Boaks Two Blind Monks Ale | Boak Beverage

Boaks Two Blind Monks AleBoaks Two Blind Monks Ale
119 Ratings
Boaks Two Blind Monks AleBoaks Two Blind Monks Ale

Brewed by:
Boak Beverage
New Jersey, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dsa7783 on 03-21-2008

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of speter
2.09/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a murky brown with a fairly-large head that faded to a little lace. The initial pour had a good amount of carbonation.

S: Some malt, but mainly booze. There are very little of the Belgian yeast estery smells I would expect for a dubbel.

T: Booze. There are hints of a background malt basis, but the alcohol is what comes through the most. Very little of the complexity I've come to associate with Belgian yeast. In fact, this strikes me as even less complex than a Munich Dunkel, and perhaps less malty.

M: Somewhat thin, although the carbonation gives it a bit of heft.

D: Unfortunately, I cannot say I will be picking up any more of this. (I did use one of the six pack in a split-pea soup, and it did enhance the flavor a bit there.)

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

Boak's- Two Blind Monks

A- Light caramel brown with good carbonation and a light small head.
S- Sweet and sugary malts. Hints of wood, caramel, and molasses.
T- Very sugary sweet malt. Oak, raisin, caramel, molasses, and vanilla. Spicy and slight alc. in the end.
M- Very syrupy sweet with a mild dry spicy body and a thick malty sweet finish. Alc. is slightly present.

Overall- A decent American 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 tjd112
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Chimay glass

Appearance - Brown body with a bit of copper, half-finger head white head which has medium retention and a little bit of lacing

Smell - Bready and malty with some sour fruit inside

Taste - Raisins and figs come out

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, well carbonated, and tart

Drinkability - A meal in a glass

Overall - A good example of a dubbel

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Photo of Anthony1
2.89/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. odd sour taste that i wasnt expecting. 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 donniecuffs
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Mahogany brown with a big off-white head, but spotty lace. The aroma included maple syrup, molasses, black cherry, and blackberry. The taste certainly featured dark fruit, but also included dark chocolate/cocoa, and dissolved into a tart/sweet finish. Overall fairly impressive flavor variety, but the feel was surprisingly thin for a dubbel. However, the thin body makes for a good 'session dubbel', if such a thing exists.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Maredsous chalice. The dubbel appeared a murky deep chestnut color with about an inch of quickly fading of white foam. Nose and flavor are of dark fruits such as figs, dates and raisins, quite sweet with notes of candi sugar, molasses, yeast, some caramel. Hovering above medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Slightly above average across the board.

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

12 oz. bottle with a plain wife beater label. This is a vintage bottle because the new label actually has 2 blind monks on it. This label just has the name of the beer in bold black letters, a brief description of the beer at the bottom, and the Government warning and the brewery's address off to the right.

Since this was a Belgian style, I thought it seemed fitting to pour this beer into my Corsendonk Tulip. This Dubbel poured a deep dark murky caramel brown. It was so murky and brown that it was on the verge on looking like a cider brown color. On top of this dark brown brew was a fluffy cream colored 3/4 of an inch head of foam. This head of foam was long lasting. The most it receded was less than 1/4 of an inch and that was it. Great retention and the color wasn't bad either.

This beer absolutely loved the sweets and the dark fruits. The aroma started off with a faint whiff of roasted malts and then it immediately went into the lightly sugar coated dark fruits. There were sugar coated figs, raisins, plumes, prunes, and what ever dark fruit you can name. After the dark fruity aroma passes, this aroma then finishes up with a subtle whiff of dark chocolate. If you love the scent of sugary dark fruits, then really need to stick your nose into this beer.

The taste didn't have nearly as many dark fruits as the aroma contained. I thought the taste was more dry than fruity. The taste kicked off with some dry roasted malts and then instead of going into sugar coated fruits like the aroma did, the taste went into alcohol drenched dark fruits like raisins, figs, and black cherries. After the dark fruits, the taste becomes even more dryer and a hint of dark chocolate and a touch of alcohol emerges. I didn't expect the taste of this Dubbel to be so dry. Fruity, yes, dry, no!

This was a medium bodied American Dubbel that had a moderate level of carbonation and a dry aftertaste of roasted malts, raisins, figs, black cherries, a gentle touch of dark chocolate, and a drop of alcohol.

IMO, it was a good take on a Belgian Dubbel, but I don't think the taste should have been so dry. The fruits were good, but that dryness has to be lowered. I think a six pack of this would be too much, but a single or two would be good enough.

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

Poured from bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Aggressive pour yielded a 1/4" head that vanished almost instantly. Lacing did stick longer but faded slowly. Body is dark and opaque red. Nose is malty, and sweet. Taste is mellow at first, some sweetness there and plenty of carbonation despite the lack of a head. Almost a dry woody taste to it, oak? I'm on the fence with this one, something is missing taste wise, not sure if its too much carbonation on the palette or if it needs to tone down. Maybe tweak the yeast a bit, has more of a German bock mouth feel to it than Belgian ale(which I think is what was implied.)

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Photo of NJFeurious
2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After reading the reviews on this beer, i was convinced to give it a try since it was on tap.... and man, i was sorely disappointed. This really isn't a dubbel and shouldn't be billed that way.

Should have known after reading the first page of reviews that this beer was a bit of a risk. Unfortunately, these were followed by a lot of hyped up reviews and good recommendations.

Presentation: On tap, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden with little to no head retention.

Smell: Maybe some apple, yeasty.

Taste: Somewhat off. It had a generic, mass market type of flavor. Similar to Amstel Light.

Notes: I didn't bother to finish the beer. Next to a solid, traditional dubbel, this beer really doesn't compare. Plenty of other beers to spend my money on and I wouldn't recommend it to others unless you are looking for a good beer for a beer pong tournament.

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Photo of confer
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The picture must be older since the labels have been upgraded. There is a picture of you guessed it, Two Blind Monks.
The labeler must not have been working to well that day though since most of the labels were peeling of of the bottles.
The beer poured a very nice murky brown. The aroma was sweet almost grapelike. The taste just didn't do it for me. No fruit tastes come though, and as it warms up all I get is a heavy malt taste.
I have no trouble drinking this beer but since I have a case of it I think I will let the remaining bottles hang out in the Keller and try it again in a few months.

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Photo of deliriumfest
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on 2/21/09

Poured a really nice copper/light brown with a darker brown center. The aroma is sweet caramel and malt and taste pretty much follows suit although with a bit of fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a easy drinkability. The best part about this beer is it's beautiful appearance in the glass.

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Photo of deereless
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Chestnut colored, thin layer of head, quite clear - 3.50, S: Quite malty and somewhat musty, has a subtle sweetness that you might get from old dates or prunes - 3.00, T: A hint of spice or sour - it's hard to discern, a little hop bite but this beer is mostly malt, out-of-date pineapple juice, the palate isn't doing it for me, it is improving a touch as it warms - 2.50, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: No date on this bottle so it is hard to determine if age played a factor in this beer, it is close enough to a Dubbel to feel like I'm getting the essence of the beer, unfortunately this beer is missing the mark in my book - 2.50

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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 maddogruss
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.

S: A kind of sour and very alcoholic smell that was not too enticing and made me think that the alcohol was going to be a bit overbearing for this beer.

T: A fairly roasted malt taste with some roasted toffee notes but with a bitter, alcohol backbone that was a bit too evident. There was also a fairly bitter aftertaste to the beer as well.

M: A pretty light mouthfeel that was most likely due to the pretty high ABV.

D: While the mouthfeel was pretty easy and yielded a nice drinking experience, the alcohol was a bit too much and took away from the overall drinking experience of the beer overall. If the alcohol was less "in-your-face," I think that this brew could have been significantly better.

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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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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 Vendetta
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Really excited to find this at my local beer store in both a six pack and single 12 oz. bottles. No bombers were available. I remembered reading an article about the beer and brewery in the Newark Star Ledger some months back, so I picked this up to try it out. Contrary to some reviews, I can't seem to get much of an aroma out of it. It looks like it could be mistaken for a glass of soda. Fizzy, soda-like head that's gone within seconds. Still cold- lots of carbonation, very malty taste. As it is warming, more of the flavor comes through. Lots of raisin, a little bit of caramel. Hints of earthiness as well. Too much fizzy carbonation kills the beer for me. It's a quality beer, but I'm glad I picked up a single instead of a six, I'm a bit disappointed.

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Photo of phattysbox
2.4/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours a darky murky brown with little head. What head there is retreats to a very thin lace. Murky water basically.

The smell has me worried a bit. There is no matly candy sweetness that normally comes with a dubbel. Theres a musty smell coming from a bigger yeast profile, with many off-puting esters pulling through the nose.

Taste is worse for me. A strange sour tang (esters) dominate followed by a grainy husk. A bit sour for me and was not expecting this as it is advertised as a dubbel. Malts are very weak to the background of the yeasts.

Will have to pass on this one.

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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 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 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 paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Won this in a LIF from ATPete.

Pours a dark amber brown color with no head and a very thin ring of lacing.

Scent of spices and malts hit initially with a bit of alcohol. Some plums, cinnamon and candi sugar as well.

Taste of plums, cinnamon, bready malts, and alcohol start warming into a stronger malt character finishing with some alcohol and more bready malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly biting, but a little too watery.

A good beer, but not the best representation of a Dubbel, one of my favorite styles. I'm a sucker for a good Dubbel, and I would have this again.

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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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