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

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Monks' AleMonks' Ale

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79
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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
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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2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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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

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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.

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Monks' Ale from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
79 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.