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Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 54
Gots: 50 | 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 axeman9182
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH Signature glass. Pours a nice looking red-orange, with a large white head that quickly shrinks, but does not disappear, leaving behind plenty of lacing. The smell is a wonderfull combination of belgian spice/sweetness and piney hops. Taste mirrors the nose, but is a bit heavy on the hop bitterness. The beer is nicely carbonated, and has a nice fullness to it. I enjoyed this batch of Monk's Revenge, but enjoyed the original batch with a few months of age on it even more.

Photo of ugaterrapin
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: It pours a clear deep golden color with billowy four finger off-white head. The foam is slowly receding to leave some lacing along the side of the glass.

S: The predominate smell is of some piney/grassy hops. There is a definite classic sweet malt Belgian smell amidst the hops. It is a very interesting aroma in a good way.

T: The hops are a little less apparent in the taste, but they are definitely there. The Belgian side stands out more in the taste. The front of the sip shows the hops, but it quickly converts to a sweet malt presence. This is a nice balance between an American style and a Belgian style. The mouthfeel is balanced perfectly for this hybrid style.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Blazer06 for sending this my way.

Pours a golden cloudy amber with a creamy colored head.

Smell is of Belgian yeast and hops. Light malt aromas as well.

Taste is very interesting, a strange but terrific marriage between a Belgian Tripel and a American double IPA. Awesome beer, I am a fan. Nice bitter hop finish with a crisp Belgian Triple taste in the front.

Mouthfeel is terrific, very clean and crisp. Medium carbonation with a full body, can't get any better here.

So drinkable, so delicious, Terrapin is really cranking out some great beers.

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 jmhart
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 4-pack from Capitol City Package.

A: Golden-orange, slightly cloudy. A vigorous pour yielded a massive frothy white head that subsided fairly rapidly, leaving a very pleasant lace and some webbing around the edge of the glass.

S: Strong on citrus hops, almost orange or tangerine. Smells a little sweet, but it was a nice balance between the sweet orange smell and the hoppy bitterness. Behind the orange is a really nice floral note, like fresh roses.

T: Superb Belgian IPA. Strong citrus elements with some really pleasant hop. Everything from the smell is present with no major surprises. It's a tad bit too sweet, but only a tad.

M: Moderately carbonated so that it dances, and of moderate body. Coats the inside of your mouth very well and leaves a good residual flavor.

D: Highly drinkable. Easy to sip, not too filling, and leaves you wanting more.

Overall, one of my favorite brews from Terrepin so far.

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 ThaBobfather
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid copper/ reddish tint with a very light ring of beige head.
Smell is well hopped- flowery hops and a light spices aroma.
Taste is complex and well put together. A hopped flavor starts it off and it finishes lightly malty and a nice spice on the end.
Finish is half-dry with a light spiced after-taste.
Drinks very well- a light malt caramel keeps the hops smooth- and no bite.

Photo of kkipple
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a new 12oz into my oft-used Tripel Karmeliet goblet. Thanks to kkipple for picking this one up!

A. A low thickish off white head tops this light clear marmalade looking brew. Spotty lace. Okay.

S. Quite nice, a fruity, tropical, floral rush blended with sweet sugar and what have to be American hops. I'm getting tangerine, pineapple, rosewater, some pepper, and grapefruit-citrus pungency. There's sweetness in the back and a sharp, hot alcohol note. Very nice, but the booze is a mite distracting. Surely one of Terrapin's better smelling beers.

T. Not *quite* up to par with the nose; this is still a very solid Belgian with hop character to spare. Monk's Revenge is golden and sweet, checked by lots of fermentation character (the previously mentioned fruits are all here) and the bitter, sticky hops make themselves known. Wonderful hop bill. Quite easy to put away, leans towards the bitter side of things ultimately, and finishes estery and hop-bitter, dancing around a bit of fruit-sour notes. The sweetness is welcome and reserved - the whole beer works well, I think, as an American take on the Belgian IPA style.

M / D. A bit messy on the tongue, but there is a lot going on. Carbonation is medium-low, mouthfeel avoids being too thick and is just right. At the end, there's a rush of leafy hop bitterness which is out of place for the general synergy of this brew, but take another sip and things set themselves right.

Monk's Revenge is one of Terrapin's best beers to date and surely one of the best Belgian IPAs I've had. Recommended.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was sent to me by the benevolent and congenial Mr JohnQVegas-- AKA Dustin in Nashville. I'm not sure if this was part of the trade, or if this was an extra, but more and more, I'm leaning towards the idea that any transaction with Dustin is a nice bonus. Thank you sir!

Pouring this in to my Duvel tulip... now. This beauty pours a hazy orangey copper with a nearly white head standing nearly 2 fingers. The lace hangs like curtains... before a show. After a few seconds, they part. The head has all but died... leaving a splattering of bubbles across the top. Still-- very nice looking brew.

I smell a ton of pleasant scents coming out of this one... It's hard to pinpoint them-- but here goes: bananas, orange peels, cloves, fresh baked bread/biscuits, citrusy hops... wow. All those scents meld together to form a very nice aroma. I can't wait to take a sip.

Wow. Bubblegum. First and foremost. I get original, old school bubble gum. Followed by a taste that reminds me of banana flavored laffy taffy. Remember the bad jokes? (What goes "Tick-Tock, woof woof?" -- A Watchdog!)
Then comes some malts and hops. Nicely balanced. The sweet malts and the citrus hops meld with the yeast flavor to create a very interesting blend of deliciousness. Is this the best Belgian IPA? No... but it is far from the worst. It is certainly worth trying if you can get it!

Nice medium body is thick but not quite chewy... almost though. The small amount of head is not indicatve of the carbonation level... this thing is creamy smooth with loads of fine bubbles. Very nice and easily drinkable. Although this is a beer where I honestly would say "One is enough." There is a lot going on in this one, and the ABV is over 9%... So maybe one of these... followed by a nice sessionable >4% brew... Or, in tonight's case, one of these, followed by bedtime.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with minimal head.

Has a fruity smell with a bit of citrus. Some grassy hops in the smell.

Tastes like grassy hops, a slight hint of dark fruit, and a stronger taste of alcohol than I was expecting. Taste starts off slightly sweet and finishes slightly bitter. Some belgian yeast and spices in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is low overall, decent for the style. The alcohol taste is too strong IMO. Definitely would not session these.

Photo of Lerxst
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a one finger white head that faded quickly but left decent lacing.

S-Faint nose, but Belgian yeast is noticeable along with sweet malt, floral & citrus hops. Its a nice nose, but understated.

T-The Belgian influence is noticeable. Malt, caramel, a bit of spice and sweet fruit.

M-On the heavier side of medium body. A bit slick and coating. Perfect carb level for my tastes.

D-Easily drinkable, especially if you are partial to the style.

Overall, a solid brew. Not world class, but certainly worth a try.

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

I've been excited to start trying some Terrapin beers. Here goes. Got this one thanks to kkipple.

A: A nice 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades in my Chouffe tulip glass. It's a very clear orange maple color.

N: Oooh, a really nice Belgian ale aroma to start. Some very light Belgian yeast, slight Belgian malts, touch of sweetness and very slight booze aroma. With that is some lighter fare hops. Low alpha hops with a nice grassy aroma, some citrus, and slight floral aroma. I really like how it keeps the hops lighter and doesn't overwhelm and become an American IPA with some Belgian malts.

T: Similar to the nose. Starts with some Belgian malts, little sweetness and candi sugar. With that is a slight booze taste with a touch of warming alcohol. It starts to get a dubble or tripel like taste with the booze and candi sugar. With that comes a little fruit too, and touch of Belgian yeast. Then comes a slight hop flavor. Some grassy and low alpha hop flavors, little spicy hop, and it maintains light but maybe too light. The alcohol stings a bit too.

M: Medium body with a little stinging alcohol and heat from the booze, good carbonation.

F: Dries a bit but still leaves a slight sticky sweetness. Some lingering citrus and orange peel, as well as other fruits. Some tangering and grapefruit on the finish, seem more to be from the yeast than hops, but could be some nice hop flavor. Either way it tastes nice. The alcohol is still warming and spicy on the finish, and it gets slightly bitter but not much. Some nice fresh dry hops linger on the finish, a Cascade like taste. It comes on really late and adds a really nice touch that redeems the beer.

Overall it started very nice, beautiful aroma, and the taste was pretty good. They kept the hops lower and really nice on the nose. However, the sweetness and boozy taste is way to high. Just for a Belgian Pale its more like a tripel with some light hops, and as the nose was perfect with hops the taste was a little lacking. The really late finishing dry hops add a really nice touch. If only the booze wasn't so high.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a rich, fruity, hoppy aroma that demands at least a taste. It pours a light clear coppery orange with a fairly thick and fluffy buttery off-white head. Flavor is quite hoppy yet minimally bitter, and has a firm fruity overtone, mainly apple with hints of banana and grapefruit. Texture is edgy, fizzy and lively, nipping at the tongue. Another winner from Terrapin!

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

Bottle thanks to gford217.
This is my first terrapin brew, as I live in ct.
Bottle pours a nice amber / orange color with a crisp white 1/4 inch head and some light lacing. The aroma is a mix of citrusy and earthy hops crossed with what seams like a very saison style yeast (dupont?). Fruity flavors up front with a nice malty body. A well balanced tasting beer. The fruity flavors are followed by some hop bitterness and then finish with more bitter hops and a little astringency actually. For the style, for me, could be a bit maltier to balance the hops and strong yeast flavor and aroma. But the carbonation is good and has a medium to medium full mouth feel. I am very happy to have tasted this beer and enjoyed it a good bit. It is to bad terrapin is tough to come by up here, I'd buy their beers for sure!

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

A: Nice and golden with a one finger white frothy head that dissipated quickly to leave some lacing around the glass. (SA Pint)
S:Sweet Hoppy what I would expect from IPA. Citrus notes....call me crazy but Honey??
T: Really looking forward to this one. Terp finally released this side project into 4 packs this week. I was one of my favs a few years back and here we have it again! Ok taste: Hoppy creamy smooth lite citrus GREAT carbonation and a perfect summer dry finish.
M: Much thicker than your average BSIPA but super nice, would def get again.

This is a perfect session beer @ 9.6abv!!!! Perfect lake beer in GA.

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

Poured a light gold with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is fruit, hops, belgian yeast. Taste is more of a dubbel than a IPA to me. Lots of apples, and other fruiits, light dose of hops, tinge of booze. Drinkable indeed but needed a bit more hops to it for it to be an IPA.

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

a: unibroue tulip, low head atop the hazy copper beer recedes to a thin layer

s: clove aroma of belgian yeast firmly seated in a body of heavy pale malts and grapefruit rind hops, lemon and honey

m: carbonation medium-high, body around medium

t: pale and caramel malt body quickly dries into a clean, strong bitterness with yeasty phenolic flavors of clove, hops mostly grapefruit and young pine, solid flavor but lacking a bit in complexity

d: a nice shot at the style - but as another reviewer pointed out, well below the mark set by Raging Bitch

single from Sam's, Durham

Photo of Thur123
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a vibrant orange color much closer to a DIPA than a Tripel. The head rises and fades quickly and the brew is slightly hazy with yeast. The smell is funky Belgian yeast with a big hop edge on top. The hops smell grapefruity and citrusy with a Sourdough like malt beneath. Smells good, much less funky than expected, and I'm glad about it.

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The flavor rips into my tongue. The hop profile in this is amazingly tasty, all the things I love but the sourdough funk in the malt is much bigger in the flavor rather than the nose. This being said it's not too overwhelming as the hops do much to balance these flavors. Overall even more hops, IMO, would improve this beer, but that being said this is a tasty a different brew that's easy to drink despite is ABV and I really want this on tap.

Photo of chaz410
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the flying saucer.
MUCH better than last year!!
Pours yellow/amber body wit thin white head that disappears quickly.
Smells of citrus hops with a little bit of pine and some faint belgian funky bubblegum musk.
Taste like a mild citrisy IPA with a thick belgian caramel malt underlining. Very balanced compared to last year. Good crisp finish but with some nice subtle toasty and malty belgian layering.
Very smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable for nearly 10 percent!

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours hazy golden-amber with a nicely formed white head and some lacing.

Aroma is very nice, Belgian yeast and sweet malt with citrusy and floral hops.

Flavor is Belgian yeast and pale malt, like a Belgian pale ale, with some resinous and citrusy hops.

Medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

Decent stuff overall, not amazing but enjoyable. Drinkability is good.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the new Monster Tour release pours a nice copper color, with a thin white head that doesn't retain particularly well. The aroma has some citrusy American hops upfront, followed by some belgian yeast type fruitiness, candy sugar and fusel alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with piney and citrusy hops initially, followed by a yeasty and fruity taste, some cane sugar, and a nice dose of fusel alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and oily, and drinkability is really limited by the alcohol presence. Decent attempt at a Belgian IPA, but pales in comparison to Raging Bitch.

Photo of jampics2
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber - an extra in a trade.

Looks nice, an orange cloudy mass in my globe.

Smell is OK - bit of caramel, tropical hops, and a ton of cardboard. This may be a touch old.

Taste is also nice - a ton of belgian yeast fades into orange and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is ok, a touch flat.

Drinkability is alright as well. This isn't a bad Belgian IPA, just a mediocre one.

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 JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with my carpool buddy tonight.. poured into my Delirium goblet....

Foamy 1" white head.. hazy gold.. sheets of lace that die to leopard spots.

Nice spicy phenols with citrus hops... I am surprised how well the hops have held up.. a bit of pithy grapefruit.. but grassy elements are showing pretty heavily.

Good bitterness.. yeasty presence is pretty abundant... a bit of pink bubblegum with some banana esters.. minor cloves... plenty of hoppiness still amazingly...

Perfect body but the carbonation is jumping out of the glass.. For the style, this is lacking, but for me, I really like it.


Terrapin Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.