Father Christmas
Barrel of Monks Brewing

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Barrel of Monks Brewing
Florida, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #100
Ranked #16,505
3.9 | pDev: 5.13%
Feb 12, 2022
Nov 24, 2015
Very Good
Father ChristmasFather Christmas
Notes: 10% Belgian inspired Dark Ale with Holiday Spices.
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Rated: 4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, reddish brown with a three finger, fizzy khaki head with good retention despite its active carbonation. Aroma of candi and lightly grainy malt, Belgian yeast, light caramel, orange citrus and light stone fruit with a bit of mineral and winter spices. Flavor is candi malt, Belgian yeast, caramel, cinnamon, clove and other mixed holiday spices, dried fruit cake fruit; citron, cherry and raisins. Spicy Belgian finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and active carbonation. An authentic tasting take on a Belgian winter ale, probably a bit more spicy than most continental ones, but not overdone. Lots of dried fruit flavors with the classic Belgian yeast fruitiness. Surprisingly well carbonated after sitting in the glass, because it was very active in the pour; the resulting carbonation was forward, but appropriate for the style. I really liked this, reasonably complex and true to its strong dark ale history. Looks great. Well done and a fine seasonal offering, which I'm enjoying a bit late in the winter.
Jan 31, 2022
Rated: 4 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by metter98 from New York

Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle from Tavour. Dark Brown pour with a fizzy beige head. Aroma is savory winter spice with a touch of Belgian spice. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, sweet malts. Belgian yeast provides a nice touch, a small amount of bitterness and light warmth.
Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by sirspins from Florida

Dec 03, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by BeerBucks from New York

Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Arrives a tawny color with ruby highlights; the cap fits in at one finger and leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Malty, with a sweet caramel tone and a hint of apple

Taste: Caramel malts forward, with a hint of licorice, apple and honey developing; I don't get the expected complexity from a BSDA here, just a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I was hoping for a holiday-spiced BSDA here but this did not deliver; more like a winter warmer
Nov 25, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Mike_Garber from Florida

Jul 04, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 11, 2019
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look: Deep black with a brown highlight at the very bottom where the stem of the glass starts. Three fingers of foamy tan head even on a careful pour.

Smell: Alcohol, spices, cherries, a little malt, a little sweet orange.

Taste: Bitter with a mild hop flavor to begin, a little of that spiciness from the nose, and noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and fairly heavy carbonation.

Overall: This might be a beer you'd want to bottle condition for a year or more after manufacture. The hops are a little overpowering of the other flavors.
Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by MTKATL from Georgia

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by Griphon from Florida

Feb 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Davis714 from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice ruby color with a lasting tan head that laces nicely. Smells like a pumpkin without the pumpkin. Warm and spicy, not sure if malts stand up to the spices enough. Was a little confused at first but ended up enjoying it.
Dec 13, 2016
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Reviewed by crob3888 from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark brown Ruby color with a khaki head. Spicy notes of potpourri and caramel and fruit cake notes dominate the aroma and flavors. Medium body. It's a pretty good Christmas ale but lacks amazing depth or complexity.
Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 4 by fakedeadgirlfriend from Florida

Jan 21, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
this is the only beer from these guys i havent really liked. it needs work for sure. first of all, advertised as a belgian dark, its like copper in the glass, at the darkest. nice head though. there arent a lot of spices on the nose either, for me, its all sweet caramelized malt. i get very very little depth too, just sweet malt, a slight red apple thing, and then the belgian yeast, which is bubblegum-like and a little overly flavorful in front of what else is going on here. in the flavor, i am looking for a lot more. hardly any spices at all. maybe a slight hint of anise or licorice, honey, and possibly allspice, but some of this might be from the yeast too. the grain is just too sweet for me, the body too thin, and the rest of it just sort of missing. its not that boozy for how strong it is though, which is nice. i had way higher hopes for this, especially in the context of their other beers, which have been absolutely fantastic. for those looking for a sweeter holiday beer, this is a good pick, its well made, but it lacks distinction in my mind. good but certainly not great.
Jan 17, 2016
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