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Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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636 Ratings

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 51
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #5, now a Spring release.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009)
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Photo of beerwolf77


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

I've received this beer from several BA's. Thanks guys. This is not a style I tend to enjoy so I will admit it had an uphill battle with me.
Poured from a bottle into my pint glass.

A: Bright clear amber orange. One finger of off white head. Sticky lace. Good retention with a solid cap.

S: Mild piney hops are intertwined with sweet candied dark fruits. Amazing how they were able to pull both aspects from both styles and mix them perfectly.

T: Again mild piney hops with a solid dose of sugar drizzled dark fruit. Very tasty.

M: Medium creamy body. Light carbonation.

D: Overall this is the best BIPA I've ever tried. If they all tasted like this I would have a lot more love for the style.

12-05-2010 04:45:18 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

12 oz bottle of the 2010 vintage received courtesy of scubarex. Much appreciated, Russ! Bottle feature a crazy scarlet cloaked terp gettin his musicality on astride a donkey.

A preface here...my previous experience with Terrapin beers was an exercise in near extremes: really enjoyed the oatmeal stout and thought the Hopsecutioner tasted like up charles. Ah, memories.

Hazy orange pour yields a thin billow of cloudage before diving back into the depths. Only a thin white line remains.

Happy Yeaster! Spicy banana hammocks and fruity esters with a mild undercurrent of citric rind. She's a lot more Belgian than IPA on the nose and that's not where this turkey prefers to gobble.

Clove, banana, and spice. Yeast blasts over what I can only hope and imagine is a base beer tutored in hops. However, this bad boy is skipping class leaving a tripel in turtle's clothing. Upon attaining room temperature status, the citric rind pokes like the turtle from the shell. A little too little too late you funky chordata, but it's at least enough to bump the taste up a notch.

Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. It's the yeast it could do for me, though I never get tired of a good pun. Definitions of good, however, may differ greatly.

Overall, I'm starting to feel that Terrapin just isn't my bag. As Principal Skinner once said..."Prove me wrong children. Prove me wrong!"

11-30-2010 00:33:54 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of Kegatron


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

11-23-2010 20:11:29 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Thorpe429


4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

10-22-2010 21:50:44 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of kingjames1

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

10-14-2010 02:50:16 | More by kingjames1
Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is described on the label as a cross between a Belgian tripel grainbill & yeast & a DIPA hop schedule. However, the color looks nothing like a tripel. It pours a rich amber color with a white head that was fairly thin. Left some nice lacing in spite of the small head, though.

I actually got not a lot of hops coming in the aroma. Maybe this was because it isn't a super recent release. Nevertheless, I was surprised that most of the aroma I got was yeast & malt/sugar based. Some stone fruit aromas -- peach/plum/apricot. Also, a slight sweetness about the smell. Not much that smells like a DIPA here.

I actually liked the taste better than the appearance & aroma. Three flavors dominated & were balanced with each other: The peach/apricot/plum fruit flavors, a strong Belgian candy sugar sweetness, and a great big finish of strong but balanced bitterness.

There is nothing in the taste of this beer that would lead you to think it was 9.6%abv. Remarkably drinkable with a light, crisp body, though slightly undercarbonated.

10-10-2010 15:07:56 | More by mklinger
Photo of jsanford


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

12 oz bottle of the 2010 release, poured into a New Belgium globe

A - Hazy amber with a small white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Huge blasts of banana, sweet malt, citrus and spice.

T - Pine resin hops dominate with a bit of banana, yeast and spice.

M - Creamy with a medium body, medium carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Ehh I can taste the +9% more then I'd prefer, probably a one-and-done for me.

This one didn't do too much for me, I just found the taste to bee too messy and piney. Sad, as the nose really showed promise.

10-07-2010 03:41:05 | More by jsanford
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

Notes from 09/28/2010:

12 oz bottle served at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: The pour is red-orange with a half-inch of short-living fizz.

S: The aroma is of medium fruits (apricot, muscat grapes), spicy belgian yeast, lemon, banana, and a hefty dose of hops at the end.

T: Sweet moscato, belgian yeast, citrus notes, and tasty floral hops make for a delicious brew.

M: It isn't as carbonated as I would've hoped.

D: This is a bit swee but in a good way. It's almost too drinkable for being 9.6%.

This is an excellent blend of two great styles.

10-05-2010 02:30:16 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Good take on an imperialized Belgian IPA, although a bit too compact in the end.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brow bottle. Fantasy illustration with the terrapin as a troubadour riding a horse in a forest leaving a castle behind. Brief side paragraph talks about intent, style, and recognition to those behind the inspiration. Shows vintage (2010), and notes Alc. by Vol. (9.6%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour, rich 1"+ frothy head, medium retention, nice surface memory, and lacing throughout.

S - Fresh nose, a bit subdued, maybe a bit too cold... Hoppy touch with a spicy whiff. Fruity touches emerge nicely as it warms up a bit.

T - Malty sense, with touch that while hoppy is more bitter than resinous, or fruity. Touch of spice, pepper... The DIPA pushes in the finish with grapefruit and pineapple barely touching the surface with a lingering fusel alcohol sense that while not overwhelming is a bit detached.

M - Medium-body with medium-low carbonation, deceptively smooth towards the spicy and hoppy raise in the end over a carbonated pinch that does not hide the pushing booze.

D - While nice... For me it feels a bit dull in the end, it makes me long for a bit of a more enticing edge. Nice but I'd probably won't seen for it again.

Notes: One of my first Terrapins and one of the few "Imperial" Belgium IPA I've tried. As a brew it is quality, as a take on BIPAs... I dunno, the tripel side is more accentuated here with the malty range instead of being hop prone, which is fine, but may not be that close to my preferences. Others tasting next to me, and with quite a different palate, are liking it, although they complain about the forward alcoholic sense...

09-27-2010 20:08:57 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a fresh growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange color with a thin white head that remains throughout the entire duration. Minimal lacing.

S: A big yeasty, banana blast up front. Some citrus and malty sweetness.

T&M: Very smooth and minimal alcohol burn for the high ABV! Taste is similar to the smell. Banana, tart citrus and a subtle sweetness with a mild yeast flavor. Crisp with a mild hop bitterness that is well-balanced with the sweetness.

Very nice original taste. Definitely closer to a Tripel than just a regular Belgian IPA.

09-25-2010 20:28:34 | More by cdizinno
Photo of sweemzander


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. 2010 Vintage. Thanks to beerwolf77 yet again!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color that produced a light gray level of bubbles.

(S)- A big burst of orange citrus up front. Some subtle hints of a sweetness with a touch of banana.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A burst of tart orange and hints of damp wood. A subtle sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Crisp and lightly tart with a present bitterness.

(D)- An interesting combo. An IPA, yet a tripel at the same time. It tries to be both at the same time, but it just does not quite mesh together completely somehow.

09-24-2010 14:02:52 | More by sweemzander
Photo of thain709


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Vintage 2010

A - Poured a brighter shade of orange with a creamy, two finger head...the head stuck around and became a patchy cap...decent lacing

S - This was my favorite part of the beer...big citrus and pine hops filled the aroma and led me to believe this was more on the IPA side...there was also some Belgian yeast present

T - The flavors weren't a complete 180 of the nose but it's pretty close...the hops were pushed to the side and didn't come back until the end...the other flavors were a little sweet presenting a touch of caramel malt, some bubble gum, and apples...the Belgian yeast was present in the middle of the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth...drying...warming alcohol

D - This american version leaned more towards the Belgian side but it did have a nice addition of hops at the end...I like seeing Terrapin taking their side projects and making them seasonal 12oz. releases

09-23-2010 11:01:46 | More by thain709
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4.68/5  rDev +22.2%

A: A perfectly clear copper body with an off-white bubbly head, about 1 finger.

S: A pine & citrus hop aroma with a slight hint of Belgian yeasts.

T: A citrusy flavor with a mellow malty background and a strong hoppy bitterness. Pepper, apple, and banana can be picked up on the palate along with some Belgian yeast notes followed with a dry aftertaste. Great flavor beer that hides the high ABV.

M: A creamy texture with mild carbonation and medium-full body.

D: This is the kind of revenge I will always look forward to.

09-14-2010 00:24:57 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev 0%

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, into my Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage 12oz'er, thanks for all the Terrapin Jon!

Poured aggressively into the tulip, only yielding about a finger and a bit of bright white head. Solid layer of retention on here, no lace. Aroma is a blast of bright citrus hops, more on the tropical spectrum with some pine involved. Pineapple/peach predominantly and potentially some green apple, with a bit of Belgian yeast faintly and alcohol as it warms. Bitter and citrusy upfront, different fruit comes out here, of a more lemon/orange scope but fades into a wash of alcohol and the Belgian yeast again. As another reviewer wrote, it comes across like a hybrid DIPA and tripel which I think comes close to this. A bit fuller in the mouthfeel, with medium-high carbonation. More of a sipper I thought this one was, but quite nice when warmed up some more.

09-11-2010 04:19:16 | More by liamt07
Photo of rebel1771


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with little head.

S: Aroma is dominated by piney/citrusy hops.

T: Hops dominate. Malt comes in slowly along with a slight yeasty sour fruit flavor.

D: Kind of a strange brew. Not something I'm likely to pickup again but interesting none the less.

09-01-2010 23:05:26 | More by rebel1771
Photo of AgentZero


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

A - A dark golden color, almost orange. Nice two finger head foamed up and faded to a ring.

S - Apples, yeast, phenol, some hops. Little bit of spice.

T - Sweet, lots of phenol, interesting hop bitterness. A lot of yeast and apple, with a bit of spice to it.

M - Medium bodied, a little creamy and bubbly. Finishes a little dry.

D - Not particularly great, not a bad beer, but not something to open up if you're thirsty.

08-31-2010 04:07:55 | More by AgentZero
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small dry yeasty and Belgian like sugar and a grapefruity citrus hop. In the taste, grapefruity hops and a thin malt backing. A small bite and medium to light mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus aftertaste. Nice big hops, Belgian like, but a bit thin.

08-25-2010 15:04:12 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of ectomorph


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz bottle reads "Vintage:2010" so that's a good sign... ;) Poured into a "perfect pint glass".

A - Dark orange with borders of gold. Hop haze almost hides the active carbonation rising from below. Small off white head is persistent, but fades to a ring on the sides.

S - Sweet bread, fresh Granny Smith apple, caramel, and a little pepper.

T - Belgian fruity esters with assertive hops bitterness. White raisins, apricot, and a clean alcohol warmth in the back of the throat. The floral hops blend perfectly with the ester profile here. Flavor packed from front to back.. The ABV is very well masked with this brew.

M - Medium bodied, but dry. This beer clears the palate with no real aftertaste aside from juicy hops that make you want more immediately.

D - For a nearly 10% beer, I'm supposed to say Low, but I could have these until I blacked out. A real possibility with this beverage I'm afraid.

08-24-2010 21:41:37 | More by ectomorph
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.1/5  rDev +7%

Big up to Mavajo for the extra! I'd wanted to try this for a long time.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Dusting of foam with a moderate, loose collar, off-white with lots of nucleation. Medium amber body with bright copper highlights.

Smells of bright grapefruit, some green apple, Juicy Fruit gum, a little anise, with a very cool, open "nosefeel," the way mint clears you out. Very nice.

That open, menthol-like coolness transfers to the flavor, with more citrus, a little banana, & a STRONG alcohol bite & dryness. Man, what's good is good, but that booze really takes a toll on me. Thankfully it mellows out mid-glass, revealing a honey-like sweetness. Much better.

Full-bodied, active, some heat from booze still.

I hadn't reviewed a Belgian IPA in a while, this really reminded me why I like the style so much. The nose is pretty awesome, that play of hops & Belgian yeast really does it for me. A bit overwhelming at first from alcohol, fortunately it simmered down a bit. Tasty brew.

08-24-2010 17:26:33 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of Arenbeer


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks alot to majavo for this one!!!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange with a nive 1 finger off white head that leaves some seriously sticky lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S- Strong earth and floral notes with a nice belgian sweetness in the background from the malts and yeast.

T- Super creamy malts hit you up front as well as some banana and yeast. Behind that the more pine and floral hops create the finishing bitterness that leaves your tongue a little dry but not bad.


08-23-2010 20:55:43 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of juhl31


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

-dark gold in color, almost pushing a light brown. head was gone pretty quick and zero lacing

-sweet. has a bit of a nose bite. little bit of bananas and apples without much hops smell

-goes on the tongue fighting. the belgian trippel taste and the dipa taste just mesh and its hard to tell whats going on. then a bit of hops harshness pokes in then the belgian taste melts in. it finishes with a hops bitterness. some apple and woody taste somewhere in all that

-slight warmness and smooth.

-this beer is weird, but i dont dislike it. definitely has an identity crisis, but i wouldnt turn down more

08-20-2010 05:08:16 | More by juhl31
Photo of ArrogantB


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

12oz 2010 vintage

I got to try this recently thanks to a friend and it was interesting. Not quite spicy or funky but definitely belgian. It was orange and had a smell of hops but also something I could not lay my finger on. The taste was the same way. It was neither belgian, belgian-style, IPA, or DIPA, it was weird. It was however good as I find most Terrapin beers to be solid.

08-14-2010 05:38:06 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

08-09-2010 15:57:26 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Beejay


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

2010 Vintage

A: Pale amber orange. Slightly hazy with a decent off white head.

S: Nice belgian yeast scents, honey and floral notes stream out. You can smell a bit of booze mixed in with brown sugar. In the finish there is a nice grassy hop scent. This smells like one terrific beer.

T: Found the hops. Nice grassy hops, bitter follows through to sweet malty backbone. Some booze present, with some fruity flavors in the back. As it warms I pick up more citrus notes, and a little more of the belgian yeast character.

M: Slick, medium bodied, and a little syrupy. Decent carbonation, but not necessarily of typical belgian proportions, finish is on the dry side.

D: Good. I would definitely get this again, though it may not be might top choice. Well rounded though I would like there to be a little more emphasis on the belgian side.

08-01-2010 21:13:21 | More by Beejay
Photo of Seanibus


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours hazy golden with a slight, tight head. Aroma is light and phenolic, with a little fruity apricot. Flavor is phenolic and bitter, with pear, apricot, bitter apple and a whiff of butterscotch. The finish is cidery and bitter with a little sour. Mouthfeel is prickly.

07-31-2010 15:02:50 | More by Seanibus
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