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

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1,239 Ratings
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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
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Photo of dhannes
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle given to me from my sister-in-law that I think she got at Cost Plus World Market. No expiration date on the bottle, but this was a 12 oz. version brewed by "Black Sheep Brewery" in Rochester, NY...obviously contracted out (someone said Genesee). Also, the URL on the bottle, "www.eurobrews.com," listed several European brands that they imported.

A=A weird lighter brownish copper color...looks watered down. Foam head was pleasant in color, but did not last very long.

S=Nice aroma of pretzels and baked bread.

T=Very faint, reminiscent of a session beer. A tang is present...sort of reminds me of sourdough pretzels. I'm not familiar with the style, but this is less robust than I anticipated.

M=Very light body...close to water. Similar to an American light beer.

O=Not what I expected, but somewhat enjoyable. This would be worth trying again with a meal ...I could see this being consumed in quantities before a football game while grilling out.

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours clear gold with a two finger white head. Pretty classic looking.

S- Pilsner malts, light grains, wheat. Smells like a lager.

T- A good pilsner malt flavor. A light oat flavor, some wheat. There's a slight lemon grass. Some floral hops. Fairly plain tasting.

M- Really smooth. Quite drinkable. High carbonation. Body is light but compliments the ABV.

O- No complaints here. This obviously isn't one to seek out but its a better alternative then adjunct lagers.

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Photo of mixed_master7
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Josiah2729
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: Copper color with 2 finger head, decent lacing.

Smell: Malt and some grassy english hops.

Taste: Light malty sweetness with a mellow hop bitterness. I am not getting the off flavors that some others have suggested. The flavor profile is pleasing throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, smooth finish.

Overall: I stayed away from this one for a while because of the negative reviews. I finally broke down and purchased it in a mixed six. I am glad I did.

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Photo of slowdaddy
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of doktorhops
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ahhh, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, entertains to this very day with classic lines like "Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you. If I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away". Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale however seems like some sort of an odd product crossover, not that the Python boy's don't deserve a bit of extra merchandising on the side, still I don't grasp the relationship between 'ale' and their classic film. Perhaps if it was a Medieval style brewed in Camelot that would make more sense.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy amber body with a chalk white 0.5cm head.

S: Floral hop aromas upfront, with a pine/herbal fragrance, caramel malt base and hint of sugar to be expected in the taste itself. Pretty standard EPA characters.

T: As expected; caramel malt upfront, pine/floral/herbal hops in the mid palate and follow through to finish with a slight bitterness and a light astringency. Reasonably balanced with the flavour, but pretty average overall and not as good as several other EPA's out there (Spitfire, Pride of Oxford, Bitter & Twisted).

M: Light carbonation, fairly slick bodied.

D: Final verdict: Meh. Needs more hops is my (not!) expert opinion. Otherwise easy drinking, and apparently "tempered over burning witches", which is always good.

Food match: Roasted killer rabbit... if you can catch one (tip: you'll need the holy hand grenade of Antioch). Also African Swallow carried coconuts go well with this beer for some reason.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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