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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde AleMonkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian yeast and American grains provide the distinct character and flavors of this blonde ale.

26 IBU

Added by alexgash on 04-23-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
339
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
24.23%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 339
Reviews by trevorjn06:
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3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper/honey color and is crystal clear. 2 fingers of tight, white foam sit atop the beer and recede slowly.

Aroma has some odd notes to it, a hint of cheese. Other than that it's light malt character, some fruity/spicy yeast notes and a hint of earthiness.

Taste is on the dry side with some yeast character. There is light pilsner maltiness with a slight bit of DMS (vegetal character) and some light fruitiness and spice from the yeast. The yeast character is very light, overall this beer tastes more like a Pilsner than anything.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is way too simple and devoid of all the upfront yeast character that is tradition in Belgian ales. It's pretty drinkable but I won't be having this again.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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. :-)

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Photo of Tiernan
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bahamut6565
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at State Line in Maryland. Bottled on 3/3/11 on the label.

Pours clear near golden amber, near white head, minor retention, fine wispy lacing.

Light fruity/yeasty nose with a hint of spice.

Fruity, light spice, a wiff of nutty yeast. Delicate hopping, subtle Belgian characteristics. Nice summer time offering. Would be quite worthy with a meal of salads, cheese and other lighter fare.

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Photo of KolbMarley
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Hugh37
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Kraken
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/11/09

Best by 5/23/08. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Extremely firm pour meets with little to no success in evoking a head. Faint lace. Color is a dull cloudy orange cider.

Nose- Smells slightly of sour apples. Hint of lightly citric hops, not much else.

Palate- Faintly metallic. Light biscuity sweetness. Very mild finishing hops, very nondiscript, immemorable.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, faint carbonation.

Drinkability- Slight

Immemorable, sums it up.

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Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Hummingalong007
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of HugePlume
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- I did a lousy job pouring, got lots of yeasties in the glass. Aside from that, its a bright sun-setting-over-the-ocean golden yellow, with a minimal white foamy head. Excellent lacing. Many large carbonation bubbles rising.

S- Very nice, a fruity sweetness like peaches on waffles.

T- Taste follows smell, with a very nice balanced bitterness to it. Flavors are not deep though, very simple. Would prefer more complexity. No hint of alcohol.

M- Very good perfect carbonation, a bit chalky. Might be my rogue yeasties.

O- Nice brew, i would certainly have again.

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Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden sappy fluid topped by half a finger of sudsy white head...

I never want to say this, but kind of a coors light smell, super light malts, a little tin nothing else

Revisit of that tinny smell in the taste, some semi sharp hops breathing a granny smith, black pepper. Decent sized profile, but I'm not sure if I like it

Medium light body, some vibrant carbonation, and a bit of afterburn warmth

Overall I think I'd not recommend this drink to many, I find Uinta falling short on my list from what I've had from them, and this doesn't bring much either

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting label. Pours a clear golden body beneath a full head of dense bright-white froth. Head retention and lacing could be better. Fine bubbles can be seen rising quickly. Lots of clove in the nose. A note of vanilla. A bit of earthiness as well, and some minor sulphur. Sweetish malt. The mouthfeel is good. It's medium-light bodied and creamy smooth. The flavor is mainly sweetish and doughy golden malt and yeasty earthiness, spiciness, and clove and vanilla. Some leafy hops are present as well, but the sweetish, almost candyish maltiness is clearly the showpiece. Restrained bitterness. Long, lingering finish. 4% abv? I'm not sure about that. But it is from Utah, so of course it is, right? I said the same thing about their Wild Fire Extra Pale Ale... I don't think it will turn any beer geek heads, but it's a pretty good initiation to this style of Belgian beer for everyone else. I wouldn't turn it down :)

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Photo of ElGordo
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a complimentary bottle in the Delta Crown Room at the SLC airport. Pours a hazy light brown color with golden highlights, topped by a whispy, bubbly head that isn't much to look at. Nose is predominantly spicy Belgian yeast, with notes of coriander and allspice, along with some tangy European hops. Palate is a nice balance between light sweet malt and Euro hops, along with some subtle spices from the yeast. Mouthfeel is more foamy than creamy. A so-so interpretation of a good Belgian style. Wouldn't have it again, especially if I had to pay for it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying a bottle of Monkshine Belgian Pale Ale that was brought back from a trip our West by my Bro-in-law. The beer poured a clear pale yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The smell light banana and clove notes there was a slight spice. The taste includes belgium yeast and sugar mixed with some nice pine hints. The mouthfeel is light body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Bierleichen
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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