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Monk's Mistress - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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272 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 77
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

atone315, May 18, 2013
Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%

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
Photo of huysmans
4/5  rDev -1.5%

huysmans, May 13, 2013
Photo of FredGallagher
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

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%

Lare453, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kjkinsey, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mjenkins5, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

2dogbrew, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of DelMontiac
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

How sweet it is to have a friend in Alaska to fly this beauty to the plains of Oklahoma...

Poured from 22oz bomber into Crown and Rose Pub nonic glass.

Monk's Mistress is a splended drink and is just this side of black with deep red spikes at the fringes of the glass. The camel colored head starts out frothy and bulging, then simmers to a fine film in a couple of minutes. Lace is colored the same leaving thin flowing wisps about the glass.

English toffee, dark fruits, molasses, chocolates, wild yeasts, currant jelly, peppery spice, and table wine - I know this is going to be a good experience.

Knocks it out of the park with flavors of plum, fig, grape, chocolate, caramel malt, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a vanilla bean aftertaste that has my full attention. Outstanding and unforgettable.

Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated, this drink is getting the job done. Well done. Provides a very good coating so that those flavors have plenty of hang time.

I don't think I'll ever score a beer as "perfect", but this is about as close as it gets if there is such a thing. I notice not everyone agrees, so maybe there are inconsistencies, but Monk's Mistress knocks my socks off.

DelMontiac, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

gleemonger, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

Dark mahogany color with a beautiful head on pouring. Malty fragrance with dark fruit. Nicely sudsy in the mouth.

Seriously rich but touched with some tart flavors. More than a hint of licorice, along with raisins and dried figs. They seem to have made a textbook example of the dark fruit flavors. Just a slight drying at the end with some yeasty flavors, seems to be the extent of the Belgian character. Very sweet and seems to get sweeter as you sip. It seems too alcoholic for my taste, at least in this style, but it's hard to complain about such a hearty, rich and flavorful brew.

All in all, this is a quite drinkable dark brew. It seems like a Dubbel with a big load on. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego.

mactrail, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

juliusseizure, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

rpbuckeye, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Glibber, Oct 06, 2012
Monk's Mistress from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.