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 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 ThePorterSorter
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Taturbo for the trade...albeit unexpected, I am grateful.
I generally don't like BIPAs, but I am willing to give this one a try for reasons of solid BA reviews and a badass mandolin playing turtle on the label.

Vintage - 2010, label is affixed crooked.

A lusciously hazy orange-amber color with a halo of sparse white foam. Lacing on the sides of the glass is rich and sticky and there appears to be ample carbonation available.
There is no visible sediment.

I was preparing for intense hops given that this beer is supposedly a Tripel - DIPA fusion. However, I was let down by almost no aromas period. There is a subtle spicy sweetness and faint fruitiness (when warm), but otherwise little to write home about.

This is definitely a well made beer, but it's not distinctly profound. There is a pungent and biting alcohol followed by strong tripel sugars and modest bitterness from the hops. The hops are most prominent in the aftertaste where there is a lingering bitterness. There are almost no characteristics reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, the beer is completely void of any yeast character.
This beer exemplifies why I generally don't entertain belgium-IPA fusions. The compromise is always a jumbling of flavors that seem to cancel each other out in the long run.

Well carbonated with an elegantly creamy light-medium body. The alcohol is fierce and biting and the hops linger in the aftertaste. Sweetness upfront separates the intensity of both the alcohol and hops.

This is a good beer overall and a good representation of its class. Unfortunately, the class as a whole falls short for me and always leaves me wishing I had chosen either an IPA or a Belgian. I will venture on and continue to try beers out of this class, but I may never be a fan.

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Photo of Portertime
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin has a fine line of extreme brews. This may be my first Belgian style IPA. Hmmm, have to check on that.

Appearance - a clear burnt orange color bubbles with some nice depth.

Smell - Rich with alcohol notes and a buttered biscuit like aroma with some faint piney hops.

Taste - was stuck on the biscuit with a spicey acohol bite that warms with every sip.

I have some high ABV brews with some fine smoothness but the spiceyness is a bit forward. The complexity is there and makes this one a good sipper.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy golden bodiy with almost no head from a vigorous pour.

Smell: yeast spicyness and faint hops. hops are more on the grassy and herbal smelling hops.

Taste: bready malts that are starting to become sweet. Pepper and spice imparted from the yeast. Not much hops flavor comming out of this beer. Strong booze taste that does work here at all.

Mouthfeel: medium to almost full bodied beer. No carbonation here. Its flat.

Overall: I think that this beer passed it prime along time ago. Or I must have gotten a bad beer. Terrapin is a great brewery and this is not the true representation of the quality beer that Terrapin makes. Will have to try this fresh and update the review in spring.

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Photo of Jdmpolk
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A dark hay color with hints of copper.

S- Lemony citrus quality. Tangy, lightly sour aroma with grass notes. Pine hints from the hops, and an essence of white grape.

T- Hints of piney citrus, backed by white grape flavor. Slightly spicy with a black pepper flavor.

M- Dry on the front end with a juicy taniny finish. Carbonation combines well with the alcohol complementing it well.

O- This was a very tasty beer in my opinion, crisp and refreshing, however, it did not meet many of the criteria for its category, therefore I had to give it low marks.

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Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle, 2011 vintage. Light, copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a thick, frosty, belgian head that slowly reduced to a healthy white cap that left a few sticky lacings on the glass. Belgian yeast and citrus hops are the dominant aromas, with hints of spice, banana and biscuit malt. On the lighter side of medium bodied with a slightly resinous feel. Belgian yeast, citrus orange and pink grapfruit flavors in the beginning, with a spicy, tangy taste and feel jumping into the middle. Banana and biscuit malt flavors show up from the middle through to the end. Hop flavors go from bitter and tangy to sweet at the finish. Alcoholic heat is very apparent from the middle to the finish. Lots of interesting flavors.This style is growing on me.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week, not having had a Belgian IPA in quite some time. Terrapin's beers are great and this one was no exception, but be forewarned! This is not for the faint of heart or those used to the status quo.

Of course, I'm joking when I say that. This was a great beer but certainly not like anything I've had before. The pour was nice, with a shiny copper hue, decent head, and no lacing to be seen. Loads of flavors in the nose and taste, including, apricot, sweet citrus, and rye. The Belgian aspects of this beer were up front and slowly gave way to the oil and pine in the mouthfeel and the warm hoppiness in the back. It was truly amazing to feel this beer transition, but that could have been augmented by the alcohol in this.

It was so strong in fact, that this almost felt like a Barleywine. There's not as much grain here but I had to slow myself down while enjoying this because I found feel the booziness of this beer. That being said, this was wonderful to behold and a great marriage of styles. It's worth savoring for quite a few reasons and fans of extreme beers will not be disappointed here.

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Photo of iadler
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip

A- Pours a hazy orange-copper with a one finger head that dissipates almost immediately. No sign of lacing.

S- Peach, apricots, pepper spice, clove, vanilla, banana, mandarine, grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of bready malt. Smells more like a Tripel than a IPA.

T- Lot's of fruit notes including each, apricot, banana, mandarine and pineapple upfront, followed by some clove, vanilla, spice and some bready malt. Finishes fairly boozy that warms the throat.

M- Medium carbination and body. A nice crispy mouthfeel. The booziness gets in the way of being drinkable.

O- I'm starting to really like this style but thought of this more of a Tripel than an IPA. There wasn't a lot of citrus hop character and 9.6 ABV was easily noticeable. A good beer to try though.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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 lnashsig
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to BPreston for the chance to taste this one. Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a dark orange/red color, just a little head that quickly recedes, very little retention. Smell- a little acetone, some wine-ish (maybe sauvignon blanc grapes) flavors, a little bit of banana. This smells pretty harsh, it doesn't work that well. Taste- definite hop bitterness, but more acetone. Harsh Harsh Harsh. no real malt sweetness to speak of. This is a mess. Mouthfeel- avg. Drinkability- I'll have to choke this one down, but its pretty close to a drainpour.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a clear gold with a finger of off white head. A little boozy in the aroma, some banana and a little Belgian spice. Medium bodied. Pretty hot with alcohol. Fair amount of malt sweetness. Some hops in the finish, but not enough to balance the sweetness. A bit of Belgian yeast spice, but mostly banana. This didn't do a whole lot for me.

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Photo of JayAre46
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 12oz bottle with the blue ninja turtle dressed like a french robin hood playing a banjo on a tequila drinking jackass. ITS WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT, it pours a copper color with some orange edges, 1 finger of off white head, falls to a thin ring around the edges no lacing

A - very subtle hops up front, caramel malt and artificial banana syrup which is abundant throughout the aroma is rather intimidating, concerning the sweetness and alcohol, i prefer something different then what this style is representing. where is the belgian yeasty greatness???

T - subtle caramel malt, upfront then transitions into what the nose suggested with more hops, banana syrup again and it is everywhere, hops come in for a quick battle and show their face then retreat like the french would to be dominated by the dominating banana imposters and its alcohol sidekick. this beer is not bad...

M - medium to light, no carbonaiton, which is not necessarily a negative...does not coat a Gah damn thing flows over the edge and leaves its bananas behind.

O - i feel like adding banana flavored flintstone gummiebears to an ipa does not make it a "belgian" ipa and for that terrapin you fail, the yeasty characters are absoulutely wondering the halls on drugs without a hall pass, only to find a gah damn sno-cone stand serving nothing but banana. don't buy it more than once.

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Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper red, and you can see right though. Nice head that swirls nicely. Looks great.

S: Smells sweet, belgian yeast, not getting much hops here. Smells almost like barleywine, which is good for me.

T: Spicy, bit piney, sweet. Still not getting the hops, not a deal killer but would have like some here.

M: I tried to drink this one like most IPAs and I almost choked. Booozy! Not a bad thing, but beware. Nice smooth feel, wakes up the palate for sure with the booze.

O: Not the best BIPA I've had so I marked it down a bit, but a solid offering. Definitely worth a few pints.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a nice amber color, great clarity, and a creamy two finger foam that fades fast and leaves sea foam lacing.

The aroma is bready in the background with a touch of caramel, fruity, juicy fruit, and some boozy notes in the middle and citrus, grass, pine and mint on the end.

The taste is bready with some honey, juicy fruit, fruity belgian yeast in the middle. A touch of banana, tropical fruit, spice, and a booze burn. The finish is hoppy and that is the star with spicy, grassy, floral, pine and mint going on.

Overall a complex and interesting blend of flavors. A little confusing to the pallat, but a good sipper.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a thin ring and sheet which disappeared 2/3 of the way through. before it left it billowed nicely though. the body was a bright, clear amber color.
s - big belgian yeast aroma with some herbal hops.
t - bready, spicy, grassy, herbal. a hint of sweetness coming through.
m - very smooth and slick. medium mouthfeel.
o - nicely done overall though the head dissipation was disappointing. not quite on stone cali-belgi level but still good.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint; vintage 2011 sprawled across the side

Pours a bright orange with amazing clarity. A large amount of bubbles shooting north. A two finger cap rises and falls quickly. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is spicy. A hearty dose of ethanol too. Tangerines and tropical fruit with an astringent/medicinal quality.

Astringent, spicy hops, oranges and tropical fruit with a hot alcohol finish. Very similar to the aroma. Bright flavors, but a bit messy.

Medium body with even carbonation but astringent and spicy. Definitely not a smooth drinker.

Overall, this has some good qualities but I feel this is a miss. This guy satisfies a hop craving but lacks some overall depth and cleanliness.

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Photo of ixodus
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep gold in color with no head. It leaves a bit of spotty lacing as it's drank down.

S: Belgian Candi sugar, grassy/citrusy hops, fruit, wheat and alcohol.

T: Upfront it's fruity sweet and a little spicy followed by a mild hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Not as hoppy as I was hoping.

M: Smooth medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation.

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Photo of hmph
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: real light copper/amber hue fairly clear, a good amount of carbonation and a low amount of head

S: Hop smells hit first with a good balance of citrus and pine mixed with a wheaty/grain hint

T: As with the smell the hops hit first, but not as super aggressively as I would have thought, follows up much like the smell with a malt and 'wheaty' taste and with an ample amount of carbonation to get you ready for the next sip

O: An interesting combination of beer type's that while its not outstanding is a real good beer. While its complexity is something to be enjoyed it still leaves me feeling its a bit unfinished.

One of the first of Terrapin's beers I've tried and am pretty happy with it and will likely try some of their other brews in the future. Bought two and will likely cellar one for a year or two and give it another review.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: A rather clear golden amber color with minimal offwhite head and decent lacing.

S: Smells just as the name says, like a cross between an IPA and a belgian tripel. Citrus hops followed by a slightly more powerful belgian yeast and a little alcohol.

T: Hoppy, malty, alcohol. Banana flavors mixing with citrus fruit, some spice akin to belgians. An interesting mix, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

M: Medium to light body, a little creamy. Finishes just on the dry side.

O: Pretty good, would have preferred it to have a little more hop up front, but I guess the belgian drinkers who bought this would prefer it this way.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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 SouthFLBeerLover
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has amber color and produces a good sized white head.

S: Pleasant, not as potent, hops wise, as some other Double IPAs are that are in the market.

T: Very hoppy, full of aroma coupled with strong wheat flavor, almost like (and I do emphasize the word almost) what you'd expect from a Hefe Waitzen-type of beer.

M: Nice mouthfeel, very aromatic. Good amount bubbles. Alcohol is not overpowering despite 9.6% ABV.

O: A very good (not exceptional). This is an IPA that traces its roots back to to Belgian-style Tripel.

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Photo of jgurley
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours somewhere between gold and amber. Very thin head, minimal lacing. Smell is odd to me for an IPA. I get a grapey, kinda cheap champagne smell above everything else on the nose. Same thing on the taste. Kinda sour. Hops are not on top to my taste. Sweet/sour with an alcohol bite. I'll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottles newly released I'm guessing due to the new Terrapin green caps with the turtle bursting through. This label shows a horse back riding, leute playing terrapin. Aroma has strong tropical accents with citrus hops shining bright, a bit of alcohol present and spicy Belgian yeast notes. Flavor is a clash between American hops alcohol and Beligan yeast a bit of a cluster you know what I'm trying to say. Mouthfeel can be cloying because of the same tug of war I'm talking about, hot alcohol in the finish a bit of resinous hops and spices that coat the palate. Even carbonation medium bodied but I wouldn't call the experience smooth, overall I'm surprised they chose to mass produce this beer I'm still waiting for another Imperial Pils...btw their new limited release 22 oz bottles is a pun on Indian Jones.

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Photo of richkrull
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden copper color with a little bit of slightly off-white head.

Smell is a little spicy. Very nice with some hops at the end. I pick up some banana as well.

Taste is Pretty fruity. Some banana flavor. Very spicy hop finish. Very interesting taste to it. not overly hoppy at all.

Mouthfeel is light-medium.

Overall a pretty good Belgian IPA. Not quite hoppy enough for me but it's good.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bad boy up on a trip to the ATL this month. From bottle to a brandy snifter. Why? Cuz I felt like it.

Appears a vibrant orange color - looks more like an amber than an IPA though. An abstract painting of lily pad-ish head sits in the middle of glass.

Smells of grass, orange and lemon rind. Thought I would get some sort of Belgian yeast aroma...but it's unfound. There's only a slight bit of funk involved.

Tastes more of a an American IPA than a Belgian, albeit a boring IPA, if that makes any sense. Sweet taste up front gives way to a bitter, dry lingering finish. Rather unimpressive for this 2011 vintage. A hint of sugar in the taste to round it all out.

Medium carbonation in this brew. Yup, that's all.

Overall, nothing spectacular in this beer. Wouldn't reach for it again, as there's plenty of better options out there.

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