Anomaly | Monkish Brewing Co.

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Average: 3.95 | pDev: 8.35%

Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 85

Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 8.50% ABV

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Monkish Brewing Co.
California, United States

Notes: Year-round availibility. 
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 85
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 6/28/19
Had on-tap at Monkish Brewing in Torrance, CA

Appearance - Served up in a tulip style glass, color is a ruddy, reddish brown with a thin, broken layer of suds on top. A Few small clusters of spotting make ip the lacing.

Smell - Sweet, sugary aroma with toasting bread and hints of plum and raisin.

Taste - Follows the nose. Raisin bread, brown sugar, hint of molasses and faint plum. Light spice in the finish combats the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Near full in body with fair carbonation. Soft, slick drinker before a slightly dry and boozy finish.

Overall - Pretty good and well executed Belgian dark strong, but its just not my thing. Too sweet and sugary, but I cant fault those who love this style.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got a taste of this Monkish Belgian classic on draft at the brewery.

Pours a nice rust-hued crimson. Thin ivory head that bubbles away quickly.

A very sweet nose, with a caramel undertone and hints of molasses. The dark, dried fruits really stand out.

Again, very sweet., Molasses and dark fruit make a triumphant return and follow up an earthy backbone and subtle booze. Pretty classic dark Belgian profile.

The body is smooth, you can really get the oat influence on the mouthfeel. Medium carb.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown, with low head.

Smell is fruity and slightly sweet. Raisins, dates and yeast are augmented by some raspberries and saffron.

Taste starts like the nose, with a bit more yeast, before adding some raspberry jam and a nice bitterness. Some licorice comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel is where this really shines. Velvety and smooth, and well carbonated.

Overall, a really nice and different Belgian, really nice flavors and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells similar to a Chimay but the Taste falls short. Way short. A drinkable dark beer that has a decent lacing and good coloring. but, again I must say, the aroma is the most inviting aspect of the beer as I see/taste it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from j47paco (thanks!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, opaque mahogany with some crimson highlights and about two fingers of dense pale khaki head. The froth gradually recedes to a modest ring, leaving a few decent sized patches of lace.

Smells of candied dark fruits backed by plum, caramel, raisin bread, leather and just a hint of oxidation.

Tastes much more bready than the nose implied. Rye bread, raisin oat muffin, plum skins, dates, caramel, cocoa, slight molasses, faint leather, subtle clove towards the back end and a little mild booze character.

Medium, fairly creamy body with moderately soft carbonation. Raisin bread, fruit skins, burnt caramel and trace clove in the finish.

Bready and dark fruity overall, this hits all attributes well. Anomaly is a solid BDSA from Monkish and worth checking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone flute. Pours a dark mahogany brown with red highlights and a half finger khaki head that dissipated into a thin film and light lacing. Aroma of fresh and dried dark stone fruit, syrup, alcohol (oddly smells somewhat like isopropyl rather than ethanol..probably due to fruit esters), a hint of molasses and Belgian yeast. Flavor is rich fresh and dried dark fruit, particularly plums and dates, Belgian yeast, clove, finishes with semi-sweet dark fruit and clove bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery, active carbonation. An excellent domestic take on a BSDA with good depth and nice fruit flavor. Well balanced with some spice dryness with a light semi-sweetness from the fruit flavors. Warming, but alcohol is well covered with none of the booziness of the aroma. A really well done Belgian dark that I wish was available in my area.

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Photo of farrago
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a healthy two to three finger head, deep tan color, dense microfoam with an even surface, adequate stick to what lacing is there, nice retention. The liquid is mostly opaque, a murky brownish core which fades to a mix of muddy yellows and oranges around the rims, not much visible by way of carbonation. The nose is quite sweet, developing strong currents of milk chocolate, molasses, licorice, custard and ginger spice, verges on prune, plenty of dark fruit scents, layers itself well without ever fatiguing your nostrils. In the mouth, however, it is a little heavy and the carbonation is somewhat weak and unable to create meaningful lift off the palate. That said, the flavors are vivid and sure to please any sweet tooth, anise, cinnamon, chocolate, coconut, brown sugar, honey, some graininess along the lines of honeyed bread. Plum to prune, cherry, apricot fruit dominates. Mild char to it relieves some sugariness. Strikes me as an “nightcap” sort of beer, relaxing after dinner. Not sure I’d want to put down more than a couple of glasses. But what you do drink would please for sure.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

Quite dark. Nice tan head that builds fast then fades fast. Lots of lacing.

I smell sweet grass, sweet grains and alcohol.

This one has a lot of character. It is spicy, malty, perfectly hopped, mildly bitter, subtly sweet and pleasantly boozy. There is a perfect balance between bitter and sweet and spice and malt.

Quite dry and perfectly carbonated. There is a slight peppery aftertaste but that quickly dissipates and leaves the palate clean.

Belgian strong ales are not my favorite style. But this beer knocked my socks off. Easily one of the best beers that I have had in 2013.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. Totally black in the tulip. Modest head with tangy carbonation. Huge flavor of licorice from the first sip. Dark roasted malt, burnt sugar, and a sweet craziness. Expansive candy taste along with the charred barley. Sweet but shading off into that Belgian yeasty dry tang.

The licorice keeps coming up in the aroma. This is a more convincing Belgian beer than most. It even has those peculiar off flavors that make you wonder what is going on, and provide more complexity. Interesting brew on the dark side, darker than anything I've had in the Strong Dark Ale style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark brown head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, spice, and yeast. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a good aroma and flavor.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Belgian Strong Dark Ale from Monkish? Sounds good to me.

Appearance is black. You can hardly see through it. Good foamy head that retains itself pretty well.'

Smells sweet. Notes of dark fruits and bitter chocolate are there. Also a little bit of roastiness.

It tastes great. The sweetness really comes out. Henry, the brewer, tells me that he brewed with some flaked oats and wheat to give it a smoother mouthfeel which is definitely noticeable. I love this.

Overall, it's a great beer. I got a growler fill of it because at 8.5%abv, I can easily drink this all week. Cheers!

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Anomaly from Monkish Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 85 ratings