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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
On tap at BeerDeLuxe. Exceptional beer. Aromas of apple, caramel, dough, and a hint of flowers. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is velvety, and full bodied. Dark yellow, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ShaneJ (820) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle from Cellar Door. Clear dark amber, creamy off-white head, citrusy, funky, doughy, biscuity, spicy, candy sugar, peaches, high bitterness, smooth creamy texture, long dry bitter finish. Amazing!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (585) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2015
Cloudy gold with very small short lived off-white head. Fantastic aroma - really sweet with belgian candi sugar, bubblegum and dried fruits (pineapple, apricot, papaya), but also a nice earthy/funky yeast note to it as well. Coriander comes through as it warms too. The taste is also sweet but earthy/funky and has a really nice light bitter and dry hop finish which helps avoid any cloying tendencies. Honey, candi, dried fruits, lemon, coriander are all there. Full bodied and oily. Very well balanced, Murray?s have really hit the mark with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beercartel (1) - Artarmon, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2012 does not count
Belgian attributes are quite obvious, a good beer - just need to work out best time to have it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
markfield81 (42) - adamston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2013
Murrays have done it again, it doesn’t matter if its a dark ale or a Belgian wheat the guys know there stuff, this Belgium beer is refreshing and tasty, on a hot summers day it woile be hard to find a better beer to quench your thurst

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2716) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours amber with a large, lasting, creamy white head and lovely lacing. Nose is very fruity, lots of passionfruit, apples and pears. Very sweet smelling. Next some doughy yeast shows through alongside soft spicy phenols. Very nice! Similarly light flavours. And quite sweet (indicative of the use of candi sugar?). Lots of sweet malt, not so much in the way of fruit. Alcohol and high carbonation dries out the finish somewhat. I’m not sure if it’s due to high alpha bittering hops or the alcohol but the finish does feel quite sharp, almost metallic. Mind you, this fades as it warms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1349) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2011
From a 330 ml bottle on 11/3/2011. Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a substantial head. Has a very pleasant sweet floral, fruity aroma with that distinctive belgian yeast note. The flavours include sweet citrus fruits (particularly mandarin), sweet belgian malt, spices and a touch of pepper at the end. This is an unusal and refreshing take on a summer ale (the use of the word ’unorthodox’ on the packaging is definitely appropriate), though you’d need to be careful about quaffing more than one, given its well hidden strength. Another fine beer from Murrays.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmeup (635) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2011
A selection of Murrays beers on AF1GP day. Punk Monk’s hazy golden colour and pillowy head looks inviting. Spicy, fruity and sweetness there too. Another Gem from Murrays. Yay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dervock (889) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle 640ml - Pours hazy orange with a clean white head. Sweet perfume aroma with a violet flower aroma with sweet caramel malt and fruit (reminds me of fruit salad sweets), citrus came out stronger as the beer warmed up. Sharp bitter/dry flowery taste up front which levels out to a lingering dry finish, which last quite a while. Moderate carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Really liked this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeriousBrid (2) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2012 does not count
Pours a clear gold with a very thick creamy white head. A sweet aroma with flowery hops, orange and pepper along with the sweet yeast, also some apple, melon, bread and leather. Almost creamy texture, I’d say it’s on the lighter side of medium carbonation. Initially tastes sweet, floral and spicy, with a peppery finish and a bit of dry bite in the end, which is the only real indicator of the higher alcohol content. It’s unorthodox and it’s very enjoyable!

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