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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4091) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Well aged bottle, best by date of 7-21-05. Pours a dark hazy gold with fair eggshell head and great lacing. Banana nose. Typical belgian yeast shows up in the flavor. Subtle hop finish. Quite enjoyable and suprising.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4468) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2008
12 oz, bb 5/23/08. Absolutely clear (and no sediment in the bottle at all!) orange-copper with a large, lasting head. Aromas of metallic apple, caramel and spicy clove-banana. Flavor is tart apple, funky caramel and grain, bitterish dry wheat, earthy cinnamon and clove. Light-medium body is slightly tingly and dry with a touch of chest-warming alcohol in the finish. Interesting beer that seems to put sort of an English Ale twist on the Belgian style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2009
It’s funny how many Utah beers I’ve had mainly because of my connections there. Brought back from Brotherbrando: Pours a super hazey golden colour with a large creamy, spicey, white head. Very effervescent, it maintains its carbonation all throughout the beer. Aroma is very tropical, an abundance of bananna, pineapple fruits. Taste is soft and spicey, mouthfeel creamy and full- with that crazy carbonation it just keeps bubbling up. Thanks pal!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7044) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2009
12 oz. thanks, riverside! pours a hazy light golden amber. big wheat sour nose, kinda sweaty. creamy medium body, carb is prickly but theres not much of it. big wheat flavors rolling across the mid palate. nice wheaty belgian.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2768) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Pours with a nice, foamy, frothy, medium sized, off white head that lasts a bit and no lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, yeast, and a bit of fruit which is alltogether mild as a whole. Flavor is a little bubblegum and white wine, a little fruity sweet. not too bad. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short length; alcohol is hidden pretty well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
(12oz bottle). Pours hazy golden with chunky white head. Active carbonation. Aroma of belgian yeast, pepper, ripe banana, and some citrus. Taste is sweet with a definite, but smooth hop bitterness. Medium bodied with thick mouthfeel. Finish is bitter. That bitterness is pretty tame, but it seems to amplify the more you drink. The bitterness becomes distracting to me, but I do think its a well made beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6377) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Paleish clear yellow, with an initially big white head. Fruity aroma of delicious apricot and orange rind. Taste had a lot of pale malt with subtle but apparent fruitiness, like the orange peel and apricot from the aroma. Very light bitterness, not much hop flavor presence. A decent Belgo-Pale, medium bodied and delightful to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1635) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Bottle. Overall decent beer, no major problems. Like the name, sweet as a Belgian, no hoppiness of a pale though. Yellow, pretty clear, no head.Would not turn away, but would not seek out either Had a draft version and enjoyed much more. Very refreshing, with more hops and Belgian sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6705) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Augusta, Ga - Toast Wine & Beverage - 12 oz bottle. Sparkling medium golden pour, tight snow white head that sticks around a while. Pleasant, sweet aroma with some light bubble gum, a hint of yeast, some cotton candy. Flavor has some honey sweetness, some Belgian Candi sugar notes, some yeasty notes, a touch of bubble gum. Mouthfeel has just the right amount of spritz.. Pretty solid.


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