5 Monks - Avery Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -9.9%
I do love Belgian beers: so smooth, flavorful, well-balanced, sweet, and full-bodied.
But a "quint"? At nearly 20%? I anticipate that Five Monks will be gross; too cloyingly sweet, medicinally and alcoholically "hot," nothing at all like a delicious quad.
Will it at least suggest some interesting cellar possibiilities?
Let's try it and find out.
Opted for snifters because the high alcohol content makes me think of port.
Dark brown, not so ruby, a little cloudy. Very little head. Only poured about 3 oz.
Smells like carmel. Surprisingly, alcohol not so obvious. Dark fruit. Dried fruit.
First impression: it is surprisingly like a quad, but much brighter and noticeably more alcoholic, as though someone took a quad and added pure alcohol. (This ought to cellar well -- that brightness an acidity will probably fade and mellow.) Very sweet, but not quite cloying (okay, maybe a little). Very strong flavor -- mostly brown sugar, not very complex. Hint of dark fruit. Long "hot" finish.
After warming up, the flavor is less pure "brown sugar" and slightly more subtle -- spice, vanilla, rum... much more interesting a little warmer.
08-23-2014 18:35:47 | More by mmapes
5 Monks from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.