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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Ratings: 1,257 |  Reviews: 610
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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 StonedTrippin
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

i really didn't care for this one, and after finally trying it, I see why ive overlooked it for so long. it pours a standard golden color, clear, with an oatmeal looking head without much retention. the nose is sweet English malts, a little on the stale side, and a slight skunky aroma. the flavor is about the same, with the sweetness being quite intense in the end. its got a tin body without nearly enough carbonation, and has a sort of spoiled aftertaste. its grainy and light, for those who get off on that sort of thing, but its a far cry from the best English ales. maybe its better from the bottle, but im not sure ill invest in another one of these anytime soon. average in every sense of the word.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been a fan of the Monty Python since I was in 7th grade, so when I came across this I had to try it. The beer poured out as a typical golden color with soapy white head on top. The smell of the beer smell like an ESB, lots of malts and grains on the nose. The taste of the beer has a solid bitterness to it with a semi-sweet flavor in the mix too. The mouthfeel was nice, had a pretty good amount of carbonation to it and was just a bit lighter than medium bodied. Overall I found this ale to be enjoyable and would probably have it again one day.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on a whim because of the odd looking bottle and name.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin wisp of head. Has a faint hop smell. Taste is very crisp and there's a definite apple taste to it. Each sip is very refreshing and the apple flavoring adds a nice little touch.. a pretty solid english pale ale.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but dark mahogany in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a thick collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples, toffee and lemon citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity yeast and toffee along with some hints of chocolate malts. Bits of sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable towards the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It's rather complex for a light-bodied beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have to admit, amongst the plethora of English ales available here, the marketing shtick on this one won my "I Fart in Your General Direction"-addled brain over.

This beer poured an attractive clear golden-brown hue, with a substantial head. The nose on this beer was more queer than Michael Palin's sense of humour. It's fruity, to be sure, of the fermented variety, but the type is hard to pin down. It is reminiscent of perry, so I'll say pears. It actually smells quite good. The taste is quite a divergence - malty, but bitter, and not in a good hoppy manner. It's thin, with a funky vegetal flavour, and a bland cereal character. The carbonation is also on the high side. The finish is moderately astringent, not particularly pleasant.

There are too many weird, non-complementary things going on in this brew, which may work for its label namesakes, but not for the stuff in the bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's what you'd expect from an English Pale Ale. Pours a golden-to-copper color, with some haze. Nice carbonation and retention. Soft barley grain aromas, lightly bready, yeasty, and modestly spicy. Flavors are similar with emphasis on grain flavor from barley. Lower body than normal brings out more hop flavor, leading to grassy or herbal flavors. Body starts off medium, but becomes watery durring the finish. Easily drinkable. A nice beer, but not one I'll be craving soon.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a mason jar at Villain's bar in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. I'd had this before from the bottle.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, but bad retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper-gold.

Sm: Biscuity light nuts and some malts. Maybe some toasted malt. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Less hoppy than expected, with some light nut hints alongside tropical fruit esters. Strange but enjoyable. Balanced and experimental, but pleasant. It's nice all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick, especially for the style.

Dr: Drinkable but strange - not that that's a problem. I wouldn't get it again at this price, but it's nice for what it is. No holy grail here, though.


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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin wisps of foam on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and earthy. What'd you smells like all English Pale Ales that make it across the pond.

T - It was malty with some sweet caramel. It had a mild grassy hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an okay ale. Fairly typical to the style. Not amazing but tastes good.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
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 brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice clear light amber body with a fluffy head that lasts quite some time and leaves a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass

Smell: A fair amount going on - primarily grassy and herbacious with an undertone of caramel malt and a hint of diacetyl

Taste: This ale packs a fairly aggressive assault on the taste buds - starts out fairly bland, but that is followed quickly by a bitter hoppy punch that tastes of sour apples; dries out into the finish and is slightly phenolic but there is a touch of sweetness on the tip of the tongue that joins the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit slick and moderately carbonated

Drinkability: Perhaps it is the "burning witches" but this one just doesn't come together well for me; the flavors are schizophrenic and while I prefer an ale that is full of flavor, I just can't see returning to this one anytime soon

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - Amber colour brew with a nice generous head that stayed on for a while. This is a standard english ale with the usual bitter aftertaste and good hops taste. It is a good brew but nothing out of the usual or to distinguish himself from the pack.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light to deep copper in color throughout the length of an Imperial Pint glass - let's just call it tawny. It has a light cream colored, massive, rocky head which dies down but holds a very good collar and whisp across the glass. Immense lace at the top of the glass, although it receeds as it lowers in the glass. The aroma is herbal (and I mean Ganja), somewhat metallic, grassy, with some light caramel malt at the back (and possibly some very light diacetyl butterscotch). There are surely some Fuggles in here. Quite an interesting and complex aroma, but not necessarily more than pleasing. The body is light-medium, but with a gentle creaminess. The flavor is quite metallic in nature, but has more of a mineral-like quality as opposed the the "bloodiness" of Bateman's XXX for example. This beer needs to be served at cellar temperature to be enjoyed, otherwise this becomes the leading note of the beer. Combined with a slight fruity character (that reveals itself quite readily on the lips but not so well in the mouth), there is also a dryish, woody maltiness that is quite enjoyable as it lays itself across the mouth and tongue. This is the flavor that represents the beer in the finish, along with a nice dose of bitterness and a dull, lightly tart note. Extremely English. So much so that I believe it will be misinterpereted by most. I don't think alot of tasters will be able to find the complexity here.

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1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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