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Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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 Aenema
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear honey with a 2-finger, frothy white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Citrus and brown sugar.
Taste - Citrus/lemon transition into a slight sweetness before a mildly bitter finish. The sweet, bitter finish seems out of balance and the components just don't click.
The flavors are not bad, they just fail to complement each other and end up detracting from the beer.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fine bubbles and an overall moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - The combination is out of sync, but smooths out and becomes less jarring the more one drinks.
Overall - A disappointing beer, there are better Belgian IPAs out there IMO. Try Green Flash's Le Freak.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to ckeegan04 and everetends for including bombers of these in recent trades; I drank one already and it was quite good so I guess it's time to drink the other one and actually think about it. I'll think about pouring this one into the Duvel tulip right now...

Pours a very clear honey color with tiny bubbles of carbonation that are quite sparse. On the first pour the head is quite thin (only a small to moderate pffft of the cap upon opening) and it goes rather quickly. Swirl it around a little bit and the head gets to about a finger, thins out again rather quickly and leaves faint lacing.

Man, I dig that Belgian yeast strain in an IPA/DIPA. It just works - the yeast electricity and the carbonation toss the bountiful citrus hops into a strong supporting role. The very oightly carmelized malt gives off a solid honey texture.

Wow...this is DRY. And good. Sure there's a little maltiness left but barring that, the hops are pine and this one is like balsa wood or whatever you want to call it...arid. To me that's a good thing - I don't like a lot of sweetness in my Belgian IPAs...this dryness could be mistaken for boozy astringency but I don't take it that way.

Palate feel is...what else...dry. Maybe after a little while we do get a little more astringent from the heft of the booze...hops may be on the back 9 but only a hint of earth here. Some residual sweetness layers over the dryness like a summer-weight sleepin' bag.

I must be getting sick of reviewing beer or I must like this one quite a bit, 'cause I don't feel like babbling about it anymore - I just want to drink it and enjoy it, 'cause it's good. This is another synergy beer - the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Whatever you call it...drinkability or "overall impression," it's very good stuff.

Photo of Klgkenny
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bomber into a room temp pint glass.

A very thin head on top of a golden body. Extremely clear. I can read the newspaper through this pint of beer. Looks suspiciously like miller light or some other light american lager. (Don't worry, comparisons to macro lagers end here.)

A beautiful aroma of citrus hops blends with funky belgian-esque yeast. If this were bigger and bolder it would get a much bigger score. The aromas are beautiful, but thin.

The taste is good. As a matter of fact, better than good, and just short of great. This tastes like a belgian/white/ipa. So good. Up front you'll find the belgian yeast followed by belgian spices. I get cloves and cinnamon. So nice. Finally rounding this out is a splash of citrus hops that fades to flowery essence. This beer blends together so well.

Mouthfeel on this is it's weakness to me. There are a couple of ways that they could improve this to me. It could be thicker and less carbonated, or it could be just more carbonated.

As for overall drinkability, this is great. With a high abv and a belgian/white/ipa flavor, this is perfect for sundown and beyond during the autumn. After a long hike, while you light the fire, pour one of these for yourself and enjoy.

Photo of wryepicures
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- light copper, gold and red tones. clear and effervescent. Large off-white head with good retention- slight Belgian lace.

Aroma- from the fridge, the initial aromas are hop heavy. Flowery, perfumey hops, citrus esters (grapefruit). As the beer warms the malts and yeasts become more prevalent- biscuity yeast.

Flavor- floral hops up front, low hop bitterness. alcohol warmth but not hot, slightly sweet malts balance the hops. Biscuits and sweet bread. Citrus notes and spices (herbal, coriander- not pepper/clove). Tart finish. Not cloying.

Mouthfeel- light med-medium body, very carbonated and refreshing. some alcohol warmth, some tart/bitter finish. not hot or astringent.

Overall its an interesting mix of US hoppy IPA with Belgian Tripel, the hops are balanced with the sweet malts and yeasts. A little less complex and interesting than I had hoped but its a really nice warm weather refreshing beer but with a wallop.

Photo of BluesDaddy
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber poured into a brandy snifter style 16oz beer glass:

Pours a deep, cloudy orange when held up to the light. Quite attractive.

This beer has a very strong aroma of hops when first poured straight out of the fridge. The Belgian yeast "breadiness" is noticeable, but the hops is the dominant aroma. As it warms up, the floral notes die down a bit and the Belgian yeast aromas start to take over.

As with the aroma, what dominates the first sip of this brew is the hops - not in an overwhelmingly California style DIPA way, but very strong nonetheless. On the middle of the tongue, however, the Belgian ale notes come forward and the beer is quite smooth on the finish. The first thought that struck me is that this was Terrapin's version of DFH 90 - but better! As the beer warmed in the glass, the hop edge started to wane and it took on a character of its own - not so much DIPA as just a very well hoped Tripel or even Quad.

The more I drank this beer the more I liked it and I would lend my voice to others calling for Terrapin to release this brew on a regular basis.

Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours and almost clear golden red with some pink hues around the edges. A little over one finger of dirty white head slowly wisps away and leaves a few broken lines of lace behind. Subtle floral hops are accentuated with some sweet malts and bread; thus the "Belgian Style" I suppose. An estery essence works itself into the aromas, adding complexity, and putting a pleasant finish to the aromatic experience. Tastes of citrusy hops which are immediately subdued by a mixture of sweet malts and phenols. A good alcohol heat hits the back of the throat and a another bite of bitterness is also felt. Goes down fairly smooth, although the lingering alcohol heat might detract somewhat, but doesn't bother initially, although eventually, after finishing the first glass, makes you understand who's the boss. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy in nature, and there's a decent amount of carbonation. This is a very nice change from the American hop bombs we're all so used to.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pouted into a Goblet:

Opaque orange with a light, white, creamy head that was not all that well retained but full of carbonation, but did settle into a small thin cap.

The aroma was more Belgian triple than IPA, Sweet and malty.

The taste is a very nice balance of the two styles. A little more hops, but balanced very nice with the sweetness of the malt and fruit.

The beer had a medium to full body, perhaps a little too thick for my taste, but still good. The beer had a nice bitter dry aftertaste and was well carbonated. The beer was fairly easy to drink give the ABV, but after the 22oz, I was pretty well done. Overall, a good beer and probably the first one of the side projects that I think the brewery should consider brewing on a regular basis.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a mug as always.

A: pouring hard at 37F into the mug got a nice 3 inch head, lots of lacing that died down after about 3 minutes or so. Golden in color, somewhat clear to hazy.

S: I let it warm up for about 20 minutes, first impression was very hoppy, citrus and pine smells. After 30 minutes near 50F. i got some bread, and well as a herb like medicine smell out of it. Also detected a good bit of alcohol, was a good day for the nose. I also detected the brown almost sour dough bread smell of the yeast.
In short it smelled as good as any triple i had in a lot time.

T: Very dry and clean taste, lots of hops, big pine and grapefruit jump at me at first. The after taste is more yeast and bread, and a big hint of alcohol. 3rd taste at 50F you get that medicine like taste again. Not sure what that is really. Some malt detected, but I have to say the hops dominated.

m: Crisp, clean, dry. medium body, nice beer.

D: easy to drink, I have had a few others before this, very decent beer for what there trying to do a Triple IPA if you will.
Not really my favorite from these guys but its a nice beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, gold tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungent hops and spicy clove phenolics as well as some children's aspirin like notes as it warms up. The hops are a bit more herbal focused because of the Belgian yeast influence but still manage a healthy note of tropical fruit, lychee, tangerine zest and some sharper essential citrus oil notes. Other hop notes of pine are also here as well as some pale malt toastiness and some cracker malt.

A light malt sweetness and a biting bitterness greet me as the beer first hits my palate. Through the middle and finish the beer picks up herbal hop notes as well as some spicy, lingering fermentation notes of pepper and clove. The combination of fruity hops and fermentation esters makes me think of juicy-fruit bubble gum. The tropical fruit flavors definitely play a prominent role here with notes of lychee, grapefruit zest that is lightly sweetened and some kumquat zest notes. The spicy phenolics in this beer tend to accentuate the sharpness of the finish along with the biting hop bitterness, though this isn't overly bitter for an IPA, just aggressive. As the beer warms up the spicy phenolics take on some turpene like character as it lightly numbs the tongue. This beer has a light fullness to the body that places it well within the IPA range, though I guess you could say it was on the heavy side for a light bodied Belgian brew, though it is still quaffable enough that I easily polish off the 22oz bottle. The extra body does bring along with it some more malt sweetness that helps accentuate the fruity hop flavors. The malt plays a supporting, but noticeable role here as it supplies a backbone of cracker / biscuit type malt notes that are noticeable throughout the flavor profile.

Definitely an enjoyable brew, of course I seem to have developed quite a taste for a solid mix of Belgian yeast derived flavors and aggressive hops. I could definitely see this as being a touch harsh in its mix of phenolics and hops for some people, but I can't get enough.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to psycohops for sharing this one. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into a pair of standard shaker glasses. Appears a hazed, muted straw yellow color with a very thin layer of quickly fading bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of candi sugar, grapefruit, bread, bubblegum, sweet and tart, a bit spicy, crisp apples. A notch better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. Thanks for the chance to try this Bob.

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came courtesy of Marc "Bartender-Of-The-Year" Smith at Beer Run, and shared with good company. Thanks, Biggs!

A: Clean golden with a semi-creamy head... it's quite short, but does retain a decent little collar and leaves some strings of lace in the glass.

S: I really enjoy the aroma of this one. Sweet, with what appear to be some notes of clove. Malts are accented with a bit of a caramelized sugar aroma.

T: Hops are a little more puckery with a citrus rind flavour. A little sweetness is there, still... a slightly fruity estery note.

M + D: It's got a surprisingly full body... big, almost a little too thick, honestly, but good. A nice carbonation keeps it from being sticky or overbearing. A nice, easy sipper and certainly good when split with others.

Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to moose3285 who dropped this into a recent box as an extra.

Pours IPA, a little milky. Smell isn't anything like I was expecting, very sweet.

Taste is more like a dubbel? Light, strapping fruits that come on with a serious zestiness, & a touch of ever-so-slight funk at the end. And then a touch of hops dusted with earth from the orchard. What a weird combination of tastes. I'm not sure if this is cutting-edge wild or just a fusty mishmash of unrelated stuff tossed into a pretty bottle?

Beer is pretty flat with almost no carbonation, but it...well, not sure what style this is, so hard to tell if it's appropriate. Drinkability isn't good, too sweet, and disjointed.

Decent enough beer. Like the friend you really like but he just talks too damn much, or has that distracting third eye on his cheek. Eventually it kills the relationship.

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

drunkmonk's Revenge; many thanks Joel!!

Pours a hazy golden pale amber color with a full finger wispy white head that fades quickly. A reasonable amount of Belgian lacing present. The smell is good but on the subtle side; earthy Belgian yeast. lemon and harvest fruit aromas...like a nice strong pale ale Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied, creamy and tangy with hops. Full flavored, earthy Belgian yeast, harvest fruits and hints of lemon. The experience cleans up quickly, on the dry side. Very drinkable yet Big on ABV; integrated nicely. Well done, had tons of fun with this one!

Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this in a recent trade. Excellent trader

Pours with a fluffy light white head that does dissipate rather quickly. The beer is a very bright gold color with some brass tones. Some light & slow carbonation rises to the surface. Some very light lacing remains. Good clarity.

Aroma is quite pleasant. Fruity. Light malt/bread notes and a touch of light yeast.

Flavor is lighter than I had anticipated. Especially for being called a Belgian Style "Double" IPA. Still very nice. This is one of those beers that reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum. Apple, Pear some candied sugar. Some citrus hop notes and definitely lots of yeast notes. There is some nice bitterness towards the end. I also got a slight earthy/musty flavor now and again. Overall pretty interesting.

Mouth feel is bright and fresh. Body is medium/light

Nicely drinkable. A pretty refreshing beer. Does not reach greatness, but a good effort from Terrapin. They always do a nice job.

Photo of joe1510
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

The super generous RustyDiamond sent me this bomber as an extra in a recent trade, thanks again Rusty! Monk's Revenge spouts from the bottle showing of a copper body like a freshly minted penny. The clarity is top notch; of course this has been in my fridge for a couple months now. The cotton white head took a hard pour to develop but grew to one finger in height by the time my snifter was filled. A few minutes into the drink and the head falls to a skim coat with a small collar that leaves patchy lacework.

The nose has a definite Belgian appeal to it with bursts of bubblegum, banana, and clove hitting right off the bat. A little cinnamon dusted pear and green apple make appearances in a welcoming way. Candi sugar and sugar cookie sweetness add some complexity while a slightly faded citric hoppiness brings up the rear. A clean booziness brings up the rear but adds depth more so than detracts from the overall aroma.

Glistening orchard fruits get the flavors moving. Gritty pear, green apple, and even a hint of peach get things moving. Luckily for me the banana and clove die down in the mouth and nondescript yeast spiciness takes their place. The finish, unfortunately, fizzles out. The flavors seem to thin and warm booziness makes too big of an appearance. This is still a solid brew but the finish drops my enthusiasm a bit.

The weight of this hybrid is moderate and the body has a light, almost watery feel on the swallow. Oddly enough, it works well. The alcohol leaves some heat behind but it's not of the tongue scorching variety. I don't get any bitterness from this brew which is a little bit of a letdown after reading the label.

I knocked a few aspects of this beer throughout my review but all the complaints were minor. It's an easily drinkable beer and pretty damn refreshing. I could see this getting me in trouble if I had enough on hand.

Terrapin makes some good beer, I've sampled a couple of these Side Projects and they seemed to miss slightly in each case. Don't get me wrong, they're still good, just a little off base. Thanks for the generosity, Rusty!

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Lothore
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of BZero007
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of thryn
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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