Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale
Uinta Brewing Company

Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde AleMonkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale
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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 14.36%
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
350
From:
Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  47
SCORE
82
Good
Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde AleMonkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale
Notes: Belgian yeast and American grains provide the distinct character and flavors of this blonde ale.

26 IBU
Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 350 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a lot of belgian blonde reviews for me. Over 4300 reviews and this will be only the 5th beer of the aforementioned style reviewed for me. So now that we got that proverbial disclaimer out of the way.

Blonde ale pours a dark blonde/copper color. Yeast is similar to a tripel, but with less plastic and heavy spice rack notes re: clove/coriander. That is my way of saying its better.

Taste is also similar to a session strength tripel. But thankfully, not as hot in the mouth feel. Has a bit of that breadiness often bespoke of. I wonder what style Redemption is? That is a great beer without the spice rack. Ah a belgian pale ale. Pretty close. Mild lemon and apple note to it. Lemonbars without the sweetness. The body is pretty light and the flavor profile is deeper than its malt heft. Had a bitterness to it that might have been the driver of the lemon rind like note. Hint of almond/nuts.

Overall, eh, not my jam, but I could see it appeasing the Blue Moon and an orange wedge drinker.

Feb 26, 2020
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RandyCongdon from Nevada

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a simple, straightforward ale. If I was to introduce a newbie to the Belgian blonde/gold type, this is an example I would consider.

The look is nice. The body is a deep yellow to gold. There is a nice foamy head on top that starts thick and settles to 1/4 " the rest of the way.

The smell is largely malty, with mild clove tones. It has the slightest hint of floral, too.

The taste is just like the smell. It tastes quite malty, yet the clove and spice is not as pronounced. It is not a strong ale by any means. There is a moderate bitterness that balances nicely with all other aspects of the taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth. I would almost say watery, but light-bodied would be more appropriate. The finish is very delicate, again not quite watery. There is minimal bite on the throat, but the carbonation and the hops give a surprising nip to the top of the tongue at the end.

Overall, this beer is decent. Again, it is not complex at all. The best word I could find to summarize this beer is "mild". I like a stronger, more pungent ale myself, but this is a good introductory example that won't overwhelm a neophyte's palate. I paired with carrot cake, and the two went very well together. In the end, I would consider having it on hand for a large group. It is a "safe" beer to which company won't generally object.

Mar 31, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is slight hazy golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is fruit and grain. The taste matches the nose.

Dec 29, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Definite Belgian funk going on, musty nose. Lightly hazy golden body with creamy head, some decent streaky lacing. Taste brings the yeast full on, some malt, very bready. Decent Belgian.

Sep 19, 2016
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Richwright22 from California

4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty wheat beer. Not really a Witbier, no citrusy undertone, but a similar vibe in the glass and under the nose. Organic grains, too - very much appreciated that Uinta is making the effort to source their ingredients responsibly. Excellent warm weather quaff.

Jul 17, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a honey orange with a bright, white, full head, head is full of tiny bubbles, some lacing, slightly hazy with an average amount of carbonation.

A: Hint of Belgian yeast, spice, coriander, hint of honey, banana, very subtle aromas but complex, smells pretty good.

T: Belgian yeast, spice, coriander, banana, touch of honey, bready malts, balanced, drinkable, very nice.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Pretty solid Belgian pale ale, good amount of flavors, classic Belgian characteristics, will definitely reach for this one again, very tasty.

Apr 06, 2016
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MFMB from Idaho

4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of both Belgian pales and of Uinta so I'm giving this one good marks. Pours great and has a beautiful golden straw color. Taste of a classic triple, spiced a bit peppery with a hint of banana. Good beer.

Sep 19, 2015
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Kingbee73 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and bright taste, coppery is the word I would use but in a very positive manner. Minimal aftertaste and I would say lends itself to summer. Pairs well with chicken and fish and citrus. Solid choice for intro to Belgians.

Jul 04, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 5, 2015.

Pale yellow pour with a quick lasting white head.

Decent enough aromas of toast, bread, Belgian sugar, Belgian spice, and grassy hops.

Light body.

Nice sweetness in the flavor with a slightly bitter and spicy bite to finish it up. Easy drinking, Refreshing.

Jun 05, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $1.89
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 4, 2015
Misc.: Best before Aug. 5, 2015

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with four fingers of off-white, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of layered, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled pleasant notes of banana, spicy Belgian cloves, honey, caramel, honey wheat and light sour fruit. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted pretty close to the smell as well, getting banana, light Circus Peanuts, Belgian cloves, honey wheat, caramel, spicy Belgian notes, sour fruit, kiwi and green apple. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

A really tasty Belgian Pale Ale. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

May 05, 2015
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Fear4Beer from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Belgian style beers and what I can say about this beer is that it tastes good but its missing the wow factor. It is light or liquid in its mouthfeel which just doesn't make it feel like an iconic Belgian beer but its delicious and so easy to drink. I think this is the PERFECT way to describe this beer... It is the evolution of BMC (Bud, Miller, Coors) beers. If you know someone who likes BMC beers I can't imagine that they could dislike this beer. I'd venture that this would be the best beer they ever drank. That might sound like a weird way to describe the beer but it reminds me of a light beer like (BMC) but with the outstanding flavor of a Belgian beer mixed together. So it is light and effervescent but also flavorful. It stands at a nice 6.8% alcohol too. This would be great in the summer time or warmer weather. I was able to get it for about $2.50 per bottle, which is just too much for what it is. If it was offered for $1.50 per bottle (in a six pack) I could see myself buying this beer at parties for groups of people since I know everyone could drink it. From beer snob to a BMC drinker. The more I drank it the more I liked it. The first sip I wasn't blown away, but by the end of it I felt like a monk gave me his blessing. :-)

Feb 17, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin a cap after a few minutes

S: A bit of fruitiness and light spices along with a light wheat malt in the back. Not too much going on

T: Starts off with the fruitiness and some spices behind a yeasty profile. Some wheat comes in after, finishing with some light clove notes and a hint of spices

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A decent American-made BPA (organic, as well) that doesn't stand out at all but is still a solid drinker. Pick some up if you're into the whole organic thing or enjoy the rest of Uinta's brews

Oct 24, 2014
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Absalom from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Really really good for a newer brewery such as this. My only complaint which is hardly such, is that it isn't sold by the sixer, as much as Uinta tries to convince you that this beer deserves to be savored, that's so shit, it's not that special, but definitely out the glass sans bottle.

Sep 22, 2014
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a lovely tangerine-colored hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a frothy, 3/4 inch bright white head that eventually settles into a consistent slick. Nose is very much akin to a witte - citrus and belgian yeast. Taste follows nose; however, the fruit comes off a bit more candied in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light), with a pleasant, lively carbonation. All and all, simple and somewhat clean, but quite pleasant.

Aug 25, 2014
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Paincane from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden body with a white head leaving nice lacing on glass. S: Fruity, estery, yeast, clove and spice aromas.
T: Bready, fruity flavors with spice & dry clean finish.
M: Light, clean and effervescent body.
O: Clean, savory Belgian style brew that is refreshing and satisfying.

Jul 30, 2014
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beermemarge from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a gold color with thin white head. Smelled yeast cloves. Tasted citrus, malt, and slightly spicy, and sweet. Mouth feel was good, medium carbonation, medium body. Overall, nothing to particularly not, good but would get something else in the future.

May 07, 2014
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BierJager89 from California

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden with a white head.

S: Saison yeast esters, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves in the nose.

T: Citrus, then citrus peel with a malty finish.

M: Sparkling mouthfeel, medium bodied.

O: Pretty good. Not the best, but worth a try. Reommended

Feb 08, 2014
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atomicbeer from New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a juice tumbler. Translucent gold with a thin white head. Mild clove aroma. Taste and mouth much like Leffe Blond: clove, bubblegum, apple with sweet malt underneath. Champagne-like in the mouth, somehow delicate or fragile. Excellent. Uinta surprised me with this one.

Nov 19, 2013
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mhaugo from California

2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.8% ABV.
Appearance: Dirty straw with a pretty solid chill haze. Decent head initially, but it died a quick death (3/5).
Aroma: There’s the apples. And there’s the yeasty, bready smell. Something very pear-like comes out as it warms, as does a touch of honey. But nothing about the aroma is overly aggressive (3.25/5).
Taste: This tastes so much like apples that I could probably convince someone it is a cider. There’s a little bit of hop bitterness at the end, but otherwise it is straight apple juice. It’s a very straightforward flavor. Almost painfully simple (2.75/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation. I also get a hint of warmth from the alcohol (2.75/5).
Overall: There is very little about this beer that demands to be called out. It’s very plain and kind of boring to drink. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t know why I would ever order another one (3/5).

Sep 27, 2013
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light fruit and clove nose, flavor is yeasty light sweet fruit and light hops. Good Belgian blond but Leffe is better. Bottled Jun 12, 2012, 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Jun 11, 2013
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a soft shouldered 12oz bottle into a Leffe Chalice. And again, upgraded, into a Duvel tulip

A - Hazy, color of apple juice, steady carbonation. Great lacing. 1 finger head fast fade but great lacing all the way down. Looks Belgian. Appetizing.

S - Very distinct, original waft. Smells of church seats, incense, malty sweet with a hint of cloves and spices.

T Nicely balanced between clove and malt flavors, with those Belgian complexities. I'd take this along side Leffe any day. The after taste is spicy and distinct. ABV of 6.8% so it's lighter than other Belgian goldens. It's fresh, contemplative, a great meditation beer.

F Mouthfeel is tingly, light and carbonated. Lovely finish.

As good as Leffe, not up to Chimay, but one of the first "authentic" belgian style made in America that I tried. Organic. (bought at Whole foods with 6 other singles - a great policy - bravo Whole Foods!) I like it and would happily serve it again. (Check expiry date when buying singles, mine was 5 months old, but still perfect, but all the same, 5 months...)

May 02, 2013
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Uncle_Jimmy from California

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow 2 fingers of white head . It lingers with a bit of lacing. I like the desing on the bottle too. it doesn't look like the one pictured anymore.

Aroma- citrus, pineapple banana some clove but definitely more fruity than spicy.

Taste- Big hit of clove and yeast at the front gives way to banana light honey and a slight earthiness in the hops. sweet in the Finnish but not cloying or out of place. not a lot of fruity esters despite the nose.

Mouthfeel- light bodied and dry, effervescence is spot on and very little to no booze warmth.

Overall- I really liked this beer its quaffable, an understated belgian style. A beer doesn't need to be bold to be good. This beer everything is quite subtle and it works out nicely.

Feb 26, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fizzy fluffy looking almost 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, with nice lacing, over brilliantly clear golden honey orange color.

Nose has some nice Belgian aromas, golden malts, light fluffy effervescent malts, hints of esters, faint citrus and grassy almost wheat like, faint hints of grassy hops too, light grainy earthy straw bready malt.

Taste starts with big Belgian golden malts, little toasty golden with hints of wheat straw hay like flavors, toasty, mild sweetness with some warming booze that seems more than 6.8%. The booze brings light esters and hint of phenols as well which are typical, like fruit with hint apple and pear like, mild grassy hops and some bitterness. Fluffy and smooth though. Finish is still a bit sweet but drier, mild booze tingle and warmth, lingering sweet golden malts, little fruit and effervescence, and a bit of the phenols.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy carb maybe a bit too much, warming tingly booze that is hotter than it should be.

Overall not bad, hits the spot for a belgian golden ale, and should be 8+% but only clocks in at 6.8 somehow. Otherwise typical flavors and characteristics.

Feb 05, 2013
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - copper gold with a thick, soft, white head that has great retention

S - apples, faint white grapes

T - white grapes, some faint Belgian yeast funk, faint spicy finish

M - medium bodied, crisp but well carbonated

This beer isn't very complex. The yeast does all the work imparting esters some faint spicyness, but even those flavors don't keep me interested for long. Overall, this beer is a bit subdued and toned down. It was nice to try once, but I won't be picking it up again.

Jan 26, 2013
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thegodfather1076 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Label is old school in appearance and printed on a non-glossy paper that gives it a very simple look and doesn't try to do to much. I like it. Label gives a bottled on date as well as the style and ABV info. Label states this is USDA Certified organic.

Appearance: Monkshine pours out a clear orange gold color with a 1 ½ finger white foam head of a lighter more airy density. Head retention was short at 1min 35sec before fading into a thin white foam coating and ring. Average Lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells slightly sour and yeasty with hints of clove, banana, and light fruits. Very crisp and light on the nose.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of sweet light fruits and clove spiciness on the front end with a bread-like taste coming through followed by a surprising herbal and floral hop bitterness on the back end.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with an above average carbonation yet has a crisp and refreshing feel. Very drinkable and not overly filling.

Overall/Comments: A good Belgian style blonde ale here nothing spectacular but a good representation of the style. Picked this up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Classified as a Belgian Pale Ale at 6.8% ABV. Brewed on 9/7/12. Consumed on 12/23/12.

Jan 17, 2013
Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 350 ratings