Beer #144 De Proef & Terrapin Monstre Rouge

De Proef & Terrapin Monstre Rouge

Name: Monstre Rouge

Style: Imperial Flanders Red Ale

Brewery: De Proef Brouwerij (bvba Andelot). & Terrapin Beer Co. “Brewmaster’s Collaboration”.

Country:  USA & Belgium

Region:  Brewed at  De Proef &Terrapin Monstre RougeBrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

ABV: 8.5% Abv

How served: 750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.            

My Overall Opinion:  Good.

I paired this beer with: Fish Stew. 

Tasted on:  Monday October 4th, 2010   

Note:  This beer poured an opaque reddish brown with a 3 finger a light brown head which left a thin lacing in the glass.    The nose was oaky and sweet with some mild piney hops.  The taste was not what I would consider to be that of a Flanders Red, let alone an Imperial Flanders Red. The taste was caramel sweet & rye bread up front then finished with a citrusy and piney hop bitterness. I was unable to detect any of the tartness you would usually get with a Flemish Red like Rodenbach Grand Cru or Vichtenaar. It tasted good, but not at all to the style. The mouthfeel was of a medium body, smooth and with a nice level of carbonation for the style.  The drinkability was pleasant with a nice level of warmth from the 8.5% abv.

On the Label:  Pushing the envelope and creating new beer styles is what Terrapin Beer Company is all about.  When our Brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski found that he would get the opportunity to help create the next “Brewmaster’s Collaboration” with Dirk Naudts from De Proef Brouwerij, all gloves and brewing boots were off!

To stay true to Terrapin Tradition, Spike and Dirk have outdone themselves by creating an Imperial Flanders Red Ale Called “Monstre Rouge.”  Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij in Lochristi Belgium, these two creative masterminds of malts and hops have come up with an offbeat style that combines new age American and old world Belgium brewing techniques.

Monstre Rouge is loosely based off Terrapin’s “Big Hoppy Monster” recipe with a little of Spike’s favorite ingredient (Rye Malt) thrown in for good measure.  Fermented with one of Dirk’s coveted yeast stains (Brettanomyces) and aged on toasted American oak, this beer is tart, sour, sweet, hoppy and woody all wrapped in a beautiful red color.  Brewed with a copious amount of crystal malts ranging in color from 20-75  lovibond as well as Munich and Rye, the Monstre Rouge is not your ordinary Flanders Red.  American hops impart hints of citrus and pine complementing the complex malt and yeast flavors.

We hope you enjoy our creation of water, malt, yeast and hops.

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Beer #94 Southern Tier Big Red

Southern Tier Big Red

Name: Big Red

Style: Imperial Red Ale

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Co.  website

Country: USA

Region: Lakewood, New York

ABV: 9.0% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into an Affligem chalice.        

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: Pasta with a marinara sauce.

Tasted on: Sunday April 4th, 2010. 

Note: This beer paired well with my pasta dish.  It was tasty and had a good balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.  There seemed to be something missing in this beer, maybe it was that it was too thin for what I was expecting in this Red Ale, maybe it was that I used the wrong glassware, a chalice instead of a snifter.  I’ll give this beer one more chance in the future and use a snifter, but I don’t think that was it.  

 On the Label: Imperial Red Ale.  Fueled by Creativity & Imagination.

Alc. 9% by Vol.

20° plato

15° L

2-row pale malt

chocolate malt

 kettle hops: hallertau magnum & hallertau tradition

dry hops: hallertau perle & hallertau magnum

 store in a cool place.  Serve chilled in a snifter.  Best at 42°F (5.5°C) 

From their website:   big red Imperial Red Ale fueled by creativity & imagination.   Inspiration can sometimes be found in the strangest of places. This eccentric brew started with a single flower from a hop named Hallertau. The delicate and spicy aroma present in this flower has been responsible for generations of great beers. Hallertau hops are to a brewer what an old tractor is to a farmer: reliable. Big Red expresses the nobility of Hallertau by placing it at the forefront of this Imperial Ale. Pour it into a snifter. A swirl allows the spicy aromas to come forward as a taste to the lips reveals the complex balance between sweet malts and the bitterness of hops. Big Red’s ability to please is as dependable as your grandpa’s old tractor, and just as powerful–so please don’t drink and drive.  9.5% abv • 15ºL • Imperial Red Ale • 22 oz / 1/2 keg / 1/6 keg

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Beer #51 YuleSmith


YuleSmith Holiday Ale


Name: YuleSmith 

Style: Imperial Red Ale 

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company website 

Country: USA 

Region:  San Diego, California 

ABV: 8.50% 

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a La Chouffe glass.      

My Overall Opinion: Very Good  

I paired this beer with: a 2009 Abyss & 2009 Dark Lord, what a great combination. 

Tasted on: Tuesday December 15, 2009. 

Note:  This was the Winter version, keeping with my Christmas/winter theme.  Their summer versions label is Red & Blue while the winter version the label is Red & Green. 

 From their website:  Yulesmith Holiday Ale (Summer & Winter Seasonal) 

Our most popular seasonal ale, YuleSmith is brewed twice a year in two different, yet similar, styles: An Imperial / Double IPA and an Imperial / Double Red Ale. 

During the summer, YuleSmith is transformed into a big, hoppy, Double IPA. The enormous load of hops requires a substantial malt background to create just the right balance for a Double IPA. Lighter in color, summer YuleSmith is available around the 4th of July and is packaged in a red, white, and blue bottle.

For the winter season, YuleSmith is brewed as an Imperial Red Ale. This version is maltier, more balanced, and darker in color than the summer version. Although quite malty, big hop flavors and aromas are abundant making this an unforgettable winter warmer.   Winter YuleSmith is packaged in traditional holiday red and green.

2009 Abyss, Dark Lord and YuleSmith


This is the 20th of my daily Christmas beer, on my quest for a Christmas beer a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  There are now only 9 more beers until Christmas!

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