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

BA SCORE
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82 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:
82
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of JessePriest
4.29/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beertraveler08
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pale, but not quite clear, golden color. The beer is capped with a half-finger white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. The beer is soft and subtle. Not quite as much wheat and spice as I expected, but it was still drinkable and worthwile.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

it tastes a little bland and there's not much flavor to it, not much of a smell to it either. it's smooth but very light. it looks like it should have more flavor but it doesn't.

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Photo of zeff80
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam.

S - It smelled of lemon, cracked wheat and spices.

T - Mostly spices and wheat. There was a touch of lemon.

M - It was crisp, but somewhat thin.

O - This was just okay.

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Photo of JsBeers
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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 kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SPLITGRIN
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look and smell are standard wit. The taste is hollow and like wet hey. I can't imagine this is what they were going for. Sub par even for a wheat beer.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Doonzman
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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 brewqueno
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flandoggie
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JScoot
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
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 PorterHaus666
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of thereal_adam
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Auraan
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy one-finger white head that slowly receded to a cap of fluffy white foam. Quite nice looking, very true to style. Scents of banana, with faint hints of clove and bubblegum and a slight tinge of citrus. A pleasant aroma, hitting the style guidelines nicely, though a bit simple overall, still rather nice. Flavor begins with a semi-sweet note of banana, mingled with clove, and some orange peel. Moves into a medium-dry middle with stronger notes of clove and some slight citrus notes. Finish is medium-dry, with notes of clove, orange peel and grainy malt. Aftertaste is clove, orange peel and grainy malt. A good flavor profile, very true to style. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a semi-drying feel. Quite nice and true to style. Overall this is a good witbier, very true to style in all respects.

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Photo of Lynn
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BillBabbitt
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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 SoCaliC8
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -42.2%

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Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
3.46 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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