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Boaks Two Blind Monks AleBoaks Two Blind Monks Ale

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Boak Beverage
New Jersey, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 erok
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber, clear, beautiful color, actually, poured with little head that dissipated rapidly, with decent lacing.
S: Not much going on hear, some toffee and yeast
T: Very malty, toffee sweetness, some spice. A bit stronger hoppy bitterness than is usual for the style.
M: A bit too carbonated, which is strange given the lack of carbonation during the pour. Otherwise, has nice body and coats the mouth. Some alcoholic heat.
D: It encourages larger sips and rewards with a malty burst that I wish lasted a little longer.

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

Pours a hazy deep red with orange highlights with a thin off-white head having little retention and a small ring of lacing. Smells of raisins and other dark fruits, candy, malt, chocolate, and brown sugar. Tastes of toffee and light chocolate up front followed by raisins, bready malts, and a touch of spice. Finishes slightly bitter with some pine hop presence as well as an ever so slight bit of alcohol warmth. Medium in body with good carbonation. Sticky and sweet, but lacking a lot of the spices and more of a full yeasty bread feel that other Dubbels possess. A satisfactory attempt by Boak's and enjoyable, but not among my favorites.

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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 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 FrognutUnl
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to rciesla for throwing in the extra on a trade.

Pours deep copper in color with a small to moderate head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small amount lacing behind, but clings to the glass slightly if swished around a bit. The nose is filled with cents of dark fruits and bready yeast, this seems promising. Initial taste is much like the smell with the addition of oaky notes. Taste turns much more heavily towards the dry fruits as the glass warms to room temperature, not terribly complex but still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is thin, but greatly helped along by carbonation. Overall I have enjoyed it, but there was nothing overly exciting about the beer.

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Photo of mentor
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by VFerg. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a half finger of light brown head over a cloudy red-brown liquid. Smells dark fruits, dry chocolate, clean alcohol sting, and lighter esters that I'd expect to find in a Trippel. Wet malty.

Tastes wet malty sweet on the pull that dries with chocolatey in the mouth. Nutty, toffee, sweetened toast, raisin, with some light-fruited esters and mild belgian phenolic character. Finish dries out leaving dry chocolate and a trace of ginger rising on light alcohol vapors. Md-full when in the mouth, but comes across lighter due to the fine carb that forms on the tongue. Well balanced flavors in intensities of comparable levels. Some time in the cellar could likely do this beer well to meld the flavors into a cohesive rolling experience. Enjoyable, but the sweet start begins to wear a bit by the end of the glass. Hits the style description very well.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muted mahognay in color. A bit fizzy though that is gone right away. Mellow aroma-none of the bready or malty Belgian notes I was expecting. Soft malty flavor. Slight bite to it. Fairly mellow flavor wise-nothing really says dubbel here. Still a pleasant taste to it. Belgian Dubbel for beginners? Ok body. A good beer but an ok dubbel. Just sort of lacks something all around.

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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 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 kirok1999
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really beautiful thing in the glass; a dark garnet when seen through the light and a nice rising off white head caps it off nicely.
Smell is very mild, some spice and candy notes, corriander, chocolate.
Taste is very nice, perfectly carbonated to release the rich yeasty notes, mild chocolate, dark fruit, candi sugar. This is absolutely my favorite dubbel so far as I'm not too fond of the style.
Darned if I didn't find myself wanting more of this. Really well done and very drinkable.

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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 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 Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoorah, something new from NJ...

Not a fancy bottle...but don't let that fool you...this is a nice beer. Pours with a deep, rich coppery-brown color. A nice head with some decent lacing. Mild carbonation seen. I served this in a goblet style glass.

A sweet, malty scent. Interesting...

A rich and pleasant taste...strong flavored, but goes down quite smooth. The maltiness remains throughout. Hints of dried fruits...raisins noted.

I was quite pleased. As the first offering from a new brewing company, this is different, unique and rather risky. Nice job!

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

capped 12oz bottle

*Yes the current label is quite crappy and plain, but i have seen the labels Mr. Boak has in store for the next batch of Two Blind Monks and Monster Mash and they are awesome!

A- Two Blind Monks pours a deep mahogany color with beautiful red highlights. A small tan head rises but dissipates very quickly. Good cola-like carbonation and no signs of sediment.

S- A very well defined nose, chocolate and sweet roasted malts are mostly dominant. Some real classic Belgian fruit and spice notes really add to its character and complexity.

T- The chocolate aroma and the malts harmonize together in this beer making this an excellent representation of a Belgian dubbel. Other tasting notes include candi sugar, coffee, subtle raison and some spice.

M- Medium body, great amount of carbonation, a tad bit sticky but yet it is a dubbel.

D- Excellent, this beer drinks wonderfully. For its retail price of only 1.99 this beer is incredible. I highly recommend picking a few up if spotted.

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

Pours a deep, dark ruby colour with a big-at-first frothy head that is fairly quick to dissolve to a thin lace and leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma blends a good amount of somewhat earthy malt with Belgian candy sweetness. Dark berries and a bit of smoke also come into play for a well balanced effort.

Flavour is also well balanced with candy sweetness hitting you up front before quickly blending with rugged, earthy malt and smokey notes. Fruit flavour is most apparent at the middle of each sip before it kicks back to a more earth-like, dry finish that almost has some bread/dough flavour to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and a bit slick at times.

This was a nice first offering for me from Boak's. Definitely worth a try and definitely something I'd drink again.

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Photo of tayner
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, almost nondescript with a paper label that would get lost in a bottle store.

Poured a dark, dark brown with a while head that was small and did not hang around long at all, no lacing, no ring.

Smell was malt, dark fruit/raisins, figs, very sweet. a bready belgian yeast nose is there too

Taste follows smell 100%. Up front sweet, sweet malts and raisins. Mid palate there is some bready belgian yeast flavors. There is nothing in the finish in the way of hops or alcohol to dry the palate for me. I like sweet, malty brews, but this one is almost cloyingly sweet. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would help this one.

I drank the one bottle, but i would not have gone back for another. Way too sweet. perhaps this bottle was just under carbonated.

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Photo of marcpal
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Oak Tree, So Plainfield courtesy of recommendation from Dan. Thanks Dan, liked this one.

12oz poured into goblet.

A: Pour produced mahogany/dark brown color with an enormous head that was dusty white. Lacy was thick and sticky. Impressed.

S: Tons of malt and true Belgian aroma. More you smell, the more dried fruits and raisiny aroma and tons of malt again. Caramel and smoke made a good combo.

T: First thing that hit was a figgy flavor followed by strong smoke in the forefront and aftertaste. If any fault, a bit puckeringly sweet from the fruity lively malts. The sweetness mellowed out as it warmed and more of the chocolate and smoke was pleasant.

M: Chewy texture from the malt, almost cakelike in its sweetness. Paired well with dessert foods, this time on a warm spring day with chocolate ice cream

D: I definitely noticed the alcohol and I would have guessed it would have been more than the 7-8% the website had it listed. Not hot but noticeable. Still a drinkable worthwhile beer.

This was my first boak's and I look forward to getting back to Oak Tree and trying some of their other offerings.

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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 dsa7783
4.7/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
From what I understand, this beer was created by an independent brewer in New Jersey, who also realeased Boak's Monster Mash Stout...
"A Rich, Malty, Dark Amber Beer Belgian Style Dubbel" on the front logo sticker...
Initially, I was pretty skeptical about this one, but the owner, Dan, assured me that this was a top-notch brew... He was right...
Pours a deep, dark, purple colored-hue with a giant-sized foamy and frothy head which exhibited adequate staying power and left a nice amount of lacing around the glass...
Great smell on this one... smokey, with a nice suggestion of roasted malts, candied sugars, and caramel...
Excellent smokey taste, replete with dehydrated fruits, malts, figs, prunes, toffee, and vanilla... I really loved the taste... didn't taste like a traditional Dubbel... more smokey and flavorful than most samples I've tried...
Alcohol was not listed on the bottle, but it wasn't too apparent, and well-masked behind a rich conglomeration of flavors...
Definitely recommended...

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