5 Monks | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No. 22 in Avery's Barrel-Aged Series, 5 Monks, a 19.4% ABV Bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style quintupel ale

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
353
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
136
Trade:
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 2014 bottle, properly cellared. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark, slightly hazy, brown-orange with a thin, light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, plums, raisins, dried apricot and peach, vanilla; light bourbon and oak, a bit boozy. Flavor is canid malt, mild caramel, mixed dried fruit, particularly apricots, bourbon, vanilla and boozy heat. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. Whooee, this is a big ale. There's a quad in there somewhere, although this leans towards a non-hoppy American barleywine to my taste, although there definitely is some Belgian yeast fruit notes here. Except for the carbonation, this could be a nice light aperitif with its bold ABV. Hot for a quad, but with fine fruit and bourbon balance and substantial malt holding everything together. As usual for Avery's beasts, a truly fine evening slow sipper. It has aged gracefully and probably would have more years of happy aging. This bottle will not have that honor.

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Photo of Avitra
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It’s actually better than the score I gave it, but it’s better as a porter. This is just not a quad with its flavor profile. As it is it’s nice and syrupy and dark and cheery cherry and booze. And the porter typical vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Great porter, so so quad

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

look: Dark ruby with a surprising swath of reddish tan head on the pour though that rapidly dissipates to a slight ring around the edges of the glass.
nose: a decadently rich nose of dark fruits and bourbon. more like a high end Port than a beer.
taste: and the flavor does not disappoint after the stellar nose. Very similar to the nose and a bit of spice. This is a beast but a relatively gentle giant. The alcohol is present but much mellower than I would expect from a beer this big. Outstanding.

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Photo of ivyman
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CoreyC
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow!

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Photo of Casey_L
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingmaker
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnct
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rawfish
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwgduke
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.44/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Bottled 7/17/2014. Served in a Barel and Barely teku.

Pours a cloudy burgundy chestnut with a quarter finger of ecrue head that quickly crackles away. The sparce lingering bubbles where a collar would typically rest could hardly be called retention and the thick nectar leaves no lacing whatsoever.

Sweet, inviting aromas of bourbon soaked raisins, candy syrup, toffee and oak. A hearty fusel alcohol drifts in and amongst all that glorious sweetness.

The flavor of wet, vanilla-like oak is right up front. The rich wood is quickly superseded by boozey but rounded bourbon, raisins/ dates, caramel, toffee, raw cane sugar, rum cake, overripe plums, faint musty raisin bread and a little subtle earthy leather. The alcohol presence commands my attention but this still drinks much smoother than expected from the impressive 19%+ abv, leaving this a tad boozey and utterly delicious.

Syrupy, thick feel with very light carbonation. That sticky, full liquid coats the tongue, making for a long lasting finish containing notes of bourbon soaked raisin cake, wet wood and brown sugar.

Avery once again shows that they really have a handle on extreme brewing. While 5 Monks definitely riffs off of the American quad style this is a much bolder and more intense experience. Calling this a quadrupel is similar to calling a quad a dubbel. Ultimately my love of what most might consider overly sweet and boozey makes this an absolute winner.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Despite the $15.99 price tag for this 12 oz. bottle, I found a way to fit this into my 49 lb. suitcase during my last return trip from California…yes, OK, & one Tweak next to it. Bottled July 17, 2014 at a rip-roaring 19.39% ABV. Hey Monday; blow me.

The pour is a dark brown with a teaspoon of arterial red & finger swab of ear wax orange. Surprisingly lively for a big beer nosing towards 18 months of age. The nose speaks of the barrel, loudly, & then of sweet vanilla & soft whisper of Belgian yeast. But barrel.

5 Monks – is that how many it took to polish off this small bottle? The first thing I notice is the alcohol heat, a welcome addition since it’s -4 here right now. Next is toffee that some careless lout dropped into a bourbon barrel for about two decade – toffee, bourbon, alcohol, toffee, bourbon, alcohol, these are a few of my favorite things…more? Underneath the towering inferno is a touch of spice with rye whiskey overtones, Arabian Night dates, figs, & prunes (is there really a difference?), carmelized honey, brown sugar. Really sweet. Sticky, decadent, thick, an after-dinner treat. I would love to see how much of this I could drink before I couldn’t find my keyboard.

I was hoping this was in the mold of Tweak. It is. A monster of a beer that brings the heat, the complexity, & the pure joy of afternoon delight. Please don’t wake me when it’s over. A top-shelf, elite beer. I wish I’d bought the entire shelf.

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of trainingwithkev
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: July 17, 2014

Thanks to tchipharveyslake for generously sending this one over as an extra!


A: Very dark brown, nearly black, less than 1 fingers width of fizzy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves essentially no lacing but some alcohol legs. 4.25

S: Super boozy, caramel and candied sugar, fusel ethanol, some dark fruits. 4

T: Wow, remarkable unboozy in the taste. Tons of dark fruits like fig and dates, caramel, subtle anise/licorice. Mild sharp ethanol comes out during the drink, but its not hot at all. I also get bitterness and subtle cocoa. I don’t get significant barrel characters, but still very nice. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied but not thick or syrupy, carbonation low but appropriate, ABV is noticeable but considering the absurd level is actually remarkable well masked, drinkability all things considered is quite good. 4.25

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The second highest ABV beer I’ve ever had, and they pulled it off well. Sweet but not cloying, boozy but not hot, and just damn good. 4.25

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Photo of kdivers
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevlee722
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aged a year and a half
Zero carb. Some sediment.
Smells like plum, raisin, wood, light bourbon.
Bourbon and wood are prominent flavors. With slight caramel and dark fruits.
Still very boozy, but definitely an enjoyable sipper.

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5 Monks from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 353 ratings