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Chez Monieux - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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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2.5/5  rDev -33%

pperez38, May 02, 2013
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FullObs, Apr 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

drbenzo, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

jeff1973, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Pecan, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

BAsbill, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

bmmortale, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

AlexFields, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

phingdong, Jan 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

flexabull, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

stxSS07, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

duceswild, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

teddyarrowhead, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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

kojevergas, Nov 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.2%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of harrymel
1.15/5  rDev -69.2%
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.

harrymel, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

DeanMoriarty, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

notchucknorris, Nov 06, 2012
Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.