July 2017 - Best Sour Ale, Fruit Beer

This month's Beer feature is Best Sour Ale, Fruit Beer
Best Sour Ale, Fruit Beer Reviews
220346
Upland Brewing
Sour Reserve
Minutely hazy gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of pickled vegetables and fruits, champagne vinaigrette on greens, honey buttered sourdough toast, and reduced lemon with a lightly tannic, tart, effervescent, sour full body and a tingling, distinctive, very long radish and jicama, nuts, and grassy earth finish. A superlative sour beer with great length, power, and finesse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220291
Lindemans
Framboise Raspberry Lambic
Bright maroon color. Fruity, fresh aromas and flavors of fresh picked raspberries, wheat crackers and cereal, and beet root and greens with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long hint of greens and berry vinaigrette, key lime, and mossy earth finish. A vibrant, mouthwatering, exquisitely balanced framboise lambic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220277
New Glarus Brewing Co.
R&D Vintage 2016 Sour Ale
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Rustic, funky aromas and flavors of stinky cheese and socks, dried lemons, and straw and moss with a supple, racy, effervescent, sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, long lemon vinaigrette, crabapple, nuts, and bitter greens finish. An appetizing, mouthwatering beer for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220397
pFriem
Peche Barrel-Aged Ale
Light light gold color. Spicy, savory, complex aromas and flavors of pickled melon and okra, vegetable chips, peach chutney, and Iberico ham with a supple, tangy, effervescent, sourish medium body and a tingling, complex, long apple cider vinegar, arugula, and pepper finish. A wonderfully appetizing sour beer with a delicate hint of peach.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220320
August Schell Brewing Co.
Tidal Disruption Blackberry Berliner Weisse
Maroon color. Earthy aromas and flavors of overripe and stewed berries, gherkin, berry yogurt, and leather shoes with feet with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long pomegranate vinaigrette on greens, chestnuts, grassy earth, and lime pith finish. A brooding and earthy berry Berliner that will excel at the table, especially with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220305
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Cherry Sour Ale
Bright red oak color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry vinaigrette, olive sourdough bread, sweaty cheese rind, and rose hip with a supple, tart, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and an elegant, long sour cherry, lemon, and honey roasted nuts finish. A delicious and mouthwatering sour cherry sour ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220274
New Glarus Brewing Co.
Strawberry Rhubarb Ale
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of baked strawberries and rhubarb, caramel yogurt, and berry candle drippings with a supple, tart, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour full body and a tingling, complex, very long wild strawberry vinaigrette, pickled melon, and chocolate smoked nuts finish. A rich, layered fruit beer with pleasing hints of sourness and smoke.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220164
Delafield Brewhaus
Strawberry Ale
Bright copper pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves on toast, honey butter, and powdered almond cookie with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length strawberry shortcake and white strawberry melon salad finish. A charming, super sessionable, strawberry flavored beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220139
Full Sail Brewing Co.
IPApaya IPA
Bright golden amber color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of pineapple-papaya cream Danish, golden raisin bread, and peach endive salad with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length herb toast point, bitter greens, and peppercorns finish. A delicious, nicely articulated fruited IPA with fine balance and sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220324
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Sobrehumano Palena`ole Oak Aged Sour Ale
Bright dark copper color. Sourish, smoky aromas and flavors of cherry-lemon vinaigrette, tropical fruits and flowers, and toasted nut brittle with a supple, tart, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long cherry pits and pomegranate seeds, reduced lemon, grilled romaine, and marinated artichoke hearts finish. An elegant, refined sour ale reminiscent of a fine wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220360
Samuel Adams
American Kriek
Brilliant sunburst color. Aromas of cherry compote, spiced melon, and praline with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length molasses cake, dried cherries, caramelized citrus peels, and sun-dried tomato finish. A nice, mellow, lightly sour cherry ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220361
Samuel Adams
Tropic of Yuzu Flavored Ale
Bright gold color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of frosted spice cake, yuzu-ginger relish, and cracked celery with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemongrass and lime leaves, bitter greens, and honey buttered toast finish. A nice exotically citrusy and herbal beer that will be great with Asian dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220345
Upland Brewing
Pawpaw Fruited Sour Ale
Hazy golden yellow color. Exotic, tropical aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple husk, wintergreen, durian, and tapioca and fresh mozzarella with a satiny, tart, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a silky, elegant, long toasted baguette, oat cereal and granola, green apple vinaigrette, and persimmon and quince finish. A superb sour beer that artfully balanced tartness with exotic fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220306
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Fresh Citrus Sour Ale
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of mint leaf, spiced citrus, toasted herbs and pastry, and lemongrass with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium body and a delightful, medium-long tangerine-mint vinaigrette, arugula, radish, and gentian finish. A spunky, appetizing sour berry ale with a lively citrus snap.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220252
Rogue Ales
Paradise Pucker Sour Fruit Ale
Cloudy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, peach blossoms, and mango butter on toast with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long reduced orange and mesclun with herb vinaigrette finish. A nice toasty, fruity sour beer that is very approachable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220293
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Organic Apricot Ale
Hazy gold color. Inviting, fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricot, peach tea, and wax-lined box of graham crackers with a round, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long apricot tart, watercress, and peach-orange salsa finish. A purely flavored, finely balanced, and appetizing apricot ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220325
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Calabaza Blanca Sour White Ale
Hazy yellow color. Green, herbal aromas and flavors of floral herbs, orange spice cake, lemon-ramp vinaigrette, and barn wood with a supple, tangy, spritzy, off-dry medium body and an effortless, interesting, crisp orange and lemon zests, green apple, watercress, and honeycomb finish. A very approachable and well-balanced, vinous sour ale that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220275
New Glarus Brewing Co.
R&D Pommier Sauvage Fruited Sour
Clear light emerald straw color. Interesting, savory aromas and flavors of wet clay and wax, desiccated green apples and pineapples, olive tapenade on sourdough, and honey keffir with a supple, tart, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-long lemon zest, apple-mint vinaigrette, and minerals finish. A delightfully nuanced sour ale with hints of cider and honey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220458
Owl’s Brew
The Blondie Radler
Cloudy opaque light gold color. Aromas and flavors of citrus peels, lemon poppyseed muffin, dried apricot and papaya, and alfalfa with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long honeyed peach skin, floral white tea, tangerine sorbet, and lettuce finish. A super tasty citrus-peach flavored ale with instant appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220295
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Hop Momma Flavored IPA
Brilliant gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed peach spice cake, toasted herbs, grilled tropical fruits, and floral tea with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, long citrus peels, pine, radicchio, and chili pepper finish. A successful marriage of fruit, hops and a dash of heat, perfect for Latin fare.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220270
Bravo!
All Star Sour Power Blackberry Berliner Weisse
Bright red oak color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry jelly on toast and buttery corn pudding with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy blackberry vinaigrette on greens, smoked nuts, and grilled baguette finish. A super approachable berry flavored, lightly sour and smoky wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220338
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Gose
Clear old gold color. Attractive, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted peach pastry and lemon butter on toast with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, engaging, long oat cereal, lemon granita, sea salt, and radish finish. A refreshing and well balanced gose that would be a great introduction to the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220304
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Simcoe Sour Saison
Dusty old gold color. Hoppy, herbal aromas and flavors of toasted lemon herb muffin, exotic peppercorns, dried fruits, and rhubarb pie crust with a supple, racy, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long citrus peels, pine sap, and mango-peach salsa finish. A nice hoppy sour beer that whets the appetite.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220323
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Porcupine de Amore Oak Aged Sour Ale
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of brown butter on graham cracker, dried tropical fruits, horseradish mustard, and ammoniated cheese with a supple, tart, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long bitter greens and bark and mango-herb vinaigrette finish. A very tart and bitter sour ale for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220276
New Glarus Brewing Co.
R&D Champ Du Blanc Fruited Sour
Clear light gold color. Vinous aromas and flavors of dried stone fruits, lemon vinaigrette, pineapple creme brulee, and chives with a supple, tart, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long caramelized apples and peaches, bitter greens, mint, and earth finish. A lush and multifaceted sour beer with a complex vinous character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220358
Samuel Adams
Porch Rocker Flavored Lager
Brilliant golden yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-lime soda and ginger ale, lemongrass scone, and lime leaves with a silky, bright, fizzy, light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length buttered toast, melon, and Arnold Palmer finish. A nice, super crushable, lemony summer beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220329
Blue Pants Brewery
Dry Hop Sour Eureka
Clear old gold color. Hoppy, green aromas and flavors of green herbs and hop dust, haystack, dried tropical fruits, and grilled salmon skin with a supple, tangy, spritzy, sourish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length apricot marmalade on herb toast, green apple and lemon, and oat cereal finish. A pleasant hoppy sour beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220204
Harpoon Brewery
Camp Wannamango
Brilliant old gold color. Hoppy, herbal aromas and flavors of oregano, pine, dried tropical fruits, and hop pellets with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long mango-mint chutney on toast, fruit stripe gum, rapini, and tamarind finish. An interesting mix of bitter hoppy astringency and mellow, dry tropical fruit that will please hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220396
North Coast Brewing Co.
Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse
Brilliant dark copper color. Fruity aromas and flavors of overripe cherry, cinnamon graham cracker, herbal honeycomb, and apple jacks cereal with a supple, lively, sourish light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length cherry preserves on sourdough toast, pickled beans, nuts, and limeade finish. A rock solid tart wheat ale with cherries.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220215
Red Stripe
Lemon Paradise Flavored Lager
Brilliant light gold color. Confected aromas of powdered lemonade mix, concentrated lime juice, and fruit salad with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, relaxed honeyed lemon ice tea, lemon and apple sorbets, and mojito finish. A sweet, honeyed lemon shandy for crushing on a hot day at the beach; try as a beertail.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220216
Red Stripe
Sorrel Flavored Lager
Minutely hazy amber pink color. Interesting, exotic aromas and flavors of grilled ginger root, peppercorn smoked sausage, turmeric tea, and pimento with a supple, lively, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long sweet hibiscus tea, lemonade, and greens finish. A exotic and deliciously flavorful gingery shandy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220302
Stevens Point Brewery
Siesta Key Citrus Pale Ale
Minutely hazy light gold color. Herbal, hoppy aromas and flavors of floral herbs and hops and honey roasted citrus and mango with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium grapefruit peel, pepper, and rapini finish. A boldly bitter and citrus hoppy fruit-flavored ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220549
Buffalo Bills Brewery
Strawberry Doppel Weizen
Cloudy deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of wet grains and paper, plantains, and banana-strawberry yogurt with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy banana nut muffin, orange-strawberry chiffon, and cream of wheat finish. A low-key lightly fruit wheat ale that drinks like a fruited Hefeweizen.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220154
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Wild Tartare
Hazy yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of reduced lemon, honeyed quince, marinated artichoke hearts, and boiled potato with a supple, puckering, effervescent, sourish medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long pickled turnip and rutabaga and lemon-nectarine relish finish. A nice balance of fruit and savory vegetable flavors bound by tart acidity keeps this lively and interesting; only sour enthusiasts need apply.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220179
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Man Juice IPA
Bright golden yellow color. Smoky, citrusy aromas and flavors of grilled citrus and pepper bread and toasted herbs with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length grilled radicchio, dried citrus, pepper, and fruit gum finish. A big, hoppy fruit-flavored IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220292
Lindemans
Peche Peach Lambic
Minutely hazy gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried peaches, suede, cajeta, and prairie flower with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long honeyed peach cobbler, bit of grass, and peach yogurt finish. A nice tangy peach lambic the will be great with desserts or beertails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220240
Pearl Street Brewery
17 Up Anniversary Gose
Dull golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted lemons and limes, lemon cake and key lime pie, and floral talc with a silky, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length buttered pretzel bread toast, apple jacks cereal, and lemon yogurt finish. A tasty well balanced lime and lemon flavored, slightly sour beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220303
Stevens Point Brewery
Coast Radler
Brilliant golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of grapefruit soda and honeyed lemon ice tea with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy grapefruit-orange sherbet and lemon bubblegum wrapper finish. A pleasant crushable radler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220548
Buffalo Bills Brewery
Strawberry Blonde Ale
Bright old gold color. Spicy aromas and flavors of shaved ginger, shredded wheat, and galangal with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a brisk bitter greens and citrus rind, pepper bread, and tonic water finish. A light and astringent gingery beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220241
Pearl Street Brewery
Raspberry Tambois Sour Belgian Style Ale
Dark brick red color. Fruity aromas of raspberry candy and sherbet, raspberry jam on raisin toast, and oysters with mignonette with a sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length tart berries. lime and tamarind, burnt rubber, and berry candle drippings finish. A tart sour berry for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220309
Roc Brewing Co.
Orange is the New Cranberry Sour
Brilliant minutely hazy copper pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry basket, mossy limestone, cranberry bog water, and wet tea leaves with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dryish medium body and a seamless, interesting, relaxed citrus and berry seeds and buttered toast finish. A toasty lightly berry accented sour beer with a rosé like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220278
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Seven Planets Kettle Sour
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of maple syrup, molasses drizzled grains, waxy bit o’ honey candy wrapper, and wet glue with a supple, effervescent, dryish watery body and a peculiar, medium-length nutshell and wet bark finish. An odd assemblage of discordant flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220362
Samuel Adams
Summer Lemon Wheat Ale
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted lemon herb muffin, flower garden, peppercorns and coriander, and wheat germ with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, cheery celery and bibb lettuce finish. An attractive and dainty summer sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220337
High Heel Brewing
Slingback Fruit Beer
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of grilled fruit salad, roasted artichoke and eggplant, chamomile tea, and scented candle with a supple, tart, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, easy bitter greens, nettles, fruit skins, and hint of white ash finish. A savory and lightly sour fruit ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220239
Pearl Street Brewery
Pearl-iner Weisse Sour Wheat Beer
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Curious aromas of sticky oatmeal, paper mache, composted lemons and tea leaves, and waxy honeycomb and asparagus with a supple, racy, effervescent, bittersweet thin body and a tingling, engaging, breezy egg sandwich and cheerios cereal finish. A toasty, piquant Berliner weisse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220359
Samuel Adams
Cherry Wheat Ale
Brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry, marzipan and baklava pastry, and lemon chiffon pie with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk toast, arugula, cherry skins, and lemon finish. A pleasant cherry flavored wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220321
August Schell Brewing Co.
Electrik Empress Plum Berliner Weiss
Murky deep amber color. Curious aromas and flavors of paper mache, rubber band, waxy honeycomb, and ham and pickle sandwich in a ziploc with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-long pickled plum and mushrooms, candle wax, grass, and berry granita finish. A tart, earthy fruit sour.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220330
Blue Pants Brewery
Gose
Clear golden yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, buttered porridge, dried flowers, and saltine with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, cheery granola in yougrt and lemon buttercream finish. A buttery gose for everyday enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220336
Narragansett Brewing Company
Del's Shandy
Bright gold color. Odd aromas and flavors of curry and lime leaves, espazote and nopales, roasted lemon, and clay with a supple, prickly, fizzy, bittersweet medium body and a tingling, long bitter lemon rind and nettles finish. An astringently sharp and austere lemon rind flavored beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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