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Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 71
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Photo of Xul
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, orange-ish amber. no head. Some off-white crust on the rim.

Smells like a muted, kind of mellow vinous/vinegar-y brew. Sort of a "wild ale lite, more or less. The taste is oak-y, vinous, with some cherries and citrus in there. But, it's pretty mellow, all things considered. No real funk presence.

Could use more carbonation. A gentle introduction to the style.

Photo of socalde
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with Alpine Beer Co. and also my first taste of the Belgian Kriek style, which is very interesting in it's own right. This is a well rounded sour ale, with a interesting pink hue.

A- Two fingers of light pink head. This beer looks to delicate to taste! The beer itself is a little darker, a mix between lipstick pink and burnt orange. Very clear, almost looks filtered.

S- A gentle spritz of acidity followed by a subtle cherry. I really had to inhale deeply to get much out of this brew.

T- So what does a pink beer taste like? Alpine Beer Co. answers this question with a firm "Darn good". There is a nice firm sour cherry flavor that is complimented by a sort of farmhouse spunk.

M- Light carbonation, slightly "champagney" typical of lambic ales.

D- Surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of younger35
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from eyebrews at Dark Lord Day '09. I've had my eyes on this brew for quite some time but the price tag sort of turned me off. Drank from my New Glarus flute.

Appearance- Pours a light pinkish orange with a small half finger bright white head. A fantastic collar is left the rest of the beer with little to no lacing.
Smell- Very tart and acidic with a somewhat red wine vinegar like nose. Cherries are very prevalent as well with an almost soapy like quality. The funk isn't all that prominent as the beer is pretty much just really sour smelling. A bit of raw woody like finish but the oak seems fairly weak.
Taste- Wow not as powerful as the nose. Fruitier than it is sour and I almost feel like what sour or tartness is there is from the cherries. It almost seems like it's watered down pie filling. The cherries are very nice though as a bit of vanilla and oak peak in. Much like the nose I get something sort of soapy and out of place. Maybe a bit of a vinous vinegar in the finish but it's light.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and watery with not much Lambic pucker and some light carbonation.
Drinkability- I know this doesn't sound like the greatest endorsement ever but the beer is still good, just not very Lambic like. It's fairly fresh and fruity at times with a slightly vinous side. Interesting and tasty but definitely not worth the price tag. Thanks much Jack!

Photo of 0110x011
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with TexasWayne & BevmoIan (thanks for buying!) at Bitter & Sour. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours bubblegum pink with a bubbly, one-finger pink head. Almost no retention at all, but a nice, chunky collar is left behind.

S - Lots of tart grapefruit and cherries. Some horsey funk. An interesting spice note that's hard to put my finger on. Strong barrel influence, with wine and vanilla notes.

T - Tart grapefruit and cherries, red wine, vanilla, cinnamon, and stone fruits (peaches & nectarines). Cinnamon is the aforementioned spice for sure, as its presence is much stronger on the palate. Some horsey funk as well.

M - Bright & champagney. Medium length, off-dry finish.

D - Very high. I wish I had more of it to enjoy.

We got this on a recommendation, and it turned out very well. A very solid sour that I hope to have again.

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright copper with a reddish tint. Thin white head holds n well and leave spotty lace.

S-Exactly like a bowl of sour cherries. Not much else to say other than that!

T-Stinging, tart, sour cherries. A light twang of oak and balsamic vinegar in the finish, Certainly sour but not super tart.

M-Light bodies with long lingering sour flavours. Nice oak astringency in the finish too.

D-Nice and tart, well done. A lambic made as well as thier hoppy beers....the accomplished brewmaster never ceases to amaze me! Well done Alpine!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another review from the inflatablechair/johngalt1 tasting from about a month ago.. I took only "decent" notes on this one.. poured in my New Belgium snifter..

1/4" head dies quick.. orangey pink brew...

nose is sour and acetic with only mild expected funk..

flavor is the same with some cherry pie filling essence.. vanilla?? Seems one dimensional... could use more funk and deep aromas/flavors.

lite body.. abundant carbonation..

Like a Cantillon Kriek "lite".

I got this one from south bay.... I never remember ordering it.. but oh well.. good for me and sam.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a bottle of this at his recent tasting party. Poured from a 750ml bottle on 3/21/09. Poured into my glass and appears a clear deep amber color with a pinkish hue topped by barely a finger of off - white foam. Smells and tastes like a huge bowl of vinegar soaked tart, sour cherries. Mouth puckering, pungent, funky, fruity, and spicy. Moderate carbonation with a medium body and a dry, dry finish. For me, a sour beer such as this is rather quenching, but I personally would never seek out another glass in an evening. Overall, a very decent first attempt on Alpine's part. It will be interesting to see what other sours come out of this brewery in the future.

Photo of ffejherb
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into half pint. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy cherry-kissed amber with light carbonation and thin white head that disappeared and left virtually no lacing.

S - Very sour nose with some tart fruit (sour apples, cherry) as well as some vinegar and a magic marker scent.

T - Sour cherry notes with a mild vinegar presence. Tart and astringent with subtle woody/oak notes.

M - Medium body with bristly carbonation. Sour and tart on the tongue, providing quite a bit of pucker.

D - Very good take on the style, especially for their first try. While it's not one of my favorite styles, I found this to be nicely done and on the mark.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this was the last beer we cracked for day 2 of our epic tasting.

A: Crystal clear cherry red with a thin white head with OK retention. Clarity is brilliant.

S: Funk, earth, cherries, mildly musty, mildly tannic. Great balance between fruit, funk and sourness, not something I've encountered with more hyped American sours (Iron Hill and Upland, I'm looking at you)

T: Cherries, almost sweet with a dank, musty earthy flavor and tartness. Drying and tannic on the finish with a pleasant astringency and tartness. Not super-intense (like Cantillons) but still very tasty and enjoyable

M: Light, great carbonation, wonderful acidity and great finish

D: If not as pricey, I'd definitely have this again (and again)

Photo of abfraser
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful beer. Burnt orange. Without trying to sound too lame, it's like a nice sunset.

S: Unique. Vanilla, cherry, a bit of funky old lambic.

T/M: Whoa. Lots of vanilla here. There's a nice cherry tartness, but the vanilla definitely dominates, lingering on the mouth even. Not a big fan of how much vanilla there is here. You can tell the cherry tartness underneath would have made a great beer. Just too much oak, in my humble opinion

D: Nicely drinkable given the tartness and low abv. But the vanilla makes it a little cloying after awhile. Can you see where I'm going with this review?

Very interesting and unique lambic-style beer. I don't think the vanilla from the oak meshes well here, but overall it was well worth a try.

Photo of Mauerhan
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up at beverages for less a while back and it has been eyeing me everytime i open up my fridge. its about fucking time to crack this little bitch open.

pours a hazy orangey amber. with very little head.

smell is fruity. almost sour. i like it but im still not sure about it.

hmm

taste is sweet, to the point of being sour. its good. but im not sure if i love it. then again im not super hooked on a feeling with this style.

drinkable. good after taste. smooth. very little carbonation. overall im glad i tried it. im not sure its worth the 18 dollars paid for it. but meh.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
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)

Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours reddish copper, lots fo carbonation, and a flat white head. Vinuous cherry nose, some oak and malt, almost like a cherry cobbler. Pucker-type sour as opposed to the bretty-dank sour. Good blalance of the sour cherry and sweeter malt, tempered by the oak and vanilla flavors. A bit medicinal at times, but not enough to ruin the beer. Always a treat with Alpine.

Photo of weeare138
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
A play on words here, "Shame on you".
Appears a transparent, orange toned amber with a small white cap that quickly fades. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, cherries, cranberries, & dank horseblanket.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a standout fruit salad flavor that starts to take control of this brew.
Mouthfeel is creamy, citrusy, funky, tart, fruity, with an acidic finish.
I think I liked this more than anyone else that had it that night. Lovely, lovely beer.

Photo of OStrungT
4.87/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pinkish brown coor, with a tiny white head that fades instantly, leaving no lace.

This beer smells of cherries. It has a nice sour aroma. Slight viniger, but good. It has a slight oaky aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. Sour, and great. Some tart cherries and some oak are present.

This beer is low in carbonation, fitting the style. It leaves a sour cherry aftertaste.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It tastes great, and the alcohol content is low.

Overall: This beer is great. I love it, and I wish I had more. It was worth the wait. Way to go Alpine.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sampled side by side with Briscoe.

Yellow/orange/pink in appearance with a bubbly head on top that shows off the mellow carbonation here. Aromas bring strong acidic sour notes with vinegar accents upfront. Cherries are well placed along with woody oak. Stings the nose a bit.

Flavor starts with good cherry fruit that moves into acidic, tart funkiness. The mouth puckers as this one goes down with dry, woody oak tastes and even a touch of vanilla. Lingering vinegar fruitiness on the finish. Brace yourself for this one!

Mouthfeel is lighter with mellow carbonation. Goes down easily enough, just make sure you have some antacids nearby! A tasty interpretation of a kriek here, but I do agree that at $28 it was overpriced. A good bottle to share and I'm glad autumnaldave shared this one with me as I shared my Briscoe!

Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Poured a medium orangish (with a pink tint) color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of cherry pie, some wood, vanilla, musty,and a trace of red wine. Tastes of cherries, wood, caramel, and bretty. Started lightly sweet and finishes tart.

Notes from 8/13/08

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of mentor
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light pink to the ring of white head over an orangish-red hazed liquid. Smells brett and marchino cherry extract. Acetic and lactic tartness. Birsuit malt. Dusty.

Tastes clean bright light cherry. Strong carbonation mies with tart from cherry and lifts the beer off the tongue so the finish dries. Almost an unripe cherry flavor. Lactic tart is not overbearing. Md-light body. Great summer quencher and good drinkability.

Photo of Crosling
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pinkish yellowish color. Small white head that unfortunately doesn't have any pink shades. Fairly nice nose with hints of cherries, as well as some wood. Flavor doesn't have a lot of depth, but has some nice elements of cherry , sourness and wood. Nice balance of sweet and sour. I like this ale quite a bit.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very interesting strawberry red color but with very little head. What there is fades almost immediately. Smells of tart cherries and a bit phenolic. A touch of almond and cream as well as a bit of funk. The taste is amazing, however. Bright, bright cherries followed by some acetic qualities and some light horseblanket funk that then fades into a beautiful cherry cream flavor. Very pure tasting, especially the fruit and the sour elements, but with just enough fruit to make it interesting. A bit of sweetness at the end rounds it out and gives it the slightest bit of cherry creamsicle flavor. Overall, though it is quite tart and not sweet. Mouthfeel is clean and pure and nicely sour. Very nice effort and definitely a bit different from other sours.

Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.