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Flying' Monk - Adelbert's Brewery

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85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adelbert's Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-18-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A nice and full khaki head with minimal retention but nice lacing. Very dark coca-cola in color, but a ruby amber when up to the light.

Nose: Belgian yeast, raisins, very light nose. Carmel and pepsi.

Taste: Well balanced, malty up front which stays a while. A slight medicinal and alcoholic hotness at the end.

Notes: It is true to style, but not very interesting. There is so much you can do with a Belgian Quadrupel that this just fell short.

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750ml corked, caged and born in Texas. God approves whether you're blue or red! It pours darker than I would expect for the style, sort of a milk chocolate brown with a micro bubbly off white tan head that makes me feel like I'm flying about 5,000 feet over my beer. I am the God of beer world, bow before me tiny bubbles!!! The smell is carob, oranges, and cinnamon. Taste is oranges, cloves, and a slightly dusty finish. I'm not sure if that sounds good but it tastes good. The aftertaste is where that carob shows back up, really makes you want another sip. Mouthfeel is soft with those tiny bubbles making their tiny presence known in no uncertain terms. Overall, I like this one a lot. It is a bit darker and....there's that dusty word again...than the style would lead you to believe but the beer doesn't lead you in the wrong direction by any stretch of the imagination. Get this one. Well, get another one. This one is mine.

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Bottled on 12/10/2013
Appearance:
Medium khaki colored head which fades away rather quickly, minimal head retention most likely due to its high alcohol content. Dark chocolate brown color body.
Nose:
Amazing! Chocolate, maple, sugary, caramel, toasted malt and nutty notes come through strong and weave in and out as well as come forth at different points during the pint.
Palate:
I was initially hit with a complex and distinguished array of flavors that burst forth. As you take a drink, the ABV lets you know it’s there, not by taste but by a delightful warming sensation that is welcomed as you sift through the flavors. I noted: Fruits, apricots, plums, roasted coffee and chicory. It has a huge full bodied mouthfeel and a slight bitter finish that turns into a rich sugary-sweetness that lingers for some time.
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I’m writing this on a cold, blustery night and I had opened this bottled after a long day of being outside in the cold. Once I popped the cork from this bottle I couldn’t be happier with my selection for the evening. This beer definitely needs to be tried and is easily the best quadruple I have ever had the good fortune to drink.

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A: Cloudy dark amber with persistent lacing.

S: Licorice, anise and mild clove. Not an overly boozy taste that I find typical of many quads.

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M: Smooth and not too carbonated.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite...

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet.

Everything about this beer is not quite right. The color is ruby, but more like a Dubbel than a Quad. The head is thin and fizzy, more like a soft drink head and disappears almost as fast.

The nose is full of good dark fruits and the taste is the same. It is a very good beer that I enjoyed, but to style it is off a bit. The mouthfeel is a little thin, likely due to the carbonation being a miss on style.

Again, an enjoyable beer with some great flavor to it and some pepperiness I am now feeling on the finish, but this isn't a true Quad.

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kojevergas

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2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The name on the label is "Flyin' Monks" (NOT "Flying' Monk" as currently listed). See also: http://adelbertsbeer.com/our-beers/ Reviewed as a quadrupel because it identifies as such on the label. "Ale fermented with oak rum chips. Bottle conditioned." 9% ABV according to my bottle. Batch No 003. Bottled on 4/9/2013. "Serve at 55-70 degrees" into a snifter.

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard Adelbert's label and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; their dubbel was subpar and quadrupels are one of my top 3 styles so I'm suspicious.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm during the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour - nor should one in a beer of this style.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of light khaki colour. Poor creaminess and thickness; it's disappointingly thin. Not much frothiness either. No lacing at all as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes - which isn't bad for 9%. Overall, it's a pretty poor head compared to those of the best beers in the style.

Body colour is a nontransparent translucent dark auburn of below average vibrance but nice rich texture. No yeast particles are visible. It's not as dark as most (and as the best) beers in the style, but I'm optimistic.

Overall, it's generally appealing but not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Has a rich rum character atypical of the style, yet intriguing. Sugarcane is abundant. I also get plums, dates, raisin, and caramel. No fig or prunes. Unfortunately, the rum character also lends it an unpleasant obvious booziness; it's not a hot aroma per se but the booze is distracting and unnecessary. I look for oak but don't find it. Belgian malts: pale, amber, biscuit, maybe brown. A dash of chocolate malt, maybe. A kiss of molasses. Has a bit of a dark fruit syrup note that I'm definitely not on board with.

Boozy rum is dominant to its detriment.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable, though I assume Belgian yeast was used.

This isn't the delicate dark fruit aroma of the best beers in the style, nor does its scent suggest particular subtlety, complexity, or nuance. But I'm intrigued by the rum notes and I'm looking forward to seeing how the flavour profile is.

A largely inoffensive aroma of moderate strength. More aggressive than the best quads.

T: Sugarcane/rum and accompanying booziness overwhelm the flavour profile, ruining any balance or delicacy and reducing drinkability. I don't get any oak either, so it seems the rum oak chip gimmick was a poor play. I do get a hint of pecan, which is interesting. Body is comprised of Belgian malts, including amber, biscuit, and a bit of the pale variety. Buried raisin. Sugarplum. Dates. Caramel. As aforementioned, the balance is poor - but it does have some cohesion, though it's definitely not gestalt. Has some complexity, but no subtlety, nuance, or delicacy. On the sweeter side. Quite a mess, but not a trainwreck. If we disregard style, it's a decent little beer - sort of a misguided strong ale. I like the pecan and the rum, I just wish it didn't have to be so boozy. And where's the oak?

Depth of flavour is painfully shallow. Intensity of flavour is above average; it's overwhelming and overbearing, lacking subtlety. Duration of flavour is average.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. It's got a full body and an obvious thickness, which isn't ideal for the style - the best quads are delicate and shockingly light. Okay presence on the palate. Boozy and unrefreshing. Texture suits the flavour profile only in a general sense; this is not custom-tailored to the taste.

Not oily, gushed, syrupy, or astringent.

Dr: The booziness does limit drinkability, and the quality isn't high enough to make me crave each sip. I applaud the experimentation with rum soaked oak chips, but this really misses the mark inasmuch as quads are concerned. Disregarding style, it's a passable but still disappointing beer. Adelbert's is not impressing me with their Belgians, especially these weak attempts at abbey beers. I wouldn't bother with it again, nor would I recommend it to friends or trade partners. Drinkability is below average, as is the beer. The booziness increases as it warms, making it more and more unpleasant.

Priced highly.

Light aging (a year or two) might benefit it slightly, but I wouldn't waste the cellar space.

C-

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 02:15:09 | More by kojevergas
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NiceFly

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2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Batch 003 Bottled on 4/9/2013. Poured into a quart jar 9/12/2013. Label reports a 9.0% ABV.

Thanks to the SWMBO for this one. I enjoyed this during a walk around the garden after dinner.

Pours a dark red/brown with a decent 1 inch head. More the color of a dubbel than a quad in my opinion.

Smells of sweet malt, some faint phenols. A bit of CO2 burn, so carbonation is on track. Otherwise nondescript.

Taste. If this was a performance evaluation the beer would get a satisfactory. Comes on sweet and finishes with appropriate carbonation and bitterness. The grain bill could use a bit of depth/character.

This beer is completely devoid of yeast character. The phenols may just be melding with the bitterness. However, there are no fermentation flaws that so many 'merican breweries like to call Belgian. No bandaid or nail polish and I thank them for that! I humbly suggest the brewer lower the pitching rate to squeeze a bit more from the yeast. Perhaps a shorter and wider tank, I am not sure what geometry they are using.

I read more of the label after some tasting. I do not perceive any oak or rum.

Mouthfeel is right on point. Sweet flavor but not thick, a nice medium body. Carbonation is appropriate, not to high not to low.

Overall a solid example from a brewcraft point of view. A darker candi syrup and an adjusted pitching rate and this one could take off.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:30:19 | More by NiceFly
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