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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:
No notes at this time.

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

Golden orange body, very sparse carbonation, rocky head with amazing retention and lots of lace.
Not much smell or taste from this brew, only a fraction of the hop presence normally seen in a pale ale. A little tart sweetness in the taste. Very little aftertaste, especially for a pale ale. This feels more like an IPA.
Feels somewhat watery but slick.
Ok on drinkability.


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Photo of padjo1
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one looked like a perfect pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or St. Peter's Brewery Pale Ale and that didn't give up on taking after them in other attributes as well. Imitable yes, but unoriginality meets more liberal scrutiny than incompetence earns. Well done!! (-And there was much rejoicing-)

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Photo of bark
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is deep gold with hints of copper. The liquid is somewhat cloudy, and the generous, yellowish foam is quite firm.

The smell of this ale is quite mild, but there are hints of bitterness and malt.

The body is surprisingly light for the great bitterness. There are clear flavours of diacetyl and caramel, although it is quite low on the sweetness.

The carbon dioxide is medium sharp, with small bubbles that fade away at once.

Overall, the taste is straightforward: First comes a pleasant bitterness, then a dry mouth feel and at last some flavours of dried fruit and whale nuts. The aftertaste could be described as “dry, balanced bitterness”.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.54/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy copper with a lacy white head. Some lace as you sip. Smell? Not much here. Some coppery, metallic aromas and some light floral hints. Hmmm.

Taste is coppery as well, at least up front. Lightly fruity in the middle and lightly bitter in the finish. Unfortunately, the lightly fruity and the lightly bitter don't make up for the assertive metallic taste up front. It ends up dominating the palate. Not terribly so but enough to annoy you. It is creamy and smooth though. Virtually no aftertaste. An unoffensive (mostly) below average English ale. I split this purchase with a buddy because he wanted the bottle and I'm glad I did. The selling point is the label though, not the contents.

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

what i figured was just a gimmick brew ended up being not half bad. pours an awesome looking amber/copper colour, with a huge frothy head that lasts and also leaves a nice stickiness. the smell here is pretty good: slight sweetness, hops, a bit of malt and a little touch of fruit. the taste is similar to the smell but with a bit of a cream flavour running through it. there's a nice hop flavour as well but overall the taste is pretty bland. mouthfeel is just right for an ale and this one is very drinkable, but nothing terribly exciting overall. i'd have another, most definitely, but it's not high on the list for a repeat purchase.

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

Many, many years ago, 12 in fact, I remember driving up to Masham in North Yorkshire with a friend in October to try the beers from the hottest new Independent in town, Black Sheep. On that day they released two beers, the Best Bitter and Special. Well suffice to say that the most exciting part of the trip was the fact that we were nearly killed by a huge Massey-Ferguson Tractor in the country lanes that led us from the A-1 Motorway to Masham.

Presentation: A heavy 1 Pint 9 fl.oz. dark brown glass bottle embossed with hop leaves on the bottles shoulder. A colorful Terry Gilliam label pronounces the beers name with a colorful yellow background label. Listed as 4.7% ABV but surprisingly with no discernable Freshness Date.

Appearance: Masses of inherent and dissolved carbonation from the pour, forms a perfectly ivory white head atop an amber looking body that has some light copper traits. This is a good looking Limey for sure.

Nose: A Classic English Pale Ale, malt hops and some light caramel but this one suffers from a metallic nature that seems to run through the beer, aluminum at times?!

Taste: Biscuit malts and a tasty caramel mixed well with some crisp hops. Clean but a metallic nature runs through the beer at times also. This is the most annoying aspect and a real detraction for me.

Mouthfeel: Thin and inoffensive it never dominates nor establishes any criteria worthy of an above average mention. A session beer that has a nice ‘Cask’ feel on the mouth though.

Drinkability: Drinks well but that annoying “Out of the Tin” tastes still pervades this beer and detracts one from the ultimate pleasure.

Overall: Pretty average really – reminds me of that day I first tried Black Sheep beers.

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

Ok, not a great beer, but nice an drinkable.

Moderate head with little aroma. Flavour to style with a slight hop tartness and moderate malt balance. The mouth was fine for style.

I could drink a few at a time. Better than most of the commercial English ales that make it to may area.

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Photo of BigSipper
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Monty Python's Holy G^Hr^Hail ale is hazy and yellowish brown; not quite amber. It produces plenty of head accompanied with a dry sharp hop aroma. The flavor is sharp as well, and slightly dry and hoppy. The aftertaste is more of the same.

This is a gag beer. It, like its label, might not really offend too many people, but besides the unevitable alcohol content, there's not much that will make me want to ask for another. This must be something they brewed solely so that they'd have something to stick their humorous label on.

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Photo of avylover
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name caught my attention. Poutrs a slightly hazy golden color with some straw highlights and a cream puff head. Slight smell of biscuity malt along with some english style hops. Starts out pretty sweet. A massive buttery taste takes over (diacetyl?). I normally enjoy this in english ales but it's a bit of an overkill. There is slightly fruity hoppy finish underneath this massive butter flavor. Mouthfeel is decent, fairly full & slick.The drinkability is pretty good, the low ABV helps.

Slightly dissapointing but decent.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A slightly foggy deep amber color as it sets in the glass with a mountainous frothy light tan head and the resultant lace a nice and sealing sheet to obscure the glass. Malt sweetness rules the day in this nose, clean, crisp, fresh and quite pleasing to the senses, start is quite sweet with a nice malt profile that leads to a fair to middling top. Finish is quite modest in its acidity with the traditional English hopping that makes for a fine quaff, sweet and dry aftertaste that has just a slight hint of sourness, quite decent English Ale in my books.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Even as you know you want to try it for the name alone, something in the back of your mind says this could be another 3 Stooges Panther Pilsner. But no, instead, it's a pretty nice bitter. Maybe a little carbonated to please American tastes, but that's the only concession it seems to make. Bitter is not a style I've had a lot of experience in, but I'll suspect this is somewhat middling against the well done ones. Good light brown color and maltiness, slight fruitiness. Just fun to bring out. And I found at the Whole Food Market in Chicago, so it may not have traveled as well as it might.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is a hazy copper, with a foamy white head. The smell is a very light hop. The taste is a drier hop, with a nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy. Drinkability-wise, could drink several of these.

I admit that I'm a big Monty Python fan (where did you think the geek part came from?), but I saw myself getting this one only for the bottle. I'm surprised that it's not bad at all...not a world-beater, but solid. I'd probably have another one.

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

Foggy amber iced tea colour. Moderate head that settles to a film but leaves good lace.

Interesting aroma, lots of things happening there. Initially quite musty to smell. Clear notes of sweet malt and hops.

Sharp on the tongue. Apple, citrus rind and hop flavours after some sweet malt up front. Bitter finish.

I enjoyed this for the variety of things happening in the glass, but couldn't see drinking a ton of it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of Shiloh
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice offering and pretty to look at as well. Poured a medium amber hue with a frothy head that left behind a full and creamy island lace.
Carbonation is very active.
The body was a medium/full.
Taste started with a butterscotch sweetness and ended shortly after with an assault by the hops.
No lingering here except for the glass cling.
As cute as the marketing ploy may be, this is actually a nice brew.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous ivory head crowns this beautiful hazy amber brew and produces incredible lace effect. The nose is light and somewhat grainy. The taste is full of nice sweet malt and a nice hop balance, but finishes on sour notes. The feel is smooth and creamy and the drinkability very good.

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Photo of Mark
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with good head retention, thick lace adorned the glass. Yeasty aroma, some hops, typical butterscotch taste profile that many bottled English beers seem to have. Very smooth as is also typical of the style. Full bodied and decently drinkable. Not on the same plane as Young's or Fullers but not bad either. Worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of marburg
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My fiancee poured this one for us, and she did a bang-up job. The head was perfection. I mean, this thing looked magnificent in the glass. Beautiful, big, soapy, white head. The brew itself was a hazy orange-yellow.

Herbs and tea aromas. Lightly fruity in an English ale sort of way, but nothing worth getting excited about. Fairly non-descript, though I did swear to myself that I thought I smelled a tiny bit of legume-ish aroma.

Grainy, malty base shines through. A balancing but hardly overly bitter hop presence is smothering this pretty quickly. Flavors weave together nicely, really. It's hard to pick them apart, but it's got a very vegetable, nutty, herbal, grassy thing going on. Light estery flavor. A pretty standard, quaffable pale ale flavor going on here.

Finish is a bit harsh, kind of astringent. There's an odd concentration of herb-flavored hoppiness that catches me in the back of the throat with this. The aftertaste lingers a bit and isn't great, but it's not a deal-breaker. Not bad at all. And hey, it's got friggin Monty Python on the bottle. I picked up the ol' guitar and smacked out a rousing rendition of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." ;-)

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Photo of freed
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on the shelf at a new market in town. Despite all attempts, the novelty convinced me to try it.

The bottle is labeled with quotes and images from the namesake movie, and the ale pours a hazy golden into my imperial pint. The head is quite impressive for a bottled beer, and it leaves a nice lacing through the glass.

The aroma is a very familiar rustic malt blend. The taste combines that rustic malt blend with the warm, dank sourness of a barn. The pleasant fruitiness of the yeast compliments its earthy flavors, and makes for a swell pint that easily holds up to expectations. A clean drink that really is pleasant and should be enjoyed in more than one.

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Photo of maxpower
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy and hazy light copper color, has a decent white foamy head, light caramel and bready aroma. Light body and watery mouthfeel, flavors of stale bread and butterscotch, finish a little bit sweet, a very average english pale ale, Jesus christ...run away!!!

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Photo of Ellbert
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, the Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale... A must have just because of the movie's legacy. It was actually a new beer tonight at my beer bar and it sold out. Luckily I got a bottle before that.

A great beer, it looked absolutely wonderful. A nice thick head that suprised me. I thought this was just gimmik, it pulled me in.

The smell was good a little fruit and some hops.

Mouthfeel was really good. It seemed thick and malty for a pale ale.

This was very easy to drink and I could have more of these if it wasn't for the $7.50 a bottle.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange gold color. Large head. Malty and fairly hoppy. Medium bodied bitter. A little spicy and citrusy. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is sharp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. I will admit that I bought it this beer for the label Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to buy this beer (Ne!). The beer is a clear, golden color, with a hint of red to it. There waas a fair amount of head, but it dissapated quickly. The aroma is a bit malty. Not too much in the way of hops in the nose. The taste is fairly malty, with a little bitterness. I didn't pick up any of the roasted witches in the taste. A pretty typical English Bitter beer. Not too bad! A fine beer to drink while making a shrubbery!

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a lacey white head. The smell is of pale malts and light aroma hops. There seems to be a bit a fruitiness about it; possibly some light crystal or munich malts to add character. The taste is decent, but nothing special. Again, it's a pale beer with a bit of malty character. There is a good balance between malts and hops. The mouthfeel is good. There is a medium body. This is a good drinking beer, but nothing I would probably buy again.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This “Holy Grail “ pours a deep gold, almost orange color. This ale gave off a tight thick white head that left a very thin lace in the end. The aroma was more grassy than hoppy. Hints of wet hay hit the nose, nothing over impressive. There is a bit of malt sweetness present. The taste starts of with a malt start but the grassy hops flavor hits in. The flavor has a TWANG at the end, maybe sour apples? Over all a very nice bit above average enjoyable ale. Now I must find a shrubbery and cut it down with a herring.

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