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Monk's Indiscretion - Sound Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

81 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sound Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 09-06-2011)
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Reviews by sam_bliss:
Photo of sam_bliss
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

On-tap at the Copper Hog. It is Snipes Mountain Brewer's night, but my little taster of this Belgian-style ale was so much tastier than Snipes' Barleywine that I just had to get a tulip-full.

The color is peachy and clear, topped by a nearly white little head. The smell reminds me almost of a cask beer, with notes of cedar sauna and cured firewood. The guava and citrus scents lay fruit over a firm bed of complex malts and hops.

The taste is otherworldly. A roastiness hardly detectable in the aroma arises from deep within the malt mix of red, sweet, and pale bready goodness. Caramel also factors into the rich flavor, which completely dominates the bourbon warmth of high alcohol content. Spicy and oily hops satisfy the mouth in the near-absence of noticeable carbonation. Dark cherry sweetness and the tang of tropical fruit contribute lightness to a very thick, full body. The lingering aftertaste mesmerizes, but the feel is a touch sticky. Earthy texture, Belgian yeast, and all sorts of hops make this multifarious ale almost confusing, yet the tastes blend surprisingly well. Monk's Indiscretion is an epic drinking experience; maybe we should be required to try it on two separate occasions prior to writing a review.

Upon first quaff, I was certain that this is a Quad, brewed in the abbey style. It tastes almost like a Belgian version of a well hopped barley wine. This brew should be sought out and purchased. Enjoy it slowly. Perhaps after an evening meal.

sam_bliss, May 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of jcr8611
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jcr8611, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

22oz bottle. Great name for the new world habit of messing with well established styles.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves little beyond a low berm of seashore lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of semi-sweet tropical fruit - pineapple, starfruit, and a bit of candied banana - softly bready caramel malt, a touch of baker's yeast, and some ethereal musty PineSol. The taste is a whole lot more fruitier, in a subtly bitter overripe rind sort of manner, the pineapple, guava, tangerine, kiwi, and sugary banana esters all there, and well blended at the same time. A pastry-esque bready malt performs admirably underneath it all, as the earthy yeast and slightly acerbic pine needle notes close the book on any and all booze astringency.

The carbonation is rather sedate, and yet duly supportive, the body a decent medium weight, smooth as far as the timid hops and now burgeoning alcohol allow, and creamy in a cookie dough sort of way. It finishes off-dry, the creamed caramel malt holding steady, while the various island hops wisp away one by one.

A pretty decent strong Belgian pale ale, with a respectable Yankee tweak, one that even the best old world producers might be susceptible to attempting. But these guys have this now, as do I, sipping outside while gazing at the rolling Southern Alberta foothills, on a truly summer-like evening. Sigh.

biboergosum, May 11, 2013
Photo of distantmantra
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

A: The beer poured an golden orange color with a fluffy head of white foam. Very little lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

S: There was a sweet aroma of pineapple, tangerine and Belgian yeast. Almost reminiscent of a high octane Belgian IPA.

T: The flavor of Monk's Indiscretion is al;most identical to the aroma, with very sweet tropical fruit notes and some candi sugar, and spicy banana Belgian yeasty funk.

M: The beer has sweet sticky mouthfeel, with medium level carbonation. The 10% ABV is very noticeable.

O: This is an interesting beer, almost like an Imperial IPA/Trippel hybrid. A little too sweet for me, but still enjoyable.

distantmantra, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -2.4%

jmccraney, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Kevlee722, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of crankdatank
5/5  rDev +22%

This is a top 5 beer for me. Loaded with citrus and tropical fruit throughout. I love the belgian ipa style amd this is an excellent examplem. Hides the alcohol very well. I could drink this all day. If you like citrus ipas find a way to get your hands on this beer.

crankdatank, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Hopmodium, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber. Nice white two finger head with lacing. Active carbonation kept the head looking great. Very attractive. Aroma of citrus hops, sweet malt. Flavor of unidentifiable fruit, nice estery components, light citrus, well integrated. Bitter cardomom tripel finish. Medium bodied. Unusual and nicely done. This was an interesting take on a tripel, properly spiced and Belgian yeast, but the the flavor is hard to describe, but held together well. Nice job.

LiquidAmber, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.4%

metter98, May 14, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
4.55/5  rDev +11%

Purchased in Ponderay, Idaho. Comes in a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a bright yet slightly hazed honey apricot hue, lots of carbonation visible, with a tall tight white foamy head that retains.

Clean grains and vibrant citrusy hops on the nose, pomelo, calamansi fruit, gooseberry tartness.

Light clean grains up front in the flavour, which are immediately enveloped by leafy citrusy hops, slight tartness. Forget grapefruit notes, this is more akin to pomelo, more tropical. Some dry yeasty spice provides a clean drying finish. It all does what it does well.

Light bodied mouthfeel, silky slick and effervescent texture, brisk carbonation.

One hell of a beer, what a great surprise, wish I would have picked up more. The label doesn't lie, this is deceptively drinkable, especially for the abv% which is hidden so well it's non-existent. Certainly more of a Belgian IPA than anything else, and well worth seeking out.

IronDjinn, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

pknyc, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Hubatch
4.06/5  rDev -1%

I rated this one relatively high. I want to note (more for my future self) that I feel like this rating reflects my opinion of this beer considering what it is meant to be. There is a welcome sweet Belgian yeast flavor.

Side note, I dropped the appearance as I wrote this because I noticed some cloud and sediment. It still looks very much how you want it to look.

Hubatch, May 05, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%

22 oz bomber courtesy of Libby, I must say...this is an attractive packaging with the clean double label and the neck tape. Pours a hazed orange color with a creamy white head that floats around forever and leaves nice sheets of lace. Great looker here.

Nose is hugely tropical, with notes of papaya, grapefruit and mangoes leading the way. Dry hopping and yeast esters intertwine themselves in a very seductive and mouth-watering way unlike nearly anything I have smelled before. Malts are light and grainy with perhaps suggestions of honey and wheat.

Big, bold tropical flavors show a masterful job of hop flavor and yeast interplay. I am really enjoying the delicate clove with papaya overtones. Its like a Jamaican fruit salad with a healthy dose of mandarin oranges. Mouthfeel is great and fine-bubbled. This is a unique twist on the tripel style, nice change of pace from the usual suspects. Great beer, thank you very much Matt for this treat!

twiggamortis420, Mar 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Pours a clear deep amber with pale tan head that lightly covers the surface. Minimal amounts of lacing cover the sides of the glass.

S: Overripe bananas together with spicy yeast. Notes of ginger and cloves. Noticeable background of sweet malts.

T: Ripe bananas, field honey and spicy yeasts with notable cloves, pepper and ginger . Hops show through mid palate with candied orange peel .

M: Creamy and frothy carbonation with syrupy candy that hangs on the palette.

O: A malty, sweet and bright flavourful that offers a delicious spicy accompaniment to the tradional Begian drink. A lip numbling 10% alcohol that hides like a fart in the wind, it's both delicious and dangerous, and devastatingly good. Get some now.

FondueVoodoo, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of thefluker
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

thefluker, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of mattsander
4/5  rDev -2.4%

mattsander, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Hubarooski
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hubarooski, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Hirshi
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hirshi, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Braz, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Justin_Neff
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Light orange, almost golden body. Fully translucent. Appears heavily carbonated. Fizzy white head. Medium lacing. Solid thin layer of retention.

S: Upfront banana-like yeasty smell. Pears. Grapefruit citrus. Some grass and hay. Definitely some hops intertwined within.

T: The yeasty banana follows the nose. Hoppy bitterness follows the yeast upfront and the citrus sweet balances out the finish. Some boozy warmth.

M: Full body. High carbonation. Prickly. Boozy. Dry.

O: For being rather simple, this one is really well done. A nice first go-round for this brewery for me. A good example of the style.

Justin_Neff, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of rand
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

rand, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Kurmaraja, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of hmph
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Graciously received from Lordkyrstic along with a number of other Washington state goodies, thanks!

A - Absolutely beautiful golden honey with a two finger tiny bubbled head, which dissipates to a slim froth on the liquid

S - Super fresh hop smell, citrus and grapefruit, lots of inviting delicious smells, a bit of hop resin as well which is all countered with the hint of spicy belgian yeast mingled in

T - liquid gold, mild hop flavor up front with a hearty tropical taste throughout, almost mangoish
some more earthy hop resin flavors in the mid palate and some thick candied malt, the belgian yeast making a quick appearance before clearing the palate, slight lingering of resinous and sweet

O - Outstanding beer that I feel lucky to have gotten a chance to try. The 10%, for me, was never noticeable and the delicious hops and sweet malt really balanced well for an amazing beer experience, well done Sound, look forward to anything else I get to try from them!

hmph, Sep 28, 2012
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Monk's Indiscretion from Sound Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.