Monk's Mistress
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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From:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #58
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,614
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 9.38%
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
147
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 03, 2022
Added:
Aug 20, 2003
Wants:
  84
Gots:
  46
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Monk's MistressMonk's Mistress
Notes: 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
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a bomber. Dark brown color with maybe a quarter inch of light brown head. Smells of roasted malt and raisins. Medium body. Roasted malt and chocolate flavor with a little raisin-like sweetness. Well done and true to style. The ABV sneaks up on you too.
Jul 03, 2022
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Rated by oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very nicely done Belgian Dark Strong. Not on most imports level but a great beer for the money. $9 for a bomber
Sep 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Apr 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by user785335 from Florida

Aug 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.8 by RickS95 from Indiana

Jul 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.31 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Jul 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
The appearance is dark brown mostly close to black colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head, no lacing; the aroma has spicy Belgian yeast up front with toasted malty notes and dark fruit, some cinnamon comes to play more so as it warms; the taste is bready yet sweet and also somewhat spicy; spicy aftertaste and finish; its fairly easy on the palate but actually more of a sipper to me; overall - this is a pretty good Belgian Strong ale that I would have again.
Jun 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

May 26, 2017
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Rated by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
3-yr Old bottle. Soft subtle flavors, aged nicely.
Dec 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Oct 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by Ctb6582 from Maryland

Oct 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.47 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Sep 13, 2016
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.
Jun 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Apr 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by eire from Alaska

Feb 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Jan 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.32 by BenGap from Alaska

Jan 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Kurmaraja from California

Dec 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.81 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Nov 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.37 by Bwedwards from California

Nov 11, 2015
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Rated by Trentt2 from Alaska

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
An excellent Belgium dark.
Nov 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by ckollias from Maryland

Oct 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Lifit from New Mexico

Oct 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by ZinFanDave from Georgia

Sep 16, 2015
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Reviewed by 303beer from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -1%
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.
Sep 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by South2NW from Oregon

Aug 19, 2015
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Reviewed by cosmicevan from New York

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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.
Jul 26, 2015
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Reviewed by AgentMunky from New York

3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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.
Jul 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by 2GOOFY from California

Jun 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by SCW from New York

Jun 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by kuishinbo_tantei from New York

May 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.44 by digitalflood from New York

Apr 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by kylemckinnis from Colorado

Mar 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.98 by Rick778 from California

Mar 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by rspauldi from Texas

Mar 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.57 by apasternak from District of Columbia

Feb 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.19 by StoutBoi from New York

Jan 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by ksolekjr from Minnesota

Dec 05, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by irishevans from California

Nov 30, 2014
Monk's Mistress from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 326 ratings