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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Photo of Crow153248
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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 DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of TWStandley
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of Jsteez
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of alpinebryant
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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 cbutova
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +12.4%
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 RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of beerpadawan
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a fat, stemless wine glass, glinting brilliant and beautiful gold. Forms a half-inch head which does not stick around long.

My first whiff was fresh baked bread, grain. After that, I strained to smell some faint peach, apple, apricot notes. Faint floral, but even as it warms the aroma is somewhat weak.

Very dry finish and highly attenuated throughout, with just mild sweetness emerging as the beer comes to room temperature. The flavor goes with the faint aroma: light fruit--peach or apricot. Some grass and light earth hop. The dry finish reveals some mild bitterness and spicy yeasty notes. Finish is clean but over quickly. Highly drinkable but unremarkable.

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Photo of crossovert
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled 01/04/12.

It pours a brilliant clear gold, one of the clearest most pure golden-hued beers I have ever seen. The head is foamy and white and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is okay. Huge esters but honestly this almost just smells like an adjunct lager without the corn. It has that sourness to it that isn't "sour" but that tart AAL scent.

The flavor is flowery and yeasty. It has a decent sweetness, some metallic flavors, and basic grain flavors. Not too bitter.

It is just really plain, there is nothing that distinguishes it besides its gorgeous appearance.

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Photo of raszputini
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle...pours a cloudy orangish color with an off-white 1 1/2 finger head. Has a crisp smell with notes of light fruiit. The tell-tale Belgian yeast dominates the taste along with fruity tones. No booziiness. Nice consistent but thin mouth feel. A decent but not outstanding representation of a Belgian Golden. Very drinkable...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/12/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a puffy 1/2 inch off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt and some slight fruit and spice aromas. Taste is of grain/malt, honey, fruit, and some slight spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a head that started to impress but faded quickly leaving just a few traces behind

Smell: Slightly grainy, with a hint of lemon

Taste: Grainy, up front, with a combination of sugary malt and alcohol filling the middle; by mid-palate and, after the swallow, there is a hint of lemony tartness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: When the mouthfeel is the thing you like best about a beer, you know you are in trouble; in this case, I didn't really care for the malt beer and the kick of alcohol (particularly for such a low ABV beer); the hint of lemon in the finish was a nice touch but it didn't make up for the rest

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Photo of bubseymour
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - looks like an American Adjunct. Little head and clear pale yellow.

Smell - Seems to have an almost sour smell to it.

Taste - Tastes like a high-alcohol American Adjunct. Not too many off tastes but definitely notice grain and barley notes.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - Doesn't taste like anything Belgian to me. Rather disappointing IMO.

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Photo of DrFayhee
2.07/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was pretty surprised at how bad this beer was. Quite pale, almost lager-ish in color. Smell is pretty simple, light but with some alcohol to it. Flavor is very starchy, with a stale cereal quality. Mouthfeel is a bit acrid. Overall pretty disappointing.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – typical blond color, slightly hazy, with about two fingers’ worth of frothy off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – earthy tone to the hoppiness. Decent blend of hops and malts it would seem.

Taste – the taste is a little on the bland/cereal side, but there is a touch of the bite from the hops toward the finish. The film of bitterness lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but it does lean a little bit more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad-tasting brew at all, but not very complex or fun to think about.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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 barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, pours bright gold with a thin head that holds no retention and leaves no lace - looks like apple juice. Smells like apple juice too. Tastes like apple juice with some grape qualities - dry white wine perhaps, earthy, herbal hops, fruity, with a slight Belgian flare from the yeast. Mouth-feel is rather thin with no carbonation. Finishes dry like a cheap chardonnay. Alcohol is well concealed for 6.8%. Overall, I don't know what to think of this one. I see other reviews are giving this a higher score, but this wasn't any different than drinking a glass of apple juice mixed with some cheap white wine. I wouldn't recommend this beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +14%
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 rapidsequence
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 ferrari29
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with clear copper colored body; forms a nice half finger sized white head; well carbonated; head doesn't hold that well; moderate amount of lacing forms around the glass

S - Nice smell of roasted malts; touch of enjoyable spices; touch of sour apples, pears and white grape wine; reminds me a bit of a Brut or dark champagne; smells a bit sugary, finishes sweet floral nose; light scents of citrus from hops; honey

T - Sweet and very sugary; not much roasted malt flavor to this, of which, I expected a bit more; has more of a lager clean flavor to it; there is a slightly weird metallic taste that lingers on the middle of the tongue; there is also a slight hint of berries and floral flavors, but very light; light hop taste

M - Effervescent; not a very pleasant aftertaste, kind of bitter, and rough on the palate; leaves behind a bit of a tart feeling on the tongue; dry

D - Overall, not a bad drink, but not something I would reach for again; there are better Belgian Pale Ale's out there; needs a little more body and a more defined identity; I feel Belgian pale ale have a unique balance of spice, malt, hop flavor; this beer seems a little all over the place

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a largely unremarkable brew, except that it is of very high quality. pours light lager color yellow with a nice 1 inch foam head bone white. smells mild hops and belgian sweetness. taste is much less hoppy than any american pale ale, but less yeasty and bright than a typical belgian. a sort of boring hybrid of styles, but again, very well made. mouthfeel is nice, super light and drinkable. a pretty good beer if your looking for something down easy, and with an elevated abv it serves its purpose...

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Photo of ely2000k
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Organic, quite tasty. Fruity banana like smell that comes out somewhat in the taste. The Belgium yeast is prominent, and gives the beer a nice subtle complex flavor. Hints of clove. Full mouthfeel. Finishes dry, but at the last second some sweet creeps in. Overall I like this and would get it again.

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, coriander, slight wheat, pale malt, slight dough, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coriander, slight alcohol, slight yeast, slight wheat, hint of hop, and a slight sweet malt. Overall, food aroma, feel, and blend.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light, slightly fruity, pale ale. Nice creamy carbonation, great mouthfeel. Faint yeasty aromas and a tang on the tongue. Just pleasantly sharp with a bitter edge to finish. I think "Belgian-inspired" is accurate. But whatever you call it, it's a tangy light lager sort of beer with a great subtle taste for unbridled quaffing. Try the place next door for the hard stuff.

With the new-look label, clearly states bottled 10/12/11.

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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