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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
European tradition meets western modernity with Monkshine, an approachable adaptation of the classic style brewed in Belgian monasteries. Rejoice, fellow admirers of Belgian ales, for there is Four+ Monkshine.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Tap - hazy, dark gold beer - a little bit of soapy lace - aroma of banana/strong phenols, wheat, honey, apple - medium body, fairly smooth in the mouth - fairly sweet, with a lot of phenolic character that almost takes over the beer - thankfully, more depth develops to make it less noticeable - there is some wheaty tang, honey sweetness, bready character, cloves - it dries out a bit late, and some grassy hops come out, but remain understated - decent - certainly much better than its rating suggests.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzzler67 (1673) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Hazy amber appearance with a small, off white head and a small amount of lacing. Muted, spicy aroma paired with a honeyish sweetness. Fruity, spicy flavors offset by a metallic aftertaste. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with an average length finish. Was hoping for a little more depth and complexity, but had to settle for mediocrity.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13581) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2008
(12oz bottle, best by 5/23/08) Small off-white head atop crystal clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/grassy, banana/clove. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, some banana, melon, light clove, light alcohol. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5083) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2008
12 oz, bb 5/23/08. Absolutely clear (and no sediment in the bottle at all!) orange-copper with a large, lasting head. Aromas of metallic apple, caramel and spicy clove-banana. Flavor is tart apple, funky caramel and grain, bitterish dry wheat, earthy cinnamon and clove. Light-medium body is slightly tingly and dry with a touch of chest-warming alcohol in the finish. Interesting beer that seems to put sort of an English Ale twist on the Belgian style.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Cloudy gold pour. Spicy aroma. Yeast banana and clove for flavor. Cloying finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10919) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle from strykzone. Thanks! Very interesting beer. Pours a hazy godl with a big white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, honey, apple juice and malts. Flavor is yeasty, sweet, a tad spicy and a very small hop profile. I do believe this beer is way underrated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3355) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle best before May 23, 2008. I don’t like to post ratings of beers that are past their recommended date stamp, but I actually liked this one and found little to no negative signs of age. The pour is hazy copper with a receding white head. The aroma is light, but solidly estery with hints of banana, coriander, lemon zest, and a pleasing dryness. The palate is slightly spritzy which melds well with the fruity sweetness. A typical banana and clove flavor profile hits my tongue, but it is appropriate and well done. The finish brings out that dryness I picked up in the aroma. I’m not sure exactly how to describe it, but it rounds out everything well. I also detect hints of green apples and black tea. This is a decent attempt by a small American brewer from Utah to replicate a basic Belgian style. I have no real problems with the brew and I feel that while it isn’t exceptional, it’s certainly underrated. Yeah, I don’t understand such a low score for this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with douglas88 (thanks!). Bottle labeled bottled on 11/12/07. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a large sized head. Aromas of banana fruitiness, honey, spices, and yeast. Tastes of bananans, honey, and some citrus.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle from State Line. Pours copper with nose of caramel malt, hops, mild funk and spicy yeast. Tastes rock sugary malty, with hops, funk, and yeasty spicy notes.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Rather basic Belgian with, as they say, banana and honey flavors. No new ground broken here, but this one might have a little more depth than the typical American attempt at the style.


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