Monk's Indiscretion - Sound Brewery

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 101
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 09-06-2011

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Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange colour with a finger thick white head that has some staying power. The nose leads with some citrus hop and tropical fruit and is followed up by yeast, banana and pale grain malt. The taste reveals a lot of the same with the yeasty Belgian flavour coming through and finishing with some alcohol sweetness and burn. The mouthfeel is in the medium range and finishes quite crisp. (406 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Handsome rich golden color with a persistent swirl of foam. Delicious aroma of pear cider is enlivened with alcohol fumes.

Deep fruity flavors with a buttery overtone. Just sweet enough. Utterly well balanced. Dy pineapple flavor is luscious.

Sensational hot and dry liqueur taste. This is just so good for a really strong Belgian-inspired brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. (407 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits with some unrefined grainy notes is not as I was expecting. Taste is also dominated by fruity tropical hops notes with some unrefined grainy notes and some light residual sugar notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol. Not bad but something appeared to be a bit off with the malt bill. (455 characters)

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gin Barrel Aged is sooo good. The aromatics are reason enough to get a bottle. Love the old "G'indiscretion" and the new incarnation is just as delicious. Find it and drink it in people. (186 characters)

Photo of crankdatank
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Hubatch
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (365 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Arrived in a tulip glass, a cloudy orange-yellow with a light dappling of white bubbles. Smells like underripe bananas and orange rind, well-spiced with phenols that run the gamut from allspice to light bandage, with a honey-sweet undercurrent. The first sip reveals a thinnish well-attenuated body with some residual sugars nevertheless providing a "coating" mouthfeel. Maybe just a hair chewier than the average tripel. Rich bready malts, honey, pears, sour lemon, allspice, and the aforementioned green banana all greet the drinker. This is less clean than a golden ale like Duvel and conveys a tripel-like sweet booziness, some yeasty funk, and a good measure of spicy and medicinal phenols. Finishes citric and tangy, with some pine-like hop flavors popping in to say hello. Very enjoyable Belgian that falls somewhere between a few different styles. Sort of comes across like a weightier, far more flavorful Leffe blonde. (980 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this with a decent off-white, foamy head and a little lace. Color is a slightly hazy, medium amber. Aroma is hop, malt, fruit. Flavor is like nose, hints of the gin. sweet is in front, followed by a hint of tang. body/carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, not that long and only a suggestion of the power. Decent stuff; I'd have more. (348 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 19/8/13

A clear light copper with tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, two finger of foam quickly falls to a thin film leaving lots of random lace

S not what I was expecting with heavy hops, pineapple, mango, dried apricot and tangerine, some booze, brown sugar with faint banana chips and Belgian yeast, I was expecting a Quad so this was an interesting surprise

T very fruity with a little more Belgian influence then the nose, still lots of sugars but not overly sweet if that makes any sense, lots of hops with a little hard toffee

M medium with enough bubbles to cream it up, a little slick with faint heat

O I love pleasant surprises and this one strikes me more as a Belgian DIPA more then anything else and I rather liked it, quite drinkable for 10%

Not at all what I was expecting but I'm happy with what I ended up with, hopped up with some Belgian flair I could drink this again no problems (945 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (609 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bomber into a flute glass.

pours a crisp copper color with a nice inch size white head with good lacing. the smell is very hoppy with dry, tropical hops. smells like an IPA. taste though, isnt the same at all. big sweetness and bitterness blend together as one on this one and it results in a very interesting and unique mix. its very dry and you can taste the fruity hops on the end. medium bodied with medium carbonation, wouldnt have guessed 10% ABV.

overall glad to have tried this one as its quite different from most. you wont be regretting it if you do. (564 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,479 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,461 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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 (1,669 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big mango, pineapple, orange peel, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and spicy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance, complexity, and strength of hop and yeast ester notes. Taste of big mango, pineapple, orange zest, banana, clove, pepper, pear, bubblegum, grass, floral, bread, honey, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, clove, banana, pepper, floral, grass, pear, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of hops flavors and spicy yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy Belgian strong golden ale! Great complexity and balance of hop and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,230 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Lazerlobe for the bottle!

a: clear light golden copper body. quarter inch of off white head turns to very thin and spotty cap. spotty lacing is left behind.

s: mango, pineapple, bubblegum, alochol, and yeast. very floral

t: loads of tropical fruit. alochol quickly washes away everything.

m: good carbonation, thin body, warming thruout, harsh alochol burn.

o: great aromas and flavor upfront but the 10%abv quickly washes everything away leaving a harsh alochol presence that lingers longer than i like. (523 characters)

Photo of dirtyskunk
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (1,119 characters)

Photo of hmph
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (971 characters)

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a 2-finger frothy head, moderate carb. Thank God this one is carbonated, I was about to give up on Sound's Belgian-style offerings.

Aroma is a combination of Belgian yeast and floral, citrusy hops. Smells fresh and bright. Almost a Belgian IPA.

Taste follows nose. Biscuity pale malt, Belgian yeast, and a nice sharp hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Bottle conditioning gives it a nice round softness, hops give it a sharp finish.

Overall, we have a winner here. A solid, hoppy BSPA from just across the Sound. (578 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of toweringpoo
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of lifeboyq
2.19/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If this is a tripel, my asshole is square. This is a shitty IPA, PERIOD. Any belgian yeast in conjunction with the flat out stupid hops in this offering is like the meat on a .10 lb burger with an oversized bun; As balanced as stephen hawking on a tightwire. It tastes a mixture of horseurine (yes i've had some) and grapefruit juice. The typical too high acidity and no malt base to back it up. poor retention from that same body problem (hey up ur temp). Anyway(s), it is a crying shame that this is sold commercially with the word belgian anywhere near it. Blasphemy. Garbage, unless of course if you like over hopped beers with no body. It's probably not that bad, but you get my drift.

I guess after an 08 samael and an 07 sami helles, I could be wrong, but then again, probably not. (790 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to libbey for this bottle...

A: Pours a great peach color, verging on amber, with just a slight rocky white head. Big bubbles and tiny bubbles mingle around the edges of my snifter.

S: Mmmm. Mild citrus and herbal tea. The lemon and orange notes are muted but the earthy tea like quality, but it's a perfect balance. This might be one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

T: Black tea with lemon is my first inclination. There is a wonderful earthiness mixed with that mild citrus bitter. The Belgian yeast comes on after, giving this beer an astringent alcohol taste. It's a bit overwhelming, but for a 10% beer I'm not surprised. The finish is a touch of clove and lingering bitters.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out fresh, earthy, and fruity, but finishes a tad stinging and dry. The booze really tightens it up in the end.

O: This is a top notch beer. I'm loving the wet earthy hops, the mellowed lemon, and the familiar Belgian qualities of this beer. The finish is a bit harsh, but overall, I'm really impressed. I'm really pleased to have had the opportunity to try this beer. (1,109 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (952 characters)

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Monk's Indiscretion from Sound Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.