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Monstre Rouge | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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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 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 HeyItsChili
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a box of goodies from the Charleston Beer Exchange.

A - Pours dark copper with amber highlights and a thin cream colored head.

S - Sour plums and other similarly sour fruits, sweet malts, sugar.

T - The sour is really well paired with the bitter hops and all-around sweetness. This one has a lot of flavor going on, sort of bumrushes the palate, and leaves the tongue a little sour.

M - Extremely tingly yet smooth.

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Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy brown with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malts sour fruits and hops

T - Follows the nose sweet malt upfront then the sour fruit and finishes with some hop bitterness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is an interesting take on the style its a good beer but I don't think I like this much hops in it but that won't stop me from finishing the bottle worth picking up to try and share with a friend

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Photo of Durge
4.27/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Massachusetts this one shows a dark amber/copper color, hazy with a very nice off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma shows strong malty coconut custard with mango highlights. Awesome! Though not what I was expecting. The first swig brings on more custard malt and maple, raspberry tinges and buttery caramel malt. What a sweet treat in a solidly medium bodied brew with mild carbonation. I get an interesting floral/grass bite in what ultimately is a pretty intensely complex experience, yet I would give it fair drinkability for the style and alcohol level. There is a decided cherry or berry highlight but it all blends into a nice malt theme that includes a subtle citrus hop finish. A great brew for the sweet tooth, finish your meal with this and call it a night. A great surprise find at The Abbey but be warned that this is not very representative of the style from my limited experience. But I really like this stuff for more of a complex malt experience.

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Photo of snpub540
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Poured a murky mahogany hue with an eggshell colored head. Left some thin strips of lacing on the glass.

Smells of caramel malts and it has a sweet cherry aroma. Hint of alcohol sweetness in there as well.

Taste is mostly caramel and nutty malt flavors with a nice amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Not a lot of sour or any tang that I was expecting. Definately more of a barleywine flavor than a flanders.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium. Nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is down a little because alcohol gets stronger as it warms. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.79/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a light off-white head, nice lace.

S: Smells a lot like a year old Old Guardian, lots of sweet malt.

T: Pretty much a barleywine flavour with a hint of quad. Lots of crystal style malt, light citrus hop notes. Good flavour.

M: Full-bodied, very smooth, creamy, nice. But I have to ding it here calling itself a Flanders Red. There is absolutely no acidity, stop with the false advertising.

D: Call this an Imperial Red or Barleywine and I'll be fine, it is a good beer overall. Just don't expect anything resembling a Flanders Red.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.58/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a very murky brownish-amber (more red emerges with backlighting) with 2 inch off-white head. Great retention and nice sticky lacing.
S: Sweet citrus mixed with sharp pine hops hits first. Honeydew and a hint of sour brett come next. Mint and more fruit (passion fruit, pineapple) emerge later.
T: Wow! Soft sweet melon hits first, then piney hops, funk, and cinnamon are next. Then come very dry citrus hops and tart under ripe fruit. Chalk, sweet malt, and melon make appearances too. With warming, the alcohol finally comes through as does oak and caramel notes. Mind-blowingly complex!
M: Smooth and sweet at first, then astringent and resinous...almost sticky in a sugary maple syrup way. This turns to dry and tart in the finish.
D: A truly unique brew...wonderfully complex and interesting in the best sense of the word. This series produces another big winner. Seek it out and enjoy!

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Photo of DaveHS
3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with an inch and a half of fluffy dark tan head. Leaves moderate lacing. Aromas of caramel malt and red wine vinegar make for an unusual first whiff. When you get deeper into it, there are traces of rye maltiness, sour berries, and green apple. The first flavors to come through are toasty, bready malts and caramel, followed by alternately piney and fruity hops. The brettanomyces isn't too funky in this, very subdued. I'm sure it will assert itself over time. It's not sour, though. Calling this an Imperial Flanders Red is misleading, but it's a minor complaint when the beer is this good. Medium bodied with vibrant carbonation. This was a successful experiment, and an opportunity to try something from Terrapin, who are not yet distributed in the Bay Area.

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Photo of jedwards
3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foams up rapidly on the pour and settles to an inch-thick, off-white head interspersed with large voids. The beer itself is a pale brownish red and quite translucent (a small pool of dregs settled out towards the end of the glass). Smell is very hop-forward, classic dry-hopped floral/pine aromatics alongside sweet malt, bread, and vanilla. Taste is quite unusual -- dominated by vanilla/cocoa for me, with an extremely well-balanced hoppiness and toffee/raisin finish. Mouthfeel is dry and medium-bodied, high carbonation. Overall I enjoyed the beer, though I certainly wouldn't class it with the great Flemish Red. Dry-hopping has always been a pleasant addition to this style and it was nice to try a beer that took it further.

I most likely won't purchase another bottle, but that's mostly due to the cost.

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Photo of nobes341
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amazing soapy, foamy head that dissipates like dish soap suds. Leaves a thick, lumpy slightly off white head. Has an amazing reddish hue with a hint of amber when held to light.

S: Can definitely smell the funky Belgian yeast strain on this beauty. Also citrus and pine is very prominent in the nose. A sweet piney aroma.. almost fruity like a fresh cut green apple.

T: You're hit by a shotgun of complex flavors all taking turns making an appearance. Woody hits me immediately upon quaff. Next, a sweet, roasty brown sugar sets in. Then, a powerful wave citrusy/piney hop bitter spikes your tongue. The pine is more prominent with the aftertaste. As it mellows out, the citrus rolls back in. There's a trace of the funky Belgian in the background, but it doesn't stand out as much as I would have thought it would. It doesn't have the characteristic sour/tart that you expect from a Flanders Red either. That's ok though!!

M: Medium bodied. Slightly slick as it sloshes around in your mouth. Dries out as the hops set in to finish it off.

D: Goes down very easy. The hops and complexities keep you from gulping, but you keep going back for more to see if there's anything you missed in the flavor ball pit.

Truly an interesting and complex taste. No where near a Flanders Red Ale though. Flanders Reds are one of my favorite styles and I was hoping to get into a Flanders Red when I bought it. Instead, I found a worthy replacement.

BTW - I looked at each field objectively and a 4.5 swept the board. It earned it. I would have given it a 5.0 in Taste had it had some characteristics of a Flanders Red! I'm not disappointed, I just don't think it lives up to its style category. The brewers claim to have created a new style, "Imperial Flanders Red Ale", it just really has no characteristics in the Taste (where it counts).

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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 BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Devil's Den.

Red monster pours a dark brownish red color with a nice amount of dark tan foam up above leaving slight globs of lace, quite a head on this considering the ABV, well it is off the tap. Smell is alot of caramel from the malt, a small amount of vinegar, some vanilla and rye, and a blanket of apple. Tastes include caramel big time, a hop bite not normally seen in the style but not as large as other people are describing. Vanilla in the middle with a small tartness that aint all that large. Truth be told I was not expecting this to be that sour so I'm not salty or anything. In some ways this has some qualities as a large dubble with some brett in there for some reason or another. Feel is a big medium with a nice crispness, carbed up well but kinda hidden under the body. I could not drink alot of this stuff, glad I tried this, but I've never been blown away be anything in this series of beers.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.12/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the devils den.

A- comes my way with a nice two fingers of still cascading slightly red hued head. After some time and sips the head settles and leaves some sticky lace. Murky dark red brown in color. Dark fruits show as the brew warms.

S- oak and a hint of red wine vinegar. Dark sweet malts. Big vinous character. Mild background touch of cocoa.

T-deeper roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Lots of oak and some funk. Vinous through out with the wood carrying it.

M- medium bodied with about the same in carb. Super dry and tannic.

D- as time went this brew grew on me. Different for the style and very complex. A nice ride to say the least.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw a bottle of this at The Foodery... oddly, I was a little more intrigued by seeing the Terrapin name on the bottle than anything else. That, and the idea of an "Imperial Flanders Red" had me interested.

A: Certainly pours a red or deep amber... sandy coloured head forms magnificently on top, with modest retention but a full on coat of lace left as a souvenir.

S: Hops stand out in the nose, which has me a little baffled. Woody, earthy, and pine scents along with a slightly tart fruit smell pretty much make up the nose of the beer. Some malts are present, along with just a hint of mustiness that is a little unusual.

T: A massive hop presence that masks pretty much all of the other aspects of being a Flanders Red. The 'sour cherry' flavour is on a back burner, and the general dryness and tart flavours are all but missing completely. Pine and other evergreen hoppy flavours pair with a rather full body to create an unusual combo. Some fruity sweetness adds in a additional element of confusion.

D: Unfortunately, this beer seems to be a bit all over the place, with some rather poor flavour pairings. It's an intriguing idea, and perhaps one that could be revisited with a different recipe. Both breweries put out some amazing beers, and such an experiment is respectable, but it's one I'd put in the "live and learn" pile.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Patrick - thanks!

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of candied and lightly tart medium fruits - apricots and pears. Also present are mild amounts of leafy hop aromas.

Tastes OK. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by moderate amounts of leafy and somewhat earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip very light hints of candied medium fruit flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall the bottle version is cleaner and has more characteristics of the style than the tap version I had earlier but it still doesn't quite fit the bill. Hopefully this one will improve as it ages.

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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 MMAJYK
1.54/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Deep maroon color with some brown highlights. Small head that fades fast. The clarity is in the "murky" range.

S- Sweat, Pine, Prunes, Citrusy hops, perfume.

T- It tastes like Duchesse (sp?) mixed with a very astringent IPA or DIPA, then topped off with hairspray and nail polish remover. Absoulutely disgusting stuff and I want my $12 back.

M- Very highly carbonated, thin in the mouth, and astringent.

D- A drain pour. I've NEVER poured out a whole bottle of anything in all my years of brewing and tasting beers. This was my first.

I'm serious, this beer is a total mess with too many ingredients that dont work well together. Disgusting beer. I wish I would have never tried it.

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/25
Served in a stange.

A: This beer pours a ruddy reddish brown with a 1/4 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes to a film that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet, sweet, caramel malts and citrusy hops.

T: Taste is primarily sweet caramel malts, with hints of brown sugar in the flavoring. Some sweet fruits fill out the middle with a wildly sharp citrus hop bite in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth creamy mouthfeel.

D: Goes down easily, mildly filling, mild kick, not a good representation of the style as it is more of an IPA than Flanders Red, but it is a tasty brew.

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Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to afatty for sharing this one at his Flying Saucer plate party, reviewed from notes. 750mL bottle into a tulip glass pours a crisp dark amber with a thin khaki head. The aroma is an interesting blend of sour fruit and crisp citrus hops. The taste is a nice amount of citrus hops in the front with an interesting kick of rye and sour fruit. The beer is smooth and easy drinking with decent carbonation. This is a very interesting beer, one I would love to try again, if anything, to see how it changes when the hops fade with age.

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

Shared with a pal split into Duvel stems. Hazy chestnut brown with some deep crimson highlights. Fluffy inch of French vanilla head which is very thick and frothy. Wavy foam looking like a sand dune.

Red apple, cherry aroma and overall Brett tart.

Immediate taste of Brett with the subtle piney-citrus hops coming next. As with the regular Big Hoppy Monster, there is a noticeable spicy rye malt presence. This is a battle of the wild yeast and the big hops creating a nice treat. Lemon zest in the middle and dry. Finishes hoppy and dry.

Drinkability is good...I would have another glass in a bar.

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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 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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is vanilla, caramel malt and some very light tartness. The flavor is caramel malt and alcohol with some light tartness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. For a beer that says Imperial Flanders Red Ale on the label, I really expected more tartness.

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Photo of Hex92
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

HOPS. Piney Hops.

Pours murky and the head dissipates quickly. As far as beers made with Brett. this is one of the better ones since I didn't taste any of the sourness. Unfortunately I'm not a fan of hops. They didn't try top balance it out with malt.

So needless to say I will not purchase this beer again.

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Photo of stag
2.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drove to a release party to try this beer. Was very excited, because Flanders Reds are some of my favorite beers. This beer, however, is not a Flanders Red. We actually had to check to make sure we had the right beer. Right color, right glass, wrong beer. Super hoppy, a ton of American Oak, tiny bit of Brett dryness, and NO sourness. Very disappointing. Nice beer, definitely would have enjoyed it under different circumstances, but name/style needs to be changed.

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Monstre Rouge from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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