CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 8/29/08: Pours a transparent copper brown with a well-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and some earthy floral character. Body starts with good fullness and sweet sugary caramel and milk chocolate notes. Finishes smooth with mild bready Belgian yeasty character and sweet dark caramel malts. A pretty good quadrupel.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s in Norristown. 25.4 oz. Pours ruby hazelnut with a firm, tall beige head. Aroma is spice, scotch, sweet malts, dough, hops, and grapes. Hints of chocolate and barley as well. Full bodied with a creamy, heavy palate. Nice carbonation keeps this brew balanced and not too oppressive. Hides the alcohol well except in the toasty finish. Great Belgian strong.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
got lucky and had a night of good beers. had never even heard of this brewer before a good friend introduced me to this beer. difficult to find flaws in this beer that somehow has reproduced a kind of expert home-brewed feel to it.
mine poured a dark brownish color with little head. kind of cloudy looking. aroma was pretty hard to identify except for a very refined yeast and fruit. the flavor told me that some love went into brewing this one. all kinds of stuff hitting me at once, but all very softly.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml cork and cage bottle marked 10/12/14 on the top, labeled "Monk’s Brew". Hazy dark brownish red pour with a small tan head. Aroma is bread, cardboard, figs, prunes, burnt toast. Flavor is raisins, toffee, Belgian yeast, caramel. Fizzy dry mouthfeel.
travita (4333) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The look is dark brown in color with a decent beige colored head. The smell is fruits, apples, grapes, and yeast. The taste is yeast, different fruits, apples, malts, and bready.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by ajm for his 1000+ affair. Pours coffee in color with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes of balanced notes of plums, almonds, toasted malt, and browned apples. Really enjoyed this.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Belmont Station, maybe a year point five old at consumption. This is nasty good! Nose is big with dark fruit, especially fig, thick sweet black malts, a mellow mineral yeast character. Color is a dark blue-black. Flavor is bangin: almond, vanilla, more fig, yeasty powder. Better to me than Rochefort 10. Really great. Really glad I saved it for friends.
floydian1 (1136) - FNQ, Australia, - FEB 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (aka "Monk’s Brew") into Trappist glass. Pours muddy brown with a persistent small off white head. Aromas of cherries, figs, plums, caramel, candy sugar, vanilla and soft spicy hops. Taste is sugary sweet malts with a gentle spicy hop finish and alcoholic warmth to the finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy and velvety smooth with a low carbonation and medium-full body. Reminds me of a Rochefort 10 but not quite as good.
Bov (10215) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from crackedkettle.com - pours a cloudy brown colour with a modest head retention; fairly malty aroma with light spicy notes and hints of nuts and caramel; full-bodied and quite sweet, thick and slightly oily with a moderate late bitterness; slightly dry finish of malt, nuts and prunes - the strong alcohol content doesn’t really make feel it’s presence
ben4321 (4540) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from State Line, 2/1/10
As Mikeller Monk’s Brew, bottle purchased approximately 6 months prior to consumption.
Aroma: Aroma of yeast, spice, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, some alcohol notes, and some brown sugar
Appearance: Pours a murky, thick/creamy, brown color with a thick tan head that leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. It almost looks like dark chocolate milk or the byproduct of a melted coke float or something.
Flavor: Taste is mostly sweet, but not overly so, minimal hop presence here. Nice flavor for this one.
Palate: This beer has quite a thick mouthfeel. It is very creamy and smooth, and the alcohol is well-hidden.
I’m in a really good mood right now, so this might get too high a rating, but in general, you can always assume that one’s mood would affect any particular rating. For example, my ratings from my trip to San Diego were quite high, and one could argue that the great weather had as much to do with these ratings as the quality of the beer. Anyway, I don’t know if it is because of my good mood, that the beer is actually quite good, or a combination of both, but I like this one a lot. I feel like I may have rambled too much on this one, but I just couldn’t help it, I just couldn’t help it, I passed my 4 hour certification exam today, and this beer was a wonderful way to celebrate it!