Boaks Two Blind Monks Ale - Boak Beverage

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 116
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dsa7783 on 03-21-2008

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.85/5  rDev -47.1%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of DIM
1.96/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks like they've upgraded their labels. Mine has a picture of two monks in shades propping one another up while hoisting their mugs.

a: This was a clear caramel brown color. I couldn't coax much of a head out of this one.

s: I got some very mild raisin aromas and a little perfumed alcohol that was pretty unpleasant.

t: Overall, I got a dry, flowery, solventy flavor that was occasionally puntuated by some artificial sweetner. It did have kind of a generic "Belgian" quality.

m: Thin and fairly still. There is a lingering aftertaste of something chemical that is really off-putting.

d: I can't find much positive to say about this one. One of my least favorites so far. I didn't finish it. (702 characters)

Photo of speter
2.09/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a murky brown with a fairly-large head that faded to a little lace. The initial pour had a good amount of carbonation.

S: Some malt, but mainly booze. There are very little of the Belgian yeast estery smells I would expect for a dubbel.

T: Booze. There are hints of a background malt basis, but the alcohol is what comes through the most. Very little of the complexity I've come to associate with Belgian yeast. In fact, this strikes me as even less complex than a Munich Dunkel, and perhaps less malty.

M: Somewhat thin, although the carbonation gives it a bit of heft.

D: Unfortunately, I cannot say I will be picking up any more of this. (I did use one of the six pack in a split-pea soup, and it did enhance the flavor a bit there.) (751 characters)

Photo of NJFeurious
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After reading the reviews on this beer, i was convinced to give it a try since it was on tap.... and man, i was sorely disappointed. This really isn't a dubbel and shouldn't be billed that way.

Should have known after reading the first page of reviews that this beer was a bit of a risk. Unfortunately, these were followed by a lot of hyped up reviews and good recommendations.

Presentation: On tap, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden with little to no head retention.

Smell: Maybe some apple, yeasty.

Taste: Somewhat off. It had a generic, mass market type of flavor. Similar to Amstel Light.

Notes: I didn't bother to finish the beer. Next to a solid, traditional dubbel, this beer really doesn't compare. Plenty of other beers to spend my money on and I wouldn't recommend it to others unless you are looking for a good beer for a beer pong tournament. (875 characters)

Photo of phattysbox
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours a darky murky brown with little head. What head there is retreats to a very thin lace. Murky water basically.

The smell has me worried a bit. There is no matly candy sweetness that normally comes with a dubbel. Theres a musty smell coming from a bigger yeast profile, with many off-puting esters pulling through the nose.

Taste is worse for me. A strange sour tang (esters) dominate followed by a grainy husk. A bit sour for me and was not expecting this as it is advertised as a dubbel. Malts are very weak to the background of the yeasts.

Will have to pass on this one. (621 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris G. for bringing this back from a trip to visit family. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly reddish amber color with no head, thus no retention or lace.

The usual earthy scents of the style were present but very subdued. The flavors were also very muted compared to most of the style. The body was very thin and watery, far below average. Drinkability was OK, but nothing special.

Overall, this beer struck me more as an american amber than a Dubble. Worth trying but not worth seeking out. (513 characters)

Photo of Vendetta
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Really excited to find this at my local beer store in both a six pack and single 12 oz. bottles. No bombers were available. I remembered reading an article about the beer and brewery in the Newark Star Ledger some months back, so I picked this up to try it out. Contrary to some reviews, I can't seem to get much of an aroma out of it. It looks like it could be mistaken for a glass of soda. Fizzy, soda-like head that's gone within seconds. Still cold- lots of carbonation, very malty taste. As it is warming, more of the flavor comes through. Lots of raisin, a little bit of caramel. Hints of earthiness as well. Too much fizzy carbonation kills the beer for me. It's a quality beer, but I'm glad I picked up a single instead of a six, I'm a bit disappointed. (797 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Is it weird to say that my first thought was of bacon?

Well, it was.

And when I tasted it, I thought of Chinese food.

Ok, I know that sounds gross. But it does make some kind of twisted sense.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a smallish tan head that fell away quickly.

The aroma has a spicy edge, with a thing. A thing, you know? A baconish thing. What is it? A nitrate quality, perhaps? A saltiness? A slight, unintentional smokiness? I think it's smoke.

The flavor follows through, with a slightly smoky malt, with a sourish thin fruit, perhaps some overripe peach, some clove and allspice. But there is that Thing. This time it comes across as Pork Lo Mein. Maybe it is that nitrate thing. A little sesame perhaps. A hint of green onion.

The mouthfeel is tingly and leaves a lasting prickle in the mouth. It feels like more than a carbonation issue. Maybe a spice issue. A bit of white pepper.

So now you think I hate this beer.

No. Not really. It's not great. It's not a particularly inspiring Dubbel. But it's not awful. (1,043 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.

S: A kind of sour and very alcoholic smell that was not too enticing and made me think that the alcohol was going to be a bit overbearing for this beer.

T: A fairly roasted malt taste with some roasted toffee notes but with a bitter, alcohol backbone that was a bit too evident. There was also a fairly bitter aftertaste to the beer as well.

M: A pretty light mouthfeel that was most likely due to the pretty high ABV.

D: While the mouthfeel was pretty easy and yielded a nice drinking experience, the alcohol was a bit too much and took away from the overall drinking experience of the beer overall. If the alcohol was less "in-your-face," I think that this brew could have been significantly better. (878 characters)

Photo of deereless
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Chestnut colored, thin layer of head, quite clear - 3.50, S: Quite malty and somewhat musty, has a subtle sweetness that you might get from old dates or prunes - 3.00, T: A hint of spice or sour - it's hard to discern, a little hop bite but this beer is mostly malt, out-of-date pineapple juice, the palate isn't doing it for me, it is improving a touch as it warms - 2.50, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: No date on this bottle so it is hard to determine if age played a factor in this beer, it is close enough to a Dubbel to feel like I'm getting the essence of the beer, unfortunately this beer is missing the mark in my book - 2.50 (634 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark, dark brown that looks deep copper when held up to light. There is a small bubbly head that dissipates quickly leaving only hints of lacing. Aroma has sweet candied sugar and caramel malts on top of the Belgian yeast backbone. Dark fruits come through as it warms. The taste is similar to the aroma with lots of yeast and sweet caramel malts. Candied sugar, figs and raisins also come out in the flavor. odd sour taste that i wasnt expecting. The mouthfeel is sticky with the sweetness and good carbonation. This is a good representation of a dubbel and quite enjoyable. (581 characters)

Photo of irishking1977
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown/ruby read with no head and virtually no lacing.
Nothing special looking about this one.

S: Malty sweetness with a hint of hops and a yeasty bread like quality.

T: Perplexing. Malty sweetness, caramel, brown sugar and an unusual metallic finish at the end. This almost ruins the beer. It's like they dumped a sack of pennies into the wort during the brewing process.

M: Thin mouthfeel, though the carbonation is right where it needs to be.

D: If it wasn't for the fact that I feel like I'm drinking sweetened liquid pennies, this wouldn't be such a disappointment. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. I've had this once before on tap and found it to be drinkable yet unremarkable, but this time around, it has a mildly offensive finish. (747 characters)

Photo of confer
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The picture must be older since the labels have been upgraded. There is a picture of you guessed it, Two Blind Monks.
The labeler must not have been working to well that day though since most of the labels were peeling of of the bottles.
The beer poured a very nice murky brown. The aroma was sweet almost grapelike. The taste just didn't do it for me. No fruit tastes come though, and as it warms up all I get is a heavy malt taste.
I have no trouble drinking this beer but since I have a case of it I think I will let the remaining bottles hang out in the Keller and try it again in a few months. (598 characters)

Photo of deliriumfest
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of bookwyrm
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Light reddish-brown. Little to no head
S- Malty with a little citrus.
T- Sweet malt, molasses, and little alcohol aftertaste
M- A little too thin. A disappointing almost "lite-beerish" quality

Overall- Decent, but not worth $12 and change I paid for a four-pack. (267 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Chimay chalice.

I can't remember who sent me this beer, but thanks, mystery BA!

It just doesn't have the same ring to it that the visually-impaired rodent trio does... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, dark fruits, light molasses, and a bit of Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with some extra candi sugar, a couple black cherries, and a twinge of green apple way in the back. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a decent dubbel at best, one that just doesn't fully sit right with me. Maybe it's a bit sweet, maybe it's the fruit on the tongue, I'm not fully sure. All I know is that I won't be demanding another any time soon. (810 characters)

Photo of ballewblake
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Aggressive pour yielded a 1/4" head that vanished almost instantly. Lacing did stick longer but faded slowly. Body is dark and opaque red. Nose is malty, and sweet. Taste is mellow at first, some sweetness there and plenty of carbonation despite the lack of a head. Almost a dry woody taste to it, oak? I'm on the fence with this one, something is missing taste wise, not sure if its too much carbonation on the palette or if it needs to tone down. Maybe tweak the yeast a bit, has more of a German bock mouth feel to it than Belgian ale(which I think is what was implied.) (622 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of montecristo2
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small pint glass.

I wanted to pair something with apple pie for dessert. I figured the amber style/maltiness would go well. I was right!

Pours a dark amber color, very little head.

An interesting in between beer- not quite a dubbel, not quite an amber...a dumble?
I tasted the dark fruits more so than expected, which might not go well alone, but with the pie, it was awesome. Brought out the sweetness of the pie really well. Definitely got those belgian yeast flavors intertwined with the malts.

I would buy this again if pairing with apple pie. I have two left to try alone.

Cheers! (619 characters)

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of tayner
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, almost nondescript with a paper label that would get lost in a bottle store.

Poured a dark, dark brown with a while head that was small and did not hang around long at all, no lacing, no ring.

Smell was malt, dark fruit/raisins, figs, very sweet. a bready belgian yeast nose is there too

Taste follows smell 100%. Up front sweet, sweet malts and raisins. Mid palate there is some bready belgian yeast flavors. There is nothing in the finish in the way of hops or alcohol to dry the palate for me. I like sweet, malty brews, but this one is almost cloyingly sweet. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would help this one.

I drank the one bottle, but i would not have gone back for another. Way too sweet. perhaps this bottle was just under carbonated. (766 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  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. (406 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber color with a perfect foamy off-white head with good retention.

The scent was of caramel malt, some notes of bread.

The taste was of sweet malts, yeast, and a bit nutty.

Medium body, a little creamy and smooth, a bit thin, low carbonation.

This was a pretty decent beer, nothing too interesting but it was flavorful and easy to drink. It sort of tasted more along the lines of a brown ale. (416 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (494 characters)

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