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Monk's Indiscretion - Sound Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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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crankdatank

Washington

5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2014 03:07:54 | More by crankdatank
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DJMonroe

Washington

5/5  rDev +22%

01-02-2014 21:37:31 | More by DJMonroe
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dirtyskunk

Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This inspired me to come back for a second bottle to write the first review I've put up in quite some time.

Pours a nice head which lingers adequately. Unsurprisingly skimpy lacing, settles into a very consistent thin white cap though. Crystal clear, and a pale rich copper color.

Smells beautiful. Citrus and floral hops; tropical fruit, peaches, and berries; and a wonderful suggestive undertone of sweet rum cake and grainy breakfast cereal.

Just as delicious as it smells. Big juicy, complex, fruity hop-forward punch with gooseberries, and peach; earthy, spicy follow through that has some very mild and unobtrusive Belgian phenol suggestions. I almost wonder if this is fermented with Brett Drie because of the intense tropical fruit Belgian character.

Wonderful mouthfeel, firm and viscous, great slick feeling of hop oils, with a slight hint that this is not a session brew, but still totally deceptive and scarily drinkable at 10%.

One of the best and most unique Belgian inspired brews I've had. Belgian Barleywine? I'm definitely coming back to visit the brewery. Expect more good things from Paulsbo.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 01:14:07 | More by dirtyskunk
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

04-16-2013 01:57:34 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:49:41 | More by IronDjinn
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jcr8611


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-26-2012 21:47:44 | More by jcr8611
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-05-2013 21:21:10 | More by Hopmodium
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-14-2014 04:42:16 | More by Coastal_Brew
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bifrost17

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-21-2013 02:07:06 | More by bifrost17
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C_S

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-30-2014 03:10:00 | More by C_S
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-24-2013 01:18:49 | More by IanSpindler
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-04-2013 16:12:07 | More by PHBoiler
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RichH55

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-15-2013 15:41:42 | More by RichH55
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Boz12

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-21-2012 11:23:37 | More by Boz12
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pored a light golden color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Loads of juicy fruit, bubble gum and sharp booze

T: Very sharp cutting booze, juicy fruit bubblegum, acetaldehyde notes of green apple and some estery notes of some banana, little citrus and very tasty overall

M: Nice body, carbonation and loads of taste

O: A very nice beer overall

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 19:54:55 | More by barleywinefiend
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:01:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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sam_bliss

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 06:39:38 | More by sam_bliss
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mynie

Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had another one of Sound’s beers and it struck me as a drinkable mess. Not bad at all, but a beer absolutely without a place. Normally you’d chalk that up to someone who didn’t know what they were doing, never took that weird correspondence brewer’s course where they tell you how to identify different varieties of hop by the way the cones look when you pour peroxide on them. But Sound’s marketing ethos is all about smashing through tradition. Only they do so in confounding way, proudly announcing their upper west coast caucasian-ness, replete with evocations of Romantic-era newsprint and unnecessary paper wrapping around the labels. It’s charming, but there’s a sense of existential discord, like if Kelsey Grammer’s Fraiser began calling himself a punk rocker.

But, drinkable, like I said. And interesting. But my critical frame wasn’t set. I wasn’t sure if it was genius or filth. I mean, yes, it was probably neither, but here at the beer hole we prefer to keep things violent and declarative, so each post is like a bottlerocket or a lynching.
This here brew—this Monk’s Indiscretion—is far too competently done to be fully accidental. But it’s also not of any place or style, so I guess the whiteperson blandishments of its packaging aren’t entirely bullshit (which makes them very different from your average whiteperson blandishments).

Umm… tastes like a good Belgian but also not quite like a good Belgian? Worth trying? I mean, yes, grab one. Ignore the question mark on that last “worth trying.” Seek it out. Investigate it. Think more deeply about it than I am capable of.

Full Review: http://mynie.com/?p=226

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:10:38 | More by mynie
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toweringpoo

Japan

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap and (I'm assuming) fresh from the brewery at Devilcraft in Tokyo at the release event. Beautiful cloudy appearance. Feel like I should be saying, 'aw sunny d!'. Orangy yellowish color. Nose is citrusy/tropical hops and some spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Flavor is similar to the nose. Contrary to other reviewers, I think this beer is very well balanced. I'd like to know what kind of hops are in this. Anyway this is the best beer so far from this brewery. Extremely drinkable at 10 percent. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Recommended but I bet it depends a lot in the freshness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 08:01:12 | More by toweringpoo
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 02:54:14 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Hubarooski

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-09-2013 22:00:54 | More by Hubarooski
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Hirshi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-09-2014 14:27:18 | More by Hirshi
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hmph

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 16:30:28 | More by hmph
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avaldivia

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-01-2012 00:17:15 | More by avaldivia
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-05-2013 03:27:36 | More by Kmat10
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Monk's Indiscretion from Sound Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.