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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cavie (3672) - 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.

3
   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.

2.9
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.3
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KUEric (884) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2008
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Monk’s Ale, made with care and prayer. Aw.... 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.


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