Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company
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4.83/5 rDev +29.5%
A: A dark ruby color, very fine bubbles with very little head and lacing.
S: Cherry bomb with loads of tart.
T: Lots of cherry and a very distinct funk. A lingering oakiness rounds out the taste. Lots of dry wine flavors.
MF/D: Crisp bubbles dance across the tongue, could easily drink several glasses... or bottles... of this sour. Delicious!
03-02-2012 06:09:05 | More by newk340
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
750ml bottle sampled side by side with Briscoe.
Yellow/orange/pink in appearance with a bubbly head on top that shows off the mellow carbonation here. Aromas bring strong acidic sour notes with vinegar accents upfront. Cherries are well placed along with woody oak. Stings the nose a bit.
Flavor starts with good cherry fruit that moves into acidic, tart funkiness. The mouth puckers as this one goes down with dry, woody oak tastes and even a touch of vanilla. Lingering vinegar fruitiness on the finish. Brace yourself for this one!
Mouthfeel is lighter with mellow carbonation. Goes down easily enough, just make sure you have some antacids nearby! A tasty interpretation of a kriek here, but I do agree that at $28 it was overpriced. A good bottle to share and I'm glad autumnaldave shared this one with me as I shared my Briscoe!
11-24-2008 02:12:13 | More by orbitalr0x
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours reddish copper, lots fo carbonation, and a flat white head. Vinuous cherry nose, some oak and malt, almost like a cherry cobbler. Pucker-type sour as opposed to the bretty-dank sour. Good blalance of the sour cherry and sweeter malt, tempered by the oak and vanilla flavors. A bit medicinal at times, but not enough to ruin the beer. Always a treat with Alpine.
12-04-2008 19:48:14 | More by magictrokini
3.18/5 rDev -14.7%
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Dark ruby and raspberry in color, with a quickly forming, moderately sized light pink head that eventually falls away and leaves ribbons of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.
The smell is quite strange and is atypical for the style, especially after the initial pour. The combination of blue cheese, body funk, and vinegar are not entirely pleasant. Initially, it's difficult to even appreciate cherry. The aroma does significantly get better as the beer is allowed to sit, warm up, and agitate. A juicy cherry note emerges from the funk eventually and is appreciated.
The flavor is significantly better than the aroma, even initially when the beer smells particularly funky. The tart and sweet cherry flavors are present, along with mild farmhouse funk and some stinging acidity. Good, but not great.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though it seems to lose it's body somewhat quickly. By the end of the glass, this was quite flat and juice-like.
A decent American interpretation of the style, but there are significantly better options within the style at far more inexpensive price points.
03-12-2012 22:37:25 | More by ehammond1
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
On tap at the brewery last month. Light brown, gold, light purple(?) and light red. For a lambic, this looks hella dark. A little thin tan cap of head on it. Nothing in terms of lacing or whatnot. Had a tart aroma, dark cherry, but damn if that ain't a funk reminiscient of diapers, cheese and sweaty socks. I guess to some, they're going for that, but I like some really well respected lambics, and they don't smell like shit.
Taste, thankfully, does not encompass any sweat or dirty diaper like flavor. Its cherry, its tart, its kind of boozy for the style especially. A good amount of wet oak type of flavors. Red wine like notes, but not really the tannin aspect. Definitely some vinegar in there.
For me, this would need to be a little more dry and sour for it to be a very good kriek. I've definitely had a lot worse (NB, Timmermans, Big Sky) but I've definitely had a lot better too. Mouthfeel seemed a little too thick. Sweetness is probably the right amount, but tastes a tad high, prolly because I wanted more acidic, tart, sour and dry notes coming out of it. Definitely the darker cherry variety.
04-03-2013 22:57:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.88/5 rDev +30.8%
This beer pours a pinkish brown coor, with a tiny white head that fades instantly, leaving no lace.
This beer smells of cherries. It has a nice sour aroma. Slight viniger, but good. It has a slight oaky aroma also.
This beer tastes like it smells. Sour, and great. Some tart cherries and some oak are present.
This beer is low in carbonation, fitting the style. It leaves a sour cherry aftertaste.
This beer would make an excelent session beer. It tastes great, and the alcohol content is low.
Overall: This beer is great. I love it, and I wish I had more. It was worth the wait. Way to go Alpine.
11-28-2008 01:18:23 | More by OStrungT
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
Chez Monieux is a lighter gold color. It’s crystal clear. A little light gives it a bit of an orange look. Carbonation looks active initially, producing a white head that rises to finger quickly. It falls just as fast. Lacing was very light and stringy.
The nose is good. It’s a little musky and funky up front. There’s no doubt about the presence of Brett or some other wild yeast. It smells fairly modest though. Suits me just fine. There’s definitely a good bit of sour cherry. Oak and vinous notes are also present from the wine barrel aging. There’s an earthy quality to it that permeates throughout. It’s a bit grainy. Alcohol is buried.
The flavor is even a little more impressive. Tart cherries kick it off. It’s nice a nice, moderate tart flavor. Nothing mouth puckering. Wild yeast definitely gives it a funky flavor. It’s also a bit restrained. That’s a great combo for me. Too much funk or cherry would probably be a bad thing for this guy. The wine barrel aging definitely imparted a nice oak flavor. It’s a little vinous, but I wouldn’t characterize it as tannic. Alcohol is never a factor. Finishes tart and a little funky. Excellent stuff.
Chez Monieux has a medium body that’s surprisingly smooth. Carbonation is actually rather light, and helps smooth it out. This stuff goes down easy. A 750 = no problem at all.
I’ve always been a fan of Alpine Beer Company. I always associate them with IPAs. Who knew they’d do such a nice job with a barrel-aged Lambic featuring wild yeast. I’m honestly a bit shocked at how good this is. I never tried it fresh. Perhaps it’s just improved over the past three years. I don’t know if Alpine ever plans on brewing this again, but they should strongly consider it. Very impressive.
07-02-2011 02:40:42 | More by prototypic
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Thanks to popery for this excellent tick. 22oz bottle.
Pours an almost clear amber head with a small whitish head on top.
Pretty good wild aroma, some lacto and Brett, with a hint of sweet malt.
The flavor is like a pretty standard wild ale. Malty sweetness, caramel, acetic notes, and wild yeasts.
Medium-bodied with good lively carbonation.
Solid if unremarkable wild ale.
08-26-2011 15:52:17 | More by nickd717
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours a clear, dark pinkish red color with a light rose head that fades really fast. The smell is tart at first, but after that it is big on the sweet and sour cherry. You get both components, but mostly a sour cherry smell. The taste is nice and moderately acidic, cherry there unmistakably. The mouthfeel on this beer is very light and effervescent. I actually wouldn't have minded a fraction higher body on this. Really a good and interesting sour beer to drink. Not as complex as I would think, but pretty straight forward as far as acid + cherry goes. Tasty beer.
05-23-2008 06:26:38 | More by MiScusi
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
Bottle courtesy of Gford217: Poured a light red color ale with a light pink bubbly head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of red wine and tart notes with some light sour cherries. Taste is a mix between some sour cherries, with some tart notes with loads of oak and some red wine notes. Average carbonation with limited funk notes when I was expecting a lot more from the description. Overall, I though this was easily drinkable and maybe a bit light for the kind of beer it would like to be.
07-07-2008 19:55:19 | More by Phyl21ca
3.38/5 rDev -9.4%
A: Beautiful beer. Burnt orange. Without trying to sound too lame, it's like a nice sunset.
S: Unique. Vanilla, cherry, a bit of funky old lambic.
T/M: Whoa. Lots of vanilla here. There's a nice cherry tartness, but the vanilla definitely dominates, lingering on the mouth even. Not a big fan of how much vanilla there is here. You can tell the cherry tartness underneath would have made a great beer. Just too much oak, in my humble opinion
D: Nicely drinkable given the tartness and low abv. But the vanilla makes it a little cloying after awhile. Can you see where I'm going with this review?
Very interesting and unique lambic-style beer. I don't think the vanilla from the oak meshes well here, but overall it was well worth a try.
01-02-2009 03:11:58 | More by abfraser
3.73/5 rDev 0%
This is another review from the inflatablechair/johngalt1 tasting from about a month ago.. I took only "decent" notes on this one.. poured in my New Belgium snifter..
1/4" head dies quick.. orangey pink brew...
nose is sour and acetic with only mild expected funk..
flavor is the same with some cherry pie filling essence.. vanilla?? Seems one dimensional... could use more funk and deep aromas/flavors.
lite body.. abundant carbonation..
Like a Cantillon Kriek "lite".
I got this one from south bay.... I never remember ordering it.. but oh well.. good for me and sam.
03-24-2009 08:23:42 | More by JohnGalt1
Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.