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

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Black Sheep Brewery PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 05-24-2002

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Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foggy amber iced tea colour. Moderate head that settles to a film but leaves good lace.

Interesting aroma, lots of things happening there. Initially quite musty to smell. Clear notes of sweet malt and hops.

Sharp on the tongue. Apple, citrus rind and hop flavours after some sweet malt up front. Bitter finish.

I enjoyed this for the variety of things happening in the glass, but couldn't see drinking a ton of it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - Amber colour brew with a nice generous head that stayed on for a while. This is a standard english ale with the usual bitter aftertaste and good hops taste. It is a good brew but nothing out of the usual or to distinguish himself from the pack.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice offering and pretty to look at as well. Poured a medium amber hue with a frothy head that left behind a full and creamy island lace.
Carbonation is very active.
The body was a medium/full.
Taste started with a butterscotch sweetness and ended shortly after with an assault by the hops.
No lingering here except for the glass cling.
As cute as the marketing ploy may be, this is actually a nice brew.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous ivory head crowns this beautiful hazy amber brew and produces incredible lace effect. The nose is light and somewhat grainy. The taste is full of nice sweet malt and a nice hop balance, but finishes on sour notes. The feel is smooth and creamy and the drinkability very good.

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Photo of Mark
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with good head retention, thick lace adorned the glass. Yeasty aroma, some hops, typical butterscotch taste profile that many bottled English beers seem to have. Very smooth as is also typical of the style. Full bodied and decently drinkable. Not on the same plane as Young's or Fullers but not bad either. Worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of marburg
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My fiancee poured this one for us, and she did a bang-up job. The head was perfection. I mean, this thing looked magnificent in the glass. Beautiful, big, soapy, white head. The brew itself was a hazy orange-yellow.

Herbs and tea aromas. Lightly fruity in an English ale sort of way, but nothing worth getting excited about. Fairly non-descript, though I did swear to myself that I thought I smelled a tiny bit of legume-ish aroma.

Grainy, malty base shines through. A balancing but hardly overly bitter hop presence is smothering this pretty quickly. Flavors weave together nicely, really. It's hard to pick them apart, but it's got a very vegetable, nutty, herbal, grassy thing going on. Light estery flavor. A pretty standard, quaffable pale ale flavor going on here.

Finish is a bit harsh, kind of astringent. There's an odd concentration of herb-flavored hoppiness that catches me in the back of the throat with this. The aftertaste lingers a bit and isn't great, but it's not a deal-breaker. Not bad at all. And hey, it's got friggin Monty Python on the bottle. I picked up the ol' guitar and smacked out a rousing rendition of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." ;-)

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Photo of freed
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on the shelf at a new market in town. Despite all attempts, the novelty convinced me to try it.

The bottle is labeled with quotes and images from the namesake movie, and the ale pours a hazy golden into my imperial pint. The head is quite impressive for a bottled beer, and it leaves a nice lacing through the glass.

The aroma is a very familiar rustic malt blend. The taste combines that rustic malt blend with the warm, dank sourness of a barn. The pleasant fruitiness of the yeast compliments its earthy flavors, and makes for a swell pint that easily holds up to expectations. A clean drink that really is pleasant and should be enjoyed in more than one.

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Photo of maxpower
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy and hazy light copper color, has a decent white foamy head, light caramel and bready aroma. Light body and watery mouthfeel, flavors of stale bread and butterscotch, finish a little bit sweet, a very average english pale ale, Jesus christ...run away!!!

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Photo of Ellbert
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, the Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale... A must have just because of the movie's legacy. It was actually a new beer tonight at my beer bar and it sold out. Luckily I got a bottle before that.

A great beer, it looked absolutely wonderful. A nice thick head that suprised me. I thought this was just gimmik, it pulled me in.

The smell was good a little fruit and some hops.

Mouthfeel was really good. It seemed thick and malty for a pale ale.

This was very easy to drink and I could have more of these if it wasn't for the $7.50 a bottle.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange gold color. Large head. Malty and fairly hoppy. Medium bodied bitter. A little spicy and citrusy. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is sharp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. I will admit that I bought it this beer for the label Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to buy this beer (Ne!). The beer is a clear, golden color, with a hint of red to it. There waas a fair amount of head, but it dissapated quickly. The aroma is a bit malty. Not too much in the way of hops in the nose. The taste is fairly malty, with a little bitterness. I didn't pick up any of the roasted witches in the taste. A pretty typical English Bitter beer. Not too bad! A fine beer to drink while making a shrubbery!

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a lacey white head. The smell is of pale malts and light aroma hops. There seems to be a bit a fruitiness about it; possibly some light crystal or munich malts to add character. The taste is decent, but nothing special. Again, it's a pale beer with a bit of malty character. There is a good balance between malts and hops. The mouthfeel is good. There is a medium body. This is a good drinking beer, but nothing I would probably buy again.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This “Holy Grail “ pours a deep gold, almost orange color. This ale gave off a tight thick white head that left a very thin lace in the end. The aroma was more grassy than hoppy. Hints of wet hay hit the nose, nothing over impressive. There is a bit of malt sweetness present. The taste starts of with a malt start but the grassy hops flavor hits in. The flavor has a TWANG at the end, maybe sour apples? Over all a very nice bit above average enjoyable ale. Now I must find a shrubbery and cut it down with a herring.

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Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The name of this beer made it so that I couldn't pass it up. It pours a light amber color with a nice, full head and a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty and slightly sweet. The flavor was hinting at a malt liquor but had a very odd sweetness to it that gave it a pretty enjoyable taste. The aftertaste is pretty dry but it was surprisingly smooth to drink.

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Photo of TheDM
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a very large invigorated head of large light brown bubbles and a cloudy amber body with carbonation rising up the side of my mug. It has nice malty aroma and an initially smooth taste that builds somewhat bitter finish. It's receding head left good lacing. It is a nice all around brew.

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Photo of putnam
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sticky, fine white head plasters everything it touches with residue. The color of the beer is burnt orange.

The smell. Ripe, sweet blueberry cream is the first impression and it obscures a damp, earthy notion that is hard to grasp at first. Then, it comes: moist bluegrass, clay, dried orange peel...these are liberated yeast here. They are the microbial equivalent of free-range chickens, offering an airy, easy complexity that comes from being allowed to pursue whatever bliss a yeast might want to pursue. Happy, innocently beautiful, not too smart, but useful...and tasty.

The taste: Very gassy. Bright sharp prickles of gas disallow any richness from registering at first. Its there though. A cottony, weathered, dried malt flavor that delivers, in addition to the elements available to the nose, graphite and toast.

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

"Tempered over burning witches." With a tag-line like that, how can you not buy a bottle? Fortunately, this is not a gimmick beer - very much the traditional "ordinary bitter." A little tannic in the hops bite, but not so much as to pose a problem. Slight acidity in the background, smoothed over by some nice malt flavors. Won't be a regular in the fridge, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Morris729
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with lots of visible carbonation (tiny bubbles stuck all over the sides of the glass in the beer) and a thick and frothy whipped cream head that slowly dissipates in chunks leaving a heavy and patchy foam behind. Nose has a bit of an herbal and grassy twang with notes of musty grains and wet wood. Medium in body with a slick mouth feel. Taste starts off with flavors of iced tea and diacetyl followed by some oily hop resins and notes of green apple peel with a bit of tobacco in the finish. Being a fan of Monty Python, I was really looking forward to trying this beer, and while not great, it was still quite enjoyable. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

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Photo of Indybeer
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like everyone else it was the label that caught my eye first. This pours a deep hazy golden with a huge head that lasts, and leaves fine lace to the bottom of the glass. The aroma was a mild maltiness. Nothing jumps out at you in the taste, and seemed to be a little thin, with no real finish. But still I enjoyed this ale. Would love to try this as a draught, to see how it compared.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a large head. It had good lacing that clung to the side of my mug. The aroma to me was a combination of fruity and nutty. The beer went down smooth with a bit of a sweet aftertaste that was noticed. It had a lot of carbonation. All in all this beer was drinkable.

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Photo of Loki
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I, like many of the other reviewers, purchased this beer out of sheer novelty. The fact that it made me laugh out loud the moment I caught sight of it I knew that it at least deserved a purchase for that. I too had very low expectations for this beer.

The Ale poored a slightly cloudy light amber to copper color, with a nice thick, creamy head. The nose gave off proment malt, with a bread and a slight toasted nut smell. Very subtle hints of fruit.

The taste was very good. Malt and hops came across very balanced, with hints of apple and bread. Very thin mouth feel, with very smooth finish.

All-in-all, a great pint of beer and much better than I believed due to the packaging. Tried twice, must better when chilled than slightly warm.

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Photo of Winter
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a gift and probably something I would not have purchased figuring it was purely a gimmick beer. I was wrong indeed, as it ended up actually being an enjoyable ale.

1 pint, 9 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a delightful frothy white head that remains throughout comsuption. Aroma consists of malt and toasted bread with a pretzel dough-like quality to it. Thinnish mouthfeel is not a detraction. The taste is actually pretty decent. Hops and malt balance are kept in check. Light hop bitterness is washed away with a pleasant doughy pretzel flavored finish. Bitterness imparts some residual saltiness. Not bad, certainly worth a try at the very least.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solidly good ale...in fact, much better that I'd hoped. I figured this would be a gimmick beer, but I should have guessed better. I've not been disappointed by anything from this brewery.
Nice, puffy white head. Chestnut to almond color...relatively clear. Doughy and sweet with a great hop aroma. Extremely drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of purplehops
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Holy Grail Ale pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and floral with some malt notes. The taste starts watery and then develops some malt flavors along with some honey and herbal flavors. The finish is maltier with hop bitterness coming into play along with some continual sweet flavors. Aftertaste is citrus and floral hop flavors with a hint of sweetness sneaking in from moment to moment. Mouthfeel weak to light with some effervescence.
Overall an average English style pale ale/bitter. The label seems more entertaining than the ale itself. Enough said.

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Photo of StevieW
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9 fl oz brown bottle. The bottle has cool hop leaves etched into the top. Yellow label with Monty Python's Holy Ale. "tempered over burning witches." No doubt imported to Florida under the wing of a European Swallow. Uh em.... Enough.
Clean pale copper color. Medium sized rocky head, faded rather quickly but left some nice lacing. Smell was very floral, and hop filled. Faint fruitiness as well, apricots maybe. Taste was pleasant, combining both sweet toasted malt upfront ans some super sharp, puckering bitterness. Some very nice hop bitterness toward the finish. It's no Hop Devil, but it's very flavorful. Lacked the rich bready, biscuit like malty goodness. Feel was a touch on the thin side. Flavors fall apart toward the bottom of the glass. Just a touch to watery to be really good, but close. I would choose it over a bass, but take a London Pride on tap before it.
Paired with a grilled barbecue chicken breast and greenbeans. Left off the cornbread, that would have made the redneck trilogy complete. It was very good paired with dinner, but not a beer that stands alone. For $3.99 a bottle here, a bit pricey. I am looking forward to the other 2 beers from this brewery I bought, the Black Sheep Ale and the Riggwelter.

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