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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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – typical blond color, slightly hazy, with about two fingers’ worth of frothy off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – earthy tone to the hoppiness. Decent blend of hops and malts it would seem.

Taste – the taste is a little on the bland/cereal side, but there is a touch of the bite from the hops toward the finish. The film of bitterness lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but it does lean a little bit more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad-tasting brew at all, but not very complex or fun to think about.

More User Reviews:
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 Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at State Line in Maryland. Bottled on 3/3/11 on the label.

Pours clear near golden amber, near white head, minor retention, fine wispy lacing.

Light fruity/yeasty nose with a hint of spice.

Fruity, light spice, a wiff of nutty yeast. Delicate hopping, subtle Belgian characteristics. Nice summer time offering. Would be quite worthy with a meal of salads, cheese and other lighter fare.

Photo of Kraken
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/11/09

Best by 5/23/08. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Extremely firm pour meets with little to no success in evoking a head. Faint lace. Color is a dull cloudy orange cider.

Nose- Smells slightly of sour apples. Hint of lightly citric hops, not much else.

Palate- Faintly metallic. Light biscuity sweetness. Very mild finishing hops, very nondiscript, immemorable.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, faint carbonation.

Drinkability- Slight

Immemorable, sums it up.

Photo of HugePlume
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- I did a lousy job pouring, got lots of yeasties in the glass. Aside from that, its a bright sun-setting-over-the-ocean golden yellow, with a minimal white foamy head. Excellent lacing. Many large carbonation bubbles rising.

S- Very nice, a fruity sweetness like peaches on waffles.

T- Taste follows smell, with a very nice balanced bitterness to it. Flavors are not deep though, very simple. Would prefer more complexity. No hint of alcohol.

M- Very good perfect carbonation, a bit chalky. Might be my rogue yeasties.

O- Nice brew, i would certainly have again.

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 JoeAmerican77
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden sappy fluid topped by half a finger of sudsy white head...

I never want to say this, but kind of a coors light smell, super light malts, a little tin nothing else

Revisit of that tinny smell in the taste, some semi sharp hops breathing a granny smith, black pepper. Decent sized profile, but I'm not sure if I like it

Medium light body, some vibrant carbonation, and a bit of afterburn warmth

Overall I think I'd not recommend this drink to many, I find Uinta falling short on my list from what I've had from them, and this doesn't bring much either

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

Interesting label. Pours a clear golden body beneath a full head of dense bright-white froth. Head retention and lacing could be better. Fine bubbles can be seen rising quickly. Lots of clove in the nose. A note of vanilla. A bit of earthiness as well, and some minor sulphur. Sweetish malt. The mouthfeel is good. It's medium-light bodied and creamy smooth. The flavor is mainly sweetish and doughy golden malt and yeasty earthiness, spiciness, and clove and vanilla. Some leafy hops are present as well, but the sweetish, almost candyish maltiness is clearly the showpiece. Restrained bitterness. Long, lingering finish. 4% abv? I'm not sure about that. But it is from Utah, so of course it is, right? I said the same thing about their Wild Fire Extra Pale Ale... I don't think it will turn any beer geek heads, but it's a pretty good initiation to this style of Belgian beer for everyone else. I wouldn't turn it down :)

Photo of ElGordo
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a complimentary bottle in the Delta Crown Room at the SLC airport. Pours a hazy light brown color with golden highlights, topped by a whispy, bubbly head that isn't much to look at. Nose is predominantly spicy Belgian yeast, with notes of coriander and allspice, along with some tangy European hops. Palate is a nice balance between light sweet malt and Euro hops, along with some subtle spices from the yeast. Mouthfeel is more foamy than creamy. A so-so interpretation of a good Belgian style. Wouldn't have it again, especially if I had to pay for it.

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

Trying a bottle of Monkshine Belgian Pale Ale that was brought back from a trip our West by my Bro-in-law. The beer poured a clear pale yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The smell light banana and clove notes there was a slight spice. The taste includes belgium yeast and sugar mixed with some nice pine hints. The mouthfeel is light body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper color with a thin head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is stone fruit, maybe peach, Belgian candi sugar and yeast.

Flavor pretty much follows suit with a bit of green apple tartness on the finish. Not quite a juicy green apple, maybe apple skin.

Mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation could be a little more lively.

Overall this beer is not bad, but not one of my favorite examples of the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Arkansas, Bottled on 12-23-10

Pours an effervescent honey colored with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Pears, slight grassyness & perfumy hops

Follows the nose, some white grape & honey notes up front, plus a touch woodyness as well. Slight pear brandy booze tinge as this warms, along with some pineapple. Finishes with pineapple, faint hints of grapefruit & bready sweetness

MF: Fairly slick & somewhat chewy, subtle carbonation, good balance

Would've love to try this fresher to see if the hops are more prominent. Still a good take on the style that hits most of the right notes

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

A - Pours a pretty golden, translucent. Big white head that laces thickly on the glass.

S - Very very yeasty, bread, slight citrus, and a tinge of booze.

T - Cool flavor. Belgian yeast, light fruits. White grapes, apple, pear, a bit of raisin. Light molasses malt backing it up with a nice Belgian hop profile. Solid flavor. Very beery taste to it too.

M - One of those beers that dances in your mouth. Medium bodied.

D - Such a beery beer. I would get this again. Quality. Unita is so underrated. Everything I've ever had from them has been solid without fail. And this is another good showing.

Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy golden with chunky white head. Active carbonation. Aroma of belgian yeast, pepper, ripe banana, and some citrus. Taste is sweet with a definite, but smooth hop bitterness. Medium bodied with thick mouthfeel. Finish is bitter. That bitterness is pretty tame, but it seems to amplify the more you drink. The bitterness becomes distracting to me, but I do think its a well made beer.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours golden-copper with a finger of dirty-white head that holds and laces okay.

S: Lots of pear, a little peach, Belgian yeast, and some candi sugar.

T: Pale malts, light hoppiness, a little Belgian yeast, green apples, and a finishing dry breadiness.

M: It has a medium-light body with average carbonation but a semi-watery finish.

O: It tastes like a lightly hopped APA with Belgian yeast.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Even with a fairly vigorous pour, has a tiny head which diminishes to pretty much nothing very quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S - Bready malt and fruity belgian yeast come through the strongest on this one. Slight floral and citrus hop aromas in the background.

T - Earthy and bready malt and the fruity yeast flavors stand out most. Pretty light hop flavor in the background, with a spicy character.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - Interesting beer, but I probably wouldn't want more than one personally. The flavors get a bit bland after a while and the hop character on this one is pretty minimal. Not a horrible beer, but pretty average overall.

Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smeel is alive with fruits, yeast, some spice. Taste is good, fruits and spice, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 5, 2015.

Pale yellow pour with a quick lasting white head.

Decent enough aromas of toast, bread, Belgian sugar, Belgian spice, and grassy hops.

Light body.

Nice sweetness in the flavor with a slightly bitter and spicy bite to finish it up. Easy drinking, Refreshing.

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

Bottled on 9-3-08. sampled 11-17-09.

A: Poured a vibrant lemony color with an impressive eggshell white head that was initially 1 finger high, but unfortunately failed to retain, collapsing within the first minute of pour all the while leaving no lacing. There was a small amount of suspend particulate matter, but had a thin density, enough so you could still see and read print from the opposite side of the glass.

S: I was a bit hesitant about both the aroma and taste at first seeing as this beer was more then a year old after bottling (which wasn't my intention, was bought on close out and didn't realize). Surprisingly enough the nose was still fairly strong and evident with a mixture of sour tangerines and semi-dry lemon pulp. There was a nice bit of funk to it as well, not a lot, but enough to be appreciative with hints of musky citrus about.

T: The flavor was equally as bright as well with damp, musky citrus tones of tangerines and a spicy hop flavor. A big wet lemony kiss against a slightly sweet pale grain backing balances well bringing the flavor to life. There is a slight sense of fruity notes, with light dry citrusy flowers for hops that make a brief appearance while the Belgian yeast overtones could be detected and appreciated as well. Overall the flavor was bright and crisp with a good sense of yeasty quality, still strong and standing the test of time. The beer finishes up with a slight drying finish. A decent attempt by an American brewery at a Belgian pale.

M: bright and as crisp as the flavor, just like a good pale should be, with a lively bubbly sensation. The body is light with a slick, honey like consistency texture wise.

D: fairly good, sharp and tight from the bubbly nature of the carbonation providing a nice crispness associated per style. Soft belgain yeasty attributes fit in well here, not over the top or will challenge for contender for Belgian pale of the year, but none the less a fairly decent attempt from a little known east coast American brewery. Stands the test of time and delivers so worth a try.

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 mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as amighty fine extra in a recent trade. I had never heard of it before which is always a plus for me anyday. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/11/2009.

The poured was nice enough with a hazy golden amber color, light with a touch of carbonation and a light haze about it. Small head of white rose up from the bottom to about an inch and settled down gently. Decent side glass lacing as well.

The aroma was a but light. Nice light grain, touches of peach and light citrus hops. A hint of a light biscuit like touch and some light spices. Odd mix, but it worked a touch. The flavor was more of the same, light, smooth, crisp and clean, with a very easy sessionability to it. An easy drinker, the light hop profile followed along well and dried out the finish just enough for me.

Overall not a bad little beer. A bit light, but still very good. Nice use of light hops and not too heavy. I could see myself drinking this one again, no problem.

Photo of abankovich
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light orange-yellow color with a decent cream white head with very small bubbles until it faded away.

The smell is bringing me back to my recent trip to Germany (although this is a belgian style pale ale, I've never been to Belgium to compare). Fresh, fruity aroma with bananas being the most prominent of the citrus notes. Maybe a little clove as well. A little too earthy of a taste for me and not enough hop presence.

Very light and clean taste initially with definite malty sweetness and flavors coming through on the back end. Slightly sour taste through the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is light and lingering and the drinkability on this is ok. There is a noticeable amount of carbonation as well. Definitely drink this one at proper temp and don't let it warm too much, it's best at the correct temperature for sure.

Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It's gold, very bubbly, and somewhat cloudy. It has a bubbly head and some lacing with a malty scent.

It has a nice apple taste, malty. Some caramel. Sweet. Very smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste. Vice nice, balanced beer.

Photo of Kingbee73
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and bright taste, coppery is the word I would use but in a very positive manner. Minimal aftertaste and I would say lends itself to summer. Pairs well with chicken and fish and citrus. Solid choice for intro to Belgians.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterzooi, Garden City, New York.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full cereal malt, esters and lemon.

The taste consisted of a full doughy malt, sweet raisins and a touch of honey.

The mouthfeel was full fir the style.

Overall a pleasant and relatively full bodied pale ale.

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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