AndyReynolds (918) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a rich brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramelized malts and dark fruits. Notes of candy sugar, caramel, a bit of bread, and a bit of alcohol. On the palate, it is nicely carbonated and more refreshing than I thought it would be. The flavor brings out a bit of fruity yeast. The finish is a bit dry, but it leaves a nice alcohol burn. I little strong, but still very good.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Started into this in a rather foul mood carried over from long work day and no dinner. Initial response reflected that, but quickly dissipated as the depth of the beer became present and the alcohol (which is not so detectable) worked its magic. It does a marvelous job in reaching the lofty goal of mirroring Westy, which is giving this praise indeed.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Copenhagen. Dark brown color with a smallish head. Lightly sour aroma but a full roasted bitter malt flavor. Decent kick for its palate.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, fruits and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruits, mocha and sweet malts. Good palate with nice carbonation.
Borresteijn (4927) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at In de Wildeman. Deep dark brown colour, creamy light beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, chocolate, caramel. Flavour is imo highly similar to Rochefort 8, just a bit sweeter and less dry, really nice chocolate and dried dark fruits, lots of malt flavours and yeast, nice chocolate bitterness in the finish. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, fullbodied. I loved it.
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a slightly cloudy deep brown color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelized malt with notes of light dry fruit and some fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramelized malt with some notes of candi sugar and cookie dough. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done thought it is lacking some complexity compared to some of the best from this style.
dec23 (52) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is a wonderful looking beer with great smell, great complex taste, absolutely nothing wrong with it all around. Why do I rate it so low overall then, you might ask.
Well, I happened to drink this beer one evening, followed by a Chimay Bleu. I have to say, to me they seemed to be almost exactly the same. Maybe I have a dulled sense of taste, but since that evening this beer appears in a new light to me. It is a nice and well done version of a trappist quad, but it is in no way original or distinctive. It’s a reproduction, not an interpretation of a style.
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Birthday beer bottle purchased from the Davis Food Co-Op. Very fruity aroma with some candy sugars present. Bubblegum hints and some leather. This aroma is all over the place, and not overly quaffable. Moderately hazy cola color with a medium tan head and good lacing. Sweet, sweet, and sugary start before this becomes a little roasted in the middle. Some banana esters are also present with some mineral-like flavors later on. A little rasin-like to finish. Ethanol is hidden well, but this is a pretty muddled attempt that isn’t overly impressive
jredmond (5655) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2011 Bottle reads "Monks Brew." Pours a dark brown body with a light brown head and sediment. Aroma is sugar, fruit, chocolate, and some malts. The flavor is sweet, smooth, and dark fruits. The beer hides the abv. very well.
lamas (1372) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL "Monk’s Brew" bottle. Date on the cork: 07/04/14. Pours a super murky mahogany with lots of little dark floaties and a small tan head. A rich aroma of roasty malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla extract, oakiness, brown sugar, chocolate, plums, and hints of anise and soy sauce. Softly carbonated and medium-bodied. The flavor starts off with a great deal of sweet caramel, toffee, and roasty malts. Lots of candied sugar, plums, and oak in the middle. Some creamy chocolate and vanilla in there too. Finishes with the slightest touch of citrus. Plenty of warming alcohol underneath it all that only adds to the complexity. Alright.