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Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 19.03%

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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-13-2008)
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Photo of harrymel


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
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited Alpine Beer Company after hiking Stonewall this morning and picked up 8 bottles between me and a friend (4 bottle limit per person) for $19.00 each. Poured this one into an Odell's branded tulip glass - bomb!

My bottle says 7% ABV. Not 5.80% as listed above.

A: Pours a hazed deep cherry mahogany hue with a pinkish head that dissipates after a few sips - small amounts of lacing throughout.

S: Cherry acidity, light vinegar, wood, vanilla bean, and wild yeast.

T: Tons of tart cherries up front - acidic, tart and fruity. Citrus rinds and dry wood follow to round this one out nicely.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and dry with an acidic bight that lingers a while....somewhat mellow carbonation - wish it had a bit more but i'm splitting hairs here.

Unbelievably tasty for the style. I Dropped $150. on 8 bottles without a bat of the eye - looking forward to drinking the other 7 over the holidays.

Also - this one should have wine-makers shakin' in their boots!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:47:14 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of notchucknorris


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich reddish pink color with a white head. Color is pretty fantastic.

S: Tons of tart cherries and cherry skin. Some faint funk as well. I'm definitely digging this smell.

T: I was expecting this to be sweet, but this is tart as hell. Tons of unripe cherries and tannic cherry skins. Some notes of funk in the background. Another solid beer from Alpine.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 22:00:53 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of ngeunit1


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a thin layer of slightly reddish head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour and tart cherries, vanilla, oak, some wheat, funk, and a bit of cheese.

T - Starts off with some sour cherries with some wheat and vanilla. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some light cheese flavors and some funk. The finish is a mix of sour cherries, tart wheat and lemon, and some funk.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour and funky finish.

D - Pretty drinkable. Tastes a bit off, but not too bad. The sour cherry flavor is nice, just a bit of cheese mixed in.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 05:08:51 | More by ngeunit1
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 18:34:20 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/08/12 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending me more Alpine beers I haven't had; thanks Dane! 22 oz. bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a deep purple-red color with one inch of white-pink head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of blue cheese, sour cherries, tart dark fruits, spice, and fruity malts. Kind of weird and cheesey here; not terrible but not my favorite nose.

t - The taste is much better. Tastes of tart cherries, tart dark fruits, oak, light cheese and funk, fruity malts, and spices. Taste has much less cheese than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent and interesting beer, though not my favorite from Alpine. The taste is nice and pretty much what I was hoping for, but the nose is very funky in a blue-cheese kind of way, which knocks it down for me. Glad to try it but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 21:32:09 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Sean9689


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bine & Vine.

A - Pours ruby red, light pinkish/red head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Cherries, light tart fruity notes, funk, oak, light must. Really cherry forward with the lactic acidic notes that follow.

T - More cherries, oak, creamy apple yogurt notes, lactic tart notes, funk must. Like drinking cherry just with a smooth(ish) acidic/oak kick. Finish is all tart cherries.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry creamy finish.

O - Seems the bottles have been better then the draft. I enjoyed the entire contents of the bottle and went though it with no problem, which is saying a lot. Gave some to the wife and she enjoyed it as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 16:17:49 | More by Sean9689
Photo of brystmar


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a recent tasting. Had no idea Alpine even brewed non-IPAs.

Pours deep red with minimal head. Aroma goes in two separate directions with cheese on one side and artificial cherry extract on the other. Reminds me of cherry Jolly Ranchers.

Surprisingly pleasant kriek with well-balanced fruit flavors and tartness. Wasn't expecting it to taste this good based on the aroma. A decent beer I'd be happy to re-visit again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 04:33:15 | More by brystmar
Photo of drabmuh


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Dan I think, thanks. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is reddish brown with a thin lazy head of large bubbles, low lacing, not much carbonation or retention.

Aroma is sweet with cherries and lots of fruit.

Beer is light and very sweet, definitely not a favorite of the night and not a repeat. Shame on me? Shame on you.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 03:30:35 | More by drabmuh
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mxpitt1 for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2012 vintage.

Pours a murky cherry brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries and some funk blue cheese like aromas. Taste is of very sour cherries and some extremely funky flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good kriek with a weird smell but a very nice taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:56:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of srandycarter


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Purple! Akin to dark grapes and raw prune juice. Purple hued small head leaves to ring quickly. Some spot lace.

S - Try as I might, alas, I do not get the bleau cheese attribute. Earthiness, cherry pie and an expected sharpness.

T - Cooked sweet cherries meet sour cherries. The taste is abruptly muted and tweaked mid sip. Somewhat disappointing. In fact, in the aftertaste, I think I get the cheese. Not much complexity.

M - Light body, fair carb, balance to the flat earthy (dairy product) finish. Not bad, just not expected.

D - A decent beer. Not worth the price, IMHO, however. I realize it would have a high cost to produce.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:11:14 | More by srandycarter
Photo of 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
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fightthegdfight for sharing this very enjoyable beer

Vintage 2005 bottled in 2008

Look: The beer pours a nice yellow color with peach highlights with about a 1/8 inch fizzy head

Smell: Tart cherries with some vanilla and oak

Taste: Pretty similar to the nose actually. Upfront is a very mild tart cherry character mid palate is where the barrel characters show up and you get a nice vanilla and oak character and the beer finishes with some sugary sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light body and ample carbonation and a bit tart

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer due to the fact that there was only a mild sourness to it so I found it very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:02:54 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of FosterJM


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1050th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

2008 Vintage

Thanks to Fightthegdfight for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A little bit of a gold/yellow/fuzzy peach looking color. I saw about a 1/4” worth of white bubbles that vanished quickly. Not a lot of cling or lace on this one either..

Smell- It was sour, it had some good wood notes behind it. It was also very damp cherry. For a 3 year old kriek that most didnt think would stay in the bottle that long it did keep a bit of a citrus note nicely.

Taste- I am glad this went the traditional route and didnt employ the Brett or Horse blanket. This was very sweet/tart at points and then a bit oaky(still) I really enjoyed the balance of flavors here from a little touch of cherry to vanilla to oak.

Mouth- A good bit of a light-medium with some very medium-high carbonation to it. The after taste is very wine like with some acid/tannin and fruits. Well balanced residual flavors.

Drink- Im not sure I know who brought this but I cant help be thank them for this retired beauty of a beer. Simple, clean, and holding up well. Would love to grab a batch 2 if they do one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:48:36 | More by FosterJM
Photo of spdyfire83


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

54th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Enjoyed post-GABF Thursday night courtesy of forgetfu. Thanks Bill!

A: Burnt pink with tint of peach. Barely a half fingernail (white) head on medium pour.

S: Cherry crisp dessert with slight touch of oak and vanilla.

T: Large cherry (tart) presence up-front that dissolves slowly. Hint of vanilla mid-palate closed with balance of sweet and sour at the end. Different.

M: Light body with low carbonation.

O: A fun surprise to try for sure! All-around a wonderful beer. My palate was all kinds of shot when this was consumed, but it was still quite memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 21:37:56 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of nickd717


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:52:17 | More by nickd717
Photo of popery


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Pours a cloudy light reddish amber with a pink head. Aroma has lots of sour cherry pie flavor. It's sour and fruity with good funk and a touch of malt in the background. Lots going on. There's some oak and acetic notes in there, as well. Taste has some mild sweetness that works pretty well and a good puckery finish. Mouthfeel is medium carbonated and surprisingly sour. Some drying oak in the finish. No booze - always good to see more lower abv sours. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:36:56 | More by popery
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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:40:42 | More by prototypic
Photo of scottfrie


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pinkish-peach color with a thin white head that fizzed away quite quickly leaving no lace. S: I get light notes of funk, tart cherries and maybe a hint of vinegar and oak.
T: The cherries are not all that prominent in this one, but there is a nice fruit flavor to the brew. The tartness is light and not too sour. It’s also not particularly oaky or dry.
M: Light carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, medium body, and not overly acidic or harsh.
O: I liked the flavor but it felt like it was missing something. The cherry wasn’t over the top, nor was the oak, tartness or dryness. I enjoyed it though, and would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 14:49:24 | More by scottfrie
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a tasting over the weekend. From notes.
A- a firm pour yields a small cap of pink orange head that settles quickly and fews just a few wisps on top. Murky red orange brown in color.

S- sharp and tart with funky fruits and a mild sweetness. Earthy and musty.

T- opens up with a nice acidic sour hit and tart fruits. Lots of funk and a earthy herbal thing going on. The sour quality is the winner here and never let's go.

M- a bit fuller then medium with a nice carb that holds up well. You feel this one in the cheeks and I'm all about it.

O- a nice surprise in a rather crazy tasting. The sour really hits hard and you can feel its for a good while after.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 04:17:02 | More by oglmcdgl
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Damian and Lona. Thanks!

The beer is a light orange color and is mostly clear. The head is fairly thin and fades after a few moments, leaving faint traces of lacing. The aroma is awesome! Huge, delectable scents of oak and sour cherries. The beer tastes great. It is sour, but not puckering. The aftertaste is fleeting. I do wish the tartness and fruit would linger longer. It is acetic, but not overly so. I am very glad to have tried it. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 22:57:30 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head. Color is hazed golden orange. A lot of floaties in the glass.

Aroma: Typical tart cherries. Almonds, vanilla, and oak. A lot similar to other krieks. Has some oak showing. A little tart. Kind of malty.

Taste: A lot more brett shows here. It is a bit acidic. A bit of tart dry cherries. Has some caramel and brett showing as well. Some oak as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Dry, tart, and creamy. Ends kind of tart.

Overall, an ok beer. Fairly enjoyable and a bit above average for the style. I wouldn't mind drinking more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 02:13:19 | More by mothman
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, slightly pink amber color with a relatively modest head that doesn't leave too much lacing behind

Smell: Montmorency cherry aroma, with undertones of red wine grapes, oak, vanilla and powdered sugar

Taste: Powdered sugar sweetness, up front, that is soon joined by the tart cherry and vanilla elements; by mid-palate, the tartness really builds in a dry, oaky direction

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately high carbonation; puckering mouthfeel

Drinkability: Although it lacks the horseblanket funk, there is plenty of mouth-puckering tartness here; the oak is nicely done, too

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:51:18 | More by brentk56
Photo of Xul


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an effervescent and translucent orange, with a strong pink tint to it. Head is one finger of large white bubbles that dissapear rather quickly, leaving little in the way of lacing.

S: As others have noted, the nose is fairly subdued. Tartness up front with some mild vinegar qualities, along with some cherries and a hint of musty funk.

T: More tartness up front with a heavier cherry presence, creating a somewhat sweet and sour effect. Lactic acidity in the middle along with a mild funk, finishing with some of the sweet cherry coming back in to balance the acid.

M: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation, very smooth without being heavy.

D: Tartness is kept in check and balanced, very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 05:21:29 | More by Xul
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Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.