Chez Monus
Alpine Beer Company

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Wild Ale
4.74 | pDev: 7.59%
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: A Blended Belgian-style beer aged in wine barrels with white peaches and apricots added. Delightfully tart and fruity, complex from the unique mix of wild yeast and helpful bacteria, a beer for sipping.
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a stone fruit, dried apricot orgy. It’s the perfect balance of tart and sweet, good oaky backbone, and dry vinous finish. Absolutely lives up to the hype and the hunt.

Nov 26, 2020
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c-rum from Missouri

4.63/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazed pale yellow with a few white bubbles.

S: Fresh peaches with a faint tartness and oaky notes.

T: Tart peaches, a bit of nectarine, faint apricot, nice and fruity.

F: Moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes tart and fruity.

O: Light carbonation, great aroma, nice and tart.

Oct 07, 2015
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jshusc from South Carolina

4.96/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had. Peaches are tart and apricots are perfect compliment to add fruity sweetness to the beer. Not terribly sour, but enough that it is not a subtle beer. Nose on this beer is unbelievable true.

Aug 17, 2015
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dense unfiltered apricot color with no head to speak of. Almost looks like mango, apricot, or peach nectar. The smell is sublime: wave after wave of peach and apricot intermixed with a rich yeastiness and a pleasant tartness that neither too fleeting nor overbearing. Taste follows the smell: apricot and peach take the forefront and the middle with a citrus, barnyard, almost gueuze-like sourness following throughout. Belgian yeast adds a biscuity, crackers sweetness that is unique. There a slight off flavor on the aftertaste, like slight rubber or plastic but a minor nit at most. Mouthfeel is very dry and thick at the same time, as if it were a carbed puree. This is a fantastic beer with a few minor flaws that lends itself to sipping due to its thick mouthfeel and rich fruit flavor.

Apr 01, 2015
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grze from Nevada

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell was actually 6 out of 5. Best smelling beer I've ever had. And the best sour beer I've ever had so far. Yup. The hype really is real. I didn't spend $400 on the bottle, had an opportunity to try it thanks to one amazing BA, so there is no overrating factor included. The beer really is just this good. I need another one for sure!

Jan 26, 2015
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mportnoy from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worth the hype. Tastes like the child of Fuzzy and New Glarus Wild Peach. Less acid than Fuzzy but still a great sour note + the wonderful fresh peach notes from NG Wild Peach.

Jan 14, 2015
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Drift from California

4.96/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Easily the Best beer i've ever had period. I don't know what else to say. I've tried many peach / apricot sours and this one just slams the rest down. Closest would be Side Project Fuzzy.

The nose is all peach and ripe apricots and you know it actually tastes similar to what it smells like. I can put my nose to this snifter all day. When it warms up the funky zesty character comes out shinning. The carb level is perfect.

I wish I can have a fridge full of this winner. If you happen to get a chance to grab one of these babies.

Jan 09, 2015
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

4.94/5  rDev +4.2%

Opened at the whale insanity tasting.
Definitely one of the highlights of the night, was not expecting just how good this beer would be

A - Light yellow, orange hints with a small white foam head.

S - Smell is all apricots and peaches, very fresh smelling with minimal tart acidity on the nose

T - Taste is all apricots upfront, but not the dryness that you get from other apricot wilds. Very juicy and fresh tasting followed by notes of white peaches. The barrel treatment on this is perfect on this making it very easy to drink

M - Mouthfeel is like, spot on for this style, the acidity is balanced perfectly to allow the fruits to really shine

O - This is definitely one of the best Wilds I have had, in terms of apricots, this is the pinnacle for AWA

Oct 27, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a cloudy golden orange (looks like a dried apricot) with little visible carbonation/head or sediment. The nose is distinctly apricot forward with minimal tartness and a hint of acetone. Bright and concentrated apricots cascade over my palate, even with a small sip, and there is a slightly tart, minimally funky, lingering apricot finish. The beer has a light drinkable body with approachable sourness, distinct apricot, minimal unpleasantries, absent carbonation, and a dry finish. This is a fantastic apricot sour, albeit difficult to obtain, that would be relished by even those never having tried a sour before.

Jun 03, 2014
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Abbbp who once again graciously shared this with me. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Golden apricots, no head to speak of save for a bit of a pale white crown that disappears fast. Gorgeous color though.

Smell: Loads and loads of dried apricots, backed up by a prominent lactic sourness.

Taste: Lots of apricots, and a very strong white wine quality too. The sour is a strong lactic sour, hitting me right in the jaw. This is very good, an excellent fruited sour for sure. I'm not sure if I can pick out any white peaches from the apricot flavor, but it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, and it lingers on the palate quite a while. Somewhat dry, but I've certainly had drier.

Overall: A fantastic beer I'm happy to try. Very nice job, Alpine.

May 22, 2014
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing Chez Monus from Alpine Beer Company out of Alpine, California.

Score: 92

October 2013 vintage bottle served in a Perennial Artisan Ales taster glass and enjoyed on 04/29/14, celebrating Adrienne W.'s birthday (happy birthday Adrienne!). Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant and cloudy orange-tangerine color with yellow fade towards the edges. No head or lacing, but what a lovely color. 4.75/5

Smell: Smells a lot like the peachy syrup/juice that canned peaches come steeped in, blended with wine. Light apricot character, particularly following the Noyaux we just drank. Has an apparent vinegar-like acidity and stock American wild ale sour character akin to an Upland sour, but done better. Has a slight grassy/drank character too. Quite nice. 4.5/5

Taste: Peach syrup, apricot (more so than the nose) and vinegar, with a distinct wine character to finish. Lingering peach and apricot. Tastes like an Upland sour where the acidity/lacto/vinegar is muted relative to an Upland sour, but still strong and not integrated quite as well as the better Uplands are. I really love the peach syrup flavor here, but this beer is too sharply vinegary to be truly excellent. Not very complex. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Juicy medium-light mouthfeel, with a good carbonation level and very dry finish. Tart and vinegary. 3.5/5

Overall: I would have thought that this was an Upland sour if I did not know any better. The peach character on this beer is really nice and more intense than Fuzzy, but the sharp and acidic vinegar and sour lacto character holds it back from true greatness (no one tell this to Todd Oliver, though) and induces a little bit of heart burn. Pass me the Tums please.

Cost: $19.99 for a 500 ml bottle.

May 12, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by rado. Thanks.

A: Pours a slightly hazed pale yellow with a few white bubbles drifting around and clinging to the rim, no lace.

N: Fresh peaches (fuzz, skin, and juice) present themselves along with a faint tartness, vinous and oaky notes.

T: Tart peaches, a bit of nectarine, can't detect the apricot, but fruity and faintly tannic bite.

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes tart and fruity.

O: Lack of carbonation is made up for in the aroma. The tart acidity feels prickly like a fine bubbly.

Feb 16, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, courtesy of Brian. Thanks a lot for the trade man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/11/2014.

Review #440.

App- Pours a hazy orange, perhaps peach juice-coloured body with a small less than 1cm white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Pretty placid peach juice, really.

Smell- Tons and tons of fresh peach. No real indication of apricot. Also a lot of rubber, funk and almost popcorn like butter. Strong as heck and very unique.

Flavour- Peaches dominate. Sour peaches. About 6/10 sour, mouthpuckering and quite fruity. Again no real indication of apricots to set aside from the peaches. Again, this is an extreme peach bomb with a very strong peach juice aftertaste.. there is a lot of "dirtiness", like burned rubber or molding trash, in this beer as well, which is a bit off-putting despite the peachiness of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, a bit of a sipper due to the strength of the peach flavour as well as the sourness. Nice and dry, might even be a bit undercarbonated for an AWA.

Overall- Very interesting and unique American Wild. Again, peaches galore. Wish this didn't taste so "dirty", it would have made the beer a better enjoyable drinking experience.

Feb 12, 2014
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy peach orange with light carbonation and no head

S - Smells of dried apricot, fresh peach, and a light musty oak

T - Fresh juicy peach, apricot, tart vinegar, lemon juice, and musty oak. The apricot adds a nice pitted fruit presence

M - Medium carbonation up front that settles down to minimal carbonation. Tartness that adds some bite on the tongue. Finish is soft and dry.

O - Really good peach and apricot sour that has the most apricot I've ever had. Tart lemon and vinegar adds some sharp sour flavors crossed with strong pitted fruit sweetness

Dec 24, 2013
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artoolemomo from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Received with no head but it looks to be a pure cotton white. The body is a hazy dull orange juice color that adds some straw when held up to the light. No lacing at all.

Nose- Lovely, sour fruitiness. Searing peach with other stone fruits. Cherry. All very tart. Some grassiness, a bit of straw. If this lives up to the nose, this will prove to be very enjoyable. Some bit of green leaves.

Taste- Tons of peach and apricot and acetic acid. Very dry finish that makes it all very neat. Some hint of cherries as well. Some melon and maybe even lemon. There's another fruit flavor that I can't quite identify at the moment. It's a bit difficult for me to find complexity in a lot of wild ales and lambics but this has a little something that gives this beer a little bit more dimension than most. It makes me think of hard candy, perhaps of the lemon variety. Jolly Ranchers? Some grass, some straw, a slight tendency toward funk. Very mellow- I guess a lot of that is the apricot. Some notes of pear which really make this work for me. I'm a sucker for pears. Great beer with great complexity and subtlety.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied with good healthy carbonation. Somewhat effervescent with a little bit of syrup.

Drinkability- This is extremely accessible for a sour. Definitely better than Cascade's Apricot. I wonder how it compares to Fou' Foune. 5 dollars for a 6 oz pour was steep but money well spent.

Overall- Great beer. I rarely get this much complexity from a sour and this shows why it's held in such high esteem. I would say that it's a must try even if you don't like sours. This could change your mind.

Dec 16, 2013
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anteater from Oregon

4.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

6oz pour at Apex

A: Light yellow peachy in color and fizzy

S: Tartness and peaches

T: Starts off with a mouth puckering sourness quickly evened out by a very juicy peach apricot flavor. This is so good.

M: This beer seems to be light and fizzy but at the same time the juiciness in the flavor is deceiving of the true mouthfeel. One of my favorite parts about the beer.

O: Deserves the high ratings and totally worth seeking out. One of my favorite American Wild Ales ever.

Dec 15, 2013
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errantnight from District of Columbia

4.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pale and seriously opaque, whitish, almost milky in appearance. Ton of haze. Just a wisp of head that lingers on the fringe for just a short moment and then is gone.

Big stone fruit nose, faintly musty and musky.

Rich, creamy texture with mild acidity but a brilliance throughout. Waves of peach and stone fruit flavor. Drinkability is off the charts. Luscious, more-ish, a light acetic finish not really a flaw, it's not jarring, just has you go back for more.

Simply awesome. One of the best beers I've had this year.

Dec 11, 2013
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Schnauzerlord from California

4.67/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...just WOW. I've only had a few lambics or sours that I really enjoyed, but this one fantastic. HUGE apricot/peach nose and flavor, and just the right amount of tartness/sour to really set it off. It was $2/oz for draft pours at the Alpine Brewery Pub, and worth every penny. I'd have picked up a bottle, but they only released 20 bottles per day, and there were 30-50 people in line an hour before the brewery opened each day of the release.
If you get the chance to try this Alpine offering, don't pass it up if you have even the slightest interest in fruity beers.

Nov 19, 2013
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kingkukta from California

4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this over the weekend and now I'm kicking myself for missing the release. When a bottle says its brewed with something I want to smell it and taste it. THIS beer delivers just that. The nose of apricots is absolutely insane. Its like youre standing in an apricot orchard (I assume that's where apricots grow) and when it hits your lips, its like biting into a fresh peach with a hint of wood, and a small amount of funk. This is one the most delicious brews Ive had in a long time.

Nov 18, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, peach, and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with peach, apricot, and slight buttery flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Oct 28, 2013
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gregoryG from California

4.37/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. When I first saw a picture the day before I had it the pic looked like the beer was extremely flat. When I got the beer there was a small layer of bubbles which dissipated within the first few mins but the carbonation stayed throughout the beers life in my glass. Carb was a little low...about as much as mixing OJ with soda... The beer reminded me a lot of a mimosa or a mix of oj and sprite.

Oct 24, 2013
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DrinkerofBeer from California

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Alpine on tap.

S: Very strong apricot straight at your face as soon as you go up to the glass. White peach smell very subtle if at all.

T: Apricot is still very strong, but the white peach is more prominent in the taste compared to the smell. Tart and sourness comes towards the end and lingers in your mouth.

Overall a really wonderful sour that everyone should try, even a friend that doesn't like sours enjoyed this. Picked up the max amount of two bottles at Alpine, but definitely would want more to age, and drink as the time goes by.

Oct 23, 2013
Chez Monus from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 190 ratings