jaghana (5096) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50cl, a dark amber beer with good head but goes down too quickly. Nose is on brown bread and caramel. Aroma is on toasted malt, caramel, vegetables, brown bread, the beer is medium sweet to low with a slightly sour and smoked hints. Finish is very dry with a grassy hops note, an unusual dunkel, quite easy to drink, not heavy and well hopy, body is a bit less complex.
oh6gdx (23920) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (thanks TBone). Copper colour,small off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts, some slight toasted notes as well as mild chocolate. Flavour is chocolate, some roasted malts, mild caramel and some dark dry fruits Also some quite bitter notes in the finish. Very pleasant Dunkel.
Hermod (5172) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle from Bierzwerg. Poured dark copper color with a white head. Aroma is wood, roasted malt and weak smokey notes. Medium body. Flavor is bready malt at first, then roasted malt with some chocolate and nuts. Finish is slightly dry. Solid dunkel.
3fourths (8888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2012 amber brown body, small off-white head. clean cereal grain and amber-tinged raw grains in the nose. medium sweetness, medium-light body. good oiliness without gravity. fresh, clean, toasty, solid texture.
Boliv (1150) - 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 (6147) - Plymouth, 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 (8304) - 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 (13232) - 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 (1418) - 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…