Flying' Monk - Adelbert's Brewery
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2.2/5 rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and rum, with some caramel and yeast notes thrown in. There is also a little bandaid character in the aroma. The flavor unfortunately has more bandaid character. There is also some malt note - mainly caramel and toffee - as well as some Belgian yeast notes. I don't get any real rum or oak notes, which is disappointing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2012 03:49:11 | More by Mora2000
2.68/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
Light aging (a year or two) might benefit it slightly, but I wouldn't waste the cellar space.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2013 02:15:09 | More by kojevergas
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Bottled 02/06/12 so 13 months old. Batch 001, bottle 1903.
A: Pours a dark, murky brown with a smallish very light brown head. Head is thin and foamy and dissipates pretty quickly. Almost no lacing, just little spots here and there. Despite the quickly faded head, it does revive quite easily and heavily with a little swirl.
S: Very malty with loads of sweet caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. Raisin is prominent with some fig. Light oak character too.
T: Big and sharp flavors. Up front there is some big oak with lots of dark fruits. Strong caramel from start to finish. Sweetness fades a bit and you get more a dried fruit flavor with some strong oak presence. Very drying in the aftertaste with lots and lots of lingering pure oak and sudden belgian yeast spiciness. Flavors overall are quite strong, sharp and boozy. Beer tastes a little "too" fresh if I'm honest. Which is a little strange since the bottle is already over a year old.
M: Heavy, thick but not syrupy. Lower carbonation.
O: Not a bad quad but I feel like it may have been on oak cubes for a little too long. Oakiness is a bit harsh and pervasive through the whole beer, but especially in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Beer is harsh in general and nothing about it really stands out in a pleasant way. It feels like it had potential but it just wasn't executed well. Rough to drink and I can barely choke it down.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2013 05:19:47 | More by Dope
4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Hazy chestnut brown in color, with a small off-white head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving scattered patches of foam on the surface. A few specks of lace adorn the glass walls.
Aroma: Prominent rum notes, wood, lush amounts of Belgian candi sugar, caramel, sweet vinous alcohol.
Taste: Opens with sweet, spicy alcohol, dark fruit, and caramel. As the taste progresses, bitter apple and plum notes appear. The alcohol is intensely, pleasantly warming, and its spicy undercurrent carries throughout the taste. As the taste draws to a close, some slightly earthy notes appear. Finishes with a lingering spicy presence. The presence of oak is very subtle, and perhaps merely a phantasm of my imagination.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant, with a mild effervescence.
Drinkability/notes: A complex, over-the-top quadrupel, and a tribute to the skills of Adelbert's. It compares very well with Belgian-brewed examples of the style.
Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-five point four ounce Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2012 01:23:54 | More by Pegasus
Flying' Monk from Adelbert's Brewery
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