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Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company

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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 65
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-13-2008)
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

1/5  rDev -73.2%

11-13-2012 04:02:39 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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KevSal

California

1/5  rDev -73.2%

01-09-2014 06:27:54 | More by KevSal
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Azrael


1/5  rDev -73.2%

02-09-2013 23:20:17 | More by Azrael
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harrymel

Washington

1.15/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2012 version.
ABV 7%

Pours a dark cherry red with a pretty pink quilt. Smells...Fucking stinks. Jesus anal farts, diacetyl, feet, popcorn, rotten corn and a bit of pinot. This is one, if not the, most offensive smelling beers I've come across. Just a fucking abomination of a nose. So scared to taste it... Tastes real bad. Metal and fetid mushrooms and rotten sox rubbed on fungus infected ball sacks. Fucking nasty. Hella dry and thin with hi carb. I'm repulsed.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:56:17 | More by harrymel
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Arbitrator

California

1.28/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a murky, tomato-juice color with just the lightest hint of carbonation.

S: Blue cheese and bile. I'll say up front that I'm not a fan of blue cheese; it looks like you're gnawing on the rotting legs of an old lady with varicose veins. So the association here isn't doing the beer any favors. But the bile part is unmistakable. Tart cherries, cherry skins, and vinegar with some lactic sourness.

T: This is going for the Flanders side of the sour spectrum, it seems; the emphasis is on vinegar with lesser lactic acid sourness. I can't shake the bile comparison; it literally does taste like I've just finished vomiting. But the other flavors in the beer do a decent job of taking my mind off that: sour cherries, some vanilla, and earth.

M: Medium-bodied, but it is low carbonation to start with, and said carbonation comes out solution very quickly despite the beer being refrigerated for a few weeks. The result is a beer that goes flat pretty quickly. It has a watery finish, as well.

O: I'm steadily losing faith in Alpine's ability to produce reliable barrel-aged beers. This was quite awful; even at a large party, most of the bottle was left unfinished.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 18:34:20 | More by Arbitrator
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GottaTickemAll

California

2/5  rDev -46.4%

07-08-2013 17:21:00 | More by GottaTickemAll
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beefsquatch

New York

2/5  rDev -46.4%

04-30-2014 13:58:15 | More by beefsquatch
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phingdong

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

01-22-2013 17:20:13 | More by phingdong
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

01-21-2013 03:43:10 | More by Rochefort10nh
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pperez38

California

2.5/5  rDev -33%

05-02-2013 10:46:03 | More by pperez38
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flexabull

California

2.5/5  rDev -33%

01-21-2013 02:35:26 | More by flexabull
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of saru96. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a reddish purple with a thin light pink head that fades down into a collar. The nose carries some cherry juice and light earthiness to the background. Somewhat musty. The flavor has a bit of an odd creaminess to it along with mild must and earth. Light to medium body and slightly chewy. Not really a bid fan, whether as a wild or just as a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:22:48 | More by Thorpe429
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emilylee

California

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

07-25-2013 05:57:30 | More by emilylee
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

01-31-2012 08:50:07 | More by ygtbsm94
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

03-07-2012 06:54:11 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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nkeckhar

New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

04-11-2014 16:03:43 | More by nkeckhar
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MrFootstones

California

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

06-01-2012 01:05:36 | More by MrFootstones
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riemster

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

10-14-2013 19:14:34 | More by riemster
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JDV

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin reddish, almost rosy pink color. Smell is lightly creamy butterscotch and sour cherry. Taste is thin and tart cherries. Definitely shows sign of tartness, but still feels overly simplistic, like thin juice, and doesn't have any funky complexity or anything. A certain amount of acidity and dryness in the finish as well, but also has a faint buttery finish to it, perhaps from the diacetyl, too. While this wasn't terrible, I cant say I enjoyed it, with or without consideration of the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 01:30:39 | More by JDV
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-06-2014 00:38:29 | More by ThatsThatDude
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

07-27-2013 05:35:40 | More by liamt07
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Mopps

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-27-2013 14:51:05 | More by Mopps
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/27/08. Bottle shared by beerbill. Pours an orange/red with a small white head. Aroma of funk, tart sour fruits (cherry), oak. Flavor is quite tart and oaky. Ok, nothing too exciting.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
(3.3/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 00:30:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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ehammond1


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 22:37:25 | More by ehammond1
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warnerry

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-06-2012 20:39:01 | More by warnerry
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Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.