Boaks Two Blind Monks Ale - Boak Beverage

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 03-21-2008)
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Reviews by deliriumfest:
Photo of deliriumfest
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on 2/21/09

Poured a really nice copper/light brown with a darker brown center. The aroma is sweet caramel and malt and taste pretty much follows suit although with a bit of fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a easy drinkability. The best part about this beer is it's beautiful appearance in the glass.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of KolbMarley
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to rciesla for throwing in the extra on a trade.

Pours deep copper in color with a small to moderate head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small amount lacing behind, but clings to the glass slightly if swished around a bit. The nose is filled with cents of dark fruits and bready yeast, this seems promising. Initial taste is much like the smell with the addition of oaky notes. Taste turns much more heavily towards the dry fruits as the glass warms to room temperature, not terribly complex but still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is thin, but greatly helped along by carbonation. Overall I have enjoyed it, but there was nothing overly exciting about the beer.

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boak's- Two Blind Monks

A- Light caramel brown with good carbonation and a light small head.
S- Sweet and sugary malts. Hints of wood, caramel, and molasses.
T- Very sugary sweet malt. Oak, raisin, caramel, molasses, and vanilla. Spicy and slight alc. in the end.
M- Very syrupy sweet with a mild dry spicy body and a thick malty sweet finish. Alc. is slightly present.

Overall- A decent American Dubbel.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's Six-pack in Bethlehem. Pours a mostly clear dark red with a short off-white head.

There are a lot of overly-sweet and unbalanced American-made Belgians in this world, but this hits pretty close to the mark. It's a touch sweeter than the likes of a Chimay Rouge, but still holds enough balanced complexity to make it a fine beer. The aroma holds a mixture of perfume and floral phenols with a dash of pepper. The flavor expands with a mild roasted barley flavor, akin to a nut brown, but backed up by sour cherries and blackberries. My only complaint is that to be truer to style, it should be naturally carbonated. Otherwise this is a very tasty, and apparently undiscovered, dubbel. Go buy one.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from rciesla, cheers Ryan, always happy to try those truly local-locals! Carefully decanted into my Ommegang chalice

Pours a light mahogany with much nose & a pinky of tan head. This beer looses head quickly but does take on a viscous look, some lacing

S: Oakyness, & dark fruit

T: Caramel, oakyness, & dryness from the oakyness up front. Leafy hops, plums & figs as this warms, along with dryness. Finishes oaky, with a touch of vanilla & some plum. Not really sensing the presence of yeast at all in this, sort of off-style, plus a bit too dry for me

MF: Medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation

Drinks alright, if I had to guess, I'm thinking about 7-8% abv. Not a bad stab at the style

Photo of Dvarneckas
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Two Blind Monks Ale was Medium Amber in color, a Little Malty at 7.0% abv, a Little Tart from the Yeast, a Little Residual Sweetness from the Belgian Candy Sugar ... very interesting. This is a good beer for any season and any time of the day or night.

Photo of Bouder32
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of erok
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber, clear, beautiful color, actually, poured with little head that dissipated rapidly, with decent lacing.
S: Not much going on hear, some toffee and yeast
T: Very malty, toffee sweetness, some spice. A bit stronger hoppy bitterness than is usual for the style.
M: A bit too carbonated, which is strange given the lack of carbonation during the pour. Otherwise, has nice body and coats the mouth. Some alcoholic heat.
D: It encourages larger sips and rewards with a malty burst that I wish lasted a little longer.

Photo of tjd112
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Chimay glass

Appearance - Brown body with a bit of copper, half-finger head white head which has medium retention and a little bit of lacing

Smell - Bready and malty with some sour fruit inside

Taste - Raisins and figs come out

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, well carbonated, and tart

Drinkability - A meal in a glass

Overall - A good example of a dubbel

Photo of tone77
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, banana, yeast. Taste is good, lots of fruits, some spice, a bit malty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a high quality beer worth seeking out.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull rustic-orange with a medium haziness and a rapidly rising, sudsy, 3-4 finger high head that was quick to fall and weak lacing wise. A vibrant and dense carbonation shower pours upwards while a misty haze of fine particles offers a slight resistance to both light and clarity. The bottom of the glass shows a bran colored coating starting to form soon after the pour.

S: A good sense of yeastiness and wet grains is fully experienced upon opening and on the pour at arms reach. The aromatic punch soon diminishes to a showing of musky fruit of pears and bananas of moderate proportions. The overall perception was mixed, a good yeastiness but was rather flat lacking depth and complexity.

T: Mushy fruit of pears and bananas open the flavor along with wet grains. Yeasty with a good maltiness with a touch of spicy alcohol and a warming spiciness of cardamon and warm apples. There was a bit of worty sweetness along with caramel coated raisin. Overall was sweet and malty with a nice yeasty bite.

M: An active carbonation with a fizzy hold soon settles to a slick malty texture with a fluid motion when swirled around the tongue. Finishes up with spicy alcohol tones compliments of the 7.0%abv.

D: A bit gassy which may limit multiples. Distinctly malty and yeasty providing a full drinking experience where one should be enough to fill you up and satisfy.

Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The dubbel is a ruddy brown color, tinged with a marachino cherry redness. The darkness of the ale obscures the clarity. No head to mention.

S: The nose has candi sugar, molasses and licorice floating around, creating a nose that goes just beyond that of a dubbel.

T: The taste has some darker malts that add a roasted flavor. A slight metallic flavor punctuates the Belgian side. Candi sugars, some coffee and more dark malts help overcome the metal taste. The Belgian yeast has left a dry wasteland in its wake, intense but without any flavor side effects.

M: The mouthfeel is decent, not quite a dubble but definitely with some Belgian attributes.

D: A decent offering that could use a little polish around the edges.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with very subtle fruity ester is OK. Taste is overly sweet for style with notes of caramelized sugar and light dry fruits with some notes of fruity ester. Body is quite full with OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is kind of average for the style but definitely lacking some of the subtlety that makes dubbel such a great style to being with.

Photo of Dcunicelli
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Mudawg
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
1.8/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow, this was not a good beer, at least it was not for me. The first beer that I literally could not finish in a as long as I can remember. Served chilled and poured into an over sized wine glass, this one was consumed on 01/02/2010.

The pour was bad, caramel color with only the tiniest of soap looking bubbles around the edge of the glass and these faded immediatly. Thsi left behind literally nothing but a flat, boring, and utterly pathetic looking liquid. Aroma is all over the place, hints of citrus, musky, almost wet cardboard like with a hint of sweetness and cough syrup like notes. Just messy and confused. Then I took a sip, wow, what a disaster. Obnoxious citrus bite in the front from where I don't know and then I get hit with the flavor of wet grass that has been hanging out in the bottom of a garbage can for too long. Just bad. Flat with no carbonation and an astringent and almost sour like flavor that goes no where, led me to a drain pour. I was wincing when I drank this.

Overall it is a shame, this is a hometown brewery for me and I have liked what I have tried in the past, this one was just a mess though. I would avoid.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark ruby colour with a big-at-first frothy head that is fairly quick to dissolve to a thin lace and leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma blends a good amount of somewhat earthy malt with Belgian candy sweetness. Dark berries and a bit of smoke also come into play for a well balanced effort.

Flavour is also well balanced with candy sweetness hitting you up front before quickly blending with rugged, earthy malt and smokey notes. Fruit flavour is most apparent at the middle of each sip before it kicks back to a more earth-like, dry finish that almost has some bread/dough flavour to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and a bit slick at times.

This was a nice first offering for me from Boak's. Definitely worth a try and definitely something I'd drink again.

Photo of DrDietz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy, nearly opaque purpleish-brown. Dubbels tend to be pretty ugly by nature and this one isn't exactly an exception. Head retention is fairly poor as well unfortunately.

Smell: Malty, faintly fruity. Some toffee-like notes along with a bit of chocolate. Pretty subtle but not bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: Some toast and chocolate at first, followed by a hint of dark fruit. This is almost TOO clean for a dubbel; I'm not really picking up much in the way of estery flavors. Neither overly sweet nor dry, this beer has a fairly static flavor that becomes a bit boring over time, but it's not bad.

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured cloudy brown into a goblet with a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and hints of spices.
T: The taste has lots of malty flavors with some sweetness. There are notes of caramel and raisins along with some hints of honey
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate; the dryness is unusual for this style.
D: The flavors were good, but the high amount of dryness will likely keep me from trying this again.

Photo of kkmiller76
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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Boaks Two Blind Monks Ale from Boak Beverage
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