chimaybier (70) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ML corked bottle purchased at the Liquor Barn in Redding, CA. I had tried this beer when it first came out, and to be honest, I was not impressed. At the time, I found the flavor profile to be off, too hoppy, thin mouthfeel, and sorely needing further development. It’s been about 2 years since I had BROTHER THELONIOUS ABBEY ALE, so I thought I would try it. And for a 750 ML bottle for only $6.99, the price was good... I was pleasantly surprised on a few aspects. Here is my rating: APPEARANCE / THE POUR- Served at 58 degrees C in an open mouthed trappist goblet. Pours a deep burgundy color, with a off-white, rocky head that collapses somewhat quickly. The meniscus rises a bit too quickly for my liking. AROMA / BOUQUET- Has a better bouquet to it- you can smell the corkiness from the bottle (a plus) also a black cherry, slight toasty maltiness. There is also a fresh herbal scent to it as well- that is in the undertone. THE TASTE- Raisiny, treacle toffee, and slight burnt toast. THE PALATE- This is where I feel the beer STILL needs development. I found the beer to have a thin mouthfeel, however the carbonation level and how that sensation fills up the olfactory senses is a bit better this time around. OVERALL- BROTHER THELONIOUS has improved in its aroma and taste, but is STILL lacking in proper density in mouthfeel. I feel that the head collapses a bit too quickly, and does not leave a heavy enough Brussels lacework on the side of the glass as it is consumed. But, this is a better effort than before. It’s a good abbey ale, it can be better, and I am sure it will be. I would enjoy this with steak, Mexican food, blue cheeses, moule en frite, and even with dark chocolate.
BOSSbrewer (1023) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at Mellow Mushroom in Rogers. Lots of caramel and toffee. Pours a medium brown and is well carbonated. Good beer.
vipinvelp (1610) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby red with small light brown foam head, lacing to glass, Aroma is nice caramel with some wood tones. Aroma is plesant mix of caramel, some coffee, some bitterness. Aftertast is nice rolling caramel on tongue. Surprising beer. (Salt Lake City 201308)
biglakemonster (10) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark amber beautiful pour. As someone else mentioned it has a bit of sweet vinegar to the nose without getting pungent. A smooth caramel and distinctive taste with a long flavourful aftertaste.
Fritz123 (561) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. 12 oz. Poured into a traditional Belgium glass. Very little head. Deep amber brown in color and mostly opaque. Nice cereal aroma with dark fruits and sweet breads. Taste is caramel malts, sweet breads, dark fruits, cane sugars, and slight spices. Smooth mouth feel with medium to heavy body. Nice aromatic finish.
CasualApathy (6) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle. Beautiful amber color with a rich white head. Smells strongly of vinegar, but has all the taste a beer should have. Roasted toffee, small hint of citrus, dry aftertaste. Can hardly tell it has high ABV until the glass is almost empty and I feel like a teenage girl having her first beer.
Landmonger (135) - USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into a trappist glass, the color is a deep burgundy with a thin white head, the aroma is cherry, malt and some yeastiness, the beer does taste of dark fruits, some citrus on the back end with a very nice warth from alcohol on the way down.
leo2x4us (63) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer appears dark brown clear with minimal head. The taste is molasses with carmel roast coffee.
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body with a thin loose head of off white bubbles. Sugary sweet aroma with lots of alcohol along with some plums. Sweet sugar cane, plums, caramel.
kambei70 (409) - - AUG 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a slightly brown amber color with a nice tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma is yeasty with dark fruits and a hint of banana. Taste is sweet up front with the alcohol coming through in the middle and a little bitterness at the end. The sweet dark fruits are dominate with some yeast and and slight roastiness also apparent. Some herbal qualities in the finish. A full slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some astringency.
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