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Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus - Thomas Creek Brewery

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87
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PDXHops on 12-23-2010

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by bucklemyshoe:
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost, this was an annoying beer to open. It started fizzing on the drive home but I couldn't drink it right away. I left it in the fridge for a few hours and when I got home I had to use pliers to uncage and uncork it. Shockingly, it had tons of carbonation yet.

750 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours very dark brown with a finger of khaki creaminess.

S: Dark roasty malts, with some tany and sweet dark fruits, and cherries.

T: It has a wonderful balance of sweet, tangy, and roasty.

M: It has a creamy but-not-too-thick body with some stickiness.

O: This is an absolute gem but I hope the bottling issue gets fixed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mu Ommegang goblet a deep garnet with a thinner but well laced beige head atop,big fruit in the nose along with spiced cake and brown sugar notes,the yeast gives off a spiced coffee cake element that goes well with the big dark fruit.Spicy and sweetish upfront,again there is a real "cakey" flare to it,a real nice earthy almost herbal note in the finish lets you know this was made by American hands.I really liked this beer it wasnt over the top in sweetness and the yeast was not overbearing,great job!

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany with a small off-white head.

A unique aroma and flavor that is hard to characterize.

The flavor is sweet ... a bit too much so despite some tartness.
Spicy, but without having much attractiveness or identity.
More prune flavor than any beer I can remember.

O - A rich and interesting brew that is better than the description above portends.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The cork required a vise to pop, yet there was some leakage in shipping. Some oxidized flavour, no carbonation. Very brown, mollasses with yeast, and towards the end of the bottle tart and hoppy. Rather a cross style, something of an imperial porter, and a Belgian. Worth a try.

Photo of bisonfort
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At craft beer factory tasting.

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Brewery Bash back around Halloween, and just realized this was the brew they had on! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a dark dark brown with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, slight chocolate, and subtle hop. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and slight hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. It was kind of light on flavor if I'm completely honest. Nice aroma however. Really glad they decided to bottle this one on a limited scale so the masses could try it.

Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Brown/black/ruby pour, small amount of tan head. Retention and lacing are low.

Aroma has prune, molasses, brown sugar and some red fruits.

Taste actually pretty similar with the molasses and brown sugar and more heavily present currant. Finishes a fruitcake or rumcake.

Not a ton of carbonation on a medium body. Could have been a tad more carbonation probably. Alcohol is warming but not really overly present in the mouth.

For $13 I probably wouldn't bother again, but a good attempt into a Belgian style.

Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark blackish brown, thin layer of tan foam on the surface. Not much lacing in the glass. Persistent ring around the edges, not a lasting head of foam though.

Anise, clove aroma, oxidized dark malt, vinous, dried currants.

Tangy flavors of vinous cherry and currants, light smoke, tobacco leaf. Chewy and full bodied with some perceptible alcohol. Light prune sweetness, some roast and bakers chocolate. Lingering roast, light spice and tangy fruit. Oxidized malts come through in the taste a bit. It's ok, best shared, nothing too wild really.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, $12.99. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like dark fruit, roasted malt, anise, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses and a bit of spice. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some tangy fruit and brandy flavors. It's a unique tasting brew, but I like it a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating, and also has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good Belgian style imperial porter. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of n2185
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin cap with some lacing.

S: Roasted malts and cocoa powder up front followed by sweet, dark fruits like plums and raisins. There are also traces of bubblegum, banana, molasses, and some yeast in the aroma.

T: Very sweet up front with lots of dark fruit notes followed by molasses and yeast. The roasted malts don't really kick in until the finish, providing some bitterness to go along with the yeasty flavors. Slight alcohol burn and then a surprisingly strong aftertaste of roasted malts. The flavors clash a bit.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit thick and sweet, lacking the attenuation I prefer in a good Belgian.

O: An interesting beer that I think could be done well, but falls a bit short. A good nose promising interesting flavors, but then the flavors clash in an unfortunate way. I'd like it if the roasted malts were more present initially to counter the sweetness of the beer rather than being in the aftertaste.

Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011. Randallized with black cherries and figs.

Pours a dark black with a creamy tan head. Big aromas of dark sweet malt, Belgian yeast, chocolate, and cherries and figs from the Randall. Big BSDA flavors of brown sugar, figs, caramel, chocolate, and Belgian yeast, highlighted nicely by the fresh cherries and figs. Creamy, with a medium-full body. This is a bit fiery going down, the 10% isn't hidden too well. Carbonation is a bit low, but that's to be expected from the Randall. Not bad, but ultimately not too memorable.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So excited to have Thomas Creek experimenting with some new beers. This is the direction they need to take IMO. i proudly opened this one up and served it into a snifter.

Popped the top and out poured a delicious looking ruby tinted brown liquid. Nice clarity, with a touch of sediment at the bottom. Very nice three inch high head of tan colored lace formed on the top and hung around for a good few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace and some nice side glass presentation. There were a few touches of carbonation visible as well drifting up toward the surface.

The aroma was very rich, with a nice mixture of sweet caramel notes and dark fruity yeast. Hints of plums and raisins were all over this one, as was a sweet liqueur type aroma, which gave a hint to the alcohol that lie within. A nice touch of spice as well, with hints of nutmeg.. The flavor followed suit perfectly. Opening up with a nice sweet malty flavor that warmed from within, it quickly became much more complex. A small boozy flavor coming in behind it, was laced with nice bits of spice and rum soaked raisin flavors. Definitely a sweet Belgian here, with the malt profile clearly dominating. There were some lingering flavors of roasted nuts as you got toward the end and the long lasting finish, had the slightest of sour bites to it. Very complex indeed. The overall profile though was quite mellow with nothing really dominating in one way or another, and a very smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. The carbonation never did let up and led to this one never coming across as dull or flat throughout the session. The alcohol was a touch noticeable at first, but never distracting, and was just enough to let you know this was indeed a nice sipper.

Overall, this was Very rich and complex, and delightfully smooth I could have had this one again and again. Seemed to go over very well with the family, as it was the first bottle that was emptied.

Photo of zac16125
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip

Enjoyed at Homegrown Brewhouse

A: black with mocha colored head, head has very good retention and leaves a moderate amount of lacing

S: huge black licorice is by far the prominent aroma, subtle dark fruits

T: black licorice, roasted malts, dark fruits. Not terribly complex but very tasty

M/D: full bodied, carbonation on the higher side, ABV very well masked, and drinkability is very good

O: I really enjoyed this one. Not very complex and not very Belgian in my opinion, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750ml cork&cager from the Greenville Beer Exchange where they will exchange your money for delicious beer.

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours dark garnet, almost black, with a thin/medium dark khaki head.

S - Dark raisins, tart cherries, tobacco, rich roasted malt, brown sugar.

T - The taste starts off with an interesting blend of a bit of dark fruit, pomegranate with a bit of a baker's chocolate and coffee flavor. Mild alcohol aftertaste that masks the ABV pretty well.

M - Slightly thinner than medium bodied.

Photo of PDXHops
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first beer in Thomas Creek's Atypical Series, Conduplico Immundus Monachus is an imperial version of their Dirty Monk. 750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

After an embarrassing struggle with the cork, I finally resort to using a corkscrew and unleash a substantial 3-finger creamy beige head atop a body that appears near black at first glance, but upon further inspection is deep brown with cola highlights when held to light. The head settles down slowly to a thick skim and leaves scattered streaks and patches of sticky lacing.

Quite a complex nose, full of dark fruits both sweet and tangy, tobacco, molasses with hints of dark rum and burnt brown sugar.

Very nice flavor profile. Plenty of caramel and perhaps light chocolate sweetness, but it's not overly sugary. In fact, a nice roastiness lends a touch of balance and dryness toward the swallow. At times it seems a touch smoky, other times potently sour. Yeastiness, molasses and a tart dark fruitiness are definitely in play. Hints of nuttiness and a vague woodsy character. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost velvety soft, and the alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Overall impression: This definitely falls into the "dangerously drinkable" category. Great kickoff to the Atypical Series.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 8/26/11

Thanks to PDXHops for the bottle

"Kinda like an Imperial Belgian Black IPA."
-MbpBugeye, who could tick no more

Medium brown; much darker in the glass. 1 1/2 finger head of toasty brown foam is riddled by large bubbles. Thin layer of bubbly retention. Thin strands of lace.

Aromas: roasted chocolate and coffee; Belgian-style yeast; earth; tangy dark fruit notes blend into the mix; very light spice; hints of tea leaves; no trace of alcohol. Not gonna lie - it smells kind of odd.

Tastes odd, too. However, it works for the most part - mainly because it tastes just like it smells (funny how that works, huh?). Sugary; dark fruit notes - raisins, plums. The fruit is juicy on the finish. Burnt chocolate and some roasted coffee undertones. Dry earthiness picks up towards the finish. Some tobacco notes.

Full enough body with a slick viscosity. Moderate carbonation is more fluffy/fizzy than it is prickly. Fruity residuals.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of tan-colored, long-lasting, foamy head. Very good lacing.

S: Surprisingly, this beer had a strong aroma of coffee. Also had a big shot of malt as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, a little caramel and some Belgian yeast. A slightly unusual flavor (mainly due to the presence of coffee) for the style, but definitely tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An easy to drink beer. One of Thomas Creek's best efforts. Drinkable.

Photo of raszputini
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible. Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Smells of burnt malts and alcohol. Taste includes sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, belgian sugars and yeast and mild alcohol. This brew is amazing. Most Belgium style stouts leave me unfulfilled, but not this one. You've the heavy chocolate and coffee tones, the distinctive burnt malts. This is as close as I've found to a traditional Russian Imperial from a Belgian style.

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ale with fruity roasted malt flavors.

Dark mahogany in the New Belgium snifter. Nice lacing and feels well carbonated on the tongue. Raisins and fig jam flavors, a woody edge, and rather sharp. Sweetness grows as it warms. Label claims 54 IBU, but it doesn't seem that hoppy. Quite a residual bitterness, though, which is not a plus for me as it overwhelms the interesting flavors. Pleasant and very drinkable, but not much of the funky side of the Belgians. I wish for more complexity and mellowness.

Minor rant: what's with the plastic cork? Like we're going to pretend to age this stuff in ye olde cellar. Where are the damn pliers?

Photo of brandonlovesbeer
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this from a growler. I live in Greenville, SC so it was fresh from the brewery that morning at the local Beer and Wine growler fill location. The brewery is right up the road from my house.

Appearance: It was nearly black. Lots of carbonation. But the head was thin and dissipated fairly quickly which was expected with the 10% ABV that this beer has. It was a beautiful beer to look at.

Smell: At the front were strong chocolate notes. Tobacco notes, medium Belgiany aroma. Some prune and date aroma. Hop presence was mild. There was a hint of some mild bitterness. Definitely nothing like the supposed younger brother of the "Dirty Monk" who's flavor and aroma would be comparable to a medium to strong dark IPA and also one of my favorite beers ever.

Taste: First impression was champagne. The effervescence was the first thing I noticed. It strongly tickled my tongue. The sweetness was the 2nd thing I noticed. This is very similar in sweetness to Stone's Barley Wine. Again, nothing like "Dirty Monk." My feeling is that it is way too sweet. It's sweet but dry. The Belgiany flavor definitely comes across. The alcohol is not prevalent in the taste but certainly warms as it goes down. The chocolate flavor tastes almost like real chocolate, but the sweetness was also as strong.

Mouthfeel: It was actually a fairly thin mouthfeel. I think the effervescence was at fault here. I was expecting this to have a chewier mouthfeel but it seemed very thin.

Verdict: After looking at it and smelling this beer, I was expecting a much more appetizing beer. I have been licking my chops trying to find an affordable bottle of this beer, and finally I found the 64oz growler fill for $9 bucks. I was not ready for a barley wine. It is not advertised as a barley wine, but that is certainly what it tastes like. Every barley wine I've ever tasted, this is definitely a relative of of that style. I find that it is no way related to the "Dirty Monk" except for having Belgian in the name of the style.

If you're looking for a barley wine, then this would be a good choice for you. But if you're looking for a higher ABV of the "Dirty Monk" then you will be sorely disappointed.

Overall, it's an okay beer. But it's taking me a while to drink this. I can usually get through a growler on my own in a couple days drinking a 12ozer, or more, at a time, no matter the abv. I've had high ABV imperial IPA's and polished off a growler in one sitting, but I'm drinking this 6oz at a time because that's about all I can handle of it. If you're not a sweet beer lover, the best way to drink this is to eat some cracker jacks or a hand full of chocolate chips before drinking it. That will cut the sweetness substantially so that you can enjoy the other flavors.

But in the spirit of full disclosure, I like hoppy beers and bitter wines. I'm not a fan of sweet beers or sweet wines. But I think what turns me off the most with this beer is that it is billed as higher ABV of "Dirty Monk" and it ended up being the farthest thing from it.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikesgroove included this beer in one of our recent trades. I love getting things that I haven't heard of, thanks Mike.

I'm just going to refer to this one as Monachus to avoid typing the whole name, I always gloss over names that are more than one word when I run into them.

The body is a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a little bit of yeast to it. The head is a finger and a half thick, and brown in color. Good retention, but not very much lacing.

This is a pretty unique smelling beer. I swear it smells like a dry champagne right off the bat, which is both interesting and pleasant. The roasted malts are obvious after the fruity smell.

Very fruity. Although I do pick up notes of the dark fruit that characterizes this style, such as dates and plums, I find that lighter fruit is more plentiful. A little bit of the sparkling white wine flavor sticks around, adding white grape skin to the flavor profile. I also pick up pretty noticeable flavors of pear and green apple. Even a hint of tartness comes along with those. Behind the fruit is a little bit of clove also. The malt profile has some body to it also, with some sugary sweetness, bits of bread and a big roasted character.

Carbonation is little above average here, and the body is a little bit below. I have to say that it suits this beer though.

This is my first beer from Thomas Creek and I was pretty impressed. I very seldom find American-made Belghian styles that are actually worth buying, but this one might be an exception if I could get my hands on it. The fruit character is excellent, especially in the aroma.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty solid beer from this ever improving brewery. Pours black with a somewhat slight head, but what there is sticks around as a ring. Smells rich and roasty with some dark fruitiness and some bitter chocolate notes. Nice. The taste is a little more mellow. Still nice balance, with bitter chocolate and dark fruit, and even a touch of cranberry. There is less roastiness and not really a Belgian yeast note, but the fruitiness and dark chocolate combination is lovely. Very smooth, and with a late bitterness that adds some structure. The alcohol is also extremely well hidden. A soft, rather than punchy beer. I enjoyed it.

Photo of gford217
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours very dark, opaque mahogany, not quite completely black, with a big bubbly tan head that leaves excellent lacing and lingers as a thick cap for a long time.

Aroma is mainly dark roasted malts, coffee beans and cocoa powder. There is only a hint of the expected dark fruity Belgian character.

Taste takes on a little more Belgian character with some sweet yeasty notes and even a hint of tartness on the back of the palate. There dominant flavors are still the dark chocolate malts and heavily roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is dry and roasty, somewhere between imp porter and Belgian dark, with strong carbonation. Very smooth despite the roastiness.

This is a really solid mix of Belgian and porter and having had the Stone Belgo OG last night, I think this is a better mix of Belgian yeast and American style. Been pretty impressed with the last couple Thomas Creek offerings I've had.

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown - black with tan colored head. Good head on it and is maintained well.

Smell is not great. It's not bad. It's just average. A little chocolate and some roasted malt.

The taste is alcoholy. And, I agree with a reviewer below: A bit funky.

It had good mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

Overall, it just seemed like an attempt at a high alcohol beer.

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml received in a recent trade with funkydelic. Thanks again Cameron!

Pours a very dark chocolate brown color that appears black in the glass and completely opaque with a one finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is slightly sweet with a nice toasted/deep roasted malt presence. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean, toffee and caramel as well as some subtle earthy hops and dark fruit. Slight lactic creaminess and while it has a deep roast character, it doesn't smell acrid or burnt.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice chewy mouthfeel. As the aroma suggests, this beer is very toasty/roasted up front with a slight acrid bitterness that lingers throughout into a long dry finish. Hints of burnt toast, roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal and dark chocolate. The roasted malt flavor is countered mid-palate by the esterey Belgian yeast notes that gives off subtle sweetness and dark fruit notes. Faint hints of raisin, plum and fig. This along with a nice lactic creaminess balances things out while adding complexity and fullness to the palate.

The ABV is excellently masked with no trace of alcohol heat or warmth, making this beer extremely drinkable. I have to slow myself down from pounding the whole 750 in a manner of minutes. Recommended.

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Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus from Thomas Creek Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.