after4ever (6692) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750. Well, it sure looks snazzy, and naming it after Thelonious is so cool that you can fairly well forgive the crummy "Monk" pun. Pours deep mahogany, and opaque at that. You can tell there’s some brown there, but from a distance it looks black. Some lovely tan head that walks away whistling, without leaving a trace. The nose is surprisingly bland: dust and cherries. It’s not even that cold, either. Beautiful rich thick mouthfeel, though--high-medium body, creamy, a little chewy, the appropriate velvety fizz carbonation. Caramel, toffee, cherry, plum, even a hint of almonds. *Great* flavor profile for the whole palate, with a gently sour cherry finish. Too bad about the nose. This one could really have been out of sight.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ruby brown color, light tan head. aroma is raisins sauteed in brine, some caramel malt and mild dark rum. flavor is very bold dark caramel rummy/raisiny malt, bready sweetness too. a little heat, and estery finish.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours dark brown with a short tan head that fades quickly back to a ring but laces the trappist glass some as you swirl it. Aromas of raisins, caramel, candi sugar, and a little cherry. Flavor is caramel, raisin, candi sugar and some light hops on the finish... Good solid sticky palate and full body with the alcohol completely covered except the warmth on the finish.. This is a solid belgian strong brewed in California.. Sweet!
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Richard (irishboy) Thanks! Pours out a dark brown color with a pretty large tan head which goes away rather quickly. Smell is dark fruits, a little alcohol, some plums, and sweet sugar. Taste is smooth and rich, easy to drink, pretty authentic too, to not be a belgian beer. Very delicate carbonation too. Cork was a bitch to get out, had to get a wine opener, but the beer inside is what counts. Very nice stuff. NCBC doesnt make bad beer, period.
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Map Room. Unique vinous aroma with a high alcohol aspect. Dark cloudy red, almost black body with a thin, tan head. Sweet, smooth and creamy. Flavors are somewhat subdued. Quite good. A very nice, flavorful and enjoyable brew.
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled this at the Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival. Red color. Very Chocolate aroma. Malt palate, lingering muchobitterness. Very balanced for a west coast Belgian Strong Ale, although I feel that it is more of a Scottish Ale with the dark, rich malt.
bp (823) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased at ABD in Brooklyn: pours a redish brown, strong aroma of cherries, caramel and maybe a litte cherry flavor. This is a really nice American Belgian. Well worth a try.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 [Bottled. Stockholm Beer Festival]
Hazy brown colour, rocky beige head. Spicy aroma with dried fruits and chocolate - a bit Sottish over this one. Medium bodied. Big on caramel in flavour, and fruity esters.
Dark brown colour, with a tint of red. Big vanilla-coloured head.
Dried fruits and yeast, caramel and light smokey aroma.
Full mouthfeel, caramelly backbone, dried fruits, light smokey.
Alcohol aftertaste.Exact the same numbers as in previous rating.
Dorwart (2443) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head of fine bubbles. Excellent carbonation. Typical belgian strong with raisins, other dark fruits, some caramel and thick sweet malts. Color is a dark brown with a nice hint of red in the light. Flavor is a little weaker than expected. Light sweetness acompany the plethora of malts, plums and light spices. A hint of dryness gives way to a slick oily mouthfeel post swallow. For 9%, the alcohol is rather subdued and is cloaked behing the malty sweetness. Finishing thick and coating with a little lingering spice and prune. A pretty fine belgian strong. And even better since it was brewed here in the ole US of A.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Umm, this was a nice brew, lightly roasty up front, with some peach and plum sweetness in the finish. Lightly hopped just to balance with a great estery finish. Great body that brings out the sweetness on the palate but never feels cloying due to the higher carbonation that really makes the spiciness stand out.