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Deschutes Green Monster

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Here at Deschutes Brewery, we’re always on the lookout for a chance to create something new. That’s why, more than 3 years ago, our brewers decided to fill up some Oregon pinot barrels with a beer gone astray and infect it with Brettanomyces, and then wait for the transformation. Around the brewhouse it was known as "Green Monster," and the name stuck. At the end of this experimentation story, you will find a monstrously fantastic, sour beer, with slight cherry and dried fruit aroma. In fact, the only scary thing about this beer is that it is SO LIMITED!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2014
Foamy tan ring on the sides of my glass. Tons of barrel, borderline astringent, so damn sour, sharp, a bit of Clorox, did I mention it's sour?

I don't really dig the Deschutes sours, and this is a good example of why.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Pours cloudy brownish color with tan head. Aromas of vinegar, cherry and caramel. Sweet and acetic flavors of caramel and cherries with some oak and wine. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
22 oz bottle, unknown year, sampled 3/15/14
Somewhat murky brownish-amber body has a beige head that dies rather rapidly.
Tons of oily vinegar in the nose is pitted against sweet caramel and cherry-like notes. Earthy and slightly dirty yeast notes with a slight tannic sharpness on the end.
Very big, rich and chewy in the mouth; it’s full on acetic acid and tons of brown sugar/caramel sweetness. Slight metallic and/or phenolic sharpness on the finish. Slick, oily, lightly carbonated texture. Very little finesse here and all over the place. Most of the problems are pretty forgiveable but ultimately, it’s just way too sweet. Rather off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1463) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottled of unknown age shared at RBNEG. Pours sort of orange brown with a one finger off white head. Aroma is acidic and salty. I’m thinking leather work gloves after a vigorous day of yard work. Taste follows. Average bodied with a tart finish. Not my style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2077) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle at the ratebeer New England meetup. My first contribution to the Cuvee. Aroma is decent with cherry skins, old wet hay, and leather. Taste is cherry, and some lemon with an acrid bile finish. I dont like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
WillRun 4Beer brought this one, year unknown

A - dark oaky maroon almost no head.

S - Peachy balsamic and red wine and nice oakiness.

T - Ooh um lots of tobacco, lots of oak, plastic and oak forward.

O - Pretty bad I didn’t finish the sample stored in a hot car for 20 years? Interesting but makes me wanna try it fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (417) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Shared at RBNG. Purs meduim amber with a scant white head. Pungent odor, blue cheese, wallpaper paste. Taste is a vinegary sour, some oxidation, some oak, finishes lemony tart.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Nice! A great sour brown tons of flavor. Tons of cherry and plum flavors, with a lemon sharp acidity, its ok, a little subpar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Salmoniform (245) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper amber hue with off white fizzy head. Aroma is oak, grape, vinegar, citrus. Mouthfeel is nice with light body and good carbonation. Taste is sour initially with astringent following and dry tartness in the finish. Overall , this is quite woody and acetic. Will be interesting to see how this develops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
writerljberg (487) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Bottle. A: Dark red bordering on black. Creme colored head with good retention. Good lacing. N: Overwhelming acetone. Vinegar and cherry underneath. Wine grape and oak. Olive and yeast. T: So acetic it causes a physical reaction. Some sweetness, but this vinegar sourness could kill a man. M: Medium body. Slick. O: They call it a mistake on the bottle. They should’ve gone with that.

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