Methusalem Sour Altbier - The Monarchy

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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The Monarchy
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2013

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Photo of papat444
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flavor of musty grape juice. Interesting but a small sample was enough for me.

Photo of 303beer
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick off white head. Not cloudy. I like that. Has a slightly sour smell to it. Smokey. Little bitter than malt then smoke comes back. Didn't expect the smoke at all. Wow I like this very unique beer. This i will get another of.

Photo of dryndantheman
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had it from bottle and tap, not a huge fan of sours so I preferred it on tap, I found the tap version much less sour and had more of a focus on the tartiness.

This beer was a lovely dark red with only a small head from the tap, it tasted like a liquid version of a spiced and fruity Black forest ham and was thick and sticky enough to make you think you were eating ham! It has a beautifully complex profile ranging from sour blackcurrent to savory ham, and a bit of maltyness at the back. There is a very slight touch of alcohol but it is still a very sessionable beer, as there is nothing that would overwhelm the palette despite so many strong tastes.

I would definitely drink this many times again if it weren't so expensive in Ireland!

Photo of modidia
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice but expecting more sour

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

anymore its so uncommon to run into beers that dont taste like anything else, entirely different and unique unto themselves. this is one of those beers, so while i dont love it as a beer, i love it for being so distinct. definitely challenging. not half as sour as anticipated, nor half as dark. i sort of expected more of a dopplebock base type given the abv on this, but its a clear amber brew with a tall tan head. carbonation is huge on this, cort of confusing, but appealing. the nose isnt too sour, just a little tart. doesnt smell like lacto acidity at all, more of a slight oud bruin type vinegar, but its almost like its blended in rather than fermented that way. the taste agrees a lot with the nose. there is a slight smokey character to the grain, which adds a layer but seems a little out of place with the sweeter malt and the dried fruit notes in here. very very slight on the pucker in the finish, its weird, just makes the beer tangy and thin, like it went off, unintentional or something, stingo-esque, tough to place. the yeast is crazy because i dont really taste it, but its dried this out really nicely. the alcohol is super well hidden, it goes right to my head, but i never taste it at all. overall i love it because its different, the monarchy has been great at that, but i wouldnt buy this again i dont think, even at its really fair price. it needs more body in my opinion as well. definitely a trip in a bottle here.

Photo of JimLeff
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of dcmchew
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Methusalem Sour Altbier from The Monarchy
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.