Dragonmead Dead Monk Abbey Ale | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Belgian beer is brewed in the style of the Trappist Monks. Belgian Candi Sugar, Pilsen, Aromatic and Caramunich malts are balance by E. Kent Goldings, Mt. Hood and Saaz hops to construct a "Big Beer". Traditional White Beer Yeast is used to make this beer have a large mouth-feel and lingering spice notes in the finish.

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 33
Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery, review is from notes from two weeks prior. Body is copper and amber and slightly hazy with a thin head. Flavor is very unidimensional really. The Belgian yeast is there and there is a decent fruity, citrus note but this one leaves you wanting more. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Underpowered if you will for the style.

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Photo of Upgrayedd
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub. Dark amberish with almost no head. Aroma was spicy. Alcohol taste up front, but aftertaste had a Belgian fruitiness with a stong bubblegum flavor. This is one of my Dragonmead staples. If it wasn't for the (slight) solventy alcohol flavor, this beer would be excellent, but I still consider it very good.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tab at the brewery, this selection pours a golden amber with a thin white head that leaves good lace. One thing I've noticed about many of Dragonmead's brews is their meticulous attention to detail. Nearly every beer exhibits great balance in all categories.

The aroma is very wheaty and posses many qualities one would expect for the style. Bubblegum primarily and some citrus.

Again wheat in the flavor; bubblegum, banana, and some citrus. Tones of a grainy sweetness in the finish. Somewhat buttery. Very nice.

Smooth yet light texture. The relatively low level of carbonation makes for matted feel on the palate. Velvety mouthfeel. Well done.

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Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ashley's.

Copper-amber body with a small, but persistent, off-white head. Nice lacing. Nose of sweet hay malts, fruit and fruit cocktail, bubblegum, and yeast. Yeasty fruits and bubblegum flavors up front. Some pear, banana, and cotton candy. Sweet, toasted, malty middle. Yeasty, spicy finish. Very nice. Soft feel on a medium-full body. Nicely done!

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hop Devil Grill in NYC, poured pretty typical almond amber, clear, with an off white head. Sweet malty nose reminding me of some brown sugar. Sweet brew, some cloves and yeastiness picked up, resiny hops late. Need a bit more complexity to get me excited, the finish was quite pleasantly smooth and long. Eh, nothing too special here, IMHO

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Some yeast in aroma. Copper colour,Lots of lace, minimum head. Not as complex from this style as I would expect.Medium bodied Yeasty taste, not all that drinkable. These hops are not usually the ones I lik, nor the spices like clove.

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Photo of walleye
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from the tap at the brewery poured copper with off hite head. aroma malts, yeast,citrus(lemon and grapefruit) flavor spicey, fruity,alcohol. and tasted like vicks vapor rub. this had a strange taste to it could not pin point one flavor they all blended. But as it warmed I got to like it a little better

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light amber/gold with off white head and tons of lacing.
Smell is of raisins and prunes and toasty malts with some tropical fruit, caramel, and raw dough...Belgian bliss!
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is sweet, not cloying with yeasty fruit roughing up the brew for a true Belgian style.
...Side note: Had a week old growler of this after the draft at the brewery and it didn't do the beer justice until I got to the bottom portion.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this stuff. Quite nice. Typical belgian golden color with medium carbonation. Aroma of malt and yeast. Taste was very well presented and complex; flavors of apples, malt, melons, spice and bread were very palateable. Mouthfeel was a bit on the soft side for my taste. Overall a very drinkable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Sudmissle
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have sampled about a dozen brews on tab at this excellent microbrewery, which I am fortunate to have 5 miles from my house. This beer pours an amber color with the slightly sweet raisin, rum and bready taste of the premium Belgian beers. The aftertaste is good and the alcohol is not overpowering in the Belgian way, which is to have 8% or higher alcohol but to be so balanced that it's not overpowering.

If you believe that American craft brewers can't duplicate a high end Belgian style, you should try this beer. It is among the best if not the best beer at this microbrewery, which has a a few dozen brews available on tap at any given time.

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery pub.

Dark amber brew with a slight haze and a thin, cream coloured head. It had a rich malty nose with noticeable ripe fruit and some spiciness. The flavour was definitely on the sweet side, with fruit and spice carrying through into the finish. Light bitterness hides underneath, but provides some balance. Medium bodied with a velvety texture. Overall, sweet and spicy.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a golden color with no real head.
Aromas of butterscotch, maber malt, some red apple and a little bit of clove detected.
Flavor of toffee, melons, honey. Transition and complexity just doesn't work for me. Confusing to drink with flow of tastes.
Mouthfeel is somewaht buttry an biscuity with a very powerful, actually overpowering malt finish. Almost like its reveresed for the style.
Drinkability is pretty good, quality beer just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with Belgian candi sugar, Pilsen, Aromatic, Caramunich malts with East Kent Goldings, Mt.Hood, and Saaz hops. Fermented with a Wit yeast strain. OG=1.085. Clear, medium caramel colored with a thin white scum of a head. No retention or lacing, per say. Aroma is lots of butterscotch, faintly husken amber malts, and toffee. Taste is buttery with a hint of fusels, earthy bitterness of moderate intensity and a gingerbread, cookie-like sweetness. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel, and a somewhat harsh finish.

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Photo of putnam
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber. No fighting head or haze. This is a genteel, powdered and polished Abbey. Just an even, faint ring of lace on the outside. Big, velvety, chewy texture bears crushed apple seeds, spice, sweet melon, cotton candy, hot honey, butter and whisky barrel. Think Duvel with more color and deeper-toned flavors. Very nice.

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Photo of beernut7
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a quality Belgian brew. The ester of the yeast is complimented by a light caramel malt. This brew is extremely smooth and leaves you wanting another pint immediately. Awesome.

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Dragonmead Dead Monk Abbey Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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