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Monk’s is balanced like the best Belgian strong golden ales, yet has flavor and aroma hops that are as aromatic and intense as any imperial IPA. Double dry-hopped and fermented with our aromatic yeast strain, Monk’s has an intensely tropical hoppy nose and yet drinks easy and smooth without the intense bitterness that is normally associated with such a hoppy brew.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Phone rating. 22oz bottle, courtesy of a friend. Thanks, Chris! Pours a lightly hazy, peachy-orange color; mixed-bubbled white best with weblike lacing. Lots of esters in the nose, seemingly fermented warm: cotton candy and bubble gum, plus a hint of pepper, on the sweet side. Flavor follows suit, with lots of caramelized banana and cotton candy; unchecked eaters, lots of sweetness. Alcohol and citrusy bitterness helps, but still an eater bomb with plenty o? sugar. Lasting sweetness on the finish, with a bit of welcome pepper.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3334) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
Gold, small white head.Nose of carmel & fruit juice.Palate of bubblegum, candy sugar and hops with medium alcohol heat.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Draft. Big hoppy punch in the nose (pine, grapefruit, tropical citrus). Clear gold amber, white head dissipates immediately. Irregular lacing. Taste: Wit meets IPA meets sour. Unexpected. Citrus fruits, weeds, grapefruit, funk, pepper. Long dirty bitter finish. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Overall: Not at all what I expected. The flavors aren’t exactly all over the place, but seem to clash with each other in their effort to all fit through the door at once. Want to try this one again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2540) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big mango, pineapple, orange peel, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and spicy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance, complexity, and strength of hop and yeast ester notes. Taste of big mango, pineapple, orange zest, banana, clove, pepper, pear, bubblegum, grass, floral, bread, honey, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, clove, banana, pepper, floral, grass, pear, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of hops flavors and spicy yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy Belgian strong golden ale! Great complexity and balance of hop and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1850) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 18, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 On Draft at Lezzet’s part of a 1000 yen tasting set. Obviously an American craft beer following the current trend of adding tons of hops to every style. You definitely feel the 10%, a decent gold color and mouthfeel. My first impression was a piney floral aroma followed by a strong hoppy taste and some warming in my stomach. It is pretty nice but not my cup of tea, if you like your beers hoppy & strong this beers for you. Shared from a bottle at Tadg’s, it poured aclear amber color with a hoppy, fruity peppery nose & a slightly sour fruity taste. Much better from the bottle served in a snifter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle shared by bu11zeye. Pours with a hazy golden hued body with a moderate sized white head. Aromas are extremely hoppy, herbal, grassy, light tropical fruit. Flavors are grassy, bready, some candi sugar like residual character, medium esters, medium to low bitterness, dry, hoppy, tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This beer pours a hazy dark golden-orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of yeast, fruit and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of fruit, herbal hops and yeast. The finish is fruity with an earthy yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4142) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
650ml bomber pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that has good duration and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruits with some spices and floral hop notes. Taste is a spicy hop bitterness with a light fruity and malty sweetness with a bit of yeast in the finish. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium to heavy body with tons of carbonation. A truly fine example of a strong Belgian ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2012
Draught at Kamikaze. Bright, glowing gold-orange with lace. Big grassy hops in the nose, citrus, light bread, sweet orange. Tasty. Lightly sweet at first but a dry finish, grassy, citrus zest, some pineapple, peaches; nice balance. Light but persistent Belgian fizzyness. Great stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Aroma is tropical fruity and malty sweet. You have to give it a good swirl though, as the carbonation is low. Taste is surprisingly smooth for the 10% abv, with a smooth bitterness throughout and notes of tropical hoppiness, caramel maltiness, warming alcohol and that characteristic barleywine like flavor from a huge OG. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a lingering bitterness.


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