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Deschutes Green Monster

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by sharpski, Sep 3, 2013.

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  1. sharpski

    sharpski Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Just had it at the tasting room, and it's for real. Haven't had Dissident yet, but between this and the Currant Event, Deschutes is building a pretty respectable sour program IMO. Anyone else tried it?
     
  2. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Heard a lot about it, but never had it. This is going to have crazy limited distribution, right?
     
  3. DarrenStory

    DarrenStory Feb 11, 2013 Oregon
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    Stopped by the Portland Brewpub today to pick my bottles up. Didn't get a chance to try it because I had to go back to work, but a couple of the workers that I was talking to said they had it during their pre-shift meeting and they thought it was awesome. They had cases all over the place in the main entry but they definitely weren't selling them as fast as the XXV release. The place was very quite compared to that day. Likely because of Labor Day?
     
  4. suncrust

    suncrust Apr 17, 2011 Washington
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    Tried this at the Bend pub yesterday. Stumbled in and had no clue it was being released. Very, very sour. Lots of barrel in the aftertaste. Didn't enjoy it all that much actually. Apparently a pinot aged bad batch of something, aged for what the bartender said was over 5 years.

    The Bend pub also has a trippel on that was made with a blend of house yeast and Westvleteren yeast that an employee brought back from Belgium. Tasty stuff.
     
  5. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    I heard bottle prices were ranging @ $18ish retail, is that accurate?
     
  6. suncrust

    suncrust Apr 17, 2011 Washington
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    $18 at the Bend pub, yeah.
     
  7. harrymel

    harrymel Dec 15, 2010 Washington

    Medium interest. Deschutes has been declining in the last year or so for me. At $18, and no real distro (from what I understand), this will probably never hit my lips.
     
  8. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    So butt chug then?
     
  9. harrymel

    harrymel Dec 15, 2010 Washington

    Trying something new. Gonna make ice cubes from it on a string. Will feed in one by one. I think it'll have the dual impact of making me feel full & taut whilst prolonging the absorption so I can enjoy it longer.

    ...Now if only I could find a recipe for ice cubes.
     
  10. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    :eek:
     
  11. SeaAle

    SeaAle Jun 24, 2012 Oregon
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    I had it yesterday at the Portland pub and it was awesome. I love sours with a good vinegar lacto sourness taste and this one really has it. They need to keep brewing this monster.
     
  12. cavemanlawyer

    cavemanlawyer Dec 7, 2010 Oregon
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    I also had it yesterday at the Portland pub. I think it is great that Deschutes is still experimenting with new stuff. I hope they keep coming out with small batch projects like this.

    I did not particularly care for Green Monster and the $18 price tag for a bomber felt a little steep. The beer was quite sour as others pointed out but I tasted mostly old vinegar and burnt sugar that I did not care for.
     
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  13. sharpski

    sharpski Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    They are of course entitled to charge what they think is fair, but considering they've said it was a bad batch they stuck in barrels to see if it turned into something, $18 seems opportunistic. Hope this doesn't bode evil for Dissident pricing...
     
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  14. teddyarrowhead

    teddyarrowhead Oct 23, 2009 Oregon
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    I liked it myself. Most of any vinagery bite dissipated after the beer warmed and a lot more barrel showed up in the finish. It reminds me a lot of Collage when it was young, and that's doing pretty well a year in, so I'm hoping this ages in a similar fashion.
     
  15. guajolote

    guajolote Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Had it today at the PDX pub. Very sour. Quite vinegary. Got rather umami-y and rich (for lack of a better term) as I drank it. I didn't get any brett character. Thought it was good but couldn't justify pulling the trigger on a bottle.
     
  16. Dogfishipas

    Dogfishipas May 3, 2008 Washington

    Whistlestop in Everett got this in today if anyone is interested. They said they are the only place in the area to get it, but I dont know what that really means. I assume Special Brews got it too. Was $15.99 had 8 left around 7pm.
     
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  17. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    It's very good IMO. I would pay the sticker price.
     
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  18. pkrath84

    pkrath84 Jun 20, 2013 California

    I added a $2 taster to my Brewer's Choice Sampler (6 samples including BB XXV and Ben Brulee).

    I thought it was great! So much in fact that I purchased the $18 bomber to bring home. I may sneak out of my hotel at some point this weekend to pick up another bottle!

    I actually find it VERY interesting that BA rates it 87 and RB rates it 77.... Yet New Glarus Wild Sour ale gets 96 and 99, respectively.

    Either NG Wild Sour Ale is being over hyped, or Green monster is being underrated, IMO. They are in the same ball park to me! I actually prefer the stronger presence of sour in Green Monster.
     
  19. nate321

    nate321 Nov 8, 2011 Washington

    I haven't had the Green Monster yet, but I have had the NG Wild Sour and it is damn good. I am glad I was able to trade for a few of them.
     
  20. kscaldef

    kscaldef Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    I think there's a general trend that Portlanders rate harder than most of the rest of the country. With so many good choices, our standards are high!
     
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  21. cavemanlawyer

    cavemanlawyer Dec 7, 2010 Oregon
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    All of the RB ratings appear to be from 2009 which may have been a different batch or at least a much younger version. It looks like the BA ones are for the recent release, so the ratings disparity doesn't mean much.
     
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  22. podunkparte

    podunkparte Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    Yeah, I don't know how big they think their area is, but Special Brews definitely got it. I watched the case come in.

    Tried it, like it ok. Probably not gonna buy any though
     
  23. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    I was there yesterday and didn't see it - did they keep it behind the counter?
     
  24. podunkparte

    podunkparte Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    It probably just hasn't come out of the back yet. Ask Annie
     
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  25. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    Special Brews received one case, have to ask for it at the register. They are not putting it out on the floor.
     
  26. bgramer

    bgramer Feb 10, 2006 Washington


    That "Westvleteren yeast" is actually Westmalle yeast.
     
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  27. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    99 Bottles got what looks 5 cases. I picked up two bottles.
     
  28. MarcWP

    MarcWP Dec 2, 2012 Arizona
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    Had my first bottle tonight and found it pretty damn fantastic. It was very much like a Flanders style sour. Did get those burnt sugar notes along with toffee. And plenty of residual sugars which is odd for how old this is. But all in all I enjoyed it more than say a la folie or some of the typical shelf Flanders reds and browns. Loved the wine barrel character and cherry and grape flavors. Should continue age gracefully (still) for years to come.
     
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  29. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    3 cases at Gravity in Olympia.
     
  30. fsck

    fsck Apr 13, 2013 Washington
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    Any of it still available around Seattle?
     
  31. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    2 bottles left at Tacoma Boys on sixth ave as of 5:30 pm tonight
     
  32. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    Chucks had about 8 bottles left at 6 PM Friday night. Bottleworks might be getting more in next week.
     
  33. CardsWinAgain

    CardsWinAgain Jul 24, 2013 Washington
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    ^ this. Though I bought a bottle, shared it with some folks and we all dumped.. yucky beer.
     
  34. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    You've just inspired me to open up a Three Floyds Tiberian Inquisitor at the bottle share at the end of the month. A beer that people either like or hate. Generates good discussion.
     
  35. Dchlocal

    Dchlocal Jun 1, 2011 California

    Any news if southern CA has it yet?
     
  36. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I heard places down there had it earlier in the week. Same with AZ.
     
  37. SeaAle

    SeaAle Jun 24, 2012 Oregon
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    Now 1 left, I bought one more. Strange how it's $2 cheaper there than it was at the Deschutes Pub in Portland. $16 compared to $18.
     
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  38. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    I was surprised also. That's so far from the norm.
     
  39. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    Of course I got Bois at 15.99 there also. That one got corrected.
     
  40. pkrath84

    pkrath84 Jun 20, 2013 California

    Understandable... I'm loving my time here (been here 3 days, leaving monday afternoon)! I cant get enough of the AMAZING beer selection just a short walk from my hotel!
     
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