Cervesa Del Montseny + Malta Cuvée
Companyia Cervesera del Montseny

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Pale Ale - English
3.34 | pDev: 20.36%
Companyia Cervesera del Montseny
Retired (no longer brewed)
Cervesa Del Montseny + Malta CuvéeCervesa Del Montseny + Malta Cuvée
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spoony from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml bottle (no date) into a nonic glass. Reviewed from notes dated April 24, 2016.

A-As a pale ale, this thing looks awful. But as a sour/aged effort, it is OK looking. It is hazy and light amber in color. The off-white head sticks around for quite a while and I can see some significant carbonation in the beer.

S-This is fully tart with cherries, vinegar, and lots of funky oak. There is some caramel sweetness in here too. Again, this beer fails as a pale ale, but it does a decent imitation of a flanders red or oud bruin.

T-The taste is really heavy on the wood with a funky vinegar acidity. Less fruit on the palate than on the nose, but there is still some tart grape and cherry to go with the vinegar. Malts are strange and do not integrate well with the acidity in the beer. There is a barley and caramel flavor that fees like it is sitting below the tart flavors on my tongue. A funky, sour finish caps things off.

M-The body is medium in heft and the carbonation is almost creamy.

O-This is an odd, odd beer. I don't think the mixture of styles works for me and the vinegar, and oak flavors are much too strong here to be fully enjoyable. That being said, I don't think this is a drain pour, just a little different. Kudos to experimentation, I guess.

Apr 30, 2016
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bobWFMU from New York

4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

This is completely underrated and wrongly panned. It's one of the most interesting sour beers I've encountered. The sour note in the nose is very assertive, yet the sour flavor is much more subdued, yielding to malt and hops flavors. It's a very "beer-like" sour, seemingly heavier in barley malt. rather than wheat malt. It's a great entry level sour, for people a bit shy of Gose, Berlinerweisse and Lambic. This beer is satisfying, complex, delicious and clean finishing. I wish that they didn't call it an "English Pale Ale", because after being aged in oak for a year, it's, happily, far from that!

Sep 07, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy sunburst orange under a one-inch thick white head which fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves clumpy lace.

N: Woody, slightly sour like a flanders-style, yeast, malt. Not what I was expecting.

T: Oh this just gets worse. Unpleasant and harsh off-flavors somewhat synthetic stale fruit (grapes and apples) and oak.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry and bitter sour finish.

O: Not an English Pale Ale. Not very drinkable. Not refreshing. Hard to finish.

Jul 27, 2014
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper to amber in color; opaque; with moderate carbonation. Large 2 plus inch rich beige head when poured; dissipated soon while a layer of foam remaining on the surface of the beer and lacing remained on the sides of the glass. Kind of a sweet and sour aroma; cider-like; made me want to drink the beer. Taste starts off slightly apple-like but progresses quickly to a sour taste on the sides of your tongue and then has a dry, almost salty finish in your month. Left me feeling somewhat dehydrated; felt like I needed a glass of water after drinking this beer. It was not thirst quenching. Overall interesting. Seemed well crafted, though not something that I personally would want to drink again as I did not care for the finish.

May 29, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with some hints of sour grapes.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of oak from the barrel aging and also has associated notes of vanilla and hints of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The label says that this beer is matured in oak barrels, but the subtle aromas and flavors of sourness were a pleasant surprise to this beer. I really enjoyed how this beer was very easy to drink yet also very complex.

Apr 26, 2014
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xungmound98 from New York

3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Appearance is a clear amber, with creamy off-white head and lacing. Smell is woody, oak notes and white grapes- not unlike the bitterness of a dry white wine. Taste follows the smell; close in character to sour beers. For something titled "Pale Ale," there isn't a noticeable hop presence. Finishes clean, not too heavy. Light carbonation and medium-bodied. This is a decent springtime beer to have with a light meal. RIYL saisons, sour beers, etc. Not recommended if seeking out a “traditional” pale ale (of any style).

Apr 08, 2014
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thezach from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To mirror what another review has said, this is in no way, shape, or form an English Pale Ale. Unless, of course, they mean prior to barrel aging and souring. However, to be fair, it is pale in color and the label is written in English. As a sour, this is quite a nice brew. Zesty lemon citrus immediately up front, followed by some cherry and earthy funk notes. On the palate there is a nice tart sour note, not overwhelming, matched wonderfully with a touch of oak and some white wine grape tones. I'm not a huge sour power fan, but I do enjoy a well made and balanced sour, a category of which I believe this beer belongs.

Full disclosure: I got this beer on sale at a bottle clearance for $3.50 (which I am led to believe is pretty much a steal), without any knowledge of the beer itself other than it was "not quite a sour." Having not expected an English Pale, I feel I had a much different approach to tasting this.

Feb 06, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

this in on no counts an english pale ale. its a sour all the way though, bacterial ac can be on the nose, mineral heavy and malty, but still sour, grapey notes, and a weird finish with no hops at all. bright blonde color with a light amber tint and a small white head without much retention. either its an infected pale ale, or its a sour, hard to tell which. i get some oak in nose and taste, which suggests to me an intentional sour, but there is no hops to this at all, which also leads me down that road. definitely a weird brew, quite thin in body, with a certain must to the back end that reminds me of a condiment i had abroad and can't quite place. long metallic finish is unflattering, but the beer itself is pretty good. way overpriced, i wouldn't pay more than 8 bucks for a bottle of this, about half of what its on shelves for, but worth a try if you absolutely must have every sour beer that comes out, an increasing percentage of the population...

Feb 06, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a slightly orange/brownish hue with a one finger off white head that fades at the usual pace. Solid.

S - Hmm...lots of nice barrel notes, some sour white grape notes, dont get much in the way of an english pale ale though.

T - Taste is more of the nose, white grape flesh and skins, oak barrels, tastes nothing like a pale ale, though it is quite pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is incredibly thin and watery.

O - Overall, kinda weird here. If this was labeled a wild, I'd be all over it. But an English pale ale, I think not.

Jun 13, 2013
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harrymel from Washington

2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Amber with a little loose soapy foam that dissipates in a minute or so. Smells funky like a apricot rubbed in potting soil. Touch of oak and some white grapes. Watery, then bitter, then some orange pith and a big old wood stick on the first finish breath. Really thin and moderate carb and a semi dry, but watering finish. I was told to try with dark chocolate - it really develops more or a sour orange flavor with this character. I'm on the fence with this beer.

Feb 16, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Is this smart; a barrel aged pale ale? It comes from Montseny, the same folks who brought me infected Lupulus and infected Negra. Third time's a charm, right? The back label describes the beer; "A CRAFT BEER, high fermentation for one year in oak barrel." Did somebody use an online translator for the English description? Even more hilarious was finding the description is three languages, and Italian is the dominant one! And this time, I get 500 ml and not the usual 330 ml. On to the beer:

The color is right; glowing orange with a bronzed tint to it. The head forms an inch thick, retaining fine and leaving afew spots of lace. I smell a barrel, which is a good sign. Not much of a barrel though. I smell a sourness too, which is not. The silver lining to the sour note is that it's along the lines of a sour grape and not infection. So, it's not the worst.

Where's the pale ale at? There's a mild sourness that brings a little white grape taste. Shavings of a barrel make their presence. This is like a mild wild ale, if such a thing were to exist. What my brain can't figure out is why the flavor has some appeal. It sure doesn't taste like a pale ale. The body is weak; very light and watery with little perceived carbonation.

Even though this probably wasn't the intended target, Montseny has here a half-decent ale that's sour. Temper your expectations, as this is not something that's going to put Seva on any beer lovers must-hit destinations.

Jan 16, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one while hanging around the pool on the 4th in the sun! Served from bottle into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured amber with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, bread, and acetic acid (do wha!?). The flavor sweet malt, grain, bread, sour, and subtle funk. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbnoation. Overall this was a decent brew. If I am completely honest here, this brew left me wondering what the Hell just happened. Based on the style it was in a whole other league. I probably never would have picked this one out as this style regardless of how many hints you gave me. While this might have been the case it was still quite enjoyable which was why its score didn't suffer too much. Worth trying if you are looking for the unexpected.

Jul 06, 2012

3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on apr´12. Amber color.Chill haze. White,small bubbled, froth.Thin crown with fairly good retention & some lacing.Intense acidic,woody & yeasty aromas.Maltiness at first sip.Then yeasty,grainy & sour flavors.Incresing & involving sourness maskes hops.Grape zest hues & astringency. Medium body, moderate carbonation.Sour,woody & earthy finish.Acid apples on the aftertaste.A complex Barrel Aged Oak Pale Ale so I will let one bottle rest in my cellar for some months.I´m sure will perform much better.(Thanks to Juanjo who brought it to me direct from the Brewery).

Jun 17, 2012
Cervesa Del Montseny + Malta Cuvée from Companyia Cervesera del Montseny
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 29 ratings