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

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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Photo of donteatpoop
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A pale golden color with a vague amber hue; a little white head that faded faster that Brian Bosworth's career.

Smelled vaguelly hoppy with some grain and maltyness.

There's something very macro-like in the taste here. Not knocking it for it, just observing. The hops are very mild and subdued, like they all decided to smoke a blunt and then vegged out on the couch instead of partying like the rest of the beers do.

There's very little texture to this beer, it's watery and has average carbonation.

Very drinkable though. My dad seemed to like it.

I bought it for the novelty of the name, I suppose Black Sheep was banking on this. The movie is still one of my favorites, I laugh at it all the time; the beer... Not so much.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear gold with a slight white head.

The smell is some what fruity with small hop flavor and some yeast.

The taste is a bit bassic ale, not too much of a hop flavor, not too bitter, some yeast flavor.

The feel of this beer is a little less of a bitterness than expected. Refreshing and crisp it does have nice drinkability and can be quite refreshing.

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Photo of atpben
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Houston Flying Saucer. Poured into a pint glass. Appears a cloudy light brown color. Malty and fruity in the aroma with hints of orange, lemon and some honey. Fruity in the taste with some light spice and with the hop bitterness lightly kicking in the end. Very easy to drink. Will definately try again.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a clear gold color with visible lively carbonation and a white one inch head that receeded rather quickly. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma was of sweet bubblegum and grapefruit.

Sweet and smooth malty flavor with a light hop bitterness at the end. Pretty standard English Pale Ale flavor.

Medium bodied, flavor doesn't linger too much, but easy on the taste buds.

Easy to drink. If the flavors were a bit more pronounced, I think this would be a much better beer. Overall good, a decent session beer.

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Photo of drcarver
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium yellow body that is slightly hazy in appearance. The white head was small but fizzy.

S - The fizz releases plenty of fruity and malty aroma. There is not much in the way of bitter or yeast.

T - Fruity in the front and in the back. Rounded Malt carry the rest of the beer. The carbonation again carry the fruity flavors (either apples or a dry white wine) from the tip of the tongue to the tart finish at the back of the throat.

M - Carbonatin makes it enjoyable. Medium-light body.

D - Went down smooth. I could finish one, but I don't know about more than that.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear golden-amber wtih a quick-settling small ivory-colored head. No lace.

S: Old grain, a hint of leafy hops and metal.

T: Up front there's slightly bready malt and cereal grains. It finishes, however, with a minerally/metallic drying bitterness that at least allows for a clean finish. As it warms that metallic flavor is pushed aside a bit by a slight fruity-ness that might be diacetyl.

M: Good active carbonation (it's pretty fizzy up front) gives this one a "clean" feel to it. Body is light in heft.

D: Not bad. Given the light heft and basic blandness, it goes down pretty easily. It's not an offensive beer; it's just not an interesting or enjoyable experience to drink this one.

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Photo of stagger
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Well, obviously the name & label is the selling point. As for the beer itself, it's a slightly darker-than-expected (for pale ale) golden-brown amber with a good head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.

S - Floral, fruity, citrusy

T - Bright and tonic. There's something slightly surprising in the mix - something not 100% pleasant - that I'm having trouble quantifying. There's a lot of flavour up front then it thins out to low-lying hops in the back of the mouth and a long lingering aftertaste. A decent flavour - a little too sweet to start and a little too bitter to finish - but it's not very complex. More a Fawlty Towers episode than a Flying Circus.

M - On the thin side of medium-bodied, but the carbonation keeps it lively.

D - You know, I don't think I'd ever buy this if something a little more interesting were available, but if someone brought a huge case over and forced me to drink it, I wouldn't object in the slightest. I'm probably drinking this in the wrong season - it'd be a perfect summer ale, and it's perfectly sessionable.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one wins style points with me just because the bottle and name is awesome. At any rate, it pours a clear moderate amber with a fluffy white head that disappates a little quickly.

S - Sweet fruity aroma, perhaps apples or pears. Nice malty undertone.

T/M - Definately apples. Nice sweet malty base, not many hops. The crispness of the apples translates into a very clean mouthfeel for the sweetness. There's a slight sourness from the apples, like you would get if eating a green apple. Not especially complex, but solid. A little sticky which upsets the crispness about halfway through though.

D - Clean and light enough to drink alot of. After getting through about half the glass though, the stickiness gets to you.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a nice golden amber colour. Slightly off white head poured thick and foamy with a pock marked top then faded slowly to decent covering. Very faint carbonation... some sticky lacing...

Aroma is pretty bland - hard to make anything out... light pale biscuity malts, grainy, bready / doughy notes, honey, light toffee, sea salt notes, almond nuttiness, quite vegetal, some juicy fruits (overripe apples, pears), wet grass, light floral hop notes...

Taste - Light fruitiness (pears, sour apples), very faint biscuit / toffee malts just about noticeable, sea salt notes, vegetal, quite metallic, no real sweetness, dishwater traces...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light / medium bodied.. too bland and too many off notes to be very drinkable..

Overall - Nice bottle... shame about the beer. A very dull ale...

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Photo of tctruffin
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

As others have noted, this is a typical English pale ale. It is a well-crafted brew with no obvious defects. Positives to note are the lovely, creamy head; a noticeable floral aroma; a smooth, well-balanced flavor with definiite hop presence but not so as to overpower the malt. The complexity and balance of the caramel malt and hops are such that this ale keeps ones interest over time while not overpowering the pallete. Could easily sip on more than one of these in an evening.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours with a good thumb of bubbly head that both retains and laces fairly well. The beer itself is an bronze tinged gold color that is a little bit cloudy. This beer seems to be more carbonated then a soft drink though.

Smell - Catching mostly a well balanced mix of malt and floral hops with a slight touch of oranges. I think I'm also catching a touch of walnut as well. Not bad, although could be a bit stronger.

Taste - Not bad, starts with a nice orange and light malt flavor then the hops take over in a definite floral experience. Ends with a slight woodsy and nutty taste, however also mixed with a bit of plastic.

Mouthfeel - This beer has way too much carbonation, and it seems to punctuate the unpleasant end of the beer a bit too harshly. That and the plastic taste lingers, although does not build as your drink more.

Drinkability - Tough call on this one, despite of the carbonation you feel in your mouth, this beer doesn't seem very gassy. It's refreshing but not watered down like a light beer. It has enough of a kick and taste to be interesting. Smooth going down, and doesn't seem to cause stomach issues. Only thing that really stops me from drinking it is the aftertaste.

Final Thoughts - This isn't exactly a beer you buy more then once. You buy it because you see the Monty Python reference, get a laugh and say you'll give it a shot. It's pretty good and a bit interesting, but it's nothing exceptional. I certainly didn't feel cheated, but it's not such a standout that it's worth a second purchase.

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

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

A - hazy medium dark amber, medium head that dissipates quickly into a thin lace of foam.

S - Some vanilla and oak on the nose, mostly malt and hops.

T - Nice floral hops leaving a rich, nutty aftertaste. Not very complex, but satisfying enough. Reminds me more of a nut brown ale than a pale.

M - appropriate. Not too light or watery, but smooth. the only problem is fizz that's slightly temperamental for this style.

D - decently drinkable. I could easily finish this bottle, but it's actually pretty filling.

Overall - Not bad. Give it a try if you like English pales or are a Monty Python fan.

On a side note: I don't think I'm getting enough burning witch flavor.

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Photo of BierFan
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Off-white head and a clear copper/orange body. The aroma is very floral and a little fruity. Taste is mainly of the floral hops, tiny amount of diacetyl as well. The aftertaste kind of reminds me of the skin of an apple. Overall it's a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very unassuming ale. Nothing special, but good nonetheless.

A: Nice copper color. Very active carbonation. Dense pillow-like cream head has intense retention and leaves a heavy lace.

S: A nice balance of hops and malt. Very woodsy, with a lot of oak overtones.

T: Well balanced. Hops provide mild bitterness, but not much flavor. The oak theme from the beer's aroma carries through into the taste. Slightly dry finish. Not particularly complex.

M: Medium-light body has the right amount of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. I didn't sense anything particularly special in this, but it was still nice.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity.Taste is bready,fruity with a hint of caramel or toffee.Overall a beer that isn't great but it isn't bad either.I personally would buy again and would recommend for someone to try at least once!!

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a nice yellowish color to it with a smallish white head. Fairly well carbonated.

A bit of a bready, slightly fruity aroma. Some slight malt in there as well.

I first tasted some caramel and malts, accented by a little bit of fruity flavor. Finishes smooth, can't really taste much hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good, not a heavy beer, but also has some carbonation that adds to the overall texture of the beer.

This beer was decent overall, nothing too out of the ordinary. They are drinkable, though, and with an under 5% ABV you could easily drink more of these. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of kels
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stopped by The Pub in Crestview Hills for dinner with a friend. They've got a large beer selection, but on this particular night none of their draughts sounded interesting. The server recommended this, and I learned the hard way not to take recommendations from servers at The Pub.

Appearance: Pours pale straw yellow and hazy with a skim of barely mentionable foam and no lacing.

Smell: Good, bright fruity aroma - citrus and tropical fruits - meet a syrupy malt scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is full of overly sweet, juicy fruit flavors - like cranapple juice with artificial sweeteners. Slight hops pair with saccharine-sweet syrupy malts. Feel is flat and watery.

Drinkability: "Blah" is what I wrote as I reviewed. I guess that means low. Maybe I just got a pull off an old keg, but this one won't be on my list to try again.

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

Served in a mug at a local pizza joint, this beer was a golden color with a small white head. Both the aroma and taste were subtle, to say the least. Very faint caramel, sweet fruit, biscuit. Nothing really stood out. Still, it was easy to drink, and one could probably down a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: An absolutely transparent, pale golden, lager-esque hued body capped by a relatively fast-fading white head. There's plenty of relatively active carbonation, fine-bubbled, and of an average speed. There's definitely a few splashes of lacing and a persistent, thin, delicate sheen of snow.

Aroma: Graham cracker spice and relatively dry and pale backing malts, coupled with light, dry, grassy, spicy hops constitute the bulk of this one. There's also a strange, slightly "off" note, though I'm not sure quite what its reminiscent of. Pleasant but not groundbreaking.

Taste: Steely and minerally, lightly spicy on the hop side of things, and with a pale, relatively dry backing malt palette. Not too much going on here - it's just straightforward, simple, not great, but good.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, well-carbonated, and thin. It's almost minerally, but the evenness - like thousands of little, similarly sized bubbled dancing lightly on your tongue - works surprisingly well. Nice.

Drinkability: Not much goin' on here, but at 4.7%, that's ok. Just a reasonably balanced, simple, straightforward brew. Can't say it'd be a go to for me - it's not really my style - but it is what it is, and I won't knock it for that!

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wasn't expecting much from this, as it just seemed like one of those gimmicky marketing brews. It's actually not bad... Not bad at all.

I came away thinking "banana bread" so I'm going to mention that first. The fruity, yet cake like tastes actually blend quite well. There are other sweet and spicy flavors as well, such as cinnamon and caramel.

It's pretty smooth with good carbonation. Certainly worth the try .

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Photo of projectflam86
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful copper color with small white head. Leaves nice sticky lacing.

S- Floral nose with toasty malt and citrus hop aromas. Maybe a touch of almonds.

T- Has a light toasted malty flavor with touches of fruit and figs. Maybe a slightly bread finish with floral hoppy notes coming out in the end.

M- Smooth and crisp. Creamier than I thought it would be. Just the right amount of carbonation for this style.

D- Decent flavor with a nice clean finish. No funky aftertastes. Surprisingly good.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

The pour is amber coloured with a small white head. Retention and and lacing are low.

The nose is mostly green apples with some grainy aromas in the background. The taste is more of the same, but the grains aren't in the background anymore. A mild bitterness is present near the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent; I can see drinking two or three of these in a sitting.

Though it is decent or a little better, it seems more to be reaching for Monty Python fans than to be a great beer. I might revisit it just to tell everyone I found the Holy Grail.

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Photo of patobandito
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw the Monty Python artwork on the bottle, and I knew this beer had to be mine.

Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head. Not much in the way of lacing, but there is some. Smells of apples mostly. The taste is the same, green apple tartness. There is a bit of malt sweetness and a very nice hoppy finish. Its a bit thin, but overall a very drinkable brew. Most excellent, and deserving of the Python pedigree.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber almost copper color with a big fluffy head that lasts and lasts.
Aroma is of crisp green apples with vague hint of flowers and straw.
Taste is very sharp at first the gives you the nice round malt finish with a bit of hoppy zing.
Really good English Ale.
Also, I loved the Python art work on the lable.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber or light coppy with a small white head that fully receded.

Smells of elderberries and lupins... Neee!

Ok so really... I did smell a bit of swedish fish candies. Not a big aroma profile. There were pale malts that were reminicent of euro lager tastes and the hops were not so pronounced either. Crackers, biscuits, bread, etc.

If you are looking for big flavors look elsewhere. This is a clean finishing easy to drink beer that many macro drinkers would be able to enjoy.

Easy to drink but so is bud light. Seems more like a gimmick than a tasty craft beer. This would be a great gift for someone who drinks BMC and is a big fan on Monty Python.

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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.38 out of 5 based on 1,241 ratings.
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