Strykzone (7360) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Beer # 1500. Clear light brown with moderate carbonation visible. Miniscule head. Nice spicy and roasted aroma. Flavor is malt dominant with biscuit, caramel, nuts, and fruit. Hops are noted and add significant earthiness. A nice Marzen but not all that memorable. Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle (Monk’s Fest).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with a light note of peach.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, metallic.
The metallic finish taints the enjoyment a bit, and it’s a tad too sweet, but otherwise it’s a juicy, enjoyable brew. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Sampled on 11/27.2009. This marzen pours a light to medium copper brown color from a 50cl swingtop. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and malty, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied marzen. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Good carbonation. A touch of a dry finish. Very drinkable.
Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is sweet.
alobar (3793) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Earlier Rating: 7/11/2008 Total Score: 3
This Marzen pours a medium amber color from a 50cl flip top bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and bready, with a touch of floral hops. Medium bodied Marzen. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are slightly floral. Perhaps a touch thin tasting. Carbonation is lively but kind of full in the mouth. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Pours a clear copper color with a soapy white head. Almost no nose-some grain and caramel malts. Tastes of caramel malts, bread, and some earthiness. Decent body for the style. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle. Slightly hazy dark amber with a deep rich color and a bubbly white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is rich grainy and sweet malt, nice. Flavor is a slightly nutty malt with a dry, semi-sweet flavor. Some grassy hops evident.
Ratman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2009
16.9 oz. swsing top bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, graininess and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, bread and light earthiness with a smooth malty finish. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Name: Monk’s Fest
Date: October 25, 2009
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear dark amber, creamy tan head, heavy drippy lace
Aroma: strong rich and sweet aroma with lots of bready munich character, nicy spicy earthyness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, big bready character, balanced earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Name: Monk’s Fest
Date: January 29, 2010
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet bready aroma, malty sweetness. light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malty flavor, big bready character, light balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Draft at Brick Store in Atlanta. much darker than I’d expected. Nice firm pillowtop of a head. Big malty aroma on this one. Drinks with a dfinite malt bent too, but also a nice bitter twist at the finish. Exceptional. (#3719, 10/26/2009) BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle: Pours a dark brown color with a light head. The nose is toasty with light maltiness and a grassy sweetness. The malts are nice and nutty, rich and full. The flavor is a little sweet and fruity forward, grainy with a touch of toast. Finishes mild and light, a bit thinner than I’d hoped and a rounded tail. Decent enough, but I need some decoction! michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2009
500ml Bottle: Light aroma of malts, nuts, and the slightest hint of caramel. Poured orange/amber in color with a large, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, nuts, bread, and a hint of caramel. Light to medium body. Lightly dry, thin texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, malt and nut finish is slightly dry.