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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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1,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 27
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a snow-white frothy head - resembles a hefe-weisen or cream ale more than a pale. Smell is grassy and lemony with a hint of apple juice. Taste is similarly grassy, lemon grass actually, with a strong citrus backbone and a crisp hop bite. Reminded me of Tommyknocker's Jack Whacker wheat with lemon grass. Drinkable for sure, but it's a nothing mindblowing and a little pricey. Still refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours a clear golden amber color with a strong carbonation and a thick rocky off-white head.

S-The aroma is a faint light toasted malt and a hint of green floral hops, but it is very clean overall

T- This beer has a nice faint toasted malt taste mixed with some fruitiness and a hint of burnt grains blending with the gentle hops bitterness. There is a slight earthiness to the finish.

M- Medium body with some fizz in the mouthfeel

D- For the alcohol content I don't really notice that much complexity of malt and hop flavors. The toasted malt is not a true flavor in this beer and it should come out a bit more. Interesting to try but I'm afraid it’s more of a gimmick.

Photo of beersarang
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber with a light tan head. Decent lace and retention, nothing to write home about.

Faint bread aroma, little toffee.

Slightly nutty, but more bready than anything defines the malt character. Very light hopping, bitterness is hardly noticable. Overall a touch yeasty and bland.

Lighter bodied. Worth a try for the bottle, but otherwise a typical if not sub par British ale.

Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light clear orange-amber color. Nice foamy yellowish white head. Head sticks all over the glass. First thing I notice from the aroma is the sweet apple smell. Faint diacetyl and some sweet malts. The taste is dominated by apple like fruitness and maltiness. Medium bodied with a smooth slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is great. At $3.50 a bottle it is money well spent.

Photo of claytri
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ail poured a nice full amber but very clear with an off white head. The aroma was of malt with a lot of floral hops. It had a light malt taste with a big hop finish. The feel was medium, smooth, and somewhat oily. It was a very pleasant beer except when it wasn't.

Photo of slyke
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer features a themed label and comes in a half-liter (16.9oz) bottle.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a liberal off-white head that falls pretty quickly, but a small bit remains throughtout.

Smell: This one was hard to peg. A little hop spiciness, a little graininess.

Taste: Malty at first with a long dry finish, almost too dry.

Mouthfeel: Good, hearty mouthfeel in the maltiness stage.

Drinkability: This is a serviceable brew. Not bad, not great. I could drink a couple.

While I won't go out of my way to seek it out (other than for the occasional novelty of a Monty Python beer), I won't turn my nose up at it either. Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale is worth a try.

Photo of jimbotrost
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 06/11/2005. Pours a bright reddih to copper color with a dense white head, looks good. Bottle did gush upon opening, not good. Nose is neutral maybe leaning towards slight maltiness. Flavor introduces itself malty, very subtly but then a "tinny" metallic undertone arrives. Mouthfell is very dry, slightly chalky, finish is long and leaves you thirsty!!!

Photo of beertaster13
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Monty pours a nice golden amber with a gorgeous frothy foam head. The head is thick like a shake. The smell is slight skunky at first, then the citrus aromas will peak through, lemon peppers and biscuits swirl around the nose. The hop presence is delicate and makes it every bit english. The taste is of thick buttered biscuits and grain yeast with caramel malts. Hint of bitterness will linger.Thick and delicious. A nice beer even with the gimmicky name.

Photo of Pegasus
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy copper color. with a quite decent off-white head, which soon collapses to patches of scattered foam, lots of broken lace, many streams of small, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Light, sweet, caramel and honey aroma, mild hops, and a wave of lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Rich toasted malt flavor throughout most of the taste, with a late earthy note, turns to a slight, but lingering metallic hop bitterness near the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, pleasant, soft on the palette, with little noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very good, especially considering that it is marketed as a novelty beer, certainly good enough to stand on its own merits.

Photo of packetknife
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After months away from any real beer I finally hit 'The Tavern' in Cambridge and tried a few brews. This was the first and it was served out of the bottle into a goblet. A reasonable amber hue with a fluffy bleached white head that laced the glass all the way down. Smelled sweet on the nose, something like wheatgrass and citrus. Mine was very hoppy and my first reaction was 'Why is this an IPA?' until the sweetness hit me. After the initial roll, you can certainly get the fruity hoppiness and the sweet malts. There was a somewhat unreasonable aftertaste though that felt like film on my tongue.

Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monty Python beer? I wasn't expecting much but I figured I HAD to try it since they burned some witches.

Pours medium rusty amber color, looks rather old to start. Very large bubbles in the head, a couple of fingers at least. Aromas include some bitter fruits, hops, and alcohol. Taste follows with some bitter fruitiness, moderate hoppiness, and a little weak in foundation. All in all, it's drinkable, probably a decent session beer. Nothing special.

Photo of cracgor
4.45/5  rDev +34%
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.

Photo of mgdeth
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Nice pale amber color, good head with okay rention. Some lace.

Smell - There is not a hack of lot of smell to speak of at first. A grainy, malty aroma creeps up as the beer warms.

Taste - I would describe the flavor as "earthy." It has a somewhat tangy aftertaste that follows an earthy hop twang. I detect some strange flavors that I cannot really describe - maybe acetone, or something like like that (but they are very subtle). Not good, but not nasty. At least it has a strong dose of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Body is good. Medium low carbonation.

Drinkability - Not really that smooth, but all right for a pale ale. The flavor does not help.

Comments - Looks good, feels good, everything else is pretty suspect. I'm concerned that it might not be very fresh. Sadly, this beer makes me think "gimmick." The beer has some good qualities, but ultimately does not cut it.

Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice clear light amber body with a fluffy head that lasts quite some time and leaves a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass

Smell: A fair amount going on - primarily grassy and herbacious with an undertone of caramel malt and a hint of diacetyl

Taste: This ale packs a fairly aggressive assault on the taste buds - starts out fairly bland, but that is followed quickly by a bitter hoppy punch that tastes of sour apples; dries out into the finish and is slightly phenolic but there is a touch of sweetness on the tip of the tongue that joins the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit slick and moderately carbonated

Drinkability: Perhaps it is the "burning witches" but this one just doesn't come together well for me; the flavors are schizophrenic and while I prefer an ale that is full of flavor, I just can't see returning to this one anytime soon

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Chadbrew
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

OK... I had to try it based on the fact that it was tempered over burning witches and I love burning witches.
Nice two fingers of fluffy white head in the glass on top of a darker honey colored beer - very clear. Nice lace follows the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Smells very sweet and malty.
Tastes surprisingly bitter compared to the aroma, the sweetness is definitely there though.
Mouthfeel is medium, maybe leaning towards the thinner side.
Overall drinkability was very good I think. I thought it was pretty smooth and the bitter-sweet aftertaste kept me reaching for the pint glass.

Photo of KoG
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice deep yellow color with a hint of orange adorned with a frothy white head and good lacing.

Smell is fruity and a bit musty. Sweet malt comes through a bit. Grape aroma finishes... huh?

Taste is fruity and a bit sour. There's that grape again, a bit like champagne but very tasty indeed and goes down smooth.

It is drinkable, but the sour flavor got to me by the end of the bottle.

Photo of StevenZubler
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The movie was excellent. Left this in the freezer too long and it got slushy, messed up the pour. Looks good it’s dark orange with a good head. Weak smell, tastes good, malt and hop flavors are evident, some more complex flavors are tangible. I like 500ml bottles. I recommend this brew for those who enjoy both English Ales and Monty Python movies.

Photo of brewQ
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hefty 1/2 liter bottle with the Gimmicky label is neat.

The substantial whipped head was apparent when the bottle was opened and a wave of foam gushed out. In the glass, the light bronze brew was clean and unclouded. Left an intermittent trail of lace.

Aroma was underwhelming- just a hint of hops.
Taste was lightly metallic to earthy.
Honestly, beyond the package, this is a dressed up Bass Ale.
Just alright.

Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok ,ok broke down and bought this at a local store.
The beer is a hazy,hazelnut brown in colour, with a largish tight ,bubbly head, leaves good lace down the glass.
Very typical English pale ale aroma, the malts in particular are strong in the nose,clean.
Taste is of long lasting toffee flavour malts and some bitterness with a short bitter aftertaste.
A fairly thin mouthfeel.
This was ok, but really not something i would look forward to tasting again.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Silly Grail & foot signature Monty Python label.

Appears murky orange amber hazy cloudy like brewed tea under a beige white sudsy sticky head that dissapates to a coating. Latticed lace left.

Aromas of "elderberries" wild berries & sweet white wine sugary notes.

First swigs: "Bitter" lemon & tea twinge. A bit bland. Mild cherry and red grape. Caramel malt presence. Dry ephemeral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is tight light carbonation almost flat. Becomes tacky.

Big 1 pt 0.9 fl oz is a bit much yet the point is made.

Last swigs: Not familiar with Black Sheep, but a bit too bitter for my tastes. Ale? Hmmm...

Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a bottle with several concepts from the movie. On the pour, this brew is a clear, darker-golden color, with lots of steadily rising little bubbles. Big frothy cream head, leaves good amounts of lace. Lightly malty with bitter hops on the nose. There is some degree of malt, which is dominated by a blast of bitter hops. Thin mouth. My first batch of homebrew was somewhat similar to this, good hop levels, much too weak on the malt. Sure the english style shouldnt be overbearing, but this isnt mixed well enough to give a nice score.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of acrawf6
4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great label. reason why i bought it. But at 4.99 for 16.9 oz???Pours out a nice golden yellow. Smelled a little floral, but nothing stuck out. taste was hoppy and bitter, but by no means that bitter... very drinkable if you're looking for multiple pints. Oh, and the head was foamy white that stuck on the glass like there's no tomorrow. Very smooth beer, mouthfeel was smooth and not overbearing, just a good average mouthfeel. I would say this beer is a good ale overall and very enjoyable, but for the price i paid, just a novelty purchase... great bottle.

Photo of Vancer
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Whoa, started off good, nice clear amber / orange with a 1” Tan head. Could smell the citrus / orange hops, really ready for a quaff. And the first 3 or 4 drinks were pretty good, left a dry, hoppy, and slightly earthy taste. But as the pint progressed the flavors really diminished and by the end the flavors were plain and worn out - kinda like old hoppy tea. Disappointed in this ale, it’s not bad but I won’t go out of my way for another. Seems to be a novelty type ale.

Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
76 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.