5 Monks | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
Ratings:
347
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.53%
 
 
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Photo of CoreyC
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingmaker
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnct
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rawfish
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 The rich wood is quickly superseded by boozey but rounded bourbon, raisins/ dates, caramel, toffee, raw cane sugar, rum cake, overripe plums, faint musty raisin bread and a little subtle earthy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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4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of trainingwithkev
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevlee722
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In the land between barleywine and Belgian stronger, darker ale is where this massive elixir resides. Sipping much more like a barley liqueur than beer, the flavors and power that's packed inside 5 Monks aligns it much more with port or sherry than of normal ale.

Avery's bourbon barrel-aged "quintuple" ale pours nearly still and with the most slender collar of foam about its edges. Underneath, the golden-rust hues begin to billow over with liqueur-soaked dark fruit and the unmistakable nose burnt of whiskey. Its initial taste is surprisingly sweet with brown sugar, toffee, honey and mild molasses.

And with its complexities unfolding on the middle palate, those fruits awaken with date, raisin, fig, apricot, cherry, pineapple and red apple- all seeming of the condensed and dehydrated variety. Its underlying cakey body is slow to recede as it lays down its spicy sweet taste to resemble spice cake or fruitcake. A slim balance is geared toward cinnamon and peppercorn with the broad and woodsy bitterness of hops lurking in the recesses.

Growing caramels, vanillans and weathered oak flavor frames the lasting impressions of taste, but does so also with a challenge from vinous brandy-type flavors and numbing warmth. Its sweet and spicy linger shows no sign of letting up as it accompanies pan-seared duck and blue cheese in harmony.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottled: July 17, 2014.

A- Pours a medium brown color with not much head, just some dark tan surface foam that soon fades to nothing. Minimal lacing.

S- Huge wash of bourbon erupts from the glass with some sweet dark fruit trailing behind it. Plenty of alcohol fume.

T- Smoother than the aroma lets on. Lots of dark fruit including raisin and fig, plus some honey. The bourbon then shows itself which is quite strong and hot. Not as sweet as you'd expect from such a high gravity beer.

M- Somewhat syrupy with a booze burn in the throat. Low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- About what you would expect from a BA quad that's this strong. Drinks more like port but not as creamy and more boozy. Also, the bourbon doesn't add a whole lot of extra depth, just amps up the alcohol presence even more. Took me over an hour and a half to finish the 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of dshansen1184
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5 Monks from Avery Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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