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
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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 Josiah2729
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: Copper color with 2 finger head, decent lacing.

Smell: Malt and some grassy english hops.

Taste: Light malty sweetness with a mellow hop bitterness. I am not getting the off flavors that some others have suggested. The flavor profile is pleasing throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, smooth finish.

Overall: I stayed away from this one for a while because of the negative reviews. I finally broke down and purchased it in a mixed six. I am glad I did. (504 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ahhh, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, entertains to this very day with classic lines like "Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you. If I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away". Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale however seems like some sort of an odd product crossover, not that the Python boy's don't deserve a bit of extra merchandising on the side, still I don't grasp the relationship between 'ale' and their classic film. Perhaps if it was a Medieval style brewed in Camelot that would make more sense.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy amber body with a chalk white 0.5cm head.

S: Floral hop aromas upfront, with a pine/herbal fragrance, caramel malt base and hint of sugar to be expected in the taste itself. Pretty standard EPA characters.

T: As expected; caramel malt upfront, pine/floral/herbal hops in the mid palate and follow through to finish with a slight bitterness and a light astringency. Reasonably balanced with the flavour, but pretty average overall and not as good as several other EPA's out there (Spitfire, Pride of Oxford, Bitter & Twisted).

M: Light carbonation, fairly slick bodied.

D: Final verdict: Meh. Needs more hops is my (not!) expert opinion. Otherwise easy drinking, and apparently "tempered over burning witches", which is always good.

Food match: Roasted killer rabbit... if you can catch one (tip: you'll need the holy hand grenade of Antioch). Also African Swallow carried coconuts go well with this beer for some reason. (1,629 characters)

Photo of Dudeletter
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was about with friends the other night, having a good meal with them at the local British pub, when I came across perhaps the only thing more fundamentally British than a pub: a Monty Python beer. Let me share something with you my dear readers: When it comes to Monty Python, I’m a bit of a fanatic. I can quote all of the movies by heart, own the TV series box-set, seen the musical, and have scared away more than one prospective girlfriend upon their discovery of my ownership of a replica of the Holy Hand-grenade of Antioch. So when I saw that the restaurant offered Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale as they called it, I could not order a bottle fast enough.

As you can tell, the bottle itself is clearly marketed to Monty Python fanboys such as myself. Boasting of being tempered over burning witches is all fine and good, but finer still was the beer itself. The beer boasts a rich amber color and a fruity, yet bready smell. Meanwhile, the taste, much like the smell, slightly fruity, you can definitely taste the malt, and has a superb aftertaste to boot. As a whole, it seems being roasted over burning witches does wonders, because Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale is a very solid English Pale Ale, and a rather tasty one at that

Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale is brewed by Black Sheep Brewery, a British brewery located in North Yorkshire, and luckily for all of you eager to try it, yet not so eager to go out of your way to find a bottle of it, they sell it here on their website. At least in my opinion, it’s worth a try not just for the fan appeal, as it holds its own as a good brew, so if it sounds like something you’d want to try, I recommend it. You may smell of elderberries afterwards though. (1,760 characters)

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

12 oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Dark golden pour with a scant, thin white head; decent retention, minimal loose lace.

S - Grainy malt in the nose with a light, somewhat grassy hop scent.

T&M - Very grainy, and maybe a bit harsh on the palate. Relatively smooth otherwise with a rather gentle hand used in the hopping; with a slight grassy edge. Hint of a fruity sweetness malt in the finish.

O - Overall a decent brew that offers sessionability and a decent depth of flavor. (493 characters)

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

500ml bottle poured in a shaker glass.

A: Pours a golden to orange absolutely clear color. Forms a big white head with good retention and many lacings left

S: Very grainy. Caramel and hops. A British Ale

T: Follows the nose. Simple beer. Caramel, malts and hops. Slightly sweet upfront and mild hoppy aftertaste

M: Light watery body. Medium carbonation. Mild bitter aftertaste

O: High drinkability. A British session beer. Not good as Monty Phyton (452 characters)

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

The beer is copper to amber in color with a tiny, fleeting head that leaves virtually no lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is weak, with faint scents of malt, biscuits, a hint of citrus. The flavor is unassertive and fairly bland. Hints of malt, bread. A bit of astringency in the finish. Overall, this was mediocre. Monty Python is hilarious, but this beer is unremarkable. (376 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 3 Heads Brewing Pint Glass

A-Golden without too much head, little to no lace

S-not really much here, maybe a little citrus

T-Very Bland and Ordinary, officially nothing awesome here

M-again, not much going on

O-very disappointing, gimmicky, won't seek out again... (303 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a big white head, small bubbles, some medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is like a cream ale, yeasty, fine, nice, smells fine.

Beer is thin, very thin, a little grainy, creamy, yeasty, mild biscuit, it tastes OK but it is a boring little beer. Not a repeat. (336 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing Spamalot,there was little doubt this nectar would be in my future. Poured into a snifter as the Knights of Nee stood watch in the distance.

A: "What is your favorite color?" Clear amber with a white half finger head that leaves foamy bubbles. Careful with those coconuts, horseman!

S: "What is your quest?" Verily, I detect a citrus sword fight clashing with light malts. Not a whiff of rabbit, yet it peers from its hole, teeth bared and hungry.

T: Ah, smooth , citrus and malty. Methinks this doth drink like a lager. 'tis more like a summer ale. This is the ale that drinks like this.

M:"What is the air speed velocity of an unladen African Sparrow?" Light to medium with medium carbonation. Great bubbling, like a witch's cauldron, without all the rancid heat and eyes of newt.

O: Crisp, sessionable, yet more like a sequel than the real deal. It's just a flesh wound. If I'm going to drink like the Knights of the Round Table, quench my thirst with a brew that slaps me from my horse and dances silly jigs while farting in my general direction. (1,068 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

let me blow the dust of this here keyboard. Back in the saddle, kemosabe. Enjoying this beer with some reheated pizza- a meal fit for a king.

A- Clarity is king- see right through this one. A burned orange color, a bit darker than I expected, 1 finger head that settles quickly. Middle of the road- no knocks on it but nothing impressive either.

S- I get some sweet bready malt, it's a fairly pleasing nose. I like it. Simple, but hey, it works.

T- The pale malts come through again, slightly fruity, floral, sweet and simple. Not much else, though. In fact, this beer feels lacking... I see some other reviewers mention hops but I taste none. No freshness date, but this one's gotta have a bit o' time on it I think.

M- Light, fleeting, flavor vanishes. I don't care for it terribly.

O- One and done- it was a freebie, and went well with the pie- but the label is more appealing than the beer. Oh well, not bad. (918 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an nice orange amber. Thin white head with no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and with a buttery element. Taste is not quite as nice as the aroma, but pleasant. Sweet malt, slight grain and a hint of hops. A somewhat abrupt, dry finish. A pleasant, but not outstanding ale. Not bad really for a gimmick ale. (369 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
1.85/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

*Review taken from notes*

Got this bottle from World Market out of one of their Beers of World boxes.

A: Pale yellow with a bright white head.

S: Sweet malts.

T: Terrible. Soapy. Flat. Flavorless.

M: Light. Watery.

O: Did I possibly get a bad batch? This is a terrible tasting beer. Would not recommend. (309 characters)

Photo of chimaylvr
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass at The Banshee in Dorchester Mass.

App: Like other reviews, clear, copper-red. light lacing even in a clean glass.

Smell: Hop-less, biscuity, fruity esters

Taste: Ever have a Magic Hat #9? Reminiscent. Different. Since Magic Hat #9 is considered a "vegetable beer" I can't say I disagree with that classification. Malty, slightly fruity having a kinda cran-nut tang

Mouthfeel: A little underwhelming. Carbonation is low leaving a flat taste-feel

Overall: It wasn't bad. I like it better than the aforementioned in taste. Not high on it though. (571 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into tulip, no date on the bottle.

A- Clear pale copper pour with thin white cap. Lacing is decent.

S- Slight caramel and toffee. Slight floral hops.

T- Toffee and slight biscuit. Very subtle hop presence. Subtle mineral notes.

M- Light bodied, decent carbonation.

O- Tempered witches? Nah. Decent beer? Yup. (313 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, pale, copper coloring with a thin, white, frothy film covering the surface of the brew. Aromas of toffee and roasted nut sweetness, with a hint of hops. Flavors are rich and tangy sweet, with toffee and hazelnut characteristics cleaned up by a peppery hopping at the end of the palate. Very light bodied and a steady carbonation feel throughout, with a thinning effect on the flavors. The aftertaste is light and short-lived, with some of the toffee and roasted characteristics shining through. The finish is quick and clean, leaving a clear palate behind. (619 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a mason jar at Villain's bar in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. I'd had this before from the bottle.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, but bad retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper-gold.

Sm: Biscuity light nuts and some malts. Maybe some toasted malt. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Less hoppy than expected, with some light nut hints alongside tropical fruit esters. Strange but enjoyable. Balanced and experimental, but pleasant. It's nice all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick, especially for the style.

Dr: Drinkable but strange - not that that's a problem. I wouldn't get it again at this price, but it's nice for what it is. No holy grail here, though.

C+ (758 characters)

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very beautiful coppery amber colored pour. Nice Ivory colored head.

S: Bready, fruity, and nutty. Very inviting.

T: Mild hops,fruity, and a nice caramel malt.

M: Creamy, smooth, and light. Nice carbonation.

O; Will drink this one again. Whimsical label (261 characters)

Photo of thehenbarris
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Coppery, tinge of red.

S- Almost none. Faint malty/grainy.

T- Again, almost none, and that kills it for me. I felt like I was drinking an adjunct lager. (I said to one of the people who was with me that I'd rather drink a Labatt's Blue.)

M- The only place this beer didn't disappoint. Light with nice carbonation.

I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this if I were you. And I don't plan on having it again. (415 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale pours a clear, light Copper color. The off white head faded fast.

It has a faint, pleasant, slightly malty smell.

Not much taste. Slightly sweet, easy to drink, no hop bitterness.

Bottom Line - This is a dull boring beer that lacks flavor. (274 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber, medium white head. Aroma and Taste is a light fruitiness, some toasted malt, and grains, and a bit of grassy notes. A medium body, carbonation is moderate. Finish is some toasted malt, barley yeast, light fruity and grassy notes and some light hops. Overall seems a bit lacking in flavor and aroma, just an average brew. (342 characters)

Photo of nhindian
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Pours a pretty amber, bordering on almost completely clear. A lot of active carbonation can be seen rising through the body, culminating in a 1.5-finger, powder white head with decent retention. Solid lacing surrounds the glass.

S - The front of the nose brings a hefty amount of sweeter malts and grain, a touch musty. There isn't a whole lot here, but it does finish with a burst of spicy, earthy hops.

T - For an English Pale Ale, the taste is surprisingly sweet and even rather off-putting. Instead of the clean malts, however, I am getting a somewhat astringent cereal graininess. This swallows the characteristics from the hops, leaving them to fight through this initial shock. There's some kind of fruitiness here as well that just seems misplaced. There isn't a consistent theme throughout this beer and doesn't seem to represent a pale ale at all.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. This feels pretty nice on the palate, and is even crisp at times. It's a shame that the flavors don't leave something better for this to embrace in the aftertaste.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. This beer has a nice vision, but strays away from the path too erratically for me to fully get behind it. The hops are almost non-existent in the taste, replaced with a strange malt bill and sweetness. I'll leave this as a novelty beer; fun to try once, but I will not seek this out again. (1,453 characters)

Photo of mptorpey
2.01/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Coper with light carbionation, very little head

S: very yeasty/musty carmal and malty.

T: The smell carries over to the tast of the beer. Not a well balanced beer, some what off putting.

O: A beer that is some what out of balance and has a large amounts of yeast/musty smell and tast that over takes the rest of the flavors in the beer. (342 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 01-11-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from World Market

Funny label with Monty Python graphics! The Black Sheep website says this is their top selling beer in the U.S. and Canada...

A: Bright copper-colored beer. Very clear, showing a good amount of bubbles coming from the glass bottom. The head is a bright white color and stands a finger and a half. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S: Kind of a weird musty aroma that I can't quite place. Maybe its a yeast smell. There's also some grape-like fruitiness and herbal notes from the hops.

T: The musty aroma seems to carry over to the taste as well and makes for a buttery-like flavor -- I'm guessing this may be diacetyl. Other flavors include caramel malts and a fruity, light sweetness. Not really bitter - this is more malt forward.

M: Feel is crisp, with medium amount of carbonation and a thin body. The aftertaste features more of the buttery flavors.

O: An easy-drinking beer; I could see putting several of these down at a time. Originally I had this one scored lower, but then I read more about diacetyl and how it is an acceptable aspect in an English bitter. (1,211 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with decent lacing from a lackluster yet persistent head.

S- Malts outweighs anything else, save for a sweet grain bill.

T - There is something watery and bland at first that gives way to bitterness mingling with a sweetness best described as a flat artificial sweetener taste. What lingers on the tongue is nutty and again, watery.

M - Carbonation is there yet it still seems flat. Aftertaste is more sweet than bitter.

O - If this were strictly novelty, it would be impressive, but I think they were shooting for a serious beer. I wish this was a bit more pulled together because it does have good flavor, it it just seems a little all over the place. (673 characters)

Photo of ABVerageJoe
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Copper/caramel color with a thick white head which left a medium lacing upon dissipation.

S - Grain, tried to pick up more than that, but could not. Perhaps it smells like both grain and malt liquor.

T - Tastes like it smells; plain grain. Tasted very similar to American Pale Lagers, perhaps Budweiser. Maybe a hint of green grapes.

M - Thin, dry with a slight spice in the tip of the tongue.

O - Not impressed. Maybe it would be better for people who appreciate the nostalgia from the Monty Python movie, but I don't care for it and will definitely not buy this beer again. (583 characters)

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