Green Monster | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Halcyondays on 08-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
19.28%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
57
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 37
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -38%

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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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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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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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -38%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Green Monster from Deschutes Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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