Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong AleOak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale
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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version of Monk’s Mistress - aged in American Oak Barrels - takes seduction to the next level. Its dark, daunting flavors become softer, rounder and more fascinating as they meld with toasted oak and its prior tenant. This temptation is beyond irresistible.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of cpetrone84
2.62/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a dark bronw liquid, mostly opaque, tight light tan head, quite dense and creamy looking.

S-smokey wood, notes of olive, sweet plums, pepper, chalky and ashy in the back.

T-the sweet dark fruity esters up front, olives, touch of pepper, notes of chalk and ash in the back.

M-extremely smooth and creamy on the palate, syrupy but thin and falls off in the back.

D-this is a little off, has some different flavors going on. not impressed and really a little offensive.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.63/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look - no head on gentle pour, very dark brown.

Nose - best part of this beer, sweet raisins, brown sugar.

Taste - very sweet plums, raisins in the back. Vestige of red wine.
First 4 ounces were ok, then balance undrinkable to due excessive sweetness.

Overall - way too sweet, unbalanced, dark wine sugar bomb.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Brownish beer with red on the edges, no haze. Tan head that left minimal stick on the sides.

S - A lot of oak and wine qualities to this one. There is some caramel malts, vanilla, and hints of bourbon.

T - This kind of reminds me of a barrel aged scotch ale in some respects. Some brown sugar, spice, and dark fruits. Not a huge fan really, but it's okay.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - I wasn't a huge fan of the taste or feel of this beer. I thought it was kind of boring and not the easiest thing in the world to drink. I'd probably pass on this in favor of many other things in the future.

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige tan head. Good retention with some nice lace rings. Color is a bronze hued amber with a little ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Big oak and dark dried fruit flavors. Plums, licorice, raisins, toffee, toast. It is fairly sweet.

Taste: Really toasty. Caramel and toffee with light chocolate notes. Dark fruits and oak. Licorice, plums, raisins. Dried apples. Some spice.

Mouthfeel: Dry and toasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends rather dry.

Overall, a decent Belg strong ale, but I wasn't overly impressed. I was kind of let down with this one. Kind of drinkable.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not totally, but almost opaque, somewhere between really dark brown and black.

Smell: Very british, old ale aromas that forebode a very heavy brew. Cocoa and port, hazelnuts, and a lactic mix of sweet and sour, no doubt from the oak.

Taste: Decent roasted malt, I really didn't pick up much vanilla, vinious or woody flavors I was expecting. Frankly the regular Maîtresse du Moine was fine enough as it is to make this barrel-bastardized version, which did nothing but stole part of the soul of an otherwise very good Beer, only to leave a less complete, less complex, more cloying shadow of it's former self. It's still allright, boasted a surprisingly subdued alcohol finish, but just another example that this barrel-aged craze is taking on way too much proportions.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark reddish brown color with a tan coastered head that laces rather nicely. Roasted notes, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. The roast is the first thing that notice in the beer followed by some oak and finishes with a dry dark fruit. Some booze shows as it warms. It's really missing something in this one as it seems to be a little one sided. Overall, this beer is just ok.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ReeseMax3
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a muddy looking brown colored body with a good two finger white foamy head that dies about 30 seconds and leaves some thick lacing. The smell has some strong bourbon notes, but not overly done, as some light chocolate enters in and combines with some nice Belgian spices, even some vanilla comes in as it warms. The taste is sweet through the bourbon, chocolate and vanilla tones, the Belgian spices help to give it a slight kick but isn’t overly done just combines just right; mainly just some Bourbon along with the Belgian spices in the aftertaste, sweet sticky dry finish. The palate sits about a medium on the body that seems to be more of a sipper. Carbonation seems to be fairly good for the style as it turns out slightly smooth. Overall, this is a pretty good Belgian Strong Dark ale that I would have again.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Tyecko
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a footed glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 2 November 2013.

A good beer, but a more fruity, less complex (milder) version of Monk's Mistress. Interestingly, it seems almost fresher than the normal version on-tap, mostly because it's softer and less sharp/spicy. I actually think I prefer the non-barrel aged version.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Malone47
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This lady came out a nice, deep burgundy in color and lacked a head, which is not uncommon for the American Strong Ale style.

Smell – The deep, winey notes come on strong at the very first whiff. There is also a mild bourbon aroma as well to go with the oaky base.

Taste – The fruits are the highlight at the taste. They are strong, dark, and lusciously ripe. I also enjoyed the strong but tame alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied. The flavors are tiered which makes each sip a roller coaster ride.

Drinkability – This ASA manages to be strong and potent while still maintaining a smooth and satisfying character.

Comments – The illustrious Ms. Skyhand busted out this gem at the first annual Bavarian Betta’ Beer Fest and boy were we all surprised . . . and happy : )

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- Body is a translucent very murky dark brown hue. Pours with a 2 finger or so foamy light tan head. Leaves behind some lacing.

S- Lots of dark fruit such as plum and raisin are the highlight. There is also a hint of woodiness, peppery spice and spicy Belgian yeast. Light smokey and tart acidic sour tones can be detected in the background.

T- Lots of peppery spice and mild dark fruit flavors upfront with a quite prominent Belgian yeast backbone. There is a slight metallic note that comes across for the finish with a good amount of peppery spice and belgian yeast. Hints of dusty wood and a mild smoke can also be detected throughout adding to the complexity. A mild sweetness and mild spiciness linger.

M- Soft carbonation, and a body that is very smooth and yeasty. well done.

D- This is a good, enjoyable brew overall, although I liked the regular Monks Mistress a lot more. Its a bit more complex than the original but has a much milder character and the profile is all over the place is some ways.

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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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