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RATINGS: 131   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle @ home. Slightly hazy, dark orange appearance with a white head. Sweet citrusy, somewhat spicy, toasty toffee malty, dark citrus fruity aroma. Slightly piney bitter hoppy, orange-tangerine citrusy, pretty spicy, peppery flavor. Really an awkward taste and aroma. I’m not feeling it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
On tap at iron Abbey. Aroma of yeast, sugar. Candi sugar, sweet malts. Slightly watery. Low-end Belgian ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear orange with a small amount of head. Aromas of spice, floral hops, Belgian yeast - flavors of bready malt and yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 This brew pours up a very hazy apricot-colored body with a minimal head and no lacing (at least in this sampling). Citrus-y scents waft about immediately upon opening and plenty of hops as well. Lots of fruity flavors (mostly apple) and citrus-y flavors as well. There’s just a tad bit of sweetness in the background but lots of hops hit you right off the bat. Not too much, not too little.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4794) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Dark copper color with a medium head. Strong yeasty aroma, and some orange notes. Grainy, malty, Pilsner-ish flavor. Dry. Very light hop presence. Moderate yeastyness. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Pours amberish with a spattered pancake that recedes slowly leaving behind a fluffy lace. Smells of sweet malted hay. Medium nectar with ample carbonation for a nice cotton ball in the mouth type texture. Malty upfront with nuances of dried herbs and stonefruit. The finish is bittered nicely. Not a bad little beer. A bit on the olde world side of the spectrum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5742) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Amber pour with frothy white head and lace. Belgian yeast, toffee, and brown sugar. Wheaty malt flavor, Belgian yeast, stale bread, and light dry spiciness. Medium to thin bodied. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
10/17/10 at azwine clear pale toasty orange with a small head. yeasty nose with some spice, pils and orange. the flavor is the same along with some hoppiness on the finish. light crisp and meh6/3/6/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12010) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2011
12oz bottle-pours a rich off white head with trailing lace and hazy amber color. Aroma is medium malt-bready/toffee, some spice, yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Pours a cloudy, bright goldn orange/tangerine color with a one finger yellowish off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Slightly earthy and spicy aroma with faint hints of light and citrus fruit. Some floral, piney hops countered by pale malt, pepper and orange peel. All of these characterisitics are minimal and the nose of this beer is pretty bland. Thin bodied and kind of watered down with some grassy hops and zesty spice up front that linger over the pale malts and subtle fruit notes into a dry finish. Hints of apple and orange peel as well as some booze toward the finish. Again, as in the aroma, it’s a bit of a stretch to pull these flavors out even after the beer warms. Mediocre and not very interesting. I was excited when I first heard about this brewery but Monk’s Ale was a disappointment. Hopefully their other offerings are an improvement.

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