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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

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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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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3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MRsojourner
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a golden orangey clear color, although i'm not looking into daylight it looks really clear. small white 1" head that dissipated quickly.
The taste is semi sweet with a touch a bitterness. not much complexity. way to clean for a Belgian blond imo. not much to glean from this beer. its drinkable I guess but I would think the yeast selection along with the filterering just take out all the character of this beer. pretty disappointing.

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Photo of AlphaRanger
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light copper with an ever so slight cloudiness. Nice thick white head with very good retention. Lacing was amazing. I refer to it as "artwork".

S- AWESOME! Yeast, spices, corriander, citrus notes, very unique and complex. An inviting aroma.

T- Sweet, tangy, yeasty, and slightly dry. A nice complex yeast flavor backed by citrus and spice notes with a nice malty finish. Very earthy and interesting and Incredibly refreshing.

M- Light and very drinkable for almost 7%. Perfect amount of carbonation which lent a really nice smoothness to the ale.

O- Starting to take the plunge into belgian ales. This one being on the "lighter" end of the spectrum I think is a great foray into the world of belgian golden/pale ales. Overall I was very impressed. I found the flavors to be very pronounced and bold and complex is a word which really describes this type of ale. Can't wait to sample more like this. Pick it up.

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Photo of Crow153248
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Belgian blonde generally go in two directions; sweet or rustic. Which way will Monkshine go? From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Monkshine is a couldy orange looking beer with a small head that doesn't last long and deflates into a small lace. At least the nose is fun, which at first is merely okay (sugar and alcohol), then sugared apricot snacks and gum add additonal pieces to the picture.

The taste is very dry, which is strange after what I smelled. I epxected a fruity and sweet taste, and instead is a dry and bitter drink. There are a few echoes of apricot which attempt to inject a little exceitement. The bitterness seems to be coming from the carbonation, and there are subtle rustic notes. It actually has some degree of drinkability despite being almost seemingly tasteless. The beer is medium bodied with healthy carbonation that leaves a dry aftertaste.

What happened to the flavor? If this is what it's suppose to be, sorry, I'm not usually a fan of very dry beers.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TWStandley
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass - might not be te best vessel for this one but oh well. I was working on my homebrew system so didn't feel like hunting down a good tulip.

Appeared a golden/yellow color with a thick white head. Head stuck around for a bit, and left a small trace of lacing on the glass. Pretty cloudy.

Smelled of belgian yeast, orange/lemon, and a bit of tartness.

Taste follow the smell relatively closely. Did get some spiced notes most likely from the yeast. Pretty standard BPA taste, nothing too crazy here.

Mouth-feel was bubbly and lively, quite crisp and refreshing.

Meh - I am a bit biased being not that into Belgian styles in the first place....but this just lacked anything interesting. Not a bad drink but not one I would seek out again.

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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip beer glass.

A-It poured a foamy 2-finger white head that left some sticky lace on the glass. The color fell somewhere between a pale to a deep gold, with an orange hue. A slight cloudy look to this beer. I was expecting it to be more like a Leffe Blonde Belgian ale because of the supposed style, but it still looked pretty appetizing.

S-Cloves, banana, some spice. It had a dry smell to it. I never knew something could smell dry, but it did.

T-I thought the smell was better than the taste. I could taste strong clove, no banana taste to this whatsoever! The aftertaste was bitter and dry. There needed to be more balance to this beer style. The clove taste is usually excellent for this particular style of ale, but not when it's overpowering. I would have liked it to be more complex because that is what my experience with Belgian beers has been in the past. The beer was a little flat.

M-Full-bodied, low carbonation. Just average.

O-I have another one of these in the fridge. I will drink it, but will I buy it again? Maybe. I have had better Belgian ales before.

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4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cbutova
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear golden pour into a Euro pint glass. Foamy white head forms with nice retention. A few lace patches.

S- Grapes and belgian yeast spice make up a bulk of the nose. Raisins, flowers, herbs, bread and citrus zest as well.

T- Seeetness and more laid back feel overall here. Vinous grapes, spices, citrus zest, apple and a bit of apricot. A lot of semi-sweet fruits and yeast elements.

MF- Creamy and silky moderately thick body. Spicy bitterness in the finish.

A lot of yeast spice and a nice overall fruit feel. Drinks easily and brings strong Belgian influence.

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Photo of jmerloni
4/5  rDev +12%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #53 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a very clear beer. Nice looking though. Nose is super yeasty at first and then dies down to nothing quite quickly. Flavor is full. Heavy yeast tones again with strong bread character as well. There are tones of banana on here as well. A little thick in the mouth, but it works. Most Belgian ales seem to be a disaster, but I can appreciate this one. It could stand to be a bit more rounded on the profile, but I've definitely had some horrid Belgian ales out of the US; this is not one of them.

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 345 ratings
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