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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of SetarconeX
2.36/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Burning witches...ha ha!

Looks like your basic pale ale on this one. Quite the thick foam on top. Smells a bit corn husky, and maybe a tad old. No date on the bottle, so no idea how long this has been sitting on a shelf.

Tastes really weirdly bitter. We're not talking normal hop bitter, but something more akin to cornmeal.

When the side of the bottle says serve cool, listen to it on this one. This is an ale that would benefit from some severe icing down.

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

Tow fingers of off-white head top a clear dark golden body with light yellow highlights; little lacing and modest duration. Nice toasted caramel and rich malt nose with a hint of berry. Same with the taste, which is pretty basic but nicely done and buttery with a little warmth. Good, smooth, and creamy, moderately hopped with decent but unobtrusiveness bitterness. This is well balanced and, while a bit too straightforward for me, still done well.

A good steady pale ale. Not mind-blowing, but certainly not bad.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-A clear golden copper w/pink tint & 1-finger head and ok retention. Nice lacing, and active beads of carbonation visible throughout.
S-Toasty malt, faint berry-like esters, green apple, earthy notes, delicate hops. Nuttiness emerges as temperature rises, and a pleasant, sweet almond-butter aroma springs forth.
T&M-Very dry up-front w/light malt and nuttiness. The faint fruit notes barely emerge, and the finish is of dry hops, light earth, and a faint metallic note on the tongue. Aftertaste is bland and slightly bitter. Carbonation is good.
D-I expected more after the nice appearance and aroma. Not bad though.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark golden with a one finger head that dissapates quickly with some lacing with lots of carbonation.
S- Smells bready with some distant fruit in there, perhaps peach?
T- Starts kind of sweet, a little bit hoppy, some fruit flavor and yeastiness. Nothing too complex though. Kind of generic pale ale flavor.
M- A bit watery, but not too bad. Highly carbonated keeps it lively on the tongue.
O- considering that their name is a clever marketing ploy, i wasn't expecting much. that being said, it's not a bad beer at all. at 4.7% its a good session beer. Not the most complex or most tremendous beer out there but worth a drink.

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Photo of biggmike
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden yellow color with about a one finger white head that dissipated to a thin film across the top. The aroma was of fruit and also a bit yeasty. The flavor was a bit fruity, and was balanced by the hops. This just seemed to be lacking something. Okay, but forgettable.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice gold color bordering on amber. The head was very nice and full at the beginning but soon disappeared.

The smell was fruity, which surprised me a little because I expected more of a yeasty smell.

The taste also surprised me as well but not in a bad way. I think I expected a lot more of a bitter taste then was actually there. There are small hints of bitterness but definitely not as much as expected.

Glad I tried it once but this isn't anything special. The packaging was what initially sold me and it turned out better then I thought but it's not great.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured in a pint glass.

A- Clear reddish peach coloring without very much head at all.

S- Not a very strong scent at all, but what you can smell is a little yeast like.

T- Very bitter taste initially, but it does have a somewhat sweet finish to it.

M- Very bitter mouthfeel, not very smooth at all.

D- You can probably have a couple of these in a sitting, but that is about it.

Overall very solid English Pale Ale. Not too bitter and pretty drinkable as well.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Billowly fizzy head upon pouring that is slow to recede. Moderately gold in color.
Smell: Grainy base with overtones of spice and apples.
Taste: Moderately grainy with a unique twist of green apple flavoring towards the end of the tasting... almost candy-like. Can't tell where this flavor comes from- otherwise, the hop presence balances the malts pretty well.
Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied and quite smooth. A little drying in the aftertaste.
Drinkability: This is an interesting beer- drinkable through the ABV. Flavor profiles are unique and would serve as a nice change-up from other pales.

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

A: Golden amber and not cloudy at all, a good bit of white head.

S: Sweet barley, and a touch of hops.. Almost a slight sweet or fruity scent.

T: A decent amber ale, a touch of hops, and a little cream taste..

M: A little bit oily..

D: Good, not great, but for the entertainment value, worth the purchase.. Sit back and put on 'the Holy Grail" and have a good time, with a good beer.

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Photo of reppertmr
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Don't know if I got a strange batch, but there is a strong smell of alcohol from this one with a bit of fruit

Nice color of deep amber

One finger head with a bit of lacing

Bears not much hop taste

Average beer but I probably wouldn't buy again though

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/1/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours an amber brown colored body, with a small/medium sized head, good sized bubbles, and good lacing, but diminishing. Has a very malty aroma, some hops, nutty earthy. A malty, dry bitter taste, lightly acidic, with a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint.

A: Dark amber. Medium-heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head which settles quickly into a thin patch of carbonation on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Pretty pretty decent lacing as you drink, slowly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Hops, malt, with a definite yeast.

T: Really nice malt flavor, light hops, a very subtle indistinguishable sweetness.

M: Malt first, hops remain for the whole deal. A robust feel, dry finish.

D: Really good drinkability. Solid flavor, good feel.

Good flavor, pretty decent atmosphere. Really solid for this style, in my opinion. Overall, good quaff.

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Photo of leagr
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden-copper, pale in color; transparent, very little head and not much retention, light to moderate carbonation

Smell: malty aromas with hints of hops; some evidence of fruit and maybe floral aromas but remains elusive

Taste: very clean and light - typical pale; not a whole lot going on here, it seems; fairly standard

Mouthfeel: good balance of malty sweetness and hops bitterness; light bodied, treading dangerously close to being too light

Drinkability: style is just like a typical English Pale Ale; easy to drink; not bad but definitely not a favorite, nothing so special here

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Photo of stockingcpl
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This "Holy Brew of Antioch" poured quite well leaving a thick head that sustained quite well. Lacing is generous and adheres to both the glass and spiderwebs on the surface. Brew color is a medium amber. Excellent so far...

Smell: There is a sweet spiciness, maybe like green apples, that provides a good portion of the aromatic body. The remainder is bready malt with citrus overtones. Aromatic hops are also detected.

Taste: The friuty malt has a minor hint of hops. Not overbearing presence yet still packs a little punch. There is a buttery hint which is NOT desirable in homebrewing, however is was not opressive in this instance. The slight spice presence was welcomed.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low, and there is a slight aftertaste. The flavor sat a little too long on the palate and the flavors were a little crouded. Overall not a stellar performance.

Drinkability: To be honest, I was a little let down by this selection. Being a "Holy Grail" fan my hops were high. Is this an excellent choice? Not for new drinkers, but experienced drinkers might enjoy the OVERALL experience of this brew.


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Photo of DoctorDog
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Pint bottle into a pint glass. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Slightly hazy amber. Pours with ~2 fingers of white head, which fade gradually, leaving minimal lacing.

S- Very feint, bready/yeasty odor. Some minor citrusy/hoppy odors.

T- Weak citrusy hopiness and mild malty breadiness. Bitterness minimal. Flavors are muted but pleasant.

M- Slightly crisp with medium carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking, sessionable beer.

Future outlook: Decent, refreshing ale, but not terribly interesting, and not worth the premium price tag.

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

12 ounce bottle into Barilla jar.

A: Golden tea colored with tiny white head that quickly dwindles down. Pretty good lacing.

S: Fresh cut apples. Nice maltiness with a biscuit dough kinda smell.

T: Malts then a nice hoppy dryness. Pretty refreshing. Tastes almost like a gourmet Miller High Life.

M: Lots of carbonation but a nice light to medium feel.

D: Not a bad beer at all. I was expecting it to be a gimmick beer, but i picked it up at Marsh on State road 135 south of Greenwood. They have a little section where you can make your own sixer for 8.99. This beer is very drinkable you should try it on it fits quite nicely old chap.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours a golden, orange-amber color with very little white head. Aroma is mainly malts, grain, bread, biscuit, and a touch of floral hops. Flavor is sweet, caramel malts, resiny hops. Light bodied, dry, flat mouthfeel. Very drinkable, sort of indistinguishable though.

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

12 oz. bottle with quirky label, of course. no freshness date.

Pours a deep golden, clear bronze with quickly dissipating head leaving very little lacing.

Smell is typical of the british style pale ale - malty aromas with subtle hop odor.

A very solid malty flavor balanced by a nice hop bitterness; a drinkable, balanced ale. The sweetness becomes slightly more noticeable as the ale warms, though always refreshing and never cloying.

Somewhat light bodied with perhaps a bit too much carbonation; slick mouthfeel that leaves malty sweetness in the mouth.

A very good, sessionable ale with only 4.7 % ABV. Nothing outstanding, but the flavor keeps this one interesting.

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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.38 out of 5 based on 1,248 ratings.
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