Monks' Ale | Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)

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Monks' AleMonks' Ale

Brewed by:
Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
New Mexico, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Domingo on 04-24-2007

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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 76
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied fruit, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that tastes better than it smells.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nach0king
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite light for a Belgian pale ale but one that, if you like spice, will grow on you:

A: The head went a bit too quickly but it was lovely before that, and even after there was some creamy lacing. A deep, metallic copper.

S: A little bit of spice and grains - nothing bitter on the nose at all.

T: You can tell it's quite heavily hopped but at the same time there's some clove-y funk and a great deal of spice. Really this rounds all the bases. Gets better as you drink it.

M: Tiniest bit of effervescence gives way to chewiness.

This would be readily sessionable. As it stands I want to try their other stuff.

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3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Eske's Brew pub in Taos, NM...

Crystal clear amber; very thin head. Slight fruity esters and light bread notes in the smell. Taste was very mild. Some banana and clove with a faint biscuit flavor. Off-kilter, light bitterness. Light, water consistency.

I couldn't get too fired-up about this beer. Seemed bland and non-distinct overall. Not a bad beer, just blase...

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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Nice aroma, starts out with mild fruity esters, some spicy phenols. Some banana and clove. Big bold flavor overall. Moderate pine and citrus hop bitterness.

Appearance: Deep gold with orange highlights. Hazy. Small yellw and light orange head dissolves after 60 seconds or so. Some lacing.

Taste: Fruity esters, apricots, spicy black pepper, moderate clove. Hops are mostly citrus. White sugar. Malty sweetness, nutty malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Creamy, slick and oily. Finishes mildly dry, expecting dryer from the moderate hop bitterness and spicy phenols. Low carbonation.

Overall: Savory brew that's easy enough to drink. The hops and spice are a bit high, but the esters help to balance.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Monks' Ale from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
3.51 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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