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 Reaper16
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, honeyed orange color; a small shade lighter than an SAC Amber. No hop haze to speak of, no Belgian yest haze to speak of; this is one translucent beer. No carbonation stream either. Combine the lack of perceptible carbonation with the small, half-finger sized head and you have a beer that doesn't appear to have the correct mouthfeel and attenuation of a Belgian style beer.

Lightly tropical hop aromas peek out of the glass first: some tangerine, some orange. Some crabapple, too. There's a strong aroma of candi sugar and banana Dum Dum Pops -- that's the Belgian yeast showing through. Some light pale malt smells. This smells like an American take on the Tripel style more than anything. Pretty decent.

Like an unfortunately high number of beers labeled as "Belgian IPAs," Terrapin Monk's Revenge is not actually a Belgian IPA. It isn't hoppy enough to be a part of the IPA family. Crabapple hop flavors come right up front, but quickly fade to a simple bitterness. The malt flavors are actually unpleasant to me. It tastes like a poor Tripel: sugary and plasticky and without nuance. The finish is mostly sugar and appleskin. This is a disappointing effort.

Monk's Revenge has a medium body, but the attenuation is all off (as I suspected from the appearance). No lush mouthfeel. It's not quite flat, but it approaches flat. Overall, this is not a good example of the style at all. It's a melange of American and Belgian flavors that doesn't develop into anything cohesive or even tasty.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Red Dog Wine and Spirits in Franklin, TN. Poured a medium reddish/orange color with a healthy four finger yellowish white head when poured vigorously into a shaker pint glass. Primary aroma is of bananas and peppery notes. Some other complexities are noticable, but not discernable to my nose. Taste is more bitter with banana again present, some spice as well. Feel is very crisp, spicy, and has a medium carbonation level. Not much oiliness, and light bodied. Very enjoyable beer, a little different from some of the other Belgian IPA's I have had, but very enjoyable still. This offering from Terrapin stands up well in comparison.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-very transparent dark gold with a sticky cream colored head. lots of bubbles and good lacing

S-good spicy pale belgian malts with a sweet hoppiness to them.fairly malty. medium strength

T-ooo this is quite a bitter beer. the bitterness sticks to your tongue through out the experience. it comes in with low quality pale belgian malts that transform in to a short burst of bubble gum sweetness that a blast of sweet bitterness. it really has quite a strong bite to it. the flavors seem to all be off. this is very unbalanced. definitely can taste the ABV.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish, very bitter

O-for me, its another miss from Terrapin, but i'll keep giving them chances. as far as belgian IPAs go, this is just way too unbalanced. the belgian malts seems to be fake. its not easy drinking either. really nothing too great going on here.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really intrigued by this beer, which I poured into a Palm tulip, and served with steak tacos.

Pours amber, quite light, with a bit of copper. Head is light tan, starts with a finger, and dissipates quickly. Nose is pretty mild, a little citrus, and some floral hops.

Taste is fairly sweet, balances the hops quite nicely. A bit of spice, mixed with a tiny bit of malt, highlight is the light sugar on the palate. Body is medium, and goes down smoothly with little carbonation. Overall a unique and good brew.

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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 FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011 bottle poured into a pint glass. Very carbonated; had to pour slowly to avoid an overflow. But, it settled into a nice two finger light tan head which dissipated fairly quickly, leaving some sticky lacing. Clear, light amber/orange body.

Decent aroma, prominently featuring Belgian yeast spiciness. Some light floral hops, caramel malt and candi sugar follow.

Nice flavor that follows the aroma fairly closely. A bit of peppery spiciness from the yeast and some light hop notes. The thing I like most is that the malt sweetness does not overpower the hops or yeast flavors.

Light to medium mouthfeel with only a hint of alcohol presence. Not entirely sure it fits to style, but a solid brew overall.

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Photo of bernie879
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer unfortunatly completes my Terrapin trifecta tasting tonight.

Beautiful copper gold color w/ 1.5 cm white head. Decent retention, some lacing but nothing crazy. But the color of the beer itself is really something.

Aroma: without a doubt a belgian ipa. Cloves, peppar, floral, citrusy. Malts do affer a nice backdrop, but the play between phenols and hops are definatly dominant characters in this ale.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium-full body with an above average carbonation which helps aid in the delivery of spicy hop bitterness. Many aroma notes carry through to the palate as well as a more noticable malt characteristic, possibly from use of pilsner malt.

Overall: This is a great example of the style; both styles are equally represented and balanced very well. Could definatly drink another.

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Photo of JRed
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden in body with marshmallow head on top that leaves lacing. Aromatic: bubblegum, citrus, belgian candy, floral. Full flavor: citrus with the skin, bubblegum, mango, kiwi, belgian candy, booze and tang, slight hop resin leads back into sweet hop tang to finish the drink. Medium body with light carbonation. A slow sipper. Powerful, elegant, sweet in the best possible way.

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Photo of Brez07
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from woolyb. 2011 vintage. Served in a Chimay glass

A: Light tangerine in color. Thin white head that rapidly disappears. No lacing

S: Yeast, spice (some pepper) up front. I also detect some citrus, most notably orange and tangerine. bubblegum?

T: This is really like a triple. There are some hops that provide a crisp bitterness. Crisp citrus flavors combined with apple and pear. Alcohol mixed in there to provide a light burn. A little disappointed by the lack of hop character here

M: Medium bodied. Very crisp from the carbonation at first, but towards the end it smooths out a bit. Dry, slightly bitter and spiced finish

D: If I'm going strictly by style, this isn't close. Other Belgian IPAs are more of a hoppy characteristic. That being said, I rather enjoyed this beer. Would call it a hoppy triple, similar to Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits. Glad to have finally tried it

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly less than a fingers worth of tightly packed off-white colored head... Quickly fizzes and settles leaving only a full perfectly uniform lacing... Bursting with swirling carbonation throughout... The color is a wonderful mix of gold, bronze, and orange...

S - The nose is hop forward... Mostly floral in nature with a touch of piney mixed in... The Belgian characteristics are slight with only some notes of yeast and spice cutting through the hoppiness... Quite pleasant and inviting, but leans much more heavily towards IPA than Belgian...

T - Similar to the nose, the hops are at the forefront ont the palette as well... Citrusy sweet... Piney... A touch of spiciness... Candied sugars... A bit of sharp booziness on the finish... Not much at all in terms of the yeast component that I expect for the style...

M - Medium bodied... The carbonation is a bit harsh and prickly... Dense and rather heavy on the tongue... A bit sticky...

D - Very nice beer all the way around... Not the most well balanced Belgian IPA as this one slants much more toward IPA territory, but enjoyable none the less... I have a couple more bottles and may see how this one mellows with a bit of age on it... Very is to give this one "4"s across the board... A job well done by Terrapin and this may be my second favorite beer from them (behind Wake-n-Bake)...

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Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip.

A – See through pale orangish brown color on pour. One finger of white head, no real lacing.

S – Yeasty, spicy Belgian for sure. Some citrus and pine. Bit of alcohol as well but not much.

T – Much like the smell yeasty immediately. Citrus comes through with the piney flavors as well. Good strong flavor. Has some spicy kick at the end with some bitterness to follow. Little bit of the alcohol burn to warm you up.

M – Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O – Really solid all together. The ABV is felt but not overpowering. Good drinking brew here. Well worth a try and I will again.

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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 gdrydenc
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium orange amber with maybe a finger of off white head. There's a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle that I pour into the glass.

S - Smells like a spicy Belgian beer. I like the smell, but I don't pick up any hops in it. Mostly it's the Belgian yeast, so some bananas are present.

T - Man, I just don't like the taste of this beer. The Belgian yeasty flavors dominate, with no hop character. The taste also has a weird tang to it, which I don't like at all. The alcohol is very present. If I were any less stingy, this would be a drainpour.

M - Pretty standard for a Belgian, slightly undercarbonated for what I expected, but the bubbles are the right size and feel.

Overall, I can't stand the taste of this beer. Everything but the taste is good, but I suppose that's why you buy beer...

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another generous bottle from Grant. Appreciate it! Poured into a tulip. This pours a hazy golden straw color. Small white head on this one that dwindles to a thin layer of foam quickly.

Yeast, toast, bananas and bubblegum dominate the aroma. Way to sweet in the aroma, with a very subtle grassy hop aroma in the background. Seems to be a lot like the aroma. Bananas and bubblegum come to the forefront in sweetness and it is kind of yeasty. Seriouly though, where are the hops? Really weak for an IPA.

Nice light body on this one. The carbonation seems to be a little bit low, I wouldn't mind it to be a bit more lively. Beh, a little dissapointed with this one. Seems to lack IPA qualities. Such as a hop presence in the flavor. Not a bad tasting beer, but it didn't deliver what I hoped it would.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Monk's Revenge

Poured ontap into a snifter, orangish gold in color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma of belgian yeast, floral hops, citrus. Taste is pretty straight forward, belgian yeast lending a peppery note. Some earthy hops adds flavors of pine, rind and a residual bitterness. White pepper and a dry coriander spice. Medium bodied feel, nice and clean. Overall a solid Belgian/American brew.

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Photo of Aaron420
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at Harrika's Brew Haus in Swansboro Nc.

A: It poured a mild translucent red, amber color with a medium sized white head that left a small amount of lacing.

S: It had a rather yeasty and malty smell. No to much hoppiness for an IPA.

T: The Belgium yeast comes out strong in the initial taste followed by a very small taste of hops but still not enough for being called an IPA.

M:This was a very smooth drinking beer for the 9% ABV that it is I put down two of hem while doing my beer shopping. Not to much carbonation and a very smooth drinker.

O: It was a pretty good beer I have a couple more in my fridge to drink on some warm nights. I am not going to drive all over NC looking for them but if I went to a bar and saw it on tap I would order another one.

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Photo of phishgator
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. The color is clear amber/copper. Not a lot of head and much in terms of lacing. The aroma is slightly winey. There are esthers of dried fruits. The flavor follows in with the taste. The alcohol is not over powering, but it certainly is noticeable. The body is on the thinner side as compared to our American style. The hops give off more of a drying effect than anythig else. Not bad for the style and probably more in the mold of what I want a Belgian IPA to taste like, but probably a style I need to experiment more with.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color with a white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The lacing doesn't last long, though.

Smell - Yeast dominated. Some citrusy hops and some caramel malt. Mostly I smell the yeast, though. I'd expect more hoppiness from an IPA.

Taste - Again, yeast centered. It has a good hop profile in the flavor. A lot of bitterness in the finish. Pronounced Belgian flavor to it.

Mouthfeel - This is what I don't like. It feels like the ABV was amped up by sugar additions. It's extremely dry in the finish, especially after it warms. I'd rather it were lower in alcohol with a bit more body in the finish.

Overall - It's tasty. Quite tasty, in fact. Distinctly Belgian in flavor, but I hesitate to call it an IPA. Maybe just a strong Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of dmbsteve
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brick Store Pub.
Pours light orange/copper color with thin white head that dissipates to a ring with small patches. Tiny specks of lacing.

Smells piney and earthy, much like a highly hopped west coast IPA. Aroma gave me high expectations for the taste..

Citrusy hops come right out front in the taste, followed by a distinctive esthery spiciness from the Belgian yeast. But then a warming alcohol comes and lingers for a long time. Any malt character seems to be overpowered by the hops and alcohol.

Body is medium. Warmth from the alcohol lingers at the back of the tongue and throat longer than I would prefer.

This beer definitely packs a punch and you can feel it after just a few drinks. I like what they were going for with the hops but the abv makes it too much to handle. Glad to say that I've tried it but I think one is enough for me.

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

Picked this up at Total Wine and Spirits during a recent visit to family in Tampa, FL.

Pours a somewhat hazy, orange/amber color with a thin white head that didn't retain fully but left scant lacing behind. Bready, malty character prominent in the nose with some phenolic yeast character that hints at banana. Mint is there, too. Perhaps some herbal hops in the background but I'd expect these to be more prominent for a Belgian "IPA". Bitterness grabs the tongue in a surprising way after the scantly hoppy nose. Bready malts and a fruity yeast character speak to the Belgian in this Georgia-brewed beer. Medium bodied with a thickness to it.

Overall a pleasant take on the Belgian IPA style though this particular bottle might be suffering from some age which seems evident by a faded hop character.

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Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into almost nothing and leaves little lacing.

S: Very strong aromas of bubblegum and bananas up front. There are traces of spicy Belgian yeast and some citrusy hops on the finish.

T: Spices and some bubblegum at first followed by a Belgian yeasty flavor. There are some grapefruity and piny hop flavors that kick in next, leaving a lightly bitter finish along with a slight alcohol burn.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer doesn't nail the attenuation I prefer in Belgian styles, but avoids being too thick and sweet as well.

O: Overall, a pretty good Belgian IPA. I wish the hop flavors were a bit more pronounced, but it at least avoids the metallic flavors in many American versions of the style.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter

A--Deep copper color with a white, fluffy head that cleared away quickly even after an aggressive pour.

S--Has a yeasty, toasty, bready smell to it. Behind that there are a ton of spice notes--rich clove and powerful cinnamon.

T--Very yeast-forward. Stinging alcohol flavor on the back of the tongue, but a nice spice presence also. I do get a bit of hops when I look for them, not sure I'd have caught them without knowing what style of beer this is.

M--Very heavy carbonation mixes with the powerfulness of the alcohol. It leaves the mouth feeling full and then the lasting bitterness is very unpleasant.

O--If I had not known this was a Belgian IPA, I would have assumed it was some other style of Belgian beer. I don't detect the hops enough to consider it an IPA. I have drank 2 of the 4-pack at this point, but I think I'm going to throw the other two into the cellar and see what some age does to this beer. Right now I think it's a little uneven.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a nice 1 finger head on the pour but the coloring of the body is fairly weak. Very light orange almost the shade of a pilsner which is not a good look for an IPA. Smell is very juicy sweet pineapple with the expected belgian yeast twang of clove and banana. Also slightly peppery. Nice sharp bitterness upfront. Muddled with a twist of pineapple but any other flavor is kind of muted. Has a peppery aftertaste. Carbonation works nicely and not overdone. Despite rating taste average I do enjoy this beer all around. Hopefully it will open up more when it warms. I prefer Raging Bitch.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

A: Clear amber in color. Roughly a finger of white head that quickly recedes to leave a thin film with some bubbles at the outer edges of the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, citrus, grainy and sweet malts smells. Some alcohol present.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast, banana, caramel tasting malts. Finishes with a grassy, slightly lemony hop flavor...alcohol present again in the taste.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel for an IPA. Good carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content and its presence in both taste and smell. I'm setting one aside to cellar for a year or so to see if it'll mellow out a bit. If you're looking for a Belgian style IPA, Monk's Revenge would be a good one to seek out.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Carmel color that has small almost no bubbles. Nice foamy head, about a finger.

S- THe smell is very boozy, has a background of malts and SOME hops. Smells like an intriguing sipper.

T- Booze, malts and some other dark sweetness. Hops are present but not strong and dominant. Belgian IPA very interesting....

M- Good, flavors are strong and assertive, but pretty relaxing to sip on.

O- Good interesting style from a great brewer. Nothing bad from here.

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