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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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wzmoore (5) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2011
I loved this beer when I had it a couple weeks ago at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle. I didn’t notice a lot of Belgian styling, but for an Imperial IPA, I liked it a lot. The dimly lit environment makes me hesitant to comment on the appearance, but the aroma was beautiful and citrusy. The palate was creamy and resinous, but not overwhelmingly so. Overall, I thought this beer was dynamite stuff. I hope I get to try more from this new Washington state brewery.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3491) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a moderate off-white head on it. Nose is really interesting, and reminds me a lot of a double IPA - I get some floral and citrus hoppy notes, which really make me want to drink this. Taste is sweeter than I normally like, with some floral elements and a bit of the traditional Belgian yeast coming through. Decent, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
10oz

Amber color, clean, with small creamy head. The aroma is strong, fruity, with some peach, mango, oranges. Good body strength, round mouthfeel; the malt flavor is quite anonymous, moderately sweet, with a nice fruit touch and strong bitterness, ending with soft resins. Don’t expect a piney DIPA.
An American sweet interpretation of Belgian Ales with the hopping of a DIPA.
Good powerful and clean beer, but unemotional.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Masterkush7 (501) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
This was a great strong ale with an intense citrus aroma. Taste is mostly sweet but has the hop flavours and bitterness of an ipa. This one took me by surprise. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (733) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Clear golden yellow pour with small white head. Aroma of pine needles, fruit, caramel and bread dough. Taste of peach, apricot, caramel, yeast and a strong hop presence and finish. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Pretty good beer but a little cloying.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Howlader (696) - - MAR 28, 2014
12oz pour at the Underground in Edmonton. Very tastey yeast profile. Good nose. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (1184) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
Bomber. Mostly clear orange yellow, yeast chunks, firm white foamy head mostly lasts. Pungent fruity hop aroma, apricot and pineapple. Intense tropical fruity hop forward taste, very low bitterness, solid milder caramel malts. Average carbonation, medium-full bodied, more aggressively hopped. A stronger, bigger beer, yet ABV remains well hidden. Delicious. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swevrywhere (7) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014 does not count
Yum............................................... via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle, shared with Ian and others. Hazy yellow gold, foamy white head that laces thickly. Coniferous hop aromatics, lightly sour undertones, some lemon rind. Green young coniferous hop flavour with a strong estery presence and sweet candyish malts. Nice enough (Ian really dug this one).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmerz (690) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours light golden with some lace. Aroma is peach, green apple, honey, pear skin. Flavor are these with more honey, pale malt one dimensional, hop forward notes mostly of pine, fairly dry bitter end. Feel is watery in body and sticky on the palate. OK....nice, sure, but doesn’t work.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
In short: A harsh uber-sweet golden ale without interest.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed when many months of age, bottle from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Almost clear amber-golden body topped by a medium off-white head.
In long: Nose is sweet, toasted, somewhat estery, surprising spruce, lots of phenols, some caramel. Body doesn’t feel very rich for a beer of this size. Taste is a let down. A load of toasted candy sugar and then some more. A strong peppermint flavor with some phenols on the side. Crunchy sweet dried fruits. Honey and a bit of caramel. Mild alcohol heat. A lot of spruce that leads to a ’sprucy’ bitter finish. Not sure what they were aiming for with this beer, it has all the downsides of a monster beer without the richness and depth. I think I’m abnormally polite even by Canadian standard when I said “excuse me” to myself after drinking this beer.


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