Avery Brewing – 5 Monks (Bourbon-Aged Quad) Review

5 MonksAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Avery Brewing
Style: Quad
ABV: 19.4% (boom!)
Cost: $15 (12oz) (also boom)
Glassware: Snifter, Teku
Temp: 55°F
Availability: Limited (Once)
Purchased@: Friendly Greek

Quick Take: 5 Monks, while on the sweeter side, stops just short of cloying to be a sipping warmer with some malt depth that’s made just a touch deeper by the bourbon-aging. Avery is world class when it comes to big beers, so the fact that 5 Monks kills it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Awesome beer and one the dark malted Belgian and bourbon lovers should hunt down immediately.

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Cambridge Brewing Co. – Tripel Threat Review

CambridgeAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Cambridge Brewing
Style: Tripel
ABV: 10%
Cost: $14 (24oz) – (Suggested retail – $6.95)
Glassware: Snifter, Tulip, Goblet
Temp: 55°F
Availability: Variable
Purchased@: The Foodery

Quick Take: Simple flavors and heavy yeast emphasis gives this a different body and complexion. This is a Tripel brimming with Belgian yeast that drinks like a boozy summer beer and avoids the traditional sweet, bubble gum or banana qualities. For me, I’d have this as a change of pace Tripel, but it’s not my first choice.

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Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) Review

Hitachino Nest - SakeAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Dark/Brown
ABV: 8%
Cost: $6.50 (12oz)
Glassware: Snifter, Tulip
Temp: 55°F
Availability: Year-Round
Purchased@: State Line Liquors

Quick Take: An inoffensive, but merely ok beer that doesn’t wow. For me, it’s a pretty simple, slightly bland beer that isn’t worth the money. The sake aging doesn’t add enough to justify the expense, even for craft heads.

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Anchorage Brewing – Bitter Monk Review

Anchorage Bitter MonkAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Anchorage Brewing
Style: Belgian DIPA
ABV: 9%
Cost: $18 (22oz)
Glassware: Tulip
Temp: 50°F
Availability: Year Round? (not sure)
Purchased@: Teresa’s Next Door Bar

Quick Take: Anchorage has created a chardonnay-barreled, Belgian IPA with brett that is both unique AND well-crafted. The vinous qualities and brett really take this beyond the humble roots of the style. If drank too cold or fast, I could see missing the subtle elements and not thinking much of it. Take some time with this beer and you’ll find a surprisingly refined, complex beer that is a highlight of the Belgian IPA style.

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Episode 12 – Spencer Brewery – Spencer Trappist Ale

Episode 12 of Drew’s Brews Reviews is here! The beer review show you never knew you wanted and no one needs. The IPA train derails and I mix it up with an ale from Spencer brewery, the only official Trappist beer brewed in the US. Special thanks to a friend of a friend who picked this up for me on her travels through New England. This review is fact-tastic, so be prepared to learn “a little bit” about Trapp-ism and these new to brew monks.

Ep 13 — Southern Tier’s Fusebox (Available Soonish)

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