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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

asafarc2, Jan 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

crobinso, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

wingnutz27, Dec 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

jbarra101, Dec 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

IPAchris, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kobeer, Jul 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

nmann08, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of NoProblem
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

NoProblem, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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?

bennetj17, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of 18tony
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

18tony, Jun 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Alkey, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DrDemento456, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

tellish33, May 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jheezee, May 01, 2012
Photo of BryanCarey
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

BryanCarey, Apr 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Tapeboy, Apr 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Stinkypuss, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

NJHopHeadBob, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ange1, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

LXIXME, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of JerseyKirk
1.93/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

JerseyKirk, Dec 03, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 13, 2011
Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
78 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.