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

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Monks' WitMonks' Wit

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Monks’ Wit is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of spice that accentuates the coriander, orange peel, and other spices. The malt itself provides a sweet, bready quality up front, a round fruitiness in the middle, and the hops and spices together with our pure brewing water, lend a clean, dry finish.

14 IBU

(Beer added by: tone77 on 07-02-2011)
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Semi filtered look. Opaque enough to see objects through the glass. White 1.5 finger head.

S: Earthy, soy like aromas.

T: Slight lemon peel. Oddly misplaced spicing. Really odd pairing beer. Smell doesn't match taste. Taste doesn't match style.

M: Semi sweet.

O: Not a good take on a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:41:28 | More by JerseyKirk
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Auraan

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy one-finger white head that slowly receded to a cap of fluffy white foam. Quite nice looking, very true to style. Scents of banana, with faint hints of clove and bubblegum and a slight tinge of citrus. A pleasant aroma, hitting the style guidelines nicely, though a bit simple overall, still rather nice. Flavor begins with a semi-sweet note of banana, mingled with clove, and some orange peel. Moves into a medium-dry middle with stronger notes of clove and some slight citrus notes. Finish is medium-dry, with notes of clove, orange peel and grainy malt. Aftertaste is clove, orange peel and grainy malt. A good flavor profile, very true to style. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a semi-drying feel. Quite nice and true to style. Overall this is a good witbier, very true to style in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 03:46:58 | More by Auraan
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Lynn

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-14-2014 15:22:07 | More by Lynn
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BillBabbitt

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was disappointed on the pour with a very thin head that dissipated almost immediately. The color was a very light straw. However, once I noted the bouquet, I was pleasantly surprised. A very strong, clear Belgian aroma that was most pleasing. This is a light, very refreshing beer that was highly enjoyable. I don't typically drink wheat beers, but this would be an exception.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 21:33:59 | More by BillBabbitt
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SoCaliC8

California

3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-17-2014 12:02:49 | More by SoCaliC8
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -40.8%

12-08-2013 02:00:59 | More by AlaskanYoung
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-16-2013 21:17:12 | More by a0lbudman
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-12-2013 16:55:03 | More by jaydoc
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sergio1va

California

4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from 12 ounce bottle into tulip pint glass.
Appearance- very on point in regards to most Wit beers- pale golden color with off white foam head.
Aroma- Mild aromas of wheat and spiciness come through the glass but not too overwhelming.
Taste- Coriander and spice notes seem to predominate in the tasting notes of this beer. Wheat notes eventually make their presence along with some tangy citrusy bite in the back end. Reminds me of a Hoeegarden or a stronger version of Great White- both great wit beer offerings.
Overall- Very enjoyable wit beer with an ABV 5.2% that won't scare most session drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:18:57 | More by sergio1va
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jhines18

New Mexico

4.99/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great Witbier. It's got hints of citrus and spice with a creamy finish. Very refreshing with some complexity brought on by the yeast. A wonderful and refreshing beer. Highly recommended. Good work monks, keep it up!

A: Pours an orangish/yellow color.
S: citrus & lemon.
T: Refreshing creamy citrus and spice.

Good on a hot summer day

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 17:02:19 | More by jhines18
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tesla92

Indiana

3/5  rDev -11.2%

07-20-2013 17:49:24 | More by tesla92
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -40.8%

07-07-2013 20:32:06 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Some head at initially disappates. Sparse spotted lacing on the glass wall.

S: Wheat and citrus & lemon present.

T: Refreshing wheat and citrus flavor. Spicy and dry finish.

M: Light, refreshing and clean throughout.

O: Good for a hot sunny, summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 22:30:08 | More by Oakenator
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aty11b

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

06-07-2013 04:58:01 | More by aty11b
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quadhog

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

05-27-2013 02:00:56 | More by quadhog
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26%

05-18-2013 19:09:39 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26%

05-18-2013 19:08:42 | More by djrn2
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-15-2013 19:11:11 | More by JMS1512
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, wheat, and some subdued yeast and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy, spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but seems unrefined in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:22:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-29-2013 22:51:17 | More by tbryan5
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JMZiobro

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

02-21-2013 03:04:06 | More by JMZiobro
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mactrail

Washington

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This tastes like a cross between Coors and a Witbier. Pale golden color with a modest head but persistent carbonation. Faint lemony flavor with a warm malty tang. Not much hint of hoppiness, but there is a scratch of bitterness. A negligible amount of spice flavors.

A light but decent quaff. From the 12 oz six-pack bought at a market in Albuquerque.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:58:05 | More by mactrail
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johnhames

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-12-2013 20:09:51 | More by johnhames
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

02-10-2013 04:07:56 | More by rorjets
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

01-04-2013 01:10:45 | More by asafarc2
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Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.