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Alpine Beer Company Chez Monmee

Alpine Beer Company Chez Monmee
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A Belgian Lambic non-barrel aged version of Alpine’s Chez Moneiux Kriek Lambic, which brewer Pat McIllhenney has named Chez Monmee. Instead of barrel aging, Pat added the beer and cherries into a small stainless steel fermentor and let it age. Generous amounts of the tart montmorency cherry were added after 12 months of aging. Sour from lactic and acetic acids produced from special wild yeasts. A delicious tart, sour treat.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at alpine. 6oz pour into a snifter glass... Pours a murky, almost entirely non-transparent red grape hue and topped with a thin film of frothy white head that is quick to fade leaving a thin ring around the outsides of the glass... Aroma is sour and lactic with an equal amount of cherry influence. A modicum of cheese adds some additional complexity and nuance... Flavor is far from being refined and is quite in your face with a sour acidic rush upfront followed up with more of a cherry presence through the middle and finish. ThIn to medium creamy body that becomes easier to drink after taking a few sips. Cherry and sour base beer work well together. Pretty nice after the initial shock.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Draft at the brew pub. Pours a mostly clear pale pink with a very thin off white ring. Nose was mostly sweet and sour cherries with faint citrus in the background. Both lightly tart and semi sweet on the palate. Glad I finaly got to try this!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Pours a pale golden pink color with very little head. Nose was very tart with cherry and lambic funk. Taste was shockingly great. Might be the best american kriek i’ve had. Body is very dry and very thin, very tart, and no risidual sweetness from the cherries, just pure tart. I am very impressed with this one and wish it was around more.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Light reddish hues with a white head. Tart cherry flavors with moderate sour accents. Well balanced acid and fruit sweetness. Clean finish with some prickly carbonation on your tongue. Very tasty and well made sour.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2010
On tap @ Alpine. Cloudy orangish in color with a tiny head. Aroma of old cheese, feet and cherries. The flavor is acidic and lactic sour with just some light sweetness and bitterness. Light body with active carbonation and a really dry musty finish. This had something weird going on, couldn’t get past the musty old cheese/feet aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Served on tap at the brewpub. The appearance is a grapefruit juice red hue with a lot of bubbles and an off white head. The aromas are strong with tart and sweet cherries, the tart and bubble action jump up your nose. The flavors are full of wild funk flavors enough to clench your face. Nice amounts of tart mild cherries, some yeasty chalkiness, and some vinegar. The mouth is well carbed with a great pucker. Well done sour. A lot of character even without the usual barrel treatment.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Pour is pink grapefruit with limited head. Smell is vinegar and citrus. The sourness nails you in the back of your throat.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Taster at the brewery/restaurant. Pours a cloudy pink-orange color with a small pinkish head(looks kinda grotesque). The aroma is funky with wonderful county landfill and garbage dump bouquets. The flavor is overtly sour and complex with sour cherries, sour persimmons, mangoes and grapes. The palate is smooth and full with lively carbonation. The finish is impossibly long with lingering sour notes. Overall: This is a sour lovers sour, and its one of the most unashamedly sour beers that I’ve had in a long time.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Ruby red grapefruit pour. Aroma is super vinegar and very funky. Sweet cherries, very tart with some phenolics.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
On tap at The Alpine Resturant....pours like a pink grapefruit color with a pinkish head...Aroma is funky funky funky. Vinegar, horse blanket and maybe some feet...Verrry sour and tart flavor..Wow


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