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Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company

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very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 68
Gots: 37 | 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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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.

harrymel, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
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.

Arbitrator, Sep 02, 2012
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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.

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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.

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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

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 22, 2008
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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.

ehammond1, Mar 12, 2012
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Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.