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 BMMillsy
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was intrigued by this, and was wowed by the look and aroma when poured. Nice clear golden orange color with a big fluffy head on top. Aroma was sweet honey, some yeast, grapefruit, pineapple. Unfortunately, the flavor did not live up. Very little hint of any tripel dryness and yeast, and overly sweet. Not a bad beer, but I think this combo has more potential. Terrapin should try this again with some tweaking, and maybe a regular ipa rather than a double.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger white bubbly and pillowy head. Really nice retention as the head fades down to a 0.5 cm cap that lasts throughout. Pretty good lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Grainy and bready malt, banana and coriander yeast, and a touch of earthy and citrus hops. Not a big hop presence, but they’re there. Most of the aroma is from the yeast.

T – Starts off sweet with bready malt, apple, and banana flavors. Taste progresses to spicy peppery and coriander yeast whose flavor lasts throughout the bitter grapefruit and floral hop finish that appears. Kind of a random assortment of flavors but fits the label of Belgian IPA.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a mouth coating and creamy feel, and a slightly bitter, moderately spicy, and very dry finish. Of all the flavors, yeasty spice lingers the longest. There’s a very subtle throat-warming sensation from the alcohol, as well.

O – This beer is very interesting. As far as positives, it looks great and hides the moderately high ABV extraordinarily well. Unfortunately, the more important parts of the beer – aroma and taste – are so-so. They fit the supposed mold of a Belgian IPA, but the beer just doesn’t smell or taste particularly good in my opinion. This is not a bad beer, but I won’t be searching it out again. I’m interested to see how other Belgian IPAs taste to compare to this one. Maybe I’m just not a fan of the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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 tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright orangish amber with a nice, soft, dense cap of white head that has decent retention

S - pine, fruit, bread, yeast, spice, faint citrus

T - bread, faint apples, herbal bitterness, pine, faint citrus, mild yeast and spice; alcohol in the finish

M - warm, crisp, medium bodied

I rather enjoyed this beer. It was a bit more complex than I had anticipated. The flavors were well balanced, and I thought it had a strong hop presence. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Cloudy straw color with a thin head that leaves very little lacing.

Not much in the nose, but that yeasty Belgian aroma. Taste lacks balance; hops are there for sure, but no extra fruity boost from the Belgian yeast.

Sharp alcohol bite at the end, and I can't decide whether I like it.

A tough style to do really well. Since Terrapin is a brew I can't get normally, I'll seek out their other brews in the future.

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Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a vintage date.

LOOK: Slightly cloudy light amber color, superb lacing down the glass

SMELL: Papaya, pineapple skin, melon rind, juicy fruit, medicinal phenols, peppery, cotton candy, nectarines, herbal tea

TASTE: Smooth, semi-creamy, moderate body, big alcoholic esters, juicy, bitter, bubble gum, powdered aspirin, oily hop, mild resin, ripe fruit, very warming, bitter phenolic end

Not as I remember, beers change ... palates change. Regardless this brew is flavorful but a controlled mess at the same time. Bitterness seems to be pulled away from the flavor and strikes quick and then pulls back and the alcohol character is a bit out of whack. Still a fun brew to drink.

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

Copper colored, clear with lots of carbonation which leads to very good head retention. The head was a foamy pure white!
I got some fruity and yeasty aromas along with some grassy notes.
Flavor notes of lemons, grass, fruit esters and yeast. It was so tasty and very complex.
Mouth coating and smooth, it's fruity at first then the bitter hops follow and it finishes with yeast flavors.
This beer is aromaticly and tastefully satisfying. I am a huge fan of this mix of styles. I want more and if I get more I'm not sure I will share.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass at mellow mushroom panama city, fl. Bottle says vintage 2011.

No head at all...no lacing, and very little carbonation. You would think it would have at least a little personality for a belgian right?
Aroma is pleasant; orange citrus, belgian yeasty hops, and fairly malty. Taste is a bit disappointing...its too sugary and way overly malty. Its basically an overly malted ipa fermented with a belgian yeast...
Some banana and clove notes but flavor is lacking. It drinks easy for such a high abv but its not very tastey.
I don't know about this one.

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Photo of marvin213
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is pretty Plain Jane. When you get up to smelling it, however, things change! It smells like a champagne or another something similar...it's refreshing like a steam room or something. It smells as if it's bubbling! There's definitely a mint or similarly "clean" component to this....

It's readily apparent why it's no longer a side project, it's a well-done tripel-sorta style with a lotta hops. It's consistently the same, Belgiany sort of spritzer-like zing with a nice hoppy (genuine IPA-style) batch of hops. It's delish! The feel is a little flighty, as the bubblies flatten to a finish rather than tickle the cheeks (it IS a beer). Haven't I seen this in Cabernet barrels? Now there's a side-side project (in a bottle) I could go for! Why not release that in a series with Substance Abuse (WnB in JD barrels)? That'd be awesome.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly I am just not down with Belgian yeast, I wish I was but I just am not

A - Pours a nice golden/straw color with a decent half inch near white head. head is still 1/4"+ 15 minutes later, very dense and smooth looking. Great lacing, this is a fantastic looking beer.

S - Lots of Belgian (fruity/clove) esters/funk from the yeast, slight pineapple hop presence.

T - Lots of clove/banana type flavors up front, thankfully the citrusy hops make a pretty noticeable appearance. Clove/banana (maybe even grape ish?) flavors from yeast, citrusy pineapple hops. I actually quite enjoy this and am very pleased the yeast isnt as overbearing as the smell would suggest.

M - Lightish bodied+, appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable, a really nice warm day type of brew

O - The aroma was less than desirable although I didnt blow it up on my rating because I can appreciate the style, its just not something I'm into. Thankfully the flavor of the brew had more going on than the nose would indicate and the yeast allowed really nice citrusy hops to come through. Really kind of surprised how much I enjoy this one, one of the most enjoyable Belgian IPA's I have had

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 mscudder
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy straw yellow with a fair sized fluffy head. Nice bubbles from the head but receded quickly.

S - Belgian yeast, hops and some warming fruits. Nice aroma.

T - Wow I like the Belgian style fused in an IPA. Follows the aroma with a crisp bitter finish. Another please?

M - Too thin and light in my opinion. There is a lack of body here that I cannot ignore.

O - A good beer with high drinkablility. The ABV is masked well but I feel there is much that could be improved.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: OClear orange. Fluffy head on the pour that quickly reduces to a ring with a smattering in the middle.
smell: That is nice and alluring. Sweet fruit with a hint of aromatic spice, maybe cardamom? Alcohol too, but just enough to know it's there. This nose says drink me.
taste: Not up to the nose but still nice. The refreshing sweet fruits don't quite deliver.

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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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Photo of Kromes
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy gold color with a soapy white head.

S: Belgian yeast, funk, pineapple, and hops.

T: There is a strong Belgian yeast, tropical fruit and alcohol flavor right off the bat. The flavor doesn't really subside and remains up front throughout. There are also some earthy hop flavors in the background, but it doesn't really come through until near the end and then you get a heavy dose.

M: Heavy body and a little syrupy. Peppery on the tongue.

O: In the Belgian IPA style it is pretty good. I would definitely recommend this beer. No off flavors, very crisp and clean with natural Belgian flavors.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter glass.

A: Hazy, light apricot copper in color. Medium head.

S: Very Belgian in the nose - yeast esters, banana aroma. I don't get a ton of hop aroma.

T: Starts like a good Belgian, yeasty, sweet; then a bit of pine hop flavor. There's a bit of a sticky finish with accompanying alcohol taste.

M: Lightish mouthfeel, not very much hop hang.

O: Good, one of the better Belgian IPAs in my opinion.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Orval goblet...

Well, there's one thing that stands out about this beer from a strictly appearance standpoint... It looks like apple juice except it's crystal clear... not much head or carbonation that I can tell... Very clear and very amber much like apple juice...

The aromas are pungent... A huge dose of Belgian yeast present with an every once in a while whiff of booze... Hops are definitely present and accounted for and seem to be more Noble in nature than anything... Rather earthy and floral if you will... Interesting...

Big splash of hops right up front followed by this earthy yeasty Belgian-ness that is rather enjoyable although I am getting some of that 9.3% here... Not knock you down booziness but it's there... The piney hops keep making an appearance here and at times they're wonderful but at times... they seem a little harsh...

I actually think a little time would do this beer a lot of good. The hops are a little prevalent just yet but I'm guessing that in a couple of months, this will be a nice brew...

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of cvm4
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a re-review... I originally scored this beer a 3.58

A - I poured this into a pint glass. It had may'be a half finger head and disappeared quickly. Has a golden haze, almost orangeish in color body.

S - A lot of citrus fruits on the nose. There is a faint hop presence as well.

T - The smell leads into a great taste of sweetness and spice. The hops at the end really balance out the sweetness. The alcohol was detectable.

M - Light carbonation and feel. There's a dry finish that leaves you wanting to take another sip.

O - I love this for a change of pace IPA. The fruits, spice and somewhat restrained hops are meld together well. No clue what happened the first time I reviewed it but this bottle is spot on!

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to red wine glass, short stem from JK brewery in Austin, TX.

Pours bright Amber with 1/2" off white head. Very full color and body, steady visible carbonation.

Nose holds soapy tropical fruit(, light hops, and spice. Reminiscent of scented soaps.

Flavors are surprising. Very Belgian-esque spice and hop profile. Fruit flavor is orange peel, pears, and peaches. Thankfully the soap is only in the nose. Very surprised to see this come from Terrapin, but again, a really great beer from them.

Mouthfeel is thin, smooth, very pleasant. Bitter is fading as beer warms, which seems a tad backwards.

Overall, will definitely have a second or third of these if I ever come by it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - For a spring release it doesn't seem to matter on the head department since the head fizzes to a mild lace ring. Color is a nice amber brown.

S - Very interesting smell like a mild cherry cough syrup balanced with an almost banana like Belgium yeast. Hopefully the hops are more pronounced since they are not very noted in the smell.

T - Yes the hops do make a nice addition to the balance of the flavor which mostly rounds to a strong Belgium IPA. Very little actual cherry flavor but the Belgium sugars are sweet and fruity.

M - Medium mostly the ABV does catch up with you but the flavors are balanced enough to take it beyond just sipping.

Overall: I would totally consider getting it again if I could find a four pack but it was totally worth the 3 dollars I paid.

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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 BHopp12
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Hazy, reddish golden copper. Little lacey white head that dissapated rather quickly.

S: Hoppy aroma right off the bat with a scent of bananas and vanilla. Definitly get both the IPA and Trippel in the aroma

T: Smooth creamy hop flavor with a sweet fruity taste to follow. Get the bitterness of the hops with the fruit taste of the trippel

M: Creamy, smooth with minimal carbonation, dry finish

O: Great blend of a double ipa and trippel. Not overwhelming with hops and rather smooth and easy to drink. Highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Side Project #5 courtesy of khiasmus. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear, pale golden yellow color wih a thin white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Interesting aroma with a nice balance of floral and citrus hops, light fruit, alcohol, spice and pale malt. Hints of pine needle and citrus rind along with some pepper and estery fruit notes, especially apple and pear.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that gives off hints of pine and citrus peel. Not very dry or bitter, however, because of the estery light fruit and alcohol sweetness. Hints of zesty pepper and coriander followed by a grass/straw presence as well as some apple and pear before a boozy dry finish. Nicely balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. Not the best looking beer and could us a bit more body but it's a pretty solid IPA/Belgian Ale hybrid.

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