Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Monty Python's Holy Grail AleMonty Python's Holy Grail Ale

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Black Sheep Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
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''.

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a light cooper colour. Thin off white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Aroma of mild hops and some bready malts. Slight fruit hints, citrus.

Taste: Fruits up front, taste of lemon and orange. Caramel adds to sweetness. Some biscuit and floral notes behind. Slight bittering finish.

Feel: Smooth enough and dries on you. Typical of a premium bitter. Fairly light bodied and not a lot of carbonation.

Overall: Take away the gimmick and this is uneventful. Standard look, low key nose, decent enough sweet taste with an aftertaste bitterness but it just hasnt got any wow factor.

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Photo of ordybill
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of vinicole
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
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

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Photo of JackieTH
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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)

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
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;

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Fair_Winds
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
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...

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Rbodacious
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Xriken
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of WoostaBia
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet smelling and tasting beer. No sign of hop bitterness anywhere. Very thin body and feel. Beautiful dark caramel color. One dimensional taste, no different layers to the flavor. Easy drinking beer. Has a fuel kerosene smell that is not that unpleasant.

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Photo of Maloney1011
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: medium copper, light to no head, bubbling.

Aroma: slightly sweet malts, no hop noticed, light caramel.

Flavor: slightly sweet, canned corn, barley noticeable roasted finish.

Feel: carbonated and blaa.

Overall: Off flavor in aroma and flavor my be caused by poor transportation, but likely it's a fermentation flaw.

Side note: poured from bottle at McNellie's Public Oklahoma City. Cool bottle, not so cool beer.

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Photo of GregJ
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Little sweet malty scent but not too aromatic. Off white head dissipated quickly. Tastes slightly sweet, malty and maybe a little yeasty. Nothing to write home about but more than I expected from a gimmicky beer.

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Photo of megamick
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Fun, novelty & not too bad. I guess I expected more from it considering name, price & the fact that it is "tempered over burning witches". Lots of understated flavor, just not overly remarkable. I put it in the have to at least try it once category.

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Photo of bennettwj
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

This is another one of those beers that I will buy occasionally for the simple fact that it is good. Not great, but a nice enjoyable beer.

It has a very nice aroma, and compliments a meal very well.

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Photo of bwood06
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle poured into a Pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper in color with a slightly creamy, but also light, 1 finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin lacing. 3.5/5

S - Malty, both sweet and toasty. Caramel. Grainy. A bit of a yeasty aroma is also present which results in a somewhat bready aroma. There is a light floral aroma from the hops here but the malt dominates the aroma. 3.75/5

T - Sweetness from the malt is the first note to hit my tongue. There is a fruitiness reminiscent of green apple. There is a tartness to go along with the green apple note. The hops on the back end have a very herbal and grassy flavors to them. 3.75/5

M - Very light with a crisp, dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Slight lingering grainy/bready feel after swallow. 3.5/5

O - Very enjoyable beer with a variety of flavors. Light-medium body makes for easy drinkability. Not overly complex but not expected to be. Nice session beer. 3.5/5

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 35 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), fizzy, off white, quickly diminishing to 2 mm ring and scattered bubbles
Lacing none
Body light amber, clear
Flavor of light malt, slight hoppiness, and just a hint of diacetyl. No alcohol taste. Flavor very short-lived.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Very nice ale, have consumed many and would recommend it. The fizzy head and lack of lacing detract from the appearance. Still not a tasty as a Yorkshire dark ale.

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Photo of mjurney
4.19/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, crystal clear. Good amount of carbonation rising to the top. Small frothy head.

Fruity, grassy, bready, toffee.

Bready, toffee, grainy. Fruity, green apple. Bitterness is moderate, tea-like, herbal. Finish is very crisp, slightly dry. Body is crisp, clean, smooth, refreshing.

It's an excellent beer.

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