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RATINGS: 125   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5613) - 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 (11670) - 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 (2736) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pershing (493) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Clear amber with a small white head. Lots of carbonation. Bananna yeast aroma. corn taste on the palate with some hop bitterness. Sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (11810) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle at Belgian Beer Bar at RBSG. Pours reddish amber. White head. Nose/taste of pear, wood, fruits, spicy hops and yeast. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6462) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Clear amber color/ ivory head. Mild aromas of light fruit, pale malt, spicy yeast. Medium body. Lightly sweet caramel, spicy yeast, light pit fruit flavors--ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
The body is clear and on the orange-amber side of the spectrum... with a mix of golden orange and amber, it almost looks like the two colors are competing for dominance. The head is off-white/extremeley light brown in color, thin and bubbly but not frothy with a weak head. Thick, but slippery lacing. The aroma is interesting, almost a little spicy and not as yeasty as I expected, being an Abbey-style beer coming from a brewery called "Abbey". Instead, the aroma is primarily the standard amber/malt/grain nose you’d get from a light amber, with a strong grass/spice character. Fresh, clean and kinda empty for a Belgian-style beer, to be honest. It has a pungent and fruity, yet light and clean flavor. Very easy, very smooth, with alot of amber malts, very light yeast. I wouldn’t guess this was an Abbey-style ale if blindfolded (I would guess a decent, light-bodied amber ale). If I was told, after said blindfolding, that it was an Abbey, I would have guessed it was Annheuser-Busch’s attempt at making an Abbey. Bad job on a Belgian...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1174) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Nice "Belgian" yeast aroma followed by some fruit and smoke notes. Pours a slightly cloudy honey amber in color. Dry on the palate with some trailing hops notes and more of the basic "Belgian" flavor to it. It’s kinda hard to describe but that’s the best way I can articulate it. Overall, its drinkable and has some complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear medium golden with a short-lived dusting of white head. The aroma picked up peppery spices, cloves, and lighter spices with some orange peel toward the back of the nose.. spicy and welcoming.. no complaints. The flavor found dry spices more than anything else, with cloves and white pepper leading.. fruity and bready sweetness supported.. a lot more spice on the finish.. tasty stuff. Light-bodied, dry, and spicy as mentioned on the palate.. nice sweet undertones.. I enjoyed this.

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