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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

Monty Python's Holy Grail AleMonty Python's Holy Grail Ale

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974 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%

Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 05-24-2002)
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Photo of Jason


4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with some humor on the label. No freshness date. Awesome head, looks like the top of a meringue pie and sticks all over the place. Mildly hazed pale copper colour.

Grassy herbal hop aroma with some malt sweetness in the back that is breadier than anything else. Faint diacetyl and fruitiness in the nose also.

Impeccably smooth with a slick and flowing mouth feel. Big tea-like hop character is herbal and lemony with a ghost like tobacco flavour. Bitterness is modest but stern. Touch of musty diacetyl and some vague fruitiness also. Grain with a bread crust like flavour, malt sweetness provides a good base yet is seldom seen. Finishes slightly with lingering aleish flavours.

Ohh yeah, this is a beauty. I love English ales like this, pack with flavour and complexities yet very quaffable at the same time. This was worth every penny of the $3.50 I spent.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 12:19:35 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1pt 9fl oz custom brown bottle. Yellow label with some Monty Python graphics. "Tempered over burning witches" says the label.

Appearance: Hazy medium amber with a massive, thick, white, rocky, sticky foam head. Nice head retention on this one.

Smell: Slightly apple-like in the nose. Fruity, floral hop character with faint notes of citrus rind, background must and strong herbal characters.

Taste: Sharp bite on the palate, with raw apple-like flavours -- more like a Granny Smith apple, complete with apple skin, apple must and slight sour/tart character. Medium-bodied, with just enough smoothness. Herbal flavours quell, then mix in with a very light sugary sweetness and flavours of flowers. The faintest touch of diacetyl is present. Oily hop residue is left on the palate, along with a leafy hop feel that blends in with the apple skin. Tannins and more apple skin flavours and feel on the palate follow and fade gently into the dry finish.

Notes: An interesting ale, however, remove the "Monty Python" branding and you're left with simply a typical ale from the UK. Apple flavours and tannins might be a bit too much for some.

Regardless, a nice little treat from our beer brothers in the UK, and well worth seeking out for at least one try -- especially if you are a fan of traditional UK ales and/or Monty Python.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 18:24:12 | More by Todd
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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale by Black Sheep
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P-packaging: the big sell, holy grail with the letters crossed out and re worked 4.0

A-apperance : chestnut blonde with a one finger head and some lacing 3.75

S- smell: faint malt subtle but very pleasant 3.75

T-taste: a little tinny but very well balanced and light in character 3.25

M-mouthfeel : sturdy but smooth, really nice finish 3.5

D-drinkability: very good. not too heavy, crisp enough to refresh 4.0

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A-somewhere in between a gold and copper. Medium amount of carb bubbles. Don't remember any head. If it was there it was gone before I started drinking. No lacing.

S-metallic upfront. Some grains and toffee. As it warmed and I drank I began to notice more fruit.

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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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