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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 jsprain1
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark golden with a one finger head that dissapates quickly with some lacing with lots of carbonation.
S- Smells bready with some distant fruit in there, perhaps peach?
T- Starts kind of sweet, a little bit hoppy, some fruit flavor and yeastiness. Nothing too complex though. Kind of generic pale ale flavor.
M- A bit watery, but not too bad. Highly carbonated keeps it lively on the tongue.
O- considering that their name is a clever marketing ploy, i wasn't expecting much. that being said, it's not a bad beer at all. at 4.7% its a good session beer. Not the most complex or most tremendous beer out there but worth a drink.

Photo of biggmike
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden yellow color with about a one finger white head that dissipated to a thin film across the top. The aroma was of fruit and also a bit yeasty. The flavor was a bit fruity, and was balanced by the hops. This just seemed to be lacking something. Okay, but forgettable.

Photo of ruckus232
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice gold color bordering on amber. The head was very nice and full at the beginning but soon disappeared.

The smell was fruity, which surprised me a little because I expected more of a yeasty smell.

The taste also surprised me as well but not in a bad way. I think I expected a lot more of a bitter taste then was actually there. There are small hints of bitterness but definitely not as much as expected.

Glad I tried it once but this isn't anything special. The packaging was what initially sold me and it turned out better then I thought but it's not great.

Photo of Bagman007
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured in a pint glass.

A- Clear reddish peach coloring without very much head at all.

S- Not a very strong scent at all, but what you can smell is a little yeast like.

T- Very bitter taste initially, but it does have a somewhat sweet finish to it.

M- Very bitter mouthfeel, not very smooth at all.

D- You can probably have a couple of these in a sitting, but that is about it.

Overall very solid English Pale Ale. Not too bitter and pretty drinkable as well.

Photo of coalcracker
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Billowly fizzy head upon pouring that is slow to recede. Moderately gold in color.
Smell: Grainy base with overtones of spice and apples.
Taste: Moderately grainy with a unique twist of green apple flavoring towards the end of the tasting... almost candy-like. Can't tell where this flavor comes from- otherwise, the hop presence balances the malts pretty well.
Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied and quite smooth. A little drying in the aftertaste.
Drinkability: This is an interesting beer- drinkable through the ABV. Flavor profiles are unique and would serve as a nice change-up from other pales.

Photo of Beejay
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden amber and not cloudy at all, a good bit of white head.

S: Sweet barley, and a touch of hops.. Almost a slight sweet or fruity scent.

T: A decent amber ale, a touch of hops, and a little cream taste..

M: A little bit oily..

D: Good, not great, but for the entertainment value, worth the purchase.. Sit back and put on 'the Holy Grail" and have a good time, with a good beer.

Photo of reppertmr
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Don't know if I got a strange batch, but there is a strong smell of alcohol from this one with a bit of fruit

Nice color of deep amber

One finger head with a bit of lacing

Bears not much hop taste

Average beer but I probably wouldn't buy again though

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/1/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours an amber brown colored body, with a small/medium sized head, good sized bubbles, and good lacing, but diminishing. Has a very malty aroma, some hops, nutty earthy. A malty, dry bitter taste, lightly acidic, with a metallic aftertaste.

Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint.

A: Dark amber. Medium-heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head which settles quickly into a thin patch of carbonation on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Pretty pretty decent lacing as you drink, slowly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Hops, malt, with a definite yeast.

T: Really nice malt flavor, light hops, a very subtle indistinguishable sweetness.

M: Malt first, hops remain for the whole deal. A robust feel, dry finish.

D: Really good drinkability. Solid flavor, good feel.

Good flavor, pretty decent atmosphere. Really solid for this style, in my opinion. Overall, good quaff.

Photo of leagr
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden-copper, pale in color; transparent, very little head and not much retention, light to moderate carbonation

Smell: malty aromas with hints of hops; some evidence of fruit and maybe floral aromas but remains elusive

Taste: very clean and light - typical pale; not a whole lot going on here, it seems; fairly standard

Mouthfeel: good balance of malty sweetness and hops bitterness; light bodied, treading dangerously close to being too light

Drinkability: style is just like a typical English Pale Ale; easy to drink; not bad but definitely not a favorite, nothing so special here

Photo of stockingcpl
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This "Holy Brew of Antioch" poured quite well leaving a thick head that sustained quite well. Lacing is generous and adheres to both the glass and spiderwebs on the surface. Brew color is a medium amber. Excellent so far...

Smell: There is a sweet spiciness, maybe like green apples, that provides a good portion of the aromatic body. The remainder is bready malt with citrus overtones. Aromatic hops are also detected.

Taste: The friuty malt has a minor hint of hops. Not overbearing presence yet still packs a little punch. There is a buttery hint which is NOT desirable in homebrewing, however is was not opressive in this instance. The slight spice presence was welcomed.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low, and there is a slight aftertaste. The flavor sat a little too long on the palate and the flavors were a little crouded. Overall not a stellar performance.

Drinkability: To be honest, I was a little let down by this selection. Being a "Holy Grail" fan my hops were high. Is this an excellent choice? Not for new drinkers, but experienced drinkers might enjoy the OVERALL experience of this brew.


Photo of DoctorDog
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Pint bottle into a pint glass. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Slightly hazy amber. Pours with ~2 fingers of white head, which fade gradually, leaving minimal lacing.

S- Very feint, bready/yeasty odor. Some minor citrusy/hoppy odors.

T- Weak citrusy hopiness and mild malty breadiness. Bitterness minimal. Flavors are muted but pleasant.

M- Slightly crisp with medium carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking, sessionable beer.

Future outlook: Decent, refreshing ale, but not terribly interesting, and not worth the premium price tag.

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

12 ounce bottle into Barilla jar.

A: Golden tea colored with tiny white head that quickly dwindles down. Pretty good lacing.

S: Fresh cut apples. Nice maltiness with a biscuit dough kinda smell.

T: Malts then a nice hoppy dryness. Pretty refreshing. Tastes almost like a gourmet Miller High Life.

M: Lots of carbonation but a nice light to medium feel.

D: Not a bad beer at all. I was expecting it to be a gimmick beer, but i picked it up at Marsh on State road 135 south of Greenwood. They have a little section where you can make your own sixer for 8.99. This beer is very drinkable you should try it on it fits quite nicely old chap.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours a golden, orange-amber color with very little white head. Aroma is mainly malts, grain, bread, biscuit, and a touch of floral hops. Flavor is sweet, caramel malts, resiny hops. Light bodied, dry, flat mouthfeel. Very drinkable, sort of indistinguishable though.

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

12 oz. bottle with quirky label, of course. no freshness date.

Pours a deep golden, clear bronze with quickly dissipating head leaving very little lacing.

Smell is typical of the british style pale ale - malty aromas with subtle hop odor.

A very solid malty flavor balanced by a nice hop bitterness; a drinkable, balanced ale. The sweetness becomes slightly more noticeable as the ale warms, though always refreshing and never cloying.

Somewhat light bodied with perhaps a bit too much carbonation; slick mouthfeel that leaves malty sweetness in the mouth.

A very good, sessionable ale with only 4.7 % ABV. Nothing outstanding, but the flavor keeps this one interesting.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark copper with a small one finger creamy head.

The nose is nicely balanced between the malt and hops
The taste is fruity and citrusy right away. There's some orange, grapefruit and some alcohol flavours too despite the low ABV. Mouthfeel is medium to low with a soft medium carbonation.

All this makes for a very refreshing, and very sessionable beer.

Photo of mralphabet
4.06/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle poured into Pint glass

A: Perfect Pale Ale.... Golden Yellow a very orange hue... Very nice 2 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly... No lacing to speak of.

S: Very basic Pale Ale, smells of some malt, not too strong or weak. Very Nice

T: Again very basic Pale Ale taste of malt, not too much hops, very clean.... I could drink this all night.

M: Light not to heavy... Very well balanced... Carbonation is very nice as well...

D: A great Pale Ale... Wish I had more of these !!!! I would love to have more...

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

Pours golden in colour. Thick white head that doesnt last long. Very little lacing. Can smell some citrus and caramel. Not that much carbonation. Buttery, caramel like taste with a little bit of bitterness. Overall it was a smooth, well balanced beer that I would definately have again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.47/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Gusher upon popping the cap, leave it to a beer named after Monty Python to play a joke on me. Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a tall, though short-lived, white head.

Smell: Vaguely malty, fruity, but there's a strong stink in here, some plasticy, chemical-like odor present and oh I find it displeasing.

Taste: Pale malts with a treacle sweetness and a kick of palate-ruining lacquer. Slight spicy bitterness, but at this point you're just trying to get that taste out of your mouth. Peculiar, downright icky aftertaste that sends the drinker in search of a tall glass of water. In fact, BRB!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation after the initial gushing.

Drinkability: Not recommended. Save yourself the drain pour and dodge this one, folks.

Photo of Ralphus
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

That's.. no 'ordinary rabbit'!

Holy Grail Ale is a decidedly lageresque beer and while the title is perhaps a bit misleading it's not all bad. It pours with a dark golden pour and a clean white head. There's some lacing that's evident but mostly a simple ring of foam is left behind.

In the nose there's a light smell of fruit but not much else. The fruit is there in taste as well with some hoppiness at the end finishes it off. Things are hampered by a fairly earthy smell and taste towards the end of the glass however.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery. There's no complexity to speak of but if you are looking for a simple session beer this might fit your needs.

Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio about 30 minutes ago in it's very own ceramic Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale Goblet. This is the kind that is about 16 ounces and has a wide base. There are Monty Python characters lining the rim and the name of the beer on a panel near the base. Very cool, especially if you are a fan of the movies or the beer. As you will see, I am a bigger fan of the beer at this point.

A Full light colored head dissipates in about 30 seconds, giving way to the golden yellow body with an orange hue. Since it was not in a glass I really could not evaluate it like normal but that is what I saw. Nice appearance.

S A basic ale smell of some malt, not too strong but pleasing and above average.

T Great basic ale taste of malt, not too much hops, loving the taste.

M Light to moderate.

D Great, I could have many of these indeed.

Notes: I ordered this (the "glass of the month" this month at Winking Lizard) with a bit of trepidation but it proved to be very enjoyable indeed. I would not hesitate to buy this again. I recommend it to anyone.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a golden color,small head a thin lace.
The aroma was of herbal hops,grains,citrus and malts.
The taste of light citrus notes,caramel hints and sweet apple fruits.
The feel was light body,smooth and medium carbonation.

Notes: A good session brew. Well balanced.

Photo of RickS95
2.67/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thick white head that doesn't stick around long. Clear bronze color. Fruity nose.

Lots of carbonation in the mouth. Slight lacing. Strange finish...not much going on. One sip is bitter, the next sip has nothing. Either way, it's gone before you know it.

Certainly not one of the best beers I've had...won't be trying another.

Photo of LordofTime25
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a amber color that has little or no head. A little lacing.

Smells slightly hoppy and grainy.

Has a dry hop taste with a hint of grain, but pretty average taste.

Very watery mouth feel with very little carbonation.

A very average English Pale Ale.

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

Pours a bit darkish amber with large and foamy head that stays in almost half finger thickness for most of the glass. Some small carbonation bubble are visible and there is decent lacing.

Aroma is weak sweetish malt, could not detect anything more. Taste is mostly malty with some citrus and quite sweet, sometimes seems even too much of it. Some herbal hops can be felt in the rather dry finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, I was suprised that the beer is that good, I bought it only because I am a fan of Monthy Python and it is nice that it is drinkable as well.

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