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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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruisin' Ales bomber. Pours lasting white head onto medium yellow body. Carbonation bubbles. Fresh yeast aroma. A Belgian ale, backed by sufficient hops to keep it from going to the sweet side. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel.Good balnce, alcholol well hidden.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger head on a deep golden hazy body. Lots of lacing.

S: very yeasty, fruity and herbal hop presence.

T: very yeasty, lots of grain, bittersweet corriander with fruits mostly sour melon, green apple and green grape. Bittering hops are well applied.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation. A semi dry finish.

Overall: this one is much not earthy ad herbal than others I have head. Very Belgian, this is a very nice brew.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer I found to be very impressive the color and head looked very nice. There was even some pretty good lacing too. The smell of the beer has some sweet grains on the nose with a bit of hops in there. The taste of the beer was hoppyat first then it settled into a light wheat style aftertaste. It was a little yeasty I thought. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it kept me interested. Overall it wasn't a bad brew, pretty good for a one off brew.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is a bit sweet and has aromas of Belgian yeast with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has peppery spices in the finish along with a moderate amount of bitterness. No hop flavors are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer can be considered as a Belgian Double/Imperial IPA and hides its alcohol very well from the taste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of fluffy white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Malt sweetness and some fruity notes from the yeast. There is also a mild alcohol smell as well.

Taste: Some citrus hop bitterness up front. A strong malty backbone, fruity notes. The finish is bitter with a strong alcohol punch in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the hops and the fruit notes, but the alcohol was a bit too much given the other flavors. Still a good beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with an off-white, bubbly, one-finger head of foam. It left some patchy lace.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty. Maybe a little banana aroma with some caramel malt notes.

T - Banana flavor was present with some tart/sour fruitiness. Good caramel malt taste with some yeast kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a nice dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. I hope to find more Terrapin brews in the near future.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden tinged amber color with a modest (for a Belgian style) head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: While its age must be taken into account, this is more malt forward than hop forward, with tropical fruit, hints of candi sugar and fusel alcohol; the hops are grassy rather than citrusy

Taste: Belgiany yeast influences, up front, with a biscuity malt base and an underlying sweetness that sets a backdrop to the spicy hops that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors come together but there is a bit of fusel alcohol in the finish that is a distraction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to brisk carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that would be better without the fusel alcohol; the balance works well

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of slightly off white head. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of tripel flavors presents. Spices, orange peel, coriander, lemon zest, bananas, and cloves. Some floral hops, but not to much here.

Taste: Coriander, cloves, bananas, light floral hops, orange peel, lemon zest. Very nice flavors and a lot like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly crisp, and refreshing. Ends a little bitter and dry.

Overall, very drinkable for the style. My pour didn't last too long. Glad I could try this one. A very nice blend of flavors.

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

I've been excited to start trying some Terrapin beers. Here goes. Got this one thanks to kkipple.

A: A nice 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades in my Chouffe tulip glass. It's a very clear orange maple color.

N: Oooh, a really nice Belgian ale aroma to start. Some very light Belgian yeast, slight Belgian malts, touch of sweetness and very slight booze aroma. With that is some lighter fare hops. Low alpha hops with a nice grassy aroma, some citrus, and slight floral aroma. I really like how it keeps the hops lighter and doesn't overwhelm and become an American IPA with some Belgian malts.

T: Similar to the nose. Starts with some Belgian malts, little sweetness and candi sugar. With that is a slight booze taste with a touch of warming alcohol. It starts to get a dubble or tripel like taste with the booze and candi sugar. With that comes a little fruit too, and touch of Belgian yeast. Then comes a slight hop flavor. Some grassy and low alpha hop flavors, little spicy hop, and it maintains light but maybe too light. The alcohol stings a bit too.

M: Medium body with a little stinging alcohol and heat from the booze, good carbonation.

F: Dries a bit but still leaves a slight sticky sweetness. Some lingering citrus and orange peel, as well as other fruits. Some tangering and grapefruit on the finish, seem more to be from the yeast than hops, but could be some nice hop flavor. Either way it tastes nice. The alcohol is still warming and spicy on the finish, and it gets slightly bitter but not much. Some nice fresh dry hops linger on the finish, a Cascade like taste. It comes on really late and adds a really nice touch that redeems the beer.

Overall it started very nice, beautiful aroma, and the taste was pretty good. They kept the hops lower and really nice on the nose. However, the sweetness and boozy taste is way to high. Just for a Belgian Pale its more like a tripel with some light hops, and as the nose was perfect with hops the taste was a little lacking. The really late finishing dry hops add a really nice touch. If only the booze wasn't so high.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label proclaims "2010 vintage". After some warming, poured into a Unibroue snifter.

A - orange-amber color; hazy with a short-lived, bone colored head. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

S - True to style with fruit, spice and floral esters dominate a light malt background. Hints of orange/tangerine, white pepper, ripe banana and pear.

M - Moderate carbonation; medium body; a slightly dry finish

T - Bittersweet flavor with plenty of malt toastiness and a clear spicy-earthy hop component. Mildly astringent, peppery and bitter. Less fruity than aroma indicates. Hoppy, as well as Lightly spicy and yeasty, finish and aftertaste.

O - A tasty Belgian style IPA with initially subdued hops and a very well-hidden, high ABV.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had only a few of beers of this style and havent been overly impressed with them,this seems to go along that line.Poured into a large tulip glass a mix og deep golden and burnt orange with a thin white head that is gone quickly leaving no lace behind as it settled very quickly.Belgian yeast aroams stand out most in the nose,slightly smokey and quite spicey with some overripe pineapple,just a hint of resiny American hop.Flavors are also more like a tripel in my mind than a dipa but its is pretty darn good.Phenolic spice flavors with some grilled pineapple flavors meld into a bit of citric hop but it never really comes thru to strong.If your a fan of say a hopped up tripel than you will be all about this,me I think its good but not anything to seek out for my taste.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, copper colored body and a big white head. Decent head retention with little lace.

S - Moderate hop aroma with some fruity pineapple hop notes. Nice yeast character of clove and vanilla with some banana notes.

T - Fruity hops with lots of yeast character and sweet malt. Smooth yeast character of clove and vanilla. The finish is well balanced with moderate bitterness and some grapefruit hop flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty nice overall, but a bit weak on the hops. More like a slightly Americanized tripple than a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a copper/orange color with a thin bright white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head faded after a minute or so, but left some decent lacing on the glass.

The first thing that hits you in the nose is the Belgian yeast, fruit and spice flavors. It has some floral hoppiness but not as much as I expected it would. The Belgian flavors are definitely more present then the IPA flavors in the nose. It has a very appealing nose, just not as hoppy as I expected.

The taste has more of a melding of the Belgian and hoppy flavors. The Belgian yeast comes through with some apple, pear and banana fruitiness as well as some clove like spiciness to it. The hops some through with some floral and citrus flavors and also lend a moderate bitterness up front. It has a malty sweetness that comes through in the finish and really helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed the melding of the flavors. They did a very nice job of really integrating and balancing all the flavors. I would say the flavors lean more towards the Belgian side but the hoppy flavors came through nicely in the taste as well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Rick's in Alexandria.

Pours yellow-orange with a nice white head. Nose is nice with a lot of spice and a bit of fruit. Really good amount of floral, citrus, and herbal hops. The taste is hoppy but not too bitter with a good deal of spice. Medium feel with some alcohol. A nice example of a (luckily) increasingly-common style.

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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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