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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Stumblin' Monk is a Belgian-style tripel with a certain je ne sais quois about it that will have you stumblin' drunk trying to figure it out. Three secret spices, along with the traditional coriander, orange peel and Belgian Candi sugar, are fermented by yeast from a real Trappist monastery, making this a beer that truly must be tasted to be described. Stumblin' Monk has a deep golden color, which belies its hearty body and high alcohol content. The aroma gives away its secrets of coriander and orange peel, but its flavor is simply (or more accurately, "complexly") amazing. Thanks to bottle-conditioning, it has a thick, creamy mouthfeel, but that's just the beginning. Layers upon layers of flavors unfold upon the palate in rapid succession. It starts with orange and coriander flavors, then quickly melts into a lush, warm, clove-banana sensation. The flavor then gradually fades to a very slightly bitter, slightly malty-sweet finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (36928) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
An unclear orange beer with a small beige head. The aroma is lovely sweet combined with notes of oranges and peaches. The flavor is of a very well aged beer with notes of spices, oranges, and peach, leading to a dry finish with some notes of coriander. A great triple - the best non-Belgian Triple Ive had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle - 1999 vintage... This beer rocks!... Cloudy, light yellow ale with a large, rocky, white head. Spicy, floral, fruity nose. Perfectly balanced and creamy with soft carbonation. Lengthy, spicy, fruity, dry finish. The two things I normally hate about tripels (cloying sweetness and stickiness) are absent from this one. World class ale! Bigtime props to eyedrinkale for pulling this one out of his extensive cellar to share!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
1/5/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, sampled courtesy of Tom Nickel at OBriens in San Diego, CA 1/5/05. Hazy tan head with a fruity pink magic marker aroma. Minty and sweet with a spiced menthol glow and bite. I always wanted to taste the pink marker as a kid, and now I basically have. And its pretty good, though this bottle hasnt aged quite as beautifully as Id have hoped. I remember it being better. Some bitterness and a little fluffy carbonation, but its almost gone. Long finish with nice fruitiness but not too much complexity. Some pineapple and fruit punch-like character. Not dry enough (although not overbearingly sweet by any stretch), and certainly not carbonated enough to stand up to the best Belgian tripels. Still, I really hope to try this again some day, if not in a well-aged bottle, then in a new one if they start to make it once more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Thanks to Tom Nickel for breaking out this rare bottle. Although bottle conditioned and sampled in San Diego, Id be very surprised to see how this stuff would be rated if anyone didnt know it came from Alesmith. I thought it lost a lot of carbonation. Taste is sweet orange, ginger, coriander, candy sugars and light malts. Didnt really hold up that well but the flavors are still prominant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
This tripel pours with a cloudy golden body with little head or lacing. It smells like a halls menthol cough drop. The flavor is slightly sweet and minty with a nice fruitiness and great spice notes. Medium bodied and very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2005
A damn good tripel and a lovely beer to try. Golden. Aromatics begin with an opening of the spice cabinet (ginger, cinnamon), hints of dough and bubble gum and a huge shot of peppermint sticks. Well aged, melded flavor with notes of gummied fruits, citrus fruits, bubble gum, peach, ginger and another huge dose of mint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Thanks to Tom at OBriens for breaking this one out. It poured a cloudy brownish orange w/ golden hues, thin lasting head and slight lacing. With soury fermented fruit and citrus notes w/ hints of honey and flowers on the nose... the same in the mouth... The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, well-rounded, and light bodied. I super enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This beer came courtesy of Tom Nickel who was kind enough to break this out of his personal cellar at Obriens last night. This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a thin white soapy head which was practically non-existent. The aroma is coriander, ginger and other big time spices....sour and pepperminty all in one...it was truly different from any sort of Alesmith beer Ive come to expect. Medium bodied, peppery and dry finish, lemon hints, peach hints, coriander and citrus peel..sweet dry finish... absolutely phenomenal rare beer..it had faded somewhat with time, but still had many of its highly carbonated, spicey and fruity qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Thank you so much Tom....Poursa cloudy hue with a halo of a white head. Aromas of yeast, peppermint, honey, pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium bodies and smooth. Flavors of pepperminy, hint of yeast esters, apples, flowery, a hint of pepper, and a little lemon and peach. WOW>>>>>> I am glad to have had the opportunity to try such a delicious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StumblinMonk (1) - Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2004 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 750 ml bottle: Cloudy apricot color with a creamy head. Aroma is yeast, orange peel and coriander. Fizzy. Complex spicy flavors. Citrusy tart start with notes of black pepper some clove, coriander, cinnamon and cherries. Hoppy dry orangy finish. A very unique triple. A rare find, this was last brewed 1/13/00.

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