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July 2016 - Lambic, Sour & Experimental Beers

July 2016 - Lambic, Sour & Experimental Beers
This month's Beer feature is Lambic, Sour & Experimental Beers

Lambic, Sour & Experimental Beers Reviews

Revolver Brewing "Sangre y Miel"
96 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of orange spice cake, exotic tropical fruits, Asian herbs and spices, and vanilla toffee with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long citrus peels, coriander and peppercorns, lemongrass and mint, and spiced nuts finish. A bold and complex fruit and spice lambic-style beer with subtle, creamy oak notes.
Two Roads & Evil Twin Brewing Companies "Geyser" Gose
96 points
Yellow color. Delicate aromas and flavors of egg croissant, lemon herb biscuit, and peppercorns and coriander with a supple, tart, sour medium body and a sleek, complex, long kumquat, jicama, radish sprouts, and fleur de sel finish. A complex, refreshingly tart and mouthwatering gose with interesting earthy, herbal flavors.
LambickX Private Domain 2015
95 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Lively, smoky, sour aromas and flavors of grilled lemon, dark roasted nuts, scorched prairie, and horse blanket and barn with a tart, effervescent, sourish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long nectarine pit, baked lime, chalk, and chia and hemp seeds finish. A very complex gueuze with cascading waves of flavor.
Liefmans Brewery Goudenband
95 points
Dull dark bronze color. Bright, sour, rotten funky malty aromas of honey roasted chestnuts, dried cherries, silly putty and Playdoh, and soy rice cake with a soft, tangy, fizzy, very sweet medium body and a graceful, layered, medium-long cherry barrel, dried raspberries, tamarind vinaigrette, and earth finish. A complex and layered Flanders red ale with impeccable balance.
Two Roads Brewing Company Kriek
95 points
Hazy deep amber color. Bright, sour aromas and flavors of cherry vinaigrette on greens and lemon sough dough scone with a satiny, sharp, spritzy, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long artichoke hearts, reduced lime, spicy hot pickle, and raspberry skin and seed finish. An electric, palate-stimulating sour ale that will shine at the table.
Upland Brewing Persimmon Lambic
95 points
Cloudy opaque golden yellow color. Sour, tropical fruity peppery aromas and flavors of lemon vinaigrette on mesclun, pickle juice, and sourdough with a chunky, shrill, finely carbonated, sour medium body and a tingling, intricate, long reduced lemon and nectarine, drinking vinegar, and marinated artichoke hearts finish. An intensely sour and satisfying lambic.
Brasserie Schoune Lambic Framboise
94 points
Brilliant burnt sienna color. Lively, fruity aromas of raspberry butter on brioche and berry sorbet with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, cloying medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long sour apple and watermelon sherbet, berry gastrique and cobbler, and white tea finish. A delicious and wide-appealing framboise lambic with a great balance of sweet and sour berry flavors.
Omer Vander Ghinste Kriek des Jacobins Flemish Sour Cherry Ale
94 points
Bright red oak color. Fresh aromas and flavors of cherry preserves on toast, caramelized nuts, and reduced lemon with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, cherry balsamic on greens and almond cookie finish. A superb kriek with great depth and balance of fruitiness and sourness.
Revolver Brewing "Blood and Honey" Fruit Ale
94 points
Yellow color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of orange spice cake and honey roasted nuts with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, long pink peppercorn muffin and grass finish. A superbly balanced and refreshing honey and orange flavored beer with great subtlety.
Sixpoint Brewery "Jammer"
94 points
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced oranges and herb muffin with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, sourish light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, long lemon spritzed melon rind, lemon basil, arugula and sprouts, and fleur de sel finish. A super refreshing and balanced gose that really nails the style.
Upland Brewing "Cauldron" Sour Ale
94 points
Nearly opaque medium walnut color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry ginger cake, zucchini-raspberry bread, roasted chestnuts, and sassafras float with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long berry and green apple skins, sourdough toast, and spiced kumquats and cranberries finish. A vibrantly delicious sour ale with a wonderful dash of spice.
Branchline Brewing Company Old Three Hundred Red Ale
93 points
Opaque bronze color. Lively, curious, mature umami aromas of coconut aminos, molasses cake, brown butter dried apples, beef, and mushrooms, and forest floor with a satiny, puckering, petillant, sweet medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length grass, roasted root vegetables, and sherry vinegar finish. A very savory and sour, almost condiment-like beer with tons of umami richness for the table.
Dubuisson Peche Mel
93 points
Dusty copper color. Bright, fruity aromas of dried apricot and raisin bread with a silky, racy, bubbly, very sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, long peach cobbler and praline finish. A bold fruity stone fruit beer with great purity, balance and length.
Lagunitas Brewing Company "Aunt Sally" Sour
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Lively, hoppy, herbal aromas of herbs toast, hemp, grilled pineapple, and pine with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length quince, Buddha’s hand, orange blossom water, and bitter bark and nettles finish. An interesting mash-up of herbal, bitter hops and lactic sourness.
North by Northwest "Judas Peach"
93 points
Dusty deep amber color. Rich, sourish, vinegary aromas of apple cider vinaigrette on greens, buttered pretzel baguette, and peach butter with a velvety, tangy, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long pickled beans, arugula, and tamarind finish. A superb gose with great savory table appeal.
Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA
93 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, honeyed lemons, and herb muffin with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length grapefruit pith and seeds, pine, arugula, and lemonade finish. A great, grapefruit IPA with bold bitterness.
Sixpoint Brewery "Lil Raspy" Berliner Weisse
93 points
Opaque cloudy milky sunburst color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berries in Greek yogurt and strawberry muffin with a puckering, finely carbonated, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long lemon, kumquat, kiwi skin, and nut bread finish. A vibrant and balanced raspberry flavored Berliner with excellent quenchability.
Liefmans Brewery Cuvee Brut
92 points
Cloudy copper red color. Lively, fruity aromas of fresh black cherries and raspberry jam on toast with a silky, racy, effervescent, sour medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long raspberry skins vinegar, cherry pit, and moss finish. A nicely concentrated, tart funky cherry-berry flavored lambic.
Omer Vander Ghinste Oud Bruin
92 points
Bright mahogany color. Mild, vinous aromas of chocolate muffin, dried fruits, butter roasted nuts, and waxy honeycomb with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length craisin, chocolate yogurt, rye toast, and delicate spice finish. A mellow, well balanced sour beer and mature elegant character.
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red
92 points
Brilliant reddish mahogany color. Lively, meaty, sour peppery malty aromas and flavors of cherry cider vinaigrette, sourdough toast, reduced lemon, and light molasses on nuts with an even, tart, bubbly, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long raspberry and apricot chutney, mint tea, honeyed nuts, and earth finish. A clean, complex sour beer with a lots of versatility.
Two Roads Brewing Company "Road 2 Rouen" Brett IPA
92 points
Cloudy old gold color. Lively, sour, floral aromas of spic and span, lemon balsamic, and micro greens with a velvety, crisp, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, rapini, sourdough toast, and lemon zest finish. A seamless and finely balanced brett-accented IPA.
Aviator Brewing Company "Norsek" Sour Cherry Brown Ale
90 points
Reddish mahogany color. Nutty, oaky aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries, cocoa, roasted nuts, and sourdough with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long citrus, quince, sarsaparilla, and mint leaf finish. A zesty, food friendly sour ale with well-framed oak.
Bzart Lambiek
90 points
Clear old gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted peaches and nuts, sourdough bread, and clay with a supple, tart, fizzy, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length overripe lemon and green apple, lemon pepper on greens, and earth finish. A clean, elegantly styled gueuze.
Ecliptic Brewing "Zenith" Grapefruit Gose
90 points
Gold color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of buttered toast, grapefruit marmalade, and lemon sorbet with a supple, vibrant, sourish medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-length toasted nuts and grains, quince, and pickled melon rind finish. A fun toasty gose with mild sourness and subtle grapefruit notes.
O’Connor Brewing Company Jeffreys Bay Watermelon Saison
88 points
Light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and lavender talc, melon, lemon pepper, and white tea with an even, crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length toast, rose water, and watermelon rind finish. A fun, floral summer sipper with a nice hint of melon.
Tequesta Brewing Company Pucker Up Raspberry Berliner Weisse
88 points
Hazy golden pink color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of red berries and toasted sourdough cranberry bread with a supple, tart, finely carbonated, sourish medium body and a silky, engaging, medium-length buttered toast, quince, and lemon pulp finish. A nice toasty, lightly tangy Berliner Weiss that would make a nice introduction to the category.
Vicaris Tripel Gueuze
88 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Bright, funky, fruity aromas and flavors of caramel apple, paper mache, hint of glue, and fish food with a lean, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk apple butter on lemon scone, toasted nuts, peppered kiwi, and grass finish. A mellow, round and toasty gueuze with delicate sourness.
Brasserie Schoune De Rode Vlaanderen
87 points
Cloudy copper color. Lively, fruity, funky sour tropical aromas and flavors of lemon and apple vinaigrettes, sourdough bread, pickled peach, and acetone with a silky, racy, finely carbonated, cloying light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long spiced citrus, pickled melon, grass, and gauze finish. A tart, mouthwatering sour ale that will pair nicely.
Sprecher Brewing Co. Kriek Lambic
87 points
Cloudy sunburst color. Bold, sour, yeasty aromas and flavors of lavender soap, cherry cider vinegar, chestnut honeyed citrus, and hint of molasses spice cake with an puckering, frothy, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemon, plum skin, and cherry pit finish. A racy kriek for the table.
Wanderlust Brewing Company Gold Barrel Brett
87 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, meaty aromas and flavors of turkey melt, quince, and lemon pepper muffin with a supple, tart, effervescent, sour medium body and a tingling, breezy baked lime, toasted nuts, and grass finish. A nice toasty and tart sour ale with a meaty backnote.
Aviator Brewing Company "Sour Pie"
85 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced fruits, zucchini bread, and hay with a satiny, puckering, frothy, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long fruit pith, starfruit, radishes, and rubber sap finish. An interesting spicy beer with an astringent, pithy finish.
Buffalo Bills Brewery Blood Orange Imperial Ale
85 points
Brilliant amber color. Lively, fruity, sweet aromas of orange slices and gelatin candy and frosted lemon scone with a soft, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy orange marmalade on toast, blood orange chiffon, and dreamsicle finish. A nice creamy orange flavored ale.
Branchline Brewing Company 3rd Anniversary Oak-Aged Tripel
84 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Delicate, woody, smoky earthy aromas and flavors of singed wood, saw dust, pretzel bread, and nettles with a silky, soft, spritzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, odd, medium-length nuts, honeycomb, figs, and glue finish. A very woody and mellow sipper.
Ecliptic Brewing "Callisto" Tripel Blackcurrants
84 points
Brilliant pale red oak color. Bright, sourish, earthy fruity aromas and flavors of dried currants and orange, roasted tomato, and coriander and spice with an oily, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy cherry pulp and pit and yam finish. A light and easy fruit beer; serve cold.
LambickX de Troch 2015
84 points
Minutely hazy brilliant light gold color. Rustic, funky yeasty aromas and flavors of horse mane, herb roasted nuts, dried citrus peels, and kitty litter box with a silky, crisp, petillant, sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, relaxed pickled radishes, moss and dirt, singed barn wood, and Band-Aid finish. A super funky, edgy lambic.
Public House Brewing Company "Thorn & Heat" Strawberry Wheat Ale
83 points
Deep amber color. Mild, rotten aromas of strawberry muffin and cereal, nuts, and turnip greens with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, short overripe strawberries, wafer, and kiwi finish.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company "Mercator"
83 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Delicate, fruity aromas of peach yogurt, green apple chutney, sourdough nut bread, and hint of glue and horsehair brush with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick lemon juice, kiwi, and green apple and nectarine skins finish. A very tart and racy sour ale.
Aviator Brewing Company Yucatan Cucumber Lime Saison
82 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Rich, citrusy, vegetal aromas and flavors of sliced cucumber, lime custard, and kiwi with an tart, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long citrus pith, pepper bitter melon, wax, and twigs finish. Nice cucumber aromatics with a strong, bitter finish; try in a beertail.
Revolver Brewing "The Mandarin"
82 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Odd, umami aromas and flavors of old tea and mint leaves, Asian spices, and rice cake with a tangy, sweet-and-sour medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length pomegranate, sweet potato, lime leaves and bamboo shoots, and grass finish. An interesting umami and spice driven beer for the table.
Brasserie Schoune Ma Ptite Gueuze
81 points
Dusty old gold color. Rich, sourish, fruity aromas of overripe apples and overripe pear, lemon vinaigrette, sourdough muffin, and banana leaves with a glycerous, lively, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length honeyed quince and kumquat, sprouts, and grass finish. A nice gueuze-like sour beer.
Branchline Brewing Company 3rd Anniversary Cherry Tripel
80 points
Dull amber color. Rich, unusual aromas of chestnut honey, stewed vegetables and fruits, melted plastic, and fish oil with a lean, bright, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp day old sourdough, artichoke hearts, and dried cherries finish.
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