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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: 240
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 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
Photo of Yesac


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received on trade from pokesbeerdude - thanks!

A- Transparent orange/yellow. Almost no head. Tiny bright white ring of foam around the glass.

S- Belgian yeast, honeysuckle, banana and bubblegum.

T- Pretty much like the smell.. Belgian yeast.. banana.. slight lemon zest.. sweet malt. Dry finish.

M- Low carbonation. Medium bodied. Dry on the palate

D- Easy drinking and pretty average. Nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:58:11 | More by Yesac
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 13:05:52 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of yemenmocha


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a luminous golden color with no haze and a modest sized white head. Nose has some alcohol punch on it with light fruits such as peaches/pears. Some bready esters are present also, as well as on the palate. Some resembles a few qualities of a tripel, but in a more drinkable format. Finish is on the sweet side with quite a bit of alcohol warmth given the relatively low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:49:39 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of sevopie


2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden in color with a quickly dissipating white head. Practically no lacing.

Some alcoholic fruits, namely pears, with a touch of grain.

Sweet alcohol laced fruit flavors with sour grains to back it up.

Decently carbonated beverage with a mild body.

Overall, I found this one to be rather lacking. It seemed to have a lot of alcohol taste for only 6.8%, and really lacked anything of substance.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 09:14:24 | More by sevopie
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 17:59:25 | More by zeff80
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 12:26:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 02:51:18 | More by cdizinno
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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 04:11:25 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of Rayek


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with little perceptible carbonation. Small and soapy eggshell head doesn't retain very well. Leaves occasional spots of lace.

S: Slightly musty, with fruit aromas of apple and pear. A spicy coriander bite plus a bit of alcohol adds nice balance.

T: A pear sweetness is quickly replaced with a spicy coriander and clove bitterness. Biscuit like malt resides in the back. Toward the finish, an alcohol warmth kicks in. Finishes tart, dry and warm.

M: Medium body both soft and fizzy.

D: This is a nice little beer. The alcohol presence in the flavor makes it seem stronger than it is. It's not as complex as the best members of this style, but still a worthy beer in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 05:56:22 | More by Rayek
Photo of indiapaleale


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

Pours a shiny, peachy, goldeny orange with a thin white head. Looks nice in my snifter glass!

Smells of sweet orange, sour malt, some spicy yeastiness and some bitter lemon.

Taste is the initial wave of Belgian yeast, clovey, spicy goodness. Following that is some bitter sweet citrus flavors (lemon/lime/orange) and just a small bit if funky leather taste in the follow through.

Overall I really dig this beer and I can't think of too many that would be that much better on a hot day.

Thanks to wasatch for this one via a recent trade. I think that just about does it for all the Utah beers I've had in the fridge this past month!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 00:44:47 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of DoctorDog


3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass. "Bottled on: 10/08" stamped on the side of the label. Big thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one in a trade!

A- Hazy golden / orange appearance. Pours with ~1/2 finger of white head, which fades rapidly, leaving a thin incomplete cap. Spotty lacing.

S- Belgian yeastiness, lightly fruity/green apples, and spicy notes.

T- Lightly sweet, ightly fruity, "Belgian yeast" tinge. Moderately spicy. Alcohol notes are moderately present. Moderately low bitterness.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp. Medium feel.

D- Pretty good. Easy drinking BPA that could easily be consumed in multiples.

Future outlook: Very solid, accessible BPA that is probably pretty sessionable...but no matter, as I can't get this stuff here!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 00:27:07 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of GClarkage


4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:07:42 | More by GClarkage
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 20:56:52 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of magine


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this brew into a hefe glass

Pours a golden orange brew with little head and minimal lacing.

Smells of yeasts, fruits and floral hops.

The brew tastes of yeasts and some fruits - much like the smell.

The brew has a nice mouthfeel, bubbly and crisp with a nice aftertaste.

The brew is very drinkable, with a nice aftertaste. Very drinkable - just not spectacular. Very much case worthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 20:17:13 | More by magine
Photo of Haybeerman


3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold/straw color. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention. Broken lacing.

S: Light fruits up front surprised me a bit. Floral hop aromas follow. Citrus and pepper on the back end.

T: Grains, biscuit and straw malt flavors as well as a hint of slightly sweet light-colored fruits. Lemon/pepper bitter to balance. Not the complexity one might expect in a Belgian Ale.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation; a bit much.

D: Beer was pretty smooth and not real filling, so in fairness, easy to drink. Just not much very special about the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 20:24:58 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of rowew


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Short bottle, blue and black label. Bottled on 11/11/08, no ABV.

Appearance: Bright golden with a bit of haze, average head fades quickly.

Smell: Belgian yeast, a bit of biscuity malt.

Taste: A bit of yeasty funk, with some bready flavors in the background.

Overall impression: This one has subtle flavors, but it is pretty drinkable .. not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 02:20:18 | More by rowew
Photo of Kraken


2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:01:04 | More by Kraken
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South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark straw color. Bright white head that dissipates very quickly.

Aroma is mostly earthy and yeasty to me. Perhaps a bit bready.

T - This is a hard beer for me to describe. It has a malty breadiness rounded out by a really clean bittnerness. It finished clean, dry, and bitter, but doesn't have a lot of hop flavors. It has a slightly fruity character from the yeast I suspect. To me, it is like a very clean american pale ale made with a Belgian yeast. As it warms I get more nice yeast flavors. A bit like a hefe or a wit without all the sweetness.

M - High carbonation, dry. Fairly light bodied for an ale.

D - High level of drinkability. Very sessionable. For me this is kind of like if Budweiser were a belgian ale, and I mean that in a good way. Seems like it would be a great summer beer to me. I can imagine one by a pool.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:43:40 | More by hellomcfly
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single of this at the State Liquor store in Vernal, UT. Sides of the case of beer listed this at 6.8% ABV.

A: Pale blonde color, cloudy, with a faint white head, reduced to nothing, a little light in color, but pretty dang close.

S: Lots of yeast ester smells, almost perfume like, somewhat soapy,

T: Everything about this screams wit-bier to me and not Belgian pale initially, as it warms it still has those characteristics, but they are less strong. What is there is sweet, with a nice herbal/spicy bite, big time yeast presence, some citrus, notably orange hints, and a faint hint of alcohol. A bit of bitterness towards the end. Surprisingly spicy hop character as it warms.

M: Nice balance of thickness and carbonation. This is just about spot on, nice dryness, and a pretty big kick of booze at the end. There is no way that this is 4.0%.

D: I have really enjoyed this beer, and will probably go back for a six pack. This is an enjoyable beer. Lots of good flavors. Not 4.0% though. No way.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:35:26 | More by pokesbeerdude
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:42:21 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of colts9016


2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A golden orange color that is cloudy. There was a one finger head that quickly diminished to a white ring. There seem to be some particles supendend in the beer.

Nose: Cooked corn, toasted malt, phenols, and citrus. There are hints of esters and grass.

Taste: Toasted malt, cooked corn, phenols and citrus. There are notes of ester, grass and not much else.

Overall, A very poor resemblance of a Belgian pale ale. I don't think that they use corn to make it. I didn't not like this beer. I think it came from Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 06:59:10 | More by colts9016
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2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 16:31:54 | More by John_M
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Red amber glass fails to support a head.

S) Belgian, grainy with a serious bubble gum note.

T) Full flavors! Rich, earthy almost a dirt taste with a peppery spice.

M) Low carbonation, medium body, dry finish

O) Peppery, earthy, full of Belgian/Utah goodness. A well brewed piece of work.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 01:26:35 | More by HardTarget
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange with a decent white head. Smells of sweet and hoppy. The taste starts out smooth and crisp, then moves to hoppy spices but finishes with easy citrus flavors. Great mouthfeel, you get everything without the damage. Really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 05:31:41 | More by nrpellegrini
Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.