harrisoni (19553) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
On tap at Rogue, Portland. Chestnut, thin beige head. Lots of red berry malts, sweet. Hops and bitterness on end. Strawberry sweet and grapefruit hop finish. Reasonably full amber ale. Not very Belgian though which the Monk bit made me believe it might be. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orange/amber color, nice creamy offwhite head. Fruity, malty, hoppy aroma, pine apple, vanilla, some citrus, some grass. Hoppy, grassy flavor, metallic, perfume, some yeast. A lot more american than belgian, and a good beer. bhensonb (15973) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Aroma of floral hop and darkish roasted malt. Nice luminous amber color, but virtually no lasting head. Medium in body, moderate in carbonation. The flavor is dark roasted malt, almost toasted, balanced by some very nice floral hop. I am not really tasting it as bitter, but it seems to be. Interesting. Might be a touch of chocolate. The finish is fairly dry, there is some roasty malt, and what seems to be rather unbitter hop. I guess everything is really balanced? Good stuff. Ratman197 (15628) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, lightly fruity and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied, crisp and dry. Flavors of toasted malt, carmwel, raisin and grapefruit rind with a lingering bitter finish. Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle sample at the Dilly Deli. Poured cloudy brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate complex balanced aroma. Light to medium body. Medium sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of average duration. Soft drinkable beer.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2007
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear copper body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some cherry. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel. Medium body. What’s with the Monk, I don’t notice any Trappist or Kloster characteristics? Regardless, not bad, but nothing worth seeking out -- disappointing considering the brewery (though I appreciate discovering that this is not an alias for another beer). BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small fizzy light brown head, diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, roasted), light hops (herbs, grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of cola. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy bitterness and acidity. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and metallic finish. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a burgundy body woth a large beige head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Flavor of layered hops and malts with a bitter finish. Sammy (13001) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
On tap at Pizza Plant. This is an american strong, not a Belgian at all. While some yeast, it is like a strong lager, at 7.4% abv. Hazy beige with some head.Something unexpected, with above average citrus hops and lots of malting.I could not drink too much of this when other beers available, but would take it again.
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
22 oz bottle-pours a big creamy to rocky tan head with red color. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is smokey, sweet malt, then medium hops-bitterness, a bit rough. Mild/OK carbonation.