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

BA SCORE
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83 Ratings
Monks' WitMonks' Wit
BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Monks’ Wit is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of spice that accentuates the coriander, orange peel, and other spices. The malt itself provides a sweet, bready quality up front, a round fruitiness in the middle, and the hops and spices together with our pure brewing water, lend a clean, dry finish.

14 IBU

Added by tempest on 12-30-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
16.81%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
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Photo of jhines18
4.99/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great Witbier. It's got hints of citrus and spice with a creamy finish. Very refreshing with some complexity brought on by the yeast. A wonderful and refreshing beer. Highly recommended. Good work monks, keep it up!

A: Pours an orangish/yellow color.
S: citrus & lemon.
T: Refreshing creamy citrus and spice.

Good on a hot summer day

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Photo of wingnutz27
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of sergio1va
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from 12 ounce bottle into tulip pint glass.
Appearance- very on point in regards to most Wit beers- pale golden color with off white foam head.
Aroma- Mild aromas of wheat and spiciness come through the glass but not too overwhelming.
Taste- Coriander and spice notes seem to predominate in the tasting notes of this beer. Wheat notes eventually make their presence along with some tangy citrusy bite in the back end. Reminds me of a Hoeegarden or a stronger version of Great White- both great wit beer offerings.
Overall- Very enjoyable wit beer with an ABV 5.2% that won't scare most session drinkers.

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Photo of JessePriest
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and slightly hazed, yet bright straw color, nice pook of white bubbles that linger and leave good lacing. Scent is big on spices (fresh ground corriander, touches of white pepper and ginger even) with the yeast and fresh bready grains lagging slightly behind, faint hints of candied fruit trail on the end. Although big in the scent, the spices are wonderfully balanced and fresh tasting, the fresh bready grains and belgian yeast blend perfectly and all components of taste balance qonderfully. Lighter in body and a tad more bubbly than many wit beers, dry on palate. A nice suprise from a brewer that is just starting to gain traction.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer and poured a tall, fluffy white head. I was immediately struck by the spice in this wit. It's almost a touch biting at first, but it's very pleasant and the beer's finish is balanced. The aroma has a big raw wheat and cracker note with a hint of yeasty bread dough and light, herbal citrus. The flavor is bright at first with creamy lemon (like a pie) and vanilla toast. The beer closes with a mild, soft bitterness, but there's a lovely clove note. After trying the Monks' Ale I wasn't expecting such a fantastic wit, but this was one of the most interesting wheat beers I've had in a while. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis for the fresh character and level sessionable complexity. Find this beer and enjoy.

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Photo of shigg85
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ange1
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of NJHopHeadBob
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tellish33
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #72 (Jan 2013):

Well balanced spicing, akin to some of the Belgian brewed Witbiers as opposed to some of the more soapy varieties brewed in the US. A tad bit drier and crisp would help it reach a level of greatness, regardless … a damn good example of the style.

STYLE: Witbier
ABV: 5.1%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed pale golden straw, ample lacing

SMELL: Subtle coriander, earthy yeast, orange peel, bready malt, a bit grassy, plumy

TASTE: Smooth, medium bodied, slick, grainy, mildly biscuity, orange peel, walnut skin, orange peel, ripe pears, hint of alcohol, very modest hopping, semi-dry grassy finish

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Photo of Doonzman
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean refreshing dry witbier. Perfect for a hot day. My first swig was disappointing but I realized I couldn't just down the stuff. The taste isn't as powerful as a stout IPA. Search for the taste and you're golden

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monk's Wit pours a hazy yellow gold body beneath a short head of bright white foam that drops steadily but manages to leave some nice streaks of crooked lace about the glass.

The aroma suggests a lightly sweet, wheatish malt base along with some fruitiness (apple, soft lemon), a touch of citrus peel, and a bit of spice (mainly coriander). It's clean and bright.

The flavor delivers what the aroma suggests, and it's well balanced with a slight tartness, a moderate bitterness, and a restrained hand in spicing. It finishes fairly short, and dry, with some mild residual spice and chalkiness. Interestingly, the coriander which is normally fairly dominant, is quite tame here despite the fact that you can pick it out in the nose.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body with a slight caress from the moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Delicately spiced and remarkably well-balanced, Monk's Wit is quite drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew poured with a wonderful yellow, hazy color. It has a very small white head that didnt have any retention. Little lazing followed, just a bit of a ring as brew was consumed.

There is a nice hit of floral aromas in the front of this brew, almost a bit tart. There is some nice spice aromas as well, especially clove. There is a bit of citris as well, and a finish with a bit of a yeasty/bready ending.

As you take the first sip there is a nice strong clove and a spice flavor bunch that is quite good. There is a bitt of a sweetness in the brew, maybe a touch of honey that compliments the citrus flavors very well. It actually gives the brew a nice balance as the final flavors you get are the nice yeasty/bready flavors that carried over from the aroma.

The carbonation helps actually bring the flavors from the brew alive. Carbonation is very active, making this brw nice a creamy, but bring the tartness and sweetness to the front. Its pretty good brew.

The drink on this brew very easy. A great brew to enjoy on a hot day. This was a very good Wit. This could also be a very good session brew.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Val Dieu chalice glass. Monk's Wit is a quite pale yellow-peach color. The small head the initially formed quickly disappeared but for a slight film. The nose is spot-on: light citrus-peel with a dusting of coriander and lots of fruitiness. Quite decent flavor as well, with plenty of coriander giving a pleasant herbal spiciness. Hop bitterness is higher than some wits, cutting the sweetness. Lots of fruity yeast character.

This is a surprisingly good wit. I hope this brewery can take up a traditional abbey style, and put as much care into it as well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a 1/4 inch of fluffy head.

S - Kind of mild but I can pick up some lemon, orange peel and coriander.

T - Kind of confused with the low rating, does everyone hate widely available Witbier's? It has a mild yet refreshing flavor of fruity yeast, squeezed orange, and a touch of drying spice.

M - Light bodied and easy to drink.

Overall like the Blanche De Bruxelles only a touch more dry. Again it's light, refreshing, cheap, and sessionable.

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Photo of 18tony
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: yellow with a nice cloud inside.

smell: floral, sweet.

taste: like white tea with honey. when it comes to being unique, this one is way up there. no hop profile. freash. great for my hot tx summer time.

light in body but with it seemingly unfiltered there is some texture there.

this is a good beer for sure. even more it's a good alternative.

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Photo of crusian
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from local shop, lots of sediment at the bottle, can see it without opening it.
Reviewed by style:
Pours a nice cloudy white with very little head, with this style I expect more head. Belgian yeast on the nose with a bit of coriander and a tiny hint of lemon and some pepper.
Taste is what I would expect, but has more lemon zest on the palate than the nose gives. Something sweet in this, but it doesnt hit you until the finish, oddly enough. Finish is very dry, quite nice. If I was to guess, i wouldnt think this was made by monks in the desert of New Mexico. Pretty decent foray into beer for a start up.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was disappointed on the pour with a very thin head that dissipated almost immediately. The color was a very light straw. However, once I noted the bouquet, I was pleasantly surprised. A very strong, clear Belgian aroma that was most pleasing. This is a light, very refreshing beer that was highly enjoyable. I don't typically drink wheat beers, but this would be an exception.

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Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with citrus and spice. Taste is good, coriander and citrus are present but more subdued compared to the smell. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hint of citrus, slight hop, wheat, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level and slight dryness. Tastes of strong wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance body for a Witbier with no frills.

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Photo of aty11b
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JMZiobro
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
3.45 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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