The best bottles to sip and store this fall.
Bring This Out:
2008 Deschutes The Dissident
This Flanders brown wowed our palates in 2008, and it still does today. Then, warming cinnamon and sweet cherries blended with woodsy flavors, some barnyard notes and a ciderlike sharpness; now, it emerges much more subdued. The beer’s sourness has smoothed out, but its wild flavors live on as dark cherry and a hint of cinnamon accent nutty notes and earthy funk. The Dissident’s creamier texture showcases the richer flavors, which may have been overlooked when it was a bit younger and sharper.
Lay This Down:
2011 Boulevard Saison-Brett
This Brettanomyces-spiked farmhouse ale was introduced in 2009 with much fanfare, and the second batch lives up to the first. Stunning black pepper and lemon scents weave life into the beer’s earthy, bready aroma and pastoral hay and bready palate. Subtle, classic Brett funk adds a complex layer of rustic flavors before a dry finish punctuates the swallow. Put this down for a year to smooth out the beer’s spiciness: By then, the pepper will mellow, and the earthy Brett flavors should reach their climax alongside juicy orange and emerging apricot notes.