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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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Reviews: 121
Hads: 318
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 24.58%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/12/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a puffy 1/2 inch off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt and some slight fruit and spice aromas. Taste is of grain/malt, honey, fruit, and some slight spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a largely unremarkable brew, except that it is of very high quality. pours light lager color yellow with a nice 1 inch foam head bone white. smells mild hops and belgian sweetness. taste is much less hoppy than any american pale ale, but less yeasty and bright than a typical belgian. a sort of boring hybrid of styles, but again, very well made. mouthfeel is nice, super light and drinkable. a pretty good beer if your looking for something down easy, and with an elevated abv it serves its purpose...

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Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a Belgian ale this really needs to have more substance to it. The beer pours out yellow and has some decent head on it. The beer itself is pretty bland in flavor, There isn't much other than some Belgian Yeast flavors in it. The mouthfeel is light. There just isn't anything standing out to me in this brew. I strongly feel that this beer could have been a lot better with some more time and effort put into it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a head that started to impress but faded quickly leaving just a few traces behind

Smell: Slightly grainy, with a hint of lemon

Taste: Grainy, up front, with a combination of sugary malt and alcohol filling the middle; by mid-palate and, after the swallow, there is a hint of lemony tartness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: When the mouthfeel is the thing you like best about a beer, you know you are in trouble; in this case, I didn't really care for the malt beer and the kick of alcohol (particularly for such a low ABV beer); the hint of lemon in the finish was a nice touch but it didn't make up for the rest

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lustrous lemon with a light yeasty haze and dozens of rapidly rising bubble streams. The thick crown of alabaster colored foam has a wonderful texture that could almost be called Belgianesque. It also has enough stickiness to grace the glass with small sheets of delicate lace. This one passes the look test...

... and the sniff test. The brewers decided to ease back on the hops and let the estery Belgian yeast strain carry the load. That seems to have been a good decision. The nose features sweet golden grain, loads of banana, bubblegum and a modest amount of clove.

While Monkshine won't make anyone forget the greats of the style, it's one of the better American efforts at a style that doesn't get as much attention in this country as it should. Does every brewery really need an amber ale and a pale wheat ale? For whatever it's worth, this bottle is about one year past the bottled on date and it tastes just fine.

The brewers must have done their homework because I would not have been able to pick the country of origin if blinded. The pale/pils malt doesn't provide much flavor. And there isn't as much sweetness as expected. In fact, the finish is dryish. The hops don't provide much flavor either (maybe a little grassiness), though there is some bitterness on the denouement.

As designed, the Belgian yeast provides the bulk of the flavor profile. Let's go with snappy pears, meadow grasses, banana, pink bubblegum, white pepper and spicy clove. This is a nicely constructed, balanced, drinkable Belgian pale. The brewery has every reason to be proud.

The body/mouthfeel keeps pace. Given the style and the ABV, it doesn't need to be hugely expansive and creamy... just moderately expansive and creamy. Mission accomplished.

Monkshine is a pleasant surprise out of left field. Who would have thought that a brewery from Utah (Uinta) would be able to kick ass and take names when it comes to the creation of a Belgian-style pale ale? This is good beer if you have the opportunity to buy it or trade for it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, bubbly, white head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and some fruity notes.

T - This beer was equal parts spicy and sweet with yeast and caramel flavors backed up by a fruity kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied Belgian-style ale.

D - This is a pretty good brew. It's the only thing that I've had from Four+ and I found it quite drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a fairly clear golden color with a finger or so of white head on top.

S: Lots of malt sweetness to the nose, especially the caramel notes. Plenty of toast and bready malt as well. There is a surprisingly chocolatey aroma despite the pale color. There is a hint of spice to it.

T: Sweet bread and toasted malts with a mild spiciness. Some toasted marshmallow type flavor which was unexpected but quite delicious. And there is the same mild spice character that existed on the nose.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Wasn't expecting much from this beer but found it to be fairly good.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, burnished bronze body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: How frustrating. A tart-smelling whiff of soured lemons with hints of barley and spicing.

Taste: Particularly pale, faintly grainy malts accompanied by a snap of lemon juice, lightly sweet and popping with acidity. No real hop character or imparted bitterness. Subtle hint of spicy coriander. Finishes dry, slightly spicy, and a bit tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: The thumb points down on this one. Many beers could benefit from tweak or two to get things back on track, others just need to be scrapped. This is a case of the latter.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13%
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 :)

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light, slightly fruity, pale ale. Nice creamy carbonation, great mouthfeel. Faint yeasty aromas and a tang on the tongue. Just pleasantly sharp with a bitter edge to finish. I think "Belgian-inspired" is accurate. But whatever you call it, it's a tangy light lager sort of beer with a great subtle taste for unbridled quaffing. Try the place next door for the hard stuff.

With the new-look label, clearly states bottled 10/12/11.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #53 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a very clear beer. Nice looking though. Nose is super yeasty at first and then dies down to nothing quite quickly. Flavor is full. Heavy yeast tones again with strong bread character as well. There are tones of banana on here as well. A little thick in the mouth, but it works. Most Belgian ales seem to be a disaster, but I can appreciate this one. It could stand to be a bit more rounded on the profile, but I've definitely had some horrid Belgian ales out of the US; this is not one of them.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, lightcrystal, and bisquit malts. It also has a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter and a bit earthy. There is some malt complexity here, but the dry, earthy finish diminishes the overall taste. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a different tasting Belgian brew. I like the complexity, but the overall flavor needs some work.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear light orange in color with a wispy 1/4" head. No lace develops.

Smell: yeast and pepper are easily detectable.

Taste: moderate malt profile with pepper, belgian yeast, lemon zest, green grapes, grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Long peppery aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was pleasant but it grew a bit tiring on me as the glass emptied.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite impressed with the look of this beer. Nice golden pour, a bit light, some haziness going on. Head is smaller than expected and it doesn't linger too much. A quick swirl brings it about somewhat, but points off for this.

Not a hoppy aroma, more of soft fruit, coriander a bit and some orange zest. Tingly.

Taste is a bit light. The flavors are nice; floral and herbal hints, clove, spice, green pear--but they just don't come together for a solid taste. It's not bad, just average I suppose.

Pretty good drinking, but becomes boring after a bit. Don't think this one could handle food pairings of cheese or fish.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a somewhat short white head that fades to a thin cap. Very light aromas of stone fruits and a touch of vanilla and citrus. Tastes a little harsh, with notes of spice, grain, stone fruit, and solvent. A little too carbonated as well, with a seltzery finish. It seems like the Belgian yeast notes haven't really matured here. I'd say back to the drawing board with this beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brilliant gold colored beer with just a hint of a white head.

Smell is strongly grainy with a strong noble hop aroma I would more expect in a German beer style. Sweetness under the substantial lager like smell. Mostly banana and flowers with some grass from the hop.

Starts out sweet with a substantial banana flavor. Grains are strong in the flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness. The most notable thing about the flavor is the melon and banana flavors. Almost tastes like Belgian beer brewed with German Hefeweizen yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall the taste is unconventional but quite tasty. I will buy this again.

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Photo of John_M
2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other day.

The beer pours a pale gold color with minimal head retention and virtually no lacing. On the nose this beer is flat out bizarre. There's a touch of honey, but it's coupled with almost a glue or paste aroma. To say the least, it's not attractive. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though there's less of the glue/paste flavor. In fact there's very little flavor at all and this beer is remarkably bland and watery. Mouthfeel is very light and alcohol not at all noticeable (the beer list at JB's indicated an abv. of 7% or 8%, which seemed incredible. I got nothing like that amount of alcohol, and the 4% listed on this site seems much more realistic).

This is not an impressive beer and struck me as an amaturish effort. I'm thinking this is a beer and brewery to be avoided.

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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