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Monk's Mistress - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 79
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The inspiration for this beer’s name—previously, La Maitresse du Moine—is the beer itself. Its deep, intense flavors inspired the concept of a monk that seeks solace and satisfaction from the sensory pleasure and mind-provoking effects of this liquid temptress.

Mesmerizing Monk’s Mistress seduces your senses at first sip. Its daunting beauty and intriguing flavor fully captivate your attention. Belgian yeast adds character and complexity. We invite you to give in to this little bit of “heaven on earth”.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-19-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

yeaprolly, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

hayesjw, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:4.00. Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body appears black, but when backlit there's more of a crimson-hued brown. A small light-tan colored head settles on top, leaves occasional splotches of lace clinging to the glass

S: 4.25. First impression is the alcohol; the 11.5% ABV is definitely noted. I also get dark fruits: raisins, primarily, and some black cherries. Also a touch of spice..

T: 4.25 Good stuff. It's been in my fridge for quite some time - I'm guessing 6-8 months, and I suspect this beer would survive cellaring. Lots of flavor here: Black cherries, molasses, dark fruits (raisins) and port wine. Touch of cocoa powder and even roasted coffee beans as it warms. Finishes with warming spiced rum and a touch of generic alcohol drying heat. Warmth felt in the belly right away.

M: 4.00. Medium-to-full in heft, with a nice chewy body. Carbonation is modest.

O: 4.25. This is a well-done American take on a BSDA.

Kendo, Sep 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

SubversiveIntentions, Sep 25, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

Anaxagoris, Sep 24, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

MichaelBuck, Sep 21, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -13.3%

deNerval, Sep 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

WynnO, Sep 03, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%

WarrenGofstein, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of kdahnke123
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature:
A - Poured a medium brown with a small amount of off-white head. The head dissipated quickly and left only a small amount of lacing.
S - Smells yeasty, fruity with some hops and a little bit of malt.
T - Fruity and estery with a balanced amount of hops and malt.
M - Thin to moderate mouth feel with minimal coating of the glass or mouth.
O - Your typical Belgian style ale. They used the right ingredients and yeast to accomplish what they set out to make. There are plenty of Belgian style ale from Belgium at a better price point. Perhaps they could use the fermentation capacity to make more Arctic Devil barley wine instead.

kdahnke123, Jul 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

JamesMcCaffrey, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

CraigTravor, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

noperative, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

FalconOne, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

QuakeAttack, Jul 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Mickeyp2814, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

paulish, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

zestar, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Iowacraft, May 19, 2014
Photo of NVP12345
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Rich dark brown with a thinly laced head that dissipated unusually quickly.

S - Light but pleasant, cherry/fig/plum mixed with roasted malt.

T - Similar to the aroma, with a slightly bitter finish that lingers with just a hint of the alcohol -- at 11.5%, I have to admit they do a fine job of hiding it. Not overly sweet and nothing too intense, but well balanced and it goes down very easy.

M - Light to medium bodied, less carbonation than a typical Belgian. A little more watery than what I was expecting.

O - I wasn't overly impressed with this beer, since there are several others in the category that are superior at a similar price point. Still, it is a solid offering for those who prefer a less intense flavor profile, or those hoping to throw back more than a few in a sitting as it is very drinkable. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

NVP12345, May 12, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the third week of October, according to the label. I purchased it about three years ago and it's been in the cellar ever since.

Served slightly chilled in a goblet. Monk's Mistress is a deep redish shade of brown with good clarity. The head is thin and settles quickly leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is rich and full of dark fruits. It has a slight roast to it but it mostly fruit.

Flavor is beautifully balanced and nuanced. It has the typical dried fruits like raisins and dates. There are lesser amounts of chocolate and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated for the style. The balance is just right and the alcohol has faded nicely over the years.

Overall a very special brew and one I've been looking forward to for a while. It doesn't disappoint.

GilGarp, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SlothB77, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

drinkAK, May 08, 2014
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Monk's Mistress from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.