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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jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2011
12oz bottle-pours a rich off white head with trailing lace and hazy amber color. Aroma is medium malt-bready/toffee, some spice, yeast.

corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Pours a cloudy, bright goldn orange/tangerine color with a one finger yellowish off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Slightly earthy and spicy aroma with faint hints of light and citrus fruit. Some floral, piney hops countered by pale malt, pepper and orange peel. All of these characterisitics are minimal and the nose of this beer is pretty bland. Thin bodied and kind of watered down with some grassy hops and zesty spice up front that linger over the pale malts and subtle fruit notes into a dry finish. Hints of apple and orange peel as well as some booze toward the finish. Again, as in the aroma, it’s a bit of a stretch to pull these flavors out even after the beer warms. Mediocre and not very interesting. I was excited when I first heard about this brewery but Monk’s Ale was a disappointment. Hopefully their other offerings are an improvement.

Pershing (560) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Clear amber with a small white head. Lots of carbonation. Bananna yeast aroma. corn taste on the palate with some hop bitterness. Sticky finish.

jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle at Belgian Beer Bar at RBSG. Pours reddish amber. White head. Nose/taste of pear, wood, fruits, spicy hops and yeast. Dry finish.

AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Clear amber color/ ivory head. Mild aromas of light fruit, pale malt, spicy yeast. Medium body. Lightly sweet caramel, spicy yeast, light pit fruit flavors--ok

ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
The body is clear and on the orange-amber side of the spectrum... with a mix of golden orange and amber, it almost looks like the two colors are competing for dominance. The head is off-white/extremeley light brown in color, thin and bubbly but not frothy with a weak head. Thick, but slippery lacing. The aroma is interesting, almost a little spicy and not as yeasty as I expected, being an Abbey-style beer coming from a brewery called "Abbey". Instead, the aroma is primarily the standard amber/malt/grain nose you’d get from a light amber, with a strong grass/spice character. Fresh, clean and kinda empty for a Belgian-style beer, to be honest. It has a pungent and fruity, yet light and clean flavor. Very easy, very smooth, with alot of amber malts, very light yeast. I wouldn’t guess this was an Abbey-style ale if blindfolded (I would guess a decent, light-bodied amber ale). If I was told, after said blindfolding, that it was an Abbey, I would have guessed it was Annheuser-Busch’s attempt at making an Abbey. Bad job on a Belgian...

llcooldave (1217) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Nice "Belgian" yeast aroma followed by some fruit and smoke notes. Pours a slightly cloudy honey amber in color. Dry on the palate with some trailing hops notes and more of the basic "Belgian" flavor to it. It’s kinda hard to describe but that’s the best way I can articulate it. Overall, its drinkable and has some complexity.

Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear medium golden with a short-lived dusting of white head. The aroma picked up peppery spices, cloves, and lighter spices with some orange peel toward the back of the nose.. spicy and welcoming.. no complaints. The flavor found dry spices more than anything else, with cloves and white pepper leading.. fruity and bready sweetness supported.. a lot more spice on the finish.. tasty stuff. Light-bodied, dry, and spicy as mentioned on the palate.. nice sweet undertones.. I enjoyed this.

WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear golden orange color. Moderate white head that dissipates to a thin ring with good lacing. Aroma is pale malt, some bubblegum, banana and mild alcohol. Flavor is grassy hops, light grain, light fruit and some mustiness. Medium mouthfeel and moderate burn in the finish. OK, but nothing great.

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2011
FIRE IT UP! Gold pour. Aroma is sweet, lots of caramel, light bitterness and yeast. Flavor is sweet, bitter, corn, honey. Bleh.

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