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

BA SCORE
77
okay
1,239 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
Read the review
Monty Python's Holy Grail AleMonty Python's Holy Grail Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom
blacksheepbrewery.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stcules on 05-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,239
Reviews:
608
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
16.86%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
139
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,239 |  Reviews: 608
Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is very malty with some earthy hops. The flavor is traditional English malt and hops, with some fruitiness. Thin-medium carbonation and a thinner mouthfeel.

I had tried this beer once before and not liked it, but I found it pretty good the second time. Certainly not a great beer, but not a bad beer either.

 364 characters

Photo of sophisticated
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Clear bubbly amber, small white head with little retention, lacing

S) Mild hops and malts. Slight sweet caramel and some grass.

T) Mild flavor. Pretty balanced with hops and malts. Sweet caramel, buttery, bread, grass, and a metallic/bitter taste that was rather off-putting.

MF) On the thin side, smooth

D) Alright. Maybe its the style, but I did not particularly care for it. Boring.

 392 characters

Photo of mullenite
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glassware - Imperial Pint Glass

Appearance - Amber in color with a two finger white head that settles in to a nice cap and leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass. There is visible active carbonation in the mostly clear body of the beer.

Nose - Herbal and slightly grassy hops with biscuit notes in the background. Some very light caramel malt but not as much as the CBC Tall Tale. Dominated mostly by the herbal hops (my uneducated guess would be Noble.)

Taste - Interesting taste, and a little disappointing. There is a very strong bubblegum flavor that I'm getting that does not mesh well at all with the herbal hops or biscuit flavors. I like bubblegum in my wheat beers but I'm not so sure I like it in my pale ales. (Actually, if there were diacetyl instead of bubble gum it might taste pretty damn good.) There really isn't a whole lot going on here, not complex at all and not really that good honestly.

Mouthfeel - Thinner side of medium body with good carbonation. Really nice body all around...

Overall - I would really enjoy this beer if it weren't for the bubblegum flavor, it's really off putting and not very pleasant. Really though, it's one of my favorite movies of all time so I just got it for the bottle.

 1,234 characters

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coasters Pub, Melbourne, FL

A pretty copper-colored body with a bright white head that unfortunately settles down a bit too quickly.
Smell is subtle and a bit bready.
Taste starts out sweet, then bready and finishes up with a tad of lemon or other tangy citrus. Nice and meaty in the body with moderate carbonation.
The whole thing is not a game changer, and it won't knock your socks off like the Killer Rabbit, but it is a solid session beer, and a nice example of an English Pale Ale. Very sessionable.

 517 characters

Photo of ImusBeer
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper color, with a nice light tan head which died quick and didn't produce any lacing.

The smell of pine, hops, very light aroma. The taste of citrus mostly lemon, and a bit of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel was light, a bit flat. Drinkability is very good, I've had this on tap and in the Bottle, I think I perfer tap.

 341 characters

Photo of katan
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light dark brown color. Very clear and filtered. Dirty white head, doesn't built to much but hangs around as a film. Light amount of bubbling.

S - Light grainy note, but overall a very sterile nose.

T - Light malt sweetness and some caramel notes. Mid-stream gets more bitter, but it leans to the malty side. Starts to finish with some yeasty and bready notes. Aftertaste is generally sweet.

M - Creamy body - sugars make it a bit thick. no carbonation bite present. Leaves behind a cloying sticky sweetness.

D - Very drinkable - sessionable for certain. Low and workable ABV. Not filling. Flavors aren't overwhelming.

Overall a bit boring,

 678 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - beautiful honey/orange pour, a thin white head above. Decent ropy lacing with a resilient collar.

Aroma - sweet, caramelly, buttery. Essential EPA aroma at first, but it all but disappears after a minute.

Taste - light grains, a light butteriness, not as much as I was expecting. This needs to warm up, cold temps really hold back the flavors here. Thinly flavored and the carbonation making it even harder to taste, once warmed up, the grains come out better, imparting an earthy but light diacetyl flavor.

Mouthfeel - while well-carbonated, the body does well to come across as medium weight with a note of slickness.

Drinkability - an easy beer to knock back, and a fine one to toast a job well done. Thanks Lori. ;-)

 737 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange-brown in color, minimal head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and grass

Taste: toasted malt, tea, honey, and biscuit

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: Good for the style but not great overall. This has a very smooth and nice biscuit taste. I could have two max.

 332 characters

Photo of Baileyuk
4.16/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was not expecting as much from this beer with the cheesiness albeit somewhat entertaining label and play from Monty Python but this was a very solid beer.

Lacing was good, head was good although faded fast. Color was decent also.

Smell was the weak point, malty for sure, little hop in the smell.

Taste was way over expectations. Very clean crisp flavor, hops were decently balanced with malt and everything gelled well.

Was medium bodied and went well with the taste and style.

Very drinkable, good beer and one I avoided for a while, now with regret.

 559 characters

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear amber body with a good inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells biscuity with hints of nut and hay. Tastes malty for sure, with hints of nut, biscuit, butter, and herbal hops. Light bodied with ample carbonation. A pleasant, drinkable, subtle brew. Not horrible, but not much going on here really. Similar to Bass in many way. Not bad.

 405 characters

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College pint glass.

Appearance: Strawberry blonde color with a two-finger beige head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet malt and floral hops, with some phenols.

Taste: Glucose sweetness at the beginning, finishing wih a slight earthy bitterness and a lingering bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer. Not too heavy on hops, very sessionable. Definitely something I'd drink again if given the chance.

 541 characters

Photo of wahhmaster
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brownish-orange color with a thick, fizzy head that dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Grassy, with a bit of sweetness to it as well.

Taste: Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Backed by a good amount of malt as well. Surprisingly complex for something I thought was a novelty beer.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin and overcarbonated side but it doesn't really get in the way of the beer.

Drinkability: A decent drink for something I honestly just picked up for the novelty of the label. Little did I know that someone actually put some work into making this beer tasty. Try it!!

 683 characters

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

Pours pale orange-copper with a slight head that quickly dissipates, leaving only the slightest ring.

Aroma is pale and caramel malt, mildly fruity with apple and apricot notes.

Taste is balanced sweet caramel malt and bitter earthy hop. Hints of brown sugar, lemon, and tobacco - along with the apple and apricot fruit notes the nose led me to expect. Apple has a green sour quality. Finish is clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Slick.

Subtle interesting complexity, as I would expect from a true English pale ale. Worth a try.

 551 characters

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first twist off bottle with a cool name and label. no freshness date.

a translucent brown color with white head that was thin and never had a chance, died quickly. white lacing only on side of the glass that i'm not drinking from.
a very earth smell with roasted coffee bean aroma and dark malts.
monty python's holy grail ale is a little than it smelled. earthy but definitely some hoppiness there too. a warm toasty flavor, slightly nutty as well. the coffee that was there in the aroma isnt really present in the taste, and by matter of opinion isn't a bad thing.
the brew is very very carbonated, really tingles the upper lip and tongue.
this is a pretty drinkable beer, overall i was pleased with this brew.

 713 characters

Photo of beveritt
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DoctorDog for providing this sample. I think passing beers back and forth like we do is called "enabling."

Presentation: Poured from 1 500ml brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simple, yellow background, with some Monty Python-esque drawings. The name is listed as Holy Grail with the Gr crosses out. "Tempered over burning witches." No clear freshness date. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles to an incomplete coating of foam, leaving behind very nice lacing. The beer itself is dark amber and ever so slightly cloudy.

Smell: Butterscotch malt with slightly fruity hints of apricot and citrus.

Taste: Mild malt upfront, not as flavorful as expected from the smell. Biscuity with hints of caramel and butterscotch. Fairly strong bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Much higher than average carbonation level, especially for the style. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Not bad at all, more than just a gimmick. However, with so many different styles and brands out there, this won't be one I seek out again.

 1,102 characters

Photo of crhensel
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(bottle poured into pint glass) Pours a dark amber, light copper color with small quickly diminishing head. Smells of flowers with a hint of citrus. Thin drink with lively carbonation finishes slightly dull and bland. I was hoping for some of the flower and citrus to translate but it did not. Interesting choice for name and label, but there are better examples of the style out there.

 386 characters

Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a light copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Not much going on here some sweet grainy malt

T - Nothing special rather light flavor pretty sweet

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - To me theres nothing bad about it, its just average to me. Seems like a novelty pretty much the only reason I got it was because the bar was selling it with its ceramic goblet. Theres better Englih pales out there

 468 characters

Photo of Offa
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another Black Sheep beer which I have had many times and, as with the Ale and Riggwelter only now discovered that I have not yet reviewed here despite my notes from having had it a number of times.

Smooth, light but flavourful, it is a light but enjoyable beer with light bitterness riding fruity-grain sweetness. However, I feel that it is not quite the same now as it used to be a few years ago.

Pale amber - very dark gold (I previously had noted pale copper), it has a medium off-white head that shrinks steadily to a thin ring, no wisps, and no lace (I previously had noted a stronger head leaving some decent lace).

The aroma is grain/bread with faint hint of sweet-sour fruit, caramel, leaf (I previously had noted light apple, lemon, bread, hints of pine and leaves).

The taste is lightly caramelly bread dough and grain, hint of apple, a bit sweet with light leafy-grassy bitterness and perhaps a hint of lemon right at the finish (I previously had noted light lemony-citrusy-leafy bitterness, toasty bread with hints of caramel and fruit). It is pleasant, but a bit thin and barely noticeable as an actual English ale. Feel is pretty good, solid, but a tad on the thin side and nothing particularly great.

 1,231 characters

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was only a matter of time before the guy with the Monty Python reference for a screen name reviewed this beer. I should give it a perfect 5 on naming rights alone.

It pours a nice light amber color with shades of gold wandering about. Nice head with carbonation as lively as a dead parrot isn't.

Sweet malts dominate the nose. I am a bit disappointed the witches the bottle says it was tempered over aren't more lively in the nose. Still a nice smelling brew.

This beer is well-balanced flavor-wise. The sweet malts are up front while the slightly bitter hops are hanging around in the finish. Usually I can hear a chorus of "Help! I'm being repressed!" coming from the hops.

In the mouth the balance is pretty good. The carbonation is crisp, the beer has a nice body, it almost gives a feeling of introspection that could make even the crucified whistle.

This beer is very drinkable. If I were offered only one beer before a topless women's volleyball team led me off a cliff I may give this one some thought.

And now for something completely different...

 1,065 characters

Photo of Amalak
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Gold in color, with an excellent foamy head and lacing. No bubbles.

S- Slight bitter scent, similar to a lager.

T- Tastes very basic, like a lager, not really an ale. It is crisp, but with little flavor. Sells off its name more than its taste.

 274 characters

Photo of PerroGrande
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With a name like this, I just couldn't pass it up! (Whole Foods in Dublin, Ohio)

Appearance: Gorgeous clear, deep orange color. Moderate initial, wide-bubble foam that disappears almost as quickly as it appeared. I'd rate it higher if the foam was more impressive and durable.

Smell: Pleasant aroma containing yeast, some grains, and a green-apple hint.

Taste: Many subtleties at work here. Nothing overpowering in this brew. I picked up some initial green-apple/citrus hints, with maybe a touch of cinnamon. Subtle malt overtones work their way in with yeast hints throughout.

Mouthfeel: This beer loses almost all carbonation quickly -- to the point of almost being "flat" (which is okay with me, as I'm not a huge fan of heavy carbonation). Feel is very light, tending toward watery.

Drinkability: Very good. Easy to drink and refreshing. Lower ABV would make this beer good for sessions, lawnmowers,etc.

I like this beer, but I don't love it. I'll certainly have it again, though. It is a refreshing, subtle beer that won't challenge, but also won't offend. Tends to get overwhelmed by food, though, so stick with lighter fare when enjoying this brew.

 1,162 characters

Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber color. The smell is of generic grains, cereal and there is a hint of sweetness, an apple like smell. The taste is very crisp, a sweet apple taste is in there with some easy malt grains and a slight hop bite at the end that is very small. The mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, it is not overly complex but very smooth and refreshing.

 405 characters

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orange color. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light sticky lace.
S: Very light malt sweetness. Grain and cereal. Light hops. Nothing really impressive.
T: Very sweet. Pretty much cloying. No real flavor, just an overbearing sweetness. A light hop bitterness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A soapy and oily consistency. An easy enough beer to drink. Though the sweetness makes this a one and done.

Not bad in its own right. Kind of a novelty. A one time purchase for me.

 510 characters

Photo of WakeandBake
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark orange/amber color pour with a medium sized rocky white head , some light lacing left behind , medium carbonation .Aroma is lightly malty with a bit of floral hops . Flavor is of caramel malt, ripe apple , and a bit of hops, lightly bitter , short fruity finish . A crisp mouthfeel , medium body . A good try , nothing offensive but nothing to bring me back for another . Quite sessionable .

 398 characters

Photo of 1p3261
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pours with a nice stiff head and a gradual lace. Color is within style range, but slightly too hazy for my tastes.

s - Slightly malty with a strong scent of apples.

t - Almost no bitterness and a lingering apple taste gives way to a bread like aftertaste

m - smooth, like a good enlish ale.

d - would definitely reach for a second if I had one on hand.

 360 characters

Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.38 out of 5 based on 1,239 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe