April 2017 - Best Kolsch, Alt, Saison

This month's Beer feature is Best Kolsch, Alt, Saison
Best Kolsch, Alt, Saison Reviews
218934
Unibroue
À Tout Le Monde Megadeth Saison
Minutely hazy gold color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of caramelized tangerines, jasmine, menthol and eucalyptus talc, mango-pepper relish, and pink peppercorn with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-length mint blossoms, wafer, and delicate Asian spices finish. A bold, spicy, herbaceous and floral saison.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218976
Brasseurs du Monde
La Saison
Bright gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spice cake and nuts, herbal tea, and banana chips with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long cheese herb muffin and delicate pepper finish. A sumptuous, well-balanced, mouthwatering saison with great flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218937
Brown Van Brewing Co.
Kolsch
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity, tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of peach and cream cheese Danish, praline, pot muffin, and cinnamon roll with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, subtle, very long peppered citrus and herb muffin finish. Deliciously vibrant, well-hopped Kolsch that begs another sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219119
Aviator Brewing Company
Cucumber Lime Saison de Aviator
Dull amber color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of cucumber salad, melon balls, and lime cupcake with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long pepper-herb muffin and lime granita finish. A super fun cucumber ale for instant refreshment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218853
Brasserie Dupont
Saison Farmhouse Ale
Dusty old gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttery toast and roasted nuts, cherrios, hint of spiced strawberry, and touch of grass and glue with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long caramelized citrus and stone fruits, pepper, and apple pastry finish. A nicely integrated and subtle saison with old world style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218852
North Coast Brewing Co.
Le Merle Saison
Minutely hazy amber color. Spicy, minty aromas and flavors of buttery roasted turnip and collard greens, honeyed citrus and Saturn peach, hint of pork rind, and mint with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, intricate, orange spice cake finish. A robust, artfully balanced saison with great malt and hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219139
Samuel Adams
Boston Ale
Dusty copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of phyllo and gingerbread pastry, caramelized citrus and fruits, and rosehips with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long peppered citrus and fruit butter on toast finish. A nice lightly hoppy alt with nice fruity malt and snappy hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218854
Blackberry Farm Brewery
Classic Saison Farmhouse Ale
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of carnation, papaya, and pepper bread with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sprouts, mint jelly on rye toast, and dried fruit finish. A nice savory, malty saison that will work well at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218921
Delafield Brewhaus
Pier 347 Dockside Ale Kolsch
Minutely hazy yellow-straw, light-gold color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of apple strudel, buttery praline, grassy flower patch earth, and corn flakes with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length kiwi, watercress, and radish sprouts finish. A well-crafted round and easy, lightly fruity Kolsch that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218845
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Kolsch
Brilliant light gold-yellow color. Aromas and flavors of vegetable frittata, orange corn muffin, and toasted nuts in parchment with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk canned fruits and bamboo shoots, talc, and pepper finish. A earthy, tingling Kolsch for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219118
Aviator Brewing Company
3Bones Kolsch
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of white asparagus with balsamic, hush puppies, pear skin, and fried clams with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy banana nut muffin, watercress, and hint of pepper and radish finish. A table tuned Kolsch.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218890
Grossen Bart Brewery
Stubble Kolsch
Dusty gold light gold color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of boiled asparagus and potatoes, butted toast, and jasmine rice with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, eccentric, brisk pepper cornbread muffin and honeyed citrus finish. A funky, earthy Kolsch for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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