Bartzilla (600) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a nice surprise as Iíve often been let down by chain-joint offerings. The waitress descibed it as "very malty" leading me to believe I was in for an abbey style, but to my surprise it was golden, slightly sweet and and a pungent, dry finish. This should be on their permanent roatation as it would make me come back more often. I had a baked potato that was the size of a nerf football that was smothered in cheese and blackened chicken. So, yeah, it was a good night. The monk was the compliment to the evening.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At BJís, La Mesa, CA. Well, as I have said in the past, I like BJís. Everytime I go in to the brewpub, I immediately ask them what their "special brew" is. Today, it was the Golden Monkey. Now, one thing about BJís.......the beer is good, but for the most part, it is a restaurant and the wait staff knows next to nothing about beer. The bartender proceeded to tell me that the Golden Monkey was a Belgian Triple "Trappist" beer.....Uh, ok......Then, he proceeded to pour it in a ice cold pint glass. Still, that aside, it was a pretty damn good beer. Strong smell of banana and clove, very yeasty. The stuff was not exactly a perfect Belgian.......it tasted a little off......but, it was fresh, very fresh, and tasted quite good. I would totally buy this one again.