Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a two finger frothy beigh head. Aroma of light caramel, bread and a hint of cocoa. Flavor was toasted caramel, bread, roast light chocolate and a touch of toffee. Grima (2511) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2012
Sorry for the german rating, but this is a lousy rating from my "newbie" time (2007-2009), and it’s not worth of being translated. I just added it for the statistics, and to complete my backlog!
TEJA (3349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2012
Im Glas ist das Bier bernsteinfarben. Leicht hell rötlich, mit mächtig großer, mittelporiger Cremekrone, die sich mittelmäßig lange hält. Geruchlich kommen einige würzige Aromen, sowie leichte Röstmalzaromen durch. Der Antrunk ist würzig, sehr brotig getreidig, und angenehm süßlich. Das starke brotige Aroma dominiert dieses ganze Bier. Eigentlich nicht schlecht, aber irgendwie zu eintönig, und für ein Dunkles sehr eigenartig.
Thinn beige lace. Clear amber color. Caramell aroma and "wet dog". Full bodied malty taste with medium bitterness. rondphoto (4514) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Clear dark amber with a nice head and lace. Taste is full caramel malt with light spices and light bittering. Easy to drink and nice full-body, especially in light of the 5.1%abv. Recommended. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2012
The pour is a translucent, dark crimson color with a moderately full, rocky, pillowy, off-white head which is somewhat lasting and leaves soapy lace. The nose is simple but pleasant with faint cocoa, slight roast, and lots of dark breads. The flavor is similar with husky grains, very yeasty breads, slightly barnyardy, and some light roast. The palate is more than moderate, lively, crisp, and slightly creamy. The finish is still a bit barnyardy, grainy, and doughy. Almost like being at the farm with the barnyard notes and intense grains, but still the palate really keeps the beer together. Not sure why they call it "Monk’s Christmas" when it shares no similarities to a Belgian beer?
Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Draft. Hazy brown color, thick tan head. Aroma of black pepper and caramel. Taste is bittersweet caramel. Not bad. ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Had under the alias "Monk’s Christmas" at Holy Grale, Louisville. Real nice malt profile with caramel, raisins, pineapple and light chocolate, but without the overbearing chocolate/caramel of many Dunkels. Appearance was reddish cola brown with bone head. Flavor matched the nose, but with the wonderful toasty, nutty finish that I enjoy in so many German beers. Palate was soft and chewy. Fantastic beer. jb (3454) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Under the Christmas label, this is very nice. Auburn color, sweet malty notes in the nose. Not very complex as befits a dunked. thegreenrooster (4633) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Flavor is decently roasted caramel malt with a little earthyness left on the tounge after the swallow. A decent no frills dunkel. Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle at home. Pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a thick, light tan head. Aroma of bready yeast, biscuity malt, Weetabix, caramel and grassy hops. Similar biscuity flavour with a little grass again and light woody and earthy notes. Moderate carbonation, light CO2 prickle and an oily mouth-feel. Nice and malty with a chocolate linger.