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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 14/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Kind of orange-tan with a little haze, 1/2 finger head that left an off-white sheen and some decent lacing. Aroma is pretty yeasty, along with fruity, and with a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is very Belgian yeast forward, with a pretty good fruitiness, some clove, some pepper, and some non-distinct spices, The malt base provides a solid background for the other flavors, lending a nice caramel malt/bread/light toast note. Body is very full and rich, and leaves a malt base/caramel malt/Belgian yeast blend of aftertastes. It’s an interesting brew, and was certainly worth the price. I’d have it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5307) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Why didn’t I have this before, seems common. bready aroma. decent head from a bottle. darker yellow but not quite brown. my bottle says abbey brewing company. taste has a somewhat older lager appeal to it. is this in the same style as orval, heheheh? initially seems a little fruity but that old lager feeling keeps kreepin in.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (4122) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2013
30 May 2013, bottle. light gold, clear, steady bubbles. nose is actually rather like a lager, slightly bitter. thin/med body and moderately fizzy. has some belgian yeast, noticeable vegetables, some golden syrup. not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Love the stained glass look on the label though I would like to read more about the brand on it. Pours a light orange with minimal head. Has some of the dubbel spice to it. A touch viscous. Some orange notes in the background too. A bit of a bready cinnamon roll aroma. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattH (781) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. Gold pour. Aroma is spicy yeast, clove, and banana. Flavor is spicy yeast and a little lager like flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7313) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
4oz draft pour. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma was some notes of bready malts, yeast notes. Flavor was sweet malts, bready notes, yeast character. Wished it was a bit more clean, but it was okay overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2013
to me this had some pretty good body and tasted brown like caramel with a bit of malt syrup and a fruit flavor mellowed well. seems yeasty enough. a bit of gravy like flavor that i enjoyed. there you go. distinct hop flavor near the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Stevesie (336) - - JAN 6, 2013
Pale and watery. Nothing remarkable in the taste. Poured half of it out. Gimmicky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hfmejias (1270) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Dark amber color poured a nice thick tan head, not too bitter, nice malty, and a bit sweet taste. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - 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.

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