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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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Photo of montecristo2
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.


montecristo2, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

BeerCon5, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of beertunes
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

beertunes, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

irishking1977, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

metter98, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a chimay chalice, chesnut brown color, few floaties, little more than a fingers head that fades semi-quickly leaving a swirling layer of lace.

s- lots of belgian yeast, some bananas/clove - this is like a belgian hefe almost. more pepper in the nose as well.

t- nice, authentic belgian taste, some pepper, slight banana, some fig/raisin, alcohol not really present, but the strength can be felt, very estery as well.

m- medium to full bodied and coating.

d- this is a solid dubbel, belgians not really my bag, but this one is pretty drinkable.

thecarster1, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

beerthulhu, May 03, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark brown with a quickly rising, somewhat fizzy tan head. Active carbonation helps regenerate the head and keep it full to the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very fruity, with some sweetness and a lot of estery yeast character. I'll call the dark fruit aromas raisins, plums and cherries. Dark caramel and some brown or perhaps candi sugar too. Subtle spiciness is evident as well. It does have a bit of an oxidized smell to it, like overripe fruit, but it's a nice nose.

Taste is also estery and fruity like the smell, with the same edark fruits picked up there. It has a slightly oxidized taste, as well. There's a dark caramel and slightly smoky malt base. One difference from the smell is the spicing is much more substantial. There is a big black pepper spiciness in the finish which lingers on the palate, along with the smoky flavor and some bitterness. Interesting flavor combination. T

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite crisp. It's pretty smooth.

This is a pretty solid dubbel here from Boaks. Interesting smokiness going on in this beer, which for the style is probably a love/hate kind of thing. I think it's interesting, and overall pretty good.

number1bum, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Seanibus, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of bookwyrm
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

bookwyrm, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of saccro
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent chestnut toned amber with a small white head that fades into a gentle collar. Tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, cola, raisins, cherries, sandalwood, vanilla, and brown sugar.
Taste is of brown sugar, dates, caramel, dried apricots, golden raisins, and ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spicy, sweet, dry, and yeasty.

weeare138, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It is clear amber in color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet and spicy. The flavor follows the nose, very estery up front. It finishes very spicey. It is medium in body and well carbonated. The styles are kinda mashed up, IMO this is a triple/dubbel that does not work for me.

bonkers, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of speter
2.08/5  rDev -41.1%
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.)

speter, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
1.8/5  rDev -49%
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of tjd112
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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

tjd112, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Anthony1, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Mahogany brown with a big off-white head, but spotty lace. The aroma included maple syrup, molasses, black cherry, and blackberry. The taste certainly featured dark fruit, but also included dark chocolate/cocoa, and dissolved into a tart/sweet finish. Overall fairly impressive flavor variety, but the feel was surprisingly thin for a dubbel. However, the thin body makes for a good 'session dubbel', if such a thing exists.

donniecuffs, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Maredsous chalice. The dubbel appeared a murky deep chestnut color with about an inch of quickly fading of white foam. Nose and flavor are of dark fruits such as figs, dates and raisins, quite sweet with notes of candi sugar, molasses, yeast, some caramel. Hovering above medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Slightly above average across the board.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of AltBock
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a plain wife beater label. This is a vintage bottle because the new label actually has 2 blind monks on it. This label just has the name of the beer in bold black letters, a brief description of the beer at the bottom, and the Government warning and the brewery's address off to the right.

Since this was a Belgian style, I thought it seemed fitting to pour this beer into my Corsendonk Tulip. This Dubbel poured a deep dark murky caramel brown. It was so murky and brown that it was on the verge on looking like a cider brown color. On top of this dark brown brew was a fluffy cream colored 3/4 of an inch head of foam. This head of foam was long lasting. The most it receded was less than 1/4 of an inch and that was it. Great retention and the color wasn't bad either.

This beer absolutely loved the sweets and the dark fruits. The aroma started off with a faint whiff of roasted malts and then it immediately went into the lightly sugar coated dark fruits. There were sugar coated figs, raisins, plumes, prunes, and what ever dark fruit you can name. After the dark fruity aroma passes, this aroma then finishes up with a subtle whiff of dark chocolate. If you love the scent of sugary dark fruits, then really need to stick your nose into this beer.

The taste didn't have nearly as many dark fruits as the aroma contained. I thought the taste was more dry than fruity. The taste kicked off with some dry roasted malts and then instead of going into sugar coated fruits like the aroma did, the taste went into alcohol drenched dark fruits like raisins, figs, and black cherries. After the dark fruits, the taste becomes even more dryer and a hint of dark chocolate and a touch of alcohol emerges. I didn't expect the taste of this Dubbel to be so dry. Fruity, yes, dry, no!

This was a medium bodied American Dubbel that had a moderate level of carbonation and a dry aftertaste of roasted malts, raisins, figs, black cherries, a gentle touch of dark chocolate, and a drop of alcohol.

IMO, it was a good take on a Belgian Dubbel, but I don't think the taste should have been so dry. The fruits were good, but that dryness has to be lowered. I think a six pack of this would be too much, but a single or two would be good enough.

AltBock, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of ballewblake
3.28/5  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.)

ballewblake, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of NJFeurious
2.33/5  rDev -34%
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.

NJFeurious, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of confer
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

confer, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

deliriumfest, Feb 21, 2009
Boaks Two Blind Monks Ale from Boak Beverage
80 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.