Monk's Mistress | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Monk's MistressMonk's Mistress
BA SCORE
4.05/5
323 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
Ranking:
#3,214
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
323
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
48
Trade:
1
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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with the original label, La Maitresse Du Moine. The beer is dark reddish brown with a large thick tan head. The aroma is definitely Belgian, with dark fruity esters, plums and raisins and figs. The yeast comes through strong, giving a definitively Belgian character.

Same with the taste, kind of a malt bomb with huge esters from the yeast. Caramel and roasted malts provide the body, esters give the balance. Some candi sugar too, a sweet and tasty beer. The body is thick enough to indicate a strong malt bill, also it impedes drinkability a little (as does the high ABV).

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark brown color, with a bit of brown head capping it off. A very nice aroma wafts from the glass, spice, chocolate, dark candi sugar. Fairly light bodied, with more spiciness, sweet malt and some brown sugar sweetness. A big beer, but one where the alcohol doesn't catch up with you until later. A nice, enjoyable effort.

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Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware glass. Poured dark brown in color with a big tan bubbly head nearly overflowing from the glass. There was a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Very nice head retention as I drank it.

The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar, raisins, plums and figs. The taste is similar to the nose in that it is full of big sweet malty dark fruit flavors. It has a sweet malty flavor to it but isn't cloyingly sweet. The yeast is a little evident with a little spiciness coming through, or perhaps it's actual spices I'm not sure. It's a big beer with some big malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is bordering on heavy bodied, which goes well with the flavor profile. The carbonation is slightly above average but seems to go well with the mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good, it's a very taste BSDA with some very good sweet malty flavors.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle poured a reddish-cola, while in the glass it was a dark cola with dark ruby highlights around the glass edges. The capping was impressive, a large towering foamy structure sitting 3 fingers high at its peak with a light creamy chocolate coloring. There was some fizzy activity on the top while overall the head displayed a very good retention leaving a thin, skim coating that persisted for the remainder of the drink.

S: The Belgian yeastiness was spritzy and bright on the nose composed of fresh pear slices and estery scents of fruit (apples). There is a bit of dried caramel grain sweetness coming through as well.

t: The initial flavor opened up with a rich and ripe fruitiness of pears, apples and a smoky peat and smoky grain character. There is a nice scent of chocolate sweetness coming though combined well with the abundance of residual sweet maltiness, warm cola and some nuttiness. In the middle of the experience lied an earthy dryness, perhaps of dried dark fruit skins (black cherries) and a light refreshing coffee presence. The beer proceeds to finish out with a Belgian yeasty finale of juicy pears, fresh dough, semi-dry bananas and a nice dark, sweetly roasted graininess. A very good level of complexity here starting out sweet and chocolately with a good smokey touch, soon turning to an earthy dry appeal before finishing up with a great Belgian yeasty quality. The alcohol is noticeable but works really well providing a smooth warming experience.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation that creams up rather nicely upon the hold, rapidly expanding to a huge foamy ordeal. Soft and foamy with a beautiful malty and alcohol fade makes you look forward to the next sip.

D: Drinkability was good, highly enjoyable and IMHO on par with the finer belgain examples per style. A rich and dark, enticing drink loaded with flavor, layered with complexity,and malt sweetness that is sure to intrique. Worthy of seeking out and a solid recommend overall. A bomber seems the perfect serving here but always have more on hand.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle bought on trip to Seattle for work. Poured into a nice New Belgium tulip purchased at the same time. Bottle is dated what appears to be the forth week of November. No year, so we'll say 2009.

A - Dark. Not oily, but black nonetheless. Large 3 finger head at first, and lots of lacing and retention. Head is just a slight bit on the tan side.

S - Very sweet, lots of fruity malts, with a little roasted aspect coming through. A bit of Belgian yeast flavor, but not enough for me. Just a hint of the massive ABV is present in the nose.

T&M - Bottle says 13 IBU's. That's the lowest number I've ever seen on a bottle. Definitely a malt-forward beer here. It is unique in that I hardly taste alcohol, but it is pretty obvious why. There is just too much sweetness. It overpowers not only the alcohol, but also the yeast and the subtle fruitiness here.

D - Points here for hiding the ABV, but this is much too sweet. It's just me tonight, and I'm not sure I'll be able to finish this bottle.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks for BrewsB4Shrews for this awesome extra!! 22 oz bottle poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Body is a very dark brown, hazy, translucent cola color. Pours with an immense 3 finger+ billowing foamy dream colored head. head eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has good retention from there.

S- A complex balance of spicy Belgian yeast, anise, and an essence of rootbeer, with some deep malt added in. The spicy yeast is probably the main character here; but just barely.

T-Upfront spicy Belgian yeast is definitely the main character. This is is balanced with a backbone of black licorice, plums, and a hint of sweetness. The spicy Belgian yeast comes through even more for the finish- a mild dose of booziness also adds to the finish. What is left to linger is a balance of spiciness, an essence of root beer, and a mild alcohol heat-especially as it warms.

M-Moderate carbonation and a thick, heavy yeasty body. Phenolic consistency can be mildly detected within the body.

D- This is a very good BSDA. Quite tasty and one I would love to have again. I love the spicy yeast character of it. One of the great American examples of a quality Belgian ale. ABV is detectable-but drinks more like an 8.5% vs 11.5% so it can still be deceiving. Wonderful job overall by midnight sun.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this bomber on 2/13/10.

A - Poured a practically black liquid with a slim tan head that retained as a thin patch, then finally disappeared leaving no lacing at all.

S - Initial aroma combines dark fruit (especially raisins) and sweet tobacco leaf. Malt character is sweet with chocolate and doughy notes and well as a hint of smoke. A slight waft of alcohol and perfumy hop notes round out the aroma profile.

T - Tangy dark fruit is apparent right away and suggests raisins and other dried pitted fruits. A hint of sweet tobacco and herbal, earthy notes enter the fold, followed by a doughy, cookie-esque malt character featuring caramel and molasses notes. Finishes with a tinge of smokey character paired with a sugary sweetness and slight alcohol warmth.

M - Medium bodied with bristly carbonation and syrupy texture. Slightly dry and tangy on the tongue with residual sweetness and a hint of bitterness.

D - Complex Belgian-style strong ale from Midnight Sun. While I probably couldn't drink an entire bomber on my own, I enjoyed the opportunity to sample another creation from this fine brewery.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of foamy white head and good retention.

Scent of sweet dark fruit, earth, tobacco, sugars, and yeast. Nice and fruity, not a whole lot beyond that, but it is quite good.

Taste of spicy earth, rich dark fruit, caramel, dry cocoa, and tobacco. A bit of a different Belgian Strong Dark Ale, I like it.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a sharp bite of foamy carbonation.

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Photo of afausser
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Midnight sun--shared and split with CrellMoset--thanks, Chris!

I haven't been able to find out what vintage this might be, since there isn't any marking on the bottle, but it still has the old name on the label so I'm speculating that it's an older one. Hmmmm.

Appearance: Pours a midnight (ha, ha) brown with a fluffy, two-finger dark tan head that moves around quite a bit and has large bubbles--and enough movement to seem, well, alive, at least at first. Lets of fine, tiny bubbles move to the top of the glass, but calms down into a fluffy, espresso, cherry tinged head. The head retention is amazing--it's been sitting here for at least ten minutes and the head still rises to the top of the snifter. In fact, the lowest level the head ever gets to is about half a finger, and there's quite a bit of fluffy sticky lacing.

Smell: Crisp, hoppy, and slightly spicy, with sour fruit notes--raspberries and green apples in particular--and then darker notes: caramel and brown sugar blend in nicely. I'm also getting sour cherries, grapes, and a hint of lime from the nose, as well as (more subtly) darker fruits, raisins, in particular. The sour notes blend a little oddly with what is coming through as vanilla and cream as it warms. Also, as it warms, an interesting salty note comes through.

Taste: This one is quite complex. The sweet notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar are much more prominent than in the nose. There's also, however, a ton of bitter hops present as well as prominent cherries, both sweet and sour (and with that a soy sauce note) and heavy fruits--raisins and prunes. There's a bit of light sour notes which quickly give way to more bitter hops and finishes toasty and smoky, with coffee and chocolate notes. As it warms, the cherries and raisins come out quite a bit to blend with the molasses. There is an ever so slight amount of heat on the tongue, but nearly none present in the aftertaste which is cool and crisp, with a hint of lime, spearmint, and peppermint--and even anise. I'm noticing that, as it warms, this gives it a bit of a light feel and the heavy flavors certainly do not dominate.

Nice, crisp mouthfeel, and actually light to medium bodied. The very fine bubbles make it go down very smoothly, but I would like a few more of them (though the fine consistency of them is quite excellent, indeed!). It's also incredibly heatless for the the ABV and style. Very nice.

Drinkability Amazingly light and drinkable. Would make a very nice dessert beer. Not hard to drink in the slightest.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle courtesy either courtesy of waltonc - thanks for the great extra - or courtesy of another BA whose name is lost to the ages. That is, I have two of these, and am unsure which one this is. 9% abv, poured in to an appropriately-sized snifter.

Appearance: This brew pours an oily charred burgundy, with the collective result of the hue being near opacity, even when held to light. A fair amount of pinpoint carbonation proceeds at a speed which suggests both a thick body and a huge amount of Belgian effervescence towards what is the crowning achievement of this beer's appearance - its, well, crown. The lightly tanned, meringue-esque head is a good two-fingers tall even with a mild pour and has amazing retention, particularly given the abv%. It's slightly foamy and spongy around the edges of the head (those abutting the glass), but the center is pure, unadulterated marshmallow cream, sticky and foamy. Even after the first sips are taken, only the center of the head begins to cave, with the rim of the head clinging and climbing up the sides of the glass. Once it does begin to give way, it leaves huge swirls and patches of glittery yet miraculously sticky lacing. This is quite simply one of the most amazing-looking Belgians I've ever seen - here's hoping the rest of the beer's as good.

Aroma: Very clean. Prunes, dates, and sweet cherries intermingle with ever-sweetening malt note. The cleanliness was my initial impression when this one was still around 45 F - as it approaches 65 F or so, flashes of caramel, toffee, un-fermented Candi sugar, sweeter cocoa, and honey begin to jump out from the sea of otherwise crusty toast and moist earth.

Taste: My first impression is that this is incredibly dry, earthy, and even musty for a Belgian dark. The dryness is accentuated by the wholesome earthiness of the malt tones, which makes me wonder if this is the newer bottle I received and this beer is thus naturally this dry, or if instead this beer has been sitting, aging, maturing, attenuating for the past year and change - faint caramel (which, to be fair, does begin to grow stronger as this one warms), wholesome bread crusts, dry toasted malts which come across as chocolatey in places, and perhaps what I imagine Candi sugar would taste like if it if yeast had been nom-ming away at it for a while. Of course, the real star of the show - if it can be called that - are the yeast notes. Spices - tons of nutmeg, though also cloves, faint cinnamon, and a vaguely neutral spice component - intermingle with candied fruits - strong cherries, prunes, dates, and raisins - along with stray vanilln and hints of tobacco and green leafy elements.

Mouthfeel: I'm just now realizing that a lot of when a beer peaks - or, perhaps, when my score peaks - has as much to do with the temperature and thus the flavor profile as it has to do with how long the beer has been sitting, and thus the level of latent carbonation that still exists in the beer. I'm picturing a complex algebraic equation by which you maximize the overlap time of drinking at the ideal temperature and during the ideal carbonation level. Well, to the point. This one's not terribly sweet or thick, so the initial blast of Belgian carbonation - bam - was a little too fierce, resulting in an initially creamy though ultimately sort of uneven mouthfeel. However, once the carbonation dies down, the mouthfeel improves, with the creaminess becoming more pronounced and the subtlety of the carbonation allowing more of the yeast notes to come through.

Drinkability: What I like about this one is how it's all yeast, all the time. That is, the simplicity of the base beer here allows what a good Belgian yeast can do shine. Even after this one warms, the yeast notes - spices, fruits, phenols, the works - still run roughshod over the malt base here. Now, the counterpoint here is that I actually sometimes like my beers a little sweeter (not cloyingly so), and so I appreciated this beer more as an exercise than as something I could drink regularly. It's nonetheless an expertly made brew (as is everything from Midnight Sun - is it just the hype, or is one of the best American breweries really in one of America's most distant and inhospitable states?), and I'd recommend anyone try this who is a fan of Belgian darks or a fan of being challenged to identify fermentation byproducts.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep rich brown almost black hue. Nice small tan head no real retention or lace.

S: Rich sweet malty aromas. Darkened brown sugar, raisins, and belgian yeast.

T: Wonderful sweetness. Tons of raisins and figs. Molasses, nutty toffee, and brown sugar as well. Belgian yeast with light chocolate round things out.

M: On the fuller side of medium, smooth, malty goodness.

D: Good, Midnight Sun does no wrong.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich brown with ruby hues and a deep tan head, thickly layered atop the beer where stays for quite sometime before leaving a sticky lacing to cling to the sides of the glass.

Rich dark fruity esters highlight the aroma, possibly cherries or raisins, followed by sweet maltiness, and lively yeast.

Very traditional Belgian Strong Dark palate including dark fruits such as cherries and plums, big yeast character with a bread-like finish, the sweetest of malts, a bit of brown sugar and just a faint peppery finish.

Medium to high carbonation with a thin body although the beer is so big; the sweet malt is dried out by the alcohol bite at the finish.

This is quite a tasty brew, and as far as high abv beers of this style are concerned, it is quite drinkable. I will certainly seek this beer out again.

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Photo of mjl21
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in PDX. 22 ounce bottle and is under the old name of La Maitresse Du Moine. Poured into a Chimay glass. Comes in at 9%. The month and week bottled have no etchings.

A-Pours an extremely dark brown with a two finger sandy head that rests at about half of its original size. Lots of nice lacing is left in between sips. Generous second pour results in visible sediment.

S-Lots of sweet fruit, particularly apple and grape. There is candy sugar sweetness. As it warms it picks up an earthy grape character.

T-It is a lot more chocolaty than in the nose. There is also toffee and caramel sweetness throughout. Stone fruit flavor is evident more in the middle. It finishes with a nice roasted flavor in the back. It has a definite chocolate aftertaste.

M-It falls on the lower end of the thick spectrum. It is smooth and creamy.

D-The booze is very well hidden. A nice sipper of a beer.

I enjoyed this one. This definitely is an aged bottle. Curious to see what it is like when fresh.

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Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Liquid Solutions.

Pours a deep dark reddish-brown color with a large, fluffy tan head. Midnight Sun seems to always nail the appearance, and this is no exception.

Aroma is dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, roast, chocolate, and spiced rum.

Flavor is very heavy on the molasses, but still very good. Candied dark fruits abound - raisin, plum, cherries, and figs - along with chocolate and spices. Really tasty.

Smooth on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is not outstanding, but overall this is really a great beer.

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Photo of mentor
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle foamed over a just a bit. Been in my cellar at least a year, perhaps two. Notch on the bottle is July and the week is between the 2 and 3, probably meant to be 2. Pours an easy 4 finger head over a black liquid with dark ruby edgings. Smells of blueberry pancakes. Strawberry syrup, cream, and some belgian phenolic. Some dry chocolate and toffee-like DME.

Tastes blueberry, blackberry, dry chocolate, allspice, almond, and some belgian edginess. Wet in the mouth, but drying finish that leads to a peppery close. Nutmeg and old allspice (like sat in the sun for a couple years) in the aftertaste. Later sips reveal some oakiness, gentle clean alcohol, fall leaves (imagine the smell as a taste), cigarette ash, and a dash of cherry. Complex and interesting, though not always flavors i consider pleasing.

Md-light in the mouth, but some dextrin creaminess in the body. Way too strong carbonation and fair drinkability. THe almond character came on stronger as the bottle emptied and even began to wear.

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Photo of woemad
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big-ass 22oz bomber bottled almost a year ago according to the label, which indicates 4th week of November as the time in question. At 11%, I'm not too worried about it. Interestingly enough the label also states the amount of IBUs - 13. Any of those nitwits that claim all dark beers are bitter need to try this. Purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $8.99.

Poured a super dark brown color into a St. Bernardus goblet. Moderate-sized tan head that lingered in reduced form after it's initial drop. Said head is easily re-agitated into existence. When held up to direct light, there is just the faintest of ruby-ish highlights visible, if one looks really hard for them.

Big nose to this one. Toffee, cherries, prunes, brown sugar, oak barrels and booze all jump out right off the bat. As it warms it reminds me of cognac.

Big taste to this one as well. Like the nose, this is sweet, with rich chocolate notes, but vying with cherries and brown sugar. There's an oakey wine-like flavor in the background. Hovering over all is a potent boozy warm sensation that kindly yet firmly tells you not to screw around with this beer. Slight dry note at the swallow.

Fairly full-bodied, but not as much as you'd expect given the flavor profile and the abv. There's definitely some Belgian candy sugar at work here. Rich, coating mouthfeel.

After a long couple of days and on a cold night after dinner, this really hits the spot. Who needs dessert if they have this on hand? Not a session beer by any means, but an outstanding beer to quaff for dessert and/or a nightcap. Definitely among the better American versions of the style.

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Photo of grub
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled nov 7/09.

pours clear brown with just a few reddish hints at the thinnest part of the glass. a small dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is nice. a bit wacky. really floral, almost soapy character. light alcohol. bit of dark fruit. white bread. bit of cracker.

taste is nice. lots of spice. ginger, maybe some corriander. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of chocolate. light alcohol. earthy. floral and slightly soapy.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-large body. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is ok. too much spice and not enough of the expected BSDA characters. not for me.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bought at Biercafe in Portland.

Pours a very dark reddish brown, almost black away from the light, very thick tan head forms, slowly settles to a very thick layer, great retention, some lace sticks.

Smell is nice, lots of dark fruit, alcohol, caramel sweetness, yeast, kind of a powdery cocoa aroma, neat raisin character, a bit of banana, lightly spicy, some sweet toasty malt, not bad.

Taste is similar, very sweet and fruity, caramel, some brown sugar, banana, biscuit, a bit of light roast, raisin, really interesting character, maybe a bit too clean and malty for a BSDA but still pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, pretty smooth and easy to drink, good stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for busting this out last night, Brett! I'd never had it and was psyched for a chance to have tried this.

Dark brown with a thick brown head. Retention and lacing are quite excellent. The nose is quite fabulous, with rich, dark chocolate with a fruity character with cherries and pear. Mildly vinous and grapey, this is great. The palate is a combination of big, fruity character initially with a touch of chocolate. The fruit character is prominent, with plums and prunes. The finish is a little disappointing, dry with a mild astringency and lacking in flavor. A touch over-carbonated, this medium-bodied beer is loaded with fruit character, and I'd love to try it fresh.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Label is La Maitresse Du Moine (pre-name change)

Pours a very dark brown, practically black, color. A large, fluffy, mountainous head of light brown foam sits on top. Retention is very good and the lacing is thick and sticky.

The nose is full of dark fruit notes and sweet maltiness. Candi sugars, yeast and brown sugars are detected. Red grapes, dark cherries and sweet chocolate notes, also. Initially, there was a hint of oxidization (metallic) but it seems to be fading, after only a couple of minutes.

It's almost like a good belgian dark blended with a nice stout. Very interesting.
Good malt base which is represented by notes both sweet and roasty. Good notes of dark fruits. Notes of chocolate covered caramels and cherries with hints of dark roasted coffee. Mild notes of toasted nuts and a light spiciness. Very light touch of anise.

Nicely full-bodied. Very smooth and very creamy. The carbonation level seems to be slightly on the high side, but not so much as to hurt the flavor.

The abv is way to high to drink this one all of the time. It's easy to drink though. It would be an excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from Liquid Solutions.

A: The Belgian dark ale is beyond dark, a deep crimson red that could be considered black if there were less light in the room. A large head, over three fingers, blanketed the glass on the first pour. Subsequent pours tried to recreate that magic. No lacing.

S: The nose is loaded with fruit, dark and sweet. Raisins and grapes are prominent, as is baker's chocolate. Caramel malts and yeast (again the yeast) fire on multiple cylinders.

T: Bam! This is how a Belgian dark ale should taste. Dark malts, caramel and chocolate, lead off with dark candi sugars and Belgian yeast bringing up the rear. The middle of the sip is spice, the yeast adding a twist, that is coupled with a sharp bite from the carbonation. Delicious and warming, an excellent end to my day.

M: Belgian, sweet and mysterious, this has a taste that can't disappoint. Dark fruits sugars, caramel and chocolate all in one 650 mL bottle.

D: Over 11%, this one is a beer to sip slowly. The depth of flavor makes me want to come back for more.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with a fellow BA into a large snifter, my 1st from this brewery.

Monk's mistress is a dark dirty brown with some red edges towards the light. A 1inch frothy tan head that left great lace patterns. The nose is sweet consisting of brown sugar and a bunch of sweet malt. In the taste, I get the same with the sweet malt winning with the brown sugar underneath. Also getting some dark fruits, nuttiness and a big dose of spice rounding it out, this tastes great. The mouth is is one step below thick with good carb, at times this is a bit too sweet and cloying but not enough to keep me from my glass. The 9% is high, hindering the drinkability a bit, but the taste is two thumbs up.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 3rd offering from Midnight Sun. 1 I bought online from Liquid Solutions years ago(Arctic Devil), the other 2 from the great trader known as joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours from the 22oz bottle a very dark brown with some hues of red. The foam gives me +2 finger. Probably because I served it at near room temp.

Taking a few whiffs, I can smell some dark fruit and caramel malts making for a rather sweet nose. A little bit of the booze shines through but it isn't that noticeable.

First sip and this puppy is very malty and very sweet. Big caramel malt with big dark fruits, mostly plum and I'm not talking any tartness at all, followed by some toffee and yes... I take my words back, a slight fruit tartness that I pick up when I swish the beer in my mouth. Some alcohol warming here as well but not 11.5%abv's worth. This brew is definitely Malt centered and I can *not* complain at all. Very damn tasty.

Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, it finishes fruity with a mild alcohol kick. Head retention and lacing? The envy of most brews.

Drinkability? You are not going to pound bombers of this stuff but 1 bottle is much easier to drink than I thought it would be. A thoroughly enjoyable brew from first sip to last sip. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yepper, that's right... this beer was on the nitro at the brewery the other day (as well as at Humpy's the very next day, where I got to have it again).

The beer pours a dark cola color with excellent, creamy head, good retention and lots of sticky lacing. The beer has an impressive nose of spice, rootbeer, chocolate and cherry. On the palate this beer is just delicious. I get plenty of creamy milk chocolate and cherry, with a slight hint of anise as well. As you might expect with a beer like this on the nitro, mouthfeel is soft, creamy smooth, and very, very long. The low carbonation really works well in this beer. Alcohol is well disguised, though you can tell the alcohol is up there and is sizeable. Very tasty stuff.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to aerozeppl for sharing.

A: Dark reddish brown with minimal tan head.

S: Sweet malt. Prunes or some other dark fruit.

T: Almost a light quad. Good sweetness with a touch of spice.

M: A touch thin but malty.

D: A solid BSDA but nothing special. A low spot for midnight sun.

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Monk's Mistress from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 323 ratings
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