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 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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Photo of Suds
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale golden color. The beer has a soapy, shallow, white head. The aroma is more fruity than hoppy... apricot, citrus, fig, and pear. There is a little pale malt and some herbal hops in the aroma as well, but he fruit dominates. Moderate in carbonation, this beer has a spritzy feel, but not the carbonic bite of a lot of other Belgian style brews. The taste is solid, and the best aspect of this brew. Some sweetness up front, balanced with a huge hop flavor and lots of back-of-the-tongue bitterness. It's a warming, aggressively flavorful brew. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of suspect
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks to my pal Audi for bringing this one across the Mason Dixon line from the ATL.

A: Hazy golden color. aggressive pour leads to a slowly developing 1 finger head that disappears within a minute leaving a sticky ring on top. Lacing is consistent and plentiful.

S: Hop presence is prominent, yet muted by some malt, and a funky yeasty smell to go along with it. Overall the nose is not what you would call big.

T: Sweet malts flip flop with the hops and take over the flavor but not in a bad way, for sure. Bitterness is here, but again not prevalent. The most dominant flavor is probably the funky clove/barnyard/banana bread yeast. Very delicious. ABV extremely well hidden.

M: Creamy, dry and the coating remains for quite some time causing me to continuously reach for my glass. Perfectly carbonated, medium body.

O: This isn't my first Belgian IPA but I've only had one other so I'm not totally an expert on style. That said, since I do know beer in general...this is a good one.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the light end for color. Hazy orangey yellow. Smallish head that settles down fast.

Aroma is a lovely mixture of spicy Belgian yeast and fruity, bubblegum hops. Pale malt let's those hops and yeast showboat nicely.

Flavor is one of the better BIPAs I've had. I don't know if it's the yeast I like so much or just how dialed in it all is, but this has a really nice flavor that has me hooked. It's got the Belgian quality, but it's not running wild with spice. And the hops are providing a softening effect to that yeast with their floral, bubblegum, and orangey goodness. Body is syrupy smooth though it's not syrupy thick. Really good feel to it.

My second Terrapin beer and it lives up to the brewery's high accolades and respect. I think they've crafted an outstanding Belgian IPA with this one. I'm going to savor the rest of my glass and look forward to the next time I'm able to enjoy some fine beer by Terrapin.

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

Pours a golden brown color with a light reddish hue. The off white head is short and quickly settles into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet with candied tropical fruit notes. Almost has a fruit punch aroma to it. There is some band-aid phenols and pepper from the yeast. Some fusel alcohol vapors. It has that typical American made Belgian style aroma; way too sweet and boozy. Not much in the way of hops.

The taste is of a cracker-like palt malt. There is a good amount of tropical fruit sweetness. Again some fruit punch. The sweetness is quickly cut by a chalky earthy bitterness from the hops. The band-aid phenols come through in the flavor as well and it also brings the fusel alcohol. Kind of a mess of flavors.

The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation. Both sweet and bitter on the palate. Not very clean on the palate and the ABV is noticable.

Meh, typical american made belgian style brew. Not sure why most American brewers can't figure these styles out. The flavors are too heavy handed, not delicate. Boozy.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a whim at a case shop in PA. It was worth it.

The nose left a little to be desired but the hops and the Belgian sweetness mix nicely. The bottles I have are a little aged but the alcohol taste, I'm assuming, has greatly receded from what others have said about it when fresh. The hops have faded a little too, i don't get a DIPA and a triple out of it, but that's expected.

They recommend aging for up to 3 years and I think I'm gonna see where a few bottles of this goes with some more age.

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

Tasted on tap at Mellow Mushroom Pizza in Destin, FL.

A - White head has only wisps on the surface plus lacing. Beer color is dark amber. Slightly hazy.

S - Main component is US hops. Some malt and brown sugar in the background. Smells nice but very out of character for style.

T - Upfront West Coast hops. Secondarily there are some Abbey flavors like plums, brown sugar, bready malt and Belgian yeast notes.

M - Strong hops bitterness. Light carbonation. Light to medium body.

O - Not what I was hoping for when I ordered the only Belgian-sounding thing on the menu. It seems more like an American Pale Ale with some Belgian characteristics than anything. However, it is an enjoyable beer even for a die-hard Belgian fan like me. I'd prefer the emphasis to be on malt and yeast, but this is a good beer.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a perfect pint. 2011 vintage. Says on the label that this brew is a cross between a Belgian Tripel and an American Double IPA, should be interesting. Very cool label art as well.

Monk's Revenge pours a fairly hazy orange with a decent sized head that falls pretty quickly. Spotty lacing left along the glass.

Aromas of floral and piney hops as well as that distinct characteristic of Belgian yeast. Notes of clove, spice, and banana. Really nice.

Belgian characteristics shine through in the taste. Some spice notes combine with slightly citrus hop notes to make for a distinct and pleasing taste. Medium in body and carbonation. Finish on the sweeter side with a very slight burn.

A very unique beer that I really enjoyed. This is a good beer to mix up your normal rotation with.

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

Nice lasting head with great lace. Smells of clove hit hard. Tastes great with alot of fruit yeast and hop flavor. As it warms the aroma transforms from clove to a strong unmistakeable banana aroma, interersting. Reminded me of a hopped up hefe more than a hopped up triple, which I thought I was getting. I enjoyed every sip of this. Felt creamy and smooth with a hop bite that was weaker than i expected. Overall I enjoyed it and will pick up a 4 pack just for me next time.

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

Poured into a pint glass, oops. I hate it when I use the wrong glassware.

It's a deep gold color with a finger of bubbly white head.

It has sort of a bubblegum hop flavor, very interesting. A bit of a sour funk to it as expected.

The taste is a lot of the same, a good kind of funk and a sweet hop flavor. It's unlike many beers I've tried before and has a definite traditional hop aftertaste.

Good beer, I like it a lot for a change of pace on the tastebuds.

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Photo of bramsdell
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 2011 Vintage bottle into pint glass.

A: Looks fine. A slightly cloudy golden, opaque. A thin (half-finger) head recedes quickly leaving nothing but the gold. Minimal lacing. Not exactly a beauty queen, but not bad looking.

S: Smells amazing. The initial aroma is a beautiful fruitiness. There is a melange of spices and fruits in abundance. It's truly a beautiful thing. Oh yeah, there are some hops there, too, but for a 9.6% Belgian IPA, the bitter smells are minimal. A faint whiff of citrus can be found, but the aroma forces the hops to the background.

T: Tastes just like it smells. There's a fruitiness, but the spices come through. I honestly can't say which spices exactly, but I can identify a coriander flavor (not a strong one, but it's there), and a near-cinnamon flavor. Then there is the fruitiness, which is a thick-bodied flavor, not nearly as sweet as the word implies. Banana is present, but very, very subtle. Finally, there is the hop flavor. To balance the fruitiness and spices, the hops add a bit of a bitter flavor to keep this from being an overly-decadent beer.

M: Really, this is the only downfall of the beer. It feels great at first, but the ABV comes through eventually. Though the alcohol doesn't do much in terms of taste, it is the mouthfeel where it announces its presence. Initially, very thick and sweet, but the alcohol does leave a bit of a burn.

O: A wonderful beer. True, there is a bit of a burn on the back end, but I could drink a few of these. I like Terrapin in general, but I believe this is my favorite of their brews. Highly recommended for anyone into an interesting flavor that isn't afraid to try something a bit off-center.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a half finger white head on top. The head fades quickly leaving some white splotches on top. Some lacing is left on the glass, but it is rather thin.

S: Some faint citrus fruits and some pear along with some flowers and some light spices. Almost reminds me of a hefe aroma actually with the nutmeg and pepper.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, rather light on hops with some faint citrus. It is much heavier in the Belgian qualities with spices (nutmeg chiefly), and a little bit of banana and pear.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Sweet finish.

O: Overall its not bad, just not as hoppy as I would have liked it.

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ucusty for this extra

Pours a nice golden copper with very little head that quickly fades to a small amount of lacing with some spotting.

Smells floral and spicy. A light tart fruit lingers in there as well.

Tastes sweet like a tripel but does have a noticeable light bitter taste in there like a belgian pale. The alcohol does creep up in the back end on you.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with light carbonation. Light alcohol burn but I like it.

Overall is real good. A solid Terrapin offering.

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Photo of Agold
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer a golden orangey color with minimal head and minimal lacing. Pretty clear as well. The aroma is reminiscent of both a belgian pale ale and, oddly enough, apple juice. Quite fruity nose. The beer is very light and again fruity with a bit of apple that is overwhelmed by more citrus forward hops. Not much bitterness at all, but an interesting marriage of belgian yeast and citrus. Mouthfeel is pretty light and maybe a bit undercarbonated. Good beer. It is deceptively drinkable especially for a 10% beer.

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Photo of Samp01
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark copper with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts, earthy piney hops, and some fruity notes. Taste is sweet caramel malt earthy piney hops and a nice earthy resin flavor with some yeast. Palate is full bodied with good carbonation and a resin earthy mouth feel. Finish is sweet caramel malts with some good biiter hops for balance,and some yeast ending with a nice nutty and spicy fruity flavor. Overall a nicely balanced DIPA.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 eclipse54
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30; thanks man! Into a Sweetwater pint glass (thank you for the glass as well!)...

Pours a translucent copper with about a half inch of bubbly, white head. It fades quickly, and leaves little to no lacing. This one smells of some earthy, piney hops, lemon, apple, and some tart pear, and some floral, faintly yeasty notes. A really interesting nose here. Taste begins with some of the fruits and citrus, moves to some bitter, resiny hops, but finishes with an almost sour funk. Really odd; not unpleasant, just unexpected. Mouth is smooth and refreshing, but feels a bit thin and undercarbonated. Overall, a decent brew, but not one I'd seek out again. The blending of these styles just doesn't do it for me in this one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from GPHarris, Thanks again.
2011 Vintage
Pours a light copper color with a stingy white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of candied dark fruit, slightly earthy with a hint of Belgian yeast esters. IPA? Hops? What? Very little in the way of hops find their way into my nostrils. Tastes is sweet with dark fruits and candy sugar. There I found some hops and a bit of ethanol. Earthy and resinous hops come through but are quickly drowned out by a bit of alcohol burn. Fairly dry finish with lingering lighter fluid and sugary fruit. Medium body and carbonation level, sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Decent brew, wasn't at all what I was expecting. The heat is a bit harsh and the hops a bit muted, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of shanblur
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Light copper color with a small white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Fruity esters, banana and bubblegum. Caramel and sweet malts dominate over barely perceptible hops.

T - Sweetness dominates up front from the malt profile, well mixed with the hops bitterness which shows through on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation.

A nice melding of styles. Wish more of the hops showed on the nose, but they definitely are there on the taste.

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Photo of Holland
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light tan orange color. Clear, with a small one finger head that leaves a sticky lacing and thin coating on about half of the top of the glass.

S: sweetness, floral hops, esters, and malts all fill the nose. The esters are a little weird for me, but that's the style.

T: starts sweet and fruity with those esters. Then I taste the bittering hops and malts with the last bit on my tongue.

M: It's crisp and malty, just the way I like it. Sticks to your tongue, but allows that nice bitter hop taste as well.

O: pretty good beer - at about $11 per 4 pack, I might not get it again soon, but it was good to have and get me acquainted more with the style.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown with a 1/4 inch creamy head and some lacing.

Smell - Very floral, sugars, yeast, citrus, some hops,pineapple, grapefruit. Some alcohoo,sneaks in also.

Taste - Very floral, and has a sweet, carmal malt bite. The yeast flavor is very grassy and adds flavor. Spices and alcohol come in at the end. Lots of cirtus fruits, some hops, lemon and maybe some plum even.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness coats mouth with tons of flavor. Tounge gets the carmal malts, some hops and alcohol also. Palette is bittered mildly, and even soured some from the yeast.

Overall - Pretty tasty for a big beer. Lot sof flavor, pretty smooth, but a tad too boozy. Still Good to drink and pretty right on for the style.

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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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