Braudog (6493) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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)
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
rich, malty nose. clear caramel color -- classic märzen/oktoberfest SRM18-20 color. bready, malty aroma. sweet, malty, caramel flavor, with a slight tanginess. smooth, full bodied, well rounded mouth-feel. liquid bread!
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is fairly nice but not my favourite oktoberfest type. It is dark, brownish-reddish copper with a small dense, lasting light tan head slowly shrinking to a thin top and leaving some nice lace. The aroma is sweet, caramelly fruit, pears, plums, with brown bread and whole wheat. The taste is spice, whole wheat bread, licorice, hints of caramel, grass leafy, with a light bite. It’s tasty and on the darker-bready side of the style.
kokkenrolv (330) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @Proletariat, as Monk’s Fest. Aroma is barnyard, horse, leather, hay, hints of caramel, dark red fruit. Deep red brown, hazy, minimal head. Medium/heavy sweetness, taste is deep sweet red fruit, sun ripe cherries, black currant. Medium/heavy body, soft carbonation, slightly dry long aftertaste. Wow. Extremely complex and rich beer, despite only 5%.
Travlr (22466) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity cask at Churchkey. Cloudy yellow, small off white head, massive lacing. Aroma of sour grapefruit. Taste has plenty of citrus, malt, straw. Medium body. Very nice.
notalush (5774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil - clear golden beer - frothy, well-sustained head - thick, sticky lace - beautiful, malt-forward aroma, with strong honey smells, and a lot of floral character allowing herbal hops to stick to it - very smooth - light, almost herbal bitterness - a bit of nutty, sweet maltiness - a lot of late bready character - the hops are just enough to keep things balanced - super drinkable and tasty - one of the hits of the day for me.
Grzesiek79 (4132) - Radom, POLAND - APR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dobre ciemnawo-bursztynowe, ciemniejsze niz wiekszosc piw marcowo-oktoberfestowych. Ale rzetelna produkcja wyrazny aromat i smak tresciwy. piana srednia ale za to trwala. ladne gotyckie napisy na etykiecie, no i krachla.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from the Beer of the Month Club labeled "Monk’s Fest" reviewed from my tasting notes. Clear amber color with rich thick head.
Huge malty sweet bready aroma with some waxy piney notes that remind me of citrusy furniture polish -- but in a good way. Bready malty raisins and spicey bread pudding flavors. Medium bodied, rich syrupy mouthfeel, dry finish. Normally, I find a lot of Octoberfest type beers very similar in nature, but this very nice malty beer that stands out from others in the same style. Definitely worth pursuing again.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Novare Res’ Octoberfest celebration. Sampled a couple liter beers of this beer. Loved the drinkability, the biscuity flavors, the sweet malt aroma, and the nice golden autumn color. Perfect beer for this time of year. Nice to get this rare beer locally!
JPDIPSO (5865) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light tawny color with a taller tight bubbled soft cream color. Lightly toasted grain and hint of herbal hops. LIght nutty flavor mixes with toasted grains. Balanced herbal bitterness. No big flavors, just a easy drinking lager. Very clean and balanced. One could sit back and relax with this one for a long time and not get tired of it.