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Chez Monieux | Alpine Beer Company

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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

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Added by BeerBeing on 04-13-2008

BEER STATS
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#29,910
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
203
pDev:
19.24%
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0
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mxpitt1 for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2012 vintage.

Pours a murky cherry brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries and some funk blue cheese like aromas. Taste is of very sour cherries and some extremely funky flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good kriek with a weird smell but a very nice taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clever name. Served on-draught into a tulip at Alpine's brewpub in Alpine. Expectations were high given Alpine's reputation. Reviewed from notes taken in October 2012.

A: Pours a half finger purple-beige head of good cream, thickness, and retention. Body colour is a purple-grey; the pretentious might say ecru. Quite dull but nevertheless appealing. Nontransparent; opaque.

Sm: Red wine, tinges of vinegar, cherry, esters, clean malts. A mild strength, delightfully subtle aroma.

T: Cherry, sourness, clean malts, heavy grape, bacteria, vibrant wild yeast. No real funk; it's quite clean. Red wine and vinegar are present alongside light lactic notes. Complex and tasty. Subtle. A touch watery, though. Everything you'd want in a good kriek. Crisp, clean, and quite enjoyable. The tartness could be increased; that's my main minor gripe.

Mf: Crisp, wet, and smooth. Lip-smacking tasty. A touch too thin. Suits the flavours quite well.

Dr: Very drinkable. Flat-out delicious. I'll get this again right away [I did, actually]. Well priced, at least at Alpine. A fantastic brew from Alpine. Just lovely. An excellent American Sour; right up there with Russian River's offerings in my book.

Low A

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, slightly pink amber color with a relatively modest head that doesn't leave too much lacing behind

Smell: Montmorency cherry aroma, with undertones of red wine grapes, oak, vanilla and powdered sugar

Taste: Powdered sugar sweetness, up front, that is soon joined by the tart cherry and vanilla elements; by mid-palate, the tartness really builds in a dry, oaky direction

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately high carbonation; puckering mouthfeel

Drinkability: Although it lacks the horseblanket funk, there is plenty of mouth-puckering tartness here; the oak is nicely done, too

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gford217: Poured a light red color ale with a light pink bubbly head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of red wine and tart notes with some light sour cherries. Taste is a mix between some sour cherries, with some tart notes with loads of oak and some red wine notes. Average carbonation with limited funk notes when I was expecting a lot more from the description. Overall, I though this was easily drinkable and maybe a bit light for the kind of beer it would like to be.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy ruby red with an off-white, slightly pink head. The head retains fairly well for a fruit beer. I was surprised to find that this beer isn't bottle conditioned.

Smell: Tart, acidic cherries dominate the nose and let little else shine through at first. As the beer warms, notes of oak and vanilla become more prevalent with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and sour cherries, leaning toward the sour side. Lactic acid and oak follow the cherry flavor with undertones of dry red wine and vanilla. The beer ends on a soft buttery note - it's neither as dry nor as sour as I was expecting, but it's very good. The light body and mild sourness really enhance the drinkability of this beer; it's very refreshing and nearly quaffable.

Notes: Very nice stuff. Definitely not a lambic, not in the traditional sense at least - there's absolutely no funk here, and the sourness is quite tame. This beer is more comparable to Russian River's Supplication or Lost Abbey's Red Poppy.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head. Color is hazed golden orange. A lot of floaties in the glass.

Aroma: Typical tart cherries. Almonds, vanilla, and oak. A lot similar to other krieks. Has some oak showing. A little tart. Kind of malty.

Taste: A lot more brett shows here. It is a bit acidic. A bit of tart dry cherries. Has some caramel and brett showing as well. Some oak as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Dry, tart, and creamy. Ends kind of tart.

Overall, an ok beer. Fairly enjoyable and a bit above average for the style. I wouldn't mind drinking more of this one.

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2.16/5  rDev -41.5%
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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2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -25.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished pumpkin with a faint rosy glow that is probably nothing more than an overactive imagination. The khaki crown does have a pinkish tint, however. Unfortunately, given the style, the foam doesn't have great texture, doesn't last, and doesn't leave much of itself on the glass.

The nose is good if you like fruit lambics that tend toward tart-tangy rather than cloyingly sweet. The beer has an aged cherry-balsamic vinegar aroma that is enjoyable, even if it isn't bursting with an abundance of cherry juiciness.

Chez Monieux is a wonderful beer that tastes like it could have been brewed in Belgium... says someone whose knowledge of Belgian lambics is severely lacking. Alpine used sweet and sour cherries, then aged the beer for 12-15 months in barrels that had previously held red wine. They used 'wild' yeasts too, though I don't believe that Brettanomyces was among them.

Each mouthful is a controlled explosion of incredibly tart cherry juice that has just enough underlying sweetness to keep it from becoming an all-out puckerfest. Acidity is generous, but at least my tooth enamel and stomach lining are in no danger of being eaten away, as is sometimes the case with lambics.

A certain red grape-like character is appreciated, along with some oakiness. Thankfully, neither one overpowers the beer. In the end, it's a beautiful balancing act that is mighty pleasing to someone who doesn't drink stuff like this very often. According to Alpine, it isn't bottle-conditioned, so don't stick the bottle in your cellar and forget about it.

The mouthfeel is good because it has enough size and has an underlying slipperiness that keeps it from evaporating on contact. The finish isn't dry, but the finish of the finish is. Must be all that lactic and acetic acid.

If you don't know what Chez Monieux means then shame on you. This is another corker from the good folks at Alpine that should please aficionados of the style to no end. I still prefer their hop-blasted American ales, but this one is a real treat that deserves to be brewed again. If ABC decides not to, then Chez Monthem.

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Chez Monieux from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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