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RATINGS: 272   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2005
Aroma of yeast, malt, with a hint of citrus, cloudy apricot colour, pours a large white head. Flavours are malt, yeast and mild orange/lemon. Fairly sweet and yeasty. Nice example. Thanks for sharing mr_kimchee!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
(Draft: 2005 Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland, OR) Wow, this is like drinking colored water! What the hell? Ah, now I see the problem, this beer is from Utah! Very little flavor, very mild malt, kind of grainy, tastes like wood. Nose is kind of vegetal and grany. Thin palate, very water. Pale golden color, slightly hazy. Small off-white head. But I have to give them a hand for at least trying to do something different and creative with the repressive alcohol laws they have to abide by. However, itís not that Iím minding that itís thin or that there isnít much flavor, itís that I donít find the flavor even all that enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Light brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, with a touch of spiciness. Mild spiciness, can tell if itís from the hops or the yeasts. A touch watery and a little thin. At 4% it is kind of expected. Light and refreshing and very drinkable. So when in UtahÖ Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2005
I really want to like this brewer, with their eco-conscious methods and the fact that they are boldly attempting to actually brew beer in Utah. Unfortunately, I havenít been blown away by anything yet. Deep gold going into orange, tiny floaties, decent fading head. Aroma was a bit of spice and some sweet cotton candy. Flavor matched, along with some graininess and a bit of orange. Just not a lot to this. Abrupt, short end, almost watery at that point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5337) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle. Light colored amber with a tall foamy white head. Nose is light spice, flowery hops, yeast, grains, and dried fruit. Taste is grainy and yeasty with lots of flowery hoppiness. Lighter fruity notes and grains. Body is chalky and dry with mild fizziness. Finishes with some citrusy notes, yeast, hops, flowers and grains.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
thecoryhawz (3) - Utah, USA - JUN 14, 2005 does not count
this beer has a scent of a hoegaarden, and the taste of almost flavorless soap. I feel that this beer is the worst attempt at a belgian style ale, Uinta should just stick to making their normal carbonated sodas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 NABA í05: Golden hue. Nice citrusy yeast and pale malt character. The flavor has an average sized body with a bit of over the top orange & hop notes but comes down to a light mouthfeel in the finish. Iím going to line up a bottle of this once it comes to Boise.
Bottle:Pours a crystal clear amber color with big puffy white head and plenty of carbonation and complete sheets of lacing. The nose is ripe with corriander and earthy yeast and peppery spicy smells. The balance between all this and the hops is excellent. The flavor is a bit thin, whereas most belgian beers of this type run around 6-7% alcohol, this is nearly half that. Like the difference between a pale lager and its NA equivalent, lots of sweet worty malts and a thin body and mouthfeel. Refreshing and easy drinking naturally. The finish is dry, musky and a bit chalky. Overall this is a good quaffing beer but the low alcohol limits imposed by Utah really cut into what thie beer could be. I salute the brewery for wringing this much flavor into such a low gravity beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 Bottle: Golden, large white frothy head, light carbonation, rises very quickly, nice lacing. † Not a lot going on in the aroma, very pale bready malts, subtle pear or apple. † Very weak flavor profile, slight astringent malt/grain on first sip, but other than that nothing. † Extremely weak body, with a mouthfeel that is very slightly wheaty. † Finish... what finish? † This was almost void of any aroma or flavor. † At least when you smell/taste nothing, you canít say its nasty. † I would sum this up in one single word... BLAND!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
Bright amber-copper colour. Caramelly, metallic, slightly earthy aroma with a hint of pear. The flavour is moderate in intensity, balanced between fruity (pear, peach), phenolic (slight bubblegum) and light background earthy maltiness. Carbonation is fairly brisk. The finish dies out into a metallic dryness. Though the appearance and aroma have me thinking a De Koninck clone, it didnít turn out that way at all. The esters donít always mesh cohesively with the earthier, more metallic notes, but they do lend a lively complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
A simple, but refreshing beer. A sweet lightly yeasty flavor. So nothing robust, but not to shabby when you are thirsty and want a easy beer.

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