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Boaks Two Blind Monks Ale - Boak Beverage

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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5/5  rDev +41.6%

NonicPanic, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of laicha926
5/5  rDev +41.6%

laicha926, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of dsa7783
4.72/5  rDev +33.7%

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
From what I understand, this beer was created by an independent brewer in New Jersey, who also realeased Boak's Monster Mash Stout...
"A Rich, Malty, Dark Amber Beer Belgian Style Dubbel" on the front logo sticker...
Initially, I was pretty skeptical about this one, but the owner, Dan, assured me that this was a top-notch brew... He was right...
Pours a deep, dark, purple colored-hue with a giant-sized foamy and frothy head which exhibited adequate staying power and left a nice amount of lacing around the glass...
Great smell on this one... smokey, with a nice suggestion of roasted malts, candied sugars, and caramel...
Excellent smokey taste, replete with dehydrated fruits, malts, figs, prunes, toffee, and vanilla... I really loved the taste... didn't taste like a traditional Dubbel... more smokey and flavorful than most samples I've tried...
Alcohol was not listed on the bottle, but it wasn't too apparent, and well-masked behind a rich conglomeration of flavors...
Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Dvarneckas
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

Dvarneckas, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of tone77
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

tone77, Aug 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of mentor
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%

Bottle provided by VFerg. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a half finger of light brown head over a cloudy red-brown liquid. Smells dark fruits, dry chocolate, clean alcohol sting, and lighter esters that I'd expect to find in a Trippel. Wet malty.

Tastes wet malty sweet on the pull that dries with chocolatey in the mouth. Nutty, toffee, sweetened toast, raisin, with some light-fruited esters and mild belgian phenolic character. Finish dries out leaving dry chocolate and a trace of ginger rising on light alcohol vapors. Md-full when in the mouth, but comes across lighter due to the fine carb that forms on the tongue. Well balanced flavors in intensities of comparable levels. Some time in the cellar could likely do this beer well to meld the flavors into a cohesive rolling experience. Enjoyable, but the sweet start begins to wear a bit by the end of the glass. Hits the style description very well.

mentor, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
4.13/5  rDev +17%

A really beautiful thing in the glass; a dark garnet when seen through the light and a nice rising off white head caps it off nicely.
Smell is very mild, some spice and candy notes, corriander, chocolate.
Taste is very nice, perfectly carbonated to release the rich yeasty notes, mild chocolate, dark fruit, candi sugar. This is absolutely my favorite dubbel so far as I'm not too fond of the style.
Darned if I didn't find myself wanting more of this. Really well done and very drinkable.

kirok1999, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%

Purchased at Oak Tree, So Plainfield courtesy of recommendation from Dan. Thanks Dan, liked this one.

12oz poured into goblet.

A: Pour produced mahogany/dark brown color with an enormous head that was dusty white. Lacy was thick and sticky. Impressed.

S: Tons of malt and true Belgian aroma. More you smell, the more dried fruits and raisiny aroma and tons of malt again. Caramel and smoke made a good combo.

T: First thing that hit was a figgy flavor followed by strong smoke in the forefront and aftertaste. If any fault, a bit puckeringly sweet from the fruity lively malts. The sweetness mellowed out as it warmed and more of the chocolate and smoke was pleasant.

M: Chewy texture from the malt, almost cakelike in its sweetness. Paired well with dessert foods, this time on a warm spring day with chocolate ice cream

D: I definitely noticed the alcohol and I would have guessed it would have been more than the 7-8% the website had it listed. Not hot but noticeable. Still a drinkable worthwhile beer.

This was my first boak's and I look forward to getting back to Oak Tree and trying some of their other offerings.

marcpal, Apr 11, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

tempest, Oct 22, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

Got this compliments of thaichile in my first beer trade. 12 oz bottle poured into my Chimay Chalice

A- Body is a very cloudy nut brown color. Pours with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin collar around the glass. No lacing is left behind. Cloudiness is thick and uniform.

S- Nose is very rich with caramel, nuts and toffee. Nose is robust and sweet.

T- Sweet caramel and toffee come through upfront with a nutty overtone. Some yeast is noticeable in the background. A hint of roasted malt bitterness comes through for the finish. A hint of alcohol warmth lingers with all the other mentioned flavors.

M- Low carbonation and thick body. Smooth and rich with yeast. Very well done.

D- I would believe this beer were a dopplebock or even a Scottish ale before I would guess dubbel. The only resemblance it has to a classic dubbel is the yeast presence. But hey just because ti doesn't fit in doesn't mean it isn't a good beer. This one is rich and malty with a superb mouthfeel.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 26, 2008
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

KolbMarley, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Bouder32, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

SixpointJMH, Apr 22, 2008
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Many thanks to gkatsoris for this one.

Poured from the bottle a deep dark ruby red with a quickly fading tan head.

Aroma of raisins, dark cherries, toffee, malts, caramel, and alcohol.

The taste is much like the aroma. Raisins, dark ripe fruit, chocolate malts, bread, and caramel. I picked up some vanilla in the finish.

Medium bodied, rich and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

A nice dubbel to sit back with and relax.

Monkeyknife, Oct 01, 2008
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a dark mahogany color with a small off-white head. I actually inquired if I was poured the correct beer, because the appearance (and aroma) seemed very deviant from a typical dubbel. Aroma rich with caramel, molasses, and cocoa. Taste was, well, really good actually, though totally not what I expected. Rich and velvety smooth, with dark malts and chocolate up front, almost reminiscent of a sweet stout, mellowing out mid-palate to reveal more of the molasses and sweet dark sugars present in the aroma, with touches of bready yeast, cherries and plums. Surprisingly complex and very tasty. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. My friend who was with me ended up ordering 3 in a row, and I would've done the same, but I like to diversify when I'm at the bar.

Rifugium, Nov 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper reddish / brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, fried banana chips, toffee, yeast, and plums. Tastes of raisins, plums, caramel, chocolate, and lighter yeast. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 4/20/08

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Zekenyce, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

pcsnyder, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +13.3%

capped 12oz bottle

*Yes the current label is quite crappy and plain, but i have seen the labels Mr. Boak has in store for the next batch of Two Blind Monks and Monster Mash and they are awesome!

A- Two Blind Monks pours a deep mahogany color with beautiful red highlights. A small tan head rises but dissipates very quickly. Good cola-like carbonation and no signs of sediment.

S- A very well defined nose, chocolate and sweet roasted malts are mostly dominant. Some real classic Belgian fruit and spice notes really add to its character and complexity.

T- The chocolate aroma and the malts harmonize together in this beer making this an excellent representation of a Belgian dubbel. Other tasting notes include candi sugar, coffee, subtle raison and some spice.

M- Medium body, great amount of carbonation, a tad bit sticky but yet it is a dubbel.

D- Excellent, this beer drinks wonderfully. For its retail price of only 1.99 this beer is incredible. I highly recommend picking a few up if spotted.

ATPete, May 11, 2008
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a clear dark, ruby hued brown. Flavor is full. Nice level of spice - quite a bit of it actually. Definitely a lot of malts there. Also the caramel tones are pretty heavy as well. A full carbonation that has a bite to it that sticks around and keeps attacking on the tongue. Liquid feels good too. Very easy to drink. A very good American interpretation of a Belgian style.

RblWthACoz, May 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

mstrader29, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Conniehophead, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Hoorah, something new from NJ...

Not a fancy bottle...but don't let that fool you...this is a nice beer. Pours with a deep, rich coppery-brown color. A nice head with some decent lacing. Mild carbonation seen. I served this in a goblet style glass.

A sweet, malty scent. Interesting...

A rich and pleasant taste...strong flavored, but goes down quite smooth. The maltiness remains throughout. Hints of dried fruits...raisins noted.

I was quite pleased. As the first offering from a new brewing company, this is different, unique and rather risky. Nice job!

Nutleybeer, May 17, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

A - copper/amber. Nice foamy head that reduces to a film. No lace. Fairly clear

S - sweet. malty. maybe a little cidery. cherry and raisins. belgian phenolics. Not too much alcohol. No hops.

T - sweet. caramel. dried fruits. belgian phenolics. Alcohol in the background. This is a pretty good beer. Not sure why people would hammer it.

M - moderate carbonation. sweet. alcohol warmth

D - a bit heavy, but a decent belgian beer for an american brewery.

saccro, Feb 27, 2010
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Boaks Two Blind Monks Ale from Boak Beverage
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