Dancin' Monks | Adelbert's Brewery

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Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
2015 Gold Medal from Artisan Awards
2014 Craft Beer Awards Gold Medal

THE ALE: This clean, malty ale has a robust flavor with fruity, plum aromas. The carbonation balances the moderate sweetness from the malt, resulting in a dry and smooth finish. It pairs great with savory foods like barbecue, rich stews, grilled meats, and dark chocolate cake.

THE STORY: The Colombian Monks could really cut loose during the annual retreat hosted by Del at his home near Naivasha Lake in Kenya. Smiling ear to ear and with ale in hand, they would dance the night away! You might find you are doing your own little happy dance after a glass of Dancin’ Monks. Drink, dance, repeat.

Added by champ103 on 03-09-2012

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Reviews by Premo88:
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

25.4 oz. bottle poured into goblet

L: tri-colored and clear, brilliant red, copper and gold with the darker red up top and facing into lighter gold on the bottom; huge foam out of the bottle, pours like a Belgian with at least a 1/2-inch tan/beige head, keeps a thick collar and almost full but light skin; clarity and color are fantastic; no sticking or lacing

S: wine, grapes ... can almost smell the alcohol, very red wine-like; nuts, peanuts

T: fruity up front, some wine/alcohol flavor; over time the nutty flavor takes over, but the fruit is putting up a good fight; not overly sweet to the point of an earthy taste joining in, almost dirt hop-like

F: solid weight, great Belgian-like carbonation

O: shows a good fruity promise early on but starts pushing forth that nutty/peanut flavor most American-made dubbels and quads have -- a flavor I've not encountered in Belgian-made dubbels/quads; the fruit taste is nice, and this one has very little sweetness compared to many abbey ales -- the brewer obviously didn't chunk in a bunch of candi sugar; a solid beer compared to other American-made abbey ales but no better than a C-minus compared to the real thing

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired earlier today at the Hancock Center HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm really in the mood for a good dubbel and I remember Adelbert's saison being pretty decent. "Bottle-Conditioned." Reviewed as a dubbel because it identifies as such on the label. 7.2% ABV confirmed. "Serve at 55-60 degrees." Batch No 006. Bottled 06/13/13.

Served chilled, not cold, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cork popped off easily by hand, yielding a satisfying pop. No beer surged out; carbonation seems adequate but not overdone.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. No creaminess at all. Not frothy either. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is decent - about 3+ minutes.

Body colour is a hazy copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Quite light for a dubbel. Nontransparent. Translucent.

Atypical of the dubbel style. I'm a bit concerned, but it looks appealing in a general sense. It's not unique or special, but aside from its departure from style conventions there's nothing overtly wrong with it.

Sm: Has a young maltiness, evoking wort. Plenty of residual unfermented sugars. Malty sweetness has a vague fruitiness along with notes of honey, flowery nectar, and pear. Hopping is modest in strength and floral in character. Clove. Some zest. No real yeast presence. I don't detect any alcohol either. Fermentation doesn't seem as clean as the Belgian yeast should make it. Hints of spiciness and biscuity malts typical of a Belgian style beer. I'm not finding the dark fruit notes found in the best dubbels; there's no plum, dates, figs, etc. Some toffee, I guess.

An unrefined raw aroma of moderate strength. Misses the mark inasmuch as adherence to the dubbel style is concerned. I'm optimistic.

T/Mf: Definitely raw and young as suggested by the aroma. Also somewhat reticent and muted; the depth of flavour is horridly shallow for the style. Even the flavour duration is disappointing; it's hardly got any presence at all. Plenty of raw honey and nectary notes provide a sweetness alongside the biscuity malts and Belgian pale malts. Has a vague fruitiness including unevocative orange zest, vague pear, apple, and barely noticeable white plum. None of the dark fruit you'd want in a good dubbel. Unrefined sugars abound. The flavour profile itself is pretty flat, bordering on bland, without much differentiation or development of flavour from open to finish. Not gestalt, but it does have a loose cohesion. Still, I wouldn't call it balanced. Feels thrown together without focus; I'm not certain the brewers were in control of this one. Has a minimal floral hop presence. Too sweet.

No explicit yeast character comes through. No alcohol or other off flavours are present.

Smooth and wet. A bit too thick, with a slight lumpy honey-like viscosity. Nicely carbonated; bottle conditioning was an excellent choice. Presence on the palate is poor; the mouthfeel does not accentuate the flavour profile nor does it even fully facilitate delivery of flavours. Texture suits the taste only generally; there is no evidence here of custom-tailoring the mouthfeel to the flavour profile. Body is neither full nor satisfying. Unrefreshing.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, hot, or boozy.

Dr: An amateur attempt at a complex style. It's drinkable enough, but I expect far better at this price point. I definitely wouldn't want this again, and finishing the bottle won't be particularly enjoyable. There's little here that works, even considering the beer apart from the style. I'd recommend Adelbert's throw out this recipe and start anew. If this is their dubbel, I'm very hesitant to try their quadrupel. Shockingly subpar. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners. Fans of the style should look elsewhere; this won't scratch your dubbel itch.

Aging might help slightly.


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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Draught House during the RateBeer Winter Gathering.

The beer pours a hazy brownish color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt, with a little bit of Belgian yeast and some light fruit notes. The flavor is more of the same. The candy sugar makes the beer fairly sweet, as does a heavy dose of toffee and caramel. I get some cherry and orange notes, but their are fairly faint. There is also some Belgian yeast and some spicy notes in the flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StephRai
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wejohnsn
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JasonMinck
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of cfrobrew
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter and got a dark golden/amber beer that was mildly murky and filled with plenty of carbonation. Its topped off with a nice thick tan head that quickly thins into a thin smooth layer of bubbles. Very thick lacing makes the ale look more inviting. Mild malt and hops aromas come through mixed in with plenty of sugar, apple and berry smells. Over all, the aroma is pleasant and sweet. Its medium bodied and really envelopes your mouth, there is a good bitterness to it and some spices are present up front. The malts come out well, I cannot taste any hops and there is a slight buttery flavor in its aftertaste. Over not a bad dubbel

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Photo of Longhorn08
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a Magnum bottle Batch 19.

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Photo of mcdsports
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Pnotuner
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I tested it at about room temperature which may not be fair to the brew. Nice brown color but very cloudy like unfiltered cider. It doesn't smell bad but it's aroma doesn't entice me either. It feels kinda medium in thickness. Taste is too heavy on the malts and drinking it was almost laborious.
. Now I'm going to say something that could get me kicked out of here. I chilled it. Then I poured a half glass and topped it off with a cold Modelo Negra. Still it did not fizz up. But, the two brews came alive when mixed and became something very pleasant. And I will do it again.

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