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Formerly brewed for Inlet Brewing Co. (ex Jupiter Brewing Co.) by Orlando Brewing Co., now by Thomas Creek.

This unique copper-colored ale derives its fruity, slightly spicy aroma from authentic Belgian Abbey yeast. The subtle nutty and malty sweet flavors sing in harmony with the freshest organic hops vailable. Monk In the Trunk devotees are known to chant about its most intriguing quality, true drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle donated to me by the guys from Samís. What to say about a beer with a name and label that are so dumb? And itís an Belgian amber, I guess? Sort of an amber with some light dubbel-like notes to it from the Belgian yeast. Itís a light amber pour with a nicely retentive white head. Itís a little boring but unoffensive. Amber malts and some light Belgian yeast. Thin palate and taste, but a decent enough quaffer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Typical amber - drinkable, but not outstanding in any way. Mostly caramel malt in the nose and a lightly sweet grain flavor. Organics always taste a little more watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2010
OK, I donít get this. The entry here says Brewed by Jupiter Brewing for Orlando Brewing, but my label says Brewed by Thomas Creek Brewing for Inlet Brewing? What gives? This seems to be a lot label jockeying for a very middle of the road beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fluffy (1894) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2010
holy crap, this is an outstanding amber ale. bready, hints of caramel and dark grain bread, with a wonderfully balanced clean bright finish. color me impressed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nearbeer (4029) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2010
12 oz. Clear amber with a lasting disc of foam. Aroma is dry grass, grain, and slight rubber. Initial flavor is rubber, peppery citrus, acidic bread yeast, resin, and dusty grain. Bubblegum, pears, and peppery clove creep in for a slightly better flavor on successive sips. A nice aftertaste of toasted nut and cinnamon apples. Medium body is smooth and dryish. Interesting and complex, but the flavors just donít mesh for my tastebuds.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - JUN 27, 2010
gracias david. argentina 3, mexico 1 esta buena la birria, poco hoppy se puede beber varias

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ghawener (1518) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 27, 2010
Bottle: Thanks to Dfalen. ARG 2 MEX 0 start 2nd half WM2010. Too sweet. Food Pairing: Honey glazed BBQ chicken.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3851) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Draught: Poured a reddish brown amber with a off white colored head. Aroma was sweet fruit and spice. Taste seemed really grainy and very little of the fruit and spice carried over.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
A copper amber ale with a thick receeding white head. A nutty spiced malt aroma, with light milk chocolate notes. In mouth, a sweetish malt with light coriander, some powdery dryish character, light lactic points, and roasted malts. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2010
It is a sad occasion when a good beer earns a bad rap largely in thanks to the contract brewery in charge of the beer. Such was the case with the sessionable Monk In the Trunk Organic Belgian-style Amber Ale. A good beer, he used to be draft only. On draft, it didnít impress me, but after having the brand-spankiní new bottled version, I had a change of taste. It was darn good and having done a tasting of it recently, I wasnít the only one who thought so.

My Monk came to me dressed in the finest amber and copper hues, topped by a small head of foam which fades to a film and then eventually into a ringlet. With some playful aggravation he releases a pleasant perfume of spice and sliced red apples. I feel as though I have just stepped into an apple orchard, their red bounty weighing heavy and the air ripe with their promise. Water crackers and white toast add weight and malt to his nose while mango and cantaloupe continue our fruity parade. Lemon pith in the back for some dryness while pollen and grass esters waft by upon a crisp Fall breeze. One last dash of nutmeg and I go in for the kill, er, quaff. A light creamy mouthfeel quickly develops into a crisp palate made for showing off his bright flavors. Mango and cantaloupe delight in the finish while lemon skin and pith prep me for the next quaff. Adding weight and body are fresh grains gold with the sun, toast still warm from the oven, pie crust, and flower petals strewn about. Nutmeg drifts on by as treacle weaves in and out. The closer we grow to completion, the more his subtle dryness of pith, sun-soaked grains, and fruits skins grow. Coconut and pineapple join the fruit mix, and I quickly finish my glass. Tasty, sessionable, and far better than its previous contract brewed incarnation. A wild and crazy beer by no means, my Monk In the Trunk is exactly who he set himself out to be: a balanced, refreshing, and tasty session Belgian-style Amber Ale.

Quite a few Florida brewers who contract brew their recipes are moving to the Thomas Creek Brewer in South Carolina, and I must say the results so far have been stellar. Itís a crying shame that they arenít brewed in Florida anymore, but maybe someday a small brewery will open its doors in Florida both for its own benefit and for other Florida brewers who wish to continue growing our beertopia.

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