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Monk In The Trunk - Inlet Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Inlet Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bluegrassbrew on 09-02-2007

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Ratings: 175 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow-ish to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, candy sugar and a dry malt. In the taste, dry malt, with hints of candy sugar and fruity notes. A small bite and medium to thin bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry green apple fruitiness in the aftertaste. Good, nothing fantastic, just an average ale.

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Photo of tharper178
2.43/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not great. I feel duped by this beer. Apparently it's local but it's brewed elsewhere.

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at about 45F, poured clear orange-amber with a creamy head of moderate size and retention. A good bit of lacing is left on the glass. Contract brewed by Thomas Creek in SC,

S: Smells rather like a lager with more malt and light Belgian yeast.

Tastes more like a Belgian amber than it smells. Also tastes a bit like a nut brown ale. The Belgian yeast is subtly evident.

M - Light body; medium carbonation.

O: decent but uninteresting amber. With the "Monk ..." name and the fine label, I was hoping for a little bit more Belgian style in this beer, but it did become more appealing and nuanced with addtional tasting. .

Photo of DarrellK
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled - Poured into pint glass

Style - Hits the notes for the beer style

Nose - Subdued a bit but malt and hops are there

Mouth - Again about what the style calls for but perhaps a little more than average
Finish - Initially mostly malt but the finish brings on more of the hops and definite dryness.

A decent brew for a session and a good stater brew to introduce friends to the style

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inlet Brewing "Monk In The Trunk"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "MOFL-290BE"
$1.67 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was so intrigued by this brewery because they only make two beers, only to learn that it's contract brewed by Thomas Creek in NC, which makes more sense; and if they've got a client like Trader Joe's they're pretty much set.

The second thing I found interesting was that it was an organic amber ale. Organic is great, especially when it only costs $1.67 per bottle, but who buys "amber" ales anymore? Alas, it's a Belgian-style "amber" ale!

Its clear deep copper colored body is topped by a short head of off-white foam that unfortunately drops rather quickly and leaves only minimal lacing behind. The aroma expresses a combination of fruits including apricot and fig along with some clove. All of those components return in the flavor along with more fruit (plum/prune, black cherry), a touch more spiciness, some grassy hops, and a caramelish, gently sweet malt. It's moderately bitter but balanced with the spiciness from the yeast lending a hand. It finishes drying with a drop of residual malt and swirling notes of leaves, grass, clove and 'spice'.

Photo of Roguer
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very little head (<1 finger), and looks not-so lively, yet there is plenty of carbonation visible in the lighter than expected amber brew. Fairly clear bordering on transparent. Almost a sickly color.

Strong whiff of caramel malts and some Belgian-style yeast; overall mild scent.

Very sweet! Belgian candi dominates; the caramel malt is more of a background flavor. There's a slight bright but unidentified hoppiness.

Very light mouthfeel; a little bit of sting; very nice cloying (but not oily) residue. Thin enough to drink quickly, if that's your thing; no aftertaste.

This beer was super underwhelming...until the first taste. It's certainly a malt-forward beer, but it's well-balanced for the style, sweet, and extremely drinkable. I'm not going out of my way to get it, but I definitely wouldn't hesitate to order it at a pub.

No bottle date.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tasting glass.
A: A rich copper body that has a nice clarity to pours a off white, almost tan head. Formation is good, as well as the retention, that sinks into a soft layer. Carbonation is present.

S: Classic amber aroma, with a bit of a citrus hop aroma. Notes of a bready, orange note. Maybe a bit too hoppy for style, but sure does smell good.

T/M: This is a nicely balanced beer, hop presence is shown, but does not overpower the rich malty character. Smooth mouthfeel, that does justice to the style. Flavors of bready malts and as the nose suggested citrus hop profiles. Lowering in ABV, but still holds a nice warming effect.

O: A good shot at the style and was throughly enjoyed, while not as rich in caramel malts presence, the balance between hops and malts were very well done.

Photo of cjgator3
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet fruity malt, spices and a hint of yeast. Very nice aroma, can't wait to try it.

T- The taste like the aroma is very sweet fruity malt with some caramel and spices. Not bad, maybe a tad on the sweet side but a tasty brew.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Monk in the Trunk is a pretty decent brew that is worth a try.

Photo of silver0rlead
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a nice and frothy white head that leaves good lacing. Aromas of caramel and toasted bread, along with hay and a nuttiness, fruity esters, and belgian yeast. The flavor is spicy with notes of rye and white pepper, along with some biscuit and caramel, fruity esters, toffee, pear and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is sharp and drinkability is limited. This one is pretty rough around the edges, with an intense spiciness.

Photo of dacoit
1.91/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Meh imitation Belgian. Claims Florida origins, but outsourced from South Carolina. Palatable but uninspiring. Do not waste your time.

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR!

A: Pale amber gold, crystal clear with a bit of white head on top, although it dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Fruity, biscuity, lots of berries and syrup in this brew.

T: Definitely a nice belgian yeast flavor in there. Bready, biscuity, and full of dark berries. Good touch of malt to balance out the touch of bitterness form the hops.

M: Medium body, and typical belgian style carbonation. The finish is dry.

D: Very nice. Not sure if I could do a whole night of them. But very tasty, and definitely original.

Photo of scottyshades
4.07/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer!!! I could not be more surprised that this beer came from Florida, let alone right near me

Mellow Mushroom has this on tap for $4.25 in Delray Beach
A: Pours a unique brown/copper color that leaves a decent head with minimal lace

S: Unique smell, notes that are common in Belgians are apparent...Malty nose, hops are not apparent, caramel, toffee

T: Malty...I could swear that I am drinking some kind of Belgian hybrid...caramel, toasted malts, toffee, and a fruity flavor that came out of nowhere

MF: Very smooth going down, medium/light in body, clean aftertaste

D: High...I could drink these all nite...especially during happy hour at Mellow Mushroom

Photo of TBCE
4.09/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of root beer. Very good.

Photo of dstc
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a white head that completely disappears. No real lace to speak of.

Pleasant, sweet herbal nose with slight citrus hints.

Nice sweet taste. Rather mild. Herbal and typical of a Belgian style.

Medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Very easy drinking and enjoyable. Not bad for a Belgian style from Florida.

Photo of thekuz17
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had the pleasure of trying this beer at the Yard House in West Palm, FL and it wasn't too bad. Unfortunately, it wasn't my type of beer although I drank it since I will never waste a beer. This is the type of beer that you have to at least try, don't knock it until you try it. I would decribe the beer a little bit but to be honest, I don't remember anything except for the copper taste (if I recall right).

Photo of impoliticeye
1.69/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

There was an overpowering fishy taste to the beer. I lost the Belgian-y esters and the malty notes I was hoping for. I remember catching the off-flavors on an earlier bottle I'd picked up, but nothing as strong as this. After three sips, it was a bottle dump. And that's rare for me.

Photo of IcemanFL
4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific brew. A friend turned me on to it down here in South Florida, I'm so glad that he did. It has great flavor, color, and texture. And it's great to see it being sold in more nearby locations to my house - including my local 7-Eleven. Awesome! It will always be offered in my home when guests come over!

Photo of gunnerman
3.94/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on draft at the Mellow Mushroom, Delray Beach, Fl. Poured into a pint glass pours an amber orange with a minimal head that leaves no lace on the glass. Smell is of bread and sweet toffee. Ok the flavor was very well represented on this one, It had a nice fruity gum taste to it and went down very smooth, sweet butter bread and a bit of hop character, no overwhelming hop bitterness nicely balanced. I was expecting this to be a bit flat but overall I actually enjoyed this,it had a nice belgian flavor to it that I havn't had in a long time, overall a pretty nice showing.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Food Shack in Jupiter Florida.
According to the brewer this is an organic Belgian Amber Ale.
Tasty beer. I know the brewer personally, so I will not give a formal review. I just wanted to add this beer to the database. Only available in kegs in South Florida. Available year-round.

Photo of Jeffree1155
4.63/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great amber ale- pours almost a burnt orange color. Light to moderate head.
Nice floral and citrus smell. Very light spices.
Very drinkable taste.
Pleasant light hoppy after taste.
Very nice drinkable and refreshing beer.
Apparently its organic as well.

Photo of happygnome
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a golden amber color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears fairly quickly leaving a good trace of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top

S: sweet bready aroma with a berry aroma

T: yeasty and bready flavor. Sweet dark berries and hint of hops to nicely balance

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this brew

Photo of silverking
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- clear amber with 1 inch of rocky tan head. Spotty lacing, great head retention. There is a small amount of fine bubbles rising up to the top of the glass.

S- woah, banana and clove, not what I was expecting. There is some grain as well, but that yeast character is pretty pungent.

T- spicy, banana bread, yeast. To be honest, it almost tastes like a hefeweizen. Interesting...

M- light, refreshing, watery finish.

O- it only looks like an amber ale...

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st love the name and the label..had this in FL..it poured a clear amber color with a very fresh ring..this is a belgian inspired amber it has bananas and clove some coriander and fruit rind.taste is belgian all the way in an amber ale fresh bananas,fruit,followed by slight clove.and coriander,some malts in the background..mouthfeel is fresh and carbonated with a great belgian profile...i liked this amber

Photo of woodychandler
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GallowsThief kindly sent this to me perhaps having seen my beer fest persona of Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder or perhaps because he felt generous. Either way, I'm down with it and it is time to drink some beer!

From the bottle: "This unique copper-colored ale derives its fruity, slightly spicy aroma from authentic Belgian Abbey Yeast. The subtle nutty and malty sweet flavors sing in harmony with the freshest organic hops available. Monk In The Trunk devotees are known to chant about its most intriguing quality, true drinkability. The inspiration to create this fine organic beer was provided by the tale of a legendary Belgian Monk who spanned the globe in search of only the best ingredients from this fertile Earth. Drawn to our shores by the great beacon which is the Jupiter Lighthouse, he discovered the missing component to fulfill his quest to brew the perfect beer. In the spirit of the Monk, the Inlet Brewing crew suggest you keep it real ... drink organic (and responsibly).

I got just over two fingers of dense, tawny head off of my pour that looked like the top of an ice cream float. Color was a coppery reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sugary malty sweetness to it that is usually not my bag, but I soldiered on. Mouthfeel was medium with a nutty, slightly sweet taste in the mouth. I was relieved that it was not as sweet as the nose led me to expect, but it was not all that tasty, either. It lacked any kind of Oomph that might have separated it from other beers of the style. Finish was pleasant but otherwise not noteworthy. It was a pretty middle-of-the-road beer and I appreciate the gesture, but it would not be worth seeking out.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, light, orange-amber coloring with steady carbonation action throughout and a thin, low profile, filmy white head. Aromas of caramel, candy sweetness, and a very light hint of toasted character. Flavors are bitter roast and cloying sweet forward, with a sugary caramel lead. Jumbled palate, and the carbonation only adds to the mess. Sharp and light in mouth, with a tangy, sugary sweet aftertaste. The finish is light and fairly clean, but also a bit limp. Lackluster beer, but drinkable if devoid of other options.

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Monk In The Trunk from Inlet Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.