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Chez Monus - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.7%

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Blended Belgian-style beer aged in wine barrels with white peaches and apricots added. Delightfully tart and fruity, complex from the unique mix of wild yeast and helpful bacteria, a beer for sipping.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-21-2013)
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Photo of wethorseblanket


4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by rado. Thanks.

A: Pours a slightly hazed pale yellow with a few white bubbles drifting around and clinging to the rim, no lace.

N: Fresh peaches (fuzz, skin, and juice) present themselves along with a faint tartness, vinous and oaky notes.

T: Tart peaches, a bit of nectarine, can't detect the apricot, but fruity and faintly tannic bite.

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes tart and fruity.

O: Lack of carbonation is made up for in the aroma. The tart acidity feels prickly like a fine bubbly.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 18:16:53 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of Stevedore


3.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, courtesy of Brian. Thanks a lot for the trade man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/11/2014.

Review #440.

App- Pours a hazy orange, perhaps peach juice-coloured body with a small less than 1cm white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Pretty placid peach juice, really.

Smell- Tons and tons of fresh peach. No real indication of apricot. Also a lot of rubber, funk and almost popcorn like butter. Strong as heck and very unique.

Flavour- Peaches dominate. Sour peaches. About 6/10 sour, mouthpuckering and quite fruity. Again no real indication of apricots to set aside from the peaches. Again, this is an extreme peach bomb with a very strong peach juice aftertaste.. there is a lot of "dirtiness", like burned rubber or molding trash, in this beer as well, which is a bit off-putting despite the peachiness of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, a bit of a sipper due to the strength of the peach flavour as well as the sourness. Nice and dry, might even be a bit undercarbonated for an AWA.

Overall- Very interesting and unique American Wild. Again, peaches galore. Wish this didn't taste so "dirty", it would have made the beer a better enjoyable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:12:38 | More by Stevedore
Photo of ChrisChagnon


4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy and orange with little to no head

S- I get tons of peaches in this, very sour, sort-of stings the nostrils in a good way. Slight oaky smell in the finish.

T- The sour is right there when it hits your tongue, puckers the lips like a war-head. I love it. The apricots balance it out in the finish.

M- Super acidic and sour, perfect finish.

I am new to sours, but this is by far the best I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:15:48 | More by ChrisChagnon
Photo of jeonseh


4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy peach orange with light carbonation and no head

S - Smells of dried apricot, fresh peach, and a light musty oak

T - Fresh juicy peach, apricot, tart vinegar, lemon juice, and musty oak. The apricot adds a nice pitted fruit presence

M - Medium carbonation up front that settles down to minimal carbonation. Tartness that adds some bite on the tongue. Finish is soft and dry.

O - Really good peach and apricot sour that has the most apricot I've ever had. Tart lemon and vinegar adds some sharp sour flavors crossed with strong pitted fruit sweetness

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:29:44 | More by jeonseh
Photo of artoolemomo


4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Received with no head but it looks to be a pure cotton white. The body is a hazy dull orange juice color that adds some straw when held up to the light. No lacing at all.

Nose- Lovely, sour fruitiness. Searing peach with other stone fruits. Cherry. All very tart. Some grassiness, a bit of straw. If this lives up to the nose, this will prove to be very enjoyable. Some bit of green leaves.

Taste- Tons of peach and apricot and acetic acid. Very dry finish that makes it all very neat. Some hint of cherries as well. Some melon and maybe even lemon. There's another fruit flavor that I can't quite identify at the moment. It's a bit difficult for me to find complexity in a lot of wild ales and lambics but this has a little something that gives this beer a little bit more dimension than most. It makes me think of hard candy, perhaps of the lemon variety. Jolly Ranchers? Some grass, some straw, a slight tendency toward funk. Very mellow- I guess a lot of that is the apricot. Some notes of pear which really make this work for me. I'm a sucker for pears. Great beer with great complexity and subtlety.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied with good healthy carbonation. Somewhat effervescent with a little bit of syrup.

Drinkability- This is extremely accessible for a sour. Definitely better than Cascade's Apricot. I wonder how it compares to Fou' Foune. 5 dollars for a 6 oz pour was steep but money well spent.

Overall- Great beer. I rarely get this much complexity from a sour and this shows why it's held in such high esteem. I would say that it's a must try even if you don't like sours. This could change your mind.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 01:34:17 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of anteater


4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6oz pour at Apex

A: Light yellow peachy in color and fizzy

S: Tartness and peaches

T: Starts off with a mouth puckering sourness quickly evened out by a very juicy peach apricot flavor. This is so good.

M: This beer seems to be light and fizzy but at the same time the juiciness in the flavor is deceiving of the true mouthfeel. One of my favorite parts about the beer.

O: Deserves the high ratings and totally worth seeking out. One of my favorite American Wild Ales ever.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 01:25:40 | More by anteater
Photo of errantnight


4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pale and seriously opaque, whitish, almost milky in appearance. Ton of haze. Just a wisp of head that lingers on the fringe for just a short moment and then is gone.

Big stone fruit nose, faintly musty and musky.

Rich, creamy texture with mild acidity but a brilliance throughout. Waves of peach and stone fruit flavor. Drinkability is off the charts. Luscious, more-ish, a light acetic finish not really a flaw, it's not jarring, just has you go back for more.

Simply awesome. One of the best beers I've had this year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 04:17:32 | More by errantnight
Photo of Schnauzerlord


4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...just WOW. I've only had a few lambics or sours that I really enjoyed, but this one fantastic. HUGE apricot/peach nose and flavor, and just the right amount of tartness/sour to really set it off. It was $2/oz for draft pours at the Alpine Brewery Pub, and worth every penny. I'd have picked up a bottle, but they only released 20 bottles per day, and there were 30-50 people in line an hour before the brewery opened each day of the release.
If you get the chance to try this Alpine offering, don't pass it up if you have even the slightest interest in fruity beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 03:04:25 | More by Schnauzerlord
Photo of kingkukta


4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this over the weekend and now I'm kicking myself for missing the release. When a bottle says its brewed with something I want to smell it and taste it. THIS beer delivers just that. The nose of apricots is absolutely insane. Its like youre standing in an apricot orchard (I assume that's where apricots grow) and when it hits your lips, its like biting into a fresh peach with a hint of wood, and a small amount of funk. This is one the most delicious brews Ive had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 21:49:13 | More by kingkukta
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, peach, and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with peach, apricot, and slight buttery flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 16:05:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of gregoryG


4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. When I first saw a picture the day before I had it the pic looked like the beer was extremely flat. When I got the beer there was a small layer of bubbles which dissipated within the first few mins but the carbonation stayed throughout the beers life in my glass. Carb was a little low...about as much as mixing OJ with soda... The beer reminded me a lot of a mimosa or a mix of oj and sprite.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 04:42:09 | More by gregoryG
Photo of DrinkerofBeer


5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Alpine on tap.

S: Very strong apricot straight at your face as soon as you go up to the glass. White peach smell very subtle if at all.

T: Apricot is still very strong, but the white peach is more prominent in the taste compared to the smell. Tart and sourness comes towards the end and lingers in your mouth.

Overall a really wonderful sour that everyone should try, even a friend that doesn't like sours enjoyed this. Picked up the max amount of two bottles at Alpine, but definitely would want more to age, and drink as the time goes by.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 06:07:01 | More by DrinkerofBeer
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