Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Monkless Belgian Ales


Organic chemist (Ph.D.) Todd Clement fell in love with traditional Belgian/Abbey-style ales during work trips to Antwerp. After spending seven years in the pharmaceutical industry as a process chemist Clement moved to Bend, Oregon. When he couldn’t find his beloved Belgian-style ales, he began homebrewing them — his first batch a Belgian triple. In 2014, he founded the one-barrel, home basement nanobrewery Monkless Belgian Ales with his friend Kirk Meckem who then left the business in 2016. Clement and his wife, Robin, moved their operation to a warehouse/garage space in Northeast Bend in the original home of 10 Barrel Brewing. In late 2019, they opened their highly curated restaurant and taproom Monkless Brasserie on the Deschutes River fusing delicious tastes of European cuisine and intentionally pairs them with Monkless’ award-winning Belgian-style ales. This summer, Monkless will move its brewing operation to The Abbey by Monkless in east Bend, their new production facility with a tasting room in a more intimate beer forward space. Since Todd Clement will be the guest on the Grit & Grain Podcast broadcast at 4 p.m. in the Peaks & Pints Event Room, we’re offering an all-day Monkless flight that we’re calling Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Monkless Belgian Ales.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Monkless Belgian Ales

Monkless The Trinity

8.1% ABV

The idea that God is the ultimate hat-trick — that he is, at once, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — is something that has always confused and challenged … well, anyone with a normal, binary-style brain. To Monkless, The Trinity is a Belgian triple with a grainy malt, wheat, clove, and saison yeast nose. The flavor is husky grainy malt, clove, lemon, mild light stone fruit with a medium body, light creaminess, and sharp carbonation.

Monkless Meet Your Maker

9% ABV

Monkless’ Meet Your Maker is their flagship beer — an epiphany Belgian strong dark ale for the brave who seek it with aromas of raisins and dates, the flavor shines through as dark fruit and caramel with a bit of chocolate and coffee.

Monkless Four Devils

9% ABV

Devilishly smooth and light bodied, Monkless’ Four Devils Belgian strong golden ale has a sweet nose with a mild spiciness intertwining with a pleasant pineapple character. On the tongue, this classic dry golden ale is slightly fruity with a subtle earthy hop presence, and sticky-sweet across the palate.

Monkless Pour Pour Pitiful Me

10% ABV, draft

Aged and fermented over cherries to produce a ripe and full flavor profile, this brilliant Belgian-style quad is rich with deep, dark fruits, big chewy malts, loads of cherries, some earthiness and spice with hints of chocolate.

Monkless Friar’s Festivus

10.2% ABV

Belgian quad Friar’s Festivus captures the senses with aromas of citrus and dark fruit, and a complex flavor profile of caramel, spicy clove, and a slight malty sweetness. Modest amounts of classic dark Belgian candi syrup and fermentation using multiple traditional Belgian-style yeast strains help this traditional winter ale strike the balance between spicy and sweet.

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