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Beer Available At Monks Café (arranged by most recent)
3 Fonteinen Zwet.be 95, Scheldebrouwerij Oesterstout 91, Thornbridge Halcyon 98, 4 Hands Pyrus French Saison 92, Terrapin Tree Hugger 47, North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout 100, La Trappe Quadrupel 99, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew 100, Allagash FV 13 99, LoverBeer Madamin 96, Rochefort Trappistes 8 100, Braustelle Helios 73, De Molen Molenbier 7.5% 86, Bear Republic Black Racer 96, De Molen Hamer & Sikkel (Hammer & Sickle) 90, Dogfish Head Positive Contact 92, Lost Abbey Deliverance 100, Evil Twin Ashtray Heart 97, La Caracole Nostradamus 97, Oxbow Oxtoberfest
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shameusburp (3) Virginia | March 1, 2004
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
Great selection. Not enough room to even talk to your mates without bumping the waitress. Once at a table, don't cross the hostess. Even if you are buying beers. Too snobby for me and too many tourist. For a great night try Eulogy.
tallmatt67 (2) Fort Wayne, Indiana | February 29, 2004
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I've visited Monk's 6 or 8 times in the last couple years (every time in in town). The beer selection is phenomenal, although I must admit I've received personal attention and amazing hand cellar picks on more than one occasion. The service I've received has sometimes been remarkable and sometimes mediocre. The food is above average and well suited to the beers, the glassware is approriate, the building is intimate. Overall, it might be the best beer bar outside of Belgium, having never been there.
JFGrind (77) Glenside, Pennsylvania | February 16, 2004
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
One of the best beer selections in the city. Staff is knowledgable, helpful and friendly. The only dark side of this establishment are the clientele. There is an elitest attitude amoung the regulars. God forbid your cell phone rings or your voice level is above 70 db's. You will be stared at, because your are a disruption to the regulars. This aspect brings the "fun factor" of this bar way down. I reccomend having a few drinks at McGlinchey's around the corner after Monk's so you can have some fun without being shunned.
whaleman (25) North Wales, Pennsylvania | January 29, 2004
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic selection listed in the Monk's Beer Bible rather than a mere menu. Wide selection of draught and bottle beers. It would be impossible to find a comparable selection of Belgian beers in the region but this place is not limited to Belgian beers. Other draught offerings at times have included Sierra Nevada Harvest, Stone Double Bastard, and Rogue Old Crustacean, for example. Great food too. Gueuze steamed mussels and many other great dishes. Building is cramped and smoky; a function of Center City architecture and the lack of any smoking ordinances. Fantastic anyway.
Oakes (612) Savusavu, Fiji Islands | January 25, 2004
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Front room has poor natural lighting that gives too much bright/dark contrast. Back room is tiny and I can see smoke being a problem if there's anyone there. Beer list is wonderful. Belgians on tap doesn't impress me, though, as bottle-conditioned beers are better bottle-conditioned. Didn't eat. Beer list makes it worth a visit but I wasn't keen on much else, to be honest. My server took a while to sort out just which beer I was ordering.
PhillyBeer2112 (64) Oviedo, Florida | January 22, 2004| Updated November 2, 2004
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
A beer lover in Philadelphia goes to Monks, period. The ambiance is not the best, but rare and unusual Belgian ale placards decorate the dark walls. The place is small and you may have to wait quite awhile if you want to drink your Westy on Friday night. The service is top notch because the entire staff is beer educated and everything is served properly. I enjoy the food alot. I love mussels, although its not always easy to detect the lambic flavors in which they were steamed. Their burgers are great as are the frites. But you just can’t beat the beer you’ll find here.
egajdzis (43) Spring Mount, Pennsylvania | January 17, 2004| Updated September 25, 2005
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Great beer bar... Bottes, draft they have rare ones and alot of them. This place does get crowded which can make getting a beer or seat difficult sometimes.
obxdude10 (104) Pottstown, Pennsylvania | January 12, 2004| Updated September 25, 2005
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This is the place to go for awesome beer in Philly, have to get here early to get a table or a seat at the bar because the place fills up quickly, and it's not that big to begin with, even on weeknights, great mussels, fabulous selection of draft beers, tons more in bottles, an absoutle must stop
boto (44) Granby, Connecticut | January 12, 2004| Updated January 25, 2004
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
It may be small, but this a must stop for anyone visiting Philly. To top off the FABULOUS beer selection, the food is first rate. Try the house beer, made for them in Belgium!
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