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The Monarchy
Brewed at Vormann Brauerei

Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Köln (Cologne), Germany
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Methusalem is a tradidional Dortmunder Altbier (also known as Adambier) which was especially popular in the 18th century in the area around Dortmund. It used to be one of the richest top-fermenting beers in Germany.


aenima's rating

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (254) - Askim, - FEB 1, 2014
Sour and smokey aroma. Caramel, chocolate, smoke and funk. Not my type of beer. Very strange.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob_w (294) - new york, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Tantalizing, complex aroma. Teakwood brown color. The aroma has a hint of mild funkiness, with caramel and a touch of dark fruit. Flavor very complex, with mild sourness mixing with malt sweetness, some hop bitterness. It all comes together quite nicely! Substantial body to this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (4953) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2014
Sampled at Festival der Bierkulturen, Koln. Pours clear dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is light funky with red fruits, caramel and malt. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate acidic. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8252) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with white head. Nose and taste of grape bubblegum, sour dark berry, toffee, caramel and blackberry. Medium body.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gaultier (297) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends 13/6-14. Aroma: Yeast, some smokey notes. Taste: Fruity, berries, sweet, a bit funky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3354) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2014
New Beer Distributors, NYC 50cl ($5): Pours amber brown with an off-white head. Aroma is berries, vinous a bit, yeast, and malts. Taste is sugary and sour, but then hits off at the end with a nice little hoppy bite. Alcohol is very well covered.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ragnampiza (387) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JUN 11, 2014
500 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Deep and dark amber, slighty hazy, with a nice, creamy, forever lasting light beige head. Sharp, very fruity and slightly tannic nose. Definitely some light/white wine qualities to it. Light malt presence, grapes, maybe a hint of dark fruits or wild type of berries. Surprisingly zero alcool smell. Pleasent and intriguing nose overall. Quite different in the mouth. Again a winey presence, redd-ish this time tho, quite slick and oily, slightly warming, but in no way I’d have guessed about 10%. Some wet wood/earth presence, solid malt backbone, less fruity and more dark/roasted compared to the aroma. Very mild sourness, it’s more tart. Average carbonation, medium body, oily texture. What a surprise! Extremely good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (738) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUN 10, 2014
BOTTLE 50CL from Erzengel. Thnankls Look: clear dark ruby-brown, small beige frothy head with poor retention. Aroma: vinous - stale wine/light vinegar, nice malty character with dark fruit tones (prunes, figs, cranberries), some yeast/dough, some chocolate even! Taste: again, malt sweetness, dark fruit with light vinous acidity. Medium to rich body, still drinkable. The 10% abv are nowhere to be found.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (3219) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2014
At FdB 2014. Poured hazy reddish amber with a small off white head. Aroma of sour, vinous fruit, light mocha. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma, pretty sour.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JulienHuxley (3019) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour, thin head. Aroma is very toasty, roasty, dark chocolate, light soured wheaty notes. Taste is roasty, light sourness, tart with a lot of burnt grain, light coffee, chocolaty notes. Palate is med full bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad, but quite difficult to drink, rather heavy which clashes with the dry sour style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2014

Bottle 500ml.

[ As The Monarchy Methusalem ].
Clear medium to dark red amber color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, wood, dried fruit, moderate caramel, tart notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, dried fruit, wood, bread, sharp, tart, sour malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140328]


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