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Chez Monus - Alpine Beer Company

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 424
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Reviews by WTKeene:
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4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Abbbp who once again graciously shared this with me. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Golden apricots, no head to speak of save for a bit of a pale white crown that disappears fast. Gorgeous color though.

Smell: Loads and loads of dried apricots, backed up by a prominent lactic sourness.

Taste: Lots of apricots, and a very strong white wine quality too. The sour is a strong lactic sour, hitting me right in the jaw. This is very good, an excellent fruited sour for sure. I'm not sure if I can pick out any white peaches from the apricot flavor, but it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, and it lingers on the palate quite a while. Somewhat dry, but I've certainly had drier.

Overall: A fantastic beer I'm happy to try. Very nice job, Alpine.

More User Reviews:
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4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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4.11/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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Chez Monus from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.