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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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1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 19
Gots: 54 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 05-24-2002)
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Photo of erosier


3.8/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours a nice amber color with a short and thin tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. The smell is of nice roasted malts and some peppery hoppy aroma as well. It tastes of nice roasted malts, then some citrisy and peppery hops as well. The mouthfeel is nice and fresh and crisp feeling which makes for a drinkable beer. I would recommend this beer for the taste and then for the collectable bottle for the monty python fan.

05-05-2008 04:26:11 | More by erosier
Photo of Spidey13


3.43/5  rDev +3%

Monthy Python's Holy Grail Ale pours a slightly hazy light amber. A fluffy 2-finger head leaves a healthy amount of lacing down the glass. The nose starts with piny hops and vineous, wine-like aromas with an underlying bit of sour fruitiness. The taste starts out sweet, with some toastiness showing up. More vineous flavors are in there with a mild, earthy bitterness showing up mid-sip and lingering a while in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice a full with a moderate amount of carbonation.

The novelty of the name and label gave me low expectations for this beer, but it is a pretty solid drinker.

05-01-2008 02:39:48 | More by Spidey13
Photo of GeoffW


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured into a pint glass, fairly clear amber color, minimal head fades away quickly.

Smell is malty with a touch of bitter, not very complex but what is there is appealing.

Taste is fairly straightforward, a good amount of bitter, not much malt, overall very simple. Mouthfeel is decent, it's only 4.7 abv so the alcohol isn't detectable.

Drinkability is average, it's not hard to drink nor is it very alcoholic, but it's not something I would be eager about.

Overall it's a decent beer, nothing to write home about except for the tempered over burning witches part.

04-24-2008 05:46:06 | More by GeoffW
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.85/5  rDev +15.6%

I poured this into an oversized glass that the beer filled perfectly, with a medium amber-colored body and about two fingers of head.

The aroma had a slight spicy sensation, and the taste matched. However, this brew doesn't get the points for taste because, as other posters have stated, it isn't very complex, it's simple. Normally this wouldn't be a problem; however, when paying over $4 a bottle I want it to give a kick to my tongue and make my tastebuds wonder what just hit them. But with the not so complex taste it is super smooth. I'd have more than one in a sitting, but that is cost prohibitive.

Good quality, but not the best value.

04-21-2008 00:19:35 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

An apple cider like body with minimal head that did leave good lacings, suprisingly.
A hoppy smell mostly, light and airy to be honest, but some faint citric notes and some pear/apple smells also. The hops come out at the start, as this beer some sharpness to it. Tart and citric (apples, pears, lemons), this beers also gave off a light coffee malt/biscuit impression. That may be just me, but it contained a malt presence on the backend. A good, balanced ale, but to be honest there's nothing spectacular about it and the MP thing is just a marketing tool to get people to try this beer...and it worked.

04-20-2008 15:55:18 | More by clayrock81
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%

A nice big sea foam head covers a golden amber with orange highlights, and recedes, leaving a think layer of sticky lace.

There is a slightly astringent light biter orange rind waiting for you here.

Some hops, and some malt. Let's call this one balanced, but not much else to say about the flavor.

Here we have a very light body and a touch of carbonation.

Have a few, heck at 4.7% have a bunch. I don't have much to say about this one, but it is enjoyable.

04-16-2008 21:47:58 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of lostdesperato

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -16.5%

I was not impressed with this beer.

A 1-2 finger head quickly turned into a frothy mess. The body was a pale golden yellow color.

The smell was slightly malty. No hops. It tastes similar with some bitterness in the back of the throat. The flavor is very one-dimensional.

The carbonation is less than the average pale ale but still a little too much for an English brew. The body is thin. And the drinkability is not what I was hoping for. I finished my bottle and will probably never drink this again.

In my opinion if you want a easy to find English Pale Ale stick to Bass.

04-15-2008 03:32:11 | More by lostdesperato
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -6%

A: Poured a bright, golden-caramel orange with a solid firm white capping.

S: a fresh breadiness along with dominate caramel and oranges. There was also a light fruitiness (dried pears), cereal grains and a rounded earthy hop bitterness.

T: a nice maltiness to it, with a earthy hoppiness along with some grassiness. There was some dry oranges as well detected.

M: creamy, highly carbonated and fizzy.

D: Ok drinkability, a gimmicky name cant make this anymore then what it actually is, an ordinary English pale ale.

04-05-2008 16:19:26 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of OKCNittany


3.38/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a 1" off white head with good retention and plenty of lace. Slightly hazed orange/light brown body.

S: Smell of musty grain with a decent dose of hops.

T: Starts with a nice, fruity hop bite, but it quickly turns somewhat sour and stays that way through a bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Less than medium carbonation. Lasting, unpleasant finish.

D: Passable, I suppose, but really nothing to write home about.

04-05-2008 02:58:13 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of ricchezza


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a clear copper, light straw-amber color.

While pouring I get a strong honey-sweet aroma. No strong hop aroma, only malt. A slight plastic smell (phenolic).

Light and crisp on the palate. Tangy sweet taste. I can definately sense the grains themselves in this brew. A tad grainy/husky.

In the end this is an easily enjoyable ale. I've had it before and I will surely have some again.

04-02-2008 15:54:46 | More by ricchezza
Photo of psycherex


3.38/5  rDev +1.5%

A-Poured into a glass it is a golden amber with a foamy head.
S-Fruity citrus smell with a slight hoppy scent
T-Smooth but not fruity and no bite in the after taste.
M-Light almost airy. Smooth and tastey.
D-Drinks well, not heavy. Could drink several at one sitting.

03-27-2008 23:11:55 | More by psycherex
Photo of treehugger02010


3.33/5  rDev 0%

I got a single 1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa and poured it into a pint glass (more than once).
Appearance: It poured an amber body (most of the time, but at the bottom it was pretty light) with a thick light tan head that was pretty big. The retention was good, but it didn't match the lacing very well.
Smell: Very light hints of malt that was indistinguishable from anything else. It was very watered down.
Taste: A nice earthy english hop, heavy malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: Smoother than crisp, but crisper than smooth.
Drinkability: Better than average.
Don't drink and review.

03-27-2008 02:41:36 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +6.6%

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
"Ale Tempered Over Burning Witches" on the yellow, front logo sticker...
Pours a hazy, murky, orange-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded and left quite a bit of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Saw-dust smell combined with a slight essence of oranges, florals, and wheaty fruit...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma with a suggestive hint of oranges, fruits, florals, and earthiness...
Decent mouthfeel - very light, not too rich or thick, with an average level of drinkability as well...
Not bad...

03-25-2008 23:16:31 | More by dsa7783
Photo of thierrynantes


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Beer bootle (50cl), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : deep golden color, with a good foam head.
Smell : hoppy aroma
Taste and mouthfeel : quite well balanced hops and malt, with a slight fruity taste
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Pale ale

03-19-2008 21:52:35 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of MerkinMan


2.8/5  rDev -15.9%

A: Pale amber in color. Nice head, diminishes to a fluffy 5mm, and then a thin lace.

S:Very reminiscent of bananas. Odd, but pleasant.

T: A little odd, but I am not going to say I do not like it. The banana flavor stays in the nose. Once the beer warms up, a vinegary taste approaches.

MF: This beer lacks the body it should have.

D: I will finish this one, and probably not seek this one out again. I like the other Black Sheep offerings though.

It should also be noted that I bought this beer along with a Fullers 1875 that had a freshness date of 2005, so this beer may be old too. Take this review with a grain of salt, chips, and more beer.

03-16-2008 01:09:21 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

19 oz bottle picked up today at the Coop for about $4.50.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

2 finger head drops leaving quite a bit of lace... brew is polished orange/light amber.

Pale malts dominate the aroma .... sorta musky floral notes .. slightly medicinal .. a little fruitiness.

Malt flavors are more toasty/biscuity .. has more of an "English" profile in the taste... a little fruity ... sorta tanic ... again a little medicinal .. could stand to be a bit sweeter .. a bit dry across my palate... minerally... Lite body with persistent carbonation. Not alot of flavors over all.

I am a fan of English Ales ... Not English humor ... could never sit through an entire Monty Python movie.. but all and all .. this brew is pretty average.

03-13-2008 07:29:12 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of CNeilP09


3/5  rDev -9.9%

if we were playing cards...I'd call bullsh*t.

nothing about this beer appeals to me in the positive. it's newcastle.

yeah it had a wonderful appearance. rich brown and deep.

the smell was of sweet caramel and vanilla, with a bit of butterscotch.

tasted like newcastle brown ale.

felt like creamy, viscous newcastle.

drinkability. forget it.


03-06-2008 06:59:08 | More by CNeilP09
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -24%

A: Pours golden yellow body with a thick, off-white head. poor retention, but nice lacing along the top of the beer and along the sides of the glass.

S: Smelled sweet and fruit with tartness in the undertones.

T: not much of a taste to it. Kind of bitter/tart overall with a pretty alcoholic aftertaste. The taste did not really impress me at all.

M: A little thin, watery.

D: Not too drinkable. Not much of a taste to it and the mouthfeel did not do that good of a job to assist the taste overall. Definitely could have been better. The smell made me think it would have been better than it actually was.

02-24-2008 21:19:23 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Jordan1985rec


4.6/5  rDev +38.1%

Like most of the reviews have said previously, I was a tad leery of trying this based on the novelty aspect. BUT this was awesome, brought me back to the pubs in London in the best way. Similar to an ESB I would say. Very welcome in my home.

02-19-2008 00:54:16 | More by Jordan1985rec
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +15%

I was a little wary about drinking what is essentially a novelty beer, but being a big Monty Python fan, I couldn't resist.

Poured from the pint bottle to a pint glass. Left a decent sized (half inch) head and some lacing. Had an amber color with a fairly clear body.

Somewhat sweet-smelling beer. Hops and malt are the most obvious.

This had a pretty decent taste to it. Malts, a bit of hops and something else sweet peaked in. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel was alright. Had a fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish.

Overall, this is a surprisingly drinkable beer. Not the most complex taste, but it definitely keeps you interested.

02-18-2008 14:07:45 | More by avalon07
Photo of horshack7


3.33/5  rDev 0%

Appearnce: This pours a golden copper color with a bout two fingers of head. Alot more color than I excpected very nice.

Aromas: A slight hop aroma a little dry but nice. Not very too much on the malty side however it does a little bit of a sweet aroma.

Taste: The taste is not too shaby at all. It has a light hop character. The sweeteness of it is rather spot on. It has light but smooth mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

Notes: This one is a bit of a surprise. I like the sweetness of it it's intersting. Oddly enough it's not bad.

02-04-2008 03:53:15 | More by horshack7
Photo of Traquairlover


4.3/5  rDev +29.1%

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Yellow, copper light amber with a very large off white head made of mixed sized bubbles. Carbonation is light with very small bubbles, leaves good lacing.

S = First aromas are clearly coming from the malt, sweet smells, some hint of popcorn, hops are also present though with lemon citrus smells.

T = Quite bitter, some hints of butter (perhaps slight diacetyl, but only very slight), there is a nice bite of white pepper and finished long and bitter. An excellent English ale. I really like the white pepper characteristics.

M = Light to medium bodied, foamy carbonation, light to medium mouthcoating.

D = Very drinkable. Would be great just for an occasion when in the mood for an English pale ale or excellent candidate for session drinking.

01-27-2008 20:30:30 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of hustlesworth


3.95/5  rDev +18.6%

never been much of a fan of british comedy, but i sure love their beer. i'll take 2 pints of bitter any day of the week.

A- pours a slightly hazy copper orange apricot, very nice rocky bone-white head has great retention and lots of baby-swiss type lace all around. settles to 1/4in disk and stays that way.

S- very fruity and wine like until it warms up a bit. sherry, port, and red apples. wild strawberry, white raisin, old wine barrel, and as it warms caramel toffee/praline and bready aromas come out. sour tart yeast, and woodsy malt, herbal almost floral hops.

T- flavor seems somewhat diluted compared to the aroma, but seems to fit. well water, toffee, raw cocoa, tart bitter cranberry, white grape, aromatic resinous dried wood , grape leaves, dry chardonnay, white zinfandel, and again, as it warms, the bready malt flavors show themselves with caramel and toasted grain, and woody herbal tea like hops. if this were classified as a bitter, it might have received a higher rating from me here.

MF- soft, smooth, and refreshing slightly oily medium body, but the medium level carbonation washes it down and cleans up making way for another drink.

D- as a fan of english beer, they all are highly drinkable to me. the bottle is gimmicky and fun and that adds to the experience.

01-20-2008 20:44:08 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of skeetermoses


2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

I would have to say that this is a beer one could get drunk to really fast, lets say 3 of these along with a couple of low point beers would get you shotally titfaced. I cannot say I would buy this one again. but I dont remember too much of the night when i started it out with this one.

12-31-2007 08:15:25 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of hiikeeba


4.13/5  rDev +24%

A - Pours up golden amber with a thick head.

S - Bready malt with a hint of alcohol

T - Slighty biscuity malt flavor with hops around the edge of my tongue. Finishes a bit sweet.

M - A little thin, but not bad.

D - Smooth and easy drinking. A nice session beer.

12-06-2007 01:40:26 | More by hiikeeba
Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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