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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a rich copper tinged, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost metallic copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy, sweet crystal malt; English biscuit character, lightly toasted brown grain, a touch of whole-grain spiciness and a sweet, caramelized character are each noticeable, but the latter accentuates a hop character that leans towards berries and ruby-red grapefruit. As the beer warms up a touch of stale malt character starts to come out.

Light bodied, slightly sweet with a malty finish that suggests at caramelized hay, sweet whole grain crackers, and a touch of cracker like pale malt character. Soft citrus notes and a berry like character are noticeable throughout. A touch of stale malt character has not quite gotten to cardboard, but perhaps leans towards stale brown bread that hasn’t yet lost all of its moisture. A toasted, whole grain character comes out a bit more as the beer warms up.

Much more hoppy than I was expecting, though in truth this is still on the light side. Not bad, and I wouldn’t mind trying one that might be a bit more on the fresh side of things.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a medium-sized head and malty aromas that have a grain silo edge to them. Flavor is fairly sweet, but nice. Caramel and honey buns with a little bit of oranges and grassiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reberiii (337) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
It almost tastes like a Scotch Ale, but it’s not. Malty, sweet, maybe a bit too much, but a nice substitute for a higher quality beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2012
At GABF on Thursday October 11, 2012
Clear golden color, off-white head. Sweet, some phenoles scent. Spicy, phenolic taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (729) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
From notes: Poured hazy orange-amber with lots of bubbling along the wall of the glass. Small, thin white head. Sweet fruity aroma, perhaps stone fruit, with some earthy yeast funk. Medium-body with a very slight syrupy feel and a dry finish. Flavor of citrus with a spice note. Earthy yeast lingers in the finish. As it warms, takes on more of a nutty, peachy flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stevoj (2235) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Weak and watery. Initial flavor dissipates to nothing, and no aftertaste either. Looks like a Belgian, but in this case, looks are deceiving.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2016) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma of bread, caramel, and apple. Taste is malty and sweet with a mild bitterness. Medium bodied, but pretty light for any Belgian other than a wit. Not bad. I wasn’t impressed with the aroma at all, but the more mild, and less cloying, taste redeemed it a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12278) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Draft. Hazy golden brown color, white large bubble head. aroma of hay and subtle lemon. Taste is floral bitterness and light spice. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2012
From tap at Churchkey. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and dry pine. Sweet malty, light pine hoppy. Toasted malty and caramelish into the finish. Light pine bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6259) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with light notes of gum and butter. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Well...it looks pretty good...lasting head and bottle conditioned. But it smells almost nothing like a Belgian beer...diacetyl, fruity hops, caramelly malt...smells like a British bitter, quite frankly. In the mouth, it’s on the sweet side (not much bitterness to speak of), with plenty of that buttery character lingering in the retronasal aroma. Pretty blah.

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