MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bleeng at October Houston Tasting. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a thin white head. Nose is sweet and hoppy with some pepper. Taste is sweet malt and some spice. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Unimpressive.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice lasting head with some lace. Pours hazy and orange. Smells somewhat hoppy, but not too much. Taste is balanced between hops and a nice mild backdrop of malts. Has some spice and some fruit undertones. Not boring at all, but not particularly outstanding either.
Harekr (4) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Benedictine monastery in Pecos, made with care and prayer! A nicely hopped pale ale or light IPA. Pours orange, with a pleasant flavor of peppers and apricots. Nice, decent, but not great. I would bring some back next trip to NM though.
KUEric (866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at Two Fools in Nob Hill Albuquerque.
A deep dark belgian ale with a minimal head. It was heavily malty and quite belgian in look, feel and taste. Wasn’t overly impressed by it however.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as an extra in a trade. Pours an orange body with foamy white top. Aroma flavor is yeasty and pepper, some light fruit and appricots, some toasted malt. Drinkable but not abv really.
bleeng (1459) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is brewed by Abbey Beverage in Pecos, NM-a monestary. On tap in Albuquerque. Served in their glass=nice. Light brown and filtered and a bit too cold. Nose is malts and sweetness-this has all the makings of a dubbel. Taste of malts, candi sugar, lightly spiced, alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Body is light and fluffy, very drinkable. Goes down very smooth and the flavors really come out after the beer warms up. Will search out this in bottle.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Monk’s Ale, made with care and prayer.
Abbey Beverage Company, Pecos, NM
Hazy, rosy orange-ish color, tangerine and peach...small head.
Sweet nose, plenty of fruit, and a hit of spice. Lively yeast. Apricot and orange, and a little straw.
In the mouth, it’s ...it’s.. ah, ...eh...oh.
Bleh, to be succinct.
Thin bodied, small in flavor, lacking a lot. Drinkable, inoffensive, but lacking in charm, to say the least. Passable, at best, with hardly anything Monk-ish or abbey-like at all. Hardly even interesting as a pale ale.
Can’t really hate it. Can’t like it, either. Sorry.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled 10/06 when I lived in NM. From notes. Pours a clear, slightly darker amber. Minimal head. Has a slightly sweeter edge with a nutty tone and deep body. Full and frothy on the mouth. Might be a bit too heavy for some for a session beer.
Overall I can’t say I was entirely impressed by this production. In no way did it remind me of a Belgian brew at any level. (though before I departed the NM area for good, someone told me they changed the recipe...so maybe it will be better) It will be the first brew to be produced by an American monastery in 100 years when they get their facility set up on the grounds, but I can’t say I felt there was anything special about it. I am wondering if the tap I had it from was not the best at the time. I plan to try it again and keep an eye out for other productions from the company/monastery.
vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Terminus for picking this up for me. Pours clear copper with a sudsy tan head. The aroma has toffee, caramel, bread and some Belgium yeast. Medium body that’s sturdy with some semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor is a bit oxidized along with the flavors from the aroma ~ the flavors are a bit more thin that the aroma suggested. The finish has a bit of grapes and other light fruits. An okay Belgium ale.
tomciccateri (938) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 12-ounce brown bottle, pours a deep amber color with slight white head. Medium-bodied, big malty flavor balance. Slightly dry, toasted character. Clean, nice. Aug 2007
On draught at Bistronomy- Albuquerque. Pours dense amber with. Constant bubbles and fading white head. Solid medium body with slight caramelmaltiness and biscuity dry finish. Minimal Belgian yeast character. An average ale. March 2013.