Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
Lambic - Traditional
3.86 | pDev: 19.95%
Oct 03, 2015
Apr 13, 2008
Very Good
Notes: None
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3.04 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Oct 03, 2015
3.14 by kiki3drt292 from California on Oct 03, 2015
2.86 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Oct 03, 2015
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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by largadeer from California

Pours fairly flat, with some haze to it. The aroma isn't half bad; it's a decent mix of funk and lacto, a bit of musty wood, and unfortunately some noticeable acetone. There's a decent amount of complexity to it - brett funk, a bit of oxidation (not terribly shocking given the age), sharp cheesy lactic tartness, a bit of abrasive acetone. Rough around the edges, and I'm not sure age has done it any good, but it's not an unpleasant beer.

Oct 03, 2015
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1.89/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Vinegar and nail polish all over this one.

Mar 21, 2015
3.39 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Mar 21, 2015
4 by zestar from California on Jul 19, 2014
4.25 by moonknight31 from California on May 21, 2013
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Apr 28, 2013
4 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Apr 28, 2013
3.75 by JAHMUR from Connecticut on Apr 08, 2013
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2.34/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by Thorpe429 from Illinois

Bottle courtesy of johndoe8. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a clear, still golden color with no head or lacing. Nose has a bit of acetone along with some lactic acidity. A bit of a stone fruit character in the background, though not all that much. Still with a strange acidity; not my favorite, though not a terrible first effort. I’d like to see if they can develop a program and improve on this.

Dec 15, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by drabmuh from Maryland

Bottle shared by someone at a tasting recently, thanks, this was a long time want of mine. The lambic character was subdued a little and an unfortunate harshness of acetone and acetic acid has emerged. I don't know what this beer was like fresh but it on its way out right now.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles, low retention, low lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sour, lactic and acetic, a little solventy.

I really wanted to like this beer but the solvency of it overwhelmed any nice character it might have had, there are bright spots in the beer like the dry finish with a mild oakiness and tartness but the forward and midpalate are dominated by the acetone flavor that is just too hard to drink. I can't recommend this beer.

Jun 19, 2012
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2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

The beer is hazy and golden hued with virtually no head. The aroma offers some nail polish, barrels, citrus. Smells eh... The flavor and feel both bring a sharp, harsh, palate attacking acetic character. Virtually no carbonation with a lingering sharpness. Some vinegar as well. maybe not as appalling as I described, but I won't be having this again..

Jun 09, 2012
3.5 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Jan 29, 2012
5 by JivanN from California on Dec 16, 2011
5 by trodersark from California on Dec 15, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by ehammond1

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company Pub
Alpine, CA

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for giving me the heads up that this was on tap!

Lightly hazed golden with a thin white head that leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

Green apple, a bit of lemon, and plenty of tart sourness combine for a very nice aroma.

The flavor follow similarly with the bright lemon and white fruits elements leading the way, with a slight funk following. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A delicious sour. I would love to find a bottle of this.

Nov 30, 2011
5 by pmarlowe from Virginia on Nov 24, 2011
4.5 by spry from Michigan on Nov 22, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BdubleEdubleRUN from California

On-tap at the pub, on of he only Alpine beers I haven't had.
Poured into a tulip, the beer appears a golden blonde with a white head that quickly fades to the slightest ring on the glass.
The smell is well balanced with sweet and sour notes with some major funkiness, leather and citrus.
The tast is almost candy like with the sweet and tart combination. Some earthy funk and a fruity finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation as it coats the mouth a bit.
Very good beer.

Nov 18, 2011
5 by Doodler from Colorado on Nov 18, 2011
3 by nanobrew from California on Nov 14, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by SDDanC from California

Came out to alpine for the beer week releases, didn't get anything. Luckily this was on tap. Into tulip, poured a golden, hazy hay color much like all the ipas. No head, very little carb bubbles. Nose is musty, acidic bite, tartness. Taste is tart, sharp and sssliightly acidic. A bit dry as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it goes well with the flavor profile. Not much carb out of this one, but small bubbles spark up when it hits the tongue. Very thankful to have tried this. Worth the journey!

Nov 11, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by ZX6Chris from California

I'm fortunate to live less then 20 minutes from the brewery and they had this on tap at the pub next door.

A-Golden yellow, light colored no head.

S-Vinegar, sour apple, slightly acidic.

T-Tart, light, the acid hits you in the throat. More sour as it warms.

M-Crisp, light, no carbonation.


Sep 16, 2010
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4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by Deuane from Pennsylvania

A-Cloudy golden yellow with absolutely no head what so ever. Rather dull looking.

S-Powerful sour notes of green apple and vinegar. Plenty of astringent oak notes in the background.

T-Vinegar sourness with accompanying lemon zest. Tart but not overly done. Drying oaky notes in the finish.

M-Light bodied, sharp and crisp with long lingering sour tartness.

D-Is this from southern California or Belgium? Excellent stuff that is so tasty yet not overdone. A truly outstanding job for an American lambic.

Jan 01, 2010
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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

375 ml bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Deuane for breaking this out during a recent tasting.

Pours a slightly hazy golden coppery orange color, with almost no head or retention to speak of. Just some initial foamy white wisps and then that's it. Seems pretty standard for a Lambic. The aroma is less souring and definitely more tart with fruity tones. Almost like apple cider vinegar. Oaky tannins float along the back as well.

The taste is more lemony tartness, that blends into acetic acid sourness in the middle. I'm also picking up light sugary sweetness mixed in there as well. Straight up oak and Brett tartness shows itself in the back, with a final burning gurgle of lactic acid hitting the back of the throat as you swallow. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderately viscous and extremely slick feel to it. Pretty spot on for the style.

Overall, this was a pretty solid Lambic. Fruit, oak, and funk were in well balanced abundance, with my only gripe being just a touch too much souring character in the back, which inhibited the drinkibility a bit for me.

Apr 15, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by orbitalr0x from Illinois

375ml bottle sampled side by side with the Chez.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange without any real head, just bubbles on top of the brew. Aroma is a brash mix of vinegar, acidic notes with lemon zest and big Brett. Oak barrel notes with chardonnay accents. Extremely sour this one nearly singes the nose hairs!

First sip brings a dry, instantly mouth puckering sourness upfront. Big acidic vinegar flavors move into fruit tones with lemon zest, citrus and green apple. Earthy Brett accents move into oak wood. Flows down with an extremely strong sourness. This one is not for the faint of heart!

Mouthfeel has a thin body with very mellow carbonation that is just enough to be noticeable. This one is a sipper due to the depth of the acidic sourness. I was glad I shared this bottle as even a 375ml might be too much for one person. Thanks to sfoley333 for the opportunity to try this.

Nov 24, 2008
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4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by hopdog from Pennsylvania

375ml bottle acquired in trade with Dunk (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with no head. Aromas of wood, some funkiness, vinous, light citrus, and some vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, lighter vinous quality, citrus, some funk, and some wood. Light tart finish. Very soft body with almost no carbonation.

Notes from 9/26/08

Nov 11, 2008
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4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sfoley333 from Brazil

I have sat on this one since the release earlier this year. Finally opened a bottle tonight and poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a slight orange hue. No head even with aggresive pouring to lure one out. Smell is mixture of sour orchaid fruits intertwine with acetic acid, brett( more cheese and not barnyard), and oak. Taste is sour lemon tartness with a green apple profile. Again there is the vingear present but not as sour as the unblended lambic style with a nice balance between sweet and sour not as dry as lot of sour beers. Uncarbonated and while apprioate for the style(unblend lambics should be uncarbonated) I really believe that overall it would of been better off with a low to medium carbonation level considering the mild to slight intense sour level(and since its made in Alpine and not Belgium but respect Pat authenticity in the style). A very drinkable lambic reproduction on par with Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella but diffently not for beginners to sour style beers.

Nov 02, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Floydster from California

12 ounce bottle that was originally twelve dollars at the brewery, split with my girlfriend last night, bottle said it had a 5% ABV, took me close to two hours to drink my eight ounce pour, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden orange color with more of a bright yellow tint, miniscule 1/8 inch bubbly white head that faded away instantly, did not notice any sediment, no retention or lacing

S-Brettanomyces, some vinegar, lots of oak, hint of cherry tart, lemon juice, white wine like a chardonnay mostly, some unidentifiable citrusy fruits, and a whole bunch of sourness

T-This beer was right up there with most acidic ones I have had, started off with a super tarty taste, vinegar and citrusy fruit in the finish, with a barley noticeable wood flavor in between, tart barely settled down but was certainly weaker in the last sip than it was in the first, some of the wine characteristics come about later on in the aftertaste, wish this was a little sweeter but I cannot complain because it is a straight lambic and it stays true to its style

M-Sour, dry, and piercing mouthfeel, thin to maybe medium body, would think there is more carbonation but it is pretty average, taste lingered for a long time, still equally aggressive as time went by

D-Would be able to drink a lot of this if it was not for the extreme tart, ABV is low and it is smoother once it warms, but sourness gets to you even though it is light on the stomach, not a smooth lambic

Not near as good as their Chez in my opinion, overly tarty for my palate and I almost choked after a few different sips, still a good lambic indeed though, just glad I got to try this rare treat because there was not much of it to go around, it sold out at Alpine pretty quickly from what I understand, would like to drink it again and compare various bottles, recommended if you can still find one

Jun 02, 2008
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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by HopHead84 from California

A: Pours a pleasing vibrant gold color with almost no head. There is a very small amount of sediment visible in the glass.

S: Sweet and sour peaches, cherries, and other fruits. Reminds me of sour candy.

T: Very small amount of bitterness at first followed by a tart bite near the back of the tongue. The tart sensation lingers for a few seconds. A hint of cabernet, sour peaches and cherries, and tart apples. Briscoe displays a level of sourness which is neither over nor understated.

M: Carbonation is a a bit low for my taste. The beer is light bodied and leaves a sticky coating on the inside of my mouth which is heavier towards the back of my tongue.

D: A nice level of drinkablity. With most lambics I have no desire to drink more than one, but as my glass empties (partially my fault) I find myself wanting to open another Briscoe.

Apr 18, 2008
Briscoe from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 32 ratings