Monk's Indiscretion - Sound Brewery

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 32
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
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

Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice 1-finger cap of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: aroma is quite funky with a light, sweet malt underneath. Doesn't really smell like a tripel but nice nonetheless.

Taste: somewhat sweet malt with quite a bit of Brett-like funkiness and a slight tartness toward the end. Bitterness is pretty strong for a tripel but it isn't overpowering. An interesting and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good level of creaminess, but not as bodaciously creamy as I like my tripels, normally.

Overall: a solid and interesting beer. So far, I'm quite impressed with this brewery.

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of twiggamortis420
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!

Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
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.

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of grittybrews
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale orange-gold with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Slightly sweet aroma of tangerine and tropical fruit. It's very nice, although I would have guessed that this was an IIPA.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly sticky mouthfeel that finishes a little thin. Banana and candi sugar sweetness up front followed by tropical fruit and slight yeasty spice mixed with hints of pine on the finish.

This is an interesting tripel -- a little on the sweet side, although the booze is well hidden. It actually came across more like a sweet Belgian IPA...not that it's a bad thing, given Sound Brewery's excellent IPA track record.

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gin Barrel Aged is sooo good. Love the old "G'indiscretion" and the new incarnation is just as delicious. Find it and drink it in people.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of match1112
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of litheum94
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden saffron. Decent, yellowish head, thick and creamy. Settles to a very small cover, with a whispy top.

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose, reminds me of Citra. Coriander spicing and dry cracker malts. Earthy Belgian yeast.

Flavors follow almost to a T: citrus and tropical fruit hops. Very crackery malts. Earthy Belgian yeast and a good amount of spice on the finish. Some alcohol burn.

This is a very good Belgian. Tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of distantmantra
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of sam_bliss
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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