Father Christmas
Barrel of Monks Brewing

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Barrel of Monks Brewing
Florida, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #83
Ranked #14,188
3.94 | pDev: 5.08%
Jan 06, 2024
Nov 24, 2015
10% Belgian inspired Dark Ale with Holiday Spices.
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Rated: 3.92 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Jan 06, 2024
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance is opaque pitch black with dark brown tinting, full tan head with splotches of lazy lacing. Smell has belgian yeast, bubblegum, plum, date and raisin, but all super light in delivery, want more here. Taste has more potency with plum, belgian yeast with a bubble gum flair, date, hint of licorice and baking spices, though there is a hint of cough syrup and earth on the finish. Feel is yeasty and soft with sharper carbonation with some esters to balance. New world for sure but a fun treat for the holidays
Dec 26, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by mschrei from Illinois

Dec 25, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 15, 2023
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
pours dark brown with big thick head that stays - great malty taste in great belgium ale style
Mar 27, 2023
Rated: 4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -4.1%
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 Ohio

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 -3%
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 +3.8%
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