Monstre Rouge - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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District of Columbia
4.8/5 rDev +49.1%
Outstanding brew defying styles, long, hoppy with a rich range over a sour ale.
Presentation: 750 ml rubber corked bottle. Simple front label design based on the typography noting in warm colors over a brown background name of the brew, description, and signature of the collaborating brewmasters. Back label includes a lengthy narrative going over the history, intent, and characteristics of the brew. Lacks "best by" or "bottling" date (Albeit this is a 10 release). Notes Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Served in a tulip glass.
A - Hazy amber brown pour. Rich creamy head, great retention and surface memory, nice splashes of lacing. A total looker.
S - Hop and caramel in an unusual way, enticing with the insinuation of the funky yeast and woody touches.
T - The taste follows the nose and more, much more.... Long and complex hoppy range , citrus, peach, resin, woven with an spectacular caramel sense, dash of sourness starts mid palate to ride the caramel coated hops and lead to a woody touch, vanilla. Spicy dash in the back, mix of brett and maybe the rye. Unusual and complex.
M - Medium to Medium-full body with medium-light carbonation that leaves a nice accompanying tingle. Nice smooth sense with a sticky, sour and bitter sense that stays put at center stretching equally all this qualities.
D - Delicious is short of what this deserves. It´s on my palate on the most extraordinary brews I´ve had in a long while. As I was drinking it I was regretting having had it for all these weeks on the fridge and missing out on hoarding some more. I´ve just run to find the last one I saw around.
Notes: Sure enough this is not matching style, nor it needs be. It is quite clearly by design something else. And although they openly showcase that it could still create some confusion. I can see that for anyone looking strictly for a Flanders Red, or a twist on a Flanders Red might be disappointed, this goes well beyond that. But if you dig it, you´ll love it.
12-01-2010 21:02:33 | More by Daniellobo
4.7/5 rDev +46%
If, like many of the other reviewers of this beer, you're expecting Rodenbach, forget about it. If you have a somewhat open mind, then read on. Made, as the label indicates, under a collarboration between Terrapin Beer Co. and De Proef Brouwerij. The label indicates that this beer is made w/ rye malt, Brettanomyces yeast (De Proef's favorite), and aged on toasted American oak. Also lots of crystal & Munich malt. Hazy, deep reddish amber color, w/ a modest, but dense tan head. Light, but fresh and inviting nose, w/ several aromatic components: toasted malt (caramel, mostly); sourish, fruity, citusey tones; aromatic hops w/ notes of hemp and pine; and, some funky, yeasty tones (tho not as funky as, for example, some of the Flemish Primitive Beers by De Proef Brouwierj). Big, full, long, flavor. Lots of moderately toasted malt, w/ toffee and caramel tones. Rich, chewy body. Soft, low, natural C02, indicative of bottle-conditioning. Corked bottle w/ wire wrap, but plastic (not wooden) cork. Lovely, long, soothing and rewarding finish - something to ponder over and savor. There's plenty of sharp, bitter, alpha-acidy American hops, here, but just enough to provide a counterpoint to all the malt - not harsh at all. Flavor has some dark fruit tones (pomegranite, date), but not anywhere near as sour as the typical Flemish Red Ales are, thank God (sorry, Rodenbach fans). A little bit of sharply-bitter, almost hot/spicy flavor towards the end of the finish. Tannins perhaps? There is a distinctly woody/oaky component, especially in the finish, but the hot/spicy part seems separate from this - almost reminiscent of capsaicin. Leaves nice, distinct bands of lace with each sip - pretty. Distinctly Belgian in many respects, but with an American twist. I say all power to collaborations between US and Belgian brewers! It is encouraging to see Belgian brewers embracing the hoppy beers that we have been enjoying here for 20-30 years now. This one is distinctly different from many of the others I have tasted, such as Bink, Poppering's Hommel Ale, and Brouwerij De Ranke XX, in that it is darker in color and more complex. One of the reviewers actually poured this stuff down the drain??? Open your mind, pal.
12-10-2010 01:45:16 | More by Beerman3000
4.63/5 rDev +43.8%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a very murky brownish-amber (more red emerges with backlighting) with 2 inch off-white head. Great retention and nice sticky lacing.
S: Sweet citrus mixed with sharp pine hops hits first. Honeydew and a hint of sour brett come next. Mint and more fruit (passion fruit, pineapple) emerge later.
T: Wow! Soft sweet melon hits first, then piney hops, funk, and cinnamon are next. Then come very dry citrus hops and tart under ripe fruit. Chalk, sweet malt, and melon make appearances too. With warming, the alcohol finally comes through as does oak and caramel notes. Mind-blowingly complex!
M: Smooth and sweet at first, then astringent and resinous...almost sticky in a sugary maple syrup way. This turns to dry and tart in the finish.
D: A truly unique brew...wonderfully complex and interesting in the best sense of the word. This series produces another big winner. Seek it out and enjoy!
08-22-2010 15:15:23 | More by mwilbur
4.5/5 rDev +39.8%
A: Amazing soapy, foamy head that dissipates like dish soap suds. Leaves a thick, lumpy slightly off white head. Has an amazing reddish hue with a hint of amber when held to light.
S: Can definitely smell the funky Belgian yeast strain on this beauty. Also citrus and pine is very prominent in the nose. A sweet piney aroma.. almost fruity like a fresh cut green apple.
T: You're hit by a shotgun of complex flavors all taking turns making an appearance. Woody hits me immediately upon quaff. Next, a sweet, roasty brown sugar sets in. Then, a powerful wave citrusy/piney hop bitter spikes your tongue. The pine is more prominent with the aftertaste. As it mellows out, the citrus rolls back in. There's a trace of the funky Belgian in the background, but it doesn't stand out as much as I would have thought it would. It doesn't have the characteristic sour/tart that you expect from a Flanders Red either. That's ok though!!
M: Medium bodied. Slightly slick as it sloshes around in your mouth. Dries out as the hops set in to finish it off.
D: Goes down very easy. The hops and complexities keep you from gulping, but you keep going back for more to see if there's anything you missed in the flavor ball pit.
Truly an interesting and complex taste. No where near a Flanders Red Ale though. Flanders Reds are one of my favorite styles and I was hoping to get into a Flanders Red when I bought it. Instead, I found a worthy replacement.
BTW - I looked at each field objectively and a 4.5 swept the board. It earned it. I would have given it a 5.0 in Taste had it had some characteristics of a Flanders Red! I'm not disappointed, I just don't think it lives up to its style category. The brewers claim to have created a new style, "Imperial Flanders Red Ale", it just really has no characteristics in the Taste (where it counts).
08-16-2010 23:45:08 | More by nobes341
4.4/5 rDev +36.6%
Appearance: Deep caramel color poured into a Corsendonk tulip
very opaquely unfiltered and lots of visible sediment. Nice creaminess to the minimal head that formed in the glass, Lasting for quite a while.
Aroma: Very nice very familiar, Very similar to a heavily oaked Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Lots of oak on the nose, Highly evident Caramel as well..
Taste: Light carbonation. Complex but not too complicated, at first, the perfumed hops start to make an appearance, followed by perfectly balanced caramel sweetness then it all evolved into a floral experience, with pine and juniper hinting on the finish.With ABV being 9%, Alcohol is hidden in all the smooth corners of this well constructed ale. For quite a good amount of time, the flavors linger on the tongue.. Not detecting too much of the Flanders red profiles such as sourness and fruitiness but delicious. Nice quality..
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, not too rich and not too thin, just right for the combined styles of Flanders red with good amount of hops added and the high ABV is not evident with each sip, which is a great characteristic that let's you savor the very clean hoppy flavors. Overall, this is a great collaberation effort from Terrapin and De Proef. Solid. Would definitely buy and drink again, with friends next time ..
01-13-2011 03:26:06 | More by Nattyp
4.33/5 rDev +34.5%
Many thanks to afatty for sharing this one at his Flying Saucer plate party, reviewed from notes. 750mL bottle into a tulip glass pours a crisp dark amber with a thin khaki head. The aroma is an interesting blend of sour fruit and crisp citrus hops. The taste is a nice amount of citrus hops in the front with an interesting kick of rye and sour fruit. The beer is smooth and easy drinking with decent carbonation. This is a very interesting beer, one I would love to try again, if anything, to see how it changes when the hops fade with age.
07-21-2010 01:22:41 | More by atsprings
4.3/5 rDev +33.5%
A: A deep burnt tomato red pour (think bloody mary) appears thick and turbid with a strong show of effervesce. The head is khaki with a rigid marshmellow texture that was incredibly well lasting. Large chunks of sticky foam adheres well to the glass. The head is fully lasting through the drink never lapsing more then a finger in height.
S: Malty upfront, dry with some celery and sun dried tomatos. Earhty with scents of dried stems and some vinous wine/grape notes. The strength was medium.
T: Malty almost with a fine silty powdery feel of dme fills the body with substance while some alcohol and citrus delivering a nice addition of hoppiness. Warming citrus, toasty oak chips, dried stemmy notes, and vinous grapes/wine notes appear with a touch of acidity on the finish. A total package of malts, hops and yeast.
M: Foamy and creaming up nicely on the hold. Good deal of carbonation brings some tingle to the palate. Full, malty and lush.
D: Drinks like a malty wine. Vinous notes with a residual malty body, citrus, and a warming bite of alcohol makes this a hearty big example and must try by style.
09-23-2010 22:36:02 | More by beerthulhu
4.28/5 rDev +32.9%
Served in a tulip glass at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Massachusetts this one shows a dark amber/copper color, hazy with a very nice off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma shows strong malty coconut custard with mango highlights. Awesome! Though not what I was expecting. The first swig brings on more custard malt and maple, raspberry tinges and buttery caramel malt. What a sweet treat in a solidly medium bodied brew with mild carbonation. I get an interesting floral/grass bite in what ultimately is a pretty intensely complex experience, yet I would give it fair drinkability for the style and alcohol level. There is a decided cherry or berry highlight but it all blends into a nice malt theme that includes a subtle citrus hop finish. A great brew for the sweet tooth, finish your meal with this and call it a night. A great surprise find at The Abbey but be warned that this is not very representative of the style from my limited experience. But I really like this stuff for more of a complex malt experience.
08-25-2010 20:05:02 | More by Durge
4.25/5 rDev +32%
Terrapin's Collaboration with De Proef. Pours a hazy amber (looks a lot like a Big Hoppy Monster in terms of appearance) with lots of carbonation. Nose is more modest than I would have imagined, but produces hops and a subtle sweet, black cherry aroma. The taste is wonderfully complex: big initial explosion of hops, Flanders bitterness, and a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is bubbly with tons of carbonation and bitter on the finish. Surprisingly drinkable, particularly after my tastebuds recovered from the first few sips...An excellent beer and probably one that will be a whole lot better in a 6-12 months...Bravo!
06-29-2010 21:28:25 | More by HoosBrews
4.22/5 rDev +31.1%
A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a moderate sized head that quickly died down to a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light notes of citrusy and piney hops in the nose along with some hints of tartness.
T: The taste is very complex and has an interesting mix of flavors including citrusy and piney hops--which contribute a mild amount of bitterness--mixed in with sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There are some warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink because it's neither too bitter nor sour. I would definitely try this beer again given its unique hybrid style and blend between these flavors.
07-16-2010 14:30:24 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +30.4%
The cork says 1/04/12 (Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a dense reddish-brown hazy glow and a bubbly yellowish-tan head that last a bit. There is a strong carbonation of bubbles that race to the surface.
S- The pine hops give way to layers of caramel with a buttery quality and some malt sweetness that finishes with a tartness and oak blend. There is a slight bad breath quality to the finish which is a bit odd but interesting.
T- The oak barrel and spicy malt rye give way to the pine hops with a hoppy bite at the finish. There is a caramel malt flavor that grows as the beer opens up. The finish is a rye spice with some grapefruit brett qualities. There is also a cheese rind note in the finish that turns into a fish oil quality as the beer warms. The hop bite lingers after the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- The big caramel malt has lots of unique flavors supporting it. There are hops, brett, rye and oak all working together. It is like drinking the crowd at a Dave Mathews concert. Some flavors work together with the music and some are just embarrassing. The hops and bretty grapefruit are interesting but as the beer opens up the hops get a bit too brassy and I need a water chaser to finish this beer.
12-08-2010 04:31:35 | More by rhoadsrage
4.1/5 rDev +27.3%
About .75 fingers of pale orangey head and the cloudy orange brown color that I associate with great beer. Nice lacing.
A bit of tartness on the nose, but not nearly as much as you'd expect form a Flemish sour. Plenty of coconut... kind of a fruit punch? Possibly some pineapple.
Taste is pungent. Powerful coconut; this is dominant. A trace of pineapple and plenty of hop bitterness to balance out what would otherwise be syrupy piña colada flavour. Slightly raisiny. Not at all what I would've thought of for a Flemish sour, but unique and complex. The hops kind of takes over the aftertaste, cleaning up the finish at the expense of extra bitterness.
Mouthfeel is pleasant and creamy, but with some texture-- works well with the flavor.
Overall, this is a sipper. Not super-drinkable, but decently complex. Not something to pair with most foods, but I could see this for desert with yellow cake.
05-10-2011 03:21:56 | More by zaphodchak
4.1/5 rDev +27.3%
On tap at the devils den.
A- comes my way with a nice two fingers of still cascading slightly red hued head. After some time and sips the head settles and leaves some sticky lace. Murky dark red brown in color. Dark fruits show as the brew warms.
S- oak and a hint of red wine vinegar. Dark sweet malts. Big vinous character. Mild background touch of cocoa.
T-deeper roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Lots of oak and some funk. Vinous through out with the wood carrying it.
M- medium bodied with about the same in carb. Super dry and tannic.
D- as time went this brew grew on me. Different for the style and very complex. A nice ride to say the least.
08-14-2010 21:08:47 | More by oglmcdgl
4.03/5 rDev +25.2%
Cloudy deep appearance; actually I like that it's not see-through, makes me think I'm gonna get the chunky style Big Hoppy Monster. Nice creamy woodstained head.
The smell is complex and probably my favorite part of this beer: oak, hops, vanilla, sweet malt and alcohol.
The flavor has some dark vinuous fruits, rye bread and slight spiciness, oak and hops, and a bit of metal maybe. The aftertaste leaves some alcohol burn in the sinuses. I think BHM has had the same effect on me in the past.
I wouldn't say the addition of Bretts had an overwhelming affect on this beer. The hops are just as pinned. It's as if two different beer styles signed an equitable treaty.
There's a lot in this brew, maybe too much to acutely appreciate. But it's definitely worth taking it slow and trying your best.
09-26-2010 15:54:02 | More by jrsone
4/5 rDev +24.2%
De Proef Brouwerij, "Monstre Rouge - Imperial Flanders Red Ale"
750 ml bottle, corked & caged
Appearance: Cloudy, russet brown body with orange and gold highlights. Creamy light tan head with average retention but nice lacing.
Smell: Malty and hoppy with notes of grain, bread, caramel, brown sugar, pine, leaves/underbrush, and a bit of citrus rind.
Taste: I really like the malt flavor on this one. It's very rich, and it makes me think of Munich malt, but it's also got a bit of a spicy edge to it (of course, that might be the hops talking!). It's more malty and hoppy than I expected for an "Imperial" Flanders red, but you do get a bit of the Brettanomcyes with its tang, leather, and mustiness in the finish so I guess the tag still works. Perhaps it will dry a bit with age, thinning the malt out a bit, and I would hope, also softening the hops because I personally feel they're a little strong for the "Flanders red" designation (even if it is "Imperial"). Additionally, I think it needs a bit of time for the yeast to sediment out. Other than that, it's a well-made, rich and hoppy but still balanced ale. It's solidly bitter and it's got a nice bit of oaky dryness to it that leaves you ready to take another sip.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Creamy smooth with just enough tickle from the carbonation to keep it alive.
Overall: Interesting, and certainly worth trying to be sure.
10-04-2011 00:09:16 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +24.2%
I had this at ChurchKey from their bottle list. Monster rouge is a tasty but slightly unusual Flanders red. Was the butterscotch flavour deliberate?
A: Dark orange with a head that fades quick. 4
S: Alcohol. Fruit. Spice. 4
T: Spicy cloves and alcohol with a slightly butterscotch finish and some sourness. 4
M: Medium body. 4
11-27-2011 06:04:47 | More by vandemonian
4/5 rDev +24.2%
Shared with a pal split into Duvel stems. Hazy chestnut brown with some deep crimson highlights. Fluffy inch of French vanilla head which is very thick and frothy. Wavy foam looking like a sand dune.
Red apple, cherry aroma and overall Brett tart.
Immediate taste of Brett with the subtle piney-citrus hops coming next. As with the regular Big Hoppy Monster, there is a noticeable spicy rye malt presence. This is a battle of the wild yeast and the big hops creating a nice treat. Lemon zest in the middle and dry. Finishes hoppy and dry.
Drinkability is good...I would have another glass in a bar.
07-19-2010 19:24:57 | More by RustyDiamond
4/5 rDev +24.2%
Is this a Flanders Red Ale? Hell no!!! Is it a good tasting beer? Yes!!!! That is how I plan on rating it. Pours a dense muddy brown color into my Houblon Chouffe flute glass. Good size light tan head with good retention and thick lacing.
Smell is good also. No hint of sour or funk, but there is caramel malt, hoppiness and oak.
Flavor is about the same. Like a mild American Barleywine. Hoppiness, Caramel malt and oak barrel flavor.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a crisp, hoppy bite.
Drinkability is good. A tasty beer. I am not a big fan of Flanders Red Ale and probably relieved that this is more of a hophead offering than a sour.
I can't see where there was any value added with collaboration with a Belgian brewer or calling this a Flanders Red. This beer could be cooked up at Terrapin w/o any collaboration. Is it a good beer? Yes!!! In the end, that is what matters.
12-10-2010 23:02:16 | More by JayQue
Monstre Rouge from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
75 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.