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

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

LukeGude, Aug 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

aoampm, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Auraan
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Auraan, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

buckyp, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

paulys55, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

dannyfayy, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 0114 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Faint aroma of spice and fruit
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing spotty
Body clear, light amber, some bubbles but not really sparkling
Flavor very muted non-specific fruit and slight spice
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

To me, this is a good looking ale which doesn’t have the flavor or aroma to support the appearance. While I think it’s admirable that some US abbeys are entering the abbey brewing market, I just don’t feel that this ale is a good representation of the style.

Ozzylizard, Apr 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Jasoncpace, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

deereless, Mar 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

stevoj, Mar 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

JohnXVII, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 01, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Total Wine sold single bottles and was left with one less. I consumed this New Mexican blonde with a pork tenderloin dinner and served in a La Trappe chalice. On to the beer:

Its burnt orange color fills the glass and is topped with a small head which dissipates to a lace. Not much lace hangs around the glass. With a few whiffs through the nose, there's potential. The smell of clove, toasted brown sugar, and a kiss of mandarin orange make a good starting point for the blonde to take off from.

Starts off with a solid taste, although part way through it's missing something. Modestly spicy with a bready base and a hint of citrus. There are at brief moments which I also believed that I was drinking spiced air. Perhaps the touch of watered down body played a part for that. In a pinch, this is a decent Belgian styled beer. On an expanded menu, this is one that would probably be passed up.

DoubleJ, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

rorjets, Jan 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

CreekyJarls, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

EagleTalon, Dec 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

MDM, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

b2611, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

apasternak, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

purvis_drew, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Jame515, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
2.34/5  rDev -32.6%
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).

mhaugo, Sep 16, 2013
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Monks' Ale from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
79 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.