United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Beer Available At Monks Café (arranged by most recent)
Lost Abbey Serpents Stout 100, Russian River Damnation 98, Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA 99, Bush Prestige (Scaldis Prestige) 100, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 99, Vicaris Winter 10° 95, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Cantillon Kriek 99, Pizza Port Cuvee de Tomme 100, Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa 100, Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze 100, Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve 100, Allagash Merveilleux 99, Struise Tsjeeses 98, Struise Black Damnation III - Black Mes 100, Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb 100, Struise Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert 100, Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon 99, Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout 99, Silly Enghien Noël Triple Blonde 76
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Fire190 (1) | May 12, 2005
98 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
The mecca of beer. The staff is very helpful in discovering new beers for people that don’t know much in the way’s of the brew. The food is just perfect...literally perfect. A must for anyone visting the Philly area, I recomend planning on spending the night, cause once you get going it’s hard to stop trying new beers.
seeknay36 (16) DC, New York | September 20, 2004| Updated October 30, 2004
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A great selection of Belgian and other beers. The barmaid really new her stuff. However the crowd was unbearable. I recommend visiting before the crowd arrives, especially if you want some information from the barkeep. I have not eaten here yet so I cannot tell you about the food.
PWalk (10) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | September 13, 2004
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites here in town. A selection that is unsurpassed bolstered by a knowledgable staff who are both courteous and helpful if you can’t pronounce what exactly your looking to drink.
hopdog (232) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | August 26, 2004
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been here a couple times - mostly off peak hours so the crowd was not bad. Seemed to be a lot of smoke up by the front bar so make sure you check out the rear bar. Very nice selection.
Nate (268) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 23, 2004
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Visited 2x this trip. Great selection of Belgian and other beers. Disappointed though, because two highly anticipated beers seemed to be sub-par. Don’t know if they were mistreated, but both were Belgian Strong Ales and both had very acidic sour qualities when I don’t think they should have. Other than that, this place is very nice. Bit pricy, but then again, Philly is an expensive city in which to eat and drink.
jimmack (24) Nutley, New Jersey | August 2, 2004
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
While the food was good and the beer selection excellent, the service
and attitude of the staff was a major
turn-off. I bought a bottle of Lou Pepe
Kriek after dinner and the barmaid gave us three glasses. Whe she saw only 2 of us were drinking, she took the 3rd one away, fine. Meanwhile I was chatting at the bar
with this guy who was new into craft beers and had never tried a kriek before. I ask the woman for another glass so the guy could try some of mine and she accused us of stealing the 3rd glass that she took away. I mean I just spent $25
bucks for a bottle of beer, $60 for dinner for 3 and another $50 on various beers and she had the nerve to accuse us of stealing a $2.00 glass! I know others who have been there and loved the place
so maybe I just went on a bad night but I don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon.
DYCSoccer17 (297) Woodland, California | July 30, 2004
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I came here around noon on a weekday, so we were able to belly up to the bar and not fight the crowds or the smoke. The barmaid was very helpful and really knew her stuff. It was a nice cozy atmosphere with some crazy beers. The 98 Old Horizontal was nuts! This place is must stop. The food was awesome too. Parking is the only issue. $18 to park in a garage. YIKES!
Kinz (58) Glen Allen, Virginia | July 14, 2004
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I got there early, had a nice, quiet seat in the back with no smoke. An amazing, beautiful beer list that makes you want to weep that you can’t stay long enough to try everything. Although some have complained about rude service, I’ve always been treated exceptionally well by highly knowledgeable staff. The food rocks also, both the rabbit and pheasant highly recommended.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | May 16, 2004| Updated December 14, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Despite the smoke, and the excess of *beautiful* people, I liked the place a lot. People were packed like sardines in the back, so we stayed in front. Beer list is massive, but it’s not as impressive for rarities, overall, as Chicago’s Hopleaf. Nevertheless, they had Courage Russian Imperial (93), so I have no complaints. Service was fine, and pretty knowledgeable; prices high to me, but not necessarily for Philly. Food mostly simple, but what I’ve had was quite good.
Jokes (15) Chicago, Illinois | April 3, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Really a great place. I arrived later at night, as I had been driving all day. I missed a Michael Jackson's Organic Beer/Food dinner, which is a bit disappointing. Otherwise, I had a really nice experience. The selection was great and the bar tender, while initially cold, warmed up and offered suggestions and freebies. The other clientele I encountered were friendly and wanted to engage in conversation. I think that every time I'm in Philadelphia, it would be a shame to miss Monks.
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