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: 598
Hads: 1,165
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 29
Gots: 106 | 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

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Beer added by: stcules on 05-24-2002

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Photo of GregJ
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Little sweet malty scent but not too aromatic. Off white head dissipated quickly. Tastes slightly sweet, malty and maybe a little yeasty. Nothing to write home about but more than I expected from a gimmicky beer. (212 characters)

Photo of megamick
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Fun, novelty & not too bad. I guess I expected more from it considering name, price & the fact that it is "tempered over burning witches". Lots of understated flavor, just not overly remarkable. I put it in the have to at least try it once category. (252 characters)

Photo of bennettwj
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

This is another one of those beers that I will buy occasionally for the simple fact that it is good. Not great, but a nice enjoyable beer.

It has a very nice aroma, and compliments a meal very well. (200 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle poured into a Pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper in color with a slightly creamy, but also light, 1 finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin lacing. 3.5/5

S - Malty, both sweet and toasty. Caramel. Grainy. A bit of a yeasty aroma is also present which results in a somewhat bready aroma. There is a light floral aroma from the hops here but the malt dominates the aroma. 3.75/5

T - Sweetness from the malt is the first note to hit my tongue. There is a fruitiness reminiscent of green apple. There is a tartness to go along with the green apple note. The hops on the back end have a very herbal and grassy flavors to them. 3.75/5

M - Very light with a crisp, dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Slight lingering grainy/bready feel after swallow. 3.5/5

O - Very enjoyable beer with a variety of flavors. Light-medium body makes for easy drinkability. Not overly complex but not expected to be. Nice session beer. 3.5/5 (959 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 35 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), fizzy, off white, quickly diminishing to 2 mm ring and scattered bubbles
Lacing none
Body light amber, clear
Flavor of light malt, slight hoppiness, and just a hint of diacetyl. No alcohol taste. Flavor very short-lived.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Very nice ale, have consumed many and would recommend it. The fizzy head and lack of lacing detract from the appearance. Still not a tasty as a Yorkshire dark ale. (524 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, crystal clear. Good amount of carbonation rising to the top. Small frothy head.

Fruity, grassy, bready, toffee.

Bready, toffee, grainy. Fruity, green apple. Bitterness is moderate, tea-like, herbal. Finish is very crisp, slightly dry. Body is crisp, clean, smooth, refreshing.

It's an excellent beer. (364 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was ok. I liked the beer but it was ok to me. I would not mind trying it again, it has been so long since I have had this beer I actually have forgotten how it taste. I remember that it had a fruit flavor to it and that is all that I can remember. All I know is that I did not mind drinking this beer. If I could find this beer again I would have no problem trying it again. All that I can remember about this beer is that it was ok. (443 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It was a dark golden color, with not much of a head.

Smell - Mostly a sweet, fruity malt smell.

Taste - It was just like the smell, malty and fruity, with a bit of metallic taste in the background.

Mouthfeel - It has good carbonation, with a decent body.

Overall - It was good, but not great. (309 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with a thin foam of white and with a nice level of carbonation bubbles going up the glass. It looks rather nice, though it could use more head. Still rather true to style. Scents of toasted malt, floral, earthy and herbal English hops, that lend a nice, earthy, tea-like quality and a hint of caramel and slight, apple-like fruity esters. A fairly nice aroma that is true to style and inviting, if a bit subdued. Still quite well done. Flavor begins sweet, with hints apple, toffee and faint caramel and a mineral water quality. This sustains throughout the sip. In the middle an extremely faint hint of herbal hops comes through and sustains into the finish. Finish is very faint herbal hops, apple, toffee and hard water. Aftertaste is pale malt sweetness and mild herbal hop flavors with a bit of honey. Not a bad flavor profile for the style, though fairly subdued and mild. The flavors that are there are true to form and quite enjoyable on the palette. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a moderate, yet smooth feeling carbonation level and a drying feel, slightly chalky feel. Quite good, feels like a pub-style ale and is easily drinkable. Overall this is a fairly good, though fairly standard, English Pale. It hits the style notes, but doesn't knock them out of the park. Still, it's easy to drink and there is certainly nothing wrong with it, so it's fine in my book and worth trying just to say you've had it. (1,439 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange caramel color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, some caramel, a little fruitiness, and some earth qualities.

Taste: Same as above with super mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, basic, light bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a tiny bit of bitterness.

Overall: Pretty basic EPA. Nothing spectacular and nothing bad. Just really simple and easy to drink. (601 characters)

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed: 3/16/14

Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale by Black Sheep
poured from a bottle into a 12 oz mug

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

O-overall: glad I bought a couple in a mix. would have again 3.5

great for a tasting party or the British humor fan. good beer all in all (658 characters)

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz single from CJ's Doghouse in Lansdale poured into a standard pint. No prior knowledge of this beer just a random selection for a mix-a-six pack.

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.

T-pretty much the same as smell. I also picked up on an apple taste as I drank.

M-light-medium bodied. High carbonation feel and little hop bitterness.

O-a decent beer. I have had much better English ales, but also much worse. Sorry the Monty Python thing doesn't sway me either way. (701 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. American brewed edition. Sampled on February 28, 2014.

This is a nice looking medium amber-copper color with busy carbonation and a short-lived off-white head. Little lacing.

The aroma is soapy with toffee. buttered biscuit, and mild sweetness. Not much in the way of hop character on the nose. That comes later.

The body is about medium and quite smooth.

The taste has all the expected elements of a sweet English Pale Ale with sweet malts, toffee, and a slight bitter finish but nothing the overwhelms. I used to drink the original English version and I think it is superior to the American-brewed version. But this still holds its own in a pinch. (682 characters)

Photo of jbridge127
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this purely because of the name of the brew, which I'm sure was Black Sheep's market gimmick. It worked. Overall I was not disappointed, but I have had many beers that were better. The appearance suggested it would be an Amber or wheat ale, but the flavour was much more bitter. (284 characters)

Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one a while back, but was so s**t-faced I don't remember what I thought of it. Anyway, saw it again and had to grab it. I mean really, anything tempered over burning witches can't be bad, right? Well, for what I can only regard as a novelty beer, it's not bad. Not too bitter, nothing sweet, and with decent carbonation. It's beer. Very drinkable. I could easily pound a bunch of these and have a great time. Recommendable. Cheers! (440 characters)

Photo of Cervezaconcalor
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank out of a snifter

A - Light brown with minimal head the dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Caramel, fruits and alcohol.

T - Smooth caramel with some sweet fruit and toffee. Leaves a toffee after taste that is no great.

M - Light

O - An OK beer but will not get again. (284 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle poured into pint glass
Served: 10 January 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear brown with a hint of red. Pours with a one-finger white, foamy head that collapses into just about nothing. No lacing even though the glass was perfectly clean. Would have liked the head to stick around longer/have observable lacing.

Smell: Smelled rather metallic, which was a bit offputting. The metallic smells did die down after a while, after which sweet maltiness could be smelled.

Taste: Really not half bad, but nothing special. Sweet maltiness similar to an Oktoberfest- caramel and toffee notes abound- with a buttery flavor too. The butteriness smooths the beer which finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation; very refreshing. Thinned out after a while.

Overall: My first English Pale Ale, so I can't speak too much about how this stacks up to others in the style. Overall, this was a very easy drinking beer with some muted malty notes and a dry finish. Glad I had it, but I probably wouldn't get this again, as I prefer English Bitters over this. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer's color is just a little lighter than amber with a lot of cloudiness in the body and even maybe some yeast floating around in there. The yellowish head is strong, and it rests at about one finger's height with good retention and an even, consistent mix of spotting and patching left by the receding liquid.
The nose is good but strength is a struggle. It shows off its English nature a little less in its aroma than its flavor, and I only get hints of the earth, leaf or mineral that is the staple. I do get grassiness in the hops offering a moderate bitterness, which may add to the bit of earthy note that is there. It's mostly bready, though, ultimately, with a mix of softer and dark fruits speaking to alcoholic esters. There's a somewhat familiar slightly buttery note that I've noticed before as well. It's almost like buttered bread with jam in some regards, but with more to it.
The flavor gives more toast and bread with less of the diacetyl note, the fruity notes still riding through while the grassy and slightly spicy notes from the hops linger underneath with earthiness to boot.
The carbonation in this beer starts off stronger than it finishes, as each sip flattens out on the end. It remains crisp, but it goes fairly limp on the tongue from time to time. Smoothness suffers a little. The overall dryness runs from beginning to end. (1,360 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A darker than a typical macro (yes I brought up macro right off the bat)
about apple cider color
lots of clarity
very little head, and very little lacing

S - a bit metallic - a bit of ABV and not too pleasant to the nose

T instead of shining here is where it disappoints

M not real complaints here

D really didnt make the cut
"you call that beer? I'd rather have another" - -Rufus (442 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Purchased some time back from a supermarket. Tempered over burning witches! Who doesn't love Monty Python?

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright orange-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. It looks great! Aroma of fruity ale yeast, mild caramel malt, grass/hay, stewed hops, a whiff of solvent and faint cardboard. Not much going on.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, caramel, grass/hay, stewed hops and harsh cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed leaves, acrid cardboard and fruity yeast esters.

OK though not mind-boggling. It looks lovely, but this is its best aspect. The aroma and flavour are balanced but rather dull; stewed hops and ale yeast notes abound. Body is alright. Not a bad brew but nothing special - its fame begins and ends with Monty Python. Goes down easily enough but no need to seek it out. (1,223 characters)

Photo of louisianajones
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Bought at Crazy Bruce in Bristol, CT as part of a mixed sixer.

Color is somewhere between gold and orange, leaning more toward orange. 'Bout a half finger of white head receding quickly to nothing; lacing is minimal.

This has been sitting in my fridge for a few days, so it's cold. Not getting much in the line of aroma; slightly pungent without being skunky. Catching some banana/citrus notes as it warms. Maybe it's too cold at the moment; we'll watch the game and let it warm some. Now we're getting some hops and malt with the citrus. Generally pleasant.

Decent carbonation. Pretty basic malt/hops taste which intensifies as it warms; malty beginning, hops on the finish. Carbonation also seems smoother as it warms up some. Aftertaste is predictable for an ale, which is not a bad thing.

Not terribly unique, but good stuff. Much better all around if it's not so cold (yeah, well, it's English). Very, very drinkable. Think "Green Onions" by Booker T and the MGs; nothing earth shattering, but a groove that'll make you smile. I'd have another one. (1,085 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber; medium frothy head, dissipates quickly, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; slight earthy hops; light apple cider; some honey as it warms

Taste: Strange/different flavor; apple cider flavor in the start; creamy malt in the mid with hops showing up; finishes slightly dry; adjunct aftertaste

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (376 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

i really didn't care for this one, and after finally trying it, I see why ive overlooked it for so long. it pours a standard golden color, clear, with an oatmeal looking head without much retention. the nose is sweet English malts, a little on the stale side, and a slight skunky aroma. the flavor is about the same, with the sweetness being quite intense in the end. its got a tin body without nearly enough carbonation, and has a sort of spoiled aftertaste. its grainy and light, for those who get off on that sort of thing, but its a far cry from the best English ales. maybe its better from the bottle, but im not sure ill invest in another one of these anytime soon. average in every sense of the word. (707 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Deep clear copper, not unlike tea. Cream colored head that leaves to a film with bubbles. Light random lines of lacing.

Aroma: Malts, bread, raisins, apples.

Taste: Starts out slightly tart and tangy with bready malts and loads of fruity notes, namely tart apples and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, tangy.

Overall: A decent session but lots of tart and tanginess. (409 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but dark mahogany in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a thick collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples, toffee and lemon citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity yeast and toffee along with some hints of chocolate malts. Bits of sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable towards the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It's rather complex for a light-bodied beer. (777 characters)

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