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

Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 05-24-2002

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5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +48.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most of the reviews have said previously, I was a tad leery of trying this based on the novelty aspect. BUT this was awesome, brought me back to the pubs in London in the best way. Similar to an ESB I would say. Very welcome in my home.

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought it once for the gimmicky bottle, bought it twice for the smooth great taste

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4.45/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber color. White creamy head. Head sticks readily to the glass and has great retention. Not a lot of visible carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Bitter/hop smell as well as the nutty butter aroma of an english pale ale. Smell is strong as I don't have to hold my nose near the glass to smell this beer.

Taste: very fruity and a strong nutty/butter flavor. Tastes like I expect an English Pale Ale to taste. Hop bitterness is an opening flavor, very sweet hops. I also detect some acetylaldehyde and alcohol flavors as it develops across my mouth. This beer is complex with many flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body.

Drinkability: This is the style of beer I find myself drinking most often these days. It is a favorite style of mine. This beer in particular is easy to drink and interesting to the palate. This beer is more than a curiosity for those only interested in the label or those that would pass it up like a cartoon beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Overall a terrific ale.

A: clear pale amber with small head

S: biscuit malt and honey, intriguing

T: taste of biscuits, honey, and just a touch of hop snap in the finish

M: Very smooth, medium mouthfeel. My preference

D: very drinkable, left comfortable warming and was great paired with chicken and stuffing

Would definitely recommend this ale. Great with chicken and suspecet it may be good with pork too.

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4.4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers, if not THE favorite. It's bitter at first but lightens up with every swig. Dark English Ale that ages fantastically well as well - I've aged a couple for 6 months and over a year. It mellows a bit with age and actually gets smoother.

A brand new bottle will oftentimes taste overly bitter with the first swig but then the flavors begin opening up and blend together as you drink the bottle, it's a great beer to drink during the winter but may be a bit too heavy to drink during the summertime.

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4.4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am often times skeptical whe I see something that smacks of novelty. Usually I tend to avoid such things but my love of beer and Python was too much for me to ignore on this one.


Color: Crystal clear amber with a nice off-white fizzy head, moderate retention.

Aroma: A touch of caramel malt with some mild floral and spiced hop aroma.

Flavor: Semi-sweet caramel malt, nice carbonation and medium body, hops are there but just in balance and support of the malty flavor, not too bitter. Pleasant.

Overall: First you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with...a HERRING!
Bring out your dead cause this one is actually pretty good! I expected some half-assed novelty beer to taste like shit but I was pleasantly surprised. It's not bad! It really is a true crowd pleaser as well, meaning your non-beer geek friends would enjoy it at the Memorial Day picnic and would be overwhelmed. It's a tad more malty and a touch more bitter than say a Heineken(with an Ale taste of course but not too bad, very clean.)

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4.37/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I admit I tried this the first time because of the Monty Python name on the label. But I am glad to see the beer is as good as the program/movies are funny. This was the 3rd time I've had this beer and was surprised to find I hadn't reveiwed it yet. I must have been overcome by grief over the loss of my parrot (a Norwegian Blue). Pours an absolutely gorgeous orange/amber color with a huge wheat-like head. Big, fluffy, off-white head. (HUGE tracts of head - sorry). Very good retention and great lacing from rim to bottom. Smell is like few other pale ales I've ever had. In fact, my mouth started watering the instant I smelled it, the anticipation was so great. Malt, enough fruit to make a shrubber's heart happy (citrus, apple, grape), spice, oak and vanilla and a nice sweetness over it all.Taste is malt, hops, oak and vanilla. Fruit and spice are present as well but less pronounced than in the nose. Personally, I blame the Knights Who Say "Ni" for that. Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied with just the right amount of hop bittering. Could be a bit smoother but quite enjoyable. A fairly dry finish with a pleasant hop/malt aftertaste. Don't let the Black Knight stop you from trying this brew. Good flavor and balance make this a good beer anytime.

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4.36/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label is awesome, Monty Python artwook is the best and it semms to go so well with the beer inside.

This Pale Ale pours an appealing orangey hue with a big chunky head and tonnes of glass covering lace. Aromatic bready malts and lots of floral and spicey hops make up the nose.

The taste is everything a good English ale should be; rich and full flavored, very well balanced, with a good English yeast taste. The firm bready malts are acuntuated by a subtle toastiness. This beer is hoppier than I expected, with richer hop character than the Black Sheep Ale. The hops are cedary and spicey and mix well with some great fruity esters. The mouthfeel is testured and creamy. It would be better if it was bottle conditioned.

Overall this ale was excellent. I was quite surprised.

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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 1,260 ratings