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: 289
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | 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:
Belgian yeast and American grains provide the distinct character and flavors of this blonde ale.

26 IBU

(Beer added by: alexgash on 04-23-2005)
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Absalom
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.48/5  rDev +26.2%
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 cdizinno
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color. Slight head with minimal lacing.

S: Spices and fruity belgian yeast. Slight floral and citrus hop aromas.

T&M: Nice balance of complex flavors. Nothing is overpowering with spicy undertoned character.
Medium bodied and very smooth.

This is a very good attempt at belgian style and I will definitely try again.

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4.4/5  rDev +23.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is very similar to apple juice. Same color and opacity. The head that formed when I poured this beer into a glass was very thin.

The smell is distinct and strong. It is malty with a hint of cloves and spices.

The taste is balanced between a light clove flavor and a medium malty flavor. The after taste is spicy and moderately strong. The beer has an ABV of 6.8% so it's not light or heavy and has a flavor that matches its alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Although the head on the bottle that I poured was pretty insignificant, the bubbles were non-stop from the base of the glass.

Overall I like the beer; the mixture of clove, spices, and malt is nice. The ABV is still enough to get the job done and the carbonation of the brew is different but not overpowering. (As a side note, the label on the bottle that I purchased is different than the label in the picture).

Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/15/09- Purchased at a Utah state liquor store in Park City, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a botled on date on the label..this one happened to be Nov 08' Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden colored pour. Full one inch semi-frothy head. Slight rim remains for the whole consumption and leaves some light spotty lace.

Smell- Smells like a mix between a saison and a pale ale. Some light hops, some white pepper for sure and a touch of sugar and lemon rind.

Taste- Has a very slight macro-belgian taste (if there is such a thing). Maybe a touch of grain note is what I am tasting. Lots of white pepper, some lemon rind and a touch of sugar. All flavors meld very well and overwhelm the light grain flavor I originally tasted.

Mouthfeel- Really brisk and crisp vigorous carbonation level. Drinks well considering. Exceptionaly quenching. Pretty clean aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Flavorful and nice feel. Would have bought a six pack of this instead of the other one I purchased.

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4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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 brdc
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fishdawg71 for this one.

Poured from the small capped bottle into a tulip, producing a nice looking golden beer with a nice white head with average retention and lacing.
Aroma is not powerful but really pleasant, malty and biscuity, with some yeasty hints.
Medium bodied but quite refreshing despite its modest carbonation, the taste is as advertised, malty and biscuity, earthy, with a nice balancing dry finish playing with the yeastiness.
It is not terribly complex, but given the very low alcohol for such a tasty brew, I wish I had more of this around during summer- very few session beers taste like this.

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4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Syrupy brass color with a quick head an very little residual foam. OK bubbling.

Bubbley, light Spring fruit yeast, pale toasted malts. Very crisp and slightly sweet aroma. Very inviting.

Lightly fruity, yeasty flavors play with light, soft baked sweet muffin malts. The bubbling adds a slight prickly feeling to the tongue.

This beer taste great, has a little mineral quality on the finish that just completes everything. Easy to drink, and brings a smile to my face!

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4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

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4.01/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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