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Selins Grove Hoppy Monk

Selins Grove Hoppy Monk
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Using a special yeast strain of Belgian origin, we sought to emulate one of the few hoppy Belgian Trappist ales. This delicious orange hued ale has a complex flavor derived from the yeast and Isle of Que vine dried hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Tap at the brewpub. Hazy, dark golden, nice white head. Spicy hoppy fruity aroma. Malty (pale malts) hoppy fruity flavorsMalty hoppy finish. Peppery and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
On tap at brewpub. Slightly cloudy orange pour under a small head that settles to a thin film. Yeasty nose with lots of fruitiness and hops. Accents of tangerine, orange peel and wheat. Nice complex flavor, lots of yeastyness and fruit with a long dry hoppy finish. Pretty close to an Orval clone in my opinion. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, very fine bubbled carbonation gives a full mouthfeel. I was initially scared when they mentioned locally grown hops as I think that it can lead to a very mongrel hop profile, but the big malt and heavy yeast flavors covers up any shortcomings well. One of my favorites from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Draft. Unfiltered orange/rust color, white foamy head. Dusty, earthy yeast nose, with a wonderful spiced dough scent - "rooty". Rich and sweet up front, turning quickly bitter and dry and starchy over the middle. Thick and vinuous, quite hoppy but not leafy or dank, more dry and bitter. Incredible yeast character reminds me of St Bernardus actually, with a dusty, earthy yogurt sourness to the yeast as well as some bark and dark spices. Like a Belgian IPA with a heavy ABT yeast. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Very nicely done. Great balance of the yeasty, spicey belgian flavors and malt with just the right amount of dry hop. I was happy with my choice...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Courtesy dsnowden. Thanks for sharing Dan!! Pours a cloudy, glowing orange with a medium, frothy, but quickly diminishing off white head. smells of spices, yeast, nutmeg, hops, orange citrus, and a little coriander too. The hops are more noticeable in the taste than in the nose. Definitely a pretty big spice character going on mixed with the citrus. the orange and the nutmeg seemed to be a good supporting cast for the hops. I’m glad this beer was hoppy because if it wasnt it would be quite boring and would resemble a Belgian tripel. The finish is pretty long, very yeasty, slightly bitter, and hoppy. The hops definitely leave theri mark here. Interesting beer. A treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Had on tap at the brewpub, poured a hazy straw gold color. The flavor of this beer is good with yeast, orange, slight banana, some esters, and a dry hoppy flavor present. When I tasted this it reminded pf their trippel and it now makes sense if they used the same yeast. This is a good very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Cloudy multi-shade deep orange pour, looks like it was drawn straight from the fermenter. The head is medium-sized, pretty white, slowly and never fully fading and leaving fat arcs of lace. Great looking beer. Bready yeast with citric overtones dominates the nose nearly completely. Notes of orange pith, noble hops, grass, earth, sweet lemon juice and pepper infiltrate the aromatic circle. The yeast doesn’t seem to mesh well with the grassy hops, though it does have a very nice tripel-esque fruit/pepper/spice trio. For as little as I care for the aforementioned, it is quite lovely and sedated to a point of soothing, very easy to go back to and sniff away at. Alcohol is very well concealed. The flavor has loads of fresh cereal grains in that deftly balance out the sweetness. Hops explode late in each sip and provide steady and heavy, growing bitterness. Acidity is low to medium and keeps things lively. Very light tartness throughout. The mouthfeel is very thick but not the least bit cloying and barely approaches sticky. Carbonation is tickling underneath a massive malty body. Hops are excellent and plentiful. The finish is mellow and lightly bitter. Notes of bread yeast linger. Alcohol doesn’t warm too much, nice. Very good, though I don’t think this is the result that Selins Grove necessarily had in mind when they crafted this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Couretsy kramer17801!!! Color is a warm orange, touch of brown around the edges. Aroma is yeasty and doughy, with nuances of hops, nutmeg, allspice. Flavor is very spicy and fruity, which I found odd, but the hops really shine brightly. Very nice beer, the hops really keeps this exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Draft at brewpub. Poured a cloudy gold in color with a medium sized white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, fruity esters with some floral hops. Taste is fairly sweet. Flavors of citrus, fruity esters, floral and citrus hops, bread, and slightly spiced. As with all Selins grove brews, very nice body and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Growler from kramer. Thanks Jason! Pours a layered golden amber with a small white head and a little lace. Nose is fruit, yeast, dough and light hops.Smalls much nicer after is has some time to breathe and warm up. Flavor is more fruit, a solid yeast presence throughout, some light hops. Finish is relatively dry with a bit of caramel sweetness and citrus. Very nice, easy drinking brew. Wish I had local access to this brewery.

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