Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Quick Review: Klosterbrauerie Weisenohe Monk's Christmas

Many thanks to Jeremy Spikes, who received some beers from one of his clients and decided that I was worthy of sharing with.  One of those that he had was one I hadn't tried before, the Monk's Christmas from the German brewery Klosterbrauerie Weisenohe.  Haven't heard of that brewery?  Yeah... well until then I hadn't either, and as far as I know this is the first beer from them I've ever seen.  I do know that they have a website, but it's all in German and I don't really speak German past 'danke', 'bier', and 'brauerie.'  They are a Bavarian brewery as best I can tell though... and I do typically like Bavarian beer, so let's dive in.
I poured from the 16.9 ounce flip-top into an imperial pint glass... can't go wrong with that extra 4.9 ounces!  (For those curious, 16.9 ounces = .5 liters, and they use the crazy "metric system" over in Germany.)  It's a deep red color with a huge slightly off-white head. Pretty good retention and lacing... not bad considering this one has probably not been stored properly.  Of the three bottles two were missing labels, so that indicates a lot of humidity to me.
It's got a pretty nice sweet malty aroma, lots of caramel and a little honey.  The taste is a little thin, with basically the same malt profile. It's tasty but weaker than the aroma.  Still a very nice beer and for a free one, I'm not bitching!

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but it's still good.  I'm liking this beer, pretty decent overall.  Thanks again to Jeremy for sharing, always nice to try something completely new including the brewery.
My Rating: B

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