Stumblin' Monk | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by mickeymac:
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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's gold with Champagne-like bubbles and a sticky white head that leaves lace down the side of the glass. The smell is citrus and spice, specifically a minty undertone. Coriander and orange peel are backed up by a fairly strong but pleasant alcohol taste. It seems to expand when it hits the tongue, making the feel an enjoyable part of the experience. This is a very good Belgian style--better than most Belgians.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jcalabre
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 24 May 2002. Stumblin Monk is a hazy orange pour w/ no head. The aroma is like spearmint w/ some fruity notes. Medium mouthfeel w/ a velvety texture and a soft fruity taste on the tongue. Finishes smoothly. Absolutely no hint of alcohol.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An old review, culled from a dog eared notebook from years gone by. I had this one on tap at the brewery.

Poured a nice, somewhat hazy, golden color with a fluffy white head that hangs around for awhile. Aromas of spice, Belgian yeast, coriander and citrus. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of citrus, spice, yeast and candi sugar.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed: 1/13/00
Bottled: 3/10/00
Original Gravity: 1.081
Final Gravity: 1.009
Alcohol by volume: 9.7%

Another “vintage” Alesmith that I purchased this last week whilst scouring some new Beer Stores. This happened to be the very last bottle on the Shelf and was well dusted. A beer that I had only ever previously read about, had certainly never seen, and one that I know to be an “old” vintage of at least 3 years – so there was also a risk associated with its purchase. But I figured it worth a try.

Presentation: Another classic Alesmith quality looking 750ml bottle. Dark green bottle that has the familiar Alesmith Anvil & Pint symbol and the words “Stumblin’ Monk” underlined with the word “tripel” screen-printed in gold. A thick dark scarlet red foil covers the upper 3” of the bottle. A brass crown cap covered a clean, but very soft cork. This was yet another Alesmith “bad cork experience” and as careful as I was, a small amount of cork crumbled and fell into the beer. Bugger!

Appearance: Such a beer demanded a pour into one of my Westvleteren Goblets. Still exhibited plenty of carbonation and the marmalade orange body has a healthy peach colored luminous glow with some haze. The slightly off-white head that formed is uniform but soon breaks to leave a thin covering, but the beer still looks appetizing. The conditioning in the beer was exceptional, incredibly fine and well attenuated but still vivacious.

Nose: This has a fantastic nose; somewhat reminiscent of the Weizenbock I had a few days earlier actually. It has a marvelous sweet mellow orange and coriander that merge together in a soft honeyed aroma. But it definitely has a spearmint leaf odor in the latter part which adds a refreshing freshness.

Taste: Sweet entrance that is floral and medicinal in its feel. Light malts and even lighter hops, but it has a very enticing sweetness that is incredibly fruity. Fleshy tastes of Satsuma’s, Seville Oranges and Tangerines mix with a spicy coriander. Finishes with a sweet but tangy orange ending.

Mouthfeel: The fine carbonation lend a very smooth feel throughout. Strong orange tastes and the (by now probably) 10% alcohol, give a strong orange liquor feel to the mouth. Yet it is well aerated and smooth, but leaves a fantastic bitter-orange tang on the tongue that lasts a long time.

Drinkability: Another whole 750 bottle of Alesmith to myself, and yet again, simply no contest whatsoever. Every drop was imbibed, yeast and all. A fruity drink that has lost some of ‘Tripel-ness’, but was nevertheless incredibly drinkable.

Overall: This is now 3+ years old now, and judging by some of the other Reviews I was hesitant that this would stand up to time as good as say the Weizenbock did. But for my money it has. A sign that these early Alesmith beers were of the highest quality and extremely well brewed. It has matured well and developed into a marvelous deep rich Hesperidium Tripel. Excellent.

A great drink, and another empty Alesmith Bottle to find room for.

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Photo of Exiled
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - 1999 Vintage
Thanks to BelgianBeerGal for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy golden color, with a white head. Smell is caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, spices, and some yeast. Taste is caramel, chocolate, yeast, spices, and citrus. Light mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. I am very happy I got to try this super rare beer!

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Photo of francisweizen
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2000 Vintage. This pours a wonderul dark peach colour with a very fluffy white head. The aromas are of spearmint, ginger, coriander, orange, other spices, background malts and hops, belgian candi sugar, grapes, belgian yeast, and more! The taste is an interesting mix of the above, which culminates in a very light tasting, spicy beer. The mouthfeel is light but noot too light and the drinkability is pretty good as well.

This is an interesting belgian ale from the folks at Alesmith.

Not nearly as good as some of their other brews, but very good in it's own little way!

cheers to JCalabre for allowing me the chance to sample this hard to find brew from Alesmith....


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Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A damn good tripel and a lovely beer to try. Golden. Aromatics begin with an opening of the spice cabinet (ginger, cinnamon), hints of dough and bubble gum and a huge shot of peppermint sticks. Well aged, melded flavor with notes of gummied fruits, citrus fruits, bubble gum, peach, ginger and another huge dose of mint.

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Stumblin' Monk from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 8 ratings