1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

5 Monks - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
5 Monks5 Monks

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

239 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 239
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 65
Gots: 120 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  19.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No. 22 in Avery's Barrel-Aged Series, 5 Monks, a 19.4% ABV Bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style quintupel ale

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-04-2014)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 239 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled July 17, 2014. Approaching 3 months old.

A: Pours a super dark brown; not quite black. Tall but very fizzy, soda-like medium-brown head. Head fizzes out quickly and loudy, leaving nary a trace of lacing.

S: Like getting punched in the face. Actually made me wince the first time I sniffed it. Huge boozy and sweet aroma. Heavy, heavy, heavy, HEAVY caramel with dark fruit (raisins primarily) nuclear bombs punctuating it. Lots of fig and some mild grape and cherry. Prunes, to boot. Big quad aromas cranked up to 11. Or...20, maybe 30.

T: Welp, more of the same. Sickly sweet and heavy caramel, heavy dark breads, every overpowering malty taste ever. Taste reminds me of a big eisbock, in fact I wonder if that's how they got such a high ABV. Heavy dark fruits in the middle, raisins and prunes primarily. Very boozy...well that's an understatement. It's a booze bomb, especially in the finish with a distinct alcohol flavor and belly-warming sensation. Again, this is basically your typical quad, just at least 200% more potent in all ways.

M: Heavy, thick, cloying, syrupy. An extreme example of a sipper.

O: A "quint", indeed. Mega-quad flavors, surprisingly well balanced. Just huge. The fruit and malt and alcohol flavors in this literally made my ears ring. Drinkability is of course is about as low as it gets. It's like trying to swig on a bottle of cognac. You have to take your time with this one. It's good, but it's a bit much.

Photo of barrelagedjizzmonster
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

I can't believe!!! Is qrumtumple Belgian with the barrel age! Beer so strong...like acid jizz from the tip of BAJM meat stick.....but tasting much better! I drink one tonight, of the hallow eve, before jizz on girlfrind scary mask! Will be wery drunked.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

A: deep dark brown body with a slim cap of tan foam that slimmed into a collar

S: rich bourbon-sweetened fruit, but with a dusky (?) edge; barrel vapors of whiskey and wood

T: rich booze fruits, but not necessarily a "boozy" beer in that it avoids being too sweet; brings forward the fruits like fig and date, but the caramel and brown sugar sweet notes don't become cloying or overtake the elegance of the ale

M: medium bodied, smooth and slick, very little stickiness - some drying on the finish owing to the barrel-aging; some tingles of spice perk up among the dark fruits and drying vapors

O: lush and high abv sipper pulls together aspects of quads and barleywines, perfectly barrel-aged in bourbon barrels; absolutely worth the $15 and absolutely a top quad.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown. Beige colored head. Not great head retension, but that is to be expected. Decent lacing.

Smell is forward with caramel, vanilla, and booze. Some dark candied fruit.

Taste is pretty consistent with the nose. A little more dark fruit present in taste than on the nose. Nice sweet candied date notes that mellows into an oaky, vanilla flavor.

Mouthfeel has some booze warmth from the barrel aging.

Overall a good beer. Avery has done another great job with their barrel program.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: pours a murky brown color. Sandy colored head dissipates after a bit. Thin and delicate rings of lacing.

S: Brown sugar, dark caramel, caramel-chocolate chews, Belgian yeasty spice, plum and grape, wafts of oak and woody bourbon. Well put together nose, and it actually smells very tame for its size.

T: Rich and thick dark caramel, decadent chocolates. Currant and plum esters. Rum raisin. Belgian yeast. Woody barrel character has a strong pull. Bourbon flexes some muscle. Barrel char. Strong and spicy alcohol. Long and warming finish of bourbon, dry chocolatey notes, and plum/grape candi sugar.

M: Rich and decadent without being weighty or sticky. Firm and round in the mouth, but lithe and supple. Low carbonation adds just a slight scrubbing feel. Huge soothing warmth.

O: The sheer brawn of it takes away from the overall complexity a bit, but you won't find me complaining. It warms every inch of your body like a heated blanket. Aside from that big warmth, this beer stays very light on its feet for a 19.4% abv behemoth. This was the perfect beer with which to usher in the first truly chilly night of the fall season.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided to take the plunge. Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a murky muddy mahogany brown color with a nice light tan head. The head rises to about a half-inch which is somewhat surprising considering the ABV. The head recedes quickly down to a nice thin film.

Aroma is exquisite. Just delicious. Notes of slight leather with some nice molasses and caramel notes. Sweet dark ripened fruits permeate throughout. Notes of mild chocolate sweetness with nice vanilla spice, slight honey notes and a delicious barrel backbone.

This is delectable. Flavor starts off with some amazing sweet dark fruit notes coated in delicious molasses notes. Then your mouth explodes. High ABV heat comes up and punches you in the face; coating the palette and lending a nice warmth. The barrel notes are exquisite. Vanilla notes, oak and some honey are present i the middle and back end of the brew as the heat subsides. The mouthfeel is medium. The style gives it some heft and oilyness but the ABV makes it a little light on its feet.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Transparent bodied brown, heavy bubbles to go with it and a little head that looks off-white.

Smell: Seriously smells like whiskey.

Taste: Wow what a complexity of flavors. Sweet butter-scotch and a heavy yeast. Honey and caramel tones followed by a light malts. Bitter/sweet, absolutely addicting taste.

Mouth: Sticky syrup with a caramel after taste. Mouth is medium at best but beyond makes up for it with it's crazy stickiness.

Overall: Avery might be my favorite brewery and most than likely sealed the deal with this beer. I love a lot of their concoctions....and this might be their number two to me (Maharaja being the first). If you see this buy it and do not share...drink every ounce and fall in lust. Salud!

Photo of neurobot01
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a (small) bottle dated July 2014 into a snifter at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: surprisingly light-colored and fizzy. Very little head. SRM ~= 11.

Smell: pretty understated, surprisingly. Some fig, whiskey, molasses.

Taste: sweet, but not what I'd consider overly so. Dark candied fruits, whiskey, brown sugar, coconut, maybe some esters, and of course, a prominent alcohol burn. A little disappointing complexity-wise. Delicious, but not the mind-blowing delicious the price implies.

Feel: for me, the weakest element of the beer. Although it got less pronounced as time went on, this started very fizzy in the mouthfeel, and very light-bodied; I suppose that stylistically, it's acceptable, but I'd prefer slightly less carb and more body.

Overall: i thoroughly enjoyed this beer; it was basically like drinking a rich (over-carbonated) dessert. That being said, it cost about as much as Stickee Monkee, and yet manages to not be quite as good as that. Wouldn't really recommend.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ajkelly451
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of BraveMountie
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of tclipse
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DenverBigRed
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of 40ontarget
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kingskot
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

This bottle was too hot for my tastes. It had the standard quad flavors I was looking for for an instant and then it was all alcohol. All complexity was lost.

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Denzo
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of blindpiggie
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
5 Monks from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.