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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

1,021 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 17
Gots: 39 | 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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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +50.2%

06-22-2014 04:59:34 | More by Jasoncolliver
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MikeyJ777

New York

5/5  rDev +50.2%

06-01-2013 02:05:00 | More by MikeyJ777
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amhatfield3

Ohio

5/5  rDev +50.2%

12-27-2012 21:21:46 | More by amhatfield3
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Flat_Cap_Guy


5/5  rDev +50.2%

06-28-2012 21:17:30 | More by Flat_Cap_Guy
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mspencerpc

Florida

5/5  rDev +50.2%

06-26-2014 23:54:20 | More by mspencerpc
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jeffs713


4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

03-15-2012 16:45:38 | More by jeffs713
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Jordan1985rec

Maryland

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 00:54:16 | More by Jordan1985rec
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

08-25-2012 03:28:16 | More by BK2084
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Ron860

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

05-12-2014 03:37:33 | More by Ron860
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CCJ430

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

03-06-2012 22:27:35 | More by CCJ430
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Mattitude13

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

08-26-2012 20:04:39 | More by Mattitude13
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Part-D

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

10-04-2013 23:58:17 | More by Part-D
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pheelingIt

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

01-11-2013 07:08:00 | More by pheelingIt
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xare

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 00:08:20 | More by xare
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cracgor

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 01:21:32 | More by cracgor
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AtlasBrew

Pennsylvania

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.)

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 04:35:01 | More by AtlasBrew
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 12:19:35 | More by Jason
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 13:55:04 | More by B967ierhunter177
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 20:17:09 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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allengarvin

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 01:52:58 | More by allengarvin
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beerNdarts

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:07:28 | More by beerNdarts
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Portertime

Florida

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!!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 15:50:43 | More by Portertime
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 02:12:53 | More by sixerofelixir
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- A clear, golden amber hue. Two finger head with residual foam sticking to the side of my pint glass.

Smell- A little subdued, but a noticeble creamy hops aroma. More emphasis on creamy for a pale ale. With hints of bananas.

Taste- Very creamy start, hops with bananas in the middle, and a clean creamy malt finish. A surprising end to this better than expected beer.

Mouthfeel- A light creamy palate, no overwhelming flavors to the taste buds. Very clean and refreshing.

Drinkability- Will definetly have to get a bunch of these beauties next time I'm at Sam's Wines and Liquors.

I drank this beer while soaking my aching feet. Feet soaking and Holy Grail Ale went together like swimmingly. Very relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 17:46:57 | More by scruffwhor
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I admit I tried this the first time because of the Monty Python name on the label. But I am glad to see the beer is as good as the program/movies are funny. This was the 3rd time I've had this beer and was surprised to find I hadn't reveiwed it yet. I must have been overcome by grief over the loss of my parrot (a Norwegian Blue). Pours an absolutely gorgeous orange/amber color with a huge wheat-like head. Big, fluffy, off-white head. (HUGE tracts of head - sorry). Very good retention and great lacing from rim to bottom. Smell is like few other pale ales I've ever had. In fact, my mouth started watering the instant I smelled it, the anticipation was so great. Malt, enough fruit to make a shrubber's heart happy (citrus, apple, grape), spice, oak and vanilla and a nice sweetness over it all.Taste is malt, hops, oak and vanilla. Fruit and spice are present as well but less pronounced than in the nose. Personally, I blame the Knights Who Say "Ni" for that. Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied with just the right amount of hop bittering. Could be a bit smoother but quite enjoyable. A fairly dry finish with a pleasant hop/malt aftertaste. Don't let the Black Knight stop you from trying this brew. Good flavor and balance make this a good beer anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 04:03:05 | More by PorterLambic
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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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