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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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1,031 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 18
Gots: 44 | 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 StargherKing


4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like so many others, I picked this one up mostly for the name. Pours a deep golden color, carbonation freely flowing upwards, full head that quickly deflates without dissipating. Smell is fruity, with some hops. Taste is hard to pin down...hints of fruits (orange, apple maybe?), hops, slight bitterness, and a dull metallic taste. Mouthfeel is very light, almost feels more like lightly carbonated seltzer water than beer. Drinkability is excellent, goes down smooth and easy. Perfectly capable beer, I could easily see myself picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 04:17:47 | More by StargherKing
Photo of nortmand


2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours amber, with a frothy, lace producing head.

Rich, yeasty aromas dominate the nose, with an accompaniment of skunk. A bit of butter as well.

Flavor is all over the place. It starts as a seemingly malt and pleasantly bitter. This turns into an extremely unpleasant sulfur, skunky bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Either there is absolutely no balance, or there is something besides hops causing this unpleasant bitterness. Leaves a skanky sour aftertaste.

Medium bodied and astringintley sticky, I think this batch has an unfortunate amount of tannins or something. Not a pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 22:31:11 | More by nortmand
Photo of jwc215


3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle
Pours light copper with a fluffy white head that becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is floral, doughy, a touch of caramel and soft fruits.

The taste is of sweet-dough with some soft floral/fruity notes. It has a light, lemony zest.

The feel is buttery, a bit thin and spritzy.

It's a decent English "session" pale ale. Nothing particularly special about it, IMO. If you are a Monty Python fan, go out and get some - It is "tempered over burning witches" after all. I think that if it had more of a nvtty character, it would be more fitting. As a beer itself, it's not bad, either.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 21:57:42 | More by jwc215
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear medium-dark copper with a fairly large off-white head that lasts well and leaves some good lacing. Smell is of fruity hops, lots of esters going on here. Apple and berry, along with some caramel and malt sugars, and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Taste is less hoppy, with the toffees taking the lead. Malts and grains show prominently. Modest butter in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, lacks the crispness that I hope for in a pale ale, and drinkability is good. Not bad at all, the guys at Black Sheep come through again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 15:35:25 | More by Mandrake
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Like others,I bought this beer because of its name, and I must say that although it's not that bad I probably won't buy this one again;but if it's offered to me I won't think twice about taking it.It has a semi-light amber color to itand has a slight alcohol scent. It produces a nice head that quickly disappears and has very little lace.It's moouthfeel leaves somthing to be desired, but isn't bad, and it has a mild bitter after taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 06:09:46 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of walleye


2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

had this on tap at the Berkley Front earlier this summer. poured a nice amber with a nice sizes light tan head that left some nice lacing. aroma got some caramelized malts with some hops, a bit of fruitiness and that is all folks. flavor, not much going on here did get some malt and hops, has a bitter finish which would be the only thing going for it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 02:17:20 | More by walleye
Photo of cjgator3


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amberish copper color with a creamy off white head. Aroma is a lot of malt and a slight herbal hoppiness with some diacetyl and strangely a bit of apple. The taste features a good dose of herbal hops, some diacetyl, a bit of mustiness and is a slight bit metallic. Overall, this is a decent brew but certainly nothing that makes me want to drop the few dollars on this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 03:36:45 | More by cjgator3
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the nature of its style, this beer is by definition 'mild'. A pretty fun label and name, but unfortuantly quite clement. Amiable certainly, pleasant yes, soothing to an extent maybe, I have only good things to say: but none of them really amount to anything more than temperate. My opinion too, was mild.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 22:37:44 | More by biegaman
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Easy to find beer here, nice gimmick, average beer. Pours orange, brownish color like a regular ale should. Barely smell anything in the beer, what I can is sweet malt. Tastes like candied citrus fruits like orange or tangerine but it's not overwhelmingly sweet, a little bit of bitter aftertaste. Overall it's not bad, nothing to get overexcited about, but nice to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 00:49:04 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of kimcgolf


3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A great show, and a great name for a not so great beer. Pours from the bottle to a reddish orange with medium off-white head that lingers, and excellent lacing. From there, I must say NEE! Aroma is faint grassy, floral hops. Taste is OK, but no flavor in particular jumps out. Palate is immediately too dry, not bitter enough, and slightly metallic. Nice try, but not there.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 12:28:05 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of DogFood11


4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it forms a loose bubbly head that has decent staying power. Spider web lacing. Amber with orange around the edges. Slighly hazed body and the carbonation clings to the sides of the glass.

Spicey up front and on the backside. It pulls me quite a few different ways and they all end up adding something pleasant to the overall experience. Apples come to mind, then a dry rub spice in the middle. Rich mouthfeel that leans towards oily but cleans up nice enough in the end. A musty yeast type backer also checks in towards the end.

Notes: I liked this one. One of the best from a style I generally avoid. This one hits the mark though and could easily be a favorite session beer if priced right.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 01:54:36 | More by DogFood11
Photo of jazappi


2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Orange Color in a Pint Glass

Appearance: Orange, Light head, Very nice lacing that stayed around, not much bubbles

Aroma: Had a very bitter smell, hints of fruit

Taste: I tasted a lot of honey, was quick to dry out my mounth

Mouthfeel: I didn't like that it dryed out my mouth quickly

Overall: Initial taste was very good, again I didn't like that dried out my mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 14:54:39 | More by jazappi
Photo of stcules


2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
The aftertaste is again light, with again a good bitterness. Maybe some light sugary here again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 18:12:29 | More by stcules
Photo of Padron4KM


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

from notes2/13/04.

Pours a cloudy orange with a frothy white head.

Initial aroma was peat, but that faded away as quickly as the head died, and all that was left was a faint doughy scent.

Body was thin and watery, with a mild spicy hop accent.

Finish was short and mildly bitter.

Decent beer, but not as good as the movie, run away!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 08:03:17 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of bort11


3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Iliki Cafe in a goblet. Color is a dark amber red, with a 1/4 inch head that pulls back to a light foamy lace. Smell is not very powerful, but what is there is light and fruity like dates. Taste is vinious and fruity with some smokiness and an almost almond nut flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly dry with a slight bit of pucker around the edges of the tongue.

This is a tastey beer, but it's one that I want only once in a while. It's not that it's bad, I think one or two satisfies me for a while and I can move on to something else. Finally, I am seriously wanting a Monty Python tap handle. It is a thing of beauty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 15:34:27 | More by bort11
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a creamy, medium density foam with some good lacing.

S - Loads of malt in the nose, some citrusy and floral hops with notes of lemon. Very light hints of apple and metal.

T - Buttery, and slightly tart up front. Clean bitterness in the aftertaste. A light touch of roastiness (that's probably a couple of witches) and some lemony hops are prominent. Flavour profile is somewhat muted, but very clean and characteristic EPA.

M - Smooth, perfectly carbonated, and somewhat creamy body. Probably the strong point of this beer.

D - In some ways, this is an unremarkable EPA - it expresses the style well. Good session beer IMO, and well executed.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 02:49:50 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intriguing name, and "Tempered over Burning Witches". Very nice. Thought I'd give this a go.

This poured a nice gold amber with a ring of head that retains throughout, quite nice. Smell is sweet, caramel and Goldings hops. These hops are very prominent in the flavor, an assertive but clean bitterness followed by a mild acidity and sweetness which actually makes this quite a refreshing and drinkable brew.

A fine example of a good english ale, Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 17:43:45 | More by funkengruven
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and light amber in color. Excellent retention on the head leaving very good lace. Superior.

Quite neutral aroma. Some graininess, mostly sweet, little hop.

Caramel flavors start up front; the beer melds into light hop bitterness. The aftertaste reflects this bitterness as well although it doesn't stay long. Very good body, proper carbonation.

This is easy to drink. Very predictable as an English Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 17:23:06 | More by smcolw
Photo of Drew966


3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale pours a hazy copper color with an off white head from a brown 16.9 ounce bottle. A bit of caramel or toffee is noticeable in the smell. The flavor starts out with the caramel/toffee flavor with perhaps a hint of diacetyl then fades into a lightly metallic hop flavor. Not a bad ale, but not outstanding. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 23:39:24 | More by Drew966
Photo of edmundfitzoil


2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up at the ABC store on Baymeadows in Jacksonville. The label is kinda cool with the Monty Python motif, "tempered over burning witches."

I poured mine into a standard pint glass, and a white, big bubbled head rose up about two inches. The beer itself was a clear, plain amber color. The nose was lightly hopped and pretty lacking of much character at any level. The beer itself is very lightly hopped initially but thin and lackluster in both body and flavor. No real malt backbone there and really kind of simple, overly so in my opinion. I know my pallette is used to American, overhopped styles of ale, but I remember being more impressed with Bass the last time I drank it.

Notes: I found this one appears to be all about the marketing and label, and could use more substance behind it.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 02:18:25 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Amber colour with a generous frothy head and lots of lace. Fairly heavy carbonation, but a good looking pint. Smell isn't overly sweet, a bit of caramel and some nuttiness, with a bit of cookie-dough. Slight cellar-like musty/earthiness.

Taste is zippy with a zesty lemon sourness, unfortunately the malts don't shine through in the taste, a faint roasted flavour the only evidence of them. The Hop flavour is exceptional though, light yet full of life. Not a very good malt/hop balance in my opinion, but not unpleasant either. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and this beer dances on the tongue, unlike so many English ales I've had. Dry and sticks to the throat a little. This walks the line between light and heavy so well, and the hoppiness is quite welcome and refreshing on my palate. A very enjoyable EPA, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 04:00:55 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of EvilKeith


4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes of 08/06/06 visit to Delilah's, Chicago IL.

In the glass it was a pale amber, copper even, color. The head was impressively firm, dense, creamy, and tan in color. Lacing was outragously thick and sticky.

The smell was sweet malts, faint buttery notes, lightly fruity, and spicy hops.

The taste an excellent example of balance. Peppery, spicy hops playing off of a sweet malty backbone. On-tap this is even better than the bottled version. The creaminess of the mouthfeel gets kicked up a notch or two.

Creamy mouthfeel. Fair to moderate carbonation. Drinkable to the extreme.
Seek out this one on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2006 13:46:30 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of BeerSox


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I admit I bought this drink when the yellow label caught my eye and the name caught my attention. It pours as a subtly cloudy pale copper color. The head on this beer is outstanding: about an inch thick, good retention, and it sticks. After a while it settles to form a nice cap.

Strong fruity aromas are present, almost like a very faint wine scent. Combines with a flowery hop presence.

A strong hop bitterness also lends an acidic finish. Almost no malt personality makes this brew a little one-sided.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes smooth with a crisp finish.

Not a bad beer: complex, but the hops are a little dominating, which some people may prefer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 01:45:27 | More by BeerSox
Photo of ghostwalker


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-amber body with thick and fluffy white head. A nice looking English Pale Ale.

Smell is biscuit malt with citrus and a weird kind of sourness.

Flavor is mild, slightly sweet, bready/yeasty and metallic. Light biscuit malt up front. Almost no hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin and a bit under-carbonated.

Drinkability is good. I love this style, and this one drinks just fine.

Buy it for the bottle, I did! It's not a bad beer at all, just less interesting than I expected or hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 23:42:28 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of palma

New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

orange-yellow body. Small off white head. Aroma is caramel malt, orange, and a little skunk. Average pale ale flavor here. light hops, bready, sweet background. Mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer. Not a very good brew IMO, but something I will drink if it's the only beer around.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 16:46:00 | More by palma
Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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