RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Note: Monks’ Ale is initially being contract-brewed by Sierra Blanca Brewing for Abbey Beverage Company.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2011
12oz bottle from Mora2000, thanks Bill! Pours a crystal clear orange-gold colored body with a finger-width, frothy, beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing throughout. Aroma is bigger pale malts with a grainy sweetness and a touch of caramel. A light grassy citrus, yeasty spice, and a touch of banana-clove. Flavor leans a tad bit more toward the yeast and grassy bitterness, but is still pale malt forward. Lots of cereal grains and a light sweetness to the pale malts up front along with a light bread and caramel. A soft banana-clove, apricot, and a light citrus-grass come in during the middle before a bit of a yeasty spice and the grass grow into the finish slightly to finish this off. Smooth, pale malty sweetness with a light, grassy, slightly citrusy and yeasty spice finish that mostly dries before leaving a medium length aftertaste where the yeast spice and clove flavor grows a bit more. Smooth, medium body and soft, moderately lively carbonation. Overall, not the most exciting Belgian at all, but not the worst. It has a balanced flavor throughout with a distinct grassy and yeasty spice, but the malts are quite bland and pale. Eh...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6552) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2011
bottle, orange color with white foam, aroma is vanilla extract and plum, flavor of malty vanilla, bitter, clove, finish is cloying

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours deep amber with white head and foamy lacing. Subdued notes of banana and herbs. Well balanced taste that is smooth and sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Dixonian) Pours a clear golden body with a moderate white head. Aroma of florals, citrus, and yeast. Flavor of candi sugar, yeast, grass, apricot, and pepper with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper/orange with fast fading off-white head. Aroma of over ripe banana and cooked vegetable with some fruit notes. Flavor has faint bubble gum, dirt, leaves, some fruit notes, light grain and musty. Mouth feel is light-medium body and watery with very high carbonation. Overall, not exactly thrilled with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1763) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep orange-brown with a light head, fading quickly to a ring. Nose is floral and candied with phenols. Very rich -- considerable flavor of toast with some dark fruit. Definitely Belgian yeast. Finishes clean. Quite good for not being from Belgium.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle to glass mug. Pours an amber / copper color with sparse head and sparse lacing. Kinda sweet with some notes of bread dough and a watery mouth feel. Not bad, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
A little yeast and malt on the aroma. A relatively light Belgian character and sessional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3083) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Had this on tap at Monks in Philly. This one grew on me. It had a nice floral aroma from a pale amber with a small head. The flavor was citrus, some spice and some sweet malt. It is very light and quite drinkable compared to some others of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6276) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2010
[Draft @ Monks] Hazy golden color with a medium sized white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, grass, and citrus. Taste of citrus, crisp, grassy hops, with light toffee sweetness, and a lightly bitter, hoppy finish.

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