Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A copper amber ale with a thick receeding white head. A nutty spiced malt aroma, with light milk chocolate notes. In mouth, a sweetish malt with light coriander, some powdery dryish character, light lactic points, and roasted malts. Not bad.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It is a sad occasion when a good beer earns a bad rap largely in thanks to the contract brewery in charge of the beer. Such was the case with the sessionable Monk In the Trunk Organic Belgian-style Amber Ale. A good beer, he used to be draft only. On draft, it didn’t impress me, but after having the brand-spankin’ new bottled version, I had a change of taste. It was darn good and having done a tasting of it recently, I wasn’t the only one who thought so.
My Monk came to me dressed in the finest amber and copper hues, topped by a small head of foam which fades to a film and then eventually into a ringlet. With some playful aggravation he releases a pleasant perfume of spice and sliced red apples. I feel as though I have just stepped into an apple orchard, their red bounty weighing heavy and the air ripe with their promise. Water crackers and white toast add weight and malt to his nose while mango and cantaloupe continue our fruity parade. Lemon pith in the back for some dryness while pollen and grass esters waft by upon a crisp Fall breeze. One last dash of nutmeg and I go in for the kill, er, quaff. A light creamy mouthfeel quickly develops into a crisp palate made for showing off his bright flavors. Mango and cantaloupe delight in the finish while lemon skin and pith prep me for the next quaff. Adding weight and body are fresh grains gold with the sun, toast still warm from the oven, pie crust, and flower petals strewn about. Nutmeg drifts on by as treacle weaves in and out. The closer we grow to completion, the more his subtle dryness of pith, sun-soaked grains, and fruits skins grow. Coconut and pineapple join the fruit mix, and I quickly finish my glass. Tasty, sessionable, and far better than its previous contract brewed incarnation. A wild and crazy beer by no means, my Monk In the Trunk is exactly who he set himself out to be: a balanced, refreshing, and tasty session Belgian-style Amber Ale.
Quite a few Florida brewers who contract brew their recipes are moving to the Thomas Creek Brewer in South Carolina, and I must say the results so far have been stellar. It’s a crying shame that they aren’t brewed in Florida anymore, but maybe someday a small brewery will open its doors in Florida both for its own benefit and for other Florida brewers who wish to continue growing our beertopia.
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Dstructo (BA)!
Transparent amber, thin cream ring for a head. Caramel and corn in the nose, also light grass. Flavor is lightly metallic, more corn and sugary sweetness in caramel malt. Thick body, very chewy with a caramel, brown sugar, and bubblegum finish. A nice malty note grows late in the finish, from somewhere, bumping this one up a bit. As it continues to warm, this one becomes quite pleasant. Don’t dump it immediately, but rather, give it some time.
phaleslu (6555) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from a trade done on another beer site, apologies. Pours a clear light amber color with a half-inch white head that dissipates into a thin film on the beer. Aroma of caramel malts, fruits (apricot, apple, peach), biscuit, and herbal and earthy hops. Flavor of caramel malts, fruit, nuts, herbal and earthy notes, some mixed fruit, and metallic notes. Light-bodied, with average carbonation and a quick, sweet finish. Extra point for being organic; nothing standout about this one, though.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
amber body with a thin white ring of head and mild spotty lace. livestock grain feed aroma heavy on the nose. minimal hop presense. mild bitterness and acidity. moderate carb. rather boring.
markwise (4482) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle from Whole Foods, Tampa. Pours hazy amber-orange with an off-white fizzy, dissipating head. Nose is slight malt, honey, and fruit, but beer is dominated by Belgian Yeast character that lets nothing else out in the aroma. Flavor is the same as the Belgian Yeast is having Napolean Complex and dominating everything else. Medium body and slightly dry finish.
IrishBoy (3843) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Pantani. Nose of sweet caramel with a hint of bubblegum. Clear light amber with a medium, lightly lacing, beige head. Flavor is peppery with caramel and a touch of spiciness. This would be a decent session ale.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear transparent amber bronze pour has a smallish white coating of head. Has a semisweet caramel malty nose with a touch of graininess and earthy hops. Starts with average fullness and some light toasty caramel and biscuity maltiness with a touch of semi-tart fruits before a drier toasted grainy finish. Pretty drinkable, but could use a fuller flavor.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma and mouthfeel seemed very muted as if it was watered down. The finish was alos very muted but did show some notes of the hops. I will try again as it seems that it should be better.
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle served in Duval snifter: Clean amber hue with a fading frothy head and minimal lacing. The aroma has notes of crystal caramelized and biscuity malts, herbal and earthy esters, slight apricot and peach, beernuts, and some butterscotch. The taste is pretty much a hybrid of your paint by numbers Amber Ale and a mild Belgian Ale. Sweet and fruity with some diacetyl notes. Herbal, nutty and slightly spicy finish does help with some semblance of balance. The mouth feel is just there, a tad thin and chalky with a hint of metallic notes. It is what it is, just your average brew.