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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Poured a cloudy yellowish-to-amber color, with a small, maybe two-fingered head. The aroma was malty, spicey with a little bit of hoppiness, complex, but about what youíd expect for an American version of a Belgian beer. The flavor was spicey, with corriander and pepper notes, thereís too much bitterness here for me which kills the beer a little, but its still drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Spicy Belgian yeast character, banana, and light fruits in the aroma. Slightly cloudy yellow golden with small white head. Flavor follows aroma with light graininess. Medium body with light/medium fizzy mouth feel. Finish is lightly bitter with peach pear fruitiness. Not bad

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
travita (4571) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Clear look, yellow straw color, and not too much head. The smell is florals, hops, sweet, and malts. The taste is malts, hops, not very good, and fruits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2009
Average Belgian, orangy, cloudy, a little flat on the tongue. About on the level with Blue Moon. Nothing about it really stood out for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured yellow with a white head. aroma of banana, citrus, and pepper. flavor was pretty much just lemon for me. light-medium body with high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden honey body with a thin white lacing. Sweet pear and pineapple. Hints of banana bread and clove spices. Moderately sharp carbonation that bites at the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
(12oz. bottle) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of mustiness, lemon, soap, clove, banana, and grass. Flavor of yeast, pear, banana, bubblegum, grass, and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
12 oz bottle
Thanks to Santa for sending this one along. It is a decent example of the style but lacks the refinement of other breweries who focus solely on Belgians. With a little more work it could turn into a regional representation of the style but as it stands this one can be skipped unless you like hunting down everything Belgian.

Aroma / Appearance - A flat lifeless head soon collapsed into the carbonated golden body. Right away something was slightly off though I could not put a finger on what it was. The nose of slightly sour apples, crisp bananas, and vanilla was open and airy so at least the aroma is not dull.

Flavor / Palate - Fading fast it took quite a few sips to get a handle on the honey, hay, apple, and dried banana chips that compose this beerís primary taste profile. Clean and simple the alcohol is well hidden. It takes a while to figure out as well; donít make judgements based on the first two sips or you may be surprised to find it better than you thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a light, cloudy yellow, white fizzy head. Aroma of some nice citrus, faint funk. Flavor is faint citrus, some malt. Mouth feel is light body, fizzy carbonation. Over all, itís ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwalking05 (4364) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Yellow gold with a small white head. Aroma is of lemon, grain, and light hops. Taste is of lemon and grain.

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