Monk's Mistress | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
319 Ratings
Monk's MistressMonk's Mistress
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The inspiration for this beer’s name—previously, La Maitresse du Moine—is the beer itself. Its deep, intense flavors inspired the concept of a monk that seeks solace and satisfaction from the sensory pleasure and mind-provoking effects of this liquid temptress.

Mesmerizing Monk’s Mistress seduces your senses at first sip. Its daunting beauty and intriguing flavor fully captivate your attention. Belgian yeast adds character and complexity. We invite you to give in to this little bit of “heaven on earth”.

13 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 08-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
319
Reviews:
177
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.36%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
48
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3-yr Old bottle. Soft subtle flavors, aged nicely.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ctb6582
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. A comparison between a fresh bottle and a 2008 bottle properly cellared. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with little light transmission in the glass. The newer version has a fine one finger khaki head with great retention and lacing. The older one had a thin, somewhat darker head that thinned to patches upon pouring, but then built again into a thick cap; also with good lacing. Aroma: 2015, fresh and dried dark fruit, clove, bready malt, Belgian yeast, a hint of cocoa, close to a classic dubbel profile; 2008, dark dried fruit, especially date; clove and cinnamon, light caramel malt, a hint of marzipan. The newer bottle's flavor is dark, somewhat dry caramel malt, dark dried and fresh fruit; dates, figs and plums, Belgian yeast, cocoa, black bread. Finishes semi-dry with bready malt and dark fruit. The 2008 starts with fresh plums and lighter stone fruit, raisins, brown bread, finishes with prune and plum juice with interesting esters on the side of the tongue, light clove and spice bitterness and a touch of tartness and oxidation. The fresher version had a light creaminess that was absent in the older bottle, but both had nice active carbonation. Quite a difference in aging in this ale. The fresher one has much more dried fruit and rich malt, the older has more fresh, almost estery fruit and more bready malt. With age, this develops a slight tartness and almost a touch of wild yeast effects, but subtle, keeping the Belgian character. I liked the fresher bottle a little better because the the deeper malt flavor was a bit more balanced, but the older pour had developed fruit flavors that were unanticipated and enjoyable. Probably one of the more interesting and unexpected comparisons between bottle with a 7 year span that I've done. Age worthy and well made. A great domestic Belgian style dark ale. The ABV is dangerously well covered.

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Photo of EMV
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eire
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenGap
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bwedwards
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trentt2
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

An excellent Belgium dark.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lifit
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZinFanDave
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 303beer
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep brown with a dense off white rocky head. Leaves some lacing. The outstanding taste is of Belgian yeast but there is a bit of malt character to it. Kinda complex backend. Pretty good Belgian. Also a sticky but dry feel at the finish.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicevan
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired locally dated dec 2014, enjoyed in a midnight sun snifter.

a - brew pours a deep purple with a mocha colored frothy head that hung out. Fairly classic looking for style.

s - nose boasts grape, plums and candied dark fruit. Mild notes of oxidation.

t/m/o - bouquet of dark fruits. Crisp body and the flavor is refreshing and cooling. Super easy drinking and the oxidation suggested in the nose is not present in the taste. One of the better American takes on a Belgian classic. Body is a bit watery but other than that I could be fooled into thinking this was brewed in Belgium. Yet another solid offering from midnight sun.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into tasting glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.
4/3.75/3.5/3.75/4

Matte mahogany.
It smells pleasant boozy and vaguely Belgian.
Sweet, sugary, but somehow pleasant. The Belgian yeast cuts through strong and I like that. But it's still like really sweet. Too much so.
The mouthfeel gets a pass, because it's not cloying.
Recommended, but wouldn't have again.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Monk's Mistress from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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