Monks' Wit - Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
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3.31/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
04-13-2013 04:22:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.98/5 rDev +17.8%
Monk's Wit pours a hazy yellow gold body beneath a short head of bright white foam that drops steadily but manages to leave some nice streaks of crooked lace about the glass.
The aroma suggests a lightly sweet, wheatish malt base along with some fruitiness (apple, soft lemon), a touch of citrus peel, and a bit of spice (mainly coriander). It's clean and bright.
The flavor delivers what the aroma suggests, and it's well balanced with a slight tartness, a moderate bitterness, and a restrained hand in spicing. It finishes fairly short, and dry, with some mild residual spice and chalkiness. Interestingly, the coriander which is normally fairly dominant, is quite tame here despite the fact that you can pick it out in the nose.
In the mouth it's light-medium in body with a slight caress from the moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.
Delicately spiced and remarkably well-balanced, Monk's Wit is quite drinkable and refreshing.
03-10-2011 18:04:48 | More by NeroFiddled
3.4/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-17-2013 05:58:05 | More by mactrail
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
4.1/5 rDev +21.3%
Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer and poured a tall, fluffy white head. I was immediately struck by the spice in this wit. It's almost a touch biting at first, but it's very pleasant and the beer's finish is balanced. The aroma has a big raw wheat and cracker note with a hint of yeasty bread dough and light, herbal citrus. The flavor is bright at first with creamy lemon (like a pie) and vanilla toast. The beer closes with a mild, soft bitterness, but there's a lovely clove note. After trying the Monks' Ale I wasn't expecting such a fantastic wit, but this was one of the most interesting wheat beers I've had in a while. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis for the fresh character and level sessionable complexity. Find this beer and enjoy.
12-30-2010 04:36:59 | More by tempest
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a hazed straw color, bone white head and little lace. Aroma of Belgian yeast, with some citrus, lemon, floral notes and a touch of banana. In the flavor, more of the same, banana like notes with citrus, mild bitterness and a wheat malt twang amidst a strong breadyness. There is some spice (pepper and dried orange peel) and the Belgian yeast leaves its fingerprints nicely. Sessionable and simple, not a bad choice to drink on a hot summer day or with a hearty pork and cheese platter.
03-19-2012 18:27:28 | More by Stinkypuss
3.45/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from about an inch above the glass gives this beer a medium sized white head above a clear golden colored light bodied beer.
Aroma is sour lemon, yeast, light spices, and a hint of banana.
Lemony citrus hops with a slight yeast taste that leaves a slight lemon citrus dry aftertaste.
A pretty decent wit beer.
12-15-2011 20:56:17 | More by LXIXME
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
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
Reviewed from notes.
appearance: golden yellow with an one finger white head
smell: citrus, coriander, belgian yeast
taste: citrus, coriander,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body, refreshing
overall: not an outstanding brew but definitely a beer I could drink on a warm summer day. Was shocked that I was able to locate a New Mexico beer in central PA.
04-18-2011 02:51:05 | More by THECPJ
3.88/5 rDev +14.8%
A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a 1/4 inch of fluffy head.
S - Kind of mild but I can pick up some lemon, orange peel and coriander.
T - Kind of confused with the low rating, does everyone hate widely available Witbier's? It has a mild yet refreshing flavor of fruity yeast, squeezed orange, and a touch of drying spice.
M - Light bodied and easy to drink.
Overall like the Blanche De Bruxelles only a touch more dry. Again it's light, refreshing, cheap, and sessionable.
06-07-2012 05:44:12 | More by DrDemento456
3.73/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with citrus and spice. Taste is good, coriander and citrus are present but more subdued compared to the smell. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
07-02-2011 14:05:01 | More by tone77
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
4.18/5 rDev +23.7%
Pours a pale and slightly hazed, yet bright straw color, nice pook of white bubbles that linger and leave good lacing. Scent is big on spices (fresh ground corriander, touches of white pepper and ginger even) with the yeast and fresh bready grains lagging slightly behind, faint hints of candied fruit trail on the end. Although big in the scent, the spices are wonderfully balanced and fresh tasting, the fresh bready grains and belgian yeast blend perfectly and all components of taste balance qonderfully. Lighter in body and a tad more bubbly than many wit beers, dry on palate. A nice suprise from a brewer that is just starting to gain traction.
02-28-2011 14:23:16 | More by rfgetz
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
3.95/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured into a Val Dieu chalice glass. Monk's Wit is a quite pale yellow-peach color. The small head the initially formed quickly disappeared but for a slight film. The nose is spot-on: light citrus-peel with a dusting of coriander and lots of fruitiness. Quite decent flavor as well, with plenty of coriander giving a pleasant herbal spiciness. Hop bitterness is higher than some wits, cutting the sweetness. Lots of fruity yeast character.
This is a surprisingly good wit. I hope this brewery can take up a traditional abbey style, and put as much care into it as well.
03-22-2011 01:44:47 | More by allengarvin
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
Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.