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RATINGS: 120   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (915) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Gold with hints of light amber. Thin egg-shell head. Smells of phenolics with slight spice and grain. Taste is phenolic, spice, a decent dose of grain, with a tart apple finish. Much yummier than anticipated. Touch of spicy earthy hop bitterness and flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is malt cereal hops caramel. Flavor is malt, cereal, hops, caramel, grass, pears, pepper. A bit of spiciness and grassy hops in the finish. Belgian ale........not so sure but this isn’t half bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle pours deep gold with no head. Aroma is doughy with notes of honey, and light accents of stonefruit. Flavor shows the same with the yeast providing most of the depth. Overall body is moderate, soft, and finishes dry and lightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, slight spice, light candi sugar, and some hops. Poured amber/orange in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of Belgian yeast, grain, malt, hops, slight candi sugar, and barley. Medium body. Oily texture becomes lightly dry. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, light to medium bitter, Belgian yeast, hops, and malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8092) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Wow, a New Mexico beer. Much rarer than an illegal alien crossing via New Mexico, which is a goddamned shame. The pour here is clear deep gold with little head, a 3. Nose is pale malt, roasty and slightly charred with some funky yeasty esters, apricot and honey. Good nose. Taste is pale malty, slightly sweet and with a solid fruity front note, and with late spicy yeasty estery notes, finishing like a fine chardonnay mixed with apples and a bier de garde. Good complexity here, and a nice brew here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear coppery amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel apples, candied malt, pears and wheat. Taste of apple pear, bread dough, malt and wheat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italianjohn (2397) - 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 (4967) - 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 (5644) - 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.

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