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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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-18-2012 13:17:31 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-24-2013 19:45:32 | More by djrn2
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Polished pumpkin with a faint rosy glow that is probably nothing more than an overactive imagination. The khaki crown does have a pinkish tint, however. Unfortunately, given the style, the foam doesn't have great texture, doesn't last, and doesn't leave much of itself on the glass.

The nose is good if you like fruit lambics that tend toward tart-tangy rather than cloyingly sweet. The beer has an aged cherry-balsamic vinegar aroma that is enjoyable, even if it isn't bursting with an abundance of cherry juiciness.

Chez Monieux is a wonderful beer that tastes like it could have been brewed in Belgium... says someone whose knowledge of Belgian lambics is severely lacking. Alpine used sweet and sour cherries, then aged the beer for 12-15 months in barrels that had previously held red wine. They used 'wild' yeasts too, though I don't believe that Brettanomyces was among them.

Each mouthful is a controlled explosion of incredibly tart cherry juice that has just enough underlying sweetness to keep it from becoming an all-out puckerfest. Acidity is generous, but at least my tooth enamel and stomach lining are in no danger of being eaten away, as is sometimes the case with lambics.

A certain red grape-like character is appreciated, along with some oakiness. Thankfully, neither one overpowers the beer. In the end, it's a beautiful balancing act that is mighty pleasing to someone who doesn't drink stuff like this very often. According to Alpine, it isn't bottle-conditioned, so don't stick the bottle in your cellar and forget about it.

The mouthfeel is good because it has enough size and has an underlying slipperiness that keeps it from evaporating on contact. The finish isn't dry, but the finish of the finish is. Must be all that lactic and acetic acid.

If you don't know what Chez Monieux means then shame on you. This is another corker from the good folks at Alpine that should please aficionados of the style to no end. I still prefer their hop-blasted American ales, but this one is a real treat that deserves to be brewed again. If ABC decides not to, then Chez Monthem.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 14:48:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I finally grabbed a bottle of this from Joey at South bay, the price was high, and so I naturally had very high hops for this one. One of my favorite styles, I was very interested to see what kind of take they could do on it. Nice 750ml bottle, looked almost Belgian in design, with a cool label as well. I let this one chill out in the fridge for a couple of days and then served it last night at a touch above fridge temp in my now infamous Terrapin snifter that seems to get every single last beer that I try as of late.

Appearance - The pour was very nice, taking on the appearance of a rose pink soda of sorts. The color was very nice, that light reddish, pink, rose color was sublime and it really made the pour very interesting. Some nice touches of carbonation were bubbling up throughout the session, giving hop that this would be an active brew. A very small, maybe a half inch high head of off white, slightly reddish tinted foam came up over the top at the initial pour, however this did not last long at all, and soon it faded away to nothing, leaving only the slightest touch of white lace around the sides, that was for lack of a better word unremarkable. Still, for the color alone this one gets high marks as it really did look the part.

Smell - The aroma was dominated by cherries, no surprised here. The first time I smelled it I got hit with that dark, sour note of cherry that was as advertised, however, it was upon letting this one warm up that the real magic began to happen. It seemed with each degree of warmth it got a touch sweeter, with the sour notes intermingling and you could almost feel the whole thing swirling around throughout. It was not so one sided with cherries as one might have thought, rather there was a nice subtle spiciness that started to come through on the smell. Hints of pepper and vanilla were to be found, all the while remaining very light and fruity, and again going further and further over to the sweeter side of the spectrum. By the time I finished this one, it had transformed into the sweetest, cherry aroma you could imagine, really well done here. On par with the likes of LA's Red Poppy for sure.

Taste - The flavor was equally as remarkable. This was by no means a funky, Brett laced sour ale. That is the first thing you needed to keep in mind while trying it, as it is not supposed to be. What it was is a wonderful cherry Kriek that is put together beautifully. I would have thought the filtered nature of this might have detracted from the flavor, but it did not as far as I could tell anyway. Started out with a rush of tart cherry, giving the slightest puckering to the lips before falling over the tongue. Swishing it around lets the tartness fade and a sweeter, lighter cherry flavor take its place. As you swallow, there is touch of pepper like sweetness that starts to come through, I thought this was very nice and added a great deal of depth to it, even tingling the tongue at times. Hints of a slight wine or grape like flavor are there way in the back, no doubt a relic of the barrel aging which also contributes some of the oak like flavors to it and a touch of vanilla, that while not really a main contributor to the overall profile, merged well with the pepper and really brought it out nicely. The finish was short and sweet, with a slight touch of drying and the long lingering flavor of dark cherry and spices.

Mouthfeel - The eel was nice, albeit a little flatter then I would have liked to have seen. It was definitely a light bodied ale, my only wish would have been that the slightest more carbonation have been added to this one as I really think it would have made a great deal of difference overall and would have really improved the overall profile. Still though, there was some light carbonation and the flavor was definitely rich enough to carry the whole thing through for me.

Drinkability - An outstanding drinker this was one I wished would never have ended. The low ABV lended itself well to being session able, however the profile was soo full that you could only help but take little sips, cherishing each one as they swirled around, really letting the complexity of this sink in. That being said, I could have easily polished off another bottle without a care.

Overall I would have to say this one was excellent. Was it worth $28 a bottle, I am not sure, however I will tell you this, I would most certainly buy another one. I think this is something everyone should get to try. It is rare to see an American brewer but forth such a quality effort in this style, and this was simply outstanding. I cannot wait to get to try it again. One of the best I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 00:09:44 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 19:55:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-24-2013 20:22:19 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

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

A: Not a particularly attractive beer with a hazy light golden-orange color and some nice flecks of yeast sediment in the glass.

S: There's a nice tartness to the nose along with some mild cherry notes and a mild vinegar presence. While there's some good stuff going on here, it's a very "light" nose.

T: The flavor is a bit better, offering some sweet and sour cherries along with lactic and acetic sourness. There's an oak presence here, but nothing overwhelming.

M: The body is on the lighter side with a light carbonation to it.

D: This is a pretty easy wild ale to drink as it's not overly sour and doesn't have much (if any) funk to it. That said, it's not my favorite for these reasons, but serviceable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 19:49:34 | More by womencantsail
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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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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-15-2012 04:26:04 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-12-2013 03:39:12 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-25-2011 23:31:13 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-14-2011 18:22:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy ruby red with an off-white, slightly pink head. The head retains fairly well for a fruit beer. I was surprised to find that this beer isn't bottle conditioned.

Smell: Tart, acidic cherries dominate the nose and let little else shine through at first. As the beer warms, notes of oak and vanilla become more prevalent with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and sour cherries, leaning toward the sour side. Lactic acid and oak follow the cherry flavor with undertones of dry red wine and vanilla. The beer ends on a soft buttery note - it's neither as dry nor as sour as I was expecting, but it's very good. The light body and mild sourness really enhance the drinkability of this beer; it's very refreshing and nearly quaffable.

Notes: Very nice stuff. Definitely not a lambic, not in the traditional sense at least - there's absolutely no funk here, and the sourness is quite tame. This beer is more comparable to Russian River's Supplication or Lost Abbey's Red Poppy.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 02:58:56 | More by largadeer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red hue with a touch of white foam at the top. Nose is harshly sour with strong vinegar tones. Real strong antiseptic fragrance. Flavor is actually quite smooth. Sour and fruity, the cherries add a nice touch to a moderately sour brew. Definite barnyard funky on there as well. I also feel like I am getting vanilla here? Liquid is smooth and the carbonation is low. This is surprisingly easy to drink. The nose was advertising different, but it ends up being quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 02:43:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-29-2013 01:32:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-28-2014 06:02:56 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-22-2013 05:55:53 | More by oline73
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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
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I pour this brew I smell a funky, ripe wash-rind cheese note along with a musty moldy note. The pour barely forms a one finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that quickly disappears to a thin layer of not quite covering froth. The beer is a deep honey color that shows a hazy, red stained, light amber color when held up to the light. A deeper draught of the aroma yields a sour fruitiness that reminds me of a mix of cranberry and sweet cherry juice (think a light wiff of the cherry syrup topping for a sunday). Buttery popcorn aromas are fairly pronounced, though I can't quite tell if this is oak influence or diacetyl (pediococcus perhaps). The buttery aromatics drown out a lot of the other notes in the nose, but there does seem to be some spicy oak character here and the tart cherry notes are usually noticeable.

Tart tasting up front, but it quickly picks up a very slight, soft sweetness. Cherry pie flavors quite distinctly show off the signature of the Montmorency cherry character, but are not an over the top influence on the flavor. The combination of sour flavors and cherry notes are perhaps the biggest flavor contributors, but there is some other things going on here as well. The cherry sort of tastes like watered down, tart cherry juice. The finish has a light oak-derived spiciness to it, while the buttery note from the aroma is almost non-existent in the flavor (leading me to believe that it was the oak that contributed this in the first place, if it was diacetyl it would have been all over the flavor). Fairly light bodied, the beer does have a slight viscousness to it, though it remains a fairly refreshing, definitely easily quaffed experience.

As my palate gets used to it, some of the buttery-oak character from the aroma creeps into the flavor (really it becomes noticeable as it seeps into the nasal passages while taking a sip), it remains fairly light and is found more up front than anything. The cherry notes are fairly simplistic here; tart, fleshy, cherry pie notes show up somewhat softly, but it is missing that deeply staining, cherry skin flavor, that tannic cherry bite, the light almond-like pit character and the deeply complex, vibrant, fleshy cherry character that I like to see in the best examples of the style.

A very interesting beer, I definitely like it, but it falls far short of the best beers that it was inspired by (assuming that Kriek Lambics were the inspiration for this brew). It doesn't have the intense cherry flavors, nor the bracing acidity and funkiness of the examples that I like best. It really is like a Lambic for those who are interested, but not quite up to the harder versions of the style. Don't mistake me though, it clearly separates itself from the fake fruit Lambics being produced. In the end this is a tasty tipple that I am happy to have tried, but I wish it was not so one-dimensionally dominated in the nose had a bit more complexity and depth to the flavor.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs Pharmacy, Imperial Beach CA

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 02:50:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-23-2013 17:37:24 | More by mendvicdog
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Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.