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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1,119 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 24
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stcules on 05-24-2002)
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Photo of Bsobotik
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Amber, pretty opaque, poured with a finger width head that dissipated to a thin ring

S - My stopped up nose tells me its malty with slight hops

T - Pretty malty with very little hop taste, pretty straight forward with no secrets

M - Pretty smooth, very little carbonation

D - Not bad but not very exciting, wouldn't buy again

Serving - Bottle to pint

Photo of RobH
4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz. brown bottle.

A very interesting (in a great way) ale. I had no idea what was in this bottle, and I was pleasantly surprised and pleased.

I'm not a big fan of American Pale Ales, so this English style was a treat with it's smooth mouthfeel and no in-your-face hops.

The dark golden, hazy colour is appealing to the eyes. I hard-poured mine into a pilsner glass and got a lasting, white pillowy head.

I drank this on a hot summer day and I have to admit I quaffed it down pretty fast.

Appearance: a pretty, dark golden hue

Smell: inviting maltiness with a balance bitterness

Taste: same as the aroma. Very well balanced. Hop heads probably won't like this one.

Finish: smooth and lengthy, inviting another sip (in my case, mouthfull).

I recommend this for anyone to try at least once.

Photo of eweneek83
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Monty Python's Holy Gr(ail) (Tempered over burning witches)

Appearance - Looks like a American Pale Ale, though slightly lighter in shade. A clean but thin creamy-looking head. disappears after a couple drinks.

Smell - A bit like cooking butter and a sweet hint of ripe fruit, smells like a lager a small bit as well.

Taste - Bold, barely bitter. What dark lagers cry about and wish to be. An earthy, nicely bitter hop. Stronger than I expected.

Mouthfeel - The only downfall of this beer, in my opinion. It's carbonated like a crazy, almost gives burning sensation in the first couple drinks, a strong aftertaste, pleasant.

Drinkability - A little more filling and substantial than I expected for a 4.7%. Still, a good English pale you could have a few of, even if it is just the novelty talking. try it

Photo of Drewcifer
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dingy copperish color with a decent white, fluffy head.

Smell is musty, buttery, slightly sweet malts. The slightest hops twang to it.

Bready malt flavor with some hops bitterness to it, more so than the taste alluded to. A bit of an apple taste to it, but only a hint.

Light-to-medium body, active carbonation, not to much though.

Overall, a pretty drinkable, slightly above-average EPA. Doesn't live up to the marketing of it (being a Python fan, I had hoped for something more impressive) but a generally decent brew.

Photo of Patrick999
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems like kind of a novelty, but am pleased to find there's a drinkable ale in this bottle.

A - Looks like an American Pale Ale, though slightly lighter in shade. Small but tight creamy-looking head. Retains pretty well.

S - A little buttery malt, maybe some carmelized sugar.

T - Clean, with a little perceived diacetyl. An earthy, nicely bitter hop.

F - Pretty good, the little creamy bubbles coat the tongue.

D - A little more filling and substantial than I expected for a 4.7%. Still, a good English pale you could have a few of, and could count on to be versatile at the table.

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

A selection at the new local "Pub". Served in an imperial pint (20 oz) with a light medium bubble head and an orange bronze color. Smells of raw sugar cane and a bit of pineapple. Taste is bitter but dry with a brief sweetness followed by a sharp but not by any means overbearing bitterness finish. Very light and refreshing for an ale. Actually seems to lack some body. A good ale for a lager drinker to start on. Highly drinkable.

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

A fairly anonymous English Bitter in a half litre bottle. The beer inside doesn't really live up to the hype associated with the name.
It certainly looks good but fails to deliver in the taste Dept. It is a little thin on flavour - but it is a pint I could enjoy drinking all night

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

500 ml. bottle that pours a shady copper orange color with a huge rocky tan head that leaves nice lacing.The nose really has'nt much,a little fruity with some buttery caramel overtones.Taste is tangy,bitterness,and sweet hitting you in that order,the fruitness comes out at you right after and than the bitter kicks in again with some malt blending in.Medium with a satisfieing mouthfeel to this one.Quite a good ale,i must say,well worth a try,cause i'll surely have it again myself.

Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Boulevard pint glass. This beer pours an amber orange with a thin beige head. The aroma is bready up front with just a slight hint of citrus hops on the finish. The taste is mainly light caramel malts with a lemony finish. It's really a tasty brew. The mouthfeel is full but not overly so. It's a highly quaffable brew.

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

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange color with a HUGE frothy white head.

S: Smells like it should for an epa. Malty and sweet with a hint of caramel. There is also butter and fruit hints. Light hops.

T: The hops hit first followed by the malt(opposite of the nose experience). There is a nice breadlike quality to the brew. The crisp hops balances well with the caramel malt. Great buttery caramel flavor.

Mf/D: Thin to moderate feel. I could drink a few pints of this with no problem. Not as good as black sheep, but its a good epa.

Photo of biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have to admit, amongst the plethora of English ales available here, the marketing shtick on this one won my "I Fart in Your General Direction"-addled brain over.

This beer poured an attractive clear golden-brown hue, with a substantial head. The nose on this beer was more queer than Michael Palin's sense of humour. It's fruity, to be sure, of the fermented variety, but the type is hard to pin down. It is reminiscent of perry, so I'll say pears. It actually smells quite good. The taste is quite a divergence - malty, but bitter, and not in a good hoppy manner. It's thin, with a funky vegetal flavour, and a bland cereal character. The carbonation is also on the high side. The finish is moderately astringent, not particularly pleasant.

There are too many weird, non-complementary things going on in this brew, which may work for its label namesakes, but not for the stuff in the bottle.

Photo of Portertime
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just love Monty Python's Holy Grail so naturally I had to watch it while drinking this brew. Between gufaws I took sips and was surprised by it's smooth, flavorful taste. Poured a rich tawny color with a head that can choke a ladened swallow. Initially aroma was of caramel malts, some sugars, and a piney hop backdrop. Taste was similar and nicely balanced with roasted caramel malts in the front and a bittering hop finish. All in all a decent brew that must be kept away from the killer bunny!!

Photo of birchstick
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This pours an organish-brown with a nice head. It smells very sweet, with grass, hops, and a touch of burnt malt. It starts out with caramel and brown sugar, then the hops kick in and turns very bitter. Personally, this was not my cup of tea. This beer has an excellent mouthfeel as it goes down. Overall, this beer did not warrant the price I paid for it, but it was pretty decent overall.

Photo of jayrod20
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beautiful amber-copper color, clean. No evident carbonation. One inch of a beautiful and compact beige head, sticky.
The smell is quite light. Light malt, and very light caramel, maybe sugar. English style.
The taste is light too, very drinkable, with a good bitterness, decent hop. Maybe even bitter orange.

Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Spidey13
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ricchezza
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of psycherex
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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