Works of Love: Monks Café
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #65
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Ranked #1,786
4.54 | pDev: 3.74%
Sep 29, 2023
Apr 13, 2019
Released: 9/10/22

Way back in April of 2017, Monk's proprietor Tom Peters journeyed to the far-off Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to blend a special beer commemorating Monk's 20th anniversary. As Hill Farmstead founder and brewer Shaun Hill says, "the beer follows its own path," and is only now ready to share with our loyal guests at Monk's Café.

Works of Love: Monk's Café is a blend of eight individual barrels comprised of the following: Nordic Saison, Vera Mae, Anna, Arthur, and Florence.
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Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Sep 29, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Aug 26, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells tremendous – soft peach, nectarine, white wine, white grape, oak, lemon peel, and honey.

This is a wonderful blend – so many layers of citrusy and funky goodness unfold here. There’s pear, honey, apple, grapefruit, white wine, oak, and a nice funky minerality.

This is super, super pleasant, and one of the best new entries in this series for a while. It’s in the upper echelon, probably in the top 3 – just a tiny bit better than the 1st batch of Works of Love: Tired Hands, and not quite as good as Works of Love: Sante Adairus and Works of Love: Anchorage Brewing batch 2 – perhaps the best in the whole series. This is funky and minerally, lemony and dry, with a juicy backhone. There’s pear, lemon, honey, a touch of almost cider-like dryness, and grapefruit pith.

This is light bodied, soft, and just very lightly tart, with a great drinkability.

I wish this was easier to get, as I would love to have this in bulk.
Aug 13, 2023
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle at HF. White head. Crystal clear golden color.

Lightly tart, dry. Pear, apples, white wine, grapes, tannins, wet oak. Minerals. Very complex, flavorful, and drinkable.
Aug 11, 2023
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle shared by Keith. Thank you!
Jul 29, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jun 10, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Apr 06, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2022
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle pour gently down the center of a stem glass. Brilliant clear effervescent golden color, with soft white head, that lasts a short time and then dissipates to a lasting collar. Anna, wine barrel, and a subtle sweetness come through effortlessly, and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean.
Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Clear sparkling gold-amber with a soft white head.

Bright, zippy and softly effervescent, the mouthfeel is divine and the acidity is at a perfectly tart level as it exhibits threads of pear and apricot bolstered by touches of white oak and white wine that come to a vanishing finish.

Though overall balanced, the swallow does have a little of that sweet white grape. It's even crazier next to Ann 2015, as I get some parallels in hints of toastiness as it warms, but it's much less woody and more refined, even floral, making it a markedly better experience overall.

I would take this over Ann every day of the week, and I'm personally floored by that revelation. I absolutely love the base beer that is Anna--it's as close to a perfectly beautiful example of the style--but Ann is a different beast altogether, and comparing it to Monk's is closer to apples to apples, and this is simply the superior elixir.

I had another pour of this the next day just to be sure I wasn't crazy, and I found it even more white wine-like this time around, but still with a uniquely toasty oak on the palate, even exuding threads of buttery chardonnay.
Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey

Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Sep 13, 2022
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Rated by acurtis from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pour @ Cw Mixer 2018: 375, 4, 425, 4, 4
Bottle @ Monk's cafe 2023; 4, 425, 45, 425, 425
Aug 16, 2020
Works of Love: Monks Café from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 13 ratings