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Monk's Mistress - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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285 Ratings

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 78
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

oceanman907, Aug 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

krome, Aug 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

alaimoa, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ari32, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a dark, deep, rich, brown-to-black coloring with slight ruby highlights under the light. Tall, dense, bright tan head that starts around half an inch and settles in to a ring on the surface. Aromas of rich black-strap molasses, fig, roasted notes, tangy caramel, and booze. Smells like an ass-kicker. Flavors of rich date, fig, and black cherry, all sweet and robust, with earthy and woody notes highlighting. Very bold flavor profile. The body is smooth, rich, and slick. Sparse lacing along the glass as you drink. Aftertaste of booze, rich old-world fruit sweetness, and wine-like characteristics. Very rich and robust throughout. Slick, quick, rich finish with a subtle boozy warmth and linger. Solid brew...rich sipper.

GarthDanielson, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

TechTriumph, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

AngusOg, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kayrex, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

shelby415, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mc4z, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

drgonzo2k2, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

atone315, May 18, 2013
Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served at cellar temperature into a Midnight Sun goblet.

Monk's Mistress is a very dark, deep, murky brown color. It looks kind of like swamp water... in a good way. Imagine delicious swampy water you want to drink... uh... okay, maybe I should just move on. The head is pretty big for an 11.5% ABV ale. A solid two fingers or so of light tan, frothy foam.

The aroma... oh the aroma! There are mysterious scents of dark fruits, yeasty bread, and a hint of cinnamon. Makes me feel like I'm in my family's kitchen in December when copious amounts of Christmas sweets are being baked!

The taste follows the aroma pretty well. The predominant taste is a glorious sweet breadiness, but the dark fruits return here as well, revealing some definite raisins, and possibly some prunes and figs. The after-taste possesses a subtle, roasty chocolate character that I haven't experienced in any other Belgian strong dark ale. Phenominal.

This mouthfeel is slightly sticky, and has a lively, animated carbonation which I believe helps mask the alcohol. And that brings me to the ABV... has anyone seen it? I've been looking all over the place for the whopping 11.5% ABV, but I just can't find it. Tell me if you've seen it.

Just incredible. This dark ale is downright magical. And it's awesome that this is available year-round at a mere $8~10 per bomber. Midnight Sun has struck again.

Kuaff, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

huysmans, May 13, 2013
Photo of FredGallagher
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An amazing Belgian Strong Dark Ale that has very smooth characteristics (unusual for its bald class). Fruity undertones. Gets better as you sip. Midnight Sun Brewing has been really top notch lately. This beer is a gem.

I carry ontap all year round, compelments spicy italian - such as a pepperoni pizza. Not for the novice - but great gateway into darks.

FredGallagher, May 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

xnicknj, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kelp, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Jspriest, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

nkeckhar, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

popery, Feb 26, 2013
Monk's Mistress from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.