Monks' Ale - Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
3.13/5 rDev -9.8%
Picked up a bottle at the build your own six pack section at Lukas in Lonetree. Bottle appears to be dated 0211. Poured to snifter glass.
A - The beer pours a perfectly clear slightly light amber color. No sediment. A very small 1/4 finger white head with little retention though decent lacing.
S - The belgian yeast is most dominant though also a slight fruity ester. Not a lot of aroma though not terrible.
T - The beer starts with a sweet malt character. The belgian yeast comes through with a strong clove flavor, a bit of banana, apple, and spice. The middle of the beer brings an odd off-flavor. The beer started quite pleasant but finishes anything but. The beer finishes with what can best be described as skunky. It's odd and out of place. The beer seemed fresh.
M - Decently carbonated and light mouthfeel.
O - Pretty average brew. I wish I knew what caused the off-flavor on the tail end of the beer. If not for the skunk it would have been pretty solid.
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-26-2011 18:19:23
01-26-2012 22:27:22 | More by hopfacebrew
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4/5 rDev +15.3%
From beernews.org: It's along the lines of the beers Trappist breweries produce for the monks themselves to drink but don't sell commercially (such as Westmalle Extra and Chimay Doree). A 1.052 (13 degrees Plato) beer, it's 4.7% abv and 16 IBUs. The grain bill included two-row pale, honey malt and aromatic malt, and Monk's Ale was hopped with Hallertauer, Styrian Goldings and Czech Saaz.(Brew Like a Monk Sept. 25, 2005)
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico, U.S.A., was founded in 1964 by Fr. Aelred Wall, OSB, with monks of Mount Saviour Monastery in New York state. In 1983 the Monastery of Christ in the Desert was received into the English Province of the Subiaco Congregation as a Conventual Priory and in 1996 became an autonomous abbey.
On-tap at Monk's Café.
Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of light malts with crisp medium fruits - pears mostly - and moderate amounts of earthy hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Neutral light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by smooth and light medium fruit flavors. Slight amounts of breadiness work their way into things midway through the sip, as do earthy and light citrus hop flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall this was a solid beer for the style, it didn't try and do too much. A simple and fairly drinkable beer that's worth a shot.
10-31-2010 18:55:26 | More by glid02
3.84/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured a pretty cloudy amber with no real head. It looks nice in body, but it does lack that Belgian head that is always a joy. Scents of candi sugar sweetness, spicy Belgian yeast, slight bubblegum and some faint apricot-like fruity esters. A good aroma profile, very true to form for a Belgian Pale and very nice. Flavor begins with a nice sweet malt, mingling with flavors of clove, white pepper and citrus. The middle lead into more clove and white pepper, with some slight hints of citrus peel and alcohol. Finish is medium-dry with notes of clove, white pepper, a hint of alcohol and some citrus peel with a bit of bready malt. A good flavor profile overall, quite true to form for a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly smooth feel. Very nice, quite true to style. Overall a nice Belgian Pale Ale, with a nice aroma and flavor profile and a good mouthfeel. Not the best example of the style, but still quite nice.
07-22-2014 03:45:07 | More by Auraan
4.38/5 rDev +26.2%
Poured from an inch or so above the glass leaves a big off white to light tan head that settle into bubbly sort of carbonated lacing or decent worth above a clear coppery to reddish which also seems to have a golden glint to it, very appealing.
A mixed citrus fruit hops aroma with a little something in the background, a light toffee maybe caramel.
A medium bodied beer that has nice mix of sweet caramel malts and citrus hops taste with a very pleasant slightly dry aftertaste.
It seems to me to be very fresh or something, as if this was just sent out recently or if this has been sitting it sits very well.
I was very pleased with this beer, I'm gonna have to grab some more of these for sure.
09-06-2011 20:00:47 | More by LXIXME
2.95/5 rDev -15%
One bottle of a mix-a-six from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA purchased 12/1/10. There is 0810 printed on the bottle, possibly indicative it was brewed in 8/10. Poured into a St. Bernadus chalice @ 55 deg F.
a- Very very clear. Little to no head. Absolutely no yeasties or settling in the bottle. Very nice amber color. It's almost as if they let too much of the yeast ferment out when they were brewing the beer.
s- Boozey beligan yeast scent. Fruity esters present. Not very strong scent... I really had to swirl it around and almost submerge my nose to smell it.
t- Very sweet and inoffensive. It was a little unpleasant around the edges... almost like they used an adjunct of some sort. For some odd reason I had a flashback of being in college and drinking Natty Ice. I get a few green apple notes and a sour taste.
m- Properly carbonated. No issues here. It may be from the 4-months of age or the very clear color...
d- Very easy to drink and does not burn or taste like alcohol.
I think this may be a good starter Belgian beer as a stepping stone from mass-produced swill but other than that its really not worth it. It you like Bud Light, Coors Light, or Miller Lite, do yourself a favor at your wedding and splurge on this fancy shit. Nice shiny bottles to boot.
12-03-2010 04:00:32 | More by TheSupremeAJ
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
Had a glass at Monk's Cafe for $3.50. This is an interesting Belgian ale, it sort of came off like a Belgian-style bitter or extra pale ale. My only complaint is that there's a slight vinegar taste, a sort of dry astringency that takes away from the mouthfeel. Still, there's a lovely candied fruit aroma with toasty malt below that carries over into the flavor. It's a light and drinkable beer, but needs a touch more sugar.
10-20-2010 02:27:46 | More by tempest
4.08/5 rDev +17.6%
Based on notes, picked this up in Las Cruces, NM
Poured an effervescent amber with a very modest white head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Fruitty with some musty notes
T: Apricots & peach, plus some honey up front. Lemony hops & honey malt as this warms. Finishes dry with peppery & lemony hops & fruitty
MF: Chewy with moderate, but assertive carbonation, skews a tad malty for the style
Drinks pretty good, reminds me of Duvel, minus some hops
04-14-2008 14:31:06 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Pours out to a frothy buff head with good retention and a bright copper color. Aroma is cloves, spices and bubblegum and caramelized malts. Flavor is much like the aroma, with a grainy, biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium and "smooth". Overall a very good beer.
12-20-2013 00:13:58 | More by EagleTalon
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet and fruity. Taste also has some fruit notes, a slight sweetness and a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.
06-18-2011 15:32:11 | More by tone77
2.85/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours a hazy slightly orange gold color with a tight white head that leaves little lacing.
Smells of pale malts, spice, and some fruitiness.
Tastes of not much. Some fruit sweetness comes through, but is very light. Spice is not as evident as in the nose. Pale malts are evident.
Mouthfeel is light with a very small amount of carbonation.
10-23-2010 01:50:59 | More by ocelot2500
2.93/5 rDev -15.6%
Nice light amber in color, off white head with predominant lacing. Looks damn decent.
Smell is a lot underwhelming with some sweet malts and soapy undertones. Not horrid, but very lackluster.
Taste is much of the same with the malts righting the majority. Theres not much else to fall back on. Hops are not much there.
The feel is a little more comforting, medium and smooth.
There is nothing wonderous about this brew, but it was a pretty decent offering. I think theres much room to work on with the belgian front for this brewery.
08-08-2010 04:49:32 | More by EgadBananas
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Monk’s Ale has a thin, almost nonexistent, white head, a mostly clear, orange-gold appearance, with tight bubble streams and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet fruits, sweet bread, and spice. Taste is the same, with low bitterness and no cloying aspects. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Monk’s Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. A very smooth, Belgian-style ale. I give this a strong recommendation.
02-01-2014 15:10:42 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.83/5 rDev +10.4%
12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a very light copper color with a creamy off-white foam. Does not have overly great retention but does leave some nice lacing.
Surprisingly, the nose is decently Belgian. Rock candy and brown sugar, little bit of doughy yeast and rum-spiced soaked raisins.
Spicy and doughy yeast flavors are pretty nice and meld well with some sugary sweetness. I am tasting spices in here, perhaps lavender, licorice and/or chamomile? There is a nice hop bittering that is noticeable on the finish. Yea, it's a pretty tame interpretation of a Belgian ale, but it is pretty tasty and goes down easy. It's a good buy at 7.99 a six pack and would certainly warrant a six-pack purchase every now and again.
01-31-2010 03:44:18 | More by twiggamortis420
Monks' Ale from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
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