Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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670 Ratings

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 56
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

Originally Side Project #5, now a Spring release.
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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had only a few of beers of this style and havent been overly impressed with them,this seems to go along that line.Poured into a large tulip glass a mix og deep golden and burnt orange with a thin white head that is gone quickly leaving no lace behind as it settled very quickly.Belgian yeast aroams stand out most in the nose,slightly smokey and quite spicey with some overripe pineapple,just a hint of resiny American hop.Flavors are also more like a tripel in my mind than a dipa but its is pretty darn good.Phenolic spice flavors with some grilled pineapple flavors meld into a bit of citric hop but it never really comes thru to strong.If your a fan of say a hopped up tripel than you will be all about this,me I think its good but not anything to seek out for my taste.

Photo of tectactoe
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-yellow color with a weird, amber and copper wave of darkness sifting separately throughout the middle of the beer, providing a huge hazy and cloudy effect. White head plops on top of the brew and leaves a little bit of lacing on its way down. The smell was kind of muted and weak at first; light apple skins, crisp on the nose, very light clove and spice, white grapes, banana, with a hint of that good ol' Belgian yeast strain - although not nearly as powerful and commanding as it would be in an authentic Belgian tripel.

Monk's Revenge is much heavier and more flavorful on the palate than it was in the aroma. Sweet molasses and sugary fruits are the result of a tripel-type malt bill. Sugary and sweet with a solid foundation of spices; clove, coriander, mint, and a light bubblegum flavor from the yeast. The American hop addition adds a bitter bite to the brew - mildly leafy, grassy - a "raw floral" flavor, although the actual hop notes are muted a bit by the large malt structure. Slight rubbing alcohol flavor comes through upon warming, as well. Sweet and bready in the finish with a large dose of carbonation; medium bodied, not quite sticky and not quite dry.

They were aiming for a tripel malt bill with an American hopped IPA bill, right? It was a good attempt, and it's a tasty beer, but the drinkability wasn't too great - I dunno if I could have more than one of these. Sweetness is nice at first, but tiresome by the end. Not bad, but not great.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin Monk's Revenge. 12oz. brown bottle 9.6% alcohol stated on bottle slightly different that the side project 22oz bomber. Claims Belgian style IPA. Not DIPA.

A- Heavy handed pour results in a deep orange fluid that produces a quarter inch head that falls to a froth and ring leaving sticky lacing on the rim of my dogfish goblet.

S- Scent of floral hops and sweet sugary yeast upfront with mild alcohol esters following.

T-M- Taste is good with orange and citrus hoppy goodness upfront and a Belgian like yeasty flavor dominating. Slightly sweet but the bitterness makes a bittersweet mixture of an all round good brew. Mouthfeel is lightly astringent in feel and watery on finish.

D- I'd say this one is one hell of a drinker with IPA flavors but a smooth Belgian influence. Have a few you will too, be under the influence as well. Cheers!!!

Photo of Aaron420
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at Harrika's Brew Haus in Swansboro Nc.

A: It poured a mild translucent red, amber color with a medium sized white head that left a small amount of lacing.

S: It had a rather yeasty and malty smell. No to much hoppiness for an IPA.

T: The Belgium yeast comes out strong in the initial taste followed by a very small taste of hops but still not enough for being called an IPA.

M:This was a very smooth drinking beer for the 9% ABV that it is I put down two of hem while doing my beer shopping. Not to much carbonation and a very smooth drinker.

O: It was a pretty good beer I have a couple more in my fridge to drink on some warm nights. I am not going to drive all over NC looking for them but if I went to a bar and saw it on tap I would order another one.

Photo of marvin213
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is pretty Plain Jane. When you get up to smelling it, however, things change! It smells like a champagne or another something similar...it's refreshing like a steam room or something. It smells as if it's bubbling! There's definitely a mint or similarly "clean" component to this....

It's readily apparent why it's no longer a side project, it's a well-done tripel-sorta style with a lotta hops. It's consistently the same, Belgiany sort of spritzer-like zing with a nice hoppy (genuine IPA-style) batch of hops. It's delish! The feel is a little flighty, as the bubblies flatten to a finish rather than tickle the cheeks (it IS a beer). Haven't I seen this in Cabernet barrels? Now there's a side-side project (in a bottle) I could go for! Why not release that in a series with Substance Abuse (WnB in JD barrels)? That'd be awesome.

Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a vintage date.

LOOK: Slightly cloudy light amber color, superb lacing down the glass

SMELL: Papaya, pineapple skin, melon rind, juicy fruit, medicinal phenols, peppery, cotton candy, nectarines, herbal tea

TASTE: Smooth, semi-creamy, moderate body, big alcoholic esters, juicy, bitter, bubble gum, powdered aspirin, oily hop, mild resin, ripe fruit, very warming, bitter phenolic end

Not as I remember, beers change ... palates change. Regardless this brew is flavorful but a controlled mess at the same time. Bitterness seems to be pulled away from the flavor and strikes quick and then pulls back and the alcohol character is a bit out of whack. Still a fun brew to drink.

Photo of merlin48
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a clear and radiant amber body with a small white head that quickly vanishes. Just a few wisps of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is good. Soft floral notes, with caramel malt and a hint of tropical fruit.

Medium to light medium body with a moderated carbonation.

Taste is complex, even if it doesn't really integrate. Fruity pineapple, bitter herbal/floral hops, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and a phenolic note of bandaid.

Doesn't measure up to the better Belgian IPAs, but an interesting effort.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz beer poured in a chalice. Thanks to mrandypandy for throwing this in as an extra!

Pours a deep golden color with a bit of haze and what little head there is dissipates almost instantly. On the nose is just what you'd expect if you read the label. a nice hoppiness as well as some solid Belgian aromas.

The taste is sharp at first and the high abv does linger for a bit. It's got a decent amount of bitterness although it's not too strong. The Belgian Tripel side of this is really coming thorough. Very sold for the style.

Photo of kingjames1
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber, with a descent head. Smells of flowery hops and that unmistakable belgian funk. Taste is very satisfying. Tastes like a mediocre tripel, with an interesting, and distinct hops finish. The hops firm up and define the broadly, beglian base, giving it a crisp finish. The finish is helped by a bubbly carbonation that helps to make this otherwise heavy beer lighter and more drinkable. Not bad at all. Maybe not quite as good as La Chouffe's Beglian IPA, but well worth a purchase.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottles newly released I'm guessing due to the new Terrapin green caps with the turtle bursting through. This label shows a horse back riding, leute playing terrapin. Aroma has strong tropical accents with citrus hops shining bright, a bit of alcohol present and spicy Belgian yeast notes. Flavor is a clash between American hops alcohol and Beligan yeast a bit of a cluster you know what I'm trying to say. Mouthfeel can be cloying because of the same tug of war I'm talking about, hot alcohol in the finish a bit of resinous hops and spices that coat the palate. Even carbonation medium bodied but I wouldn't call the experience smooth, overall I'm surprised they chose to mass produce this beer I'm still waiting for another Imperial Pils...btw their new limited release 22 oz bottles is a pun on Indian Jones.

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label proclaims "2010 vintage". After some warming, poured into a Unibroue snifter.

A - orange-amber color; hazy with a short-lived, bone colored head. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

S - True to style with fruit, spice and floral esters dominate a light malt background. Hints of orange/tangerine, white pepper, ripe banana and pear.

M - Moderate carbonation; medium body; a slightly dry finish

T - Bittersweet flavor with plenty of malt toastiness and a clear spicy-earthy hop component. Mildly astringent, peppery and bitter. Less fruity than aroma indicates. Hoppy, as well as Lightly spicy and yeasty, finish and aftertaste.

O - A tasty Belgian style IPA with initially subdued hops and a very well-hidden, high ABV.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ucusty for this extra

Pours a nice golden copper with very little head that quickly fades to a small amount of lacing with some spotting.

Smells floral and spicy. A light tart fruit lingers in there as well.

Tastes sweet like a tripel but does have a noticeable light bitter taste in there like a belgian pale. The alcohol does creep up in the back end on you.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with light carbonation. Light alcohol burn but I like it.

Overall is real good. A solid Terrapin offering.

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter.

Pours an opaque golden-orange color with a half-finger white head. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of bright and light citrus - oranges mostly with hints of grapefruit peel. Also present are hints of indistinct spices and lighter fruits - pears mostly.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors serve as a backbone, albeit a mildly weak one, soon giving way to robust orange flavors with a hint of alcohol burn. Also present are very light amounts of herbal hop flavors that are joined by lighter fruit flavors near the end of the sip. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with very soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I'm not sure this flavor profile would have worked as well in any other medium than a cask. Definitely different than the SP profile, I'll be interested to see how the bottles/taps of this version turn out.

Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper red, and you can see right though. Nice head that swirls nicely. Looks great.

S: Smells sweet, belgian yeast, not getting much hops here. Smells almost like barleywine, which is good for me.

T: Spicy, bit piney, sweet. Still not getting the hops, not a deal killer but would have like some here.

M: I tried to drink this one like most IPAs and I almost choked. Booozy! Not a bad thing, but beware. Nice smooth feel, wakes up the palate for sure with the booze.

O: Not the best BIPA I've had so I marked it down a bit, but a solid offering. Definitely worth a few pints.

Photo of richkrull
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden copper color with a little bit of slightly off-white head.

Smell is a little spicy. Very nice with some hops at the end. I pick up some banana as well.

Taste is Pretty fruity. Some banana flavor. Very spicy hop finish. Very interesting taste to it. not overly hoppy at all.

Mouthfeel is light-medium.

Overall a pretty good Belgian IPA. Not quite hoppy enough for me but it's good.

Photo of hughesm4
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not only the first beer I have had from the Side Projects, but the first that I have had from Terrapin. mwa423 acquired this in a trade and I am very excited to taste.
A. Pours golden in color with very little head, and is very clear
S. Smells strongly of oranges and of hops, I guess this is what to expect of a Belgian IPA
T. Very fruity initial taste that switches to bitterness as it fills your mouth
MD. Leaves a bitter aftertaste of an IPA in the mouth for a few seconds that fades into a sweet taste on the tip of the tongue. Although unique it goes down extremely well, especially for 9.8 abv

This is a combination of two of my favorite styles and it is excellent. All the good tastes of a Belgian with the hops of an IPA. I love it.

Photo of degerbah
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Good lord the smell. Oranges and hops. Overpowering and almost unpleasant when I bring my nose to the top of the glass. The taste is about how it smells. I'm splitting a bomber with other BA's and they are going apeshit for it. I really don't see it. The orange and hops seem to ofset each other in a bad way. Overall it reminds me of a more drinkable version of past-date orange juice. A fantastic extra in trade though and I'm glad I got to try it. One of these days I know Terrapin will have something that I enjoy. I can't grade this too low because it is not really an unpleasant. Just a little overpowering.

Photo of lnashsig
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to BPreston for the chance to taste this one. Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a dark orange/red color, just a little head that quickly recedes, very little retention. Smell- a little acetone, some wine-ish (maybe sauvignon blanc grapes) flavors, a little bit of banana. This smells pretty harsh, it doesn't work that well. Taste- definite hop bitterness, but more acetone. Harsh Harsh Harsh. no real malt sweetness to speak of. This is a mess. Mouthfeel- avg. Drinkability- I'll have to choke this one down, but its pretty close to a drainpour.

Photo of azorie
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a mug as always.

A: pouring hard at 37F into the mug got a nice 3 inch head, lots of lacing that died down after about 3 minutes or so. Golden in color, somewhat clear to hazy.

S: I let it warm up for about 20 minutes, first impression was very hoppy, citrus and pine smells. After 30 minutes near 50F. i got some bread, and well as a herb like medicine smell out of it. Also detected a good bit of alcohol, was a good day for the nose. I also detected the brown almost sour dough bread smell of the yeast.
In short it smelled as good as any triple i had in a lot time.

T: Very dry and clean taste, lots of hops, big pine and grapefruit jump at me at first. The after taste is more yeast and bread, and a big hint of alcohol. 3rd taste at 50F you get that medicine like taste again. Not sure what that is really. Some malt detected, but I have to say the hops dominated.

m: Crisp, clean, dry. medium body, nice beer.

D: easy to drink, I have had a few others before this, very decent beer for what there trying to do a Triple IPA if you will.
Not really my favorite from these guys but its a nice beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a half finger white head on top. The head fades quickly leaving some white splotches on top. Some lacing is left on the glass, but it is rather thin.

S: Some faint citrus fruits and some pear along with some flowers and some light spices. Almost reminds me of a hefe aroma actually with the nutmeg and pepper.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, rather light on hops with some faint citrus. It is much heavier in the Belgian qualities with spices (nutmeg chiefly), and a little bit of banana and pear.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Sweet finish.

O: Overall its not bad, just not as hoppy as I would have liked it.

Photo of BennyL1
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a perfect pint. 2011 vintage. Says on the label that this brew is a cross between a Belgian Tripel and an American Double IPA, should be interesting. Very cool label art as well.

Monk's Revenge pours a fairly hazy orange with a decent sized head that falls pretty quickly. Spotty lacing left along the glass.

Aromas of floral and piney hops as well as that distinct characteristic of Belgian yeast. Notes of clove, spice, and banana. Really nice.

Belgian characteristics shine through in the taste. Some spice notes combine with slightly citrus hop notes to make for a distinct and pleasing taste. Medium in body and carbonation. Finish on the sweeter side with a very slight burn.

A very unique beer that I really enjoyed. This is a good beer to mix up your normal rotation with.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label depicts a robed/hooded turtle, on horseback and strumming a lute, with a castle in the background. What was this particular monk's "revenge"? Maybe he absconded with the castle house-brew, this Belgian Style IPA? Yeah, right. That's ridiculous! Everyone knows a turtle can't ride horseback and play a lute simultaneously.

The pour shows a convincingly-Belgian appearance, with a super-creamy and super-sturdy head the is fed by raging battalions of bubbles. Color is a mildly hazed sunset-rust color, shimmering and glassy and shiny.

Aroma offers big waves of spicy hops and peppery alcohol, although not as much Belgian yeast character as expected. The hops and alcohol clearly dominate it, and malt is just a mineral, earthy, somewhat caramel-esque flash in the distance. I like what's here though, it may not be true to style, but this is a new and evolving style anyway.

Flavor counts most (and more than 40%, imo) and this is where Monk's Revenge delivers best. Honeyed malts are fairly candy-like, gooey in taste and texture; hops are crisp, balancing tropical fruitiness with a spicy attitude (= mango, right?); hotter spices like white pepper, cinnamon and something almost chili-like, probably from the alcohol; and the yeast has a fair presence, giving a banana-like flavor and textural slickness. It's bold without being brash, gooey without feeling too thick (in fact, there's a remarkable amount of carbonation propping it up)...and just damn tasty. Borders on messy, but ends up seeming what I'd call "vivid" instead. Lots happening here, all of it to enjoy. One of those beers that's hard to easily figure out with just one bottle.

This is good, good stuff. One of my favorite beers by these southern bad boys.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruisin' Ales bomber. Pours lasting white head onto medium yellow body. Carbonation bubbles. Fresh yeast aroma. A Belgian ale, backed by sufficient hops to keep it from going to the sweet side. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel.Good balnce, alcholol well hidden.

Photo of haddon
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a translucent amber with decent white frothy head. lots of carbonation bubbles being released throughout glass.

interesting smell. starts very yeasty and then the hop aroma backs it up well. belgian yeast with citrus is unusual smell to say the least. reminds me of sticking my nose in the fermenting bucket of a hombrew.

belgian yeast brings the malty sweetness of a tripple: bananas, yeast & munich malts. nice hoppy flavors as well: orange peel, pine and a bitter aftertaste. the more it warms, the more the 9.5% abv leaves a hint of booze.

medium body with a nice oily feel. good amount of carbonation. nice.

I believe Terrapin achieved exactly what they were aiming for: sweet, malty notes of a tripple with a nice hop balance of an IPA. which brings me to my dilemma: they achieved desired results but I don't really care for the mix. oh well, glad i tried it.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright orangish amber with a nice, soft, dense cap of white head that has decent retention

S - pine, fruit, bread, yeast, spice, faint citrus

T - bread, faint apples, herbal bitterness, pine, faint citrus, mild yeast and spice; alcohol in the finish

M - warm, crisp, medium bodied

I rather enjoyed this beer. It was a bit more complex than I had anticipated. The flavors were well balanced, and I thought it had a strong hop presence. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Terrapin Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer Company
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