Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale
Black Sheep Brewery PLC

Monty Python's Holy Grail AleMonty Python's Holy Grail Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #407
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
77
Ranked #48,166
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 16.67%
Reviews:
617
Ratings:
1,285
From:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Monty Python's Holy Grail AleMonty Python's Holy Grail Ale
Notes: Draught 4.0% / Bottle 4.7%
Another fine addition to the Black Sheep flock of premium bottle ales. This ale was specially commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python in 1999.

Ten years later on the 40th anniversary Holy Grail is still going strong. With more hops than a killer rabbit, it's a full-flavoured golden ale with a distinctively fruity flavour followed by the Black Sheep signature dry finish.

We brew Holy Grail with Maris Otter malt, an old and expensive variety that is renowned for the taste and the quality of the beer it produces.

A mixture of old English Hop varieties including a touch of WGV hops gives Holy Grail its lovely fruity nose.

We use a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!
Reviews: 617 | Ratings: 1,285 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught 4.0% / Bottle 4.7%
Another fine addition to the Black Sheep flock of premium bottle ales. This ale was specially commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python in 1999.

Ten years later on the 40th anniversary Holy Grail is still going strong. With more hops than a killer rabbit, it's a full-flavoured golden ale with a distinctively fruity flavour followed by the Black Sheep signature dry finish.

We brew Holy Grail with Maris Otter malt, an old and expensive variety that is renowned for the taste and the quality of the beer it produces.

A mixture of old English Hop varieties including a touch of WGV hops gives Holy Grail its lovely fruity nose.

We use a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!

Jul 12, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is full of bready malts. Taste is bready malts, light hops in the background, somewhat earthy, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Sep 19, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can stamped H17751. English pint.

A: pours a dark dull gold, pale amber, with a thick finger and a half of off-white head that fades to a modest cap that lasts. Actively carbonated.some fair lacing.

S: some light English esters and traditional-smelling English hops, but a pretty mild affair; nothing knocking my socks off. I have let it warm for about 20 minutes.

T: that is a pretty solid English ale. Smooth, mild, creamy, malty palate. Mild sweetness, prominent fruity eater character. Mild, understated hops with a vague English blackberry leaf, ripe brown pears, floral, slightly earthy character that disappears quickly. Esters linger; pear-like. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion, but elderberries?

M: mid-bodied, creamy, moderately carbonated. Clean finish. I have blown through this in about four minutes! At only 4% goes down really easily.

O: I love English ales and this is a good one. Perhaps not a great one, but better than most American examples I’ve had. The yeast is just impossible for American brewers to nail. That it is canned instead of in a clear bottle is also great for longevity. This is pretty widely available and despite the gimmicky packaging, is something I would buy again.

Sep 09, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The pour: Copper colored. The taste: biscuit, cracker, slight caramel, & slight green apple to round things out. Moreover, it's more bland tasting than I expected. If you're looking for an easy drinking English Pale Ale then this would be a good place to start, but it has nothing on Timothy Taylor The Landlord. Cheers! B-

Nov 07, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste: crisp, slight hop, mild malt flavor. mellow grainy nose. Golden hue, crystal clear, tall white foam head some lace. medium to light body. An ale to go with appetizers. Had several years ago.

Oct 30, 2018
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janubio from Spain

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber colour, medium head with short retention. Good lace.
Aroma of cereals, lemon, caramel.
Medium body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Dry finish.
Taste of lemon, caramel, grains.
A good refreshing beer.

Jun 04, 2018
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CaptainKen from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold color & subtle odor. Described as an Amber gold ale, but tastes closers to a pale ale in my opinion. Not promenantly malty like a true Amber ale. Dry finish.

Jan 19, 2018
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Rufus1 from Kentucky

3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber with a little haze from the witch ash. Poured into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer which produced a one and a half finger white head that settles to a lasting rime. Some lacing.

Sweet. Fruity. Apple. Some floral hops.

Taste hits with apple cider. Sweet malt backbone. Crystal malts. No hop bitterness at all. A little carbonation bite. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

Light mouthfeel with an almost effervescent carbonation.

Looking for an ale on a hot summers day? This one fits the bill perfectly. A whimsical ale that strike the mark. No great but certainly very good. Quite sessional.

Jul 06, 2017
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BorisNorris from Idaho

3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color, excellent clarity, foamy off-white head. Aroma is berry fruit, light bread crust. Flavor has a mild grainy sweetness in front that rounds out to an earthy, dark berry flavor and leaves you with a semi-dry, earthy/woodsy bitterness. Well carbonated with a medium, creamy body, but doesn't linger around. I didn't want to like this, but I kinda do.

May 02, 2017
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had to try this one just because it's a monty python beer and it turns out it's a pretty damn good beer as well, must be because it's ''tempered over burning witches''.

Feb 16, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a golden amber with a large white head. The aroma is big on citrus and light on hops. The taste is mild hops with no aftertaste. An average beer.

Aug 31, 2016
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vinicole from England

3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, dark straw coloured ale. Thick frothy head.
Earthy and citrus hops. Some staleness.
Sweet tasting malt and hops.
Not much body. Light carbonation.
I don't get the joke.

Jul 29, 2016
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prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L - dark golden body, white head dissipates quickly
S - caramel fruity
T - caramel yeast. Odd after taste I can't put my finger on
F - slightly carbonated
O - ok beer, won't be getting another

Nov 06, 2015
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange Amber pour with a thinning quickly fading head. Smells malty with some grassy hop. Taste is grassy, lightly citric-sour, crackers and malt. Light body with a crisp carb. Finish is clean. Lingering sour hop. Overall is okay, enjoy the clean finish but the flavors aren't my favorite.

Oct 23, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the reference to my favorite comedy troupe and in English fashion this seems to emulate an English Pale Ale pretty well. Low on hop flavor it drinks with a significant barley and grainy maltiness. Very light and easy to drink it may be a bit on the carbonated side.

Aug 29, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bready, Buttery, Smooth, Pedestrian

More gimmick than beer? Maybe, but it does have all of the trademark flavors: leafy tobacco-like hops, faint buttery, yeasty tones, bready malt, ripe fruit, etc. A well put together beer, but there doesn’t really seem to be any “wow” factor here—nothing pops or jumps out at us. Worth a go even for novelty’s sake though.

STYLE: English Pale Ale | ABV: 4.7% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #99 (APR 2015)

Aug 25, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: diacetyl was very noticeable; tough to get anything else;

T: very nice malt profile; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish;

O: had low expectations after the aroma, but the flavor won me back; no complexity, but still it was enjoyable;

Aug 16, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. Label indicates this was brewed in Saratoga Springs NY.
Clear copper body topped by a decent head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.
Aroma: caramel malts with English hops; the malts dominate.
Flavor follows.

Semi-dry finish with a medium body and lively, prickly carbonation.

O: more of an ESB than a English Pale Ale.

Jul 30, 2015
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Fair_Winds from Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

7/23/15 Enjoyed cold in a Standard Craft glass. LOOK Pretty color. A solid amber. Clear pour. Frothy white head that dissipates almost immediately. SMELL Heavy bread smell that took me by surprise. Expecting Pale Ale instead was greated by Bock. Interesting and rich. TASTE Tastes of bread and yeast. Barley forward with very little bitterness. Rich but not overly complex. FEEL Very little carbonation. So little that the ale almost flattens as you drink it. Creamy feel to the after taste. OVERALL Not what I was expecting but also not bad. Yet nothing really stands out in this beer. Sold for the label and not for the product I suppose. But that aside not a horrible little beer. A good gift for a Monty Python fan.

Jul 24, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep golden with medium white head. Nose is bready. Aromas are malts, bread, some citrus. Very light body, medium carbonation. Short bitter finish.

Jul 12, 2015
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: April 30, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: just having used MP as a Medieval Romance review, this made sense tonight--and as the Browns draft, they search yet again for that elusive Holy Grail known as starting quarterback... APPEARANCE: clear, orange amber body with mild effervescence; thin, steady, snow-white head that frames the body attractively; appropriate lacing.. AROMA: nutty, buttery scent with some mellow citrus hints; malts are bready and ...PALATE: smooth, rather uneventful mouthfeel; slightly dry; reasonably weighted... TASTE: a funky, astringent flavor with some nutty suggestions; definite bitterness on the tongue; easy-drinking but indistinguishable in its profile; lemon, pear and some aromatic hops--not impressive...OVERALL: a beer that screams "novelty!" and tastes just as here-and-gone; a brown ale’s throat coat late, and the majority of the experience is watered down--not much like the film for which it is named...

May 01, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. very nice robustness and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good English pale ale. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Mar 29, 2015
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Rbodacious from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amusing and surprising.
Tangerine hue and white head.
I get a green apple tea with a silky smooth feel
A drying finish and a dash of pepper.
Very enjoyable.

Mar 29, 2015
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Xriken from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy Grail Ale is my favorite beer. I have only been only been drinking for ten years and i have had alot of different beers. I am by no means an expert connoisseur but i do enjoy its malty taste and feel.

Mar 04, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, biscuit, earth, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid but simple malt and caramel qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Feb 18, 2015
Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 1285 ratings