rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Doug’s. Thanks to Tim. Deep ruby. Nose is caramel, sugared fruit. Flavor is caramel, strawberry rich fruits. Rich malty finish with a bit of alcohol.
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Decemberfest.
Pours light brown with strong, red ruby influences. Very fine tan top.
Warming aroma of alcohol, fruity touch. Good nose. Good balancing malt character.
Flavour and charcter: smokey with bitter fruit touch. Red apple .More of alcohol in the finish of average quality.
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Crimson brown without much head (slightly tan). Not much on the aroma, maybe a soft roasted, earthy scent. Belgian and abbey are not good descriptors. This is a glorified brown ale. Chalky, acidic, and flimsy body. I guess it’s more about the charity than the beer.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber/red and very still looking. Tart aroma with melanoidian malt, cherry and some burnt and chocolate notes. Rather sour, a little earthy, somewhat chalky, with some astringency. Not rich enough in body for my tastes. I hope I got a bottle that is bad because I don’t particularly like this one.
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Suttree for sharing this one at our recent tasting.
Starts with a large creamy head of off-white over a clear dark brown body.
Complex aroma that is lightly bready with strawberry, banana and yeast.
Smooth and full bodied palate delivers a lightly sweet brew with a spicy gingersnap tang in the finish.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hopleaf. Poured a dark brown with some brilliant ruby hints around the edges. A creamy lacing head. Aroma was a bit subdued by the temperature and the smoke in the air, but I could detect a nice spiciness. Hops seemed evident in the flavor upfront but gave way to a rich spicy dark fruity brew with a potent taste and palate. Pretty nice.
davidwel (7) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Liike a complex jazz tune, this beer has a lot going on. There are rhythms and tempos and chords that at first seem chaotic, but soon the beauty of the whole emerges. With elements of West Coast Micro-Brew and Belgian Abbey, this will find fans of both traditions of brewing. Like Monk’s own bands...This is a great combo!
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml- Pours a nice dark reddish-orange with a small off-white head. Scents of dark fruits and tastes similar with a touch of spiciness.
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Suttree for the chance. A deep cherry brown pour. A rasiny fruity aroma with a hint of spice. A tick of a bitter taste that is hard to put a finger on. A flavor much like the aroma. Alcohol eases in as well. A tad on the fizzy side but not a bad beer at all.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown color, fairly light on carbonation. Malty, alcoholic flavor with fruity and spicy overtones. Bready, yeasty sort of flavor as well. Hops make their presence a bit toward the end. Overall, a nice Belgian double.