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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Formerly brewed for Inlet Brewing Co. (ex Jupiter Brewing Co.) by Orlando Brewing Co., now by Thomas Creek.

This unique copper-colored ale derives its fruity, slightly spicy aroma from authentic Belgian Abbey yeast. The subtle nutty and malty sweet flavors sing in harmony with the freshest organic hops vailable. Monk In the Trunk devotees are known to chant about its most intriguing quality, true drinkability.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gururyan (727) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle while in the Keys, pleasantly surprised by an organic Belgian amber. I had another.


2.9
MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Bottle with "thanks" to mom-in-law. So this pours a nice clear gold with a thin head. It smells like "beer" and tastes like "beer" and has very little to offer other than those humble observations.

2.8
Ronritter (729) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2017
12oz bottle pours dark golden color nose is sweet and spice taste is too sweet for me.

3.3
Godfather50 (238) - SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2016
This poured headless and looked uninviting. Flavour was plum wine and fermenting fruit. Didn’t expect that. Bit of spicy in there. Could be a touch of sour. I liked it and applauded the brewery for there unique beer.

3
ronaldtheriot (1934) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Monk in the Trunk has a thin, white head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, and some rather forceful bubbles. No lacing is noticed. Aroma is rich- light caramel, horse blanket, and barley juice. Taste is odd- candy sugar, horse blanket, wet hay, plums, tea, and no bitterness, with maybe a chalky undertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Monk in the Trunk finishes dry and weird. RJT

3
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2016
On tap at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, FL. Amber, poppy pour in plastic mug on the beach. Nose is malty, toasty, caramel. Taste is malty and sweet and yeasty. Low carbonation. Quite sweet overall.

2.5
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2016
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Bread, lighter spices, and a sugary sweetness.

3.4
radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Had this at a dinner where everyone else was getting fancy cocktails or wine. Poured a clear dark amber color with a off-white head. Aroma was light sweetness, touch of booze notes. Caramel notes. Light nutty notes. Sweet malts dominate this one, caramel. Light earthy hops.

2.9
BrewBrain (171) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Amber/copper pour, small head. Nose is sweet citrus. Slight yeast, orange sweetish. Little hop character. Drinkable but nothing special.

3.1
ChadPolenz (1819) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2015
They say if you throw hops in anything American craft beer drinkers will gobble it up. But I find the same is true of anything branded as Belgian, don’t you? The mark of Belgian (especially Abbey) seems to give a beer some prestige. However, that doesn’t seem to work at all in the favor of Monk in the Trunk Organic Amber Ale by Inlet Brewing Company. It only has the faintest Abbey character; otherwise, it’s pretty mild and forgettable.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a red wine glass. It appears to have been bottled on 10/12/15 and cost $2.19 ($0.18 per ounce).

Appearance: More copper than amber per se, though a pretty shade that’s mostly clear. Carbonation is noticeable at first, but it dies down eventually. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Lightly sweet with amber malt character and a general Belgian estery quality. Seems to be a bit oxidized, too.

Taste: When I think amber ale – be it American or Belgian – I think pretty big flavors, especially on the malt spectrum. This beer certainly is more malty than hoppy, but that’s not saying much since the palette as a whole is rather boring and restrained. There are flavors akin to herbal tea, which seems to be due to slight oxidation (sherry, lemon lollipop flavor) and a complete lack of hops. I really get no bitterness here at. I don’t get much in the way of Belgian yeast spiciness as promised on the label. That’s not to say it tastes disgusting, though. I would consider this a more neutral-tasting beer than a bad one. There’s minor sweetness – which is nice – but not enough to really carry the bulk of the palette.

Drinkability: At only 5.5% ABV, Monk in the Trunk is actually quite light for a supposedly Belgian-style brew. The mouthfeel is thin, light and the carbonation dies down quickly. It is at least smooth and there’s slightly sweet aftertaste which isn’t bad. Still, this is too light-bodied for its own good. Perhaps if it was bottle-conditioned it would seem more authentic.

RATING: 5/10

3.6
geologyguy (1602) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Poured with great head...smell is mild but of good malt...taste is medium mild and very smooth and tasty malt....unique with very low hops...maltiness is palpable... Light sweetness and a bit milky...wish there was a bit more depth though


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