Monks' Ale
Abbey Brewing Co. (Monastery Of Christ In The Desert)

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Abbey Brewing Co. (Monastery Of Christ In The Desert)
New Mexico, United States
Belgian Pale Ale
3.5 | pDev: 12.86%
Sep 27, 2019
Apr 25, 2007
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Notes: Monks’ Ale is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of clove and in combination with the malt, hints of plum and apricot. The malt itself provides a honeyish quality up front, a round fullness in the middle, and the hops, together with our pure brewing water, lend a clean, dry finish.

18 IBU
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle- mostly clear amber/copper color with short white head leaving minimal lacing. Nose is mild sweet malt and a hint of yeast. Taste follows with a slightly sweet breadiness and hints of dark fruit and spice. All very mild with an almost dry finish. Light and sessionable, I really like this. Better than some of the lower ratings suggest.
Sep 27, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jun 11, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On-tap at Monks' Corner Taproom, Albuquerque, NM

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down but consistently left a coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of yeast, cloves, and plums are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of Belgian yeast along with notes of plums.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Belgian single is easy to drink and has a good balance between the fruity and yeasty flavors.

Serving type: on-tap
May 25, 2018
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
In a pint glass this beer was a gold color with a small white head.
Aroma of fruit and sweet malt. Faint.
A little more came through in the taste. Peach, white bread, with a little late spice.
Apr 26, 2018
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear light amber color with nice head and great lacing. Slightly spicy smell. Clean herbal taste, slightly sweet with a hint of licorice. A bit thin, but overall good.
Jan 24, 2018
Rated: 3.29 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by cgrunin from Texas

Oct 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Nife from California

3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A really nice balanced American brewed abbey beer.excellent dark gold color. Subdued smell Wonderful single to dubel style abbey beer taste. Moderate to full maltiness. Yeast. Not overly eatery for the style. Hops well integrated into the taste. Finishes dry making the beer very drinkable. Smooth mouthfeel complements the maltiness. I was just in Belgium and this strongly resembles the abbey beers there; not as complex as the better Belgium abbey beers but still a very good example.
Oct 05, 2017
Rated: 3 by Gene-Colorado from Colorado

Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 3.27 by ladle69 from Florida

May 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A- cloudy orange amber color with minimal head and minimal lacing.

S- plum, apricot, honey and sweet caramel malts.

F- taste mimics the nose with the plum and dark candied fruit coming out stronger on the back end. there is honey that comes through just enough to complement the rest of the notes nicely.

M- sweet and bitter but not bittersweet if that makes sense. chewy medium bodied and very tasty

O- a great belgian...i want more! Everything is well complemented and not too dominant.
Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 3.42 by NorCalYeti from California

Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by Agnesse from Japan

Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by phatsmackey from Texas

Aug 17, 2016
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine half finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, dark and light stone fruit, Belgian yeast and spicing. Flavor is bready malt, clove, light stone fruit, plum, Belgian yeast with a hint of honey; flavor dries and thins out in the finish leaving a mild aftertaste of clove and light hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess and a bit of stickiness on the lips. A nicely made, light domestic take on a Belgian pale ale. Probably would not be mistaken for a continental one, but covers all the flavor bases nicely. The finish is a little stark, but otherwise quite enjoyable. My sister brought this to me from a trip to New Mexico and if I get the chance, I would like to try this breweries other offerings.
Jun 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle bought in Albuquerque.

L - Color is deep gold to light copper. Lots of orange. A bit darker than expected. Crystal clear. Head off-white and solid but not spectacular.

S - Aromas are all about the yeast, are clean, and are distinctly Belgian: light fruit (plum and raisin), honey, black pepper. Low bready malt is just detectable. No hops apparent, as expected.

T - Again the yeast notes are out front, with pepper and spice. Fruity notes are more muted. There is a cracked grain note and a bit of honey in the finish. Again, very clean. Crisp bitterness keeps the flavors sharp.

F - Light to moderate body. Moderate, prickly carbonation. Low alcohol presence.

O - This is a crisp, clean beer with lots of Belgian yeast character. Nicely made!
May 18, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jan 09, 2016
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Reviewed by ArchimedesSox from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Deep orange to red color, 1 inch off white head, great lacing

S: Spices, honey, plum

T: Clove with some sweetness, a little caramely malt, and slight hop bitterness but it is ever so slight.

M: Medium but still very drinkable.

O: I like this one. This is right up my ally with the sweet malts and little hop presence. Good beer.
Dec 11, 2015
Rated: 3.16 by Gabriel_Vaughn from California

Nov 23, 2015
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled caramel, roasted malt and floral notes. Odd bitterness with a malty backbone.
Nov 07, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by Seabass1964 from Arkansas

Sep 15, 2015
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of earthy malt. Does not seem to fit a Belgian Pale Ale category since there is a complete lack of hops. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight earthy malt, slight yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. The beer is not a Belgian Pale Ale, but just a Belgian Ale. Therefore, the rating will change, and the almost complete lack of hops will not be a detriment.
Sep 04, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Aug 27, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jul 01, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by mychalg9 from Illinois

Apr 26, 2015
Rated: 3.02 by kp29 from Arizona

Mar 15, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by brandon911 from Texas

Mar 03, 2015
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Rated by seib from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice simple ale that is smooth and with distinct taste.
Feb 23, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by HaydenP from California

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by jrm402 from New Mexico

Feb 05, 2015
Rated: 3.01 by brewqueno from Texas

Jan 02, 2015
Rated: 2.9 by huysmans from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2014
Rated: 3 by JScoot from Louisiana

Dec 15, 2014
Rated: 3 by Alpha309 from California

Nov 27, 2014
Rated: 3.68 by Gadun76 from Virginia

Nov 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by danwho from California

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Steven72450 from Arkansas

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Oct 28, 2014
Monks' Ale from Abbey Brewing Co. (Monastery Of Christ In The Desert)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 173 ratings