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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Note: Monks’ Ale is initially being contract-brewed by Sierra Blanca Brewing for Abbey Beverage Company.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Hazy deep golden pour light off white head ...... subtle aroma of sweet fruits and belgian yeast light floral hop .... sweet malty taste bready and lightly fruity yeast (pear/apple) ends with a lightly fruity bitter finish ... needs more flavor but its a nice easy drinking brew

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Bottle. I just found this one recently at the Liquor Barn on Cerillos Rd. It was a local and I used to work for the monks of Christ in the Desert, so I gave it a go. It surpassed my expectations and changed my opinions about beer. A mild, musty scent and flavor with a definite orange peel flavor on the end that does vary from batch to batch. Nice finger thick head that sticks around a while with an incredible amount of lacing. This is my #1 beer. Also, no way is this 4.7%. I can feel more alcohol than that in one single beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (4843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2009
amber with a cream head. nose is pear and apple. nice on the palate with a definite yeast flavor that pairs well with the fruitiness. clean aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with not much head at all. Nose is spices and fruit. Tastes like cinnamon, a little bit of sour apple, but the finish is nice overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Slightly hazy orange pour. Chalky aroma. Little on the nose to offer. Some spice to taste. Little bit of banana and pear type flavor. Little bland, finish is very dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Thanks to bleeng for this beer. Orange caramel color with no head. Malt bom, with caramel apples and spices on the nose. Flavor is spicy malt grain. Palate is soft and thin. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Bottle from bleeng, shared at the October Houston tasting. Thanks!
Pours ice tea brown with an aroma of malty wheat bread. Flavor is Chex cereal and grain. Average mouthfeel. Not bad, but not especially good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Harekr (4) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008 does not count
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.

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