brenn79 (1491) - Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Monk’s Christmas) 16.9 oz Grolsch style flip top- Pours dark amber with a pretty good head and below average lacing, aroma is not great, smells like a mass produced pale lager. The taste is better, there is definite roasted caramel malt, very easy to pour down the throat, the aroma is the weakest part of this otherwise decent brew.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tyler’s in Durham. Medium to dark brown with smallish head. Typical bready German malt. Just a tad bit of spice. Nothing much going on here. Boring.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Knowing this is actually a dunkel makes a bit of sense, given the strongly bready malt character in the nose. Cloudy amber pour with a decent head. Body is actually fairly thin, which doesn’t do the flavors many favors. Mild spice is detectable amid the fairly anonymous German malt character. The mouthfeel’s a bit papery. Forgettable.
Ernest (6157) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2011 Bottle (as Monk’s Christmas).
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), moderately hoppy (honeysuckle flowers), with notes of minerals and tangerine, hint of smoke.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Solid, clean, and delightful.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle, Monk’s Christmas. Large beige head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cookie. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, cookie, light brown sugar. Light-medium body, light effervescence, watery, very drinkable.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at rattle n hum. Dark brown, bitter malt tangy flavor. Incredibly smooth and sessionable. Thortheviking loved this shitzit.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Monk xmas ale @ RnH - Arouma is mildew and grass. Taste is grains and caramel malts. Too much funk for me.
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really enjoyed this one.
Poured a nice brown with an off-white head.
Malt and roast aromas with some nice spice.
Finished nice, sweet and complex.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown/amber in color with a light brown head. Malty aroma with a hint of toffee and some slightly roasted nut notes. Moderately sweet taste with malt , caramel, toffee and nuts followed by a sweet, malty, roasted finish. This one was quite enjoyable.
thornecb (4315) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours bright mahogany into a stein. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Cookie and nutmeg aromas. Crisp and dry with cookie and caramel malts.