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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 53
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This version of Monk’s Mistress - aged in American Oak Barrels - takes seduction to the next level. Its dark, daunting flavors become softer, rounder and more fascinating as they meld with toasted oak and its prior tenant. This temptation is beyond irresistible.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2005)
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Photo of cpetrone84


2.6/5  rDev -37.3%

A-pours a dark bronw liquid, mostly opaque, tight light tan head, quite dense and creamy looking.

S-smokey wood, notes of olive, sweet plums, pepper, chalky and ashy in the back.

T-the sweet dark fruity esters up front, olives, touch of pepper, notes of chalk and ash in the back.

M-extremely smooth and creamy on the palate, syrupy but thin and falls off in the back.

D-this is a little off, has some different flavors going on. not impressed and really a little offensive.

05-20-2010 00:28:38 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of AgentZero


3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

A - Brownish beer with red on the edges, no haze. Tan head that left minimal stick on the sides.

S - A lot of oak and wine qualities to this one. There is some caramel malts, vanilla, and hints of bourbon.

T - This kind of reminds me of a barrel aged scotch ale in some respects. Some brown sugar, spice, and dark fruits. Not a huge fan really, but it's okay.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - I wasn't a huge fan of the taste or feel of this beer. I thought it was kind of boring and not the easiest thing in the world to drink. I'd probably pass on this in favor of many other things in the future.

06-19-2011 05:07:26 | More by AgentZero
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

Poured in a chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige tan head. Good retention with some nice lace rings. Color is a bronze hued amber with a little ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Big oak and dark dried fruit flavors. Plums, licorice, raisins, toffee, toast. It is fairly sweet.

Taste: Really toasty. Caramel and toffee with light chocolate notes. Dark fruits and oak. Licorice, plums, raisins. Dried apples. Some spice.

Mouthfeel: Dry and toasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends rather dry.

Overall, a decent Belg strong ale, but I wasn't overly impressed. I was kind of let down with this one. Kind of drinkable.

02-26-2011 00:48:52 | More by mothman
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%

Appearance: Not totally, but almost opaque, somewhere between really dark brown and black.

Smell: Very british, old ale aromas that forebode a very heavy brew. Cocoa and port, hazelnuts, and a lactic mix of sweet and sour, no doubt from the oak.

Taste: Decent roasted malt, I really didn't pick up much vanilla, vinious or woody flavors I was expecting. Frankly the regular Maîtresse du Moine was fine enough as it is to make this barrel-bastardized version, which did nothing but stole part of the soul of an otherwise very good Beer, only to leave a less complete, less complex, more cloying shadow of it's former self. It's still allright, boasted a surprisingly subdued alcohol finish, but just another example that this barrel-aged craze is taking on way too much proportions.

03-10-2006 00:59:54 | More by Goldorak
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-29-2012 02:41:45 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of kbutler1


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark reddish brown color with a tan coastered head that laces rather nicely. Roasted notes, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. The roast is the first thing that notice in the beer followed by some oak and finishes with a dry dark fruit. Some booze shows as it warms. It's really missing something in this one as it seems to be a little one sided. Overall, this beer is just ok.

03-03-2011 14:08:43 | More by kbutler1
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-24-2013 01:21:53 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

11-13-2012 06:04:37 | More by ReeseMax3
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-29-2014 05:21:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-19-2014 08:32:59 | More by zestar
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

06-06-2013 16:39:21 | More by unclekeith
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-29-2012 01:06:20 | More by t0rin0
Photo of tabhill

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-30-2014 01:30:33 | More by tabhill
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-12-2013 06:10:23 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-06-2014 13:22:08 | More by Tyecko
Photo of AgentMunky


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a footed glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 2 November 2013.

A good beer, but a more fruity, less complex (milder) version of Monk's Mistress. Interestingly, it seems almost fresher than the normal version on-tap, mostly because it's softer and less sharp/spicy. I actually think I prefer the non-barrel aged version.

11-19-2013 02:38:39 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-04-2012 13:32:56 | More by whartontallboy
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-15-2013 15:11:44 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-23-2011 23:55:05 | More by jophish17
Photo of RoyalT


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance – This lady came out a nice, deep burgundy in color and lacked a head, which is not uncommon for the American Strong Ale style.

Smell – The deep, winey notes come on strong at the very first whiff. There is also a mild bourbon aroma as well to go with the oaky base.

Taste – The fruits are the highlight at the taste. They are strong, dark, and lusciously ripe. I also enjoyed the strong but tame alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied. The flavors are tiered which makes each sip a roller coaster ride.

Drinkability – This ASA manages to be strong and potent while still maintaining a smooth and satisfying character.

Comments – The illustrious Ms. Skyhand busted out this gem at the first annual Bavarian Betta’ Beer Fest and boy were we all surprised . . . and happy : )

08-31-2005 01:01:37 | More by RoyalT
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- Body is a translucent very murky dark brown hue. Pours with a 2 finger or so foamy light tan head. Leaves behind some lacing.

S- Lots of dark fruit such as plum and raisin are the highlight. There is also a hint of woodiness, peppery spice and spicy Belgian yeast. Light smokey and tart acidic sour tones can be detected in the background.

T- Lots of peppery spice and mild dark fruit flavors upfront with a quite prominent Belgian yeast backbone. There is a slight metallic note that comes across for the finish with a good amount of peppery spice and belgian yeast. Hints of dusty wood and a mild smoke can also be detected throughout adding to the complexity. A mild sweetness and mild spiciness linger.

M- Soft carbonation, and a body that is very smooth and yeasty. well done.

D- This is a good, enjoyable brew overall, although I liked the regular Monks Mistress a lot more. Its a bit more complex than the original but has a much milder character and the profile is all over the place is some ways.

05-24-2010 17:56:53 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Bottle from the Beast - thanks Frank! Served in a Russian River tulip. This is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Bottle dated 3rd week of December, but not sure what year?! Label is of the newer variety, so guessing 2009.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring and some wisps. Near transparent ruby-brown body, with minimal lace left behind.

S - Oak, vinous notes, dark fruits, vanilla, light char, chocolate and a hint of alcohol. I'm guessing this was aged in wine barrels. (Note - confirmed this batch was a blend of beer aged in both bourbon and wine barrels.)

T - Taste is milder than the nose, but alcohol is better disguised. Lots of oak, light vinous cabernet notes, brown sugar malts, and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Pleasant, but not overly mind-blowing or exciting.

M - Smooth, with no trace of alcohol warmth. A somewhat sticky medium-full body with a dry tannic finish. Unobtrusive medium-low carbonation.

D - A solid beer that I enjoyed quite a bit, but only in the middle of Midnight Sun's extremely high quality output. I'd gladly have this again (particularly if they continue to mix up the barrels used in new batches), but I wouldn't ship to Alaska for it.

06-09-2011 22:49:45 | More by MasterSki
Photo of arguemaniac


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks to timmcd64 for getting me this one….

Pours a viscous and nearly opaque black color with deep copper highlights. Malty, dark fruit aromas in the nose. The beer’s flavor features a huge, almost over-powering maltiness and besides a robust and complex dark fruit profile (raisins, plum, etc) there are also strong notes of dark rum, some roasty coffee bitterness, chocolate, and tart oakiness. The lingering finish is vinous and fruity. A thick mouthfeel with very mellow carbonation.

Very good but incredibly thick and malty, getting through a bomber of this was a bit too much: had it been a lesser beer I might not have finished it all. Recommended.

01-22-2006 07:13:15 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle shared by Corey - thanks! An older bottle with the original label.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with smooth molasses and booze-soaked dark fruits - figs and raisins with hints of plums. Also present are light hints of vanilla and lighter hints of oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as well-integrated. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by boozy and moderately sweet dark fruits. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of dark molasses flavors. Near the end of the sip a slight amount of heavy oak works its way into things, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer but I was a bit let down after being blown away by the standard version of this beer. Both are very good but if you can only get your hands on one, go for the non-oak-aged.

03-17-2011 22:40:30 | More by glid02
Photo of itracy63


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-03-2013 02:46:06 | More by itracy63
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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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