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Monstre Rouge - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Monstre RougeMonstre Rouge

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 24.84%


Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HoosBrews on 06-29-2010)
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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately low carbonation and head of tight, light tan bubbles. Caramel color.

Deep caramel aroma with candied sweetness mingling well with a subtle but ever-present hop character. Butterscotch, with a very slight lactic, barnyard note around the edges. Orange rind and prune comes forth with warmth. Pleasant, mysterious.

Tastes like a malty imperial red with a heavy dose of caramel malts, American citrus hops but just to balance, and just a hint of funk on the finish, seemingly in a stage of infancy. Despite my intentions on aging this one, it didn't last more than a couple weeks in my fridge...Cherry and milk chocolate also come to mind.

Soft, smooth mouthfeel with a bit of prickly hop flavor.

A nice majestic brew, well-crafted but seems a little pedestrian for the price tag. A year or two of cellaring might make this special.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:00:42 | More by boston2bburg
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wagenvolks

Texas

4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

Monstre Rouge pours with a hazed garnet hue, completely opaque from yeast. A thin sheen of bubbles rises from the edge of the glass to supply the well-retained tuft of custard-tan head. The aroma suggests prune and cherry, while the malts add a nice toffee sweetness. A tinge of tart sourness and oak pervades the nose, blanketed by gummy tropical fruits.

Sweet toffee, nuttiness, and a hint of crumbled chocolate open the flavor profile, leading into a slightly tart presence of plum and sour apple. Hoppy finish, no doubt thanks to Terrapin, but the fruity/piny bitterness feels out of place for the style. Booze lingers on into the finish, but it's not overbearing. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick on the palate with a tight carbonation level. Despite the high level of alcohol and ABV, the drinkability of Monstre Rouge is fairly high, and the beer opens up nicely as it warms. A pleasant surprise for sure...not exactly to style (well, not at all really), but it works as a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 00:32:11 | More by wagenvolks
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Graciously split by an old college friend on New Years Eve. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a murky deep brown with a TON of sediment floating around and on the bottom with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, funk, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, slight hops, and funk. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not really that impressed with this one. Just way too much skunky funk going on here. The other flavors were a little bit too sharp and harsh on the palate as well. Will it get more sour/tart with more age? I can only hope so... If not, my bottle that is in my cellar might end up going down the drain. Glad I was spliting this one...

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 15:21:29 | More by thagr81us
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prototypic

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Monstre Rouge pours a dark copper color. It's flooded with haze. Backlighting reveals garnet highlights. A tan head stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention is quite good. This one hangs around for a while. Lacing was rather thick and sticky. Good lookin' stuff if you ask me.

The nose is very intriguing. It starts out with a very strong oak and vanilla presence. The base seems to be sweet caramel/toffee malts. The oak and vanilla scents mesh pretty well, but I wouldn't say they're a great complement to the malt base. There's no question that Brett is in the house. The funky, barnyard smell seems to be a little at odds with the other elements. There's a hint of some hops, but they're mostly lost in the mix. This stuff is complex and interesting, but doesn't really work that well. Pretty average.

The flavor performs a little better. It's still complex and a little convoluted, but it tastes better than it smells. Sweet caramel malts kick off the festivities. Brett funkiness jumps into the mix quick. I honestly don't think the malt/Brett combo works very well. It's alright, but is far from great. Oak and vanilla are secondary and add some character. Hops add a bit of a piney flavor, and dry it out quite a bit. I was expecting a tart or sour presence, but it's not really here. Odd for a Flanders Red. It's a little musky and earthy on the tail. Alcohol is blended well overall. Finishes dry, funky, and malty.

Monstre Rouge doesn't exactly have a monster body. It's on the lighter side of medium and feels too thin. Carbonation is active, but doesn't really hurt things. Drinkability is rather average. The flavor's okay, but it grows tiresome. A 750 is too much. I would've preferred a 500 ml bottle.

I had somewhat high expectations from this Terrapin/De Proef collaboration. It's just okay. I wouldn't characterize it as a Flanders Red. This is more of a funky Imperial Red Ale. It's an interesting idea in theory, but is just okay in practice. The funky Brett flavor is a little at odds with the malts and creates a weird flavor. Eh. If you're really interested, go for a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:45:41 | More by prototypic
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JayQue

Virginia

4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 23:02:16 | More by JayQue
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Beerman3000

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +46%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:45:16 | More by Beerman3000
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philosobeer

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I heard 'Imperial Flemish Red' and briefly mourned sticking 'imperial' in front of every beer style you ever heard of. Still, got to branch out and try new things, right? Tried this out at Local Option, review is from notes on a napkin, expanded later.

A // Poured into a wide wine-glass kind of goblet, reddish brown and hazy with some white head.

S // Not getting the usual wild character. Plastic and alcohol and solvent are way stronger than they should be. I smell some vinegar like acids, too. But it isn't all bad, grain sweetness, wood, and even hops come out of this.

T // Plastic and alcohol again come out swinging. The grains are too much for the style, and it swallows anything about this that might have made it a Flemish Red. But then again, it takes some of the good things from an almost American Barleywine style. Some, but not nearly enough. I cannot imagine they designed a beer to intentionally taste like this. Why would they?

M // Ok. I really have no big complaints about the mouthfeel, for all the grain sweetness and hefty alcohol character, it's surprisingly light and crisp with this level of grain. It accidentally got something right, and a lot wrong, but this is pretty much right.

D // It isn't drinkable. I'll say this much only: I did finish my glass.

Overall? I think I tasted a failed experiment that might be used in cooking... maybe. I didn't despise this, but I did not like it either.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 21:31:07 | More by philosobeer
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 04:31:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.8/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 21:02:33 | More by Daniellobo
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Radome

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

A - Beer is dark amber, murky and opaque. The head is off-white, thick and creamy. I'm a homebrewer and I couldn't help thinking it had the consistency of fermentation kreusen rather than typical beer foam.

S - Aroma is a mixture of sharp American Northwest hops and lots of oak. I also smell alcohol and maybe a little malt sweetness and vinegar at the limit of my perception.

T - The taste is fairly complex, with malt, oak, hops bitterness and alcohol swirling around. Again there is some vinegar bite away at the edge of perception.

M - Moderate to heavy body. It is lightened some by alcohol, carbonation and sharp hops bitterness.

D - This beer does not meet any style guideline that I know of, which is ok. It has some complexity, but mostly it is a little harsh and overly oaky for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 05:32:25 | More by Radome
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Murky amber brown with a fluffy tan head.

S - Very ipa like. Caramel sweetness with piney and citrus hops. Toasty oak with hints of vanilla. Smells like a barrel aged ipa.

T - Mostly sweet caramel and heavy oak followed by a punch of citrus and piney hops. Some funk is noticeable but the hops drown it out, especially as it warms. The oak becomes heavier. Like a bad barrel aged ipa.

M - Medium body and slightly harsh. Harsh bitterness mixed with too much oak.

D - Very bad. Not sure if I can finish the 750 by myself. Might be the rare drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:53:35 | More by brewcrew76
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the COOP.. shared a while back with the Boise peeps.

Pours hazy amber with a yellowish head.. okay retention and splotchy lacing...

Nose is dry and fruity and metallic.. cheap balsamic soaked cherries and lesser apple cider vinegar notes... odd gastric acid elements.

flavor is a bit better... dry and dusty.. not as sweet as the aroma would make you believe.. "wood" with artificial cherry essence.. copper... bags of nickels.. fruity vinegar really only shows with warmth and when the above missteps dissolve away.

Pretty thick for a Flanders.. the carbonation seems about right... but clingy on the palate and not at all refreshing.

Not a good beer right now and overwhelmingly expensive... The bad thing is, I may buy another just so I forget about it for a few years.

3.5/2.5/3.5/3.5/3

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 09:21:03 | More by JohnGalt1
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this brew. After reading the description I have no idea what to expect from this one; sounds awfully interesting though.

Pours a cloudy brown color with a dark ruby tint to it. Generates about two fingers of beige head which keep a pretty good lace and leave some splashy stick on the sides too. Quite a few floaties in this one as well.

Smell is interesting, with a dark, bready caramel and rye malt aroma, with some earthy, slightly piney hops as well. There is a woodiness to the nose as well from the oak, with only a very subtle whiff of funk on occasion. Less than I would have expected for sure. A fair amount going on and an intriguing nose.

Taste does not quite match the complexity of the nose, with the two biggest flavor components being a very bready malt base and some woody oak. Hops are not quite as plentiful as the nose, lending some citrus and earth but being overwhelmed by the wood. The malt has sweet caramel and a dark, bready, slightly spicy rye quality. The finish is woody and spicy, with a black pepper quality, with some hop bitterness as well. Very little funk, and no tartness whatsoever. The more I drink it the less I like it to be honest, as the wood and bitterness just overwhelm any sublety that might otherwise be found. The oakiness becomes somewhat astringent and it just drinks very rough around the edges. Really not very good or enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with good carbonation but is not terribly smooth. The wood and bitterness make it rough around the edges, and slightly astringent as previously mentioned, and then it gets very dry in the finish. This is the low point of the beer.

This is pretty damn disappointing, and really just isn't very good beer. Maybe the biggest disappointment here is that very little brett quality ever materializes. There is not a sniff of tartness either. Maybe it wasn't aged long enough, or maybe the malt sweetness and oak were too much for the brett, or more likely it was a combination of the two. No matter, it drinks much more simply than it sounded as though it should, and it certainly does not achieve the label 'Imperial Flanders Red. The Flanders Red part of that is mostly absent. The collaboration sounded interesting, but I can't really see where this achieved their stated objective and it just didn't taste very good at all. A disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:23:37 | More by number1bum
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:09:37 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.17/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 17:05:34 | More by drabmuh
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largadeer

California

1.43/5  rDev -55.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 21:46:09 | More by largadeer
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jjanega08

Minnesota

1.98/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A= The pour is a thick looking hazy poop brown color similar to my last homebrew in which I skipped a few rests in the mash to experiment. Needless to say I should have added the rests and this beer needs to clean itself up a bit too. The head is rediculous at 5 fingers high thick and creamy looking with amazing retention and lacing. I almost wish it wasn't so bit so I could sip it sooner. It looks like whipped cream on top of the beer the head is so thick only the color is tan.

S= An interesting smell. It has a tart note that isn't quite what I would call sour. It's sort of like a pie in the smell or some sort of candy. Almost an artificial strawberry smell. Biscuity underneath the tart fruityness.

T= The taste isn't quite as plesant as the nose is. It hits me with a ton of sort of chocolaty roasty malts which don't quite fit in the rest of the profile because from there it venture to a little tart without pushing sour and astringent. It has a sort of sandy taste to it if that makes sense. I get a little oaky vanilla barrel flavor from it and that's about the only thing that fits in the profile as far as I'm concerned.

M= Gross. Super dry to the point of it being sick. I feel like I ate the wrong part of a walnut.

D= I wouldn't recommend this beer to my worst enemies. I love Terrapin but I have yet to have anything outstanding from De Proef. Another one bites the dust.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:35:51 | More by jjanega08
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champ103

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a murky dark reddish color with plenty of yeast floaties. Looks like mud. A two finger beige head forms, but recedes quickly. A light film of lace is left behind.
S: Lightly tart cherries and some oak aromas. Not much else. Just find of neutral.
T: Some lightly tart cherries, crusty bread, and rotten/moldy wood. Watery hops. I am not really digging this.
M/D: A medium body that is just a bit light on the carbonation. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, and overall nothing I really care to come back to. I don't care to finish the bottle.

This is a big miss for me. It does not really meld well. Not one of De Proef's better collaboration offerings, and really just bad. I would not recommend this in any way.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:20:35 | More by champ103
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 09:31:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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vkv822

Oregon

3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

Pours a cloudy, deep strawberry rhubarb color with rising carbonation and a thick head that leaves great lacing.
Smells quite strongly of cherries, with a very light tartness.

Taste is of overwhelmingly of sweet, almost artificial cherry with quite a strong oak emphasis. While the oak really dominates the flavors, the hops do impart a citric, fruit note, though not necessarily for the best. . .
There really isn't much sourness to speak of, though it does end with a slightly tart dryness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant drying finish.
This beer is fairly palatable, and while offering a myriad of flavors, they do not blend well and at first really caught me a off-guard. I was initially quite excited for this, but after trying it I must say I am a bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:48:42 | More by vkv822
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seand

California

3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a muddy red amber, with a small amount of tan head. A little retains around the edge of the glass and in a few clumps on the surface; enough to leave nice sheets of lacing.

S: This beers aroma seems to change a bit every time I smell it. There's some fresh wood notes and some earthy tones. Some caramel malt is also present.

T: An interesting blend, with nothing too overpowering. The brett is noticeable, but in the background, with a light malty flavor finishing with noticeable hops.

M: Medium body, fairly high carbonation, finishing dry.

D: It's a bit weird, and high ABV, but actually fairly drinkable anyway.

Overall it's more a really interesting beer than a really tasty beer. I'm glad I had this one, but I'm not running out to stock up.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 04:58:29 | More by seand
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Overlord

California

2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brownish red. Some bubbles ... no real head, just some bubbling crust.

Smells like rotten cherries with wood. Hmm...not very pleasant.

Taste is all over the place. The wood notes are not well integrated, almost like wood chips were still in there, and the cherries feel fake and almost ... rotting. Hmm...

Not particularly pleasant to the tongue either: needs more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 22:36:10 | More by Overlord
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jrsone

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 15:54:02 | More by jrsone
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 22:36:02 | More by beerthulhu
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 20:27:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
Monstre Rouge from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
75 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.