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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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European tradition meets western modernity with Monkshine, an approachable adaptation of the classic style brewed in Belgian monasteries. Rejoice, fellow admirers of Belgian ales, for there is Four+ Monkshine.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Pours orange with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma of orange, spice, clove, malt. Taste is of belgian yeast, citrus, yeast. Finish is a little bitter. Mouth is relatively full bodied and lightly carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottled December 2007; Sampled May 2008
As I pour this into my 25cl tulip I get a distinct aroma of fresh pear juice. The beer is pretty well carbonated as it produces four fingers of light tan colored froth. The head as it slowly dissipates leaves lots of sticky lacing to the sides of my glass. The beer is a clear, light amber color that shows a lightly hazy, full copper color when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields more pear aromatics as well as a touch of saltine-cracker like malt, crushed pale malt, some slight green grape aromas, a light herbal note, a nice grassy note as well as some spiciness that leans towards earthy coriander and a touch of lemon-pepper. This has a nice, lightly complex nose to it that is quite enjoyable.

Sweet tasting up front (though not heavily so) with a zippy carbonation that adds a bit of fizz and texture. The beer tastes sweeter than it actually is as there is not much in the way of balancing bitterness. The sweetness accentuates fruit flavors of green apple, pear and some green grape flavors. Right towards the middle some spiciness kicks in and provides a balance to the sweetness, though not quite in the same way as a hop bitterness would. Grassy coriander notes, some light white-pepper notes, a touch of clove, some lightly tongue numbing turpene like notes, light phenolics and a touch of light, green herbal notes are each noticeable, though not necessarily all at the same time. This finishes with a nice malt character that has notes of sweet, honey like grain and dry cracker like malt. Quite light bodied, but it does have a touch of heft to it.

This has a lot of fermentation character packed into it without being overly funky. It is actually much nicer than I was expecting, though I wasn’t really expecting anything as I have no experience with this brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5024) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle from douglas88 - thanks! Bottled 11-12-07 and consumed 5-21-08. Sweet clove and orange peel aroma, an undercurrent of spice, and woody malt. Lesser honey. Would make a good wit by nose alone! Pours a pale orange gradient with a soapy beige head. Wheaty, spicy taste with a Belgian yeast strain and sharp citrus, leading to a delicious, dry, fresh-baked bread aftertaste. Tart and a bit slushy. Touch of grassy lemon under the pale malt. Medium-full body, tasty and refreshing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pineypower (2525) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Thanks to Zathrus13 for this bottle. Pours out a mostly clear dark golden/straw color with a thin white head. Aroma of some spice and light fruit. Taste is not overly powerful or defined, some sweet fruits maybe banana and pear, some slight spice notes and a little yeast. Very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1060) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2008
Copper/orange pour with a thin, filmy white head. Aroma is sweet and sugary with some yeast and banana. Pretty active carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. More sweetness and candi sugars in the taste along with some woodsy malt notes. Finish isn’t great, lingering sweetness and not much else. I think this is an interesting brew. Amazing what a variety of flavors that yeast can impart into beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2008
Very earthy take on an abbey ale. Golden pour with a tiny white head and a spicy malt nose. Flavor is malty and lightly fruity with touches of yeast, biscuits. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3791) - - APR 11, 2008
a clear orange beer with a small frothy white head. pleasant belgian candy sugar, yeast, banana, and other light fruit aroma. flavor is sugary sweet with some banana, hops and yeast. crisp and light. not bad at all but it needs some alcohol kick.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: Monkshine
Date: April 05, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy yellow, wispy white head
Aroma: sweet estery aroma with a lot of phoenolic spicyness and a green apple tartness
Flavor: bit spicy flavor, nice malt sweetness to balance the sweetness, light bitterness follows the spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3139) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2008
nice golden pour, slight hopppy aroma with some yeaast, and slightly malty.flavour is kinda wattery. but slightly spicy. a decent belgian. but nothing extraordinary.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerbill (3464) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with Douglas88. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a moderate white head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lacing. Light but very sweet aroma, almost like bubble gum. The flavor is wheat and yeast with just a hint of lemon at the finish and virtually none of the sweetness detected in the aroma. Finishes very dy with a lingering unpleasant aftertaste. Not very good.


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