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September 2016 - European Ales

September 2016 - European Ales
This month's Beer feature is European Ales

European Ales Reviews

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Pierres Wit
97 points
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 finish manifesting nuances of honeyed toast, sweet lettuces, peach soufflé, and earth finish. A delightfully smooth, balanced and flavorful wit beer that is a pleasure to drink,
Vliegende Paard Brouwers Prearis Quad
96 points
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 finish with shades of mocha, chocolate cream, and hint of peppered greens and cedar finish. A delightfully smooth and chocolatey quad with beautifully meshed flavors.
Brasserie Dupont Moinette Brun
93 points
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 finish with notes of 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.
Brasserie Dupont Biere de Miel
93 points
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.
Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet
93 points
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 finish with suggestions of spiced melon and citrus, kiwi-coconut custard, praline, and pepper finish. An opulent and elegant tripel with outstanding flavor and balance.
Two Roads Brewing Company Roads Garden Saison
93 points
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 finish with nuances of delicate peppery spices, minted melon, and polenta finish. A fantastic vibrant and savory saison for all occasions.
Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven B.V. La Trappe Quadrupel
92 points
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 finish manifesting accents of spice cake, apple-plum custard, and toffee finish. A wonderfully rich, balanced, and a satisfying quadrupel ale.
Two Roads Brewing Company Workers Stomp Saison
92 points
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 finish evoking notes of citrus, honey roasted yams and carrots, spiced nuts, and earth finish. A fun, robustly flavorful and racy barrel-aged saison.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. "Belgo Hoptologist" Belgian IPA
91 points
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 finish with suggestions of peppered citrus, pine, and grass finish. A robust, hop-forward Belgian styled IPA.
Sünner Kolsch
91 points
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 finish displaying notes of dried fruits, hint of spice, and arugula finish. A deliciously round, layered, and satisfying kolsch.
Brasserie Dupont Moinette Blond
90 points
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, medium-long finish revealing notes of tropical citrus, creme brulee, praline, and delicate spice finish. A very tasty, very appetizing Belgian pale ale pleaser.
St. Feuillien Brewery Saison
90 points
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 finish with elements of honeyed buttered toast, dried fruits and yams, watercress, and pepper finish. A very tasty and quenching saison with fine balance and superb drinkability.
St. Feuillien Brewery Blonde Ale
90 points
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 finish revealing notes of peppered greens, spiced melon, and lemon soufflé finish. A lovely savory Belgian blonde.
Brasserie Dubuisson Fréres Surfine Saison
89 points
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 finish that shows shades of lavender hibiscus tea, peach skin, peppered greens and melon, and earth finish. A vibrant, palate refreshing saison.
Brasserie Lefebvre Barbar
88 points
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 finish with notes of orange spice cake, rose hips, praline, and lettuce finish. A very floral and fruity beer that could almost be a mouth freshener of sorts.
Lagunitas Brewing Company Stoopid Wit
88 points
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 finish with impressions of toasted nuts and grains, citrus custard, and radicchio finish. Suggestive of a wit beer, more of a fun hoppy pale ale.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Cuvée de Pêche
88 points
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 finish that shows impressions of 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.
Boyne Brewhouse Pagans Pillar Sparkling Copper Ale
87 points
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 finish evoking touches of toasted nuts and grains, sprouts and radicchio, and pepper finish. A fun caramelly ale with a nice smack of peppery hops on the finish.
Port Huron Brewing Company Amber Alt
87 points
Brilliant dark copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of bread crust, lemon peel, and kefir with a supple, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with notes of roasted nuts, orange zest, and kale finish. A nice astringent and zesty malt-driven session alt.
Two Roads Brewing Company Workers Comp Saison
86 points
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 finish with overtones of gooseberries, peppery spices, lemon spritzed lemon, and endive finish. A tangy, spicy saison for the table.
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