csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2006 GABF Woodsy aroma, some dark fruits. Flavor is malty and fruity with a bit of sourness. Capa (3448) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle from the 2006. Deep amber with a tan head. Aroma of tart cheery, sweet fruit, spices, plums, and sweet malts. Nicely carbonated body. Sweet malts, cherries, dark fruits, plums, sour fruits, spices. Finish is nice, but maybe a bit sweet. Very enjoyable, and fairly refreshing. DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Monk is one of my favorite jazz musicians, so I was eager as heck to try ths Belgian inspired creation from the North Coast boys....Dubbel-like, dark ruby with a slight head in a goblet...a little sweet, ripe fruit, some spice, very true to the the style - a little raisin in the taste, true to the style again...a solid beer. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
A clear, dusky crimson shade, this, with a slim, cola-toned head...not as impressive as I like a dubbel, but fair, s’okay, s’alright...
Nose starts with sweet things, dark fruits, mingling with spices, plums and cinnamon, apples and pepper, the dark keys get hit, while the sweet notes linger...
cola meets coffee,
We lift glass to lip, ale meets tongue, tastes thrills the buds, it’s a sweet, spicy thing. A cola-tinged pepper is the first thought to mind, cocoa and coffee, black and tan finds a fantasy in the senses...deep and dark, pretty and twisted, fine and fancy, sweet and lovely...very evenly played, but you never know what’s next...a cadence keeps up, a groove maintains, richness reigns, swing is always king,...big fat chocolate keeps time...
rolls and rolls around the mouth, a sweet thing, and full of character, plenty of hops to tingle the buds...finish on a beautiful run on the keys, and then start the next one swinging..
another touch of the ale on the lips and the coffee/cola thrill continues...
...it’s not too late, to make amends/ we were meant to be, more than just friends/just friends...
sweet, but expertly balanced by the darker tones, and the hops, well played on all parts of the keyboard, darkness and light get a little shine...
another drink and I’m liking more, as the spice and the rich, dark fruit rides over the cola-ish feel.
We’re on a caravan, searching and wandering, looking for further flavors than the norm, stretching out against the desert of what we’re used to...prunes bump against cinnamon, nicely rounded off, an equally met challenge of malt and hop.
I like the quote from Monks’ son, who goes by T.S., "finally, after all the years of getting a cut from the door, musicians will get a cut of the bar!" A refererence to the the proceeds that will swing their way to the Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz, which will receive the profits from this particular ale...I wish it were more than $2 a case, though, but as long as folks keep hearing about the man and the music, I’m cool on it.
It’s a full-bodied, thing, with a long cola-tinged finish, plenty of sweetness, tempered with spice, rich and chocolate-y. But I forgive some technical flaws by how it swings on the palate and pleases the senses...and it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing...
and do I need to comment on that label;? Too cool! Brother Monk holding court!
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. sweet aroma, dried fruit, raisins. sweet tasting, sugary. smooth & rich. pretty good
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2007
11.20.07 Bottle. Quite a bit darker than I had expected. Very flavorful, but not spectacular. Decent Belgian Strong Ale. naivepegasus (388) - USA - NOV 17, 2007
pours a soft red-brown, with a few fingers of creamy, slowly dissolving head. Brown sugar and raisins dominate the odor. A very full flavor is heavy on spice, with a lingering aftertaste of sweet malts. Overall, its a decent belgium strong ale, but there are better ones out there. frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Aroma of brown sugar, raisins, and pears. Dark mahogany color with a dense, frothy off-white head. Moderate sweetness, some rum like notes, dark fruits (plum and raisin). Light notes of peppercorns in the finish, accompanied by some faint hops. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Deep, dusky red. Fizzy head vanishes in seconds, without even a trace of lace. Alluring scents of vanilla, anise, maple, hops, hazelnut, and Coke. Metallic, cocoa powder, and spicy flavor… crisp and lagerish with a faint sweetness that suggests a high percentage of vienna malt. Kind of tastes how weed-n-feed smells. Peaty-smokey phenols galore. Dusty, minerally finish. Mouthfeel is dry with stinging carbonation, sharp as broken glass, and leaves a pasty texture like calcium-rich wellwater. Wacky aftertaste features peppery alcoholic heat, mild bitterness, cardboard, grapes, and… OMG… canned sardines! After the fantastic aroma, the neutral malt flavor punched with rough phenolics is bizarre and disappointing. This would have rated higher as a strong Biere de Garde. ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Corked and caged. Sweet malty nose, Belgian yeast with sugar, spice, and a touch of alcohol. Rich overripe fruit but only lightly plummy. Deep-ruby body nears black in the glass and supports a foamy, yeast-driven and -sustained beige head. Long lasting lacing and spoonable. Full, thick body is smooth but burns strongly with alcohol, and the finish-aftertaste is candyish in the childish way. Touch of salt and hop-prickling. Brown sugar and faint wood. Too boozy and sweet, though I do love Monk.