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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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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of backfat


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle. Bottled on 3/03, reviewed 5/16
Received this bottle from the very generous pokesbeerdude in a recent LIF I won. Thanks chuck! Poured into an imperial pint glass.

-Pours a clear straw with hints of golden honey. Good lace.

-Smell is faint. Some spice, stale cookie, biscuit, caramel, and metal.

-Taste is zesty and spicy. A nice Belgian yeast with lots of doughy bread and toast.

-Light and sparkling. Slick and easy to drink. Surprisingly nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 02:05:50 | More by backfat
Photo of womencantsail


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 22:12:18 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Knapp85


2.65/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:57:50 | More by Knapp85
Photo of trevorjn06


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper/honey color and is crystal clear. 2 fingers of tight, white foam sit atop the beer and recede slowly.

Aroma has some odd notes to it, a hint of cheese. Other than that it's light malt character, some fruity/spicy yeast notes and a hint of earthiness.

Taste is on the dry side with some yeast character. There is light pilsner maltiness with a slight bit of DMS (vegetal character) and some light fruitiness and spice from the yeast. The yeast character is very light, overall this beer tastes more like a Pilsner than anything.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is way too simple and devoid of all the upfront yeast character that is tradition in Belgian ales. It's pretty drinkable but I won't be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:43:48 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of TheFlern


2.15/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked a six pack up at the brewery on a snowboarding trip.

Once back at my hotel I cracked open a bottle to enjoy while watching a game.

Appearance: I did not have any proper glassware to pour this brew into. I have given it an average rating to be fair and will return to this review once I can pour into proper glassware.

Smell: The Belgian yeast overpowers most of the hop smell and there is little to be found malt wise. The smell is sweet (from the yeast) and has just a bit of hop bitterness on the nose.

Taste: Dominated by the yeast strain. I have a slight bitterness on my tongue. I would have preferred this brew to have a much hoppier profile so as to balance with the flavors the yeast brings out.

Mouthfeel: This is a fairly juicy brew on the tongue that dries at the finish. It keeps you wanting another sip despite the lackluster taste and nose.

Drinkability: I'll definitely take it up on the mountain with me but I will not bother to purchase this beer again.

Sadly this 6er was the first brew from Uinta that I have not really liked. The good news is it has a lot of alcohol (6+ %) and was pretty darn cheep at just over 6 dollars for the 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:13:31 | More by TheFlern
Photo of tone77


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 15:19:43 | More by tone77
Photo of trappistlover


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 05:06:44 | More by trappistlover
Photo of drpimento


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, foamy, frothy, medium sized, off white head that lasts a bit and no lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, yeast, and a bit of fruit which is alltogether mild as a whole. Flavor is a little bubblegum and white wine, a little fruity sweet. not too bad. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short length; alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 06:46:27 | More by drpimento
Photo of arizcards


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine in mid September for $1.49. Bottled on 6-10-10.

Beer poured a golden orange with a small white bubbly head.

Nose is of musty yeast and light fruits.

Taste is primarily pear on top of a pale malt base. Dry hop slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but not overly smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good. This has some decent notes to it but is lacking the classic Belgian mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:40:05 | More by arizcards
Photo of katan


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a clean golden color. Very transparent, lightly bubbling. Light head formation as well, off white in color.

S - Lightly malty. Somewhat sweet. Not much yeast for a belgian. Very understated.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, malty, smooth. Mid-stream gets more malty, very grainy, but not husk like. Some alcohol warmth. Little hopping. Finishes sweet with lots of clean 2-row. Malt forward, without a doubt.

M - Solid mouthfeel, thick and sticky but not cloying. Carbonation is not detected. Finishes with a sugary cling.

D - Moderate drinkablilty. ABV is manageable, but certainly high for sessioning. A bit too sweet for more than one at a time. Not filling.

A worthy BPA, but could use more balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:27:03 | More by katan
Photo of DeliciousSeeker


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- an off gold color, with moderate amount of carbonation. Head about 3 cm after a minute or two. Fairly hazy, but still translucent.

S- good hops tones, although slight alcohol smell towards the end.

T- This beer tastes fairly strong, and the flavors seemed to be masked by a moderately strong citrus taste. There a fair bit of flavors in the beer, but not all of them compliment one another, and it throws off the balance of the beer as a whole. Halfway through this glass, it seems to get in order a little better, and it makes quite a difference.

M- moderate body, with good feel.

D- I think this is a beer tailor made for people who enjoy the occasional beer. This isn't a beer I could see myself having more than a glass of, mainly due to the taste towards the beginning. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but more for occasions rather than a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 21:34:47 | More by DeliciousSeeker
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer decanted with a little cold haze, golden in color, tinged with orange. The head was white and modest but left nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and malty. A hint of bubblegum? Some spice-like hops round it out. The alcohol is noticeable as it clears the senses a bit.

Light to medium on the palate. Some sweet pear, sweet apple, and tart apple provide a nice mix to the malt up front. Dry through the center. The finish has clove and spice. This is a balanced solid brew. The fruity yeast nicely complements the spice in the finish. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 00:28:17 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of BretSikkink


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly luminescent yellow color, somewhat hazy with lots of bubbles. White head is fairly craggy and foamy, with a nice stick. Nose is a chalky yeast bomb, with notes of sweet pale grains, banana and clove, and a touch of bubblegum. A little "hefeweizen" rather than Belgian, but decent enough.

The flavor is well-rounded, although I was off-put a bit at first. Slightly grassy hops with mild bitterness and pale, sweet malts form the backdrop for the yeast. I was struck initially by the pear and bubblegum combination, but with warming and a little breathing, there is a pleasantly pastoral flavor of grasses, earth, banana and clove, bubblegum, white pepper, and green apple.

Mouthfeel is acceptable, a little metallic and jarring at first, but fairly creamy by the end. Not a bad stab at this style, which although it's not my favorite Belgian, is definitely underrated in the US. Brewers: make more of these beers!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 16:46:49 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, poured into a human skull (okay, into a pint glass).

Appearance: A nice, brilliant golden color with liveley carbonation. Whoops, poured a little sediment into the glass (is this bottle conditioned?). Thin white head with no lacing.

Smell: Faint Belgian fruitiness, crisp malt, and... metal?

Taste: Pretty metallic for some reason. So was the last bottle. Nice and crisp otherwise, with understated Belgian fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and tangy from the carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable and hides its 6.8% ABV well.

I'm a little dissapointed by the metallic flavor and the low amount of tasty Belgian yeast characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 14:19:24 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 15:37:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 19:31:50 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of mikereaser


3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear orange yellow with no foam whatsoever

S - yeasty, peppery, slightly funky wheaty aroma

T - belgian yeast taste along with some pepper and lemon corriander

M/D - good carbonation and mouthfeel, decent flavor that is easy to drink, pretty standard and nothing too amazing

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 16:04:04 | More by mikereaser
Photo of emmasdad


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling golden color, with a good inch or so of fluffy white foam. Aromas of white pepper, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. A little biscuit malt on the palate, along with apples, pears and a little dark spice. A nice refreshing beer, enjoyable on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:52:25 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 21:51:57 | More by Gavage
Photo of Kemmerlin


2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a darker straw yellow color thin and quickly dissipating head.
S: light caramel malt notes with a citrus mixture.
T: lemon citrus taste with a slight sweet alcoholic taste.
M/D: light bodied didn't really pack a pale ale feel and drinkability. Almost feels and drunks like a coors.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:00:10 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of CampusCrew


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden and fast dispating head

smell: yeasty and fruity aroma

taste: some banana and the typical belgian yeast, a little soapy taste

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: cool name, cool bottle, but avg craft beer. not a big fan of the style but I have had better belgian pales.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 00:57:36 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Seanibus


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little too sour, in my estimation.

Pours golden hazy with a lively but short-lived head. The aroma is sharp and sour, with tart fruit and allspice and clove. The flavor is fruity, with apricot and grape, with a biscuity malt backbone and a fair dose of what tastes like wheat. It is quite spicy and there is a distinct sourness, almost a wild-yeast level of funk. It's not bad, but I find it a little heavy to put on top of what is otherwise a fairly delicate beer.

The mouthfeel is thin and highlights the sourness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 21:57:19 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Domingo


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom. A $3 pint for a Belgian pale? Sounds good to me.

Arrives a light yellow color with a nice 1" head (from the tap) that doesn't falter and stays for the life of the beer.

A boldly sweet apple and caramel malty flavor hits up-front with the typical Belgian pale corn-like flavor coming through in the middle. The finish is sweet and lingers.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and light.

For something over 6% ABV, this is easy drinking.

A little sweeter and less in-depth than Duvel, it's still a nice brew and holds its own with solid drinkability and minimal heat.

Another brew from Four+ that was better than I expected. In general, if something's good enough to ship out of Utah, it's probably pretty damned good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 22:29:03 | More by Domingo
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 01:40:42 | More by plaid75
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 22:08:18 | More by Amalak
Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.