Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.1/5 rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a tasting glass
Pours the color of wild honey: golden and light. Not much head on this pour, but there's an adequate amount of buttermilk colored lacing.
Belgian IPAs can be wildy different in approach from one another. Some are IPAs with a Belgian yeast flair. Others are Belgian Blonde Ales with extra American hops. But for all the variance in the style that I've seen, I've never smelled one that smells as completely SMOKY as Grumpy Monk on-tap. It's phenols doing this. It's a yeast strain run amok. This beer smells like a campfire. Incredibly odd. I'm reminded of a peaty scotch more than anything. Underneath the smoke is some indistinguishable fruit. Just a mess of an aroma.
That smokiness carries over to the flavor of the beer, but (thankfully) you can taste all of the other complexities going on with Grumpy Monk. Past the smoke, I first pick up on a vegetal note; parsley, maybe. Or microgreens. Band-aid phenolic flavors are there, of course. There's fruitiness too: the hops lend a lemon note and even some banana.
The beer is reasonably smooth in terms of mouthfeel. I mostly didn't notice or think about the mouthfeel, which is nearly always a positive trait in a beer.
Overall, this seems like a beer whose yeast strain isn't in control. There's something valuable in this beer, but it's masked by that bewildering smokiness.
Serving type: on-tap
05-16-2012 04:57:29 | More by Reaper16
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3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear gold with beige foam, decent head retention and some lacing. Light aroma overall -- bread and fruity/citrusy hops, light clove character. Moderate bitterness that lingered on the palate, spicy cloves, grassy and fruity hops, slight resinous quality. Medium body and CO2, decent texture with a bit of dryness. Kind of a tame beer. Decent overall with some yeast character and bitterness, but would be better if it was a bit bolder.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 13:23:46 | More by DrJay
Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.