HORNY MONK: 77 Points
This Belgian Dubbel is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “A deep reddish, malty, and complex Belgian style ale. Six different types of malted barley, Belgian candied syrup and Belgian yeast are combined to produce a very smooth, complex and slightly sweet ale.”
My Description: Perhaps this monk should have been more disciplined and put his animal urges to the side and focused more on the beer. It begins with a weak, light beige colored head that fades to a film holding for a few minutes and leaving behind no lacing. The aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malt notes along with hints of dark fruits and yeast phenols. Horny Monk is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. I feel the texture and body of this beer upfront are correct but it thins out in the finish. The flavor profile follows the nose with caramel malt notes being the backbone of the beer along with hints of yeast phenols and sugar. Dark fruit notes like dates are detected along with ripe bananas. The aftertaste shows no bitterness with a slight metallic hint. Overall, this ale has a decent balance of flavors but falls short of delighting the senses, however it is easy drinking and alcohol is completely hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, baked ham, or stuffing.
ABV: 6.9% Color: Reddish/Copper Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1/10