Monks' Ale - Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)

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Monks' AleMonks' Ale

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Monks’ Ale is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of clove and in combination with the malt, hints of plum and apricot. The malt itself provides a honeyish quality up front, a round fullness in the middle, and the hops, together with our pure brewing water, lend a clean, dry finish.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: glid02 on 10-31-2010)
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Photo of corby112
2.2/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy, bright goldn orange/tangerine color with a one finger yellowish off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy and spicy aroma with faint hints of light and citrus fruit. Some floral, piney hops countered by pale malt, pepper and orange peel. All of these characterisitics are minimal and the nose of this beer is pretty bland.

Thin bodied and kind of watered down with some grassy hops and zesty spice up front that linger over the pale malts and subtle fruit notes into a dry finish. Hints of apple and orange peel as well as some booze toward the finish. Again, as in the aroma, it's a bit of a stretch to pull these flavors out even after the beer warms. Mediocre and not very interesting. I was excited when I first heard about this brewery but Monk's Ale was a disappointment. Hopefully their other offerings are an improvement.

Photo of mhaugo
2.34/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip glass. 5.1% ABV.
Appearance: The color of an aging penny. Overcast inside. It’s got the suggestion of a head that never really becomes one. The cloudiness clears up as it gets closer to room temperature (2.5/5).
Aroma: Prunes and figs. There’s some bready malt back there too. Sadly, I’m getting a lot of “wet cardboard” as well, which tells me its oxidized (2.25/5).
Taste: Oh, boy… is this oxidized and infected? It’s got a wild yeast dryness to it. I get some raisins, some plums, and maybe some vegetables too? I swear I taste a little bit of carrot and cabbage. This is all followed by a harsh bitterness. I guess this could be an early hop charge, but I’m not entirely certain it was intentional. It tastes out of place, as does everything else (2.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Light body, light carbonation. Very thin and slightly astringent (2.5/5).
Overall: So, this is probably another victim of poor retailer storage, but I’m guessing there are problems with this beer that predate the distributor. It doesn’t taste to style, nor does it taste like something I’d ever want to drink again. It’s just generally unpleasant. This is the first beer I’ve had from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, but after this one I’m not sure I’ll be racing out to get any others (2.25/5).

Photo of awmiller
2.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured up a very hazy apricot-colored body with a minimal head and no lacing (at least in this sampling). Citrus-y scents waft about immediately upon opening and plenty of hops as well. Lots of fruity flavors (mostly apple) and citrus-y flavors as well. There's just a tad bit of sweetness in the background but lots of hops hits you right off the bat. Not too much, not too little.

Photo of drabmuh
2.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer is amber and clear with a thin white head with mild carbonation and some lacing looks fine.

Aroma is mildly sweet and almost smoky. What the fuck...

Beer is straight disgusting. Tastes like cigarette butts. Drain pour. Never again. Grainy harsh finish. Totally gross.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of lancecenter
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle purchased at the local HEB.

A - translucent copper color, a couple fingers of head, average retention and lacing.

S - typical Belgian profile, just muted. Phenols, cloves, bananas, and pepper.

T/M - and this is where it falls apart. The taste kind of follows the nose, but there's just not much there. Way too watery and not enough carbonation.

O - I see why this stuff is so cheap now. I thought I'd rather have a bad Belgian over a good adjunct, but I'm not so sure anymore.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, light fruitiness and small notes of caramel and nuttiness. In the taste, light caramel, nutty, and a small fruity sweetness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fruity caramel in the aftertaste. Too nutty and caramel for a Belgian pale, eh!

Photo of thereal_adam
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of JSeabrookeFox
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of drinkAK
2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of ocelot2500
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Monk's Ale, made with care and prayer.
Aw....
Abbey Beverage Company, Pecos, NM
Hazy, rosy orange-ish color, tangerine and peach...small head.
Sweet nose, plenty of fruit, and a hit of spice. Lively yeast. Apricot and orange, and a little straw.
In the mouth, it's ...it's.. ah, ...eh...oh.
Bleh, to be succinct.
Thin bodied, small in flavor, lacking a lot. Drinkable, inoffensive, but lacking in charm, to say the least. Passable, at best, with hardly anything Monk-ish or abbey-like at all. Hardly even interesting as a pale ale.
Can't really hate it. Can't like it, either. Sorry.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Capone's, I've been seeing this pop up all over the city.

A- Comes out the bottle looking a nice shade of orangish copper with barely any foam being produced, even with a hard pour I only got sparse bubbles, no lace, looks dead.

S- The smell does not quite jump out at me, but with some sniffs I can tell there is nothing really to smell. Small traces of earthy hops under adjunct smells of corn and grain, not a good look.

T- I thought this may have some type of yeast giving off some type of flavors, but im left with a boring beer. It's a belgian pale ale alright, but the worst one i've had to date. This bottle is fresh and it just does not deliver. Im talking about adjunct tastes here, corn dammit. Sweet malt, grain.

M- Less than medium and kinda dead with the carb. There is a little prick here and there but this is virtually flat.

Im glad I gambled on only a bottle of this. It's not that good. I could drink this off the tap at a few local spots right now, but what's the point, this beer is not worthy. The bottle said this is brewed with care and prayer, I think next time they should put some more traditional brewing ingredients or change the recipe. I wish this brewery would pull out of PA, it's crowding the shelves and taps of other better beers. A huge let down.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brplatz
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of josejose
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Redstar137
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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Monks' Ale from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
79 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.