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Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 198
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 73
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-13-2008

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.52 overall rating is accurate.

Type: Draft
Glass: 6-oz. snifter
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $6.00
Purchased: June 27, 2015
Consumed: June 27, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured an auburn, slightly murky color with one finger of offwhite head when I got it. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.63)

Smelled vomit, sour milk, cheese, cheddar cheese, butter, red wine and red grapes. (Smell - 3.00)

Tasted sour fruit, tart, sour milk, cheese, Smarties and old red wine. (Taste - 3.63)

Light body. Oily texture. Above average carbonation. Abrupt, astringent finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Might be my first Lambic (yes, it was) and maybe my last (who am I kidding?). I’m guessing this was above average for the style. (Feel - 3.63)

3.52 | 80 | B- (952 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
2.16/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: Not bad, brown-red.
Smell: It smells like penecillin in a bottle
Taste: Wors, diacetyl infected penecillin in a bottle
Feel: to little carb, even is I like it in a kriek

Overall: 5 people could finish off 75% of the bottle. (231 characters)

Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

(i know this will be a vAgue review but...)

An Amazing Cherry Beer(sour).
Fragrant with loads of cherries, great drink-ability, and well balanced/made. (152 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,112 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clever name. Served on-draught into a tulip at Alpine's brewpub in Alpine. Expectations were high given Alpine's reputation. Reviewed from notes taken in October 2012.

A: Pours a half finger purple-beige head of good cream, thickness, and retention. Body colour is a purple-grey; the pretentious might say ecru. Quite dull but nevertheless appealing. Nontransparent; opaque.

Sm: Red wine, tinges of vinegar, cherry, esters, clean malts. A mild strength, delightfully subtle aroma.

T: Cherry, sourness, clean malts, heavy grape, bacteria, vibrant wild yeast. No real funk; it's quite clean. Red wine and vinegar are present alongside light lactic notes. Complex and tasty. Subtle. A touch watery, though. Everything you'd want in a good kriek. Crisp, clean, and quite enjoyable. The tartness could be increased; that's my main minor gripe.

Mf: Crisp, wet, and smooth. Lip-smacking tasty. A touch too thin. Suits the flavours quite well.

Dr: Very drinkable. Flat-out delicious. I'll get this again right away [I did, actually]. Well priced, at least at Alpine. A fantastic brew from Alpine. Just lovely. An excellent American Sour; right up there with Russian River's offerings in my book.

Low A (1,201 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.18/5  rDev -69.4%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (973 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewpub almost two weeks ago. This review's from notes.

Pours purplish brown with red glints. A foamy, clingy off-white head coats the glass in lace striations. The aroma is pleasantly funky with barnyard and horse blanket abounding. Tart cherries and lactic acid also make themselves known. I love the high level of funk. The taste is sour with an acetic acid and a lactic acid mixing with plenty more funk. Tart cherry notes are also present. Minerals show with warmth. The mouthfeel is very light on the carbonation with a somewhat watery body. Sourness and sweet fruit notes mix in the dry finish.

This is a fantastic North American take on a Lambic. All the right funk in the right places and a good fruit presence. Ultra dry as well. Try this beer. I'd say it's underrated here. (802 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
1.26/5  rDev -67.4%
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. (1,221 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (1,161 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 release. On tap at the Alpine brewpub. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep purple crimson, average clarity, some pink head. So-so retention and almost no lacing.

S: Sour cherry, malt, some earthy funk, dark grape, solvent, and something akin to a blue cheese. I won't repeat what spry thought this smelled like.

T: Sour cherry, and some earthiness. Kind of one dimensional. Slightly tart. Lengthy finish, over which the tartness grows in strength.

M: Light carbonation, medium body.

O: Pretty average as far as lambics go. Flavors are fine but lacking complexity. Quite mild on the sourness scale. (600 characters)

Photo of newk340
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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! (346 characters)

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Small, tight, pink bubbles that settles to little wisps. Very dark red/brown brew.

S- Very sweet and a little vinegary, reminds me of balsamic vinegar at first.

T-Mouth puckering and a cheek killer. It was pretty tart at first with some sour and lots of cherry flavor in there.

M-Sharp at first, highly carbonated with a light body.

O-Smell gets more complex as it warms and becomes enjoyable. This beer is good now and has enough body to hold up and add complexity over time. (483 characters)

Photo of SDDanC
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alpine (2/29/12). Pours a dark ruby. Light pink head. Not a very big head, about a finger. Disappears into a ring around the top of the beer. Nose is funky, much like provolone cheese. No tartness comes through. A bit of sweet cherry can be found in the back. On the tongue it is sweet. Sweet cherry flavor with a hint of funk and residual tartness. A little vanilla towards the end. The sour character is not big at all, its very subtle. This allows the delicate cherries to shine. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, with low carbonation. But gets sticky as it warms up. Lasting flavor afterwards. Awesome treat. (613 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (655 characters)

Photo of rand
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, supposed to be available in bottles soon. Poured into a tulip glass.

Raspberry-red in color, opaque with a small fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

The nose is berry-sweet, strawberries and raspberries predominant. Pucker-inducing notes of vinegar offset the candy-like sweetness, and these tart notes really come through on the palate. The brew tastes more sour than sweet, like unripe berries. There's a vinous aspect mid-sip, woody and almost wine like, which works nice with the bubbly, effervescent feel on the palate.

With a nice contrast of sweet and sour and layered flavors, I could see non-beer fans enjoying this brew, especially those that prefer wine. (694 characters)

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Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
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