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Monstre Rouge - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HoosBrews on 06-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 106
Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown ith some reddish highlights. Smoke and roast along with the malt in the aroma. A little sour, woody.Smooth mouthfeel. Aged somewhat since brewed which may have mellowed the hops.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.91/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks (or not) to Max for opening this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate red-amber color into a red wine glass. Slight red-tinged light tan head with a bit of retention and some mild lacing. From there, it's all downhill. The nose is some light malt and hints of cherry and oak. No perceivable lactic or acetic character, and what is there is quite faint. The taste really adds nothing and is quite terrible, considering the style. There is absolutely no sourness, no vinegar, no oak. This is just a slightly sweetened amber ale with a mild amount of cherry. The feel is awful. It's light and contains nothing that would indicate its style. Drainpour.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head that leaves lace curtains behind

Smell: The caramel malt and piney hops from BHM are there for sure, but there is also a growing sweet-tart cherry character that starts to overwhelm the longer I sniff

Taste: Starts out like a rather malty DIPA, with the caramel and piney hops dominant but as I swirl the liquid in my mouth, the herbal sweet-tart cherry flavors arrive; by mid-palate, the herbaciousness is overwhelming and, in the finish, as well, there is a very bitter phenolic character that verges on medicinal; the Brett dries it all out at the end in an interesting fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fascinating experiment that, alas, doesn't quite do it for me; amazing how many reviewers thus far either didn't read the label or were served the beer without explanation; there is lots of confusion about what this beer is supposed to be though the decision to call this an Imperial Flanders Red doesn't help matters, either

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking red color, it had a thin tan colored head on top. The head didn't really last very long. The smell of the beer was a little funky on the nose but had a good amount of cherry in the mix as well. The taste of the beer wasn't as sour as what I expected after smelling it. The taste was rather subtle on the tart side and pretty enjoyable I thought. The mouthfeel is was light and kind of on the flat side. Overall I think this beer is decent, but I wouldn't want an entire bottle for myself.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.25/5  rDev -61.3%

Photo of largadeer
1.44/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at The Bruery Provisions. Monstre Rouge is a murky, hazy amber-red; it pours with a finger of head that settles to a film. The aroma is a perplexing blend of sweaty funk, brash oak, dark fruit, metal and muddled hops. The palate is surprisingly bitter, astringent and metallic. Sweetness peaks through a bit, as do notes of dark fruit. It isn't sour so much as it's funky, and there's little of the acetic sourness that's characteristic of a Flemish red. It finishes with harsh American oak astringency. This is absolutely awful, I choked down about an ounce of my pour before I could finish no more.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer,its NOT anything like a Imperial Flanders Red in my mind,the bottle is a little confusing.Pourred into a chalice at Vintage 301 a deeply hazed amber/copper color with a real well defined one finger slight off white head that held well.Alot of caramel in the nose with a tinge of vanilla,a healthy dose of citrusy hops as well,the funk is light but is noticeable.While the flavor of the beer is pretty good it seemed to lack a little in complexity,there is a big shot of piney hop along with some caramel malt,but it seemed to kinda fizzle out after that,light phenols emerge after a bit but they dont add or subtract much to the beer.Its a pretty good beer if you take it for what it is,but it lacks a little complexity like mentioned before.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.50 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a hazed, darkened red-amber body with a finger of yellowish foam.

Smell: A sweet-scented nose of caramel, toasted bread crusts, rye grain. Lightly nutty. Juicy, fruity citrus along with some pine and gentle florals. Minor sniff of the toasted oak. A few fleeting wafts of phenols, but only a few, mind you.

Taste: Sweet malts upfront with fine flavors of toasted bread and soft caramel candies and a faint nuttiness underneath. A good dose of wholesome American hops brings citrus as well as some earthy, resinous pine. Boldly bitter. Lightly oaky. It's about here that some light, punctuating phenols spring up and introduce a very subtle funkiness. Zesty rye malt throughout. Longly bitter finish with some noted alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A curious concoction that, at this stage, I'm just not digging. Sorry, but I'm just not. Perhaps some time spent tucked away in the bottle will reveal a more deepened Brett character.

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After trying this on tap and getting nothing but butterscotch, I was hesitant to open the bottle I had picked up previously. I'm happy to report it's far better than the tap sample I had.

Synthetic cork dated "01/04/12" and unusually long. Into a tulip this pours with a thick blanket of creamy, sticky foam. It laces all over the glass. A transparent skim is left after several minutes.

Resiny green hop aroma at first, segueing into sweet overripe fruit, oak traces, and unique Belgian yeast.

Very malt forward, spicy and bready rye and crystal malt, notes of citrus, toasted oak, and dried orange peel and bitter cranberry tannins. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly robust and malt driven. No hint of Brett mentioned on the label. Not hard to sip at all, just throw out any preconceived ideas or expectations of a Flanders ale.

This is obviously a "hybrid style" beer and no Flanders Red Ale at all. More an "Imperial American Red Ale" if splitting hairs. Slamming decent beers in reviews may be the trend du jour, but this one doesn't deserve it.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a small, off-white head of sudsy foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled funky and phenolic. Some fruity notes, too.

T - Very unique. It was spicy, funky and fruity. The oak brought out some vanilla notes as the beer continued to warm up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - I really liked this. It was quite unique. Not your typical Flanders Red Ale but it was good.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

"Red Monster"? I'm hoping it's just that easy. Anyway, the beer pours a rather murky muddy brown topped by a steadfast couple o' fingers o' lovely cream-colored foam. The nose is decidedly one-sided in favor of piney hops, though some caramel and orange peel leak through. Not sure what to expect now. The taste comes off as an explosively disjointed Futurist collage comprising some heavy pine notes, a lot of orange peel, a touch of rye spice, some light caramel, and a harsh stab of brett near the end that hurts more than it pleases. All the interpenetration doesn't really make for much balance, let alone very good flavor combinations. Lots o' disappointment here. The body is a staunch medium, with a light carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. My brain can't make sense of this beer. It's not all bad, but I sure as hell don't want another one. That's sadly all I can say here.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickfl
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

A: Has a nice 1.5 finger fluffy Belgian messy head that leaves lotsnof lacing and fades slowly over the darker raisin colored reddish brown mahogany hazy beer.

N: Starts with caramel.and a little roasty toasty malts, a slight tangy and fruity note and touch of juicy sour berry aroma, bready malts.

T: Toasty and malty, sweet and syrupy. Lots of malts, toasty and caramel, bready malts, slight bitterness, chewy, touch o tangy fruit and dry yeast. Creamy and malty, a little touch booze. A very slight oxidized taste too, which is weird for being on tap. Touch of oak and some earthy bitterness. Some Belgian malts and touch of brown sugar even.

M: Mostly medium thick and syrupy, decent carbonation.

F: Semi bitter on the finish, some toasty malts and syrupy stickiness but pretty dry. No tang anymore either. Touch of warmin booze.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monstre Rouge, Brewmaster's Collaboration, Terrapin meets De Proef, Imperial Flanders Red Ale

Screw off the cage, pop off the cork, and the foam comes tumbling down. Stick your nose up next to it, there's the wildness, there's the crazy, there's the funk, the cherry and the oak, the spicy and the sweet. And I haven't even poured a drop.

Clouded, deep maroon, dark magenta, under a heavy helping of froth, beige colored.

Let's smell it, already: wild, funky mix of Belgian yeast and American hops. We're getting the citric feel, with the fruity, fleshy, oaky craziness. Lovely cherry feeling hovering over it all, captured in oak. Hints of chocolate. Wonderful blend of malt, oak, hops, yeast...mmmm, yes. Terribly complex. Indeed.

I haven't tasted it yet. Got 25 ounces of this to push down my gullet and digest. I say, do it now.

Mmmm, there it is. The chocolate, the fruit, the oakiness, ....oaky cherry malty hoppy, mmmm.
Mmmm, it lands lovingly on the tongue, spreads tastiness throughout the palate.

Photo of drabmuh
2.21/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is fucking gross. "Imperial Flanders red" WTF does that mean? I foolishly thought that meant that it taste like a Flanders beer but bigger, meaning more sour, more in your face, MORE EXTREME, unfortunately this beer just sucked. Not even close. I'm very disappointed in you both. Well, I had better write a review so this doesn't get flagged.

Beer is brown and completely hazy, no head, carbonation is low, no lacing, the appearance is the best part.

Aroma is super sweet, malty, some yeast, no acids, no hints of sourness or even bitterness. Bummer.

Beer is medium in body and super super sweet. Its cloying and weighs heavy on my palate. I power through and drink most of it, but I give up ultimately. My desire to drink this is overwhelmed by the overall suckiness of this beer. Never again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is vanilla, caramel malt and some very light tartness. The flavor is caramel malt and alcohol with some light tartness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. For a beer that says Imperial Flanders Red Ale on the label, I really expected more tartness.

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork date of 01/04/12; Sampled June 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, nicely taned, slightly amber tinged head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red, but somehow gold tinged hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of buttery malt, woody oak notes, a woody spiciness that almost suggest of cinnamon, a herbal character that also somehow leans towards holiday spices, somehow big notes of cedar and perhaps pine sap laden saw dust. There is also an underlying caramelized sweetness that somehow accentuates a grapefruit like character that seems to be coming from American hops. What a weird aroma; it is weird because of all the character and complexity that is here, but somehow these seemingly incongruous aromatic notes work together in this beer; hops, caramel malt, woodiness, all work together. I suppose it seems like it won’t work because I am expecting this to be a sour and/or funky beer, but honestly the aroma doesn’t suggest that at all; the hops, wood and malt play too much of a role for me to recognize anything like a Flemish Sour (maybe I was reading too much into the name / style, maybe this has no sourness / funkiness to it. The oak really seems to accentuate an alcohol heat to the nose that at times tries to singe my nose (perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but it is definitely something).

The taste indeed confirms that this is not a sour / funky beer. It is amply hoppy, amply oaky and though secondarily to the first two, amply malty. Flavors of spicy, peppery, almost hot, oak is quite noticeable and this couples with a big hop character that accentuates the woody notes with a herbaceous character and a pine like character. The hops do suggest of cedar again (this is really a combination of the hops and oak), but also have a caramelized, ruby-red-grapefruit zest and ripe tangelo zest flavor that again sort of melds with and accentuates the oak. The malt clearly plays a secondary role here, but does distinctly contribute caramelized malt notes (these accentuate the fruitiness from the hops) as well as some nutty, toasted malt notes and a touch of spicy, wholesome whole-grain character. The body has enough heft to support the at times biting combination of oak and hop character; I wouldn’t call this a session or quaffing beer, but it does have some drink’ability.

The combination of the oak and hop character can be a bit harsh at times in this beer (especially in the flavor); this can actually be enjoyable though if you are ready, or can get on board (the latter being my case, since I thought this beer was going to be something completely different) with the raucous ride that is this beer. The big question is where does the complex yeast character come into play; I am sure it contributes to the overall character here, but it is completely drowned out by the oak, hops and even the malt. Still this is a beer that I am enjoying, even if it was something completely different from what I was expecting.

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Monstre Rouge from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
75 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.