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Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company

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85
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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Photo of socalde
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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 -6.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +8.6%
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
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.05/5  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
(3.3/5)

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  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%
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
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
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
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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
4.33/5  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.

Photo of mentor
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3.48/5  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
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another fine gem provided by ibrew2or3

A: Pours a light rose pink hue with a thin fizzy head. The head dies immediatley and leaves no lace. There is some bubbles rising to the top from the active carbonation.

S: Nice sweet tart aroma. Hints of brett, cherris, and acid. The barrel does come thru with hints of oak, vanilla, and red wine.

T: Very much like the nose. The acidity is high on this beer, yet it remains drinkable. The cherries really come out and there is a nice sour blast exhibited. The oak plays a big role with the vanilla as a nice addition.

M: Light and sparkling.

D: Not the most drinkable but enjoyable.

Thanks Dave for plopping down the $$ for this one. It was one I wanted to try but had not sprung for.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hope my wife doesn't hear how much I paid for this one. Pours a more darker rose color than a traditional pink. Sparkling clarity. When initially poured left a fizzy pink head but quickly dissipated, but ok for style.

The nose has a sourness that is more along the lines of acetic acid with maybe a slight hint of brett notes. The cherries come out nicely with more of a sweeter marciano cherry with a sweeter tart note. Some lighter woody notes with a light vanilla and oaky finish. Both cherry and woody notes come out more as it warms adding a bit of complexity.

The taste follows suit with a nice blend of cherry and lambic tart. More acetic acid flavor/feel but blends well with the sweeter cherry notes. No really brett flavors as the nose indicated. I would have liked the complexity in the malt. But the fruity notes come out and add their own complexity. They come out more with tart cherry flavor versus sweet. Some really nice winey characteristics with other tropical fruit flavors in the finish. As it warmed though, more port with some woody and complexity in the body. Some minor white pepper notes as well. Interesting to see the change from cool to warm.

The body is dry with a nice tart finish. Very light carbonation as per style. Overall a fun beer for the palate. A lot of hidden descriptors to really enjoy. The cherries real add a depth to this beer. And as the beer warms the wood characteristic add even more complexity and intensity that really a fun beer to drink. Even the wifey enjoyed.

Photo of vince4953529
4.9/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$28 from South Bay Drugs, 5.8% abv on the label.

Appearance: Gorgeous light pink upon pouring, a hue of orange emerged as my tulip becomes full.

Smell: tart, cherryish

Taste: wow, tart sour upon tasting, I got red wine, cranberries, a tad creamy upon finishing.

Mouthfee: sour, but not that sour as a RR sour brew. Refreshing, carbonation is done just perfectly fine. supremely exceptional.

Drinkability: amazing, I can drink this all night long. I rarely say this, but the hefty $28 is well spent. Not over hyped at all. One of the best beers I've had this year!!

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of fumner
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle not too long ago from SBD&L, thanks go to Joey. Split this with my Dad to celebrate the 4th of July.

Pours a beautiful pinkish color with a bit of orange around the edges, with a soft white head that apparently wasn't meant to live in this world. Many little effervescent bubbles are rushing to the surface. No lacing on this one.

My first smell was very sour. Lots of acetic acid and minimal hints of cherries. As the beer warmed, however, the cherries became the dominant smell. But not your typical sweet-candied cherry smell, this is the smell of the juiciest, ripest, tart cherries that are what you dream of on a hot summer day. Fantastic.

Similar to the smell, my first taste misled me a bit. With my first sip, there was a rush of sourness that dominated my palate, which quickly gave way to cloying sweetness, which then left with a trace of cherry and red wine. It seemed unbalanced. Weirdly, one sip later and my impression changed dramatically. Lush, tart, cherries, just like the smell. But now with a more lactic acid sour, and the wine-barrel notes smooth it out nicely. There was some distinct sweetness, which normally is my least favorite characteristic of a lambic, but here it complements the sour cherry perfectly. As it warmed the sweetness faded, and more musty barrel notes showed up.

The carbonation on this was great at first, but it dissipated a bit too quickly for my tastes. With just a slightly thicker presence, this beer would capture the essence of the cherry perfectly.

My rating criteria for drinkability is as follows: if I desperately want to drink more when I'm done with my bottle, it gets a top notch score. This is a 5, at least.

As much as it pains my wallet, I will be seeking out another bottle of this beer. It's worth it.

Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.