brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark, reddish-brown color with perhaps a hint of orange. The head is fairly fluffy and off-white in color.
S: There is quite a bit of spice (cinnamon) in the nose, along with some dark fruits as well as bready malts.
T: The flavors were a bit disappointing, to be honest. Plenty of caramel malt, alcohol, spice, and overly sweet. The fruits were not as "real" as I was hoping, but more of a sugary, fake fruit flavor.
M: Decent enough body (medium) with a fairly high level of carbonation.
D: Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high for this one. I found it to be alright, but not amazing, and the alcohol presence doesn’t really make me want to drink a significant amount of this.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
belgium beers do not whet my fancy. i have never been to a belgium beer festival, nor will i ever. that said, monk’s blood has a cool name and cool can. sounds interesting, let’s give it a try.
pours dark red with little to no head. nose of yeast and bread, perhaps a ting of sour fruit. taste is somewhat typical of a belgium. taste is much the same, bready yeast with a little spice. i can’t really taste the vanilla. overall, not too bad, just not my style.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I;m gonna be honest here. This was the last beer of the night and frankly, my notes are pretty much illegible. I can pick up up that the review was largely positive, and I also seemed to express amazement that this came from a can. I seemed to have picked up some coffee, toffee, and beghelad. Also some whiksy, which I assume to be whiskey. Thanks to Secret Sant for this one.
Oh, and if anyone knows what beghelad is, drop me a line. I’d like to know.
obguthr (4900) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells of toejam, rad grapes, and pineapple. Ochre pour, with a medium tan head, decent lacing. It tastes of rust, must, sweaty feet, and elderberries. Finishes with red grapes. This was a very strange brew. Point for originality, but a point off for enjoyability. Not particularly well executed, but certainlt unique.
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz can thanks to a generous BA at BA La Muerta release) pours clear brown with nice bubbles and lacing. Nose of pomegranate, apricot. Taste of chocolate, bread, cranberry with a good fruity finish.
smcolw (613) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby brown with a glowing clarity. Thick beige head that settles slowly, but doesn’t leave much lace.
Sweet caramel aroma of darker crystal malts. No notable hop to the nose.
This is a tale of a sweet, rich beer. Here, I can detect the slightest of hop bitterness. Lots of sweet cola flavor. The alcohol doesn’t show up until the swallow. Very true to the style even with the oily body.
mar (5063) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
can thanks to a ba at the balm bottle release. deep amber with a cream head. pomegranate, apricot, dried fruits, yeast and no alcohol. nice on the palate, flavors of mixed dried fruits, light yeast and a light alcohol finish.
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Taphouse Grill. Clear ruby garnet color/ tan head. Mild cherry, toffee, malt powder aromas. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Good toffee sweet n’ spicy flavors with cherry, light roast finish.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Lures, Crownsville Md - Dark ruby red pour w/a moderate tan head. Classic sweet Belgian aroma. Flavors of dark fruit, candied sugar, vanilla, figs, roasted malt, & cherries w/some woodsy/oak overtones. Had a good bit of carbonation as well. Alcohol was well hidden, very smooth & easy to drink. This could be a session brew if not for the high alcohol, it was that smooth. Long malty finish. Good Brew!
Capa (2417) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautifully deep ruby red with a medium head. Sweet, malty, dark and ripe fruits, plums, cherries, slightly tart aroma. Medium body. Real tasty, this one. Fruits, sweet malts, slight wood, and a bit of fruity tartness. Finish is drying. A real good drink; would like to pick up more of this one.