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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde AleMonkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale

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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 04-23-2005

Belgian yeast and American grains provide the distinct character and flavors of this blonde ale.

26 IBU
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Ratings: 305 | Reviews: 119
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.16 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $1.89
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 4, 2015
Misc.: Best before Aug. 5, 2015

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with four fingers of off-white, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of layered, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled pleasant notes of banana, spicy Belgian cloves, honey, caramel, honey wheat and light sour fruit. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted pretty close to the smell as well, getting banana, light Circus Peanuts, Belgian cloves, honey wheat, caramel, spicy Belgian notes, sour fruit, kiwi and green apple. (Taste - 4.13)

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.13)

A really tasty Belgian Pale Ale. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.13)

4.16 | 92 | A-

Photo of Ivan815858
4.68/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Distinctive taste with an attractive color and smell.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Belgian style beers and what I can say about this beer is that it tastes good but its missing the wow factor. It is light or liquid in its mouthfeel which just doesn't make it feel like an iconic Belgian beer but its delicious and so easy to drink. I think this is the PERFECT way to describe this beer... It is the evolution of BMC (Bud, Miller, Coors) beers. If you know someone who likes BMC beers I can't imagine that they could dislike this beer. I'd venture that this would be the best beer they ever drank. That might sound like a weird way to describe the beer but it reminds me of a light beer like (BMC) but with the outstanding flavor of a Belgian beer mixed together. So it is light and effervescent but also flavorful. It stands at a nice 6.8% alcohol too. This would be great in the summer time or warmer weather. I was able to get it for about $2.50 per bottle, which is just too much for what it is. If it was offered for $1.50 per bottle (in a six pack) I could see myself buying this beer at parties for groups of people since I know everyone could drink it. From beer snob to a BMC drinker. The more I drank it the more I liked it. The first sip I wasn't blown away, but by the end of it I felt like a monk gave me his blessing. :-)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin a cap after a few minutes

S: A bit of fruitiness and light spices along with a light wheat malt in the back. Not too much going on

T: Starts off with the fruitiness and some spices behind a yeasty profile. Some wheat comes in after, finishing with some light clove notes and a hint of spices

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A decent American-made BPA (organic, as well) that doesn't stand out at all but is still a solid drinker. Pick some up if you're into the whole organic thing or enjoy the rest of Uinta's brews

Photo of Absalom
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Really really good for a newer brewery such as this. My only complaint which is hardly such, is that it isn't sold by the sixer, as much as Uinta tries to convince you that this beer deserves to be savored, that's so shit, it's not that special, but definitely out the glass sans bottle.

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a lovely tangerine-colored hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a frothy, 3/4 inch bright white head that eventually settles into a consistent slick. Nose is very much akin to a witte - citrus and belgian yeast. Taste follows nose; however, the fruit comes off a bit more candied in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light), with a pleasant, lively carbonation. All and all, simple and somewhat clean, but quite pleasant.

Photo of Paincane
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden body with a white head leaving nice lacing on glass. S: Fruity, estery, yeast, clove and spice aromas.
T: Bready, fruity flavors with spice & dry clean finish.
M: Light, clean and effervescent body.
O: Clean, savory Belgian style brew that is refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of beermemarge
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a gold color with thin white head. Smelled yeast cloves. Tasted citrus, malt, and slightly spicy, and sweet. Mouth feel was good, medium carbonation, medium body. Overall, nothing to particularly not, good but would get something else in the future.

Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden with a white head.

S: Saison yeast esters, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves in the nose.

T: Citrus, then citrus peel with a malty finish.

M: Sparkling mouthfeel, medium bodied.

O: Pretty good. Not the best, but worth a try. Reommended

Photo of atomicbeer
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a juice tumbler. Translucent gold with a thin white head. Mild clove aroma. Taste and mouth much like Leffe Blond: clove, bubblegum, apple with sweet malt underneath. Champagne-like in the mouth, somehow delicate or fragile. Excellent. Uinta surprised me with this one.

Photo of mhaugo
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.8% ABV.
Appearance: Dirty straw with a pretty solid chill haze. Decent head initially, but it died a quick death (3/5).
Aroma: There’s the apples. And there’s the yeasty, bready smell. Something very pear-like comes out as it warms, as does a touch of honey. But nothing about the aroma is overly aggressive (3.25/5).
Taste: This tastes so much like apples that I could probably convince someone it is a cider. There’s a little bit of hop bitterness at the end, but otherwise it is straight apple juice. It’s a very straightforward flavor. Almost painfully simple (2.75/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation. I also get a hint of warmth from the alcohol (2.75/5).
Overall: There is very little about this beer that demands to be called out. It’s very plain and kind of boring to drink. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t know why I would ever order another one (3/5).

Photo of jdhilt
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Act25
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a soft shouldered 12oz bottle into a Leffe Chalice.

Hazy, color of apple juice, steady carbonation. Great lacing. 1 finger head fast fade but great lacing all the way down. Looks Belgian. Appetizing.

Very distinct, original waft. Smells of church seats, incense, malty sweet with a hint of cloves and spices.

Nicely balanced between clove and malt flavors, with those Belgian complexities. I'd take this along side Leffe any day. The after taste is spicy and distinct. ABV of 6.8% so it's lighter than other Belgian goldens. It's fresh, contemplative, a great meditation beer.

Mouthfeel is tingly, light and carbonated. Lovely finish.

As good as Leffe, not up to Chimay, but the most "authentic" belgian style made in America that I myself have tried. Organic. (bought at Whole foods with 6 other singles - a great policy - bravo Whole Foods!) I like it and would happily serve it again. (Check expiry date when buying singles, mine was 5 months old, but still perfect, but all the same, 5 months...)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow 2 fingers of white head . It lingers with a bit of lacing. I like the desing on the bottle too. it doesn't look like the one pictured anymore.

Aroma- citrus, pineapple banana some clove but definitely more fruity than spicy.

Taste- Big hit of clove and yeast at the front gives way to banana light honey and a slight earthiness in the hops. sweet in the Finnish but not cloying or out of place. not a lot of fruity esters despite the nose.

Mouthfeel- light bodied and dry, effervescence is spot on and very little to no booze warmth.

Overall- I really liked this beer its quaffable, an understated belgian style. A beer doesn't need to be bold to be good. This beer everything is quite subtle and it works out nicely.

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fizzy fluffy looking almost 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, with nice lacing, over brilliantly clear golden honey orange color.

Nose has some nice Belgian aromas, golden malts, light fluffy effervescent malts, hints of esters, faint citrus and grassy almost wheat like, faint hints of grassy hops too, light grainy earthy straw bready malt.

Taste starts with big Belgian golden malts, little toasty golden with hints of wheat straw hay like flavors, toasty, mild sweetness with some warming booze that seems more than 6.8%. The booze brings light esters and hint of phenols as well which are typical, like fruit with hint apple and pear like, mild grassy hops and some bitterness. Fluffy and smooth though. Finish is still a bit sweet but drier, mild booze tingle and warmth, lingering sweet golden malts, little fruit and effervescence, and a bit of the phenols.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy carb maybe a bit too much, warming tingly booze that is hotter than it should be.

Overall not bad, hits the spot for a belgian golden ale, and should be 8+% but only clocks in at 6.8 somehow. Otherwise typical flavors and characteristics.

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - copper gold with a thick, soft, white head that has great retention

S - apples, faint white grapes

T - white grapes, some faint Belgian yeast funk, faint spicy finish

M - medium bodied, crisp but well carbonated

This beer isn't very complex. The yeast does all the work imparting esters some faint spicyness, but even those flavors don't keep me interested for long. Overall, this beer is a bit subdued and toned down. It was nice to try once, but I won't be picking it up again.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Label is old school in appearance and printed on a non-glossy paper that gives it a very simple look and doesn't try to do to much. I like it. Label gives a bottled on date as well as the style and ABV info. Label states this is USDA Certified organic.

Appearance: Monkshine pours out a clear orange gold color with a 1 ½ finger white foam head of a lighter more airy density. Head retention was short at 1min 35sec before fading into a thin white foam coating and ring. Average Lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells slightly sour and yeasty with hints of clove, banana, and light fruits. Very crisp and light on the nose.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of sweet light fruits and clove spiciness on the front end with a bread-like taste coming through followed by a surprising herbal and floral hop bitterness on the back end.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with an above average carbonation yet has a crisp and refreshing feel. Very drinkable and not overly filling.

Overall/Comments: A good Belgian style blonde ale here nothing spectacular but a good representation of the style. Picked this up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Classified as a Belgian Pale Ale at 6.8% ABV. Brewed on 9/7/12. Consumed on 12/23/12.

Photo of MRsojourner
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a golden orangey clear color, although i'm not looking into daylight it looks really clear. small white 1" head that dissipated quickly.
The taste is semi sweet with a touch a bitterness. not much complexity. way to clean for a Belgian blond imo. not much to glean from this beer. its drinkable I guess but I would think the yeast selection along with the filterering just take out all the character of this beer. pretty disappointing.

Photo of AlphaRanger
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light copper with an ever so slight cloudiness. Nice thick white head with very good retention. Lacing was amazing. I refer to it as "artwork".

S- AWESOME! Yeast, spices, corriander, citrus notes, very unique and complex. An inviting aroma.

T- Sweet, tangy, yeasty, and slightly dry. A nice complex yeast flavor backed by citrus and spice notes with a nice malty finish. Very earthy and interesting and Incredibly refreshing.

M- Light and very drinkable for almost 7%. Perfect amount of carbonation which lent a really nice smoothness to the ale.

O- Starting to take the plunge into belgian ales. This one being on the "lighter" end of the spectrum I think is a great foray into the world of belgian golden/pale ales. Overall I was very impressed. I found the flavors to be very pronounced and bold and complex is a word which really describes this type of ale. Can't wait to sample more like this. Pick it up.

Photo of Crow153248
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uinta has been extremely hit or miss for me.

That being said, I decided to try Monkshine.

A: Golden yellow with a small, thick head

S: Citrus, yeast, and a bit of a pleasant bread smell

T: Surprisingly refreshing. Not quite a sipping beer, I got the best taste on a half mouthful. While not quite a traditional Belgian, this little brother stands strongly on its own. The bread taste is there, but not at all overwhelming. A pleasant, slightly bitter finish.

M: Light carbonation and refreshingly smooth

O: My favorite Uinta that I have tried by far. Definitely a solid, safe choice if I can't find anything else. I like their interpretation of a Belgian very much.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Belgian blonde generally go in two directions; sweet or rustic. Which way will Monkshine go? From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Monkshine is a couldy orange looking beer with a small head that doesn't last long and deflates into a small lace. At least the nose is fun, which at first is merely okay (sugar and alcohol), then sugared apricot snacks and gum add additonal pieces to the picture.

The taste is very dry, which is strange after what I smelled. I epxected a fruity and sweet taste, and instead is a dry and bitter drink. There are a few echoes of apricot which attempt to inject a little exceitement. The bitterness seems to be coming from the carbonation, and there are subtle rustic notes. It actually has some degree of drinkability despite being almost seemingly tasteless. The beer is medium bodied with healthy carbonation that leaves a dry aftertaste.

What happened to the flavor? If this is what it's suppose to be, sorry, I'm not usually a fan of very dry beers.

Photo of TWStandley
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass - might not be te best vessel for this one but oh well. I was working on my homebrew system so didn't feel like hunting down a good tulip.

Appeared a golden/yellow color with a thick white head. Head stuck around for a bit, and left a small trace of lacing on the glass. Pretty cloudy.

Smelled of belgian yeast, orange/lemon, and a bit of tartness.

Taste follow the smell relatively closely. Did get some spiced notes most likely from the yeast. Pretty standard BPA taste, nothing too crazy here.

Mouth-feel was bubbly and lively, quite crisp and refreshing.

Meh - I am a bit biased being not that into Belgian styles in the first place....but this just lacked anything interesting. Not a bad drink but not one I would seek out again.

Photo of Jsteez
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip beer glass.

A-It poured a foamy 2-finger white head that left some sticky lace on the glass. The color fell somewhere between a pale to a deep gold, with an orange hue. A slight cloudy look to this beer. I was expecting it to be more like a Leffe Blonde Belgian ale because of the supposed style, but it still looked pretty appetizing.

S-Cloves, banana, some spice. It had a dry smell to it. I never knew something could smell dry, but it did.

T-I thought the smell was better than the taste. I could taste strong clove, no banana taste to this whatsoever! The aftertaste was bitter and dry. There needed to be more balance to this beer style. The clove taste is usually excellent for this particular style of ale, but not when it's overpowering. I would have liked it to be more complex because that is what my experience with Belgian beers has been in the past. The beer was a little flat.

M-Full-bodied, low carbonation. Just average.

O-I have another one of these in the fridge. I will drink it, but will I buy it again? Maybe. I have had better Belgian ales before.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale clear straw yellow with a sticky head and heavy lacing.

S: Aroma of loads of yeast, sourdough, pale malt and a dosing of fresh citrus hops.

T: Very nice fresh tasting belgian pale ale. This has more of an American hop flavor profile, but otherwise is an exceptional tasting belgian pale ale. Bread / dough in the middle and a nice bitter finish that is refreshing as well as bitter. Green Apple that is faint, more white grape at the end.

M: Extremely smooth and mildly carbonated.

O: Very impressed with this Belgian pale ale. I would definitely get this again and probably will pick up a few 6 packs when I see it in a shop.

Photo of cbutova
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear golden pour into a Euro pint glass. Foamy white head forms with nice retention. A few lace patches.

S- Grapes and belgian yeast spice make up a bulk of the nose. Raisins, flowers, herbs, bread and citrus zest as well.

T- Seeetness and more laid back feel overall here. Vinous grapes, spices, citrus zest, apple and a bit of apricot. A lot of semi-sweet fruits and yeast elements.

MF- Creamy and silky moderately thick body. Spicy bitterness in the finish.

A lot of yeast spice and a nice overall fruit feel. Drinks easily and brings strong Belgian influence.

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.