harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rogue, Portland. Chestnut, thin beige head. Lots of red berry malts, sweet. Hops and bitterness on end. Strawberry sweet and grapefruit hop finish. Reasonably full amber ale. Not very Belgian though which the Monk bit made me believe it might be.
rlgk (15798) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy orange/amber color, nice creamy offwhite head. Fruity, malty, hoppy aroma, pine apple, vanilla, some citrus, some grass. Hoppy, grassy flavor, metallic, perfume, some yeast. A lot more american than belgian, and a good beer.
bhensonb (13208) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of floral hop and darkish roasted malt. Nice luminous amber color, but virtually no lasting head. Medium in body, moderate in carbonation. The flavor is dark roasted malt, almost toasted, balanced by some very nice floral hop. I am not really tasting it as bitter, but it seems to be. Interesting. Might be a touch of chocolate. The finish is fairly dry, there is some roasty malt, and what seems to be rather unbitter hop. I guess everything is really balanced? Good stuff.
Tmoney99 (12726) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the Dilly Deli. Poured cloudy brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate complex balanced aroma. Light to medium body. Medium sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of average duration. Soft drinkable beer.
argo0 (12636) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear copper body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some cherry. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel. Medium body. What’s with the Monk, I don’t notice any Trappist or Kloster characteristics? Regardless, not bad, but nothing worth seeking out -- disappointing considering the brewery (though I appreciate discovering that this is not an alias for another beer).
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a burgundy body woth a large beige head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Flavor of layered hops and malts with a bitter finish.
Ratman197 (12130) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, lightly fruity and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied, crisp and dry. Flavors of toasted malt, carmwel, raisin and grapefruit rind with a lingering bitter finish.
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle-pours a big creamy to rocky tan head with red color. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is smokey, sweet malt, then medium hops-bitterness, a bit rough. Mild/OK carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small fizzy light brown head, diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, roasted), light hops (herbs, grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of cola. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy bitterness and acidity. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and metallic finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Summits - Sandy Springs
muddy dark brown, frothy tan head, tons of lace,
light aroma from a glass not designed to show aroma,
rich dry chocolate malt flavor with lots of hop flavor and lingering bitterness, much more about the hops and bitterness, the chocolate is nice but is the whole story on the malt,
not a Belgian, more like a Mogul Madness with a bit more chocolate malt character, a hint of sweetness shows up at the bottom of the glass,
Words: randall w/columbus hops
a bit grassy in the aroma, more of the sweetness showing up, even the hops have a sweet edge - from the randall?
Score: 3.4 to 3.7
Words: cellar stock
sweet fruity aroma with a touch of chocolate and light floral hops,
very rich chocolate flavor, lots of peppery spices keep it dry, mild bitterness follows the spicyness and builds towards a long bitter finish,
a really nice big spicy brown or porter with a Belgian twist from the touch of fruity character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20