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Chez Monus - Alpine Beer Company

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 358
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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Reviews by anteater:
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4.69/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

12-15-2013 01:25:40 | More by anteater
More User Reviews:
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4.44/5  rDev -3.7%

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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-26-2014 09:21:28 | More by BobbysLiquors
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

12-02-2013 22:19:48 | More by Reappropriated
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-13-2014 18:12:08 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-02-2014 19:32:53 | More by Dawkins
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-23-2013 00:34:27 | More by seatraderliquor
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-06-2014 22:09:14 | More by DJButters
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3/5  rDev -34.9%

11-26-2013 22:49:24 | More by huskermike12
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-25-2014 22:38:48 | More by Thurgoft
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4.59/5  rDev -0.4%

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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

02-21-2014 16:05:37 | More by Wantbeer
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4.11/5  rDev -10.8%

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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-23-2013 15:16:40 | More by TasterMike
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-28-2013 00:07:42 | More by largadeer
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-23-2014 23:13:11 | More by Eighty
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4.79/5  rDev +3.9%

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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-23-2013 02:13:08 | More by bca115
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

05-28-2014 01:54:45 | More by badboy7113
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-15-2013 13:35:08 | More by ShanePB
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

12-17-2013 05:54:46 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%

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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4/5  rDev -13.2%

11-09-2013 22:00:53 | More by DarthKostrizer
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

05-06-2014 22:10:44 | More by Nefarious
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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%

08-16-2014 16:24:26 | More by ChewbaccaSD
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Chez Monus from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.