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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 bucklemyshoe
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 09/28/2010:

12 oz bottle served at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: The pour is red-orange with a half-inch of short-living fizz.

S: The aroma is of medium fruits (apricot, muscat grapes), spicy belgian yeast, lemon, banana, and a hefty dose of hops at the end.

T: Sweet moscato, belgian yeast, citrus notes, and tasty floral hops make for a delicious brew.

M: It isn't as carbonated as I would've hoped.

D: This is a bit swee but in a good way. It's almost too drinkable for being 9.6%.

This is an excellent blend of two great styles.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good take on an imperialized Belgian IPA, although a bit too compact in the end.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brow bottle. Fantasy illustration with the terrapin as a troubadour riding a horse in a forest leaving a castle behind. Brief side paragraph talks about intent, style, and recognition to those behind the inspiration. Shows vintage (2010), and notes Alc. by Vol. (9.6%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour, rich 1"+ frothy head, medium retention, nice surface memory, and lacing throughout.

S - Fresh nose, a bit subdued, maybe a bit too cold... Hoppy touch with a spicy whiff. Fruity touches emerge nicely as it warms up a bit.

T - Malty sense, with touch that while hoppy is more bitter than resinous, or fruity. Touch of spice, pepper... The DIPA pushes in the finish with grapefruit and pineapple barely touching the surface with a lingering fusel alcohol sense that while not overwhelming is a bit detached.

M - Medium-body with medium-low carbonation, deceptively smooth towards the spicy and hoppy raise in the end over a carbonated pinch that does not hide the pushing booze.

D - While nice... For me it feels a bit dull in the end, it makes me long for a bit of a more enticing edge. Nice but I'd probably won't seen for it again.

Notes: One of my first Terrapins and one of the few "Imperial" Belgium IPA I've tried. As a brew it is quality, as a take on BIPAs... I dunno, the tripel side is more accentuated here with the malty range instead of being hop prone, which is fine, but may not be that close to my preferences. Others tasting next to me, and with quite a different palate, are liking it, although they complain about the forward alcoholic sense...

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Photo of cdizinno
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a fresh growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange color with a thin white head that remains throughout the entire duration. Minimal lacing.

S: A big yeasty, banana blast up front. Some citrus and malty sweetness.

T&M: Very smooth and minimal alcohol burn for the high ABV! Taste is similar to the smell. Banana, tart citrus and a subtle sweetness with a mild yeast flavor. Crisp with a mild hop bitterness that is well-balanced with the sweetness.

Very nice original taste. Definitely closer to a Tripel than just a regular Belgian IPA.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. 2010 Vintage. Thanks to beerwolf77 yet again!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color that produced a light gray level of bubbles.

(S)- A big burst of orange citrus up front. Some subtle hints of a sweetness with a touch of banana.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A burst of tart orange and hints of damp wood. A subtle sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Crisp and lightly tart with a present bitterness.

(D)- An interesting combo. An IPA, yet a tripel at the same time. It tries to be both at the same time, but it just does not quite mesh together completely somehow.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010

A - Poured a brighter shade of orange with a creamy, two finger head...the head stuck around and became a patchy cap...decent lacing

S - This was my favorite part of the beer...big citrus and pine hops filled the aroma and led me to believe this was more on the IPA side...there was also some Belgian yeast present

T - The flavors weren't a complete 180 of the nose but it's pretty close...the hops were pushed to the side and didn't come back until the end...the other flavors were a little sweet presenting a touch of caramel malt, some bubble gum, and apples...the Belgian yeast was present in the middle of the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth...drying...warming alcohol

D - This american version leaned more towards the Belgian side but it did have a nice addition of hops at the end...I like seeing Terrapin taking their side projects and making them seasonal 12oz. releases

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.69/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A perfectly clear copper body with an off-white bubbly head, about 1 finger.

S: A pine & citrus hop aroma with a slight hint of Belgian yeasts.

T: A citrusy flavor with a mellow malty background and a strong hoppy bitterness. Pepper, apple, and banana can be picked up on the palate along with some Belgian yeast notes followed with a dry aftertaste. Great flavor beer that hides the high ABV.

M: A creamy texture with mild carbonation and medium-full body.

D: This is the kind of revenge I will always look forward to.

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Photo of liamt07
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, into my Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage 12oz'er, thanks for all the Terrapin Jon!

Poured aggressively into the tulip, only yielding about a finger and a bit of bright white head. Solid layer of retention on here, no lace. Aroma is a blast of bright citrus hops, more on the tropical spectrum with some pine involved. Pineapple/peach predominantly and potentially some green apple, with a bit of Belgian yeast faintly and alcohol as it warms. Bitter and citrusy upfront, different fruit comes out here, of a more lemon/orange scope but fades into a wash of alcohol and the Belgian yeast again. As another reviewer wrote, it comes across like a hybrid DIPA and tripel which I think comes close to this. A bit fuller in the mouthfeel, with medium-high carbonation. More of a sipper I thought this one was, but quite nice when warmed up some more.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with little head.

S: Aroma is dominated by piney/citrusy hops.

T: Hops dominate. Malt comes in slowly along with a slight yeasty sour fruit flavor.

D: Kind of a strange brew. Not something I'm likely to pickup again but interesting none the less.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A dark golden color, almost orange. Nice two finger head foamed up and faded to a ring.

S - Apples, yeast, phenol, some hops. Little bit of spice.

T - Sweet, lots of phenol, interesting hop bitterness. A lot of yeast and apple, with a bit of spice to it.

M - Medium bodied, a little creamy and bubbly. Finishes a little dry.

D - Not particularly great, not a bad beer, but not something to open up if you're thirsty.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small dry yeasty and Belgian like sugar and a grapefruity citrus hop. In the taste, grapefruity hops and a thin malt backing. A small bite and medium to light mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus aftertaste. Nice big hops, Belgian like, but a bit thin.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle reads "Vintage:2010" so that's a good sign... ;) Poured into a "perfect pint glass".

A - Dark orange with borders of gold. Hop haze almost hides the active carbonation rising from below. Small off white head is persistent, but fades to a ring on the sides.

S - Sweet bread, fresh Granny Smith apple, caramel, and a little pepper.

T - Belgian fruity esters with assertive hops bitterness. White raisins, apricot, and a clean alcohol warmth in the back of the throat. The floral hops blend perfectly with the ester profile here. Flavor packed from front to back.. The ABV is very well masked with this brew.

M - Medium bodied, but dry. This beer clears the palate with no real aftertaste aside from juicy hops that make you want more immediately.

D - For a nearly 10% beer, I'm supposed to say Low, but I could have these until I blacked out. A real possibility with this beverage I'm afraid.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big up to Mavajo for the extra! I'd wanted to try this for a long time.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Dusting of foam with a moderate, loose collar, off-white with lots of nucleation. Medium amber body with bright copper highlights.

Smells of bright grapefruit, some green apple, Juicy Fruit gum, a little anise, with a very cool, open "nosefeel," the way mint clears you out. Very nice.

That open, menthol-like coolness transfers to the flavor, with more citrus, a little banana, & a STRONG alcohol bite & dryness. Man, what's good is good, but that booze really takes a toll on me. Thankfully it mellows out mid-glass, revealing a honey-like sweetness. Much better.

Full-bodied, active, some heat from booze still.

I hadn't reviewed a Belgian IPA in a while, this really reminded me why I like the style so much. The nose is pretty awesome, that play of hops & Belgian yeast really does it for me. A bit overwhelming at first from alcohol, fortunately it simmered down a bit. Tasty brew.

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

Thanks alot to majavo for this one!!!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange with a nive 1 finger off white head that leaves some seriously sticky lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S- Strong earth and floral notes with a nice belgian sweetness in the background from the malts and yeast.

T- Super creamy malts hit you up front as well as some banana and yeast. Behind that the more pine and floral hops create the finishing bitterness that leaves your tongue a little dry but not bad.


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Photo of juhl31
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-dark gold in color, almost pushing a light brown. head was gone pretty quick and zero lacing

-sweet. has a bit of a nose bite. little bit of bananas and apples without much hops smell

-goes on the tongue fighting. the belgian trippel taste and the dipa taste just mesh and its hard to tell whats going on. then a bit of hops harshness pokes in then the belgian taste melts in. it finishes with a hops bitterness. some apple and woody taste somewhere in all that

-slight warmness and smooth.

-this beer is weird, but i dont dislike it. definitely has an identity crisis, but i wouldnt turn down more

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz 2010 vintage

I got to try this recently thanks to a friend and it was interesting. Not quite spicy or funky but definitely belgian. It was orange and had a smell of hops but also something I could not lay my finger on. The taste was the same way. It was neither belgian, belgian-style, IPA, or DIPA, it was weird. It was however good as I find most Terrapin beers to be solid.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to DosBeerigos for this bottle!

I don't like the look on that turtle's face... This brew pours a slightly hazy golden amber topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose is loaded with pine resin and grapefruit, hops galore. A dark honey hides in the background. The taste follows closely, heavier on the honey, but with plenty of hoppy pine and grapefruit to go around. Some banana, clove, and flowers are swirled around in the maelstrom as well. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid brew, an interesting mix of DIPA and tripel.

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Photo of Beejay
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

A: Pale amber orange. Slightly hazy with a decent off white head.

S: Nice belgian yeast scents, honey and floral notes stream out. You can smell a bit of booze mixed in with brown sugar. In the finish there is a nice grassy hop scent. This smells like one terrific beer.

T: Found the hops. Nice grassy hops, bitter follows through to sweet malty backbone. Some booze present, with some fruity flavors in the back. As it warms I pick up more citrus notes, and a little more of the belgian yeast character.

M: Slick, medium bodied, and a little syrupy. Decent carbonation, but not necessarily of typical belgian proportions, finish is on the dry side.

D: Good. I would definitely get this again, though it may not be might top choice. Well rounded though I would like there to be a little more emphasis on the belgian side.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a slight, tight head. Aroma is light and phenolic, with a little fruity apricot. Flavor is phenolic and bitter, with pear, apricot, bitter apple and a whiff of butterscotch. The finish is cidery and bitter with a little sour. Mouthfeel is prickly.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.95.

A: Lightly amber tinged gold with healthy 1-2 finger light beige head with good retention but miminal lacing.

S: Big pale malty aroma is cut with a tart, herbal hoppiness with a nice dash of orange and lemon citrus

T: The maltload is big-league on this one with sweet pale and lightly toasted maltiness that works well with the crisp tartness of the hoppiness, which also has floral and citrus characteristics as well. The yeast adds a nice spicy note.

M: All the malt lends a lush, medium-full body. Aftertaste is mildly sour tartness with a light floral-tinged sweetness.

D: Smoother than some of the other American-built Belgian IPAs (see Raging Bitch and Cali-Belgique), and I think it works a little better to have a bigger malt presence. Nice job Terrapin.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip on 7/18/10

Vintage 2010

Many thanks to scottyshades for the Terrapin hook up

Somewhat hazy & amber in color. Held to the light it has the look of a faded sunburst. Two fingers of head thin to about 1/8th inch with clumpy lace catching along the way. Thin retention & decent lace all the while.

The aroma has a propensity toward the Tripel style. Lots of banana, a hint of clove, some Belgian style yeast spiciness. On the DIPA side, there's some citrus zest, maybe a touch of pine. Even at 9.6% abv, there's no appreciable booze.

Hmm...this does taste like a Tripel hybridized with a DIPA, not necessarily a Belgian IPA. Very spicy & herbal, especially toward the finish. Seems quite peppery. Undertones of banana & yeast. American hops are more assertive to taste; piney bitterness & a muddled citrus note. They don't seem like the focal point though.

The feel is more in line with a DIPA, in my opinion. Medium body & resinous. Carbonation is reasonably low. There's a hint of alcohol heat & slickness, but the abv remains well hidden. Dry & spicy finish.

What an odd critter this is; certainly an interesting amalgamation of styles. In some ways it reminds me of Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold more than, say, Piraat. It drinks well considering the abv.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2010.

poured from a 12oz bottle a light honey amber, to a sun king brewery shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger short lasting white head.

very faint aroma, having trouble picking up much at all aside from a subtle sweet citrus.

citrus forward, sweet malts, belgian yeasts, no bitterness whatsoever.

very drinkable for a 9+ abv. if I had a second bottle, I'd pop it.

likely my favorite terrapin to date - and happy to see no evidence of the earthy hops used in terrapin gamma ray.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz 2010 bottling

Monk's Revenge sits a nice dark golden amber with orange highlights in the glass. A modest off white head falls quickly leaving modest amounts of oily lacing as well.

The aroma is nicely prominent, with a strong citrusy hop presence and an equally strong spicy malt.

The flavors are strong as well, a melange of hop tastes ranging from resinous to citrus with no single one standing out over tge others. The malt makes a background for a the quite spicy and fruity yeast strain. The finish is long, somewhat bitter and dry tempered with a touch of sweetness.Warming melds the various flavors together in a tasty and unexpected manner!

Mouthfeel is medium, full and smooth with just enough carbonation to avoid being too harsh.

While I believe I might prefer either a traditional Belgian or a tradition American style DIPA, Monk's Revenge is an interesting experiment in flavor combinations. I can't say I found it overly drinkable, however I am glad I tried it and it makes an excellent sipper as you puzzle out the flavors which are either hit you in the face strong or quite subtly elusive.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Blind Beer #1 from Blind Beers BIF. Reviewed without knowing what beer it was. These are my notes before looking at what the beer was.

A - Hazy dark orange/golden color with 1 finger white creamy head. Lots of bubbles in this one. Good head retention with great lacing.

S - Citrus hops with some caramel malts. Slight bready aroma comes through as well. Hops fade as it gets warmer. At first I thought IPA, but the hops weren't that strong.

T - Bready malts with some citrus undertones from the hops. Almost tastes like a belgian of some sort. Becomes more fruity towards the finish. Slight fig notes.

M - Medium to light bodied, high carbonation. Slightly dry finish with some bittering hops returning.

D - Good drinkability, seems to be about a 6-7% ABV. I'm thinking this is a Belgian something...

Wow. Very surprised to see this is 9.6%. Also surprised to see it is an IPA. While the hops were there to begin with, they faded quickly. My first thoughts were IPA when I smelled it out of the bottle, but changed that as soon as I started smelling and tasting the beer.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single I got at Magnolia in Lynchburg. Vintage 2010 is on the label.

Appearance: Bright golden orange. Perfect clarity. A bubbly head of a finger or two, but it fades quickly and leaves just spotty lacing.

Smell: It says "Revenge is a BEER best served cold" on the label. It should say "Revenge is a dish best served cold, but this beer isn't." When cold it is dull and lifeless. As it warms up, spicy Belgian yeast really comes through. Sweet smelling light fruity esters are there too. Presumably this is hopped with a generous amount of American hops, but the smell of hops isnt that powerful. There are hints of pine and citrus, but it doesnt smack you in the face like a DIPA. Some obvious alcohol in there too.

Taste: Again, more tripel than Belgian IPA. Mostly dominated by clovey Belgian yeast and sweet fruit. Some American hops flavor (citrus and some pine) and bitterness, but not IPA like-- at all. A fair amount of hot tasting ethanol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and properly carbonated. Some sticky, resiny hops on the tongue. The hoppiest flavor comes in the finish.

Drinkability: Its a good tasting beer, but more on the Belgian side, and less on the IPA side. Maybe its a little too old (but it cant be more than 7 months-- not sure when it came out), but the hops seem muted. Overall a good beer. I like Belgians, I like IPAs-- cant go wrong.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 -- what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep orange/amber, hazy, with one finger of tight beige head. Lacing is just okay.

Smell -- Pine sap, cut grass, and fresh flowers join with clove, banana, earthy yeast and bready malt.

Taste -- Belgian yeast notes are quite pronounced, mostly clove and a general yeasty earthiness. More malt sweetness than the nose would suggest, with cane juice, honey, plum flesh, and bread and biscuit malts rounding out the grain overtones. The hops weren't very pronounced, but they brought some mild resin bitterness along with more herbal/spicy notes. Finish is sweet and spicy. Lingering flavor of yeast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, with ample prickly carbonation. It suits the style well. Additionally, the alcohol content was very well-hidden.

Drinkability -- I don't know if I would say that this is one of my favorites of the style, but it was certainly a pleasant experience. If you can come by it, there's really no reason not to give this a try. Your mileage may vary.

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