Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company
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4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
11-13-2012 21:24:29 | More by kojevergas
1.15/5 rDev -69.2%
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.
11-12-2012 05:56:17 | More by harrymel
4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
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!
11-09-2012 00:47:14 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-06-2012 22:00:53 | More by notchucknorris
4.45/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
10-17-2012 01:43:50 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.