June 2015 - Continental European Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is Continental Europeanan Ale Styles
Continental European Ale Styles Reviews
210486
Unibroue
17 Grande Reserve 2011
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210360
Brasseurs du Monde
Vielle Brune
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210636
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Texas Red
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210682
Rochefort Trappist Monastery
Trappist "10"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210681
Rochefort Trappist Monastery
Trappist "8"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210487
Unibroue
17 Grande Reserve 2014
Copper color. Aromas of bread pudding, caramelized nuts, and berry scone with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long roasted nuts, herbs, pepper bread, and honeyed blackberries finish. A vibrant oak aged ale with rich and inviting aromas and flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210410
Belgh Brasse
Mons Blonde d'Abbaye
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210357
Brasseurs du Monde
Assoiffe 8
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210358
Brasseurs du Monde
Assoife 12 Abbey Quadrupel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210572
Cervecería Kross
"Kuad" Cerveza Ale Fuerte
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210306
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl
"Malto"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210603
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Meridian Kolsch
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210717
North Coast Brewing Co.
PranQster
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209832
Rabbit Hole Brewing
Mike Modano's 561 Kölsch
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210585
Samuel Adams
Thirteenth Hour Stout
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210452
Sixpoint Brewery
"Abigale"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210505
Vancouver Island Brewery
Sea Dog Amber Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210472
Epic Brewing Company
"Straight Up Saison"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210473
Epic Brewing Company
"Brainless Belgian Golden Ale"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210604
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Rhinoel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210431
Narragansett Brewing Company
Innsmouth Old Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210640
Peter B’s Brewpub
Midnight Lightning
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210645
Green Bay Brewing Co.
Hinterland Grand Cru
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210623
Rogue Ales
Honey Kolsch
Brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, toasty aromas of buttery caramel muffin and roasted nuts with a supple, tangy, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length buttered toasted baguette, starfruit, and grapefruit custard finish. A very nice and toasty kolsch with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210675
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Grand Cru
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210714
North Coast Brewing Co.
Brother Thelonious
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210639
Peter B’s Brewpub
Je T'Aime
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210680
Rochefort Trappist Monastery
Trappist "6"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210609
Black Lotus Brewing
Saison Gin Barrel Aged
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210642
Blue Heron BrewPub
Rye-man Simon: Red Rye Saison
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210356
Brasseurs du Monde
Assoiffe 6
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210474
Epic Brewing Company
"Brainless IPA"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210634
Mother Road Brewing Company
Gold Road Kolsch Style
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210635
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
DFW: Rahr/Lakewood Collaboration
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210638
Fish Brewing Co.
Reel Ales Monkfish
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210716
North Coast Brewing Co.
Puck
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209775
Stanley Park Brewery
1897 Amber Ale
Bright amber color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of nut bread, lemon soufflé, banana pudding, and orange blossoms with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, charming, quick lettuces, honeyed starfruit, peach, and melon finish. A nice, lighter styled, very sessionable Belgian amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210643
Blue Heron BrewPub
Tappers Tripel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210676
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Lawn Seat Kolsch
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210575
Tremols
Pilsner
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210663
Cape May Brewing Co
"Devil's Reach"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210644
Green Bay Brewing Co.
Hinterland Saison Farmhouse Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210570
Zipline
Copper Alt
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210672
14th Star Brewing Co.
"Saison Du Miles"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210664
Cape May Brewing Co
"Tripel Wreck"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210674
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
High Striker Single
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210605
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Lost Rhino Singel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209718
Hopothesis Brewing Company
Drafty Window Farmhouse Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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