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Monk In The Trunk | Inlet Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Inlet Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
inletbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bluegrassbrew on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,192
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
209
pDev:
19.21%
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half finger off white head with decent lacing and little retention on a clear amber body. Aroma is simple with caramel and toasted malts with hint of citrus hops. Flavor is very sweet with candy sugar and caramel on a toasted malt base. Oily, medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is too sweet for me. It's also very simple. Drinkable yes but wouldn't go for another.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tap 42 Fort Lauderdale

A - Poured a clear, amber color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled biscuity with some grasses.

T - It tasted of sweet malt with some biscuity notes. Mild spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is an okay amber ale. Nothing to rush out and find. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inlet Brewing "Monk In The Trunk"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "MOFL-290BE"
$1.67 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was so intrigued by this brewery because they only make two beers, only to learn that it's contract brewed by Thomas Creek in NC, which makes more sense; and if they've got a client like Trader Joe's they're pretty much set.

The second thing I found interesting was that it was an organic amber ale. Organic is great, especially when it only costs $1.67 per bottle, but who buys "amber" ales anymore? Alas, it's a Belgian-style "amber" ale!

Its clear deep copper colored body is topped by a short head of off-white foam that unfortunately drops rather quickly and leaves only minimal lacing behind. The aroma expresses a combination of fruits including apricot and fig along with some clove. All of those components return in the flavor along with more fruit (plum/prune, black cherry), a touch more spiciness, some grassy hops, and a caramelish, gently sweet malt. It's moderately bitter but balanced with the spiciness from the yeast lending a hand. It finishes drying with a drop of residual malt and swirling notes of leaves, grass, clove and 'spice'.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at about 45F, poured clear orange-amber with a creamy head of moderate size and retention. A good bit of lacing is left on the glass. Contract brewed by Thomas Creek in SC,

S: Smells rather like a lager with more malt and light Belgian yeast.

Tastes more like a Belgian amber than it smells. Also tastes a bit like a nut brown ale. The Belgian yeast is subtly evident.

M - Light body; medium carbonation.

O: decent but uninteresting amber. With the "Monk ..." name and the fine label, I was hoping for a little bit more Belgian style in this beer, but it did become more appealing and nuanced with addtional tasting. .

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness and light grassy hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by a light flavor of dark fruit (prune) and Belgian yeast spiciness. Finally, there is a light flavor of grassy hops in the finish which gives a light amount of bitterness that does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting combination of an American Amber Ale and a Belgian Dark Ale... Nice complexity in the flavors but a touch too sweet for my palate. Definitely worth trying but not sure that I would get it again.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GallowsThief kindly sent this to me perhaps having seen my beer fest persona of Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder or perhaps because he felt generous. Either way, I'm down with it and it is time to drink some beer!

From the bottle: "This unique copper-colored ale derives its fruity, slightly spicy aroma from authentic Belgian Abbey Yeast. The subtle nutty and malty sweet flavors sing in harmony with the freshest organic hops available. Monk In The Trunk devotees are known to chant about its most intriguing quality, true drinkability. The inspiration to create this fine organic beer was provided by the tale of a legendary Belgian Monk who spanned the globe in search of only the best ingredients from this fertile Earth. Drawn to our shores by the great beacon which is the Jupiter Lighthouse, he discovered the missing component to fulfill his quest to brew the perfect beer. In the spirit of the Monk, the Inlet Brewing crew suggest you keep it real ... drink organic (and responsibly).

I got just over two fingers of dense, tawny head off of my pour that looked like the top of an ice cream float. Color was a coppery reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sugary malty sweetness to it that is usually not my bag, but I soldiered on. Mouthfeel was medium with a nutty, slightly sweet taste in the mouth. I was relieved that it was not as sweet as the nose led me to expect, but it was not all that tasty, either. It lacked any kind of Oomph that might have separated it from other beers of the style. Finish was pleasant but otherwise not noteworthy. It was a pretty middle-of-the-road beer and I appreciate the gesture, but it would not be worth seeking out.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, light, orange-amber coloring with steady carbonation action throughout and a thin, low profile, filmy white head. Aromas of caramel, candy sweetness, and a very light hint of toasted character. Flavors are bitter roast and cloying sweet forward, with a sugary caramel lead. Jumbled palate, and the carbonation only adds to the mess. Sharp and light in mouth, with a tangy, sugary sweet aftertaste. The finish is light and fairly clean, but also a bit limp. Lackluster beer, but drinkable if devoid of other options.

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Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Eziel
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a basic pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity Belgian Abbey yeast aroma. The yeast character is actually quite good and well pronounced. The taste is decent as well. It has a simplified malt bill that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a mild caramel sweetness along with a rather nice yeast character. It's full of fruity esters. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's not a true Belgian-style ale, but I've had much worse than this. It's easy drinking and the yeast character is spot on.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Orlando Brewing Co. where it is a contract brew.
Pours a light copper, almost orange body with minimal head and little lacing. A good, sharp fruit smell is evident along with hints of sweet malts, but they are barely noticeable. The fruits are evident in the taste, but they are a little sharp and biting; could pulled back on the citric/acidic taste a little. The beer retains a smoothness and very light sweetness, but the sharp citrus gives it a minor stinging backbite. This is an OK beer but not a great one for me.

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2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet fruity malt, spices and a hint of yeast. Very nice aroma, can't wait to try it.

T- The taste like the aroma is very sweet fruity malt with some caramel and spices. Not bad, maybe a tad on the sweet side but a tasty brew.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Monk in the Trunk is a pretty decent brew that is worth a try.

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Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. No freshness dating. Poured a translucent copper with a loose, one inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually settles into fairly consistent skim that gathers around the edges. Some spots of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose is a little macroesque - a suggestion of hops and perhaps some citrus, but also cereal grains. Taste consistent with nose - maybe some light fruity esters in the mix, and perhaps a hint of caramel malt, but overshadowed by the cereal grains. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively background carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Decent, but nothing to write home about - a little weak for the style.

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Photo of mattreitz49
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMMillsy
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Satchel's in Gainesville. Pours a hazy golden reddish with fluffy white head. The aroma is a sweet honey and bit of spice, maybe a little. The flavor is very similar to a mediocre tripel, with honey sweetness, some definite dry finish, and plenty of carbonation. Rather light on the palate and overall not bad. No need to seek it out, but worth drinking with some pizza.

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Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of khargro2
2/5  rDev -39%

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Monk In The Trunk from Inlet Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 209 ratings
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