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Monk In The Trunk - Inlet Brewing Co.

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bluegrassbrew on 09-02-2007)
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this everywhere in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. I thought that it was a popular beer in the state. Now my vacation is done, and I am reviewing it on BA. I just saw that it is one town north of Palm Beach Gardens, and this is the only beer that they make. They have really good market penetration.

I got this beer on tap at the Yardhouse into a pint glass. It was very light brown with very minimal foam. The foam may have been due to a generous bartender pour... I didn't see him pour it.

The smell has a nice belgian presence over the typical smell on a amber/brown beer. You get some good malt with some sour. This beer was very drinkable, but it was very simple.

This makes for a good alternative to a typical lawn mowing beer based on the drinkability. They disguise a 5.5%, and it felt like a session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 22:53:48 | More by ummswimmin
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hogrider

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

03-16-2012 10:38:31 | More by hogrider
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RockinRob925

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +8%

02-25-2012 16:04:35 | More by RockinRob925
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Dracook

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -7.4%

02-25-2012 02:10:24 | More by Dracook
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rambleglitch

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -7.4%

02-22-2012 03:10:58 | More by rambleglitch
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sevenmoist

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

02-02-2012 01:25:48 | More by sevenmoist
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PeeWee8

Florida

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear translucent amber color. Good amount of head poured from bottle. Good amount of lacing.

S: smells yeasty. Not very strong though.

T: Citrusy. Slight hop, bit of a sweet aftertaste

M: crisp, hoppy, full feel. Covers tongue sharply

O: overall solid amber. Good flavor, fits nicely on the water or on the beach. Had it multiple times now and always enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:20:21 | More by PeeWee8
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wibrewer

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +8%

01-18-2012 00:05:19 | More by wibrewer
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The unknown local beer from Heatwave33. Here goes nothin!

Very light amber color, almost like Yuengling. Semi-frothy bright white head floats atop. Not bad carbonation.

Smell is slightly acrid. Hints of dry grains, caramel malts. Astringent smelling. uh oh.

Spicy corn, hints of rye, and other adjunct grains. Caramel malt is somewhere in the background, actually offsetting the spicy rye flavors. Not real sure if there is rye, but it feels like it. The initial spiciness subsides, leaving a nice caramel smoothness that i like. maybe a touch of diacetyl.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 18:29:10 | More by VncentLIFE
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +8%

12-30-2011 04:43:56 | More by Jamstone714
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Nice clear copper color with a good 1 finger and a 1/2 of head that settled to a nice layer with good lacing.

S: Very Amber smelling... I'm getting a nice aroma of sweet malt, little spices, hint of yeast and a blast of caramel.

T: Taste is a look like the smell very sweet malt with caramel and spices. Aftertaste is very malty and yeasty. Pretty much right on with the Ambers I've had.

M: Good mix of light and medium body... Carbonation is pretty light and I like that... I think that brings it up to a little more medium bodied

D: Overall, a very solid Amber... Worth looking for if you like the style.

My first Inlet Brewing Co. beer.... Not a bad start.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:25:55 | More by mralphabet
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uziangis

Ohio

3/5  rDev -7.4%

12-05-2011 03:53:20 | More by uziangis
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bluetrevian

Florida

4/5  rDev +23.5%

12-03-2011 17:23:21 | More by bluetrevian
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear burnished gold. Head is bright-white. Drops pretty quickly. Negligible lacing. Head thins to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Standard fare here.

Smell: Caramel malts and a big biscuity kick. Apple skins and cereal grains. Minerality hides in the back. Did someone roll a red apple in some biscuit dough? Slightly grassy. Oddly sweet as well. It hits on par for the style, but lacks depth. The entire aroma is up front and disappears in seconds.

Taste: Malts and more malts. Sweet caramel malts and a doughy hit of biscuit. Grassy aftertaste. Flavor disappears almost as fast as the aroma did. Faintly spicy, but loaded up with apples and biscuits. Apple skin in particular. Faint hints of toasted malts, but it's barely there and desperately needed. Not a lot of depth.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. A touch creamy with a moderate carbonation. Body pushes the high side of medium. Easily the best aspect of this beer.

Overall: Decent, but lacking depth and structure. It's all up front and then done.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:07:40 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 22:33:36 | More by woodychandler
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ale1

Florida

1/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

prior to purchasing we noticed this from the Inlet Brewery of Jupiter ,Fla . which actually not quite true it is actually brewed/bottled in North Carolina. ....read on I thought we were were going to rewarded with another Belgian style ale this resembles a poor Amstel light at it's best
poured into a Pint glass, medium carbonation,then settles quickly.lacings well..not much really
Amber color more like orange , hops noted but minimal and appears to be almost artificially carbonated .
Very poor and was dissappointed in smell ,taste,finish and an extremely high price for a six pack. They have some learning to do if they want to stay in business and call this a Belgian ale. see my review of Palm ales corp brewer crap

ale for dead parrots and budweiser fans,it's from a trunk alright,someone's swimtrunks
rubber bizkit swill from dead parrot's water bottle
this stuff is good for weed control and small rodents

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 21:15:55 | More by ale1
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Town Hall Brewery globe on August 12th 2011.

Pours a dark honey color with a solid 2 fingers of head that dissipates to nothing. Nice color but it need more body and lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity. A little yeast and spice.

Taste is much of the same as the smell but not as wanted. I want more sweet and less belgian froth. Good beer though.

Mouthfeel is very light and rolls through out the pallet without a problem.

Overall a great beer with few flaws but huge flaws. I need more from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 08:47:38 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 15:43:31 | More by happygnome
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DarrellK

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +12%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 21:24:16 | More by DarrellK
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 16:50:41 | More by GDBEERMAN
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a basic pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity Belgian Abbey yeast aroma. The yeast character is actually quite good and well pronounced. The taste is decent as well. It has a simplified malt bill that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a mild caramel sweetness along with a rather nice yeast character. It's full of fruity esters. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's not a true Belgian-style ale, but I've had much worse than this. It's easy drinking and the yeast character is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:03:26 | More by WesWes
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Beejay

Virginia

4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 19:12:29 | More by Beejay
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Chaney

District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Special thanks to Pittsky who sent me this as an extra.

A: Hmmm... For an amber, the color is not very amber... more orange in nature actually. It is crystal clear in transparency and the head was about 2-3 fingers.

S: No floral notes or hoppiness of any kind. I smelled rusted metal and a bit of yeast. A bit of Belgian funk, but no fruitiness to balance it out.

T: The taste is a bit better, but not much. Thin-bodied with a very faint fruit (pear or apple?) and hop presence that tried its damnest to poke through the yeast and malt.

M: Very thin, not creamy in the slightest, and carbonation seemed (and looked) a bit on the flat side.

D: I decided to stick it out and finish the bottle, but I won't be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 01:03:13 | More by Chaney
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impoliticeye

Virginia

1.63/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:45:00 | More by impoliticeye
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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +23.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:46:45 | More by gatornation
Monk In The Trunk from Inlet Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.