April 2016 - New Release Beer

This month's Beer feature is New Release Beer
New Release Beer Reviews
214656
Unibroue
Éphémère Poire
Hazy gold color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of pear soufflé, fresh fruit salad, banana nut muffin, and strawberry banana yogurt with an even, soft, bubbly, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long pear skin, melon, cream of wheat, and sprouts finish. A brilliantly balanced fruit flavored wheat ale with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214705
Brouwerij Lindemans
Cassis Lambic
Cloudy reddish mahogany color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh crushed raspberries and fruitcake with an even, tart, fizzy, cloying medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length raspberry vinaigrette on lettuce, blood orange sorbet, and carrot finish. A nice combination of sweet and tart flavors with a hint of earthy vegetable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214631
Upland Brewing
Mayhaw Sour Ale
Hazy light gold color. Bright, toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of butter toasted nut bread, turkey jerky, and hint of rubber with a soft, sharp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, long white balsamic on radicchio, green peach, and earth finish. A lovely, tart, mouthwatering sour ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214605
Fairport Brewing Co.
Santini Stout
Opaque dark dark brown color. Bright, smoky, umami aromas of dark toasted sunflower rye bread, dark coffee, smores, and coconut vinaigrette with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate roasted nuts, dulce du leche, lemon-fig tart, and cigar ash finish. A delicious, superbly balanced American stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214654
Unibroue
Blanche De Chambly
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Lively, citrusy, spicy aromas and flavors of citrus peels, coriander, herb muffin, and wintergreen with an even, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy radish sprouts, watercress, and minerals finish. A nice delicately spiced wit that is very refreshing and crushable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214707
Brouwerij Lindemans
Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
Minutely hazy light gold color. Lively, complex, yeasty aromas and flavors of sourdough bread, dried citrus and stone fruits, mossy earth, and horse mane with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long spinach and mustard greens, white balsamic vinegar on green peaches, hearts of palm, and grass and nettles finish. A complex, bracing tart, very earthy lambic for the table, especially with shellfish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214513
Kawaba
"Snow Weizen"
Hazy light gold color. Mild, buttery, dank citrusy grainy aromas of banana pudding and bread, frosted lemon scone, white grapes, and clay with a velvety, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk apple pie, pretzel bread, and kiwi finish. A delicious and very appetizing wheat ale that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214691
Tieton Cider Works
Cherry Hard Cider
Red oak color. Bright, fruity, yeasty aromas and flavors of spiced apples, cranberry, nectarine, and wet straw with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length sour cherry yogurt and blood orange finish. A fun, spunky cherry-berry flavored cider with a nice dash of sour complexity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214706
Brouwerij Lindemans
Faro Lambic
Pale bright copper color. Lively, toasty aromas of honey toasted Hawaiian bread and caramelized fruits with a satiny, lively, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long peach and rhubarb jams, spiced pear, banana nut muffin, and pepper and earth finish. A tasty and refreshing, very fruity lambic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214082
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
Honey Sucker Pilsner
Clear light gold color. Lively, buttery, creamy roasted aromas of buttered peach scone, corn puff, and grass with a silky, bright, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk honey buttered raisin toast and corn bread pudding finish. A nicely balanced, super drinkable lager with an appealing fruity, honeyed character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214683
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Hop Mania IPA
Bright copper color. Rich, dank, herbal aromas of buttered pepper muffin, roasted citrus and pine, and dried peach with a soft, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long tropical fruit custard, toasted fruit cake, and radish finish. A nicely restrained and quite approachable IIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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