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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Stumblin' Monk is a Belgian-style tripel with a certain je ne sais quois about it that will have you stumblin' drunk trying to figure it out. Three secret spices, along with the traditional coriander, orange peel and Belgian Candi sugar, are fermented by yeast from a real Trappist monastery, making this a beer that truly must be tasted to be described. Stumblin' Monk has a deep golden color, which belies its hearty body and high alcohol content. The aroma gives away its secrets of coriander and orange peel, but its flavor is simply (or more accurately, "complexly") amazing. Thanks to bottle-conditioning, it has a thick, creamy mouthfeel, but that's just the beginning. Layers upon layers of flavors unfold upon the palate in rapid succession. It starts with orange and coriander flavors, then quickly melts into a lush, warm, clove-banana sensation. The flavor then gradually fades to a very slightly bitter, slightly malty-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The smell is spiced, sweet, fruits, yeast, and too sweet. The look is amber in color, no head, and cloudy. The taste is sweet, spiced, fruits, and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
huge thanks to belgianbeergal for sharing this on her trip into texas. poured gold with a white head and tons of lace. aroma was butter, candi sugar, pomegranate, and peach. flavor was butter, candi sugar, musty, and citrus. body was light with medium carbonation. i canít believe that i actually had the chance to try this one!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Exiled (26) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2010
750ml bottle - 1999 Vintage - Thanks to BelgianBeerGal for sharing this bottle! Pours a hazy golden color, with a white head. Smell is caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, spices, and some yeast. Taste is caramel, chocolate, yeast, spices, and citrus. Light mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. I am very happy I got to try this super rare beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3838) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2010
1999 75cl bottle shared with the TX crew at Markusí. Really excited to try this bottle and it did not disappoint. Almost impossible to believe that this beer is over 10 years old now. The flavors (spice, citrus, clove, banana) are all still there but obviously muted a little. The alcohol level is still perfect. I desperately hope I age this well too. Peter, please brew something similar again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Cloudy orangish pour. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, some perfumey spices, yeast, coriander, and some fruity undertones. Flavor is loaded with spice, yeast, vanilla, and some interesting fruit/grain notes. Very very good. I feel very lucky to have tried this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
1999 vintage cork and capped bottle with much thanks to Matt and Amy (belgianbeergal)! Rating number 3800. Pours with a hazy golden body and a small but persistent white head. Aroma of mint, candi sugar, maderized oxidation, earthy, but decently dry. Taste is cotton candy, a dry mustiness, caramelized throughout, maderized wine, and a nice rich sweet breadiness. Mild corked presence. Creamy bubbles. Holding up surprisingly well despite its age and a fully wet cork!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
(750ml bottle vintage 1999 thanks to Belgianbeergal and her husband) pour clear orange that glows with a ring of white bubbles and oily texture apparent in the glass. Nose of candi sugar, sherry, musty, cellar, cork, brown sugar, and wet moss. Taste is spicy, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, very light alcohol, graham cracker, and chocolate> Decent oily/creamy carbonation considering the age. Really nice sweet/spicy balance. This has held up magnificently! There was definitely some oxidation here that was to be expected with the age, but it didnít take away from it at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
(750ml bottle, 1999 vintage, courtesy of BelgianBeerGal) Pours hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, orange, mustiness, brandy, cork, toffee, old mildewed books, and cotton candy. Flavor of caramel, butterscotch, obvious oxidation (to be expected), some faded citrus, and subtle coriander. Thanks for the rarity, Amy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
huge thanks to belgianbeergal and her husband for this one. poured amber with a cream head. nose is dried fruits, vanilla, maple, and light alcohol. very nice on the palate, flavor is fruits, vanilla, maple, no sign of alcohol, faint yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Sampled at Dr. Billís í09. Thanks Peter for bringing this. Pours a very pale, clear, light orange-gold with a thin, loose white head. Spicy aroma of grains of paradise, white pepper, some banana, and faint citrus peel. Flavor is delicate and very aged with very little sweetness, soft Belgian fermentation flavors, and more fruit and spice. The body is thin, as expected for a beer of this age, but still manages to completely hide the alcohol present. This was a very fun rare treat.

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