Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flip-top bottle labeled Monk’s Christmas. Pours chestnut brown with a 2-finger light tan head, with nice retention. Aromas are nutty malt, cocoa, caramel, and a hint of red fruit. Flavor is rich, smoky wood, cocoa, and some slightly oaky toffee notes. Medium carbonation and nearly creamy. Tasty beer; enjoyed with smoked venison sausage...Mmmm...
Pailhead (5062) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma is loaded with heavy roasted grains along with some faint brown sugar and nuts. It pours a bright transparent copper with a one finger beige head that leaves behind a solid sheet of lacing...an impressive looking beer. The flavor starts with some nice light chocolate and caramel. Moderate roasted grains in the middle, but nowhere near as strong as the aroma would you to believe they would be. The finish has some light chocolate and roasted nuts. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
marcus (6772) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish brown with a massive beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a nutty caramel malt flavor with a clean dry finish. One could drink a lot of this.
bhensonb (11494) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as Monk’s Christmas from the Arden BevMo in Sacramento, CA. Pours ruddy dark brown with a fine off-white head. Smells rather sweet and roasty. Med body. Flavor is rather light, and not that sweet. The description says Landbier, and I think that’s suggestive. There’s something herby holding back the sweet. Drinks very pleasantly.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Smells of wood, earth and the usual bron sugars/caramel, but with a slight char to the proceedings. Some pencil shavings in the aroma. Great carb level, great body (if a tad thin), lasting head, lovely medium brown color with a little rust orange when there is not a lot of beer in the glass, super clear pour. Great loaves of sharp rye and dark wheat in the flavor, a little acidic, forest-like, a little hop spice (pepper, grass), brown sugar. Sharp, snazzy flavor and body. I guess one could complain slightly that the body and flavor combination is a tad watery, but to me this is just part of the charm of a solidly made and very east to drink beer.
RERATE: Well, I’ve had this many times between October and April. Amazing beer in the variety of flavors - it has everything and is very fresh every time I get it.
inbirraveritas (1256) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from "Sörspecialista", Bp.
Clear mahogany/dark amber coloured brew with a nice creamy and laceing off-white head on its top, which remain thinly.
Smell of caramell and grassy hops.
Sharp start escorted by a malty aroma of caramell, toast, grass and yeast.
Sweet taste of caramell balanced by a spicy and toasted/nutty bitter flavour in the finish, which drains the palate and remain in a caramell-toasty aftertaste.
Medium bodied, good drinkable stuff, worth for a try…
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small, off-white head over copper-amber beer. Parsley, nuts, bread for aromas. Nutty, chestnuts, bread and EU-hops. Rather light MF, but more heavy backthroat, despite falling flat by then. Danke, Jonas!
rozsoma (509) - HUNGARY - OCT 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nagyon finom kis serecske, kicsit édeskés, malátás, olyan melaszos.
Érződik a karemel is. Igazi dunkel mintapéldány. Ja és gesztenyebarna színe van, annak akit ez érdekel.
stouby (3818) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at BJ-tasting.
Aroma of caramel, roasted, bread, light hoppy, esters. Dark orange, clear, with a large beige/light brown head. Flavor: Chocolate, bread, roasted and spicy from the hops. Over medium body, low carbonated. Really nice dunkel.
TBone (12991) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (BZ, BB 02/2011)
Dark nut brown color, good off-white head. Aroma has dark caramel malts and cocoa power, light grassy hoppyness. Medium-bodied. Chocolaty and caramelly flavor, light toasted notes in the finish. Quite low bitterness. Almost a dessert beer.