Monk Brewery Reviews

Battle of the Pumpkin Ales – Round 1

Posted by Brother Boom on September 4th, 2010 | Permanent Link | 5 Comments »

Ah, it’s that blessed time of year again…It is the dawn of the Pumpkin Ale .

Brother Boom was ordained to determine the best pumpkin ale in these parts. As it turned out – the first holy battle was a misnomer, it was akin to a slaughter.

Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale versus Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.

Bother Boom

Jack’s came out lame, barely registering a noticeable pumpkin flavor. It floated out of the bottle as a thin ale with the ever so slight taste of pumpkin. Weak!  It boasted having nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and clove, but I only tasted a watered down wanna be. Very disappointed.

Dogfish Head landed a shot to the labanza that made my halo spin! A bit too much of everything!  Real Pumpkin – CHECK! Brown sugar – check! Allspice – accounted for! Cinnamon – definitely in the steeple! Nutmeg – all over the place.

But at the very least it had a definitive taste! Even after a few seconds, the over-powering taste still lingered. I needed a buffalo wing to clear my palate!

Stunned…but it’s clearly the first round winner for having the temerity to blast out of the gate tasting!

I can’t wait for round 2!

Beerssert, Beerzert or Beersert?

Posted by admin on August 27th, 2010 | Permanent Link | No Comments »

Beersset is defined as the integration of two words – Beer and Dessert (Bishop C, 2010). Of course, the proper combination of the two words might have led one to consider Beersert or even Beerzert (approved alternte spellings). Assuming for a moment that some rely on phonetics to spell while enjoying a few brews.

Beerssert was born one evening while the Brothers sat happily and completely content after consuming a few Chimay Grand Reserves. Smiling and giggling to himself,  Bishop C looked deep into his class as he held it up to a lamp and proclaimed the charished nectar “Beerssert.”

Ah yes, the wisdom shared by Bishop C can be quite enlightening †


Bishop, C. (2010). BeerssertBeerzertBeerssert. Shared in personal reflections July 2010 within Monk Abbey. Retrieved online @

Trappist Monks – Chimay Grand Reserve

Posted by admin on August 23rd, 2010 | Permanent Link | No Comments »

Is there anything better then a delightfully delicious bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve?

Worshiped this weekend came with a heavenly taste. Surprised that such a perfect creation could come in a bottle, I savored the well rounded fruity taste in awe at what true trappist genius have been able to assemble. Such wonderful inspiration should be shared by all brew lovers everywhere. Run out and get yourself some today. Can heaven on earth last forever? Unfortunately no, for my bottle has ran dry.

May the grandest of beers be always with you!

Bishop C