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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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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

12-05-2012 01:06:25 | More by wingnutz27
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

12-03-2012 00:49:17 | More by jbarra101
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-12-2012 22:44:38 | More by IPAchris
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

09-14-2012 02:36:57 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

07-30-2012 14:06:32 | More by kobeer
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

07-28-2012 15:35:34 | More by nmann08
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

07-07-2012 23:41:43 | More by NoProblem
Photo of bennetj17


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
Photo of 18tony


3.83/5  rDev +13.3%

look: yellow with a nice cloud inside.

smell: floral, sweet.

taste: like white tea with honey. when it comes to being unique, this one is way up there. no hop profile. freash. great for my hot tx summer time.

light in body but with it seemingly unfiltered there is some texture there.

this is a good beer for sure. even more it's a good alternative.

06-25-2012 17:14:10 | More by 18tony
Photo of Alkey


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

06-08-2012 00:13:45 | More by Alkey
Photo of DrDemento456


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
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

05-06-2012 01:09:47 | More by tellish33
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-01-2012 21:02:32 | More by jheezee
Photo of BryanCarey


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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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2012 01:21:13 | More by Tapeboy
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-05-2012 21:36:46 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Abbey Beverage
Monks Wit

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
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

03-02-2012 17:53:37 | More by NJHopHeadBob
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

01-03-2012 05:16:12 | More by ange1
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New Mexico

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
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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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2/5  rDev -40.8%

11-14-2011 07:08:53 | More by Jspriest
Photo of OWSLEY069


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
Photo of thain709


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

A - Served with a cloudy, hazed pale yellow body...two fingers of white head formed and receded to a small, yet full cap...nice lacing was left behind

S - There is some light spice coming through (coriander, black pepper) along with some yeast and fruit...mainly banana

T - First sip provides a slight twang, not a metallic twang but almost a sour vibe...the yeast shines through in the middle with some wheat malt...the ending is nice as it combines the spices (light again), creamy fruit (mainly banana), and some sweet caramel

M - Medium bodied...little carbonation and very creamy

O - I've passed on this in a bottle, but saw it on draft and it was a pretty hot day and thought a nice Witbier would quench my thirst...that it did...the nose could have used more presence and if that twang was eliminated this would have been a very good beer

09-15-2011 12:12:58 | More by thain709
Photo of Nerudamann


3.48/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bottle into a mug/stein glass.

Look - fairly light straw-like color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of almost grayish colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - a little cereal like, so maybe a little malty and probably heavy on the barley.

Taste and Mouthfeel - more spicy in the taste than what's noticeable in the smell. The spices aren't strong, but they do make a pertinent impression on the taste. Texture is pretty well balanced. A slight feel of bitterness in the finish, but mostly sweet.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Not terribly interesting in taste, but not boring either.

08-02-2011 03:23:58 | More by Nerudamann
Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.