Monk's Revenge | Terrapin Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #5, now a Spring release.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 326 | Ratings: 680
Reviews by Avagadro:
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured vigorously into a Duvel glass, Monk's Revenge delivers a mountain of froth that quickly fades to a thin film. Its copper body is devoid of lacing, and exhibits a slight haze.

S: Fruity Belgian esters meld with tropical hop aromas to create a pleasant bouquet. While it is complex and harmonious, it could use a bit more vigor.

T: Off-dry, with all characteristics of a tripel ( honey, clove, and banana) as well as an IPA (Pacific Northwest Hops, toast, and caramel.)

M: Light, and slightly oily, with a fairly clean finish. I really was hoping for more carbonation here, but the mouthfeel is solid otherwise.

D: I nice brew, but I would like a lot more flavor when I am committing to this many calories. All the right notes are there, but they just don't jive. Nonetheless, this brew is enjoyable, innovative, and should be given a shot.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a layer of fizzy froth that lines the outer rim of the glass and throws a cascade of spotty foam up on the sides. The aroma is floral, piney, and citric smelling, with notes of fruit, bubblegum, and spice from the yeast mixing with malt to impart a sweet twang in the nostrils.

The taste has a bitter citric bite to it that propels earth, pith, and rind out into the mouth. Soft fruit esters mix in with the bready sweetness of the malts to offer up some balance. A peppery spice element trails into the finish, which is feeling dry and yeasty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being sharp up front and then more mellow and creamy feeling, as this rides along on the oily hop slickness underneath. Alcohol shows itself with some light warmth that hangs on the breath but I would have never guessed that this was close to 10%. Well done on that account.

Like others have said, this came a bit more like a DIPA/Tripel hybrid than a traditional Belgian IPA. While it lacked some complexity, this still stayed fairly interesting and drank VERY nicely for the size of it. Another solid Terrapin entry.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a rich, fruity, hoppy aroma that demands at least a taste. It pours a light clear coppery orange with a fairly thick and fluffy buttery off-white head. Flavor is quite hoppy yet minimally bitter, and has a firm fruity overtone, mainly apple with hints of banana and grapefruit. Texture is edgy, fizzy and lively, nipping at the tongue. Another winner from Terrapin!

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.95.

A: Lightly amber tinged gold with healthy 1-2 finger light beige head with good retention but miminal lacing.

S: Big pale malty aroma is cut with a tart, herbal hoppiness with a nice dash of orange and lemon citrus

T: The maltload is big-league on this one with sweet pale and lightly toasted maltiness that works well with the crisp tartness of the hoppiness, which also has floral and citrus characteristics as well. The yeast adds a nice spicy note.

M: All the malt lends a lush, medium-full body. Aftertaste is mildly sour tartness with a light floral-tinged sweetness.

D: Smoother than some of the other American-built Belgian IPAs (see Raging Bitch and Cali-Belgique), and I think it works a little better to have a bigger malt presence. Nice job Terrapin.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of JK4Stout
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in the bottle as well. Terrapin is one of my all time favorite brewerys and they continue to amaze here. I am a recent convert to IPA style brews, and have been a long time Belgian lover. So one can imagine me initial excitement over this. The color is a deep rich golden brown. Almost like a good quality honey. The smell is lacking a bit, but that may be because it is only hop...NOTHING else. However, as soon as you taste 'er the smell will seem like nothing. I good hop flavor like a common IPA, but the after taste is the winner. This one gives you that sweet Belgian pop there at the end. There is a little heat to it, but that's just how you know its good.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Mavajo
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous beer. Pours a brilliant, crystal-clear amber body with slight reddish hues. Nice two-finger thick head with decent retention and lacing. This really is a beautiful beer. Totally crystal clear -- you can watch the individual bubbles trickle up the beer.

Aroma is pleasant. Belgian yeast, hops, etc. Taste has a bit more complexity -- Belgian yeast with the requisite spiciness, ethanol, hops and sweet malt. It's quite the medley of flavors. As mentioned, the alcohol shows up fairly big -- perhaps it's accentuated by the Belgian-y flavors, but I found it detectable throughout. The dominance of the alcohol is what held the taste score at a 4.

Mouthfeel is good. Appropriate carbonation and body.

This is perhaps by favorite Belgian IPA. It's not super hop-forward, but I feel like it puts together a pretty nice blend of flavors. I wish the alcohol was masked a bit better -- but I guess it's acceptable for a nearly 10% beer. While it's a pleasure to drink, it's also absolutely gorgeous to look at in the glass.

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1.96/5  rDev -48.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 680 ratings