Methusalem Sour Altbier | The Monarchy

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87
very good
58 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Monarchy
Germany
themonarchybeer.de

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 10-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of marcrech
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flavor of musty grape juice. Interesting but a small sample was enough for me.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium brown with lighter brown edges and a fuzzy white ring.

Smell is apple, smoke, raisin, and earth.

Taste is raisin, bacon, apple, red grape, and fresh strawberry jelly. An odd combination indeed.

Medium frothy body.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ngusset
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stein and glass to observe color on 4/9/17. Dark lovely burnt reddish brown, impressive head and retention. Smells rauchbier smokey and sharp, roasted barley, possibly saline or peat even. Tastes very malty, sour stone fruit, smoke and oak, with burnt roasted barley and spice notes in the finish. With the yeast there's banana and clove, which reveals more of the alcohol, previously well concealed for the strength. There's a refreshing wintergreen hop note that creeps in towards the end to quench the smoke and fire. Mouth feel is buttery smooth with excellent carbonation. This has far more going on than Pinkus which is still my favorite alt and gold standard for comparison. I love this beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear almost opaque deep mahogany with a moderate amount of active visible carbonation rising along the sides of the glass and moderate to heavy garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy almost creamy tan head which slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of smoked malts, chocolate malts, and tart sour cherries. Hints of funky earthiness and burnt brown sugar sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of chocolate malts with a light amount of burnt brown sugar sweetness followed by some moderate flavors of smoked malts. There is a light amount of earthy funkiness that is followed by moderate flavors of tart dark fruits (sour cherries stand out). There is a lingering tartness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely one of the most unique and most interesting beers that I have tried in a long time - I've not had any other beers that are similar to this one. The combination of smoke, tartness/sourness, and maltiness is a very interesting combination. Definitely glad that I grabbed this one without thinking too much about it and I might be interested in finding some other offerings from this brewery. Alcohol is well hidden.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick off white head. Not cloudy. I like that. Has a slightly sour smell to it. Smokey. Little bitter than malt then smoke comes back. Didn't expect the smoke at all. Wow I like this very unique beer. This i will get another of.

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3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a stange. Had a dark brown color and thick consistency. There was an inch of off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A decent aroma of malt, cherries, and some chocolate as well.

T: Tasted of some moderate dark chocolate notes, a lot of malt (typical of German beers), a bit of cherries, some other dark fruits, a sour quality, and a smokiness that's not overbearing. A solid flavor that's more aggressive than most altbiers. It's a little thin in spots, but still an interesting flavor.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, this is a solid beer. It has its flaws, but is definitely worth a try.

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Methusalem Sour Altbier from The Monarchy
4 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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