Brewed by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Murray’s Punk Monk carries the classic estery and lightly phenolic Belgian yeast character from the blend of authentic Belgian ale yeasts used. The body of the beer is complex with round biscuity German malt flavours initially filling the mouth before a surprisingly dry, summery finish for a beer of this size. It is this dry finish that keeps it as a summer ale – very moreish and drinkable - but dangerous at 7.5% ABV.

Also marking it as unusual for a Belgian style is its spicy late hop character. The beer isn’t a hop driven style by any means but there is a stronger presence than in most Belgian styles which adds to the overall complexity of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2011
On tap at Nectar Wet End brisbane clear gold pour small head medium carbonation aroma yeast floral spice and bread fruit tart note flavour a tart note crisp yeast orange lemon very hoppy ale apple cinnamon lovely flavours the aftertaste mild sweet tart taste citrus yeast a bitter sweet goodness like a triple

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3504) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle. Orange with an inch of white head that fades to a coat. Quite low bead. Aroma of mandarins, light dough, white pepper. There’s fruit in the taste but there’s more spice - some coriander and cloves as well as the pepper - than suggested by the aroma and the dry finish rushes right up. Alcohol is indeed dangerously well-hidden. Deep and meaningful is neither promised nor delivered: it’s just fun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 18, 2011
Commercial description reads accurately. Has that Belgian sweet yeasty character, at least early, but the hop impact is very defining and well done. Pommel-like. The hop impact does stop the fruit in its tracks and leaves you with the sense that the beer just stumbles at the last mile. But I’m being unfair because this beer is achieving what it sets out to achieve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to Owen. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with rocky brilliant white head. Falls away pretty quickly leaving some really nice lacing. Nice looking beer. Very fresh fruity yeast aromas, some resiny hops and light biscuity malt. Good stuff. Flavours are fairly sweet initially before a resiny bitter finish with some alcohol present. Dry and slightly tart end. Medium mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
On tap at the brewery, as well as growler the next day. Pours a deep orange, with a medium white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, floral hop, citrus and bread. Flavours of strong orange peel, citrus, sweet biscuit malt, and finishes dry and smooth with a hoppy bitter kick at the end. Cannot really nail the exact belgian style, which is fairly true to Murrays beers in that they dont really conform to a certain style. Very nice, the growler didnt last long at my house!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2105) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2010
Growler from Draught at the brewery. Deep clear golden body with a tight white lace that dissipates quickly. Aroma is decidely hoppy for a Belgian with distinct resin and dried leafy spice character, but still retains pear esters and peppery clove esters atop a doughy malt body. Carbonation a bit low, but that can often be the case with growler beers. Light bodied for its strength with good length on the palate, becoming refreshingly tart and bitter on the finish. Somewhat sweet upfront with light caramels and biscuity malts, the rest is a mixture of hop and yeast derived flavours; peach, pear, cedar, tobacco leaf, clove, green banana. Good bitterness to finish, lingers on the finish with spicy esters, drying out the palate. I love how Murrays seem to "reinvent" the idea of the summer beer by taking it in a totally different direction. A hoppy Belgian at 7.5% would seem a bit overwelming, but it’s so crazy I reckon it works!

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