Terrapin Monk's Revenge | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Monk's RevengeTerrapin Monk's Revenge

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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

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Reviews: 324 | Ratings: 677
Photo of dogma46an2
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance was a golden cloud of deliciousness.

aroma was a mix of belgium and california like they had a baby of awesomeness with hay notes citrus notes and pine notes. i felt like i was on the farm in north belgium.

the taste was remarkably similar to the aroma with a rich characteristic of grapefruit and spiciness, with finish of pepper.

mouthfeel was proper with a lingering lace of butter and caramel that laid stayed on te pallet.

overall i thought this was a perfect beer for its style.

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Photo of BhamBeerLover
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge floral nose. Thought the yeast added a great deal to this brew in terms of both aroma and flavor. Have never had any complaints about this hopped up belgian and hope I never will. Will continue to drink this beer at home and in bars when presented with the (all too rare) opportunity. Thanks Terrapin and keep on truckin'!!!

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A perfectly clear copper body with an off-white bubbly head, about 1 finger.

S: A pine & citrus hop aroma with a slight hint of Belgian yeasts.

T: A citrusy flavor with a mellow malty background and a strong hoppy bitterness. Pepper, apple, and banana can be picked up on the palate along with some Belgian yeast notes followed with a dry aftertaste. Great flavor beer that hides the high ABV.

M: A creamy texture with mild carbonation and medium-full body.

D: This is the kind of revenge I will always look forward to.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a lighter colored belgian ale. Very hoppy and full of alcohol. The hops tame the alcohol and make this beer and extremely easy drinking brew for being a 9.6%ABV. I was over welmed at how easy this beer was to drink considering how the hops practically jump out of the bottle. I actually enjoyed this beer the night that it was announced Osama Bin Laden had been killed. This will always be a special beer for me. I would order this brew or pick up a 4-pack anytime. This beer is a must for the hop heads and for anyone who loves a great brew.

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Photo of mwa423
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra from craytonic. Great extra! If this is a Monk's revenge, I am going to piss one off and he can rain this stuff down on me.

Pours with relatively little head and the color/clarity is close to a light lager, extremely impressive for the style.

Aroma is a knock out blend of belgian yeast and hops, never had a Belgian IIPA with so much in the nose...wait, not sure I have had another....

Anyway, the taste has a good hop bite and lots of orange peel and belgian yeast. Fantastic pairing that makes me think this could become a regular terrapin favorite...well if they make it again.

M/D - Fantastic, couldn't improve it. That is all.

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Photo of DanielClouser
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber into Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. This is my... 4th (I think) time drinking this beer, and I usually drink it from my Duvel tulip (I think the tulip is a little better, but the DFH glass is good too).

I just love this beer. I really hope Terrapin decides to brew this one again.

Thin head (it IS 9.8% ABV, after all), but decent lacing. Luscious fruity scent that takes you from tangerine to apricot to pear and back again. Amarillo is the star here, if I'm not mistaken.

The flavor delivers everything in the aroma, with a heavy bitterness that avoids being either too resinous or too thin and grassy. Amarillo's aspirin quality shows up, and it is excellent in this brew. The yeast actually works with the hops instead of playing a crazy, topsy-turvy balancing act, which is very rare for this style.

Mouthfeel is nice, and the drinkability is just off the charts (until you fall off your chair).

I had this beer very shortly after it came out, and it was good but a little boozy and overly bitter. I have to say that it's really reaching its peak now. Too bad there's not much left anywhere (the one bottle I have left is the only one I know how to find).

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Photo of hughesm4
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not only the first beer I have had from the Side Projects, but the first that I have had from Terrapin. mwa423 acquired this in a trade and I am very excited to taste.
A. Pours golden in color with very little head, and is very clear
S. Smells strongly of oranges and of hops, I guess this is what to expect of a Belgian IPA
T. Very fruity initial taste that switches to bitterness as it fills your mouth
MD. Leaves a bitter aftertaste of an IPA in the mouth for a few seconds that fades into a sweet taste on the tip of the tongue. Although unique it goes down extremely well, especially for 9.8 abv

This is a combination of two of my favorite styles and it is excellent. All the good tastes of a Belgian with the hops of an IPA. I love it.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into two snifters

Decided i NEEDED to drink this beer after i realized i was already 3 side projects behind. Could only find it in one bar. Bottled poured into two glasses.

started off with a slightly hazy golden color, crowned with a thin white head. decent lace.

smells sweet and floral. Hops, bread, orange, honey, sugar, spice, and fruits. tastes sweet. very bready and candy like. contrasting sweet malts and bitterness. so many levels of different tastes mixed together into an awesome beer. medium body with decent carbonation. very enjoyable beer. More then happy to put out an above "rAvg" score for this beer.

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Photo of keanex
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 12 ounce bottle dated Vintage 2011.

A: Clear deep amber with a thin white head that quickly turns into a thin ring around the edge.

S: This may sound odd, but it reminds me of a gummy flavored jello shot. The phenols are coming through with a slight alcohol kick, lot of sweetness as well, with cherries coming through strong. I absolutely love how this smells, it's complex but sweet, and just smells inviting.

T: This is really interesting. There's sweetness from the candied sugar and malts with a slight spice to it at the end with alcohol coming through, then on the other hand there's the floral and citrus hops coming through. The blend is weird, but I absolutely love this. There's a medicinal taste to this, reminds me of swedish fish flavored cough syrup. That can be taken terribly, but man it tastes great!

M: Full bodied, heavy with very light carbonation that has some sharpness to it.

O: I can see why people would not like this, it's sweet as heck with a lot of going on, but I absolutely love this sweet nectar. This is something I will buy at least once a year.

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Photo of msfoster77
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was an exceptional brew. I smelled it in the bottle when I first took off the cap and I got some belgian spice. Then when I poured it into a pint glass I got a distinct double IPA smell. It was very interesting how the smells changed. The taste itself is of a double IPA with some belgian spice and it is extremely tasty. I am drinking this straight out of the fridge so I can only assume it will get better as it warms. The mouthfeel is great and overall this is a terrific beer and it is highly recommended.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Golden pale with good head retention

smell: decent hop aroma, piney

taste: great beer. slightly sweet IPA with tons of hop flavor. Pine, some citrus

mouthfeel: medium, a little chewy

drinkability: awesome beer and one of Terrapins best. Wish this was a regular or atleast makes a repeat.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 09/28/2010:

12 oz bottle served at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: The pour is red-orange with a half-inch of short-living fizz.

S: The aroma is of medium fruits (apricot, muscat grapes), spicy belgian yeast, lemon, banana, and a hefty dose of hops at the end.

T: Sweet moscato, belgian yeast, citrus notes, and tasty floral hops make for a delicious brew.

M: It isn't as carbonated as I would've hoped.

D: This is a bit swee but in a good way. It's almost too drinkable for being 9.6%.

This is an excellent blend of two great styles.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love belgian ipas. Especially when the focus is to create a cross between an am ipa and belgian interpretation. That is exactly what I am hoping for in monk's revenge

a- golden orange with the remnants of the lacing turing into layers of cream on the glass. I am liking what I hope will be an onslaught

s- perfect pine and belgian yeast. That is it! This is the scent I will always want! Bready themes combine with spices to make an uplifting scent profile. The hops are still bouncing around with a caramel/pepper theme. PERFECT SCENT

T- yeast and hops are all over this experience. Bitterness and citrus flavors are all over. I am enjoying this

M- great carbonation and an engulfing buttery theme enrobe themselves in my mouth

O- this is what I want from a cross over style. Terrapin, this may be my number one BIPA out there. I need more!

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy gold. Thin white head with nice retention and some sticky lacing.

S-Lots of pineapple sweetness, Belgian yeast and citrus hops.

T-Orange and tangerine notes kick things off with an underlying hint of candi sugar. Citrus hops take over through the finish. Interesting and different.

M-Medium bodied with some nice lingering bitterness and some hints of yeast hanging around.

D-Delicious. Probably my favorite entry to date in the Side Project series. Nice Belgian elements combined with delicious American notes. I was happy to be able to grab another bottle.


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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: There wasn't a lot of haze on the golden color here, but I got maybe a skosh. About a finger or so creme colored head topped of the brew with flair.

S: Signature Belgian IPA grassiness, with a generous amount of citrus air freshener. A bit of candy sugar also added to the excitement.

T: This is the first Belgian IPA I've had in a while that actually added some fruitiness to the mix. A good taste descriptor: Think FFF Alpha King, with added fresh lawn clippings. Bitter, but with a clean yeasty finish.

M: Tutti Fruitti... but fruit was just sweet enough to make it luscious, without making it syrupy. The prickly carbonation played a wonderful duet with the grassy notes and the lacing was moderate.

O: I've been disappointed with the last few Terrapin beers that I've tasted. However, when they're on, they're REALLY on! Tasty stuff...

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid copper/ reddish tint with a very light ring of beige head.
Smell is well hopped- flowery hops and a light spices aroma.
Taste is complex and well put together. A hopped flavor starts it off and it finishes lightly malty and a nice spice on the end.
Finish is half-dry with a light spiced after-taste.
Drinks very well- a light malt caramel keeps the hops smooth- and no bite.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams tasting glass. Been drinking most of my beers from red plastic cups while we wait for the water restrictions to lift, so this is a nice change.

Pours lightly hazy golden-copper, with a thin light-khaki head on top that settles into some light, sudsy bubbles. Some delicate lacing.

Nose is very nice - beautiful melding of floral and herbal notes from both the yeast strain and the hops; bits of citrus floating around as well, though not dominant by any means. Noticeable alcohol doesn't really get in the way, even if it is a bit solvent-y.

Taste is nice as well. Hop profile is again herbal, almost floral, and ridiculously smooth. There's a lightly pungent caramel sweetness wrapped up within that big hop character underneath, along with a bit of alcohol. Teases of breadiness and even peach cobbler come and go on a whim. Bitterness is held well in check, and takes on a lightly piney character. Finish carries more of the herbal, floral notes that define this excellent beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a softer carbonation than expected and a body that is just a bit slick.

Drinkability is close to perfect for such a big beer. Not overly coarse or aggressive, rather smooth and refined, while still carrying loads of flavor.

Overall, this isn't a palate wrecker by any means, but rather a beautifully integrated beer that really goes beyond both "genres", avoiding the cliches that happen with many of this style. One of the best Belgian IPA's I've had.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Blazer06 for sending this my way.

Pours a golden cloudy amber with a creamy colored head.

Smell is of Belgian yeast and hops. Light malt aromas as well.

Taste is very interesting, a strange but terrific marriage between a Belgian Tripel and a American double IPA. Awesome beer, I am a fan. Nice bitter hop finish with a crisp Belgian Triple taste in the front.

Mouthfeel is terrific, very clean and crisp. Medium carbonation with a full body, can't get any better here.

So drinkable, so delicious, Terrapin is really cranking out some great beers.

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Photo of joeykratz
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel Tulip
A little dark golden on appearance with white head.
Loved the aroma, new at this can't quite destinguish yet but it was great.
The taste was awesome, I have loved every sip so far. Sweet with a little bitterness to me a perfect mix. I have tried many from this brewery
and this is the first to really push me to review. I Loved it

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Photo of match1112
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a cloudy copper with a small white head that fades quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing.

s: bready yeast and small amounts of citrus. maybe a small hint of pine.

t: yeast and bread rightaway, then a hint of spice with some citrus maybe lemon. finally get some hops flavor as it slides down my tongue.

m: even though i get breads at first, it is a dry bitter mouthfeel. then as i pick up on the hops on the back end it turns to a creamy juicy feel.

o: my first belgian ipa and i love it. big thanks to nashvillian for including this as an extra. not at all what i expected and i wish i had more.

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Photo of jmhart
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 4-pack from Capitol City Package.

A: Golden-orange, slightly cloudy. A vigorous pour yielded a massive frothy white head that subsided fairly rapidly, leaving a very pleasant lace and some webbing around the edge of the glass.

S: Strong on citrus hops, almost orange or tangerine. Smells a little sweet, but it was a nice balance between the sweet orange smell and the hoppy bitterness. Behind the orange is a really nice floral note, like fresh roses.

T: Superb Belgian IPA. Strong citrus elements with some really pleasant hop. Everything from the smell is present with no major surprises. It's a tad bit too sweet, but only a tad.

M: Moderately carbonated so that it dances, and of moderate body. Coats the inside of your mouth very well and leaves a good residual flavor.

D: Highly drinkable. Easy to sip, not too filling, and leaves you wanting more.

Overall, one of my favorite brews from Terrepin so far.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a fresh growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange color with a thin white head that remains throughout the entire duration. Minimal lacing.

S: A big yeasty, banana blast up front. Some citrus and malty sweetness.

T&M: Very smooth and minimal alcohol burn for the high ABV! Taste is similar to the smell. Banana, tart citrus and a subtle sweetness with a mild yeast flavor. Crisp with a mild hop bitterness that is well-balanced with the sweetness.

Very nice original taste. Definitely closer to a Tripel than just a regular Belgian IPA.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Fluffy, cloud white head. Big bubbles clump together and stay put. Bright orange body, bright yellow hue, tons of carbonation rising to top.

S: Sugary sweet malts, funky spicy yeast, slightly soapy. Big herbal hops.

T/M: Oh yeah. Big juicy citrus, piney hop presence springboards off a solid sweet malt backbone. Belgian yeast is there yet subtle bringing all the flavors together. No alcohol presence, all that lingers is a wonderful herbal hop note.

O: 2010 was one of my favorites, '11 was forgettable and this '12 is back on track. Excellent, complex and well put together Belgian IPA, comparable to an Allagash Hugh Malone.

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Photo of julian89
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer several times recently. It's my new favorite from Terrapin.
From tap to pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange yellow body with a dense half inch white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: So sweet with strong white wine smells, a lot of white grape dominates.

Taste: It's a strong taste of sweet, bready malts and white grape notes. I feel a similar backround to orange blossom pilsner. The subtle fruit mix is amazing , orange, citrus, pinot gris,... and the hops aren't as pronounced as what I would expect for a triple IPA. Wow, what a great medley of taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, so good, good job Athens, from a GT alum.

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