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 mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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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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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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brilliant gold colored beer with just a hint of a white head.

Smell is strongly grainy with a strong noble hop aroma I would more expect in a German beer style. Sweetness under the substantial lager like smell. Mostly banana and flowers with some grass from the hop.

Starts out sweet with a substantial banana flavor. Grains are strong in the flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness. The most notable thing about the flavor is the melon and banana flavors. Almost tastes like Belgian beer brewed with German Hefeweizen yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall the taste is unconventional but quite tasty. I will buy this again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Arkansas, Bottled on 12-23-10

Pours an effervescent honey colored with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Pears, slight grassyness & perfumy hops

Follows the nose, some white grape & honey notes up front, plus a touch woodyness as well. Slight pear brandy booze tinge as this warms, along with some pineapple. Finishes with pineapple, faint hints of grapefruit & bready sweetness

MF: Fairly slick & somewhat chewy, subtle carbonation, good balance

Would've love to try this fresher to see if the hops are more prominent. Still a good take on the style that hits most of the right notes

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in flared ale glass

A: billowy head; no lacing; clear yellow; well-defined carb streams
S: sweet banana, pear, lemon aroma with esters
T: strange Belgian version; brutish; banana, pear; tastes a bit like seltzer water; hops under-pronounced

Think of this as a Belgian-inspired ale and you might not be so critical.

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Roths Sunnyside market, S.Salem. $1.50 Slightly misty lookng golden beer with a very bubbly off white head. Aroma is slightly spiced some slight earthiness.weak clove, cereal and some slight earthiness. Taste is strange not like the aroma..semi-bitter..tasty..some black pepper and thats it. Its OK on the tongue the carbonation is OK but far from a great mouthfeel. Not impressed by thisn one..i guess its drinkable..but a dissapointing Belgian style ale

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a somewhat short white head that fades to a thin cap. Very light aromas of stone fruits and a touch of vanilla and citrus. Tastes a little harsh, with notes of spice, grain, stone fruit, and solvent. A little too carbonated as well, with a seltzery finish. It seems like the Belgian yeast notes haven't really matured here. I'd say back to the drawing board with this beer.

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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 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 BeerAmbassador
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper color with a thin head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is stone fruit, maybe peach, Belgian candi sugar and yeast.

Flavor pretty much follows suit with a bit of green apple tartness on the finish. Not quite a juicy green apple, maybe apple skin.

Mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation could be a little more lively.

Overall this beer is not bad, but not one of my favorite examples of the style.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours golden-copper with a finger of dirty-white head that holds and laces okay.

S: Lots of pear, a little peach, Belgian yeast, and some candi sugar.

T: Pale malts, light hoppiness, a little Belgian yeast, green apples, and a finishing dry breadiness.

M: It has a medium-light body with average carbonation but a semi-watery finish.

O: It tastes like a lightly hopped APA with Belgian yeast.

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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 backfat
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle. Bottled on 3/03, reviewed 5/16
Received this bottle from the very generous pokesbeerdude in a recent LIF I won. Thanks chuck! Poured into an imperial pint glass.

-Pours a clear straw with hints of golden honey. Good lace.

-Smell is faint. Some spice, stale cookie, biscuit, caramel, and metal.

-Taste is zesty and spicy. A nice Belgian yeast with lots of doughy bread and toast.

-Light and sparkling. Slick and easy to drink. Surprisingly nice.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a fairly clear golden color with a finger or so of white head on top.

S: Lots of malt sweetness to the nose, especially the caramel notes. Plenty of toast and bready malt as well. There is a surprisingly chocolatey aroma despite the pale color. There is a hint of spice to it.

T: Sweet bread and toasted malts with a mild spiciness. Some toasted marshmallow type flavor which was unexpected but quite delicious. And there is the same mild spice character that existed on the nose.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Wasn't expecting much from this beer but found it to be fairly good.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a Belgian ale this really needs to have more substance to it. The beer pours out yellow and has some decent head on it. The beer itself is pretty bland in flavor, There isn't much other than some Belgian Yeast flavors in it. The mouthfeel is light. There just isn't anything standing out to me in this brew. I strongly feel that this beer could have been a lot better with some more time and effort put into it.

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Photo of trevorjn06
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 TheFlern
2.16/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked a six pack up at the brewery on a snowboarding trip.

Once back at my hotel I cracked open a bottle to enjoy while watching a game.

Appearance: I did not have any proper glassware to pour this brew into. I have given it an average rating to be fair and will return to this review once I can pour into proper glassware.

Smell: The Belgian yeast overpowers most of the hop smell and there is little to be found malt wise. The smell is sweet (from the yeast) and has just a bit of hop bitterness on the nose.

Taste: Dominated by the yeast strain. I have a slight bitterness on my tongue. I would have preferred this brew to have a much hoppier profile so as to balance with the flavors the yeast brings out.

Mouthfeel: This is a fairly juicy brew on the tongue that dries at the finish. It keeps you wanting another sip despite the lackluster taste and nose.

Drinkability: I'll definitely take it up on the mountain with me but I will not bother to purchase this beer again.

Sadly this 6er was the first brew from Uinta that I have not really liked. The good news is it has a lot of alcohol (6+ %) and was pretty darn cheep at just over 6 dollars for the 6 pack.

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smeel is alive with fruits, yeast, some spice. Taste is good, fruits and spice, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy golden with chunky white head. Active carbonation. Aroma of belgian yeast, pepper, ripe banana, and some citrus. Taste is sweet with a definite, but smooth hop bitterness. Medium bodied with thick mouthfeel. Finish is bitter. That bitterness is pretty tame, but it seems to amplify the more you drink. The bitterness becomes distracting to me, but I do think its a well made beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, foamy, frothy, medium sized, off white head that lasts a bit and no lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, yeast, and a bit of fruit which is alltogether mild as a whole. Flavor is a little bubblegum and white wine, a little fruity sweet. not too bad. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short length; alcohol is hidden pretty well.

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Photo of arizcards
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine in mid September for $1.49. Bottled on 6-10-10.

Beer poured a golden orange with a small white bubbly head.

Nose is of musty yeast and light fruits.

Taste is primarily pear on top of a pale malt base. Dry hop slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but not overly smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good. This has some decent notes to it but is lacking the classic Belgian mouthfeel.

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Photo of katan
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a clean golden color. Very transparent, lightly bubbling. Light head formation as well, off white in color.

S - Lightly malty. Somewhat sweet. Not much yeast for a belgian. Very understated.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, malty, smooth. Mid-stream gets more malty, very grainy, but not husk like. Some alcohol warmth. Little hopping. Finishes sweet with lots of clean 2-row. Malt forward, without a doubt.

M - Solid mouthfeel, thick and sticky but not cloying. Carbonation is not detected. Finishes with a sugary cling.

D - Moderate drinkablilty. ABV is manageable, but certainly high for sessioning. A bit too sweet for more than one at a time. Not filling.

A worthy BPA, but could use more balance.

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Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- an off gold color, with moderate amount of carbonation. Head about 3 cm after a minute or two. Fairly hazy, but still translucent.

S- good hops tones, although slight alcohol smell towards the end.

T- This beer tastes fairly strong, and the flavors seemed to be masked by a moderately strong citrus taste. There a fair bit of flavors in the beer, but not all of them compliment one another, and it throws off the balance of the beer as a whole. Halfway through this glass, it seems to get in order a little better, and it makes quite a difference.

M- moderate body, with good feel.

D- I think this is a beer tailor made for people who enjoy the occasional beer. This isn't a beer I could see myself having more than a glass of, mainly due to the taste towards the beginning. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but more for occasions rather than a session beer.

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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 BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly luminescent yellow color, somewhat hazy with lots of bubbles. White head is fairly craggy and foamy, with a nice stick. Nose is a chalky yeast bomb, with notes of sweet pale grains, banana and clove, and a touch of bubblegum. A little "hefeweizen" rather than Belgian, but decent enough.

The flavor is well-rounded, although I was off-put a bit at first. Slightly grassy hops with mild bitterness and pale, sweet malts form the backdrop for the yeast. I was struck initially by the pear and bubblegum combination, but with warming and a little breathing, there is a pleasantly pastoral flavor of grasses, earth, banana and clove, bubblegum, white pepper, and green apple.

Mouthfeel is acceptable, a little metallic and jarring at first, but fairly creamy by the end. Not a bad stab at this style, which although it's not my favorite Belgian, is definitely underrated in the US. Brewers: make more of these beers!

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Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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