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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Bottle. I just found this one recently at the Liquor Barn on Cerillos Rd. It was a local and I used to work for the monks of Christ in the Desert, so I gave it a go. It surpassed my expectations and changed my opinions about beer. A mild, musty scent and flavor with a definite orange peel flavor on the end that does vary from batch to batch. Nice finger thick head that sticks around a while with an incredible amount of lacing. This is my #1 beer. Also, no way is this 4.7%. I can feel more alcohol than that in one single beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thouse (53) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Hazy golden amber in color. Yeasty ester aromas showing mild fruitiness and clove and pepper spices. Malt sweetness. I like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VicRak (1) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2007 does not count
Frequently I visit Santa Fe and enjoy excellent dinner at Café San Estevan. Last time I discovered there a superb ale brewed by Benedictine monks called Monks’ Ale”. Very sophisticated finish and aroma. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1784) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Monk’s Ale has a thin, almost nonexistent, white head, a mostly clear, orange-gold appearance, with tight bubble streams and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet fruits, sweet bread, and spice. Taste is the same, with low bitterness and no cloying aspects. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Monk’s Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. A very smooth, Belgian-style ale. I give this a strong recommendation. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2010
[Draft @ Monks] Hazy golden color with a medium sized white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, grass, and citrus. Taste of citrus, crisp, grassy hops, with light toffee sweetness, and a lightly bitter, hoppy finish.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Goldish brown, good head. Spice and citrus aroma. Taste has some caramel and a bit of spice - not overpowering. Finish is more caramel and malt.. Not a ton of Belgian flavor, but it’s still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Received a single 12-oz bottle from BDR. Pours a clear golden amber colored brew with a fast dissipating off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, golden grain malt, a hint of clove and some light leather. Taste is light to medium bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt, some light banana notes, a hint of clove and Belgian yeast. Finish is semi-sweet with a light Belgian ale profile. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13272) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear copper with a small off white head. Aroma was carmel, fruity and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, lightly fruity and a hint of spice with a slightly astringent, dry finish. A very drinkable beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 12-ounce brown bottle, pours a deep amber color with slight white head. Medium-bodied, big malty flavor balance. Slightly dry, toasted character. Clean, nice. Aug 2007 On draught at Bistronomy- Albuquerque. Pours dense amber with. Constant bubbles and fading white head. Solid medium body with slight caramelmaltiness and biscuity dry finish. Minimal Belgian yeast character. An average ale. March 2013.

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