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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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1,138 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 28
Gots: 88 | 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 montageman
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A full flavored ale - decent bitterness with notes of roasted malt. Very easy to drink, but there is no sacrifice on taste. Carbonation is a little heavy, but would probably be tempered on cask (if it's available). Mid level ABV makes this an option for session drinking. Aside from the carbonation, this is a solid ale. Recommended.

Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something about this was really good. I loved the flavor of this beer. Super drinkable with a nice mouth feel and interesting flavor. good citrus flavor with some pine from hops. It wasn't very carbonated, but thats fine by me. I would love to have this again. I highly recommend this if you want a drinkable beer thats different than the from the usual.

Photo of plaid75
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Chip Shop, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium copper hue with not much head to speak of.

The smell featured a soft malt, some light caramel and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a doughy malt, a grassy hop and the slightest amount of diacytl.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a easy drinking pale ale.

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

12oz bottle. Pours clear copper with a smallish eggshell head that disappears without leaving much of a trace. Smells of typical English malt, that's to say sweet, bready, and with some caramel. Light hop character. Very mild taste, with straightforward (boring) malt character again taking the lead. Hard to find any sign of hopping here; nothing really floral, nothing citric, no pronounced bitterness. Medium body. Nothing special, though I'm wondering how old this bottle is.

Photo of dudecandle
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Relatively dark with a tiny head, which didn't last long.

There was something that struck me strongly pepperminty, which may have been some combination of orange peel and very piney hops. Not bad at all, kinda unusual. The bread was more apparent on the taste.

Like a good Pale Ale, it was nice and rounded, balanced with a decent spice background.

Photo of stevecee2003
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12oz. bottle. I wasn't expecting anything. Perhaps just a name capitalising on the Python label.

But it had a NICE head. Frothy and true. This might be a surprise. Good head retention, and it stuck to the glass- ALWAYS a good sign.

Smelled of malt sweetness and some fruit- for me.

The taste was a bit hard-water feel, but actually quite nice taste. There was that tea taste flying high overhead. But in a nice way. Refreshing. Perhaps a little lemon in there. And I agree, there is that bread crust thing going on in there. Overall very smooth. Forget Bud, this one has "drinkability".

Notes/Overall: I have to say I was surprised. When I reached for it, I had a choice of the old reliables at my local beer warehouse. It was a sort of "what-the-Hell" choice, and in the end- a good one. A surprise. Pretty danged good!

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/orange color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, grain, pale malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt up front, then grain, slight sweet malt, pale/dry hops, and some yeast cleanliness. Overall, a decent pale ale with good drinkability.

Photo of bsp77
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light clear copper with nice initial head, but quickly subsided to a very thin layer.

Smell: Bready malts and strong fruitiness.

Taste: Bready malts, some tea-like character and very light bitterness.

Feel: Despite the flat look, it seems overly fizzy. Also, a little thin.

Drinkability: Easy to drink EPA, but nothing out of the ordinary. Would love to have this at a pub in England, instead of bottled at home.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A bright, clear, golden-bronze color with loads of visible carbonation when first poured. The dull off-white head is fairly tall, dense, and foamy, with an irregular texture. Retention is decent, with patches of lacing.

S: Grainy malt in the nose. Some herbal and mineral hop aroma is also present. Somewhat metallic as well.

T: A dry fruitiness is present at first. Rough, grainy malt provides little sweetness. Hops are herbal and mineral, with mild bitterness and some solid flavor. Buttery and woody notes.

M: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Dry throughout, especially so into the finish.

D: Not exactly the most exciting beer around, but a sturdy, drinkable English Pale Ale. This would be very sessionable. Solid.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep English gold with billowing head of white, webs a bit at the top, lacing is attracted to the edge but a bit thin, no carbs. Looks like an impressive English ale.

Again very English, lots of hops, very grassy, reminds one of a verdant English pasture. Hints of lemony citrus add a tartness, malt is not really there. Quite nice though.

Malt is definitely there on the palate, thick and sticky with a biscuity kind of sweetness, thick and full mouthfeel. Hops are there in their earthy, tart goodness but finish is grainy, like cereal, with a brown sugar kind of flavour to it that somehow manages to re-emerge after the hops have done their lingering magic. Hence very, very back of the palate is somehow quite sweet, although for the most part a slight lemongrass bitterness is prevalent. Not a bad English ale, apart from that lingering sweetness there's nothing unusual about it. Taste is a bit plain overall. Could well be used as a cleanser though.

Photo of giblet
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

i have to agree with the previous reviewer. i bought this for the gimmick of the name. poured nice with golden color and one inch of head. good steady carbonation. some light lacing down the glass. beyond that it is ho-hum. nothing great about the taste. grains with a very light hint of hop. not anything that would make me want to buy it again.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of aristeros
2.84/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought it for its name for 1.69, expectations aren't too high. Poured into a pint glass, amber color with a finger of white foam. A tiny bit of lacing.

Smells sour-ish, maybe tart citrus. Very smooth, but nothing really sticks out. Grains, citrus, a bit of hops in there somewhere. It's got stuff going on, but not particularly well-balanced, and no aspect of it is truly developed. Texture is good, carbonation is good.

Not a terrible beer, but I was hoping for more than the gimmick.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Brass rail Deli

A- a gold type of color with some red tints to it. A 2 finger head that leaves a claspy lacing on my glass.

S- some sweet malts with notes of honey and maybe some sort of lemon or orange peel citrus.

T- a metallic lemon type of taste. Not overly bad but sour like. the malts are present and tanged. After a few put backs it becomes somewhat tart.

M-tart and malt. Somewhat smooth but crisp.

D- an easy beer to throw back however the tartness takes away from how many i could put down.

Photo of FleeVT
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lodge in Boca Raton, poured into a pint.

A: Extremely mild haze to a light amber with big head.

S: Spiced citrus hops and faint sweet malts on the nose.

T/M: Smooth beer that is perfect for a Florida summer's day. Starts sweet and tart with a slow transition to the hop bitterness in the back.

Photo of twaddlac
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Has a small head but ends with a nice white lace. Light orange/yellow and crystal clear

S- Notes of honey and malt with a strong scent of citrus.

T- Not a strong taste but has a nice mellow, slightly malty taste with strong hints of citrus as well.

M- Really smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Decent beer, not one of the best but not too bad.

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber into a pint glass. There was plenty of carbonation shown through the glass. A decent two finger head that left a small amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma had a hint of fruit, but was fairly weak and did not stand out. Kind of reminded me of a Bud Light.

The taste was a little bit better than the aroma. I was not expecting much. It did seem like a little bit hoppier version of an American Lite beer.

The beer was very light on the palate and would be good on a hot day. Something that would quench someone's thirst after a hot day mowing the grass.

Overall, not an impressive beer, but the name is cool so you figure you need to try it.

Photo of degerbah
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lager-like pale yellow with plenty of quickly settling head. The smell is slightly of mild hops.

The taste is very clean and somewhat watery. I appreciate the light flavor as it's over eighty degrees outside, but I was looking for something a little more flavorful. There is so little flavor with this beer it really reminds me of a macro lager. Nothing at all special about it. It's very drinkable and I could see it possibly being a gateway beer, but it is substandard when compared to Sam Adams Boston ALe or Lager. I've seen this on the shelf for years and never tried it, now I'm glad I didn't buy more of it.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours like a golden and better looking Miller Lite. Whispy white head.
Smell is pretty faint, but there is some rind and maybe a limited hop profile.
Taste is very smooth and it is highly drinkable, although the taste is fairly limited in its complexity. Some rind added to the mix is nice though.

Photo of AtlasBrew
4.4/5  rDev +32.5%
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.


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.)

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

Golden yellow, with a nice fluffy white head that leaves some great lacing. Filmy after a while, which is a shame. Otherwise very nice looking.

Light grain organics on the nose, with a pleasant grassy freshness. Even a light hint of smooth sweetness, perhaps vanilla, which is odd, but not unpleasant. Not huge, but not bad.

Pretty tame palate, with some fluctuating hops bitterness that never reaches a crescendo. Some malty grain notes, but not huge. The end is a little yeasty which leaves a gritty finish in the mouth. Otherwise, it's a decent, if uninteresting flavour profile.

Hey, it's a drinkable beer. I just wonder if this is simply a "plonk some branding on the beer" beer. Relatively light, and while not terrible exciting, it goes down well enough.

Photo of goatgoat
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gimmick, for a $1 it got me.

Pours a clear honey gold with a quickly falling white head. No lace. Aroma is light fruits, biscuits, a little toast, and a slightly spicy hop character. Hmmm... better than expected. Flavor doesn't follow up though, it's decent, but that's all. Bready malt and a grassy sort of bitterness that quickly disappears. Decent feel, light with low carbonation.

Not a great beer, not by a long shot. But much better than I was expecting for such a gimmick. I definitely don't begrudge the buck.

Photo of billybob
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a honey color with a short head quickly fading with a minimal lace. slightly fruity nose with a biscuit malt taste and not much else. mouthfeel weak, watery, carbonation was good, tight and crisp. thats the best i can say for this beer its a pass by in the store.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A pale golden color with a vague amber hue; a little white head that faded faster that Brian Bosworth's career.

Smelled vaguelly hoppy with some grain and maltyness.

There's something very macro-like in the taste here. Not knocking it for it, just observing. The hops are very mild and subdued, like they all decided to smoke a blunt and then vegged out on the couch instead of partying like the rest of the beers do.

There's very little texture to this beer, it's watery and has average carbonation.

Very drinkable though. My dad seemed to like it.

I bought it for the novelty of the name, I suppose Black Sheep was banking on this. The movie is still one of my favorites, I laugh at it all the time; the beer... Not so much.

Photo of Duhast500
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear gold with a slight white head.

The smell is some what fruity with small hop flavor and some yeast.

The taste is a bit bassic ale, not too much of a hop flavor, not too bitter, some yeast flavor.

The feel of this beer is a little less of a bitterness than expected. Refreshing and crisp it does have nice drinkability and can be quite refreshing.

Photo of atpben
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Houston Flying Saucer. Poured into a pint glass. Appears a cloudy light brown color. Malty and fruity in the aroma with hints of orange, lemon and some honey. Fruity in the taste with some light spice and with the hop bitterness lightly kicking in the end. Very easy to drink. Will definately try again.

Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
76 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.