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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
Introducing the 2013 Rivertown Brewmaster’s Reserve Series “B.A.B.S.” (Big Ass Beers Series) Vol. 2 – Fat Happy Monk The second volume in the series takes us into middle Europe where the Monestary Monks still reign supreme with their wonderfully delicious malty concoctions. Fat Happy Monk, a Belgian Dark golden Strong Ale, is a high gravity brew made with copious amounts of beet sugar, Belgian aromatic, pale, pilsner and Belgian Special B Malt. The big ass beer has a spicy, effervescent nose and is packed full of flavor. It is naturally unfiltered and should be served in a Belgian goblet at 55 degrees F with frites and Belgian waffles. Raise your glass with us and cheer in the Big Ass Beers! Stats: ABV: 11.9% IBU: 26.7% SRM: 18.3 (color) YEAST: Trappist Ale S. GRAVITY: 1.098 23.3 PLATO HOPS: Perle F. GRAVITY: 1.008 2.1 PLATO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
On tap at World Beer Festival in Cleveland. First time I’ve tasted it, huge beer of almost 12%, super strong, spicey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Draft sample at The Party Source. 11.99% - THANKS A LOT, OHIO. Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of beige head that sticks. Sweet, malty aroma, with boozy bread, brown sugar, caramel, dates, syrup, and mild spice. Flavor was basically the same. Figs, maybe some gingerbread. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. I thought this was a sweet Belgian quad. Basically what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Sample at The Daily Growler. Hazy copper-amber color with a medium thick beige head that recedes slowly. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit and yeast. Full-bodied and syrupy with flavors of candied fruit, yeast, and sweet malt. The finish is sweet with a fruity aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2373) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Draft sample. Color clear brown. Nose sweet Belgian candy and caramel malt. Taste initial of sweet Belgian candy, caramel malt, some clove spiciness. Some mid palate mineral followed by bitter finish. Solid brew from Rivertown

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Draft. Poured hazy dark amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted dark fruit earthy pepper aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a smooth complex solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9117) - Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a hazy dark amber/caramel color with a small fine yellowish beige head. The aroma had me intrigued; sweet caramel, ripe fruits, candi sugar, yeast with mild spices. The flavor is a big dose of sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark ripe fruits, a mild earthy note, and smooth. Not a hint of the alcohol which I guess can be good and bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8180) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks good; a semi-opaque orangish-brown with light beige lacing. Smells solid; dark fruit and Belgian yeast with a fairly sweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Enjoyable, and masks the alcohol nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Snifter on tap. $7 at Keystone. $5 at Dutch’s. Hazy red / orange / brown color. Good thin khaki head. Leaves nice lace. Really nice, big, interesting complex nose. Cherries, some chocolate, light spice. A little maple syrup, or that fruity syrup you get at pancake places. Light candy sugar. Some light earthy hop. Bigger body. Lighter, smooth carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Sweeter taste, light spice. If it’s 12%, then the alcohol is impressively well-hidden. Doesn’t seem to drink like the ABV. Just a very light bite in the finish. Solid darker belgian strong ale.

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