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Methusalem Sour Altbier - The Monarchy

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Methusalem Sour Altbier
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Monarchy
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2013)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted at "Super Kegs" at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

This is an Adambier - a recreation of a historic Dortmunder style: a strong, dark altbier aged in wood for over a year

Nose is milk chocolate nose with some Tootsie Roll. Not a note you'd expect for a lager! (lager barleywine??)

Strange as it sounds, this is an easy-drinking, sessiony 10% caramely strong lager. Beautifully integrated, not a show-off in any way. Shut-up-and-drink, sort of in the same way as Andech's doppelbock (though the beer itself is totally different).

Really a triumph. You think it's going to end sticky then it cleans up after itself perfectly. The finish always retraces to clean singularity, leaving you wanting another sip. Like magic!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently you can keep this one stored for a very very long time, even if mine says best before july 2014. So at least it's not very very fresh.
Pours very dark amber, rich two finger fluffy head, really sticky and slowly fading to a nice half finger cap.
Smells of smoked salted ham, slight tart, toasted malts, raisin, molasses and a touch of alcohol.
Taste has a big dark fruit character, with smoked dried prunes, figs, raisins and dates, big sour cherries and citrus zest also. Dark chocolate malts in the back, pinch of sweet burnt brown sugar, with a decent amount of roast and still retaining the smokiness from the beginning, that manages to fade away in a nice clean crispness. Sourness dominates the finish, along with some dark sweet spices and some lingering malty sweetness. Low bitterness.
Medium body and carbonation, a bit sticky maybe, quickly backed up by the yeasty tartness, refreshing and way too easy to drink for its 10% abv.
I personally want more old "forgotten" recipes like these ones from Monarchy. Complex taste, German craftmanship, tasty brews.

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Methusalem Sour Altbier from The Monarchy
90 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.