Green Monster - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.64/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured out of a brown 22 oz bomber with a thick layer of hunter green wax enclosing the cap and upper neck of the bottle. I actually had to get quite medieval with it to access the cap. Obnoxiously, the label says "BEST AFTER: 9/1/14". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.
Appearance - Seems to look opaque and dark chestnut brown upon first glance. However, after holding it up to the light, there is a deep garnet to burgundy quality to it. Head sudsy and about a finger thick, the color of toasted marshmallow. Retention is pretty low, with it dissipating to a rim of bunched up foam on the edges of the glass, along with a sparse mottling of film along the top of the liquid.
Smell - Notes of sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, sherry as well as some notes of wet leaves, tree bark and fresh leather in the background. There also might be a bit of medicinal quality to it, but it's hard to tell. An underlying oaky base with a sour twang is a constant accompanying the other characteristics. There is a molasses element that becomes more noticeable as the beverage warms. So far off to a promising start--the smell is a bit weird, but it's also got an addictive complexity to it that makes me want to keep smelling it.
Taste - Sour and malty, and not seemingly very balanced. It's got a lot of the same elements I've found and liked in other wild ales, but this one is just offputting. There's also a sweetness that somehow separates itself from the sourness, making it seem like it's fighting itself. It tastes a bit artificial and metallic in a way. Just not digging it. The aftertaste is a blend of sweetness and lemon juice sourness. UPDATE: as the beer warms, the taste becomes much more well-blended and less conflicted. Highly recommend letting this one get closer to 50 °F
Mouthfeel - A bit viscous and cloying, with a medium body. The carbonation is high and provides for a effervescence that is unfortunately very necessary to offset the syrupy feel and rather unappealing taste.
Overall, a beer that I'm glad I only bought one of. I can appreciate the spirit behind this beer--take something that didn't go quite according to plan and turn it into something completely different and better. The whole "best after" approach is especially annoying when you open the beer fresh and it's not terribly good. Oh well, perhaps I'll run across some after September of next year and see how it's "supposed" to taste.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2013 05:13:25 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz (best after 9/1/2014) into a tulip. Pours a murky brown w/ a loose 1-finger head.
Aroma is powerfully tart and oaky. Smells like a pretty standard Flanders oud bruin. Sweet brown sugar, sour cherries and vinegar.
Taste is puckeringly sour and dry. Lots of barrel oak. Unfortunately, the sourness overpowers everything else. Gets a bit more balanced as it warms, however.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a dry finish.
Overall a pretty rough beer. Reminds me a little bit of the Dissident, which is also a little too far on the vinegary scale for my taste.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2014 03:18:43 | More by draheim
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Been hearing some mixed things about this one lately so figured the time is high to open my bottle. Consumed from a deschutes teku.
a - brew pours a deep ruby mahogany that settles in the glass as an almost plum purple. Nothin fizzy head fizzes away quickish.
s - nose screams cherry tart from across the room but closer inspection reveals a mixture of brown sugar, chocolate, mustiness and some vinous characteristics. The smells seem to clash quite a bit and not all that pleasing.
t/m/o - taste is also a mixed up concoction that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Mothers are some redeeming Flanders qualities in that one but they battle for supremacy with some brown sugar notes and the wine barrel. Feel is a bit puckers but mostly confused. Overall, a bit of a let down from a brewery that has come to mean flavorful brews...this one misses the mark, but not a total drain pour. I don't see myself getting through the bottle though.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 00:07:53 | More by cosmicevan
Green Monster from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.