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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Grumpy Monk is a Belgian IPA. The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks arent meant to be broken. Yet, to the monks dismay, the distinctive character of Belgian yeast with its spicy clove and fruit notes can be reimagined when combined with the brazen hop character of an IPA. These hops impart a citrusy, piney, and earthy flavor thats balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Clear copper pour with a 2 finger, creamy beige head that has great retention and leaves nice thin sheets of lacing. Tons of belgian yeast character in the aroma, sharp fruity notes, stone fruit, mineral, wet limestone mineral funk, a little banana, fruity, citrus, spice and light pine hops, and toasty, cereal, Pilsener-like malt. As it warms some pine and more spicy hop notes come out in the aroma and, to a lesser extent, the flavor. Flavor starts off with lots of toast, light nutty notes, mineral, spicy hops, light caramel, stone fruit and under ripe apple esters, wet limestone, hints of grass and tea, light vegetal notes, a little caramel and decent citrus to the finish. Palate has a light to medium body, oily entry, lighter, thinner and pretty dry finish, and medium strength, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Good stuff overall, could use a bit more American or Pacific hop influence to really make it great.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
Growler from Summerhill LCBO. Pours a clear orange/amber colour with average-sized off-white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, light toast and spice. Flavour is more Belgian than IPA with fruity Belgian yeast, some modest tropical fruit hoppiness, gently toasted graininess and a bit of clove. Average body. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11387) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2016
creamy mouthfeel. more belgian yeast than anything. caramel. on tap at summerhill.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9440) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2016
12 oz bottle from notes. Pours a clear orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale malts, caramel, some Belgian yeast, light spice, citrus, but some medicinal character distracts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cajun (432) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle - Pours amber white head. Spicy, over-ripened fruit, raisins....but with a bite of citrus. Hoppy, but fruity and flavorful. Bananas, cloves... but with that dry smack in the finish. Complex. I really enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a clear golden yellow w/fizzy head. Aromas of fruity hops and citrus. Smooth hoppy taste with citrus and pine tail.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1499) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2016
May 3rd, 2014 - The joke here is what makes the Monk Grumpy is the empty steiner, but I doubly appreciate the artists rendering of the monk, his chin mirroring the brothers paunch, and a scathing eye looking for something to denounce or complain about. Like the sub-reddit of "Monks pointing at things", this puts me in the mood for a yeasty, tasty and semi-sweet beer. And this Grumpy Monk delivers, in some aspect. The nose is very sweet, with peach and pear juice, and even lemonade, to the extent that the aroma smells like a Belgian ale mixed with a shandy - a monstrosity no doubt concocted at a golf course somewhere on a hot day. The flavor is sweet, too, though not as much as the aroma. And like many beers from Sam Adams, I feel that the carbonation is too aggressive and pushy. It has some malt character and a bit of a hop twang, whereas the yeast ropes in peach and strawberry. But all these flavors feel very out of alignment, the balance very askew and mashed together.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (625) - Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Smells of Belgian yeast with an IPA twist. The taste is more IPA than Belgian but it is a good mix. This deserves a fair rating. Not all macrobrews are horrible. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Clear light Amber color with beige head. Mild banana, yeast and citrus peel. Bitter but has the unusual yeast that IMO, distracts rather than compliments the hops. Not a fan of this mixture of two styles that I enjoy on their own.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggiebob (871) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle. Amber with a cream colored head and lacing. Aroma spices, fruitiness and malts. The taste also had some pine in it. A very tasty Belgian ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3174) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2016
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of May 2016. The pour is amber-orange with a modest but lingering off-white head. Lovely aroma of Belgian yeast, Belgian toast, clove, and pepper. Light to almost medium body. Smooth. Decent sweet pale malt taste with a bite of clove and pepper while still being balanced. Easy drinkability.


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