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The Monarchy Year of the Dragon

The Monarchy Year of the Dragon
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The Monarchy
Brewed at Vormann Brauerei

Style: Specialty Grain
Köln (Cologne), Germany
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Brewed with jasmine rice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2014 Draught at Local Option on 4/18/14
Pours a fairly deep amber with some cherry hues. Light beige head is small and fleeting. Clarity is medium.
Very bizarre nose of spices (saffron, vanilla, and a not quite cinnamon-like note) mix with a waxy, almost crayon-like element that will be revisited in the flavor. Fortunately, some tartness and sweetness, mixing to give it a bittersweet, if not quite acetic-like quality, help broaden things and I’m left with at least something to ponder. Some dry, toffee-like notes emerge with warming as do some stronger, drying alcohol notes and peppery esters. Dosent quite come together for me, but it’s not overly off-putting and I’m happy to dive in and see what’s in store flavor-wise.
Unfortunately, the adjunct sugar used (don’t know this for sure but it tastes like it) has added its trademark powdered sugar/vegetal/waxy note (which I also associate with oxidation, but here I think it’s the adjunct sugar). The rice/sake theme is well-done at least, adding a strong dose of acidity that helps counter the rich caramel-toffee maltiness. Had the carbonation been a bit tighter, I think the sugar biproduct flaws would be a little less forgiveable, but as is, it’s watery, loose and the off notes just sort of stew on the palate. Some light alcohol sharpness on the end.
I like it more for the experimental nature, but the sugary/vegetal notes have to go and they can probably dry it out some more and add some more carbonation. Cool to be introduced to this brewery though. Not sure if I’ve ever had a German beer that wasn’t one of the 10 styles that are never deviated from.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8393) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Draft at Brouwerij Lane. Pours reddish amber with white head. nose/taste of rice, fruity malt, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1379) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours deep cloudy burgundy with a low off white head. Arima is ripe apple, caramel, almonds, rice, milk. Taste is caramel, ripe apple, lactic sweetness, soil. A bit thin aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (1989) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours brownish amber with low white head. Aroma of apples, hay, rice (ris a la malta). Taste is smooth sweet with just faint bitterness. Body is light and smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Buongiorgio00 (764) - - FEB 9, 2014
L’anno del dragone si inaugura con questa birra molto particolare, dal gusto maltato, caramellato, prevalentamente dolce che si intreccia con qualche soffusa nota alcolica e una sfumatura fruttata accattivante. Scende giù volentieri, nonostante il grado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
subcombicio (163) - Marghera, ITALY - FEB 1, 2014
Birra che come compagna di parlate non è niente male. Aiuta la conversazione. Dissetta anche se comunque con un discreto grado alcolico grazie all equilibrio e alla leggerezza del corpo che ne permette di assaporare i gusti fino in fondo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3339) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2014
The head is robust, the body brown. It smells strange, bit spicy. The taste is a bit creamy, spicy, mild interesting. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CarlJonas (212) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2013
Hazy copper, big firm white head, slow dissipation, lots of lacing. Sweet jasmine aroma, quite fruity. Sweet taste, fruity, ricey. Some bitterness in the aftertaste that blends with the sweetness and lingers for a while. Medium to low carbonation and mouthfeel. Not sure if the rice actually added anything positive, would probably be a better beer without it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Draft @ Bishops Arms Gustav, Malmö. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy sweetish jasmine aroma. Sweetish malty grainy berry floral flavor. Has a sweetish malty fruity floral berry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2013
Draught at Hamnmästaren. Cloudy orange coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of candies, smoke and berries. Fruity flavour of caramel and berries with notes of spices. Fruity finish.

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