erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown with a very quickly dissipating head. Aroma is spicy; cinnamon, anise, vanilla, quite sweet smelling, caramel and chocolate with a touch of banana. Body is med. and sweet with ls CO2 than I would expect. The flavor is enjoyable but singular. Caramel and belgian esters; mainly banana. The finish, while fairly dry is overpowered by a lingering sweetness.
They do a good job of hiding the alohl but man this is sweet and it does lak the complexity of the great Belgians.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750 ml. caged corked bottle with a short blurb along the left side of the label, the Man in a belgian monk outfit, no bottling/freshness date. Sampled at cellar temperature in a chalice.
Poured a rich looking Belgian ale brown with a frothy, foamy pale tan/beige head that settled into a thin lacing.
Nutty aroma (this is Monk after all) with coffee and candied sugar, raisins mingled with pears fruitiness, spices and cocoa, and small whiffs of straight with no chaser alcohol.
Good, even, slightly out of time carbonation and a crisp, velvety smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel, almost perfect for the style.
Spicy, nutty, just delicious taste, a toasted nuttiness, caramel and coffee, again the raisin and pears fruitiness with a touch of apple, a light sugariness, just a enough spiciness to tame the nutty flavors, hints of cocoa towards the end, the alcohol mixes the spices and malts and provides a warming presence in the palate, and a toasted nutty grain, cocoa finish.
Right now, my favorite brew from North Coast, easy to see the inspiration from an American musical giant, if you don’t know Monk, you know nothing.
(Music: Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, November 29, 1957)
BeerandBlues2 (9597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL caged and corked bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy reddish brown with an average frothy light brown head, somewhat diminishing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, roasted), average hops (perfume, flowers, grass), light yeast (dough) with notes of banana, dates and vanilla. Long duration, heavy sweetness, harsh bitterness and acidity. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and bitter finish. I suspect that this beer will benefit greatly from sitting in the cellar for a few years.
nimbleprop (4815) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a ruby near brown amber with a frothy tan head. Smells of yeast, berries, alcohol and fruit. Nice flavor, sugary and malty. Thankfully the flavor isn’t dominated by yeast. Alcohol hits on the end and warms the mouth.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF-on tap-pours a Aroma is strong, dark fruit. Taste is strong, dark fruit, secondary alcohol. Sipping.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Dark brown with good head. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate and roast and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is very much like a dubbel. It’s pretty bready from the yeast and a bit sweet. Lots of chocolate flavor but well balanced by the yeast and alcohol. Good beer.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Deep red mahogany pour, large light tan loosely structured head that settles to a fine layer in a few minutes. Brown sugar, raisins, earth, yeast,and alcohol evident in the aroma. Medium body and light carbonation give way to a mild astringency. Burnt caramel sweetness comes through early, supplanted by an ever increasing bitterness that is lasting, but never totally dominant over the fruity sweetness.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper body. Thin light tan creamy head. Very sweet and malty aroma with oxygenated vinous notes. Smells decent, but could get annoying (?). Taste is a little stale and sweet fruity. Like apple kringle. Okay beer.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Clear brown body under a thin white ring. Prune, yellow apple and dry cocoa powder in the clean, fruity aroma. The flavor features a wide band of sweet plummy caramel in the middle bounded by stemmy hops on the bottom and a lemon acidity on top. Finishes with a certain fruity acidity, sort of like lemon-soaked cherries. There are lots of flavors in this guy but none that I can get excited about.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via Odeed. The beer pours to a dark red brown body with a foamy light khaki head. The aroma is sweet dark malts, light apples, black raisins. The flavor is sweet dark malts, with hints of raisins and other fruits, some candy sugars, light yellow apples, yeasts. Lightly dry yet creamy and semi-full mouthfeel.