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Boaks Two Blind Monks Ale | Boak Beverage

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Brewed by:
Boak Beverage
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dsa7783 on 03-21-2008

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Avg:
3.51
pDev:
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Photo of metter98
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured cloudy brown into a goblet with a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and hints of spices.
T: The taste has lots of malty flavors with some sweetness. There are notes of caramel and raisins along with some hints of honey
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate; the dryness is unusual for this style.
D: The flavors were good, but the high amount of dryness will likely keep me from trying this again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy, nearly opaque purpleish-brown. Dubbels tend to be pretty ugly by nature and this one isn't exactly an exception. Head retention is fairly poor as well unfortunately.

Smell: Malty, faintly fruity. Some toffee-like notes along with a bit of chocolate. Pretty subtle but not bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: Some toast and chocolate at first, followed by a hint of dark fruit. This is almost TOO clean for a dubbel; I'm not really picking up much in the way of estery flavors. Neither overly sweet nor dry, this beer has a fairly static flavor that becomes a bit boring over time, but it's not bad.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with very subtle fruity ester is OK. Taste is overly sweet for style with notes of caramelized sugar and light dry fruits with some notes of fruity ester. Body is quite full with OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is kind of average for the style but definitely lacking some of the subtlety that makes dubbel such a great style to being with.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"When I was a child, my mother said to me 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the pope'. Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."

--Pablo Picasso

Hugely murky roasted chestnut with orange-caramel borders. Even though the golden beige crown didn't quite reach two fingers following a vigorous pour, it's an attractive slice of rich cream... that looks even better as it melts. A wide band of lace helps the cause.

Unfortunately, the aroma is more brown ale than dubbel. It's dark malty, is somewhat earthy, and isn't spicy, yeasty, deep or complex. Makes me wonder if an appropriate yeast strain was used. Time and warming help to some extent.

Things are better on the palate, but we're still not talking Belgian dubbel. Again, brown ale (borderline Imperial brown ale) is the most accurate style comparison. Where is the estery yeast?

Munich malt has to be the most prominent member of the malt bill. Specific flavors include brown bread covered with a thin layer of fruit marmalade, well-toasted nuts (including bitter nut skins) and a dollop of fig preserves. A hint of the 7.4% ABV peeks in at the edges and keeps the needle in the 'warm' zone, just short of 'hot'.

The mouthfeel isn't bad in a general sense, but it's nowhere near the excellence of the world's best dubbels. It's more firm than creamy and isn't very expansive, thanks to carbonation that tends toward harsh.

I like the Two Blind Monks Ale 'label' seen on the Boaks website much more than the one on my bottle (seen above) that looks like it was designed on someone's home computer. In the final reckoning, however, what's inside the bottle is what really matters. Bottom line: this former homebrewer needs to do a little more homework if he truly wants to recreate a Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.85/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow, this was not a good beer, at least it was not for me. The first beer that I literally could not finish in a as long as I can remember. Served chilled and poured into an over sized wine glass, this one was consumed on 01/02/2010.

The pour was bad, caramel color with only the tiniest of soap looking bubbles around the edge of the glass and these faded immediatly. Thsi left behind literally nothing but a flat, boring, and utterly pathetic looking liquid. Aroma is all over the place, hints of citrus, musky, almost wet cardboard like with a hint of sweetness and cough syrup like notes. Just messy and confused. Then I took a sip, wow, what a disaster. Obnoxious citrus bite in the front from where I don't know and then I get hit with the flavor of wet grass that has been hanging out in the bottom of a garbage can for too long. Just bad. Flat with no carbonation and an astringent and almost sour like flavor that goes no where, led me to a drain pour. I was wincing when I drank this.

Overall it is a shame, this is a hometown brewery for me and I have liked what I have tried in the past, this one was just a mess though. I would avoid.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a dark mahogany color with a small off-white head. I actually inquired if I was poured the correct beer, because the appearance (and aroma) seemed very deviant from a typical dubbel. Aroma rich with caramel, molasses, and cocoa. Taste was, well, really good actually, though totally not what I expected. Rich and velvety smooth, with dark malts and chocolate up front, almost reminiscent of a sweet stout, mellowing out mid-palate to reveal more of the molasses and sweet dark sugars present in the aroma, with touches of bready yeast, cherries and plums. Surprisingly complex and very tasty. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. My friend who was with me ended up ordering 3 in a row, and I would've done the same, but I like to diversify when I'm at the bar.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Chimay chalice.

I can't remember who sent me this beer, but thanks, mystery BA!

It just doesn't have the same ring to it that the visually-impaired rodent trio does... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, dark fruits, light molasses, and a bit of Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with some extra candi sugar, a couple black cherries, and a twinge of green apple way in the back. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a decent dubbel at best, one that just doesn't fully sit right with me. Maybe it's a bit sweet, maybe it's the fruit on the tongue, I'm not fully sure. All I know is that I won't be demanding another any time soon.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from rciesla, cheers Ryan, always happy to try those truly local-locals! Carefully decanted into my Ommegang chalice

Pours a light mahogany with much nose & a pinky of tan head. This beer looses head quickly but does take on a viscous look, some lacing

S: Oakyness, & dark fruit

T: Caramel, oakyness, & dryness from the oakyness up front. Leafy hops, plums & figs as this warms, along with dryness. Finishes oaky, with a touch of vanilla & some plum. Not really sensing the presence of yeast at all in this, sort of off-style, plus a bit too dry for me

MF: Medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation

Drinks alright, if I had to guess, I'm thinking about 7-8% abv. Not a bad stab at the style

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark, ruby hued brown. Flavor is full. Nice level of spice - quite a bit of it actually. Definitely a lot of malts there. Also the caramel tones are pretty heavy as well. A full carbonation that has a bite to it that sticks around and keeps attacking on the tongue. Liquid feels good too. Very easy to drink. A very good American interpretation of a Belgian style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours dark mahogany with a brief off-white head that immediately becomes a small patch despite continued carbonation in the center.

The smell is earthy, leathery, some grassy spicing. It leans towards slightly burnt toast/bready, some fruitiness.

Upon the taste, some chocolate, that was withheld from the nose, appears. It intermingles with the earthy/fruity tones. Some hay is in the back. Toffeeish notes and a non-descript fruitiness pull through as it progresses. I might like the taste more than the aroma a bit, but not enough to up the score.

It has active carbonation without being fizzy. In fact, I would say that the mouthfeel is the best part of the brew, having a solidly medium body that has a certain smoothness to it.

A decent stab at the style. It has some complexities to it and it's malty - almost too sweet. But, well, it falls short of being a classic dubbel, though it has enough worthy qualities to it to be worth checking out.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's Six-pack in Bethlehem. Pours a mostly clear dark red with a short off-white head.

There are a lot of overly-sweet and unbalanced American-made Belgians in this world, but this hits pretty close to the mark. It's a touch sweeter than the likes of a Chimay Rouge, but still holds enough balanced complexity to make it a fine beer. The aroma holds a mixture of perfume and floral phenols with a dash of pepper. The flavor expands with a mild roasted barley flavor, akin to a nut brown, but backed up by sour cherries and blackberries. My only complaint is that to be truer to style, it should be naturally carbonated. Otherwise this is a very tasty, and apparently undiscovered, dubbel. Go buy one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful dark mahogony brown color with a 2" head that lasts. No lacing develops.

Smell: sweet malt, ripe fruits, and yeast tones are mild.

Taste: yeast comes through here. Big malt sweetness along with some ripe fruitiness. Brown sugar tones and little bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: this one tends to be a bit sweet overall which grows a bit tiring after a while. But this is a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of tone77
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, banana, yeast. Taste is good, lots of fruits, some spice, a bit malty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a high quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent chestnut toned amber with a small white head that fades into a gentle collar. Tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, cola, raisins, cherries, sandalwood, vanilla, and brown sugar.
Taste is of brown sugar, dates, caramel, dried apricots, golden raisins, and ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spicy, sweet, dry, and yeasty.

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Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The dubbel is a ruddy brown color, tinged with a marachino cherry redness. The darkness of the ale obscures the clarity. No head to mention.

S: The nose has candi sugar, molasses and licorice floating around, creating a nose that goes just beyond that of a dubbel.

T: The taste has some darker malts that add a roasted flavor. A slight metallic flavor punctuates the Belgian side. Candi sugars, some coffee and more dark malts help overcome the metal taste. The Belgian yeast has left a dry wasteland in its wake, intense but without any flavor side effects.

M: The mouthfeel is decent, not quite a dubble but definitely with some Belgian attributes.

D: A decent offering that could use a little polish around the edges.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull rustic-orange with a medium haziness and a rapidly rising, sudsy, 3-4 finger high head that was quick to fall and weak lacing wise. A vibrant and dense carbonation shower pours upwards while a misty haze of fine particles offers a slight resistance to both light and clarity. The bottom of the glass shows a bran colored coating starting to form soon after the pour.

S: A good sense of yeastiness and wet grains is fully experienced upon opening and on the pour at arms reach. The aromatic punch soon diminishes to a showing of musky fruit of pears and bananas of moderate proportions. The overall perception was mixed, a good yeastiness but was rather flat lacking depth and complexity.

T: Mushy fruit of pears and bananas open the flavor along with wet grains. Yeasty with a good maltiness with a touch of spicy alcohol and a warming spiciness of cardamon and warm apples. There was a bit of worty sweetness along with caramel coated raisin. Overall was sweet and malty with a nice yeasty bite.

M: An active carbonation with a fizzy hold soon settles to a slick malty texture with a fluid motion when swirled around the tongue. Finishes up with spicy alcohol tones compliments of the 7.0%abv.

D: A bit gassy which may limit multiples. Distinctly malty and yeasty providing a full drinking experience where one should be enough to fill you up and satisfy.

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Photo of beertunes
2.42/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris G. for bringing this back from a trip to visit family. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly reddish amber color with no head, thus no retention or lace.

The usual earthy scents of the style were present but very subdued. The flavors were also very muted compared to most of the style. The body was very thin and watery, far below average. Drinkability was OK, but nothing special.

Overall, this beer struck me more as an american amber than a Dubble. Worth trying but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

A cloudy reddish brown in colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Lacing is good.

The smell has a light nose...I get some roasted malt and maybe something on the tart side. It's very hard to draw anything out.

The taste has a roasted malt flavour up front with some nut flavour and some spiciness. There's a light tartness here which I'll call black cherries, maybe a touch of toffee. Interesting flavours with nothing really jumping out at you but I'm finding, judging from the frequent sips I'm taking, that it's pretty darned drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden.

It has a medium mouthfeel with light carbonation and it finishes lighty spicy and bitterish. A good brew.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep amber bordering on brownish-red color with a one finger of just off white colored head. The head fades very fast leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a somewhat grainy smell with notes of raisin mixed within. Along with these smells are big aromas spice smells of cardamom and clove. A light bit of a yeast and bubblegum smell and some roasted malt smells are there as well producing sweet but oddly grainy and lightly roasted aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and sweet taste with a lightly toasted malt and caramel flavor. A raisin and cheery sweetness comes to the tongue quickly after the initial taste with it bringing some yeast flavors. After the yeast comes to the tongue, so too does a moderately spiced flavor profile with clove, cardamom, and allspice all hitting the tongue. The spices and yeast remain relatively light and with a bit of more dark fruit flavors and a very light alcohol taste coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a lightly spiced, bready, dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather decent for the brew highlighting the yeast, sweet, and darker fruit flavors of the brew without allowing any one flavor them to overwhelm the palate and all the while keeping it rather easy drinking.

Overall – A rather easy drinking dubbel overall. All in all it is pretty good, but is noting too outrageously good.

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Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jkane101 poured into a tulip.

Pours dark, dark brown that looks deep copper when held up to light. There is a small bubbly head that dissipates quickly leaving only hints of lacing. Aroma has sweet candied sugar and caramel malts on top of the Belgian yeast backbone. Dark fruits come through as it warms. The taste is similar to the aroma with lots of yeast and sweet caramel malts. Candied sugar, figs and raisins also come out in the flavor. The mouthfeel is sticky with the sweetness and good carbonation. This is a good representation of a dubbel and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Koopa for this one. (trade)

It sure looked like a homebrew from the start. I was intrigued.

Poured a cloudy brown color that has some visible carbonation on the edges. The head was off white and about 2 fingers in thickness. It faded quickly back into the beer and didn't leave much lacing behind as the beer was consumed.

Aroma was malty sweet with dark fruits present.

Flavor was frankly, much nice than I expected. Don't judge a book by its cover??
Good. Sweet malty goodness up front that had lots of dried fruits involved. Dates, figs etc. Then I got a sense of ripe fruits like cherries or something. A little hop bitterness near the end for balance. Can detect the alcohol.

Mouth feel was fairly light and rather bright. While there was a sweetness it wasn't overly sticky.

Very drinkable and nice. Really glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

Well done.

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper reddish / brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, fried banana chips, toffee, yeast, and plums. Tastes of raisins, plums, caramel, chocolate, and lighter yeast. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 4/20/08

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to gkatsoris for this one.

Poured from the bottle a deep dark ruby red with a quickly fading tan head.

Aroma of raisins, dark cherries, toffee, malts, caramel, and alcohol.

The taste is much like the aroma. Raisins, dark ripe fruit, chocolate malts, bread, and caramel. I picked up some vanilla in the finish.

Medium bodied, rich and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

A nice dubbel to sit back with and relax.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this compliments of thaichile in my first beer trade. 12 oz bottle poured into my Chimay Chalice

A- Body is a very cloudy nut brown color. Pours with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin collar around the glass. No lacing is left behind. Cloudiness is thick and uniform.

S- Nose is very rich with caramel, nuts and toffee. Nose is robust and sweet.

T- Sweet caramel and toffee come through upfront with a nutty overtone. Some yeast is noticeable in the background. A hint of roasted malt bitterness comes through for the finish. A hint of alcohol warmth lingers with all the other mentioned flavors.

M- Low carbonation and thick body. Smooth and rich with yeast. Very well done.

D- I would believe this beer were a dopplebock or even a Scottish ale before I would guess dubbel. The only resemblance it has to a classic dubbel is the yeast presence. But hey just because ti doesn't fit in doesn't mean it isn't a good beer. This one is rich and malty with a superb mouthfeel.

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Photo of DIM
1.96/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks like they've upgraded their labels. Mine has a picture of two monks in shades propping one another up while hoisting their mugs.

a: This was a clear caramel brown color. I couldn't coax much of a head out of this one.

s: I got some very mild raisin aromas and a little perfumed alcohol that was pretty unpleasant.

t: Overall, I got a dry, flowery, solventy flavor that was occasionally puntuated by some artificial sweetner. It did have kind of a generic "Belgian" quality.

m: Thin and fairly still. There is a lingering aftertaste of something chemical that is really off-putting.

d: I can't find much positive to say about this one. One of my least favorites so far. I didn't finish it.

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