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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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Reviews:
59
Ratings:
203
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
35.87%
 
 
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 203
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 ale1
1/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

prior to purchasing we noticed this from the Inlet Brewery of Jupiter ,Fla . which actually not quite true it is actually brewed/bottled in North Carolina. ....read on I thought we were were going to rewarded with another Belgian style ale this resembles a poor Amstel light at it's best
poured into a Pint glass, medium carbonation,then settles quickly.lacings well..not much really
Amber color more like orange , hops noted but minimal and appears to be almost artificially carbonated .
Very poor and was dissappointed in smell ,taste,finish and an extremely high price for a six pack. They have some learning to do if they want to stay in business and call this a Belgian ale. see my review of Palm ales corp brewer crap

ale for dead parrots and budweiser fans,it's from a trunk alright,someone's swimtrunks
rubber bizkit swill from dead parrot's water bottle
this stuff is good for weed control and small rodents

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Town Hall Brewery globe on August 12th 2011.

Pours a dark honey color with a solid 2 fingers of head that dissipates to nothing. Nice color but it need more body and lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity. A little yeast and spice.

Taste is much of the same as the smell but not as wanted. I want more sweet and less belgian froth. Good beer though.

Mouthfeel is very light and rolls through out the pallet without a problem.

Overall a great beer with few flaws but huge flaws. I need more from the taste.

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

A: pours a golden amber color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears fairly quickly leaving a good trace of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top

S: sweet bready aroma with a berry aroma

T: yeasty and bready flavor. Sweet dark berries and hint of hops to nicely balance

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this brew

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Photo of DarrellK
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled - Poured into pint glass

Style - Hits the notes for the beer style

Nose - Subdued a bit but malt and hops are there

Mouth - Again about what the style calls for but perhaps a little more than average
Finish - Initially mostly malt but the finish brings on more of the hops and definite dryness.

A decent brew for a session and a good stater brew to introduce friends to the style

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tasting glass.
A: A rich copper body that has a nice clarity to pours a off white, almost tan head. Formation is good, as well as the retention, that sinks into a soft layer. Carbonation is present.

S: Classic amber aroma, with a bit of a citrus hop aroma. Notes of a bready, orange note. Maybe a bit too hoppy for style, but sure does smell good.

T/M: This is a nicely balanced beer, hop presence is shown, but does not overpower the rich malty character. Smooth mouthfeel, that does justice to the style. Flavors of bready malts and as the nose suggested citrus hop profiles. Lowering in ABV, but still holds a nice warming effect.

O: A good shot at the style and was throughly enjoyed, while not as rich in caramel malts presence, the balance between hops and malts were very well done.

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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 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 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 impoliticeye
1.69/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

There was an overpowering fishy taste to the beer. I lost the Belgian-y esters and the malty notes I was hoping for. I remember catching the off-flavors on an earlier bottle I'd picked up, but nothing as strong as this. After three sips, it was a bottle dump. And that's rare for me.

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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 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 silver0rlead
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a nice and frothy white head that leaves good lacing. Aromas of caramel and toasted bread, along with hay and a nuttiness, fruity esters, and belgian yeast. The flavor is spicy with notes of rye and white pepper, along with some biscuit and caramel, fruity esters, toffee, pear and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is sharp and drinkability is limited. This one is pretty rough around the edges, with an intense spiciness.

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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 beer2day
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange color with nice light 1-finger head. Good retention and decently thick lace.

Nose is initially very berry like. Orange citrus sneaks in, too. Picking up Belgian yeast as the glass warms.

Slightly fruity hit with berries but no citrus. Gets tart almost immediately and finishes by adding in a bit of sweet candy sugar - but just a bit. Reminds of a berry flavored weiss.

Feel is very thin. Of course, this is a south Florida beer that needs to satisfy in the warm weather.

On a hot day, this would be ok but not terribly exciting.

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Photo of aubuc1
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear amber with a nice thick white head.

Smell is a crackery and yeasty.

Taste is slightly tart and bready. Pretty poor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is very average.

A big let down. I guess the east coast can't keep up with the west coast of florida.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to dimenhetfield for this one!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Shoulder stamped "Monk-138 BA" or "Monk - 138 8A" (can't tell if the second to last character is a B or 8).

Appearance: Pours an amber gold with tall creamy head that falls down rather quickly with some spotting.

Nose: Big Belgian yeast nose and some spicyness. Something a little acrid or off-putting. Maybe a weird interaction between yeast and malts/hops? I've smelled this before but am not certain what it means. Smells like there might be some rye in there and some faint whispers of heavily toasted oak chips.

Palate: Crisp and fruity. Some caramel and dark candi sugar chill out underneath the fruity Belgian yeast. That weird over-toasted oak chip flavor is there and something odd I just don't care for.

Notes: Worth my trying once, but don't think I'd return for another one.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a coppery orange with a small foam.

Smell - Very faint aroma with a touch of malt.

Taste - Light taste. Maybe a bit of a fruit in there. Nice overall. Just a little bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Again light with about a medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Perfect beer if you want to have a couple on a hot night.

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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 ScottyC
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown. Would have like to have seen more reddish color. Head dissipates after about 2 minutes.

Smell: Malty scent with earthy tones. Barely floral. A hint of fruit (banana?). Not very strong aroma.

Taste: Mild. Slightly sweet. Malty. Grains have that taste like rice/sorghum (see also: New Grist from Lakefront Brewery). The main drawback of the taste is an "earthy" flavor that hits the roof of your mouth. . Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Really pretty good, despite that slight funk in the aftertaste.

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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 ThirstyBird
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jwale73 for this brew
Pours a brilliant copper color with a loud fizzing head that falls quickly to almost nothing. The nose reveals not a lot...some sweet malt, mild hops. Taste is simple - sweet malt, slight bitter hops, mild caramel. The beer is medium in body and a bit fizzy in the carbonation department. Overall it's OK - the carbonation hurts it in my opinion.

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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 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 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.
3.29 out of 5 based on 203 ratings.
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