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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2471) - 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 (1197) - 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 (4100) - 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 (2632) - 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 (465) - 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 (9280) - 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 (916) - 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 (3284) - 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 (2301) - 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.

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