Green Monster | Deschutes Brewery

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Green MonsterGreen Monster

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Halcyondays on 08-26-2009

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

est after 9/1/14. Weird. Tart, acedic acid, vinegar, malt, toffee, Cherry skins and oak. A bit earthy. A little bit sour. Slight burn in the back of my throat. Was expecting this to be undrinkable but it's OK.

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Photo of rawfish
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It hurts to drink this beer, violent acidity and what would otherwise be a solid sour base but the off flavors and aromas are so plentiful you could call this complex. Sulfur, acetic acid, Balsamic vinegar, leather, bandaid, nail polish remover, diacetyl, woody tannins. Underlaying red berry, sherry, fig and maybe some toffee.

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Photo of rudzud
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with JLindros. Best after 9/1/14.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip dark clear brown, thin off white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of huge acetone notes, vinegar, buttery oak. Nostril burning acidic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, unpleasantly acidic, battery acid, light wine barrels, loads of vinegar, buttery barrel, ugh.

M - Mouthfeel was aggressively carbonated, sharp.

O - Overall this is a really unpleasant beer. Really abrasive.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to rudzud

Light fizzy foamy head, nice lacing, semi clear mahogany color.

Nose huge sour funk, weird lacto creamy sour milk, acetone, weird syrupy fruity mess, sour candy fruit, buttery oak but seems like diacetyl, dark berry, pretty of malt vinegar.

Taste brings more of the same, but starts with toasted brown malts, sweet candy malt, some caramel like notes, then big sour funk, some booze notes and big acidity, malt vinegar and sour dark fruit, a syrupy dark fruit mess, fig Newton loaded with acidity, lactic acid acetic acid.

Mouth is med syrupy bod with tons of acidity a little booze, light carb.

Overall a huge mess.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip. Best after date 9/1/14.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of light than head that fizzed away into a fuzzy collar. A few wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Sharp and vinegary nose similar to a Flanders red. I get notes of acetic acid, green apple, and tart red berries, with undertones of caramel. Hints of band-aid and nail polish come through as well.
T: Vinegar dominates the flavor upfront alongside notes of leather, caramel, and buttery oak. There is a touch of vanilla and chocolate near the finish, and the aftertaste is sweet and actually quite smooth. I get notes of tannic plum skins and a kiss of sweet fruit juice as well.
M: Sharp, biting acidity up front, tingly and quick carbonation, medium-full body, lightly greasy mouthfeel. The finish is drying and has a touch of gritty tannins.
O: The blast of acid upfront is tough to get past, but the rest of the beer is much more palatable. This beer is rough around the edges but not a complete mess. Like a Flanders red mixed with barleywine.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share from Rich. The sour fans hated this, but those of us who didn't like sours were a bit more forgiving. Initial aroma was nose hair singing, and taste sharp, but once it settled on the palate was warm and enjoyable. Big shock up front, subtle pleasure awaits.

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Photo of yankeepride
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

The smell was not as foul as I had been lead to believe, but the overbearing acidity really made it hard to enjoy this in anything other than a 2oz portion.

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Photo of MtnSoup
1.82/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer has all sorts of off-flavors. If you like this, you should consider finding a new hobby (aside from drinking beer), because this is a lesson in what a beer should not be. So many things wrong here.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess i had to smell it. Yes, it smells terrible, almost sulfiric. yet, curiosity made me taste it. Taste is nothing like the smell. Strange one indeed. At least I got to try this one on somebody else's dime. Now I can trade mine to some other curious soul. Or perhaps to somebody who craves this peculiar beast.
PS. I kinda liked the taste.

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Photo of jakewatt135
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best after 9/1/14
Opened on 2/2/15

Don't really know what they were going for here. Deep red appearance. Strong nail polish on the nose but it isn't enough to ruin the beer. Some sour, leather, and wine barrel flavor. Nothing special, mostly seems like a mash up of things that didn't work all that well.

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Photo of KillerWhale
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow! If your looking for something funky this is for you. Nail polish remover on the nose. Good mouth feel. Very tart, the wine barrels really shine through. There is so much going on in this beer.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Muddy looking with a thin khaki head. Red highlights in the light.

Fairly varied on the nose and taste bringing together fruity components of raisin, plum, and cherry. Barrel is prominent in all aspects with wood, wine, and vanilla. There is also caramel, chocolate, leather, vinegar and has some pucker to it. Medium bodied and carbonation.

It's like there was a pretty great beer and a mediocre one mixed together here. It has it's moments but it is a little odd.

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Photo of lighthabit
4/5  rDev +10.2%

best after 9/1/14 - opened on 12/9/14. wild: yep. funky: yep. fun: yep. gave it a 4 because, well, it's pretty wild :)

not one you'll want to finish yourself, it's just really crazy wild in the smell and taste. damp leather, aged fruit, tart, tart, tart, and a bit of carbonation. there is something a bit off putting in the nose, but it's tamed enough to not spoil the experience. mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy for the style, imho. worth the try if you run across it, tho if you aren't a fan of wilds, it probably isn't one you'll want to track down. deschutes, thanks for thinking outside the box; it was fun!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazed deep copper brown. Head is off-white with a small wispy cap. No lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Nutty. Leather and dark fruit. Cherry and tannic plum skin. Old chocolate and a touch of meat. Tons of cherry skin. Wet and musty. A ton of oak. Pecans. Old dried wood. A touch roasted. Malts are a touch sweet with a bit of caramelization. Slightly bready. Reminds me of Dissident with a nutty element. A touch of solvent with some mild earthy elements. Maybe even some rose water. Some vinegar - balsamic. Vague rotten fruit. Some musty funk. Barrel influence is heavy. A touch of wet hay.

Taste: A touch of old hop layered over a slightly caramelized malt base. Some solid earthy elements with some dark fruit. Cherry in abundance, tart skin, flesh, and juice. Fruit leather old worn leather. The nutty element from the nose is there but not nearly as aggressive. Some pecan and hazelnut. A solid lactic tartness. Vague milky sweetness. So much leather with a vague almost chocolate. Deeply tart with some citric powder on the back of everything. Warming makes it fruitier and ramps up the dry dry leather. Oak builds as well. Solid layer of red wine grape and old stale wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Screamingly dry up front but the sip makes it a bit juicier as it progresses. Slightly astringent.

Overall: Better than going to Fenway.

A nice accident. Carries a ton of fruit and barrel. Excited to see what another year or two will do to this beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/28/14

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Wait, this isn't green - lightly cloudy deep amber with some medium brown, pours with an average-sized, off-white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Big, burly, pungent funk - extremely ripe, with a ton of oak and vinegar - ripe balsamic vinegar and some wet, old, musty wood - some tartness, but any sourness is overshadowed by the funk - smells more like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin than an American Wild - caramel and sweet malts, with some brown bread

T: Balsamic vinegar, basically - ripe, rich, almost meaty funk - huge balsamic vinegar flavors and funk - underlying tartness and sourness - straight-up lactic sourness, very wet, musty, damp - big, woody oak character - some sweetness, caramel malts - lingering sour and more funk

M: Medium body, low carbonation, lingering funk

O: Wrong. This is not green.

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this. It's sour and extremely funky. Add a little Belgian yeast and this would seem like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin. It's ripe.

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Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz (best after 9/1/2014) into a tulip. Pours a murky brown w/ a loose 1-finger head.

Aroma is powerfully tart and oaky. Smells like a pretty standard Flanders oud bruin. Sweet brown sugar, sour cherries and vinegar.

Taste is puckeringly sour and dry. Lots of barrel oak. Unfortunately, the sourness overpowers everything else. Gets a bit more balanced as it warms, however.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a dry finish.

Overall a pretty rough beer. Reminds me a little bit of the Dissident, which is also a little too far on the vinegary scale for my taste.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Been hearing some mixed things about this one lately so figured the time is high to open my bottle. Consumed from a deschutes teku.

a - brew pours a deep ruby mahogany that settles in the glass as an almost plum purple. Nothin fizzy head fizzes away quickish.

s - nose screams cherry tart from across the room but closer inspection reveals a mixture of brown sugar, chocolate, mustiness and some vinous characteristics. The smells seem to clash quite a bit and not all that pleasing.

t/m/o - taste is also a mixed up concoction that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Mothers are some redeeming Flanders qualities in that one but they battle for supremacy with some brown sugar notes and the wine barrel. Feel is a bit puckers but mostly confused. Overall, a bit of a let down from a brewery that has come to mean flavorful brews...this one misses the mark, but not a total drain pour. I don't see myself getting through the bottle though.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 2014: 3.5
Dec. 2014: Time has been kind. Thanks Chris for sharing!

Tawny copper brown with an ample head of tan foam. Spotty lacing, wispy skim across the surface.

Aroma is complex and interesting. Wet leather, cranberry, saddle, balsamic.
Taste is tart and creamy, balsamic and cherry skins. Dry woody aftertaste.
Full bodied, rich and complex. Earthy and funky, closer to a wine barrel aged our bruin than anything.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby red one finger off white head with some carbonation and some lacing.

S-Lots of wine, grapes and oak. Some funk.

T-Lots of wine, oak, some grapes, mild funk not much else though.

M-Medium in body, and a very dry finish.

O-Very wine like. It got a lot of charactersistics rom the barrels. But at the end of the day nothing else as far as flavors really come through.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Reddish body. Thin collar.

Smell - Acetic. Green apples. Kinda vegetal. Caramel.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Very acetic. Caramel. Sour apples.

Mouthfeel - It's not super sour, but it's an intense flavor.

Overall -Too acetic for my tastes.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes' Green Monster. 7.3%. Aged 3 years in wine barrels.

Okay, I gotta say: The wax top makes for a good presentation, but it's a bitch to get off!

Appearance: Very small amount of head. Light, fine-bubbled lacing. Deep red-amber color.

Smell: Hmm. Very different than I was expecting. The first smell I get is a sort of pickle/olive brine, like what I would smell from my mom's potato salad. That's a first! Not getting any other scents, yet.

Taste/Moutfeel: Okay, I'm getting more of the olive brine on the palate, with some apple seed. Moderate acidity. Maybe some sour grape.

I gotta say, based on the reference I got from my coworker, this falls very short. Not my ideal for a sour at all. It is interesting, and unique, but not my thing. It's a shame, I was told this has a big green apple flavor, but I'm not getting any.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a slightly hazed amber/orange with a half inch of off white head. No lace.

Sour apple, bandaid, caramel and dark fruit battle up front. Oak smoothes it out a little.

The taste follows the smell. Not bad, but a little all over the place. Goes down smooth with a little pucker.

I'm aging one for sure. But I'm not sure this will end well. It isn't a bad sour, but there are a few, slightly off putting elements to it that will either disappear with age, or heavily assert themselves. I love Deschutes, so my fingers are crossed, and I will re review.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Best after 9/1/14.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is quite jarring with sour, nail polish remover, acidic, vinegar, and slight green apple aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, vinegar, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average sour taste-wise but the aromas are pretty poor and not pleasant to smell.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep deep amber, with half a finger of light tan head, OK retention good lacing.

S - super sour, mild heat, some horseradish and dark fruits/cherries and a bit of skunkyness

T - lots of sour funk, more funk, cherry. Tiny bit of heat.

M - medium bodied at most, great carbonation. Fantastic

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Out a of bottle at Haven in Orange, CA.

Mass props to the couple next to Raul (that is breaking up) for giving him a taste of their Green Monster. Thang is freaky; thang is freaky like Adel right out of the shower. Good levels of, well, everything. Not the best sour, but Raul can still feel it like Raul could.


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