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Chez Monus - Alpine Beer Company

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 348
Gots: 24 | FT: 4
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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Thurgoft

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-25-2014 22:38:48 | More by Thurgoft
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.44/5  rDev -3.5%

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

12-24-2013 18:29:44 | More by jeonseh
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BobbysLiquors

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-26-2014 09:21:28 | More by BobbysLiquors
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Reappropriated

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

12-02-2013 22:19:48 | More by Reappropriated
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

06-13-2014 18:12:08 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-02-2014 19:32:53 | More by Dawkins
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seatraderliquor

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-23-2013 00:34:27 | More by seatraderliquor
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DJButters

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-06-2014 22:09:14 | More by DJButters
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huskermike12

Iowa

3/5  rDev -34.8%

11-26-2013 22:49:24 | More by huskermike12
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

12-29-2013 03:15:48 | More by ChrisChagnon
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Wantbeer

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-21-2014 16:05:37 | More by Wantbeer
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jegross2

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -10.7%

Reviewing Chez Monus from Alpine Beer Company out of Alpine, California.

Score: 92

October 2013 vintage bottle served in a Perennial Artisan Ales taster glass and enjoyed on 04/29/14, celebrating Adrienne W.'s birthday (happy birthday Adrienne!). Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant and cloudy orange-tangerine color with yellow fade towards the edges. No head or lacing, but what a lovely color. 4.75/5

Smell: Smells a lot like the peachy syrup/juice that canned peaches come steeped in, blended with wine. Light apricot character, particularly following the Noyaux we just drank. Has an apparent vinegar-like acidity and stock American wild ale sour character akin to an Upland sour, but done better. Has a slight grassy/drank character too. Quite nice. 4.5/5

Taste: Peach syrup, apricot (more so than the nose) and vinegar, with a distinct wine character to finish. Lingering peach and apricot. Tastes like an Upland sour where the acidity/lacto/vinegar is muted relative to an Upland sour, but still strong and not integrated quite as well as the better Uplands are. I really love the peach syrup flavor here, but this beer is too sharply vinegary to be truly excellent. Not very complex. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Juicy medium-light mouthfeel, with a good carbonation level and very dry finish. Tart and vinegary. 3.5/5

Overall: I would have thought that this was an Upland sour if I did not know any better. The peach character on this beer is really nice and more intense than Fuzzy, but the sharp and acidic vinegar and sour lacto character holds it back from true greatness (no one tell this to Todd Oliver, though) and induces a little bit of heart burn. Pass me the Tums please.

Cost: $19.99 for a 500 ml bottle.

05-12-2014 19:26:19 | More by jegross2
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TasterMike

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-23-2013 15:16:40 | More by TasterMike
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-28-2013 00:07:42 | More by largadeer
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Eighty

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-23-2014 23:13:11 | More by Eighty
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errantnight

California

4.79/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

12-11-2013 04:17:32 | More by errantnight
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bca115

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-23-2013 02:13:08 | More by bca115
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badboy7113

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-28-2014 01:54:45 | More by badboy7113
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-15-2013 13:35:08 | More by ShanePB
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Ribsandwhiskey

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

12-17-2013 05:54:46 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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wethorseblanket

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

02-16-2014 18:16:53 | More by wethorseblanket
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -13%

11-09-2013 22:00:53 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Nefarious

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-06-2014 22:10:44 | More by Nefarious
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ChewbaccaSD

California

4.6/5  rDev 0%

08-16-2014 16:24:26 | More by ChewbaccaSD
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VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-01-2014 00:27:32 | More by VAbdoyan
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Chez Monus from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.