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Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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666 Ratings

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 55
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Rick's in Alexandria.

Pours yellow-orange with a nice white head. Nose is nice with a lot of spice and a bit of fruit. Really good amount of floral, citrus, and herbal hops. The taste is hoppy but not too bitter with a good deal of spice. Medium feel with some alcohol. A nice example of a (luckily) increasingly-common style.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is a bit sweet and has aromas of Belgian yeast with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has peppery spices in the finish along with a moderate amount of bitterness. No hop flavors are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer can be considered as a Belgian Double/Imperial IPA and hides its alcohol very well from the taste.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger head on a deep golden hazy body. Lots of lacing.

S: very yeasty, fruity and herbal hop presence.

T: very yeasty, lots of grain, bittersweet corriander with fruits mostly sour melon, green apple and green grape. Bittering hops are well applied.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation. A semi dry finish.

Overall: this one is much not earthy ad herbal than others I have head. Very Belgian, this is a very nice brew.

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden tinged amber color with a modest (for a Belgian style) head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: While its age must be taken into account, this is more malt forward than hop forward, with tropical fruit, hints of candi sugar and fusel alcohol; the hops are grassy rather than citrusy

Taste: Belgiany yeast influences, up front, with a biscuity malt base and an underlying sweetness that sets a backdrop to the spicy hops that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors come together but there is a bit of fusel alcohol in the finish that is a distraction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to brisk carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that would be better without the fusel alcohol; the balance works well

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

"Revenge does not long remain unrevenged."

--German proverb

Radiant kumquat orange with highlights of golden honey. The pastel lemon colored lid has an incredibly rich and creamy texture. It looks even better as it melts and is starting to lay down a good bit of lace as well.

Even though it's now nearly one year of age, the American hops in this Belgian-style DIPA are still mighty pleasing to the nose. The lineup includes Magnum, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe. When it comes to the little green cones, these guys don't mess around. The Trappist yeast strain is appreciated as well.

Terrapin's stated aim was to brew a beer with the malt bill of a tripel and the hop bill of an American DIPA. I think they've done a fine job, but then those are two of my favorite styles. Even though this big brew was undoubtedly hoppier on release (99 IBUs), it still has more hop flavor and bitterness than most Belgian tripels.

Munich malt wasn't the best choice, although it doesn't do too much harm given what else is occupying the taste buds. The tropical fruitiness of Simcoe is especially noted... which is a very good thing. Finally, white pepper and clove from the yeast ties the whole thing up with a style-appropriate bow.

A faint rubbing alcohol vibe almost certainly wasn't present when the hops were still on a rampage. Besides, it's easily overlooked by those who drink Big Beer on a semi-regular basis. Warming softens things and brings the flavors into slightly sharper focus.

The mouthfeel does not drop the ball. It doesn't even juggle it. In fact, it's an enjoyable combination of firmness and smooth almost-creaminess. Bigger and thicker wouldn't have worked at all. Nor would have more bubbles.

Monk's Revenge Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale (Vol. 5) is a little better than Gamma Ray Wheat Wine (Vol. 3) and is much better than either RoggenRauchBier (Vol. 2) or Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter (Vol. 4). I'm still waiting for the Side Project beer that will blow the doors off the joint, but this one is worth a purchase if you can find it. Thank you to Rbald42 for the bomber.

Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer I found to be very impressive the color and head looked very nice. There was even some pretty good lacing too. The smell of the beer has some sweet grains on the nose with a bit of hops in there. The taste of the beer was hoppyat first then it settled into a light wheat style aftertaste. It was a little yeasty I thought. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it kept me interested. Overall it wasn't a bad brew, pretty good for a one off brew.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the side projects I never got around to trying. I had two left to finish off the series and decided to open both of them this evening. Served chilled and poured into a 10 oz tasting glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.

The pour was very nice with a deep golden, straw color coming forward right away. Nice two fingers of white foam quickly come up and over the top of the glass settling down with a nice amount of lacing that quickly takes over the glass. Very cloudy, even through the final pours. First thing I notice is the aroma of honey, lots of grains, bready malts and a noticeable amount of honey, whether intentional or not it is there. Grape skins start to come forward now as does a light touch of grass, nothing really bowling me over though. First sip is very smooth, rich and well carbonated the flavor is allowed to explore the palate quite nicely and really makes for a very full feel. Light grains, pears, peaches, apples, all seem to be well represented, but something seems to be missing with the depth here. Just not as full as I would have liked. Warming really brings out some nice buttery notes, hints of light flavors that really come across well. The ABV is nicely hidden and I was able to sip through the bottle without much trouble.

Overall not my favorite version of the style I have ever had, but I think it works. I would have no issue with trying this one again, especially with a little bit of age put on it. Might bring it into the great category.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazed, orange-gold body with a ½ inch of creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Fragrant tropical fruit medley aroma paired with some spicy and sweet-smelling candy notes and just a splash of white wine.

Taste: Sweet malts with a hint of breadiness and covered in orange blossom honey and candi sugar. Meager pinch of cracked cloves. Send in the fruits; everything from pineapple to nectarine to grapefruit to even some yeast-derived banana. Moderate hop bitterness. Tiny pinch of acidity. Small sip of Pinot Gris. Oily citrus peel character and a final touch of spice on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a bolstered oily heft to it. Medium-high carbonation, though I did have a bottle earlier which had a fairly low carbonation.

Drinkability: Why, it's a veritable hoot! Reminiscent of Stone's Cali-Belgique. The writing of this review paired well with the Murray Head song "One Night in Bangkok" playing on the TV behind me. Ah, Murry Head, we hardly knew ye.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with an off-white, bubbly, one-finger head of foam. It left some patchy lace.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty. Maybe a little banana aroma with some caramel malt notes.

T - Banana flavor was present with some tart/sour fruitiness. Good caramel malt taste with some yeast kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a nice dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. I hope to find more Terrapin brews in the near future.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to DosBeerigos for this bottle!

I don't like the look on that turtle's face... This brew pours a slightly hazy golden amber topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose is loaded with pine resin and grapefruit, hops galore. A dark honey hides in the background. The taste follows closely, heavier on the honey, but with plenty of hoppy pine and grapefruit to go around. Some banana, clove, and flowers are swirled around in the maelstrom as well. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid brew, an interesting mix of DIPA and tripel.

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, copper colored body and a big white head. Decent head retention with little lace.

S - Moderate hop aroma with some fruity pineapple hop notes. Nice yeast character of clove and vanilla with some banana notes.

T - Fruity hops with lots of yeast character and sweet malt. Smooth yeast character of clove and vanilla. The finish is well balanced with moderate bitterness and some grapefruit hop flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty nice overall, but a bit weak on the hops. More like a slightly Americanized tripple than a Belgian IPA.

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 Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a layer of fizzy froth that lines the outer rim of the glass and throws a cascade of spotty foam up on the sides. The aroma is floral, piney, and citric smelling, with notes of fruit, bubblegum, and spice from the yeast mixing with malt to impart a sweet twang in the nostrils.

The taste has a bitter citric bite to it that propels earth, pith, and rind out into the mouth. Soft fruit esters mix in with the bready sweetness of the malts to offer up some balance. A peppery spice element trails into the finish, which is feeling dry and yeasty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being sharp up front and then more mellow and creamy feeling, as this rides along on the oily hop slickness underneath. Alcohol shows itself with some light warmth that hangs on the breath but I would have never guessed that this was close to 10%. Well done on that account.

Like others have said, this came a bit more like a DIPA/Tripel hybrid than a traditional Belgian IPA. While it lacked some complexity, this still stayed fairly interesting and drank VERY nicely for the size of it. Another solid Terrapin entry.

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 RblWthACoz
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is much more Belgian than IPA. Smooth and sweet with a mild hop tone to things; and I do mean mild. A slight touch of a burn from alcohol, which seems minimal in comparison to the 9.6% abv. Very smooth feel and very easy to drink. Nice brew. American brewers strike again with an excellent interpretation of a Belgian style.

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Terrapin Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer Company
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