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 MarcWP
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into Teku glass. The beer looks like a Flemish brown with a small tan head that lingers quite nicely. Looks fantastic.

The aroma on this is killer! Big cherry, new leather, strawberry jam, Cabernet, vanilla, and a floral note that I'm not sure where its coming from.

On the taste you get those cherries with dark grapes and apple cider vinegar as the main components. Pear, toffee, burnt sugar all adorn the background with an obvious presence of vanilla and oak from the barrels. There is an apparent sweetness to this but is actually pretty much cancelled out by the sourness. If the brett in here can go to work some more it should dry it out with age.

Mouthfeel is a light medium and the carbonation is pretty much spot on. You'd expect a heavier mouthfeel with the look and taste of this one.

Overall this is a surprise. Based on the fact Deschutes isn't really a sour producing brewery except for the Dissident, I didn't expect this to be so good. If you don't mind some residual sugars in your sours you will thoroughly enjoy this. I think age will benefit this and that is a surprise in of itself given this is already a 39 month old beer! The wine barrel usage is what made this a success in my opinion. My rating seems higher than it should be on paper but I think that is just due to the fact it looked perfect and smelled like candy! Suffered a bit more on the taste and mouthfeel but it was still fantastic in those departments. See what time does to this!

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4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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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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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3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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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