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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


KajII's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12oz Bottle. It poured a clear medium amber with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that offered up great retention, finally reducing to a long lasting thin cap and had excellent sheets of lacing. The aroma was extremely mild of a light grain malt, mild herbal hops and a light earthy yeast with notes of caramel, a bit of spice and a light fruity ester. The taste was very different from the aroma. It was bold, very malty and a tad sweet with a big note of caramel that lasted throughout, with the finish having a mild fruitiness and a small bite of spiciness towards the end. The flavor hung around for a decent amount of time proceeding the swallow, with a nice sweet malty taste that was left to linger on the taste buds for a while longer. Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a creamy yet mildly dry texture and a soft carbonation. Overall I was rather taken by surprise with this very impressive organic Amber Ale. It possessed a ton of flavor and an awesome drinkability. This is most likely is the best organic beer I have tasted to date...


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ronaldtheriot (1785) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Monk in the Trunk has a thin, white head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, and some rather forceful bubbles. No lacing is noticed. Aroma is rich- light caramel, horse blanket, and barley juice. Taste is odd- candy sugar, horse blanket, wet hay, plums, tea, and no bitterness, with maybe a chalky undertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Monk in the Trunk finishes dry and weird. RJT

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (5659) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2016
On tap at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, FL. Amber, poppy pour in plastic mug on the beach. Nose is malty, toasty, caramel. Taste is malty and sweet and yeasty. Low carbonation. Quite sweet overall.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2016
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Bread, lighter spices, and a sugary sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Had this at a dinner where everyone else was getting fancy cocktails or wine. Poured a clear dark amber color with a off-white head. Aroma was light sweetness, touch of booze notes. Caramel notes. Light nutty notes. Sweet malts dominate this one, caramel. Light earthy hops.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBrain (158) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Amber/copper pour, small head. Nose is sweet citrus. Slight yeast, orange sweetish. Little hop character. Drinkable but nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2015
They say if you throw hops in anything American craft beer drinkers will gobble it up. But I find the same is true of anything branded as Belgian, donít you? The mark of Belgian (especially Abbey) seems to give a beer some prestige. However, that doesnít seem to work at all in the favor of Monk in the Trunk Organic Amber Ale by Inlet Brewing Company. It only has the faintest Abbey character; otherwise, itís pretty mild and forgettable.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a red wine glass. It appears to have been bottled on 10/12/15 and cost $2.19 ($0.18 per ounce).

Appearance: More copper than amber per se, though a pretty shade thatís mostly clear. Carbonation is noticeable at first, but it dies down eventually. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Lightly sweet with amber malt character and a general Belgian estery quality. Seems to be a bit oxidized, too.

Taste: When I think amber ale Ė be it American or Belgian Ė I think pretty big flavors, especially on the malt spectrum. This beer certainly is more malty than hoppy, but thatís not saying much since the palette as a whole is rather boring and restrained. There are flavors akin to herbal tea, which seems to be due to slight oxidation (sherry, lemon lollipop flavor) and a complete lack of hops. I really get no bitterness here at. I donít get much in the way of Belgian yeast spiciness as promised on the label. Thatís not to say it tastes disgusting, though. I would consider this a more neutral-tasting beer than a bad one. Thereís minor sweetness Ė which is nice Ė but not enough to really carry the bulk of the palette.

Drinkability: At only 5.5% ABV, Monk in the Trunk is actually quite light for a supposedly Belgian-style brew. The mouthfeel is thin, light and the carbonation dies down quickly. It is at least smooth and thereís slightly sweet aftertaste which isnít bad. Still, this is too light-bodied for its own good. Perhaps if it was bottle-conditioned it would seem more authentic.

RATING: 5/10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (1331) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Poured with great head...smell is mild but of good malt...taste is medium mild and very smooth and tasty malt....unique with very low hops...maltiness is palpable... Light sweetness and a bit milky...wish there was a bit more depth though

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
klaing (282) - Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Amber pour w/thinnish head. Very malty with fruity hops. Banana & clove Belgian influence. Ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cards04 (2648) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 23, 2015
Fairly boring beer. Pours golden. Definitely a sweetness to this.. But it reminds me more of a cheap lager than anything else. Sweetness... Malts.. Almost a sour aftertaste... Like drinking too many Budweiserís.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljthiessen (1126) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle, thanks to Cards04. Slightly cloudy golden amber pour without much head. Aroma is light malty caramel, sweet, with some fruity Belgian yeast. Taste is light and sweet, flavours kind of like a Vienna lager with Belgian yeast added. Also low carbonation and fruity lingering flavours. Interesting idea, but comes off a little too sweet without much to balance.


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