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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bluegrassbrew on 09-02-2007

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59
Ratings:
203
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
35.87%
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
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 NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +26.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -6.1%
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 WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
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 -4.3%
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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Photo of cjgator3
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Jwale73
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BMMillsy
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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 OWSLEY069
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow-ish to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, candy sugar and a dry malt. In the taste, dry malt, with hints of candy sugar and fruity notes. A small bite and medium to thin bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry green apple fruitiness in the aftertaste. Good, nothing fantastic, just an average ale.

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Photo of gford217
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of Casey, poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a big fluffy beige head that recedes slowly to a small cap with decent lacing.

Aroma is pretty basic with sweet apples, caramel malts and a bit of earthy hops. There is also a lightly toasted character and some fruity esterse in the nose as well.

The taste is even more basic with some very, very light caramel malts with little else. There's a slightly bitter, toasty finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

This is not a bad beer but certainly nothing to write home about, especially the taste which is very one dimensional and bland.

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Photo of birchstick
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear copper with a 0.5 finger head that disappears quickly

S - smells of some faint caramel malt, grains, and a bit of bready yeast

T - the taste starts off with some grainy malts. These give way to a little bit of an aluminum taste that is soon masked by some spices. It finishes with. A dry fruitiness that is rounded out by a little bit of nuttiness. Not bad, however there isn't any balance to this.

M - medium bodied with loads of carbonation that burns

D - not a bad brew by any means, but I just wasn't too blown away by this one. Decently sessionable, but I am moving on to something else for the rest of the day.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monk in the Trunk has a thin, white head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, and some rather forceful bubbles. No lacing is noticed. Aroma is rich- light caramel, horse blanket, and barley juice. Taste is odd- candy sugar, horse blanket, wet hay, plums, tea, and no bitterness, with maybe a chalky undertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Monk in the Trunk finishes dry and weird.

RJT

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this everywhere in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. I thought that it was a popular beer in the state. Now my vacation is done, and I am reviewing it on BA. I just saw that it is one town north of Palm Beach Gardens, and this is the only beer that they make. They have really good market penetration.

I got this beer on tap at the Yardhouse into a pint glass. It was very light brown with very minimal foam. The foam may have been due to a generous bartender pour... I didn't see him pour it.

The smell has a nice belgian presence over the typical smell on a amber/brown beer. You get some good malt with some sour. This beer was very drinkable, but it was very simple.

This makes for a good alternative to a typical lawn mowing beer based on the drinkability. They disguise a 5.5%, and it felt like a session.

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Photo of Chaney
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Special thanks to Pittsky who sent me this as an extra.

A: Hmmm... For an amber, the color is not very amber... more orange in nature actually. It is crystal clear in transparency and the head was about 2-3 fingers.

S: No floral notes or hoppiness of any kind. I smelled rusted metal and a bit of yeast. A bit of Belgian funk, but no fruitiness to balance it out.

T: The taste is a bit better, but not much. Thin-bodied with a very faint fruit (pear or apple?) and hop presence that tried its damnest to poke through the yeast and malt.

M: Very thin, not creamy in the slightest, and carbonation seemed (and looked) a bit on the flat side.

D: I decided to stick it out and finish the bottle, but I won't be getting this again.

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Photo of Beginner2
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This bottle had gone off.
But the fault was mine because I left it for a year at a friend's house in Florida.
So, I can't pan it.
But, I also cannot praise it.
Lesson: don't forget about beer !

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st love the name and the label..had this in FL..it poured a clear amber color with a very fresh ring..this is a belgian inspired amber it has bananas and clove some coriander and fruit rind.taste is belgian all the way in an amber ale fresh bananas,fruit,followed by slight clove.and coriander,some malts in the background..mouthfeel is fresh and carbonated with a great belgian profile...i liked this amber

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Photo of Roguer
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very little head (<1 finger), and looks not-so lively, yet there is plenty of carbonation visible in the lighter than expected amber brew. Fairly clear bordering on transparent. Almost a sickly color.

Strong whiff of caramel malts and some Belgian-style yeast; overall mild scent.

Very sweet! Belgian candi dominates; the caramel malt is more of a background flavor. There's a slight bright but unidentified hoppiness.

Very light mouthfeel; a little bit of sting; very nice cloying (but not oily) residue. Thin enough to drink quickly, if that's your thing; no aftertaste.

This beer was super underwhelming...until the first taste. It's certainly a malt-forward beer, but it's well-balanced for the style, sweet, and extremely drinkable. I'm not going out of my way to get it, but I definitely wouldn't hesitate to order it at a pub.

No bottle date.

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Photo of portia99
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received by a kind BA that I can't put a finger on (my record keeping has been tough lately). Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear pale orangey amber color with a finger of fizzy off wite foam that dies down pretty quickly. Only a thin collar is left behind with a tiny bit of lace.

S - Slightly metallic, perfumey floral hops, light bready and caramelly malt. Despite the use of an Abbey yeast, I'm not really picking up anything in the aroma that would indicate its use.

T - Malty, bready, sweet at the base with just a subtle Abbey yeast influence giving a light spiciness. The perfumey hops still come thru pretty clearly too. Interesting but not amazing...a little bit of a letdown.

M - Pretty light bodied with medium carbonation...just a bit prickly on the tongue. A bit too thin and watery for the style and to my tastes.

D - I really wanted to love this beer - has to be one of the all time great beer names. The product itself, however, didn't quite live up to the name. Not a bad beer, just a bit on the average side. Very smooth and definitely goes down quickly, but without the satisfaction level I'd like to see. Could I drink this for a night if it was put in front of me...sure, but faced with a number of options - this would be a one and done.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR!

A: Pale amber gold, crystal clear with a bit of white head on top, although it dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Fruity, biscuity, lots of berries and syrup in this brew.

T: Definitely a nice belgian yeast flavor in there. Bready, biscuity, and full of dark berries. Good touch of malt to balance out the touch of bitterness form the hops.

M: Medium body, and typical belgian style carbonation. The finish is dry.

D: Very nice. Not sure if I could do a whole night of them. But very tasty, and definitely original.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Crystal clear copper in color with a foamy white two-finger head that recedes to a thin cap. Aroma is of fruity yeast, caramel malt, bread, and grass. The taste is sweet with caramel, bread, apple, and biscuit. Only a slight bitter grass note comes through in the swallow. Medium-light body, thin texture, above average active carbonation, sweet finish.

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monk in the Trunk pours an amber color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a touch of fruit in the aroma. The flavor has a bit of caramel and some fruit. It doesn't strike me as very well balanced. I think this is relatively new to being bottled, and I see on the bottle that it is being contract brewed by the Thomas Creek brewery in South Carolina (rather than being brewed in Orlando as it was when it was just on tap).

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Monk In The Trunk from Inlet Brewing Co.
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