BEAR REPUBLIC HOP ROD RYE SEASONAL ALE

Captivating maple sweetness convincingly counters orange rind bitterness and serenading spiced hop slip. So-called “turbo charged alcohol burnin’ monster ale”" may scare pilsner fans, but that’d be a crime since this medium-to-full-bodied “”Hop Rod”" goes down smooth and retains customary organic grain punctuation. Strangely, hints of spruce, beechwood, and macadamia arrive, but not the advertised rye.

BEAR REPUBLIC BIG BEAR BLACK STOUT

Impressively agile blend of Imperial and Cream Stout complexities perfectly captured for frothy tan-headed burgundy-bodied milk-creamed humdinger. Burnt caramel, black molasses, powdered cocoa, and toffee support toasted oat spine as roasted nuttiness enlivens oncoming floral hop insistence. Robust chocolate theme forms, mellowing out to ester-y maltose finish juxtaposing bitter espresso dryness.

(BAVIK) PETRUS TRIPLE ALE

Musty grape-grained odor precludes subdued green apple tartness, corky brut champagne dryness and tangy orange-bruised cherry-grape splat of brettanomyces-soured golden-clouded ale. Subtle butterscotch malting softens lame wheat spine by astringent yeast-endowed white-wined finish. Vinous Sauvignon Blanc illusions wisp by unripe peach-pear undertones. But this is arguably the least defined Belgium-brewed triple attempted yet.

(BAVIK) PETRUS OUD BRUIN

Fine dark ale aged in oak cask never lets peculiar fungi yeast element disturb deeply penetrating dry cherry pucker, parched fig-date tartness, and orange-bruised white peach scamper of frothy sienna-bodied tan-laced bitter. At midst, tannic white-green grape pucker receives tart orange-peeled lemon rind bittering juxtaposed by ascending dried raisin piquancy. Smoothly satisfying and perfect as an approachable crossover for light-bodied sour ale drinkers.