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Beer Available At The Thirsty Monk (arranged by most recent)
Birra del Borgo Rubus 95, Terrapin White Chocolate Moo-Hoo 95, Catawba Valley Winter Sun Sour Ale , Coronado / Maui Two Islands Hibiscus IPA 86, Unibroue La Terrible 99, Unibroue La Fin du Monde 99, Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale 98, Evil Twin Falco IPA 97, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Le Terroir 100, Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping 98, Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger 65, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale 98, Big Boss Sack Time Amber Rye 61, De Proef Flemish Primitive 93, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition 94, Oskar Blues Red Fox Ale , Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout 91, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor 97, Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw/Blue 100, Engelszell Gregorius Trappistenbier 95
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Travlr (1256) Washington, Washington DC | July 15, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Large place with Belgians and Belgian styles downstairs, and American stuff upstairs. All available as flights of four, individual five ounce tasters, or full pours. But, NC law says you can’t get two five ounce tasters at once - stupid laws. Service was outstanding, and selection was unmatched in the entire region, not just Asheville. A must-stop while in the area, and worth going out of your way to try.
DiarmaidBHK (712) Pennsylvania | August 27, 2011| Updated August 29, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
This place has two different vibes. The upstairs area serves local craft beers with a modernist vibe and has close to a 50/50 male-female ratio. The basement served the Belgian stuff looked like a bar out of the old country and was a veritable sausage factory. Still the basement had the superior beer selection and a fairly solid selection of lambiks. The menu was not terribly extensive but the pretzels and the potato salad were both very flavorful. You can make your own flights plus they’ll sell anything they have on tap in half sizes. Definitely the highlight of the trip so far.
Braudog (690) Hampton, Virginia | October 5, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
October 2011. Right in the heart of the city, this is a cool, two-level beer mecca. Upstairs focuses on regional favorites. We went downstairs to check out the Belgian selection. The basement should’ve been painted darker to give it more of a cellar feel, and it’s not exactly the nicest setting. But they’ve got what we came for -- a sturdy lineup of continental ales, in the right glassware. The bartender was friendly and beer-smart, too, which always helps. No food after 9 though -- bummer.
NachlamSie (526) Denver, Colorado | March 5, 2008| Updated January 5, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Clearly The Thirsty Monk has the widest Belgian beer selection in Asheville, so if I have that craving I will likely end up here. The dark, cave-like ambiance is a huge plus as well. The tap selection is fair with a reasonable selection of styles and just pricing. I found the prices for larger bottles to be rather high, reflecting about double the cost at a nearby bottle shop. I don’t mind shelling out $10 or even maybe $12 for a 750ml of Allagash Trippel, but higher than that seems a bit much. That seems to be a common problem among a few bars downtown. Anyway, by sticking to the taps and some of the smaller bottles I was able to enjoy a wide variety of Belgian brews served in brand appropriate glassware while relaxing in the dark and keeping a fair bar tab.
I cannot believe I haven’t updated about the Thirsty Monk.They have gone balls to the wall in the past two years. Of course, they’ve added an upstairs which focuses solely on American craft beer and they have also added a kitchen which serves up mouthwatering food. Thirsty Monk went from being a good bar that specializes in Belgian beer to being a force to be reckoned with when it comes to all things beer. Superbly bad ass place now. They have become a mandatory beer destination.
Drake (415) Free Union, Virginia | March 14, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice place. One of my favorites from Asheville. Service was a bit slow, but pleasant. What follows is my review from cvillebeergeek.blogspot.com. The Thirsty Monk also has two levels. The downstairs level is devoted to Belgian beers. It is here that I sampled Ommegang’s Inauguration Ale (Obamagang). Upstairs is dedicated to non-Belgian selections. Here I tried the Wedge Doppelbock and Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster. Very nice ambience on both levels. The salmon sliders were magnificent.
phaleslu (351) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 1, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Incredible selection, different menu everyday. Impressive lineup of local and regional brews and plenty of unexpected beers from around the country. Really cool bartender, and helpful with suggestions. Had a Lagunitas Gnarlywine and a Highland IPA, both on draft.
Nate (264) Indiana, Pennsylvania | May 31, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Great place for Belgian beers, both by the bottle and on tap. Went here first thing after our drive up from SC and had a few flights each. Great draught selection, including some stuff that I’d never heard of - nice bottle selection, too. Limited food, but well prepared. Friendly service and knowledgeable. Saw the one waitress looking at a beer site on the cash register computer to answer a question for someone. Great place to hang - I imagine it gets pretty busy at night. We were there around 4pm on a Saturday, and there were only maybe 10 people in the place.
deyholla (248) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | February 4, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in during my visit to Asheville. A nice large bar both upstairs and down with a large number of taps that had a nice combination of locals and others. Service was good and the bartender was quite friendly/knowledgeable. Didn’t try the food on my visit. Prices were good overall. Definitely a great beer bar.
beernovice39 (245) Montana | June 4, 2011| Updated September 5, 2011
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
What an amazing place! Hopsickle on tap? Check. Rare Belgians? Check. Great food and service to boot. Top notch.
b3shine (214) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 15, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 10/20
I was very excited to try this bar, and was completely underwhelmed. Probably my least favorite spot in Ashville. They had nothing in the Belgian bar downstairs in terms of decent lambics or geuzes, and their prices are OUTRAGEOUS (I paid $4.50 for an 8 oz Berlines Weiss that was $4/pint at Barley’s. The menu was small and forgettable. The only decent thing about the place was the staff. This might be a special place for novices, but that’s about it.
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