Chez Monieux | Alpine Beer Company

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203 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 04-13-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
203
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
18.68%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

Photo of harrymel
1.18/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2012 version.
ABV 7%

Pours a dark cherry red with a pretty pink quilt. Smells...Fucking stinks. Jesus anal farts, diacetyl, feet, popcorn, rotten corn and a bit of pinot. This is one, if not the, most offensive smelling beers I've come across. Just a fucking abomination of a nose. So scared to taste it... Tastes real bad. Metal and fetid mushrooms and rotten sox rubbed on fungus infected ball sacks. Fucking nasty. Hella dry and thin with hi carb. I'm repulsed.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.26/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a murky, tomato-juice color with just the lightest hint of carbonation.

S: Blue cheese and bile. I'll say up front that I'm not a fan of blue cheese; it looks like you're gnawing on the rotting legs of an old lady with varicose veins. So the association here isn't doing the beer any favors. But the bile part is unmistakable. Tart cherries, cherry skins, and vinegar with some lactic sourness.

T: This is going for the Flanders side of the sour spectrum, it seems; the emphasis is on vinegar with lesser lactic acid sourness. I can't shake the bile comparison; it literally does taste like I've just finished vomiting. But the other flavors in the beer do a decent job of taking my mind off that: sour cherries, some vanilla, and earth.

M: Medium-bodied, but it is low carbonation to start with, and said carbonation comes out solution very quickly despite the beer being refrigerated for a few weeks. The result is a beer that goes flat pretty quickly. It has a watery finish, as well.

O: I'm steadily losing faith in Alpine's ability to produce reliable barrel-aged beers. This was quite awful; even at a large party, most of the bottle was left unfinished.

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2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blue cheese nose and taste. Drain poured it.

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

The was a very medicinal tasting beer out of the bottle.

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2.16/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: Not bad, brown-red.
Smell: It smells like penecillin in a bottle
Taste: Wors, diacetyl infected penecillin in a bottle
Feel: to little carb, even is I like it in a kriek

Overall: 5 people could finish off 75% of the bottle.

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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.59/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of saru96. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a reddish purple with a thin light pink head that fades down into a collar. The nose carries some cherry juice and light earthiness to the background. Somewhat musty. The flavor has a bit of an odd creaminess to it along with mild must and earth. Light to medium body and slightly chewy. Not really a bid fan, whether as a wild or just as a fruit beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin reddish, almost rosy pink color. Smell is lightly creamy butterscotch and sour cherry. Taste is thin and tart cherries. Definitely shows sign of tartness, but still feels overly simplistic, like thin juice, and doesn't have any funky complexity or anything. A certain amount of acidity and dryness in the finish as well, but also has a faint buttery finish to it, perhaps from the diacetyl, too. While this wasn't terrible, I cant say I enjoyed it, with or without consideration of the price.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 203 ratings.
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