Monstre Rouge | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HoosBrews on 06-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown ith some reddish highlights. Smoke and roast along with the malt in the aroma. A little sour, woody.Smooth mouthfeel. Aged somewhat since brewed which may have mellowed the hops.

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Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking red color, it had a thin tan colored head on top. The head didn't really last very long. The smell of the beer was a little funky on the nose but had a good amount of cherry in the mix as well. The taste of the beer wasn't as sour as what I expected after smelling it. The taste was rather subtle on the tart side and pretty enjoyable I thought. The mouthfeel is was light and kind of on the flat side. Overall I think this beer is decent, but I wouldn't want an entire bottle for myself.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.25/5  rDev -61.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a moderate sized head that quickly died down to a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light notes of citrusy and piney hops in the nose along with some hints of tartness.
T: The taste is very complex and has an interesting mix of flavors including citrusy and piney hops--which contribute a mild amount of bitterness--mixed in with sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There are some warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink because it's neither too bitter nor sour. I would definitely try this beer again given its unique hybrid style and blend between these flavors.

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Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After trying this on tap and getting nothing but butterscotch, I was hesitant to open the bottle I had picked up previously. I'm happy to report it's far better than the tap sample I had.

Synthetic cork dated "01/04/12" and unusually long. Into a tulip this pours with a thick blanket of creamy, sticky foam. It laces all over the glass. A transparent skim is left after several minutes.

Resiny green hop aroma at first, segueing into sweet overripe fruit, oak traces, and unique Belgian yeast.

Very malt forward, spicy and bready rye and crystal malt, notes of citrus, toasted oak, and dried orange peel and bitter cranberry tannins. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly robust and malt driven. No hint of Brett mentioned on the label. Not hard to sip at all, just throw out any preconceived ideas or expectations of a Flanders ale.

This is obviously a "hybrid style" beer and no Flanders Red Ale at all. More an "Imperial American Red Ale" if splitting hairs. Slamming decent beers in reviews may be the trend du jour, but this one doesn't deserve it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a small, off-white head of sudsy foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled funky and phenolic. Some fruity notes, too.

T - Very unique. It was spicy, funky and fruity. The oak brought out some vanilla notes as the beer continued to warm up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - I really liked this. It was quite unique. Not your typical Flanders Red Ale but it was good.

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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head that leaves lace curtains behind

Smell: The caramel malt and piney hops from BHM are there for sure, but there is also a growing sweet-tart cherry character that starts to overwhelm the longer I sniff

Taste: Starts out like a rather malty DIPA, with the caramel and piney hops dominant but as I swirl the liquid in my mouth, the herbal sweet-tart cherry flavors arrive; by mid-palate, the herbaciousness is overwhelming and, in the finish, as well, there is a very bitter phenolic character that verges on medicinal; the Brett dries it all out at the end in an interesting fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fascinating experiment that, alas, doesn't quite do it for me; amazing how many reviewers thus far either didn't read the label or were served the beer without explanation; there is lots of confusion about what this beer is supposed to be though the decision to call this an Imperial Flanders Red doesn't help matters, either

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Photo of largadeer
1.44/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at The Bruery Provisions. Monstre Rouge is a murky, hazy amber-red; it pours with a finger of head that settles to a film. The aroma is a perplexing blend of sweaty funk, brash oak, dark fruit, metal and muddled hops. The palate is surprisingly bitter, astringent and metallic. Sweetness peaks through a bit, as do notes of dark fruit. It isn't sour so much as it's funky, and there's little of the acetic sourness that's characteristic of a Flemish red. It finishes with harsh American oak astringency. This is absolutely awful, I choked down about an ounce of my pour before I could finish no more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Proef Brouwerij, "Monstre Rouge - Imperial Flanders Red Ale"
750 ml bottle, corked & caged

Appearance: Cloudy, russet brown body with orange and gold highlights. Creamy light tan head with average retention but nice lacing.

Smell: Malty and hoppy with notes of grain, bread, caramel, brown sugar, pine, leaves/underbrush, and a bit of citrus rind.

Taste: I really like the malt flavor on this one. It's very rich, and it makes me think of Munich malt, but it's also got a bit of a spicy edge to it (of course, that might be the hops talking!). It's more malty and hoppy than I expected for an "Imperial" Flanders red, but you do get a bit of the Brettanomcyes with its tang, leather, and mustiness in the finish so I guess the tag still works. Perhaps it will dry a bit with age, thinning the malt out a bit, and I would hope, also softening the hops because I personally feel they're a little strong for the "Flanders red" designation (even if it is "Imperial"). Additionally, I think it needs a bit of time for the yeast to sediment out. Other than that, it's a well-made, rich and hoppy but still balanced ale. It's solidly bitter and it's got a nice bit of oaky dryness to it that leaves you ready to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Creamy smooth with just enough tickle from the carbonation to keep it alive.

Overall: Interesting, and certainly worth trying to be sure.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on [email protected] Armsby Abbey.

A: Has a nice 1.5 finger fluffy Belgian messy head that leaves lotsnof lacing and fades slowly over the darker raisin colored reddish brown mahogany hazy beer.

N: Starts with caramel.and a little roasty toasty malts, a slight tangy and fruity note and touch of juicy sour berry aroma, bready malts.

T: Toasty and malty, sweet and syrupy. Lots of malts, toasty and caramel, bready malts, slight bitterness, chewy, touch o tangy fruit and dry yeast. Creamy and malty, a little touch booze. A very slight oxidized taste too, which is weird for being on tap. Touch of oak and some earthy bitterness. Some Belgian malts and touch of brown sugar even.

M: Mostly medium thick and syrupy, decent carbonation.

F: Semi bitter on the finish, some toasty malts and syrupy stickiness but pretty dry. No tang anymore either. Touch of warmin booze.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle poured with a hazy red-brown body and a modest head.

Fruity, sour, lightly spicy and smoky aroma.

Very dry finish reminiscent of dry red wine.

Lightly sour and bitter.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer,its NOT anything like a Imperial Flanders Red in my mind,the bottle is a little confusing.Pourred into a chalice at Vintage 301 a deeply hazed amber/copper color with a real well defined one finger slight off white head that held well.Alot of caramel in the nose with a tinge of vanilla,a healthy dose of citrusy hops as well,the funk is light but is noticeable.While the flavor of the beer is pretty good it seemed to lack a little in complexity,there is a big shot of piney hop along with some caramel malt,but it seemed to kinda fizzle out after that,light phenols emerge after a bit but they dont add or subtract much to the beer.Its a pretty good beer if you take it for what it is,but it lacks a little complexity like mentioned before.

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Photo of nickfl
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.91/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks (or not) to Max for opening this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate red-amber color into a red wine glass. Slight red-tinged light tan head with a bit of retention and some mild lacing. From there, it's all downhill. The nose is some light malt and hints of cherry and oak. No perceivable lactic or acetic character, and what is there is quite faint. The taste really adds nothing and is quite terrible, considering the style. There is absolutely no sourness, no vinegar, no oak. This is just a slightly sweetened amber ale with a mild amount of cherry. The feel is awful. It's light and contains nothing that would indicate its style. Drainpour.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.50 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a hazed, darkened red-amber body with a finger of yellowish foam.

Smell: A sweet-scented nose of caramel, toasted bread crusts, rye grain. Lightly nutty. Juicy, fruity citrus along with some pine and gentle florals. Minor sniff of the toasted oak. A few fleeting wafts of phenols, but only a few, mind you.

Taste: Sweet malts upfront with fine flavors of toasted bread and soft caramel candies and a faint nuttiness underneath. A good dose of wholesome American hops brings citrus as well as some earthy, resinous pine. Boldly bitter. Lightly oaky. It's about here that some light, punctuating phenols spring up and introduce a very subtle funkiness. Zesty rye malt throughout. Longly bitter finish with some noted alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A curious concoction that, at this stage, I'm just not digging. Sorry, but I'm just not. Perhaps some time spent tucked away in the bottle will reveal a more deepened Brett character.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

"Red Monster"? I'm hoping it's just that easy. Anyway, the beer pours a rather murky muddy brown topped by a steadfast couple o' fingers o' lovely cream-colored foam. The nose is decidedly one-sided in favor of piney hops, though some caramel and orange peel leak through. Not sure what to expect now. The taste comes off as an explosively disjointed Futurist collage comprising some heavy pine notes, a lot of orange peel, a touch of rye spice, some light caramel, and a harsh stab of brett near the end that hurts more than it pleases. All the interpenetration doesn't really make for much balance, let alone very good flavor combinations. Lots o' disappointment here. The body is a staunch medium, with a light carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. My brain can't make sense of this beer. It's not all bad, but I sure as hell don't want another one. That's sadly all I can say here.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Plastic composite cork (long one) in bottle with a weak pop upon removing. Pours a solid 2 fingers with uniform creamy looking bubbles. Off cream head manages to stay around pretty well. Body is a cloudy dark red/orange, with small yeast chunks floating around. Very good lacing sticking to the glass.

Bouquet is cream. Real nice cream with a small mellow cherry fruit nose. Good but very small, not much else I can get.

Taste is a thick hop feel missing the chew fruit components I associate with Flanders. Decent hop but faint bitter and not as prominent only in the swallow, very dry feeling finish as well. Not very complimenting, I don't think this works very well, it's kind of a mess. The beer really needs aeration to get some of the cherry fruit out of it, it's so hard to detect even when doing so.

I can drink this but I am not really that impressed by it. I'll probably never have it again.

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Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of AlexFields
1.48/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I drank this a couple months ago, just getting around to posting some old reviews.

APPEARANCE: Nothing excited, just a typical amber color.

SMELL: Malty. I may detect a faint trace of sourness, or that might just be my expectations telling me I should.

TASTE: This is terrible. It tastes like an aged DIPA, and I mean that in the worst possible way. Just a huge malt bomb with a faint trace of faded hops and ZERO sourness. The malts aren't even interesting, just that awful maltiness that's supposed to be hidden behind a big hop profile and only develops after the hops die. Maybe the hops would have made this beer drinkable when fresher but at this point it's nowhere close to enjoyable.

MOUTHFEEL: Wasn't paying a lot of attention to mouthfeel when drinking this as the flavor was just that bad. Suffice it to say the mouthfeel didn't stand out as a redeeming quality.

OVERALL: An epic fail. This was not even close to being a Flanders Red as advertised, nor to being any other kind of sour. I've never had another beer that was intended to be a sour that had literally NO detectable sourness or funk in the flavor. Incredible that this thing passed quality control. Truly awful, I would rather drink a PBR by far. Three of us forced down a few sips of this and then poured it out.

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Monstre Rouge from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 153 ratings