Green Monster | Deschutes Brewery

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Green MonsterGreen Monster

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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 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 StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a real oddity here, apparently some kind of mess up that spends 39 months in pinot noir barrels. this is no joke. holy wine. it looks and tastes a lot like a flanders oud bruin, brown red in color, mostly flat looking with a thin wispy tan head and a lot of acid. this is tannic as anything on the nose, could almost be a glass of wine. fruit is prominent, and lactic funk dominates. the taste is super woody, almost like decaying wine barrel, its so infused its defined the character of the beer. lots of acid, dry fruit, and pinot. not as much hops as I hoped for, but a really dramatic flavor experience just the same. the feel is tongue squeezingly acidic, burning, heart burn inducing. decent carbonation for its age, and a thinner medium body. overall this is an exercise in excess, all this time in wine barrels has turned this almost into a wine itself. I like it, but I don't need to drink it again for a long time. it was tiring.

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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 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 mactrail
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

I've let this warm up for a half hour after the first eye-watering sip. Whatever interesting flavors may emerge out of this stew in the long run, I say it's infected. Smells intensely of acetic acid. Clear amberish brown with not much head and little in the way of carbonation.

This is the most intensely sweet and sour beer I've ever tasted. I don't taste much of any backbone of flavor. It's just sugar and vinegar. I can't see what's going to happen in a couple more year to improve it. The bacteria will eventually eat up the rest of the sugar and leave that raspy bitterness not born of hops. It will be even more vinegary with the sugar by products. It's already getting nastily bitter at the finish.

I"ll be interested to see if I'm wrong in a couple of years. A distinct woody flavor finally emerges, which is the one saving flavor. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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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 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 DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's amazing what the world of yeast can do. Take the brewery's organic pale ale, use a few strains of wild yeast, and you have a sour beer. The beer is tart, full of vinegar like acidity, and finishes with some apples and assorted mixed fruits in the finish. Pleasant all around.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours maroon, with a light white head, fair head retention.

S: Cherries, heavy acid, noticable bug character.

T: Sour cherries, the malt is evident with a hint of caramel, but the bugs and acid take over. A real "raw" tasting beer.

M: This thing is extremely acidic, it feels okay and mellow and at the very back end, major acid like pH 2 or less seems to come back. I thought it was kind of fun, but makes the beer annoy at times, not for everyone.

D: An intriguing wild ale, I don't think I've had a sour from Deschutes before, it was nice to see them come out with one, glad to try it.

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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 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 Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after Sept 9, 2014 on the label. The prices at the 3 stores in Casper that carry/carried it had a wide range from +$15 to +$17.

The Green Monster is red, a ruby red, and not green at all as you find in "coloured" brews around that, supposedly, Irish holiday. The foam is white and small but long lasting with some nice lacing.

Can you say...tart cherries and vinegar? That's what I get when I take multiple whiffs. My first bottle I tried, I could swear I got sour apples but not this time.

Sour cherries and vinegar in the taste as well with a hint of a spice of some sort..maybe cinnamon? Maybe I'm imagining that but I thought I'd mention it. It does have a good level of sourness and isn't huge with the abv.

Good mouthfeel, drinkability is good. Though not up to the level of other enjoyable sour brews I've had the chance to try, I find it definitely worthy of checking out. I wonder what it will taste like *after* the best after date? I guess I'll save a bottle and find out.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured a lighter crimson like cooloer with a dirty white cap, fizzy, head is good at first but then sordove fizzes away leaving minimal lacing bubbles and curtains

S: A nice blend of red and dark cherries back with some white wine notes. Some funkiness and wood.

T: Cherries dipped in vinegar. Initial lactic tartness with a unripe red cherry note. A little bit of white grapes in the background, some Earthiness, old wood and a nice stinging, dry, effervescent like finish with more fruits

M: Medium-full bosy, stinging from mainly the acid and tartness.

O: Very good, young despite the barrel life. If this beer can chill out in the bottle a bit this will be a gem in several years. Despite some of its "young" like properties it was definitely a good wild/sour....for me anyways

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.24.13

A - Pours a cloudy medium to dark brown with a tan fluffy head that fades slowly.

S - Tart fruit, apple, leather, and earthy.

T - Smooth pinot grapes and oak with a tart fruity - green apple finish.

D - Decent carbonation and a medium body. Silky smooth amazing mouth feel.

O - Tart green apple with lots of pinot and barrel. I enjoyed this one and am excited to see how it ages.

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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 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 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 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 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 notchucknorris
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep and murky brown color with a 1/2 finger sandy head. Leaves some light tracks of lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Definitely Flanders Brown-like. A rich sour cherry aroma with some pinot noir, raisin, leather and some light oak. Smells pretty great.

T: Very wine-like with a good lingering sourness. Pinot noit, sour black cherry, underripe red apple, leather and a creamy vanilla flavor. Light tannins and leather on the finish. Tons of rich, ripe fruit flavors while also giving a good kick of sourness. A really solid beer.

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Photo of mhaugo
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 7.3% ABV.
Appearance: Deep chestnut with a slight chill haze. Zero head (3.75/5).
Aroma: Sour cherries, grape Kool-Aid dust, very sharp red wine, and a faint whiff of oak (4.5/5).
Taste: Rich red wine, sweet malt, intense sour, toasted oak, tobacco, and leather. Definitely opens up as it approaches room temperture (4.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation. Velvety smooth and with a sour pucker in the finish (4.5/5).
Overall: With the limited release this beer saw, I assumed that I would probably never see a bottle of it. Imagine my surprise when I ran across a bomber today. There is no subtlty in here. The flavors are big, bold, and concentrated. It’s fun to drink and should be interesting to see what it turns into after a few years in the cellar. Glad I grabbed a second bottle (4.25/5).

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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 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 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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