Briscoe | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 04-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 15
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3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.89/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Vinegar and nail polish all over this one.

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3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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..

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of SDDanC
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.


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Briscoe from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 32 ratings