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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

1,074 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 60 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 05-24-2002)
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

jeffs713, Mar 15, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most of the reviews have said previously, I was a tad leery of trying this based on the novelty aspect. BUT this was awesome, brought me back to the pubs in London in the best way. Similar to an ESB I would say. Very welcome in my home.
Slainte!

Jordan1985rec, Feb 19, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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pheelingIt, Jan 11, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers, if not THE favorite. It's bitter at first but lightens up with every swig. Dark English Ale that ages fantastically well as well - I've aged a couple for 6 months and over a year. It mellows a bit with age and actually gets smoother.

A brand new bottle will oftentimes taste overly bitter with the first swig but then the flavors begin opening up and blend together as you drink the bottle, it's a great beer to drink during the winter but may be a bit too heavy to drink during the summertime.

xare, Sep 26, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber color. White creamy head. Head sticks readily to the glass and has great retention. Not a lot of visible carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Bitter/hop smell as well as the nutty butter aroma of an english pale ale. Smell is strong as I don't have to hold my nose near the glass to smell this beer.

Taste: very fruity and a strong nutty/butter flavor. Tastes like I expect an English Pale Ale to taste. Hop bitterness is an opening flavor, very sweet hops. I also detect some acetylaldehyde and alcohol flavors as it develops across my mouth. This beer is complex with many flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body.

Drinkability: This is the style of beer I find myself drinking most often these days. It is a favorite style of mine. This beer in particular is easy to drink and interesting to the palate. This beer is more than a curiosity for those only interested in the label or those that would pass it up like a cartoon beer.

cracgor, May 27, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am often times skeptical whe I see something that smacks of novelty. Usually I tend to avoid such things but my love of beer and Python was too much for me to ignore on this one.

Nee!

Color: Crystal clear amber with a nice off-white fizzy head, moderate retention.

Aroma: A touch of caramel malt with some mild floral and spiced hop aroma.

Flavor: Semi-sweet caramel malt, nice carbonation and medium body, hops are there but just in balance and support of the malty flavor, not too bitter. Pleasant.

Overall: First you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with...a HERRING!
Bring out your dead cause this one is actually pretty good! I expected some half-assed novelty beer to taste like shit but I was pleasantly surprised. It's not bad! It really is a true crowd pleaser as well, meaning your non-beer geek friends would enjoy it at the Memorial Day picnic and would be overwhelmed. It's a tad more malty and a touch more bitter than say a Heineken(with an Ale taste of course but not too bad, very clean.)

AtlasBrew, May 07, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

Jason, Aug 08, 2002
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4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Overall a terrific ale.

A: clear pale amber with small head

S: biscuit malt and honey, intriguing

T: taste of biscuits, honey, and just a touch of hop snap in the finish

M: Very smooth, medium mouthfeel. My preference

D: very drinkable, left comfortable warming and was great paired with chicken and stuffing

Would definitely recommend this ale. Great with chicken and suspecet it may be good with pork too.

B967ierhunter177, Feb 18, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label is awesome, Monty Python artwook is the best and it semms to go so well with the beer inside.

This Pale Ale pours an appealing orangey hue with a big chunky head and tonnes of glass covering lace. Aromatic bready malts and lots of floral and spicey hops make up the nose.

The taste is everything a good English ale should be; rich and full flavored, very well balanced, with a good English yeast taste. The firm bready malts are acuntuated by a subtle toastiness. This beer is hoppier than I expected, with richer hop character than the Black Sheep Ale. The hops are cedary and spicey and mix well with some great fruity esters. The mouthfeel is testured and creamy. It would be better if it was bottle conditioned.

Overall this ale was excellent. I was quite surprised.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 21, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle, in an English glass.

Appearance: Amber color, with small but lasting head.

Aroma: Some malt in the nose, with fine earthy hop aroma.

Flavor/Body: A touch of sweetness up front, then a good earthy/floraly hop flavor. Restrained fruitiness, and a good bitter finish rounds it out. Good body, just right for an English ale.

Despite the flippant name, a very decent English strong bitter. Very quaffable.

I love how the Black Sheep brewery, instead of having a range of different styles, focuses mainly on my favorite style, the English bitter/pale ale, and has several very good variations on that theme.

allengarvin, Nov 09, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what it is about this beer... it seems hard to find in the US, I've only seen it twice: New Orleans, and once on a snowboarding trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC. But whether the name, or the taste, the scarcity... whatever, this is hands down my top brew right now.

It's just a damn good beer... like the Holy Grail, it cannot be described, only experienced.

beerNdarts, Feb 20, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just love Monty Python's Holy Grail so naturally I had to watch it while drinking this brew. Between gufaws I took sips and was surprised by it's smooth, flavorful taste. Poured a rich tawny color with a head that can choke a ladened swallow. Initially aroma was of caramel malts, some sugars, and a piney hop backdrop. Taste was similar and nicely balanced with roasted caramel malts in the front and a bittering hop finish. All in all a decent brew that must be kept away from the killer bunny!!

Portertime, May 13, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Winking Lizard March 2010. Got a nice laugh from the bottle label! Review from notes.

Very good clear, amber color. Head lacing like a champ. Super tasty brew - toasty malts balanced very well with the bitter end. Went down smooth and satisfactorily. A most excellent pair with my fish sandwich. Delicious.

sixerofelixir, May 17, 2010
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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
76 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.