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

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

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Reviews: 603
Hads: 1,187
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 23.67%
Wants: 32
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: stcules on 05-24-2002

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Reviews by ruckus232:
Photo of ruckus232
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice gold color bordering on amber. The head was very nice and full at the beginning but soon disappeared.

The smell was fruity, which surprised me a little because I expected more of a yeasty smell.

The taste also surprised me as well but not in a bad way. I think I expected a lot more of a bitter taste then was actually there. There are small hints of bitterness but definitely not as much as expected.

Glad I tried it once but this isn't anything special. The packaging was what initially sold me and it turned out better then I thought but it's not great.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bready, Buttery, Smooth, Pedestrian

More gimmick than beer? Maybe, but it does have all of the trademark flavors: leafy tobacco-like hops, faint buttery, yeasty tones, bready malt, ripe fruit, etc. A well put together beer, but there doesn’t really seem to be any “wow” factor here—nothing pops or jumps out at us. Worth a go even for novelty’s sake though.

STYLE: English Pale Ale | ABV: 4.7% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #99 (APR 2015)

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking an English ale on inpedendance day how ironic,anways pours a golden color with a little orange tint with a pretty nice frothy head that settles pretty well into a soapy-like consistancy.Aroma is a little herbal with some toffee notes,taste is pretty mild and restrained but good with some light brown sugar and mint intertwining nicely.A respectable ale very easy to drink and pretty good even in the heat,I passed this beer up alot thinking it was just a gimmick but I actually liked it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a clear orange in color with some very light brownish tints around the edges. The big, fluffy head looked like a thick cloud and showed good retention.

Smell – The big, deep grain comes out nicely. The hops are very bitter and strong, kind of like an Earl Gray tea or something. The distinctive notes play well together.

Taste – The toasty, biscuity malts are terrific. They mate very well with the English-style bittering hops. The sweetness is very laid back and hardly noticeable. I can pick up something that tastes like unsweetened orange juice.

Mouthfeel – This one is a solid medium-bodied with some big bitterness that ramps up at the finish.

Drinkability – The label is kind of cheesy, but it’s what’s inside that counts. This is a terrific session ale.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RoninBirdman
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Satyr179
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug at a local pizza joint, this beer was a golden color with a small white head. Both the aroma and taste were subtle, to say the least. Very faint caramel, sweet fruit, biscuit. Nothing really stood out. Still, it was easy to drink, and one could probably down a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BK2084
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a Cleveland hotel bar, it was this first time I had ever seen it on draft, so I decided to get it. The beer is as one would expect, golden in color with a head that easily dissipates. The smell is all malt with no hint of hops. The first sip is sweet with slight carbonation that never dominates. Overall this beer is average, for malt lovers theirs plenty of malt but nothing for the hop lover in me. This is a traditional English pale good but not great

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of psycherex
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a glass it is a golden amber with a foamy head.
S-Fruity citrus smell with a slight hoppy scent
T-Smooth but not fruity and no bite in the after taste.
M-Light almost airy. Smooth and tastey.
D-Drinks well, not heavy. Could drink several at one sitting.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber orange body with an attractive, twofinger, ivory head. Considerable lace effect, as sheets fade into patches down the glass.

Aroma fails to impress. Herbal and floral hops are up front, but end up a bit astringent.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied, and has a mild white pepper bite.

Herbal hops lead the flavor profile. What seems to be a vague, pale malt note is underwhelming. At room temperature, the taste is somewhat redeemed by the appearance of a McIntosh apple note. This ale is crisp and refreshing, for all its faults. The finish is clean, with a dry, apple cider aftertaste.

Nice drinkability if it weren't so expensive. I can't help but enjoy an English ale that evokes the Monty Python Show theme song running through my brain.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ouncer, without freshness dating. Pours typical darkish honey amber, off white head, and moderate lacing. Minor nose of some fruity hops and malt. This is a middle of the road Brit ale, decent balance, malt/hops, nothing special IMHO, but still a pleasant, drinkable sessioner. Worth a try.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not quite the Holy Grail of Ales, but fun and very Yorkshire, by gum.

App: Bottle looks great, ale is nice and bronze with a playful, fluffy cappuccino head. Constant effervescence but small bubbles mean more flavour in your nostrils but less fizziness. A typical bottle-conditioned English Bitter, perhaps, but not your fruity, sweet, delicious Landlordesque Pale Ale.

Smell: Tea, whisky, pineapple, coffee, and maybe a touch of lizard. Robust, bitter and well-rounded.

Taste: Well, it's got a few things in common with a Scotch Ale - I'm not too fond of the style, but I'm a big fan of this brewery. Did you know this ale is a blend of Black Sheep Ale and Yorkshire Square Ale, a darker ale of theirs? So they've gone cheapo to make this concoction, but it's still not too bad. You can kind of tell that it's a blend though, because of the mishmash of flavours. Anyway, this is a solid, drinkable ale, which smells good, like it's made with all sorts of things beer is not supposed to be made with (like tea) and it's more than the bland crap you usually get in a smoky Yorkshire pub (think John Smith, Bass). Taste is OK but not as good as Black Sheep Ale. Awesome brewery though, and a great story behind it. Definitely worth visiting the brewery!

Mouthfeel: Bit rough and watery. Not this style's strong point.

Drinkability: What's that proverb about some coloured sky at night, shepherd's delight? Well you and all other drinkers of this beer can talk about such things as the weather, your flock of sheep, the young ladies in the village and the details of the local cattle market, over a pint of this fine local ale in your smoky pub. Enjoy your pipe and overgrown sideburns/chops. Remember, this is a LOCAL ale for LOCAL people, there's nothing for you here!

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange-brown in color, minimal head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and grass

Taste: toasted malt, tea, honey, and biscuit

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: Good for the style but not great overall. This has a very smooth and nice biscuit taste. I could have two max.

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Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is very malty with some earthy hops. The flavor is traditional English malt and hops, with some fruitiness. Thin-medium carbonation and a thinner mouthfeel.

I had tried this beer once before and not liked it, but I found it pretty good the second time. Certainly not a great beer, but not a bad beer either.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a six pack bought in Buffalo. My wife and I first started dating after she asked me over to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so there was no way I wasn't buying this - gimmick or not!

Poured into a nonic (it's only a model...) Light amber, clear, a decent-sized head that recedes into a fine white ring.

The nose isn't fresh coconut carried in by an African swallow, nor is it freshly bashed dirt from a repressed peasant, but rather that of your standard, textbook English pale ale: malty, a bit of fruit, English hops, a bit of funk.

This brew is less like King Arthur and more like "Brave" Sir Robin - rather than being bold, impetuous and a little insane, this brew is clearly a bit too scared to accomplish much. Perhaps this is a bit unfair. Yes, scratch that: this beer is more like Arthur's servant Patsy: trustworthy, inoffensive, but wholly unremarkable. In fact, I'm sure after a few day's I'll probably forget what this beer tastes like, so it's certainly best if I write it down now: It tastes like a malty sweet pale ale with a touch of hops to the finish and a slight metallic twang - no more, no less.

Look, the beer has Monty Python on the front, so you know you're going to buy it. It says it's "tempered over burning witches", so you know you're going to buy it. But when Monty Python burst on to the British comedy scene in the 1960s, they were viewed as zany, wacky and a little insane, but certainly memorable. And there's nothing zany, wacky, insane or memorable about this brew; clearly, it was designed to appeal to the greatest number of people who will buy it precisely because it has Monty Python on the label.

Like me.

Eh, to hell with it, just drink it and enjoy it. It's not bad.

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