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RATINGS: 289   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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3.7
Onionkid (390) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle. After having tried another beer by this maker that I enjoyed (Punk’n), I thought I’d grab a bottle of this and see what was up. Golden body when poured with a small white head. The body has a medium feel. The taste has lots of hops. A bit of a caramel taste at first, with some spice and fruit to the taste. The finish is mild instead of bitter, a relatively weak finish but I think that suits this beer fine. This is actually a very accessible, easy-to-drink beer. Maybe not the best of its variety, but I think I’d introduce people to it who wanted to find a good starter. Would def. grab another bottle! 6.8% alcohol.

3.7
Cybercat (6343) - Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Aroma is fairly strong, fruity and yeasty with floral and malt undertones. It pours a clear solar yellow with a thick white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smooth flavor is malty and mellow with a floral undertone and a nice fruity hint that is mainly pear. Texture is smooth, a little thick, and rather fizzy. Pretty good!

3.7
jimhilt (2636) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light fruit and clove nose, flavor is yeasty light sweet fruit and light hops. Good Belgian blond but Leffe is better. Bottled Jun 12, 2012, 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

3.7
patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2014
bottle - Pours clear gold with a fast-fading white head. It has a yeasty, fruity aroma. The flavor is sweet with esters and a pleasant fruit character leading into a somewhat dry finish. It’s medium bodied and very enjoyable.

3.7
andrewje41 (4540) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a light golden color with a nice lemon spice aroma. A little coriander maybe too. Fizzy white head all throughout. Really mild flavored Belgian ale, but really nice refreshing flavor. Nice, easy drinking beer. Finishes with just the right amount of pepper spice. Tasty beer.

3.7
aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2015
Interesting beer made by the monks. Pretty dark and pretty malty. This is a good Belgium beer.

3.7
ogre71 (359) - Utah, USA - AUG 23, 2015
A nice Belgian ale very drinkable good malty yeasty flavors. Pours a clear golden about a one finger head.

3.6
FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottled December 2007; Sampled May 2008
As I pour this into my 25cl tulip I get a distinct aroma of fresh pear juice. The beer is pretty well carbonated as it produces four fingers of light tan colored froth. The head as it slowly dissipates leaves lots of sticky lacing to the sides of my glass. The beer is a clear, light amber color that shows a lightly hazy, full copper color when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields more pear aromatics as well as a touch of saltine-cracker like malt, crushed pale malt, some slight green grape aromas, a light herbal note, a nice grassy note as well as some spiciness that leans towards earthy coriander and a touch of lemon-pepper. This has a nice, lightly complex nose to it that is quite enjoyable.

Sweet tasting up front (though not heavily so) with a zippy carbonation that adds a bit of fizz and texture. The beer tastes sweeter than it actually is as there is not much in the way of balancing bitterness. The sweetness accentuates fruit flavors of green apple, pear and some green grape flavors. Right towards the middle some spiciness kicks in and provides a balance to the sweetness, though not quite in the same way as a hop bitterness would. Grassy coriander notes, some light white-pepper notes, a touch of clove, some lightly tongue numbing turpene like notes, light phenolics and a touch of light, green herbal notes are each noticeable, though not necessarily all at the same time. This finishes with a nice malt character that has notes of sweet, honey like grain and dry cracker like malt. Quite light bodied, but it does have a touch of heft to it.

This has a lot of fermentation character packed into it without being overly funky. It is actually much nicer than I was expecting, though I wasn’t really expecting anything as I have no experience with this brewery.

3.6
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Well aged bottle, best by date of 7-21-05. Pours a dark hazy gold with fair eggshell head and great lacing. Banana nose. Typical belgian yeast shows up in the flavor. Subtle hop finish. Quite enjoyable and suprising.

3.6
nearbeer (5671) - 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.


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