Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde AleMonkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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

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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 341
Photo of Absalom
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale clear straw yellow with a sticky head and heavy lacing.

S: Aroma of loads of yeast, sourdough, pale malt and a dosing of fresh citrus hops.

T: Very nice fresh tasting belgian pale ale. This has more of an American hop flavor profile, but otherwise is an exceptional tasting belgian pale ale. Bread / dough in the middle and a nice bitter finish that is refreshing as well as bitter. Green Apple that is faint, more white grape at the end.

M: Extremely smooth and mildly carbonated.

O: Very impressed with this Belgian pale ale. I would definitely get this again and probably will pick up a few 6 packs when I see it in a shop.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color. Slight head with minimal lacing.

S: Spices and fruity belgian yeast. Slight floral and citrus hop aromas.

T&M: Nice balance of complex flavors. Nothing is overpowering with spicy undertoned character.
Medium bodied and very smooth.

This is a very good attempt at belgian style and I will definitely try again.

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Photo of Richwright22
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It's gold, very bubbly, and somewhat cloudy. It has a bubbly head and some lacing with a malty scent.

It has a nice apple taste, malty. Some caramel. Sweet. Very smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste. Vice nice, balanced beer.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is very similar to apple juice. Same color and opacity. The head that formed when I poured this beer into a glass was very thin.

The smell is distinct and strong. It is malty with a hint of cloves and spices.

The taste is balanced between a light clove flavor and a medium malty flavor. The after taste is spicy and moderately strong. The beer has an ABV of 6.8% so it's not light or heavy and has a flavor that matches its alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Although the head on the bottle that I poured was pretty insignificant, the bubbles were non-stop from the base of the glass.

Overall I like the beer; the mixture of clove, spices, and malt is nice. The ABV is still enough to get the job done and the carbonation of the brew is different but not overpowering. (As a side note, the label on the bottle that I purchased is different than the label in the picture).

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/15/09- Purchased at a Utah state liquor store in Park City, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a botled on date on the label..this one happened to be Nov 08' Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden colored pour. Full one inch semi-frothy head. Slight rim remains for the whole consumption and leaves some light spotty lace.

Smell- Smells like a mix between a saison and a pale ale. Some light hops, some white pepper for sure and a touch of sugar and lemon rind.

Taste- Has a very slight macro-belgian taste (if there is such a thing). Maybe a touch of grain note is what I am tasting. Lots of white pepper, some lemon rind and a touch of sugar. All flavors meld very well and overwhelm the light grain flavor I originally tasted.

Mouthfeel- Really brisk and crisp vigorous carbonation level. Drinks well considering. Exceptionaly quenching. Pretty clean aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Flavorful and nice feel. Would have bought a six pack of this instead of the other one I purchased.

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Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Kingbee73
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fishdawg71 for this one.

Poured from the small capped bottle into a tulip, producing a nice looking golden beer with a nice white head with average retention and lacing.
Aroma is not powerful but really pleasant, malty and biscuity, with some yeasty hints.
Medium bodied but quite refreshing despite its modest carbonation, the taste is as advertised, malty and biscuity, earthy, with a nice balancing dry finish playing with the yeastiness.
It is not terribly complex, but given the very low alcohol for such a tasty brew, I wish I had more of this around during summer- very few session beers taste like this.

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Photo of Crow153248
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uinta has been extremely hit or miss for me.

That being said, I decided to try Monkshine.

A: Golden yellow with a small, thick head

S: Citrus, yeast, and a bit of a pleasant bread smell

T: Surprisingly refreshing. Not quite a sipping beer, I got the best taste on a half mouthful. While not quite a traditional Belgian, this little brother stands strongly on its own. The bread taste is there, but not at all overwhelming. A pleasant, slightly bitter finish.

M: Light carbonation and refreshingly smooth

O: My favorite Uinta that I have tried by far. Definitely a solid, safe choice if I can't find anything else. I like their interpretation of a Belgian very much.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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-

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Syrupy brass color with a quick head an very little residual foam. OK bubbling.

Bubbley, light Spring fruit yeast, pale toasted malts. Very crisp and slightly sweet aroma. Very inviting.

Lightly fruity, yeasty flavors play with light, soft baked sweet muffin malts. The bubbling adds a slight prickly feeling to the tongue.

This beer taste great, has a little mineral quality on the finish that just completes everything. Easy to drink, and brings a smile to my face!

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Photo of MFMB
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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

A - Pours a pretty golden, translucent. Big white head that laces thickly on the glass.

S - Very very yeasty, bread, slight citrus, and a tinge of booze.

T - Cool flavor. Belgian yeast, light fruits. White grapes, apple, pear, a bit of raisin. Light molasses malt backing it up with a nice Belgian hop profile. Solid flavor. Very beery taste to it too.

M - One of those beers that dances in your mouth. Medium bodied.

D - Such a beery beer. I would get this again. Quality. Unita is so underrated. Everything I've ever had from them has been solid without fail. And this is another good showing.

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Photo of Brolo75
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterzooi, Garden City, New York.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full cereal malt, esters and lemon.

The taste consisted of a full doughy malt, sweet raisins and a touch of honey.

The mouthfeel was full fir the style.

Overall a pleasant and relatively full bodied pale ale.

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

The beer decanted with a little cold haze, golden in color, tinged with orange. The head was white and modest but left nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and malty. A hint of bubblegum? Some spice-like hops round it out. The alcohol is noticeable as it clears the senses a bit.

Light to medium on the palate. Some sweet pear, sweet apple, and tart apple provide a nice mix to the malt up front. Dry through the center. The finish has clove and spice. This is a balanced solid brew. The fruity yeast nicely complements the spice in the finish. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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

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

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 10/12/11, so 3 months old. Chris gave it to me.

Appearance: Perfectly clear yellow gold. Smallish head with brief retention, but with some decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and light fruits-- pears, some banana. Little hint of clove, but wouldn't describe it as "spicy". I would guess this is made with Duvel yeast.

Taste: The flavor is a bit more spicy with clove, but tons of fruit, bubblegum, and a bready yeasty flavor too. A bit of herbal hops and a kiss of bitterness o round it out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and feels a bit soft, but wouldn't suffer from a touch more carbing. Slick in the finish.

Overall: This was a surprise. A really good Belgian style beer. Like a Duvel light, and at a bargain price. I've been impressed with Uinta.

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

Pours a shiny, peachy, goldeny orange with a thin white head. Looks nice in my snifter glass!

Smells of sweet orange, sour malt, some spicy yeastiness and some bitter lemon.

Taste is the initial wave of Belgian yeast, clovey, spicy goodness. Following that is some bitter sweet citrus flavors (lemon/lime/orange) and just a small bit if funky leather taste in the follow through.

Overall I really dig this beer and I can't think of too many that would be that much better on a hot day.

Thanks to wasatch for this one via a recent trade. I think that just about does it for all the Utah beers I've had in the fridge this past month!

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

Lustrous lemon with a light yeasty haze and dozens of rapidly rising bubble streams. The thick crown of alabaster colored foam has a wonderful texture that could almost be called Belgianesque. It also has enough stickiness to grace the glass with small sheets of delicate lace. This one passes the look test...

... and the sniff test. The brewers decided to ease back on the hops and let the estery Belgian yeast strain carry the load. That seems to have been a good decision. The nose features sweet golden grain, loads of banana, bubblegum and a modest amount of clove.

While Monkshine won't make anyone forget the greats of the style, it's one of the better American efforts at a style that doesn't get as much attention in this country as it should. Does every brewery really need an amber ale and a pale wheat ale? For whatever it's worth, this bottle is about one year past the bottled on date and it tastes just fine.

The brewers must have done their homework because I would not have been able to pick the country of origin if blinded. The pale/pils malt doesn't provide much flavor. And there isn't as much sweetness as expected. In fact, the finish is dryish. The hops don't provide much flavor either (maybe a little grassiness), though there is some bitterness on the denouement.

As designed, the Belgian yeast provides the bulk of the flavor profile. Let's go with snappy pears, meadow grasses, banana, pink bubblegum, white pepper and spicy clove. This is a nicely constructed, balanced, drinkable Belgian pale. The brewery has every reason to be proud.

The body/mouthfeel keeps pace. Given the style and the ABV, it doesn't need to be hugely expansive and creamy... just moderately expansive and creamy. Mission accomplished.

Monkshine is a pleasant surprise out of left field. Who would have thought that a brewery from Utah (Uinta) would be able to kick ass and take names when it comes to the creation of a Belgian-style pale ale? This is good beer if you have the opportunity to buy it or trade for it.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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