviews

Unibroue 17 Grande Reserve 2011
96 points
Copper color. Aromas of chestnuts, toffee, and black raspberry tart with a slightly chewy, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long chocolate tangerine peels and oak finish. A superbly balanced and flavorful oak-aged ale.
Brasseurs du Monde Vielle Brune
95 points
Hazy mahogany color. Bright, complex aromas of dark berry shrub, mesclun greens, rhubarb yogurt, and marinated meat with a glycerous, tangy, effervescent, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length wafers, pomegranate soufflé, blood orange, and nuts finish. A mouthwatering sour beer with fine balance.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Texas Red
95 points
Clear golden amber color. Mild, nutty aromas of toasted nut bread and chocolate orange peel with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length lightly salted and peppered nuts, arugula, and mocha finish. A spot on amber ale with clean, refreshing flavor.
Rochefort Trappist Monastery Trappist "10"
95 points
Minutely hazy brown color. Bright, buttery aromas of fruitcake, spiced praline, creme brulee, and oak with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length caramelized citrus, chocolate mint, pepper, and watercress finish. A rich, inviting dessert in a glass.
Rochefort Trappist Monastery Trappist "8"
94 points
Cloudy sunburst color. Bright aromas of roasted root vegetables, caramelized nuts, and pretzel bread with a glycerous, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length fruit compote on toast, chocolate, and earth finish. An elegantly balanced and flavorful ale.
Belgh Brasse Mons Blonde dAbbaye
93 points
Brilliant light gold color. Delicate, interesting aromas of dried citrus, herbs and lavender, cornichon, and toasted focaccia pepper bread with an oily, lively, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, cheery vanilla soufflé, spiced praline, and kiwi finish. A big, slightly boozy blonde that is sure to please.
Brasseurs du Monde Assoiffe 8
93 points
Clear mahogany color. Delicate, malty aromas of chocolate nuts and dark raisin bread with an even, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long pepper, chocolate mousse, fig jam, and greens finish. A delicious and inviting abbey dubbel that is sure to please.
Brasseurs du Monde Assoife 12 Abbey Quadrupel
93 points
Clear mahogany color. Rich, complex, fruity aromas of mincemeat pie, fruitcake, and floral honey with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long rich baking spices, gingerbread, and radish sprouts finish. A delicious and satisfying ale with a great layer of spice similar to a pumpkin beer.
Cervecería Kross "Kuad" Cerveza Ale Fuerte
93 points
Minutely hazy dark brown color. Rich, meaty, woody interesting smoky aromas of jerky and bouillon, dark raisin bread, and smoked nuts with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-full body and a warming, medium-long arugula, caramelized chestnuts, jicama, and peat moss finish with woody tannins and light oak. A rich, meaty, savory Belgian styled ale that will shine at the table.
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl "Malto"
93 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Bright, inviting aromas of pineapple soufflé, toasted baguette, corn pudding, and orange pepper with a soft, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, charming, snappy stone fruit compote, watercress, and delicate peppery spices finish. A delicious and complex Belgian style ale that screams for rich foods.
Lost Rhino Brewing Company Meridian Kolsch
93 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Bright, toasty aromas of toasted baguette, chalk, and salted nuts with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long turnip and pepper finish. A deliciously refreshing, spot on kolsch.
North Coast Brewing Co. PranQster
93 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Bright, floral aromas of dried herbs and lavender, lemon peppercorn muffin, vanilla soufflé, and chalk with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, breezy dried fruits, salty roasted root vegetables, delicate greens, and minerals finish. A delicious, rich, and savory Belgian golden ale.
Rabbit Hole Brewing Mike Modanos 561 Kölsch
93 points
Gold color. Aromas of raisin bread toast and honeyed citrus with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length arugula, light pepper, and minerals finish. A delicious, toasty, fruity kolsch with a snappy hop finish and super sessionability.
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout
93 points
Dark-Brown color. Aromas of toffee, toasted cranberry bread, berry yogurt, and latte with a slightly chewy, tart, finely carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long roasted nuts, greens, and spiced nuts finish. A rich and complex Belgian style style with a fine table friendly balance.
Sixpoint Brewery "Abigale"
93 points
Brilliant deep amber color. Bright, vinous, yeasty aromas of sourdough bread, peach yogurt, and focaccia with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length grapefruit custard, dried tropical fruits, bitter greens, and pepper finish. A rich, chewy, well hopped singel.
Vancouver Island Brewery Sea Dog Amber Ale
93 points
Brilliant mahogany color. Delicate, toasty aromas of dark raisin toast, fruit compote, and chestnut honey butter with an even, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long roasted corn and caramelized root vegetable finish. A very refreshing and appetizing alt that hits all the right notes.
Epic Brewing Company "Straight Up Saison"
92 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Faint, interesting aromas of yeasty fruitcake, schmaltz bread, and lemon pepper with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, short peach-apple custard, peppery spices, and minted melon finish. A smooth and seamless saison experience.
Epic Brewing Company "Brainless Belgian Golden Ale"
92 points
Clear golden yellow color. Mild, fruity aromas of ham and egg sandwich, fruit jam on toast, and delicate spices with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length mint jelly, pepper, and vanilla custard finish. A nice chewy and fruity golden ale that is sure to please.
Lost Rhino Brewing Company Rhinoel
92 points
Minutely hazy reddish mahogany color. Lively, attractive aromas of banana taffy, orange blossom honey, and raisin toast with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a peppery, medium-long roasted nuts, spiced pears and apples, and minerals finish. A superbly flavorful and satisfying Belgian dubbel that is sure to please.
Narragansett Brewing Company Innsmouth Old Ale
92 points
Medium-Brown color. Aromas of cherry-date jam, raisin rye toast, and brown sugar with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long caramelized nuts, watercress, and starfruit finish. A rich and delicious, spot on old ale with comforting warmth and food affinity.
Peter B’s Brewpub Midnight Lightning
92 points
Amber color. Aromas of fruitcake and berry compote and vinaigrette with a supple, tangy, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long balsamic and soy drizzled dark berries, pomegranate, creme brulee, and salty roasted chestnuts finish. A very savory and satisfying, slightly sour, barrel aged treat that will shine at the table.
Green Bay Brewing Co. Hinterland Grand Cru
91 points
Dark-Brown color. Aromas of caramelized citrus and fruity custard danish with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long citrus and stone fruit marmalades, herbal honey, roasted nuts, and peppercorn finish. A warming, fruity, chewy strong ale with nicely balanced hoppiness that will be great with cheeses and desserts.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Grand Cru
90 points
Copper color. Aromas of sourdough toast, frittata, turnip, and dried fruit with a supple, lively, frothy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long orange marmalade, cherry soufflé, and pepper muffin finish. A rich, chewy, well crafted Belgian styled ale.
North Coast Brewing Co. Brother Thelonious
90 points
Brilliant bronze color. Lively, fruity, earthy yeasty aromas of berry vinaigrette and apple sourdough bread with a silky, crisp, effervescent, very sweet full body and a peppery, complex, long arugula, gravel road, pepper, and turnips finish. A big, brawny beer with a bite.
Peter B’s Brewpub Je TAime
90 points
Clear golden amber color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of banana nut muffin, orange blossom honey, and herb baguette with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length arugula, peppercorns, stone fruit custard, and brown spices finish. A very fun and flavorful saison with nice dollop of hefeweizen character.
Rochefort Trappist Monastery Trappist "6"
90 points
Hazy dull amber color. Delicate, sweet aromas of buttery roasted nuts, toasty peach danish, and caramel apple with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length mesclun, orange, and pepper finish. A toasty, fruity and zesty ale with fine balance.
Black Lotus Brewing Saison Gin Barrel Aged
89 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, exotic, spicy herbal aromas of lemon marmalade, pineapple cake, dried lavender, and juniper jelly with a supple, crisp, light-to-medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-length herbs, pine, and gingersnaps finish. A great spicy herbal beer; try in beertail with gin.
Blue Heron BrewPub Rye-man Simon: Red Rye Saison
89 points
Clear bronze color. Delicate, malty aromas of roasted nuts, toffee, and dark raisin baguette with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length delicate spices and salted nuts finish. Not really a saison, more of a brown ale, but pleasant.
Brasseurs du Monde Assoiffe 6
89 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Bright, spicy, attractive aromas of gingerbread, mint, lemon spice cake, and lavender with a soft, vibrant, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length dried apricot, Asian spices, lemon pepper muffin, and nuts finish. A roller coaster of spicy flavors.
Epic Brewing Company "Brainless IPA"
89 points
Bright amber color. Mild, toasty, yeasty aromas of dried citrus and herb muffin with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy pepper and bubblegum finish. A solid, balanced take on the new Belgian IPA style.
Mother Road Brewing Company Gold Road Kolsch Style
89 points
Brilliant old gold color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of ham and egg sandwich, dried pineapple, and hawaiian bread with a vibrant, bubbly, off-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-long parsnip, watercress, jicama, and minerals finish. A smooth and refreshing kolsch that really hits the spot.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. DFW: Rahr/Lakewood Collaboration
89 points
Brilliant burnt sienna color. Delicate, attractive, toasty aromas of fresh praline, honey buttered pumpernickel toast, and roasted chestnuts with an even, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length nuts and watercress finish. A solid, very drinkable Abbey ale.
Fish Brewing Co. Reel Ales Monkfish
88 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of citrus pastry and buttered toasted nut bread with an oily, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-long bitter greens, lemon pepper, and honey soufflé finish. A solid, fruity, snappy triple.
North Coast Brewing Co. Puck
88 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, citrusy aromas of candied lemon peel, yeasty pepper-herb bread, and sautéed carrots with a soft, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cucumber, orange pepper, and watercress finish. A zesty, peppery, palate cleansing saison.
Blue Heron BrewPub Tappers Tripel
87 points
Brilliant light gold color. Delicate, confected aromas of bubblegum, peach jam on rye toast, and pineapple-banana sorbet with a glycerous, vibrant, spritzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length banana bread pudding, peppery spices, and salty sweet potato chips finish. A big, boozy Belgian treat.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Lawn Seat Kolsch
87 points
Brilliant light gold color. Bright, meaty aromas of egg sandwich, cashews, and lime zest with an even, bright, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, fast dried citrus, nectarine, and lemon pepper finish. A nice savory kolsch that will be best with food.
Tremols Pilsner
87 points
Brilliant light gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas of apple pastry and corn bread with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length apples, honey, and bibb lettuce finish. A solid quaffer.
Cape May Brewing Co "Devils Reach"
86 points
Dark-Brown color. Aromas of lemon pepper muffin, quiche, and caramelized carrots with a supple, lively, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length orange marmalade, pepper, and turnips finish. A zesty, peppery Belgian ale that will pair well.
Green Bay Brewing Co. Hinterland Saison Farmhouse Ale
85 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Rich, floral, herbal aromas of lavender and lilacs, herb pepper bread, white grape, and cologne with an even, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, stimulating, crisp rose water, lychee tart, salted nuts, and sage finish. A very floral and feminine saison.
Zipline Copper Alt
85 points
Dark reddish mahogany color. Delicate, nutty aromas of chocolate nut muffin and matzoh with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk roasted grains, chocolate mousse, and starfruit finish. A rock solid alt beer that goes down easy.
14th Star Brewing Co. "Saison Du Miles"
84 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Rich, interesting, meaty smoky aromas of corned beef sandwich, smoked peppered bacon, and grilled romaine with an even, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length wafers, cucumber skin, and kale finish. An unusual smoky saison to pair with smoked meats and fish.
Cape May Brewing Co "Tripel Wreck"
84 points
Dark-Brown color. Aromas of cheese popcorn, bean salad, fruit pastry, and bark and leaves with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, buoyant orange marmalade, salt and pepper, honeyed spiced apple, and carrots finish. A earthy, fruity beer for the table.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. High Striker Single
84 points
Gold color. Aromas of egg croissant sandwich and roasted root vegetables with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a peppery, cheery rapini, pepper, dried citrus, and earth finish. A spunky, earthy, astringently peppery beer for the table.
Lost Rhino Brewing Company Lost Rhino Singel
82 points
Gold color. Aromas of roasted grains and breads and succotash with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a buttered toast, bibb lettuce, and minerals finish. A food beer.
Hopothesis Brewing Company Drafty Window Farmhouse Ale
80 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of peach pastry and banana pie with a satiny, flat, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, scant spicy apple pie, peppered lettuces, and honeyed fruit finish. A sweet saison.
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