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Chez Monieux | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 04-13-2008

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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 75
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Dan I think, thanks. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is reddish brown with a thin lazy head of large bubbles, low lacing, not much carbonation or retention.

Aroma is sweet with cherries and lots of fruit.

Beer is light and very sweet, definitely not a favorite of the night and not a repeat. Shame on me? Shame on you.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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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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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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Purple! Akin to dark grapes and raw prune juice. Purple hued small head leaves to ring quickly. Some spot lace.

S - Try as I might, alas, I do not get the bleau cheese attribute. Earthiness, cherry pie and an expected sharpness.

T - Cooked sweet cherries meet sour cherries. The taste is abruptly muted and tweaked mid sip. Somewhat disappointing. In fact, in the aftertaste, I think I get the cheese. Not much complexity.

M - Light body, fair carb, balance to the flat earthy (dairy product) finish. Not bad, just not expected.

D - A decent beer. Not worth the price, IMHO, however. I realize it would have a high cost to produce.

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3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

Dark ruby and raspberry in color, with a quickly forming, moderately sized light pink head that eventually falls away and leaves ribbons of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

The smell is quite strange and is atypical for the style, especially after the initial pour. The combination of blue cheese, body funk, and vinegar are not entirely pleasant. Initially, it's difficult to even appreciate cherry. The aroma does significantly get better as the beer is allowed to sit, warm up, and agitate. A juicy cherry note emerges from the funk eventually and is appreciated.

The flavor is significantly better than the aroma, even initially when the beer smells particularly funky. The tart and sweet cherry flavors are present, along with mild farmhouse funk and some stinging acidity. Good, but not great.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though it seems to lose it's body somewhat quickly. By the end of the glass, this was quite flat and juice-like.

A decent American interpretation of the style, but there are significantly better options within the style at far more inexpensive price points.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 release. On tap at the Alpine brewpub. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep purple crimson, average clarity, some pink head. So-so retention and almost no lacing.

S: Sour cherry, malt, some earthy funk, dark grape, solvent, and something akin to a blue cheese. I won't repeat what spry thought this smelled like.

T: Sour cherry, and some earthiness. Kind of one dimensional. Slightly tart. Lengthy finish, over which the tartness grows in strength.

M: Light carbonation, medium body.

O: Pretty average as far as lambics go. Flavors are fine but lacking complexity. Quite mild on the sourness scale.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark ruby color, very fine bubbles with very little head and lacing.

S: Cherry bomb with loads of tart.

T: Lots of cherry and a very distinct funk. A lingering oakiness rounds out the taste. Lots of dry wine flavors.

MF/D: Crisp bubbles dance across the tongue, could easily drink several glasses... or bottles... of this sour. Delicious!

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4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Small, tight, pink bubbles that settles to little wisps. Very dark red/brown brew.

S- Very sweet and a little vinegary, reminds me of balsamic vinegar at first.

T-Mouth puckering and a cheek killer. It was pretty tart at first with some sour and lots of cherry flavor in there.

M-Sharp at first, highly carbonated with a light body.

O-Smell gets more complex as it warms and becomes enjoyable. This beer is good now and has enough body to hold up and add complexity over time.

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3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alpine (2/29/12). Pours a dark ruby. Light pink head. Not a very big head, about a finger. Disappears into a ring around the top of the beer. Nose is funky, much like provolone cheese. No tartness comes through. A bit of sweet cherry can be found in the back. On the tongue it is sweet. Sweet cherry flavor with a hint of funk and residual tartness. A little vanilla towards the end. The sour character is not big at all, its very subtle. This allows the delicate cherries to shine. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, with low carbonation. But gets sticky as it warms up. Lasting flavor afterwards. Awesome treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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

Thanks to Fightthegdfight for sharing this very enjoyable beer

Vintage 2005 bottled in 2008

Look: The beer pours a nice yellow color with peach highlights with about a 1/8 inch fizzy head

Smell: Tart cherries with some vanilla and oak

Taste: Pretty similar to the nose actually. Upfront is a very mild tart cherry character mid palate is where the barrel characters show up and you get a nice vanilla and oak character and the beer finishes with some sugary sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light body and ample carbonation and a bit tart

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer due to the fact that there was only a mild sourness to it so I found it very drinkable

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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, supposed to be available in bottles soon. Poured into a tulip glass.

Raspberry-red in color, opaque with a small fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

The nose is berry-sweet, strawberries and raspberries predominant. Pucker-inducing notes of vinegar offset the candy-like sweetness, and these tart notes really come through on the palate. The brew tastes more sour than sweet, like unripe berries. There's a vinous aspect mid-sip, woody and almost wine like, which works nice with the bubbly, effervescent feel on the palate.

With a nice contrast of sweet and sour and layered flavors, I could see non-beer fans enjoying this brew, especially those that prefer wine.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

1050th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

2008 Vintage

Thanks to Fightthegdfight for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A little bit of a gold/yellow/fuzzy peach looking color. I saw about a 1/4” worth of white bubbles that vanished quickly. Not a lot of cling or lace on this one either..

Smell- It was sour, it had some good wood notes behind it. It was also very damp cherry. For a 3 year old kriek that most didnt think would stay in the bottle that long it did keep a bit of a citrus note nicely.

Taste- I am glad this went the traditional route and didnt employ the Brett or Horse blanket. This was very sweet/tart at points and then a bit oaky(still) I really enjoyed the balance of flavors here from a little touch of cherry to vanilla to oak.

Mouth- A good bit of a light-medium with some very medium-high carbonation to it. The after taste is very wine like with some acid/tannin and fruits. Well balanced residual flavors.

Drink- Im not sure I know who brought this but I cant help be thank them for this retired beauty of a beer. Simple, clean, and holding up well. Would love to grab a batch 2 if they do one.

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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