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Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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649 Ratings

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 51
Gots: 48 | 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 merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

merlin48, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Lothore
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brownish orange color reminiscent of urine the morning after a long night of drinking with little to no head.

S- The smell punches you in the face with awesomeness. Tons of pine, orange zest, light fruit and spicy belgian yeast undertones.

T- Whoa! An extremely strange combo that I think works very well. Starts off like a typical DIPA with a wave of piny hops and a strong bready malt backbone but is immediately rounded off with spicy belgian blonde characteristics and ends very smooth with little to no hop bitterness. Rarely do I taste a beer that really tastes much different than anything i've ever had but this one did just that.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This was an extremely interesting brew to wrap your head around. It definitely isn't an everyday beer but if you are looking to enjoy something new and different pick up a bottle and you won't be disappointed.

Lothore, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange body that is rusty in the center, but fades to apricot around the edges. Almost no head at all. What little head that exists fades very quickly, whitout leaving any lacing.

Smell has some hops resin in it, but more belgian character than hops. Some surgary aromas and fruits.

I have trouble distinguishing this one from a hopped up tripel to be honest. There is a lot of sugary, candied sweetness. There are some fruits in there also; pineapple is pretty noticeable, probably the biggest flavor in this one. There is a touch orange and a quick blast of slightly bitter hops up front.

Medium bodied, low on the carbonation, rather dry.

OK drinkability. This one just didn't impress me all that much.

Hojaminbag, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a small white head. Decent enough looking but head small and not much lace at all figured there would be more for the style anyway.

Aroma is nice fruity mangoes, apple sweet malty like a triple, some floral hops in nose but more triple like then IPA like.

Taste is ok there are hops in the taste more so then the nose, malty and fruity. What this one is missing is the body feel real malt base of a triple and the belgian yeast that play a big part in the flavors. Hops do show up and leave some bitterness along with grassy notes. Hops also impart herbal notes along with light floral notes. This brew is decent but not really what i was expecting i guess.

Mouthfeel is fine medium with decent carbonation, which is good as some belgian type brews can be over carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability is ok while its not bad its not something i would run out and repurchase. Not a great triple or a great IPA but hell worth a try. Thanks got to merlin48 for sharing this one with me.

mntlover, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy amber with a short white head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian fruit esters and hoppy citrus. There's a bit of bitter bite and pine hop at the finish with a bigger grapefruit hop flavor, pepper, vanilla candy, and dark bread crust taste. It's a great mix of flavors, but the beer is missing the deep, subtle complexities of a great Belgian. I will give it credit that for it's strength, this beer is very, very drinkable.

tempest, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of BZero007
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in a trade from bmanning thanks!!!

Poured in to my DFH Snifter and poured a clear gold amber. The head really took some elbow grease to work it up at all. The head forming so small reduced the strength of the aroma allot, which is sad as the aroma was lovely. The smell came mainly of fruits and then hops in the background. Was a very nice mix. The taste was something interesting as I felt it changed between Hefe and a Belgian IPA. The fruits are very strong like a hefe but the bitterness follows threw. Great mix and every now and then it mixes the order up. Mouth feel was ok but felt the warmth of the alcohol go down as I drank this particular brew. Drinkability is good but one bomber and you pretty much done. Great limited brew would pick up if I saw it again.

BZero007, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this before it is no longer. Pours a darker gold with a small white head on top. No retention and very little lacing. Smells floral and hoppy right off the bat, but then it gets very 'Belgian' and I can sense the yeast and some clove.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and mildly bubbly. Great for a DIPA. Now the flavor on this is quite a conundrum. Right away I could taste a nice bitter hoppiness, but really that was on the first sip alone. After that this becomes a Belgian Pale Ale. That's it. I can't pull any hops from this at all. This is really a double?! Wow. What happened to the hop presence? Nothing. This is interesting, but not at all what I expected. Too Belgian, not enough DIPA.

Onenote81, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized white head.

Aromas of floral hops, yeasty, and fruitiness. Tastes of the same fruitiness, yeast, floral hops, and lightly earthy. Some spiciness in there as well. On the sweeter side with the alcohol content pretyy much hidden.

hopdog, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of thryn
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a gorgeous copper color with great clarity on the first pour and slight cloudiness on the second, but where's the head? A finger of head drops to a layer of lace atop the beer nearly immediately.

Smells very nice. Piney hops and a sweet malty background. Very hoppy, but some of the belgian-style sweetness comes into play as well.

A ton of piney and slightly floral hops, with a bit of grapefruit as well. A nice sweet finish thanks, I assume, to the Belgian yeast. Spiciness and some light fruit notes as well: very faint banana and pear. Finishes sweet and clean.

Nicely medium-bodied, but the carbonation just isn't there.

It's pretty drinkable and overall a fairly good beer. A little more carbonation and it would be very good. A bit more carbonation would likely also make the flavors pop a bit more.

thryn, May 30, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from yesac in a trade. thanks again. into the duvel tulip.

A- this one pours a brilliant golden orange colored body with a finger and a half of tightly knit bright white head. the head sticks around for a while and leaves solid rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- i can definitely smell the american hops in this one, as well as the belgian yeast. lots of banana and clove against a background of orange, grapefruit, and other citrus hops. this is the way i pictured belgian DIPAs smelling, but have never come across it before. perfect.

T- the first sip was kind of a shocker. this beer doesnt seem to know what style its going to be. lots of things in common with a tripel such as the belgian yeast, spiciness, and wheat like characteristics. it also has the hoppy bite that comes with american DIPA. pretty bitter and full of citrus/fruity hops.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. a slight warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- this beer is unlike any that ive had before. at first i didnt like it too much, but the flavor grew on me. this is something that i wish i could pick up again now that i know what to expect. one bomber was enough, and i didnt feel like sharing it. thanks again for the opportunity.

jwinship83, May 22, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Deep golden, copper with pretty much no head. No retention and no lace, obviously. Just about the only complaint for me on this one.

S: Hoppy, but with a very definite Belgian yeast tone. Mostly a piney hop with the Belgian yeasty flare providing some fresh tropical fruit. Actually a very nice balance between the 2, and I don't think an overly citrus hop would have done as well. Bit of bready malt thrown in as well.

T: Again, a very nice blend of Belgian yeast and piney hop. Sweet, fruity yeast up front with some earthy tones through out. Bitter hops kick in towards the finish. Mild bitter finish and a hint of dryness. Maybe a little bit of toasted malt there too and some slight booze. Very good.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is low. Drinkability is good on this one. The 9.80% is felt, but it's such a balanced beer, it's easy to drink. Nothing really smacks you in the face, but it's very well done overall.

NCSUdo, May 22, 2009
Photo of KeefD
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to JCB for hooking me up with this one as an extra! Pours a golden orange color with a small white head that was gone in a flash and no lacing. Aroma is light fruit and candy aroma, a bit of pineapple and floral hops, a bit of yeastiness. definite sweetness to it. I must say this has interesting mix of flavors. It's more on the Tripel side than the IPA side of things. Some hop flavor is present, mostly the floral variety, but not much in the way of bitterness. There's a solid, cracker like pale malt backbone and a nice Belgian yeastiness to it, and plenty of warm booziness. Mouthfeel is a tad thin without enough bubbly effervescence to keep things interesting. This is an interesting take on the style, but if they're going to call it an IPA, I need some more hops. Not bad though. Thanks again Jason!

KeefD, May 22, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Buffalo tulip glass.

A: Pours an extremely clear yellowish color with practically no head. What is there disappears to a ring almost immediately after the pour. No lacing to speak of.

S: Interesting tropical fruit smell mixed in with some Belgian candy sugar aromas and a bit of spice. Its a little more aromatic and interesting than some others in the style.

T: Big sweet flavor that is bready malt in nature. There is quite a bit of hop bitterness that lingers for a bit in the after taste. Unfortunately it ends up seeming pretty metallic in nature. There is quite a bit of spice in the flavor as well.

M: It is quite prickly in the mouth and the metallic after taste is pretty unpleasant.

D: I had to go really slow with this one. The after taste and aggressive carbonation just put me off.

Terrapin has just been off the mark for me so far with the side projects. With that said, I will keep giving them a shot since I like all their regular and seasonal brews.

GatorBeerNerd, May 16, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice bright yellowish hue with hints or orange showing through. Nice light creamy white head with little retention. Spotty lace.

S: Lots of nice doughy malt. Hints of fruity yeast and bold citrus.

T: Very Belgian. Lots of sweet fruit, and Belgian yeast. Very sweet and fruity. Hints of bready malt peeks through with lots of bold bitter citrus. Nice mix between sweet yeasty fruit and citrus.

M: Medium in body, with good carbonation.

D: I liked it. Nice mix of Belgium and American IPA. Sweet fruit and bitter citrus.

tpd975, May 12, 2009
Photo of mullenite
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy orange-amber with a one and a half finger white head that dissipated down in to a small ring around the glass and an island in the middle. Leaves a nice lacing with some legs down the glass. Being my first "Belgian IPA" I'm not quite sure what to expect from the appearance. For a Tripel it's lacking for for an IPA it's decent...

Smell has an obvious citrus hop kick to it with orange, lemon. and a little grapefruit being prominent. In the background there is a little doughyness to the smell and a slight bit of wheat funk. It smells freakin' awesome.

Being my first sip of this style beer I am a bit confused. There is a definite light fruitiness to the beer. Pears stand out, maybe a light apple as well. Following this is some serious hop bite. Pine and citrus overwhelm the finish and leave a strong hop character in the mouth after swallowing.

Medium body with some decent sharp carbonation and a surprisingly long finishing note.

Pretty easy to drink if you are in to IPAs but if you are looking for something with more esters and fruit flavors you may need to let this one sit a little or look elsewhere. It is far more IPA than Belgian.

mullenite, May 11, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color wtih an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very fruity with some malt and spices. There is also some spicy hops in the nose as well. The aroma is very much like a Tripel with a bigger dose of hops.

T- The taste features a much bigger presence from the hops, which is definitely a good thing. It starts out fruity with some sweet malt and spices and finishes with a good dose of citrus from the hops. This is a very tasty brew that really grew on me with each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another great Side Project beer. Keep on churning them out Terrapin, I can't wait for the next SP!

cjgator3, May 09, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz gold-foil bomber into a Duvel chalice. Thanks to Mschae1017 for the trade!

Pours a viscous, vibrant golden-straw body with a nice clarity and active carbonation level. Still, the head drop quickly to a tiny patch and thin ring of manila bubbles. Really diggin' this aroma: takes the best of the Tripel and IPA styles and melds them perfectly. Lots of bubblegum and sweet crystal malts balanced by floral hops and yeasty fruit esters of tangerine, banana, and mango. A hint of booziness lingers in the background.

Very flavorful profile, probably the biggest-tasting of Terrapin's side projects yet, slightly outing their Gamma Ray wheatwine. Starts with a nice spicy Belgian yeast note that quickly gives way to raw, leafy hops and chewy Belgian malts. Finishes with a lingering booziness and hoppy bitterness. Body is relatively thick and harsh, even for a Belgian IPA, somewhat limiting the drinkability. However, the uppity carbonation level and complex finish make for an interesting drink. Terrapin's Side Projects seldom disappoint, and Monk's Revenge carries that torch well.

wagenvolks, May 08, 2009
Photo of israel
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks cashew70 for the chance to try this one

A- Golden straw in color with near perfect clarity; two finger head from initial pour but fades quickly to just a thin layer atop the liquid. Some decent lacing chases the beer down the sides of the glass.

S- A lot going on here, Belgian influence is easy to pick out with its yeasty scent(bananas, cloves, bubble gum), but then the IPA shows up to the party and makes itself known with its citrusy scents of grapefruit. A bit confusing to try and smell for a review but enjoyable none the less.

T- Back and forth they go as the triple and IPA tussle for center stage in this beer. It actually works in this beer and it really does taste like your drinking two beers at times. I can pick up on a bit of spiciness not noticeable in the scent as well as cloves and grapefruit.

M- Initially sweet with a dryness that is chased by a grapefruitiness that is enjoyable.

D- I'm sorry I only traded for two of these and might need more soon.

israel, May 07, 2009
Photo of wescj
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Looks nice. Golden orange, slightly hazy in color, with a two inch foamy white head.

Smells sweet, almost like bubble gum. Yeasty.

Taste is similar, but with a spicy, peppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ok, the sweet/peppery aspects of the beer leave an odd feel in the mouth. Sort of like drinking orange juice after brusing your teeth, but nowhere near that bad or unpleasant. Just odd. It's still refreshing, and worth a try.

wescj, May 07, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this bomber into a Duvel tulip. Clear apple juice in appearance with a solid three fingers of white frothy head. Very nice to look at in the glass...great clarity. Aroma of grapefruit peel, spearmint. Banana and clove hit on the nose. Then a good dose of hop flavor ensues. Dry and citric bitter mouthfeel. Bitter finish with lingering chalky bitterness.

RustyDiamond, May 06, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque, cloudy, murky golden-orange, with a finger and a half of white head that subsided fairly quickly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Interesting. Fruity, banana notes, with strong hints of pine and grapefruit citrus to balance it all out. The sweet banana and honey notes are at the front, almost masking the hops.

Taste: A sharp, bitter hop bite right away, which fades into a smooth finish of banana and honey. Some of the hops linger into the aftertaste, but the aftertaste is more smooth than bitter. Most of the hops are present up front. I can't tell if the flavors complement each other or just clash - it's almost like I'm drinking two separate beers.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness, but high, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A sipper, partly because of the high carbonation, and partly because I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to make of this beer. I think the flavors of the hops clash a little too much with the 'belgian' flavors that make up most of the beer. Still, I'm glad I tried it.

StarlightSeraph, May 03, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this bottle in Greenville SC a few weeks ago. The beer is dark yellow orange color, a little hazy, with a thin head. This has more of a spicy tripel aroma than IPA. I've had several beers of this tripel/IPA blend variety and haven't really been taken by any of them. This is turning out to be much of the same, with less IPA and more tripel in the smell and taste. Well done for what it is I guess, but not something I'd search for again.

TurdFurgison, May 02, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep copper color, with incredible clarity. I love watching the bubbles rise up through this one, and the head is sort of thin, about a cm, but its clingy and very pretty. A good looking beer. The smell is pleasant, but it doesn't make the style evident. There's a faint bready maltiness, with whiffs of powdery pale malts and a bit of sweetness. There's just a hint, barely a hint of earthy, spicy hops, like tobacco. Doesn't smell much like a Tripel or an IPA. The taste is very nice. I love the malty flavors, there are raisins, and sticky, very sticky bready flavors. Then the hoppy spicy flavor kicks in. I like it, there's even a hint of fruitiness in the back. But let me explain it a bit more, off the bat there's an orange flavor, like a fresh sweet Valencia orange, maybe a Clementine, this an earthy, leafy, almost like compost flavor, something like tobacco, finishes with a very spicy, like coriander, clove, citrus peel, even a bit of flower resins. The bubblegum flavor is quite nice in there too. This one is very complex, and I'm quite interested, this doesn't seem much like a combination of a Tripel and a DIPA, but like layers of both mixed in together. I really love the flavors in this. It is very full and enjoyable. Just like sticky and bready from the start, with the hop resins keeping it a little dry and clingy. But the bubblegum flavor slows me down in drinking it. It's definitely a sipper, slow drinking, but not too sweet or too dry, really fascinating and recommended. Definitely worth a shot.

taylorhamrick, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Jtschupp04
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

looks like: apple juice (no head, i'm disappointed)

smells like: sweet grapefruit (mmm)

tastes like: creamy grapefruit (creamy belgian double with an IPA kick)

feel like: cider but cold with tingling

drinks like: sparkling grapefruit juice (minus the sugar)

i cannot detect any alcohol at all, but i can feel it in my stomach. Two thumbs up to Terrapin. This is an amazing beer, i don't know why i like it so much but its not harsh at all full of flavour and not overtaking and warms the tummy up. mmm mmm mmm

Jtschupp04, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"This new age beer style is a fusion of two great brewing traditions that are worlds apart- a hoppy American Double IPA and a classic Belgian Tripel. We hope you enjoy Terrapin's version of a Belgian IPA.

SPike's Brewing Words of Wisdom: "Beware the Gnome in the funny green hat!""

Numero cinco of the "Side Project". Pours from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice dark golden with a very small white head. No lacing, no retention. The head leaves quickly and not even a film is left on top.

Aroma is okay. Certainly get that belgian candi aroma with a touch of yeast. I also get the earthy and piney hops. Not sure of the correct terminology, but smells kind of "green" and new. The two aromas, Belgian and IPA, dont meld well and are each seperate.

I first get the sweet belgian flavor, followed by some sweet fruitiness, followed by the green hop flavor, followed by the hop bitterness. Again, the flavors dont really work together or in unison. The hop bitterness sticks out; kind of tastes like raw hop pellets.

The mouthfeel is decent. A little thin. I think this beer has some real potential. Perhaps six months from now it will have come together a bit more and jelled. Currently, this beer is definitely young and needs to grow up.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 24, 2009
Terrapin Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.