RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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BeerandBlues2 (13872) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a spare, fizzy, white head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, biscuit), average hop (grass, flowers, perfume), heavy yeast (dough, barnyard, horse blanket) with notes of banana, bubble gum, and pear. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Courtesy of douglas88. A Belgian Pale Ale, eh? Let’s see. It pours hazy deep gold with thin white head. The aroma emits cloves, grains, banana, yeast, spice, a touch of grapefruit and coriander. The taste is an even balanced mix of cloves, yeasty spice, banana, sweet tangelo, faint grapefruit, ripe green apples and a light coriander note. Into the finish it dries up a bit while grainy malt notes come to the surface. Well executed and refreshing brew.

bhensonb (15861) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle from douglas88, or if not, from ericandersnavy. Thanks to both you guys. Indeed it does seem to have a hefe aroma. Hazy gold color with a slight white head. Medium plus body with sharpish carbonation. Flavor is typical Belgian, but more so than usual. There’s a big dose of kandi, clove, hot spice bits, and arguably even banana. Finish is pretty dry, and the pepper notes stick around. It’s a good one.

jrob21 (3841) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Muted yellow color with a decent white head. Much more belgian than IPA with some yeast and wheat like characteristics. In fact there is almost no hops here and is pretty much all spice and wheat in the aroma and flavor. Needing a little refinement.

JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2009
My first Utah beer. I see why me Dad don’t drink (joke). This seems like a mess with sharp yeasty notes swinging cloves at my tongue with some citrus banana tones trying to keep them in check. With a little more balance, this would rock.

Ernest (7864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2009

Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.

Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement, cobwebs), with light notes of lemon zest, pepper, and soap.

Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.

Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic.

Pretty ho-hum...kind of dirty and metallic in the aftertaste, with a not-very-interesting aroma.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle at Raleigh World Beer Fest. I was told this was a witbier so I am rating it as such. Pours cloudy, neon yellow with a small white cap. Great aroma of bubblegum, yeast, cloves, allspice. Flavor is sour peaches with bubblegum, bananas, and a little soap in the end. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy texture. 7% is nicely hidden. Yum.

wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12 oz Bottle at BWF in Raleigh. Pours golden, with a nice lacing white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, peach, orange, and some spice. Taste is similar, yeasty, sweet, very nice beer.

Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy blonde with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly phenolic- spicy light peppers, lemon and lime citrus hints, bubblegum phenols and good belgian yeast, some dough and nice pale malts. Flavor is more bubblegum upfront, good lightly sweet doughy pale malts, nice yeast and phenols then it hits the stomach and their is a wierd almsot scary spicy warming almost like mace, and harsh cardamon spices, these come out more as it warms as well. Finish gets a slight bit spicy and astringent with some solvent wierd medicinal slickness. Ok at first, but finishes up not that great. Meh.

machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Poured a cloudy yellowish-to-amber color, with a small, maybe two-fingered head. The aroma was malty, spicey with a little bit of hoppiness, complex, but about what you’d expect for an American version of a Belgian beer. The flavor was spicey, with corriander and pepper notes, there’s too much bitterness here for me which kills the beer a little, but its still drinkable. Nice.

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