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

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Monks' AleMonks' Ale

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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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3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting that there aren't more reviews of this. This is relatively common (bottled) in the Santa Fe area.
I'm honestly not sure what to think of this brew because I'm not sure what type of style they're shooting for. The original reviewer went with Belgian pale, which is as good of a guess as any.
Pours a light copper color. It's more red than a typical Belgian pale ale, but it's not quite the color profile of a dubbel, tripel, or quad either. Head's minimal, which is typical for the bigger styles, but not necessarily the pale ale.
Smell is of a Belgian yeast strain for sure. This always comes across as a corn smell to me personally. It reminds me of a typical brewpub's attempt at a tripel by the nose.
Flavor starts off sweet, nutty, and and yeasty, but fades and the finish is minimal. It's certainly enjoyable, but the abrupt finish is unusual. Considering the warm location, this isn't necessarily bad. It pairs well with the local food, but it definitely doesn't have as much depth as you'd expect.
As it warms, a little more flavor comes through, but it almost seems to be missing something.
It's a little thin, which might be the culprit, but it's pretty drinkable. For a warm climate with really complex food, it actually makes a very good pairing with red or green chile. By itself it's only average.
If you're in Sante Fe, grad some of this and see what you think of it. It's certainly not bad, but it could be better. I'm sure as the NM monks become more adept brewers, we could see some amazing results based on this first attempt.
If you're in the area, you might try a bottle or two of this, but I prefer to stick to the Sante Fe Brewing Co. items.

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Monks' Ale from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
3.51 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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