September 2016 - European Ales

This month's Beer feature is European Ales
European Ales Reviews
216453
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Pierre's Wit
Opaque light gold color. Toasty, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh herb baguette, dried fruits, and delicate spice with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-long honeyed toast, sweet lettuces, peach soufflé, and earth finish. A delightfully smooth, balanced and flavorful wit beer that is a pleasure to drink,
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216451
Vliegende Paard Brouwers
Prearis Quad
Cloudy walnut color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dark chocolate cake, roasted nut brittle, sassafras, and banana bread pudding with a satiny, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and an engaging, medium-length mocha, chocolate cream, and hint of peppered greens and cedar finish. A delightfully smooth and chocolatey quad with beautifully meshed flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216325
Brasserie Dupont
Moinette Brun
Medium reddish mahogany color. Toasty, nutty aromas and flavors of chocolate muffin, nut brittle, dark baguette, and suede with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long cocoa-dusted dried fruits, delicate spices, lettuce, and hint of sherry finish. A toothsome and satisfying Belgian brown ale with great flavor, balance, and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216326
Brasserie Dupont
Biere de Miel
Dull deep amber color. Unusual aromas of honeyed grape tart, wintergreen, wax candies, and herb muffin with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long caramel custard pie, mocha, sweet potato pie, and almond skin finish. A very unique caramel and honey nuanced saison with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216447
Brouwerij Bosteels
Tripel Karmeliet
Brilliant light gold color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemongrass, dried lavender, lady grey tea with cream, and lemon shmaltz scone with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long spiced melon and citrus, kiwi-coconut custard, praline, and pepper finish. An opulent and elegant tripel with outstanding flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216503
Two Roads Brewing Company
Roads Garden Saison
Brilliant golden yellow color. Citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of chamomile and pink peppercorn, lemon-pear granita, savory egg custard, and bread crust with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long delicate peppery spices, minted melon, and polenta finish. A fantastic vibrant and savory saison for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216446
Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven B.V.
La Trappe Quadrupel
Brilliant amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of circus peanuts, caramelized fruits, and delicate spices with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, very long spice cake, apple-plum custard, and toffee finish. A wonderfully rich, balanced, and a satisfying quadrupel ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216506
Two Roads Brewing Company
Workers Stomp Saison
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple chutney, golden raisin bread, spicy custard, and incense with a satiny, racy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long citrus, honey roasted yams and carrots, spiced nuts, and earth finish. A fun, robustly flavorful and racy barrel-aged saison.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216278
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Belgo Hoptologist" Belgian IPA
Brilliant amber color. Herbal, citrusy aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruit, fresh oregano, and herbal pizza crust with a satiny, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, long peppered citrus, pine, and grass finish. A robust, hop-forward Belgian styled IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216450
Sünner
Kolsch
Bright old gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, toasted raisin bread, and edamame with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intricate, very long dried fruits, hint of spice, and arugula finish. A deliciously round, layered, and satisfying kolsch.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216324
Brasserie Dupont
Moinette Blond
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted fruits and nuts, apple butter on toast, pear vinaigrette on lettuce, and grape skin with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, tropical citrus, creme brulee, praline, and delicate spice finish. A very tasty, very appetizing Belgian pale ale pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216502
Brauerei Pinkus Müller
Münster Alt
Dusty gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of roasted grains, bread dough, clay, and honeyed pear skin with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long roasted root vegetable and mesclun finish. A delicious, wonderfully savory and mouthwatering alt that will triumph at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216448
St. Feuillien Brewery
Saison
Brilliant old gold color. Fruity, floral, creamy aromas and flavors of fruit custard tart, spiced nuts, and hint of saddle soap and leather with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, elegant, long honeyed buttered toast, dried fruits and yams, watercress, and pepper finish. A very tasty and quenching saison with fine balance and superb drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216449
St. Feuillien Brewery
Blonde Ale
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Earthy aromas and flavors of spiced cucumber, turnip, baguette, and earth with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, long peppered greens, spiced melon, and lemon soufflé finish. A lovely savory Belgian blonde.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216322
Brasserie Dubuisson Fréres
Surfine Saison
Brilliant golden amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of fruit cake, fancy floral lemon soap and talc, and orange granola with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long lavender hibiscus tea, peach skin, peppered greens and melon, and earth finish. A vibrant, palate refreshing saison.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216323
Brasserie Lefebvre
Barbar
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of white potpourri, pineapple sauce and cake, and jasmine tea with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long orange spice cake, rose hips, praline, and lettuce finish. A very floral and fruity beer that could almost be a mouth freshener of sorts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216350
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Stoopid Wit
Brilliant bright gold color. Herbal, hoppy, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed grapefruit, spiced peach and pineapple, herb muffin, and pine resin with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long toasted nuts and grains, citrus custard, and radicchio finish. Suggestive of a wit beer, more of a fun hoppy pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216454
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Cuvée de Pêche
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of peach soufflé, roasted root vegetables, minty spices, and herbal pizza crust with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemon peppercorn muffin, celeriac, and pickled orange zest finish. More of a peach-lemon flavored ale than a lambic, but a tasty choice for the table nonetheless or crushing on its own.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216259
Boyne Brewhouse
Pagan's Pillar Sparkling Copper Ale
Nearly opaque hazy dark copper color. Creamy aromas and flavors of flan, buttered dark nut toast, and caramel cake with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long toasted nuts and grains, sprouts and radicchio, and pepper finish. A fun caramelly ale with a nice smack of peppery hops on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216330
Port Huron Brewing Company
Amber Alt
Brilliant dark copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of day old bread crust, lemon peel, and kefir with a supple, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a tingling, roasted nuts, orange zest, and kale finish. A nice astringent and zesty malt-driven session alt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216505
Two Roads Brewing Company
Workers Comp Saison
Minutely hazy light gold color. Green, herbal aromas and flavors of prairie flowers and pollen, sourdough bread, lime leaves, and incense with a soft, tart, spritzy, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length gooseberries, peppery spices, lemon spritzed lemon, and endive finish. A tangy, spicy saison for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216474
Aviator Brewing Company
Devils Tramping Ground Tripel
Brilliant straw green color. Pungent aromas and flavors of borscht, chicken fat, and baked beans with a lean, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, savory, caramelized stone fruit, grass, and peppercorn finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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