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

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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%

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.

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

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -40.8%

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

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -40.8%

11-14-2011 07:08:53 | More by Jspriest
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -40.8%

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

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

09-14-2012 02:36:57 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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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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jbarra101

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -26%

12-03-2012 00:49:17 | More by jbarra101
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BryanCarey

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Monk’s Wit pours to a yellowish/golden color with a touch of haze. The nose is mild, but if you search, you will find hints of yeast, clove, coriander, fruit, grains, and even a little cardboard.

This beer has a taste that doesn’t surprise. It has flavors one would expect based on the aroma, including light spice, banana, wheat, and some sour lemon. The sourness is only slight and it doesn’t last very long. The taste returns to the other core flavors in a few seconds.

Monk’s Wit isn’t anything great, but it isn’t a bad beer either. It is a tad more watery than I prefer, but I agree that it makes a good session beer that most consumers will at least find to their liking, even though they will be far from impressed.

04-21-2012 03:38:10 | More by BryanCarey
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and a dry wheat smell. In the taste, a mellow spice and a light orange citrus. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice of cinnamon in the aftertaste. It looks watered down, everything else is just about average.

11-13-2011 20:48:51 | More by OWSLEY069
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -12.7%

Another interesting beer brought to me courtesy of local trader, tone77.

In my field persona of Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder, I am a Trapped monk who is often described as being quite the wit, so this is right in my wheelhouse. I prefer the subtle humor of Brother Juniper (http://www.comicstripfan.com/newspaper/b/brotherjuniper.htm) and Brother Sebastian (http://mikelynchcartoons.blogspot.com/2008/02/brother-sebastian-carries-on-by-chon.html), but any monk's wit is sure to be good.

From the bottle: "made with care and prayer".

As with the previous wit, two pours, one gentle then one aggressive.

Gentle pour: In this iteration, it looks like Greg Koch beer - fizzy and yellow. I got a finger of fizzy bone-white head that dissipated fairly quickly in the heat and humidity of the day. Color was a pale lemon yellow with NE-quality clarity and an abundance of CO2 bubbles. Nose had an odd sourness that I hope does not translate into taste. I could not really place it, but it caused me to sneeze repeatedly. Mouthfeel was rather thin, especially with all of the carbonation and the taste was kind of weak and muted. I could tell that there were some spices involved, but it was more like a simple wheat beer. Finish was equally lackluster and I will pray that a post-agitation pour will be better.

Post-agitation pour: I still had a finger of bone-white head, but the retention seemed to improve. The color took on a slight haze, but nothing off-putting as in big chunks of lees. Nose, taste and mouthfeel remained unchanged. Finish was perhaps a little spicier, but not enough to make a difference.

Bottom line: Go ahead and swirl this in the bottle before pouring. There were not enough lees to have it make a difference one way or the other.

07-21-2011 20:18:17 | More by woodychandler
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -11.8%

Thanks to THECPJ for tossing me on of these for the NM tick.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, very light straw/yellow color. Lots of carbonation release. Small white head that sticks around and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S: A bit subdued, but there is defintely some light sweetness, a little wheat, and light fruits, orange peel and lemon.

T: Not as much going on here as I would have hoped. Light wheat and a little bit of fruit, but seemed a bit watered down.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing special here. A somewhat watered down witbier. After reading some of the other reviews, I am a bit puzzled. Did not get much in the way of spices at all.

05-04-2011 00:51:40 | More by mdaschaf
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tesla92

Indiana

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Colorado

3/5  rDev -11.2%

12-14-2012 01:40:15 | More by crobinso
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johnhames

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-12-2013 20:09:51 | More by johnhames
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SoCaliC8

California

3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-17-2014 12:02:49 | More by SoCaliC8
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%

Pale yellow color, with less cloudiness than expected. The head is somewhat thin, but it does hold nicely around the edges, while the lively streams of carbonation rise from below. The aroma has a sharp coriander note, with a melon-like sweetness. There's a bit of an off note in there, sort of a chemical/cleaning product character, not overpowering, but certainly not good.

The flavor has a citrusy, orange peel sweetness, that starts out a bit tart before mellowing at the finish. The lemony sourness seems a bit intense for the style, though fortunately after a few sips the impact wears off and the drinkablility is do-able. Mouthfeel is thin, which would be alright, but the carbonation is slightly thin as well, and you need that foaminess to give the effect of a richer feel.

The problem with this beer is the lack of effort. Sure it's a halfway drinkable brew that could work on a hot day, but what is going to keep me coming back for more? Anyone can make an average Witbier, how about making a truly great one?

06-26-2012 05:51:44 | More by bennetj17
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack at Lukas last week. Poured a crystal clear light straw color with a little white head. Aromas of coriander, yeast and light citrus. On the palate, this one is light bodied with flavors of Belgian yeast, coriander and lemon.

05-03-2011 02:30:38 | More by emmasdad
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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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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-01-2012 21:02:32 | More by jheezee
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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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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-12-2012 22:44:38 | More by IPAchris
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Tapeboy


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2012 01:21:13 | More by Tapeboy
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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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Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.