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Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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644 Ratings

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 51
Gots: 45 | 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 number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 bottle from the June NEPA BC split, courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Pours a hazed light orange tinted golden color with a finger and a half of light beige head. Keeps a thin, not terribly full lace, with a bit of stick on the sides.

Smell has a nice citrus hoppiness to it, a juicy lemon and blood orange aroma, with some estery, slightly spicy yeast, some herbal aromas and some malt sweetness.

Taste has a semi-sweet malt base with some nice citrus hop notes and enough Belgian yeast character to make it interesting. This isn't super complex or overly interesting compared to other Belgian IPAs, but the juicy citrus hops and the fruity, herbal esters from the yeast are a nice combo. Bit of spice too. A little sticky sweet in the finish with just modest hop bitterness, but no hint of alcohol. This is almost 10%? Wouldn't have guessed it.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium-full body, a little sweet in the finish but pretty clean overall. Smooth with good carbonation.

As I said before this isn't the most complex or interesting Belgian IPA out there but it's a nice beer with some good American hop qualities. I like the citrus with the Belgian yeast strain, which imparts some good qualities without dominating the beer. A nice beer from Terrapin, which rarely disappoints my palate.

number1bum, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into chalice

A: Copper amber color, has a certain glowing quality about it, cheesecake colored beige head foams up to 1 finger but fades quickly as expected, I can't describe exactly why but it is beautiful looking, has that "wow" factor for me

S: When it's still pretty cold it's hard to make out distinct aromas, but a big hop presence is easy to identify, mostly made up of fruity and juicy hop aromas, its belgian half is also noticeable, although with all the hops the belgian yeast and spiciness blend in, as it warms the spice from the yeast becomes way more noticeable, good, but not as amazing as some IPAs or belgian varieties

T: Along the same lines as the aroma, hops are most noticeable again, same varieties, fruity and floral with some really resiny hops in the flavor, pretty powerful too (more than an IPA), malt provides support but not dominant flavors, yeast flavors are there again and mingle in the finish, as it warms the alcohol gets sharper but for 9.8% it is very reasonable

M: Good, firmly carbonated like a belgian, but not overly, fairly smooth with a solid medium body

D: Good, just pleasant all around

Notes: This is a solid beer. Definitely an american creation in the field of Belgian IPA's. I've had a few Belgian versions and there are much more subtle, this however shows the power of american hops. Terrapin is never afraid to use a heavy hand when it comes to hops and this is no exception. While it isn't the best I've had it certainly holds its own.

dpodratsky3, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber-copper hue, with a ridiculous eggshell head, great lace.

S - Aroma of delicious pale maltiness, and a nice fusion of US and continental hop.

T - Tastes hoppy, and rye- and pilsner-malty with hop-imparted notes grapefruit juice and lemon zest. Interesting.

M - Basic IPA, which is not quite right for the style, it is lacking the smoothness of a Belgian.

D - Good, somewhat as advertised; a hybrid BIPA/DIPA.

ktrillionaire, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to BA Gborobeer for putting this in my "beer of the week" package!

A - Hazy medium brown/dark orange with a thin head that doesn't last with minimal lacing. Small traces of upward cascading carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S - Starts off with a sweet malt aroma with hints of candied sugars. Phenolic esters are present slightly from the yeast that compliment the sweet malt aroma. Not much of a hop aroma compared to other Belgian IPA's.

T - Quite different from the smell...the taste has significantly more hop flavor/bittering and the maltiness takes a back seat. Through the hop flavor there is a very nice dark fruit, light spice, and brown sugar flavor. Quite the contrast in flavors but blend and transition nicely.

M/D - Medium body with a semi-dry and tart finish. Volumes of carbonation where they should be for this style and no hint of the high alcohol. Very nice sweet aftertaste makes it an easy drinker and the transition of flavors give it a good drinkability.

VaTechHopHead, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Metalmonk, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice interpretation of the style.

Honey gold pour with 2-finger medium cream head. Head fades quickly, but does leave a light foam top. Decent thin strands of lace.

Floral hops and Belgian malt all over the nose. There is a little too much sweetness, like a store bought cake, that detracts some from the aroma.

Very malty up front and part way through. Gets a little fruity near the finish in an apples/pears kind of way. Strong floral hops and nice Belgian malt to match the nose. Still more sweet than dry/hoppy in the finish. Quite farmhouse in it's approach to the style.

Feel is very nice. Slightly fizzy but still creamy.

Hides the abv very well. I get a faint alcohol burn midway through the glass. Dangerous, since there is no real indication this one clocks in as high as it does.

beer2day, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Growler from Fathead's Pittsburgh.

A-pours a hazy dark orangish amber color with a thin off white head.

S-the nose is big and sweet, lots of bananas up front, a fruit ester behind, notes of pears, peach, clove, yeast.

T-the tasty is quite yeasty, lots of banana, a touch of spicy clove, notes of soft peaches and pears. there is a light herbal grassy hop presence in the back with a touch of bitterness. the finish brings just a hint of heat and note of booze but not overpowering.

M-smooth and syrupy on the palate, lots of carbonation with a good crisp finish, slightly dry with some pleasant prickly feeling on the back of the throat.

D-this is a nicely balanced belgian ipa with a strong hefe presence. not hugely hoppy but definitely makes a presence and hides the huge abv very well.

cpetrone84, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local beer bar, served in a tulip glass. Beer is dark yellow and clear. Forms a thick white head of small and medium bubbles. Carbonation is high as well as the lacing. Looks great.

Aroma is really strong and sweet, with only a mild presence of hops. I have no idea what to expect now.

Beer is strong and sweet up front with a nicely bitter and not dry finish. Its pretty smooth in the mouth but overall there's something about the hops that aren't working for me. All the flavors are there they just are merged into a single thought. Overall its a pretty good beer and Belgian IPAs are usually a mixed bag. This was is above average.

drabmuh, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a slightly hazy consistency. What head there was quickly fizzled out. Not that much lacing.

S: A strongly acidic aroma, with traces of yeast, fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of phenols, yeast, malt, and a little cherry. Not the most dynamic of flavors, but decent enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but not what I'd call the best example of a Belgian IPA.

avalon07, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of branimal9
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle of the 2010 vintage - 6/4/2010.

Cloudy orange in color. Aroma is banana & clove yeastiness and perhaps the slightest hint of hops. First impression on the flavor is that despite the aroma, the flavor skews ridiculously bitter and boozy. Very hot. The bitterness overwhelms the rest of the flavors. As it warmed, it became a little more balanced, but it was still a bit of a palate burner. I think it needs a year or two to mellow. Not totally sure how I feel about this one.

branimal9, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one as an extra in a trade (thanks!)

Pours an amber color with a small amount of white bubbly head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma has a strong resiny/skunky scent with a small amount of citurs coming through. Flavor matches up initially with some bitter aspects coming through and taking over in the end.

All in all this is OK, but I feel like the various elements are fighting with one another and its finishes with a strange unsettling aftertaste... not really a huge fan.

thetomG, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

A: Very small layer of head which quickly disappears. This beer is orange in color, with lots of carbonation flowing through it.
S: Not a big nose on this beer, you can smell traces of sweet yeast and then some must on it.
T: Nice light yeasty flavor up front with a little bit of citrus into some earthy flavors, a pinch of cherry on the finish. Pretty well balanced beer, not too much IPA not too much Belgian mustiness. Note: the alcohol is hiding behind the mustiness.
M: Upfront this beer has a very slippery mouthfeel to me but it dries out on the backend due to its carbonation and alcohol.
D: As far as flavor goes this is a tasty beer, although I am sure after 2 or 3 you will lose the taste of it (or anything for that matter) due to its high ABV. This beer is best drank in moderation.

SiepJones, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of jeddsp
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is now being offered as a regular series instead of a side project here in Atl. What can I say....I haven't met a terrapin that I Haven't likes and this beer is no different. I got to try this beer on tap at a local beer festival and was overjoyed at the hoppiness of this IPA. Great taste...great feel...great drinkability...what more can I say...I'll be stocking my fridge with some.

jeddsp, May 31, 2010
Photo of kels
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby-tinged golden brown. The beer is decently clear with a moderate amount of visible carbonation within. The initial 1/2 finger fizzy white head fades quickly to a skim and leaves behind trace amount of sticky white lace.

Not much of an aroma with this one. I get a little bitter citrus and just a hint of grainy sweetness.

The IPA overpowers the Belgian in this beer. I get a lot of alcohol that's more warming than stinging, and I get huge citrusy, pithy hops. There's a hint of toasty-sweet malt that appears more and more in the aftertaste. Some of those chewy, fruity Belgian characteristics also start to creep out in the aftertaste and with a little warming of the beer. Feel is not as carbonated as expected from appearance, but enough so to make it moderate and keep the stickiness from being too heavy.

Drinkability is moderate. It is a tasty beer with a nice feel, but that 9%+ ABV isn't hiding anywhere.

kels, May 30, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010, poured from a 12-ounce brown bottle into a tulip glass. Served from the cellar at 45 degrees F. Alcohol content identified as 9.6% ABV.

Deep golden and slightly hazy with a beautiful pillow of slightly off-white foam cushioned atop. Excellent head retention, settling to a thick capping that clings to the walls of the glass with gusto, leaving behind broken curtains of lace as the glass empties.

The nose is a wonderful thing, a combination of citrusy hop notes and fruity/spicy Belgian yeast byproducts, creating a wonderfully inviting and enticing aroma.

Medium-bodied, with a bit more muted carbonation than the appearance would suggest, providing quite a soft yet pleasant mouthfeel. A light malt sweetness provides a nice backbone to an otherwise hop-and-yeast-dominated brew, with the palate an intricate balance of grapefruit, lemon and orange, black pepper, clove and a hint of banana. Moderately dry throughout and into the finish, with a lingering touch of grapefruit on the back of the tongue.

Downright drinkable, despite its hefty alcohol content, which is virtually undetectable. Well-balanced, full of flavor yet infinitely easy-drinking, this has got to be one of Terrapin's greatest offerings. No wonder they brought it into regular rotation. This is too good to remain a one-off.

superdedooperboy, May 29, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a tight white head.

It smells of spices, hops and sweet fruit.

The fruity taste of raisins and cherries mixes with sweet caramel and bitter hop flavors. There's some astringency.

The body is slick and creamy.

This is a pretty strong beer and I would stop at one.

Shaw, May 27, 2010
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: looks more of an IPA than a belgian, carbonated with light amber hue, slightly cloudy

Smell: could pick up good aromas typical of both an IPA and Belgians, nice combination

Taste: I'd say the taste was something like 60/40 IPA to Belgian, it had good flavor and exhibited the two different styles well

Mouthfeel: indicative of an IPA, seemingly more water based and more carbonated

Drinkability: very drinkable, alcohol wasn't overbearing and the beer had good mouthfeel and flavor

I'd recommend this, which is now available in four packs

aasher, May 26, 2010
Photo of MrIncognito
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy copper body beneath a 1-finger white head of tight bubbles. Head subsides in about a minute but leaves a nice swirled lacing on top and nice lacing on the glass.

S - An interesting mix of Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Not as aromatic as expected - I really had to get my nose in this. Pear and dried apricot with some spicy alcohol notes.

T&M - The mix of moderate carbonation and slick alcohol make for a smooth mouthfeel that is neither slick and oily or dry. A nice feel with a bit of creaminess. Great citrus hop flavors up front that are bold and bitter but not overdone. Very nice balance from the Belgian yeast comes in next and adds a sweet fruitiness of pear and dried apricot. The yeast becomes more predominant as the beer warms and the alcohol becomes a bit spicier.

D - Despite the high alcohol content, I really enjoyed sipping this beer. Very well balanced in flavor and body and you get the best of all worlds of bold citrus hops and fruity Belgian yeast and spicy alcohol.

MrIncognito, May 26, 2010
Photo of adkirkish
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the coffee district / Poured into tulip glass

A: Upfront belgian and saison, light citrus hop aroma. Characteristically belgian in aroma, not necessarily IPA / IIPA.

A: Pours copper/bronze, slight chill haze, thin creamy head and a slight ring of lacing.

F: Upfront belgian/saison presence, I get notes of hops in the aftertaste but nothing major. Fruity and melon, and I got a little note of canteloupe in the body.

M: Medium to full bodied, creamy w/ the carbonation. (The best feature of this beer).

O: I think that this is a good belgian beer. Very drinkable and I love the creamy texture, but I believe it to be lacking in the IPA part to consider it a Belgian IPA. My only suggestion would be to add to the hop aroma and flavor to bump it up. If these areas were improved, I would bump my rating up to the 4 range.

adkirkish, May 25, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a thinning almost white head.

Smell is a battle between yeasty belgian and citrusy american hops.

Taste is a fruity yeast, then a hoppy, bright then slightly bitter, finishing with some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a good thick, creamy feel.

Drinkability is a little hot, but a very nice drinking beer.

A really good beer.

aubuc1, May 25, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Freethyhops. Thanks Riley!

A hazy orange gold colour with about an inch of foam with pretty good lacing.

The smell is yeasty with notes of citrus lemon, fruity, kind of musty.

The taste is big hop bitterness with lemon rinds and pine, yeasty, a touch of medicinal flavours, slightly tart, and some warming alcohol. A bit of earthy malt shines through between the bitter notes. An unsual taste but I like it.

Medium bodied with brisk carbonation. An ok mouthfeel.

Drinkability? The abv is not hidden all that well but it's drinkable enough for a 12oz serving. This is a pretty good effort.

Bitterbill, May 24, 2010
Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting meld of hoppy goodness and Belgian yeast. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color. More cloudy when you swirl the bottle before pouring. Decent size antique white head with slightly better than average retention and spotty clumps of lacing. First sniff is awesome...get full Belgian yerasts and spices as well as citrus hops. Later smell is slightly more hoppy.

This beer tastes good. Belgian yeast kinda beats out the hoppiness, both both are present and the mix is very pleasant.

Drinkability is good. Richness from the Belgian flavors and crispness from the hops. I did not notice too much alcohol and would be surprised if I didn't read the octane level before drinking.

Drinkability is good although the high alcohol content adds some limits. Wouldn't be my first choice to quell hop head cravings but the mix of flavors really works well and makes this a very enjoyable drink.

JayQue, May 22, 2010
Photo of sidetracked
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chefmikeanderson for the extra. 12oz bottle dated 2010 Vintage.

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin off-white head. Served cold as the bottle suggests.

Smell is a lot more Belgian than IPA ... fruity esters, green grapes, pear, and banana with a slight sweetness. Light toffee malts.

Taste is fruity esters similar to the smell and maybe some floral hops. Slightly tart finish.

Medium bodied and creamy. More carbonation comes through than the appearance suggests.

Drinks more like a Belgian Tripel than an IPA. No major American IPA flavors are detectable. Overall a good beer though and the rating would be higher if this wasn't marketed as an IPA.

sidetracked, May 21, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a copper/orange color with a thin bright white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head faded after a minute or so, but left some decent lacing on the glass.

The first thing that hits you in the nose is the Belgian yeast, fruit and spice flavors. It has some floral hoppiness but not as much as I expected it would. The Belgian flavors are definitely more present then the IPA flavors in the nose. It has a very appealing nose, just not as hoppy as I expected.

The taste has more of a melding of the Belgian and hoppy flavors. The Belgian yeast comes through with some apple, pear and banana fruitiness as well as some clove like spiciness to it. The hops some through with some floral and citrus flavors and also lend a moderate bitterness up front. It has a malty sweetness that comes through in the finish and really helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed the melding of the flavors. They did a very nice job of really integrating and balancing all the flavors. I would say the flavors lean more towards the Belgian side but the hoppy flavors came through nicely in the taste as well.

billab914, May 20, 2010
Photo of JK4Stout
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in the bottle as well. Terrapin is one of my all time favorite brewerys and they continue to amaze here. I am a recent convert to IPA style brews, and have been a long time Belgian lover. So one can imagine me initial excitement over this. The color is a deep rich golden brown. Almost like a good quality honey. The smell is lacking a bit, but that may be because it is only hop...NOTHING else. However, as soon as you taste 'er the smell will seem like nothing. I good hop flavor like a common IPA, but the after taste is the winner. This one gives you that sweet Belgian pop there at the end. There is a little heat to it, but that's just how you know its good.

JK4Stout, May 18, 2010
Terrapin Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer Company
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