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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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having had this on tap at the La Jolla Public House in La Jolla, CA, I found it to be a very good, enjoyable beer with solid character that went well with food, but definitely with a rather one-dimensionally alcoholic fruity-fortified wine character.

Deep red, it had a creamy medium pale tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring, then nothing, but a little bit of lace.

Aroma was strong meaty fruit, alcohol, wet bread, steak sauce.

Taste was nice, creamy fruit, warming alcohol, fortified wine/port. It had a very good, full body, sweet-spicy character, good with burgers, but, as noted, rather one-dimensional.

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

I had this at ChurchKey from their bottle list. Monster rouge is a tasty but slightly unusual Flanders red. Was the butterscotch flavour deliberate?

A: Dark orange with a head that fades quick. 4

S: Alcohol. Fruit. Spice. 4

T: Spicy cloves and alcohol with a slightly butterscotch finish and some sourness. 4

M: Medium body. 4

O: 4

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Photo of codynevels
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Jay864SC
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mrshoes
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -38.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, faint sourness, yeast, notes of fruit and cherries. In the taste, caramel, notes of cherry, and a small roast. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel and notes of cherry in the aftertaste. More caramel and less sour than expected, a bit green, I think it needs to age a bit.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a tulip glass at a good temperature. Poured a slightly hazy but luminescent ruby, with moderate carbonation and a tight, very white head. Moderate lacing. The nose is quite pungent, with the dominant aroma being overripe melon, leading into clove. This repeats itself in the flavor, with the addition of a bit of toffee and some pepper. The impression of almost rotten melon is a bit overwhelming. On the finish it is surprisingly dry. The beer feels spritzy, and lighter than its abv.

This is an interesting beer, worth trying, but not something I would seek out after having had it once.

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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 ehammond1
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark cherry red and amber with a thin khaki colored head. Spots and lines of lacing left down the glass.

Muted and muddy aroma. A piney hop aroma and caramel malt are surprisingly dominant, even if faint. There's a slight hint of sweet fruits and a very mild tartness, but nothing as electrifying or exciting compared to others Flanders reds.

Very muddy flavor. The hops are earthy, the caramel malt is dominant, the fruit flavor is very mild, and its all encompassed with a very mild sour tartness. Disappointing.

Medium to thick mouthfeel--a little too thick and viscous for the style, though it doesn't particularly detract from the beer.

A very average, muddy Flanders red.

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Photo of b3shine
2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 mL to snifter. I'm thinking of a word... It's on the tip of my tongue... Oh yeah, AWFUL! This is an embarrassment to sours - and to Terrapin. I'm shocked they put their name on this. Probably pot-committed. As a sour, I'd be better off describing everything it's not. And at $15/bottle?!? Do yourself a favor next time you wanna try this: take your $15 and go buy yourself a case of Budweiser.

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Photo of julian
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: dark orange/amber in color, hazy. Nice almond colored head that lasts and leaves a decent layer on the surface. Thick curtainous lacing. 3.5

S: Hrm, not sure what to think. Smells kind of like roasted/dark malt, with a bit of wet wood, but this style shouldn’t have any of that. Yeah, I can’t get over that roasted aroma...2.5

T&M: A lot of roasted, dark toasted malt flavor up front. I don’t detect any tart/sourness that is typical of a flanders red ale, nor any sweetness. It’s just all about the roast and malt. Carbonation is medium to high and feels OK, finishes nicely with no adverse aftertaste. 3 / 3.5

O: Pretty much disappointed in this. It fails as a flanders red ale and I can’t get over the roasted malts which have no place here. De Proef could have probably done better without Terrapin, but I hate to say that. Terrapin makes some good beers. This beer just missed the mark. 3

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, reddish brown in color, cloudy

Smell: big apples and figs, little sour smell

Taste: hops, light oak, a touch of fig, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: Bitter start, sour middle, with a super bitter end, high carbonation, light body

Overall: This is exactly what I would expect from a collaboration between these two breweries--a nice Belgian beer with some big hops. This one is super unique and sure to please fans of both breweries. That said for the price, I will not be purchasing this one again. I do not think this works as a Flanders Red, but as a Strong Ale maybe a solid 3.5.

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

I picked this one up on a trip to Boone, NC back in the spring, only to find it was available across the river in Cincinnati. And all this time I thought I had a find... Anyway, review is from notes taken on 8/12/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a dark, murky coppery/cider color; beer starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger, light caramel colored head that is thick and creamy, and has decent retention; body dark and cloudy, very murky and it really can't be seen through (not opaque, though, like a stout or black beer); head eventually fades to a complete, but uneven skim and plenty of thick lacing left behind as well.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt that is sweet, and it seems amply hopped (as are most offerings that Terrapin has a hand in); bit of a peppery spiciness to it; I'm hard pressed to say it smells anything like a Flanders Red, but actually reminds me a bit of Big Hoppy Monster. Good, but not to style.

Taste: Well, much like the smell, it's got plenty of caramel maltiness to it, as well as a fair amount of grassy happiness to it; no tartness or funk to it at all, but there is a touch of the peppery spiciness mentioned in the nose. I like it, but not what I was expecting based upon the style it's being marketed as; bit of a musty and dusty flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and it's pretty smooth and creamy; carbonation is present and provides a touch of prickliness to it, but I would say it's pretty smooth overall; a thick, sticky coating is left all of the mouth, and there is a warming tingling sensation left to the gums; belly is left a tad warm as well.

Overall: It's good, and I would definitely drink it if it was a regular offering at a better price. Not what I was expecting, and that hurts it a little bit, but it's still a worthwhile beer.

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

750 ml synthetic corked and caged bottle.

It pours a nice rich red color with a creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is nothing like a normal Flemish red ale, but rather an american red ale. It isn't bad. It is simple and malty with some hop notes. Mostly caramel.

The flavor is okay. It is bitter but fruity. Kind of an odd combo but it is okay. It seems like a frankenbier but isn't too horrible.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork date of 01/04/12; Sampled June 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, nicely taned, slightly amber tinged head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red, but somehow gold tinged hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of buttery malt, woody oak notes, a woody spiciness that almost suggest of cinnamon, a herbal character that also somehow leans towards holiday spices, somehow big notes of cedar and perhaps pine sap laden saw dust. There is also an underlying caramelized sweetness that somehow accentuates a grapefruit like character that seems to be coming from American hops. What a weird aroma; it is weird because of all the character and complexity that is here, but somehow these seemingly incongruous aromatic notes work together in this beer; hops, caramel malt, woodiness, all work together. I suppose it seems like it won’t work because I am expecting this to be a sour and/or funky beer, but honestly the aroma doesn’t suggest that at all; the hops, wood and malt play too much of a role for me to recognize anything like a Flemish Sour (maybe I was reading too much into the name / style, maybe this has no sourness / funkiness to it. The oak really seems to accentuate an alcohol heat to the nose that at times tries to singe my nose (perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but it is definitely something).

The taste indeed confirms that this is not a sour / funky beer. It is amply hoppy, amply oaky and though secondarily to the first two, amply malty. Flavors of spicy, peppery, almost hot, oak is quite noticeable and this couples with a big hop character that accentuates the woody notes with a herbaceous character and a pine like character. The hops do suggest of cedar again (this is really a combination of the hops and oak), but also have a caramelized, ruby-red-grapefruit zest and ripe tangelo zest flavor that again sort of melds with and accentuates the oak. The malt clearly plays a secondary role here, but does distinctly contribute caramelized malt notes (these accentuate the fruitiness from the hops) as well as some nutty, toasted malt notes and a touch of spicy, wholesome whole-grain character. The body has enough heft to support the at times biting combination of oak and hop character; I wouldn’t call this a session or quaffing beer, but it does have some drink’ability.

The combination of the oak and hop character can be a bit harsh at times in this beer (especially in the flavor); this can actually be enjoyable though if you are ready, or can get on board (the latter being my case, since I thought this beer was going to be something completely different) with the raucous ride that is this beer. The big question is where does the complex yeast character come into play; I am sure it contributes to the overall character here, but it is completely drowned out by the oak, hops and even the malt. Still this is a beer that I am enjoying, even if it was something completely different from what I was expecting.

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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 donkeyrunner
2.54/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A birthday beer!

Dirty sepia pour sits dark brown in my glass. Creamy beige head settles down into a thick layer of retention that eases down to glass bottom and leaves a wide sheet of lace.

Caramel sweetness, bread crust and citrus hops make up the majority of the aroma. There's a very slight note of apple cider vinegar funk from the Brett but not nearly enough for the style.

Tastes like mildy apple juice influenced crystal malts, nutmeg, dark break and general "malt" flavor. Alcoholic warmth carried along with the citrus hop blast. So lacking in brett character it tastes more like a mediocre imperial red than anything else.

I'm not a stickler for style at all so I'm not saying a Flanders red with an obvious citrus hop character and very little funk is wrong. It's not just not thing.

Like James Taylor, it needs more funk.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle split into a couple large goblets. I'm reviewing the one that had more of the sediment poured into it

Pours a reddish brown, a little muddy, not much head or carbonation, a fair amount of suspended sediment. Smells sour and hoppy.

Taste is not so pleasant. Bitter, dingy, a little sour.

Mouthfeel is flat and a little oily. Overall, I'm not impressed. I'm pretty disappointed.

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

A: This poured a cloudy mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like bold toasted oak and vanilla and caramel, with some toffee and citrus and a bit of wild yeast.
T: It tasted like toasted oak and vanilla and coconut and caramel, with some citrus hops and sour yeast. It had a smooth sweet and sour aftertaste.
B: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was not a fitting beer for the style, but it was still really tasty and enjoyable. Had side by side with Zoetzuur, both are supposedly Flanders reds, but they were totally different beers. This was more like a bourbon barrel imperial red ale. Anyway, it had a nice body and the alcohol was super hidden, so it was crazy easy to drink. This could probably last a few years in the cellar. I like it.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy amber in color with a huge light brown head. Foam was big in this one and lingered for quite a while. Rather active carbonation with lots of bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Sweet malts, cherries and a touch of earthiness. No real acetic notes or sour fruit notes. The beer smells good, just not like a good Flanders.

T - Rather sweet with lots of sweetbreads and cherries. I also get just a touch of wood in the taste. A general fruitiness comes on as the beer warms. Once again, much like the smell, the taste is good enough; just nowhere in the ballpark of what I expect a good Flanders to taste like.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy and rather well carbonated. Leaves a slick feeling behind and the sweetness lingers quite a bit.

O - This was a good beer, just not a good Flanders. Not exactly sure what they were trying to go for here, but they missed the boat on the Flanders Red. I gave it a little bump on the scores because it is a good, well made beer; just not what I was looking for at $15+.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle dated best before 1/4/12 poured into a goblet.

Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a thick soupy off white head.

Smell is a sweet, malty, piny, grapefruity, pineapple, and some ripe fruit. Not too flanders red ale. More like a wild ale.

Taste is not sour. Biscuity sweet with some dry yeasty, breadiness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is more like a belgian ipa than a flanders red ale. I am glad it was only 7.49 at my local abc.

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Photo of davey101
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An $18 imperial flanders collaboration with a belgian brewery that I can't pronounce and an American one who's stuff I usually can't get. Off to a great start....

A - Pours a dark, cloudy red with a huge frothy head. This sat for about two weeks after the purchase, and with a slow pour there's still a decent bit of sediment and yeast "tadpoles" floating around

S - Cherry, oak, vanilla, malts, brown sugar, and...hops. This does smell great

T - Cherries and the oak along with a malty backbone. The finish is light hops and some alcohol but it is very clean. You can tell that the hops on their way out. After reading the reviews on here I was expecting something terrible. This isn't groundbreaking, but I think the flavors do work fairly well. I am missing the usual flanders bite/funk though.

O - This is half of a flanders red ale, with an IPA awkwardly mixed in. Still a good beer, but its just missing some aspects that made me buy this in the first place. Worth the price tag? No way. If this was half the price I would probably pick up another one to see what happens when the hops completely fade out.

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