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

Monks' WitMonks' Wit
BA SCORE
3.4/5
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
Ranking:
#40,643
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
83
pDev:
17.06%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored 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, grain, wheat, and some subdued yeast and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy, spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but seems unrefined in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
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 LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from about an inch above the glass gives this beer a medium sized white head above a clear golden colored light bodied beer.

Aroma is sour lemon, yeast, light spices, and a hint of banana.

Lemony citrus hops with a slight yeast taste that leaves a slight lemon citrus dry aftertaste.

A pretty decent wit beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
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 mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This tastes like a cross between Coors and a Witbier. Pale golden color with a modest head but persistent carbonation. Faint lemony flavor with a warm malty tang. Not much hint of hoppiness, but there is a scratch of bitterness. A negligible amount of spice flavors.

A light but decent quaff. From the 12 oz six-pack bought at a market in Albuquerque.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another interesting beer brought to me courtesy of local trader, tone77.

In my field persona of Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder, I am a Trapped monk who is often described as being quite the wit, so this is right in my wheelhouse. I prefer the subtle humor of Brother Juniper (http://www.comicstripfan.com/newspaper/b/brotherjuniper.htm) and Brother Sebastian (http://mikelynchcartoons.blogspot.com/2008/02/brother-sebastian-carries-on-by-chon.html), but any monk's wit is sure to be good.

From the bottle: "made with care and prayer".

As with the previous wit, two pours, one gentle then one aggressive.

Gentle pour: In this iteration, it looks like Greg Koch beer - fizzy and yellow. I got a finger of fizzy bone-white head that dissipated fairly quickly in the heat and humidity of the day. Color was a pale lemon yellow with NE-quality clarity and an abundance of CO2 bubbles. Nose had an odd sourness that I hope does not translate into taste. I could not really place it, but it caused me to sneeze repeatedly. Mouthfeel was rather thin, especially with all of the carbonation and the taste was kind of weak and muted. I could tell that there were some spices involved, but it was more like a simple wheat beer. Finish was equally lackluster and I will pray that a post-agitation pour will be better.

Post-agitation pour: I still had a finger of bone-white head, but the retention seemed to improve. The color took on a slight haze, but nothing off-putting as in big chunks of lees. Nose, taste and mouthfeel remained unchanged. Finish was perhaps a little spicier, but not enough to make a difference.

Bottom line: Go ahead and swirl this in the bottle before pouring. There were not enough lees to have it make a difference one way or the other.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to THECPJ for tossing me on of these for the NM tick.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, very light straw/yellow color. Lots of carbonation release. Small white head that sticks around and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S: A bit subdued, but there is defintely some light sweetness, a little wheat, and light fruits, orange peel and lemon.

T: Not as much going on here as I would have hoped. Light wheat and a little bit of fruit, but seemed a bit watered down.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing special here. A somewhat watered down witbier. After reading some of the other reviews, I am a bit puzzled. Did not get much in the way of spices at all.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
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 IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abbey Beverage
Monks Wit

Pours a hazed straw color, bone white head and little lace. Aroma of Belgian yeast, with some citrus, lemon, floral notes and a touch of banana. In the flavor, more of the same, banana like notes with citrus, mild bitterness and a wheat malt twang amidst a strong breadyness. There is some spice (pepper and dried orange peel) and the Belgian yeast leaves its fingerprints nicely. Sessionable and simple, not a bad choice to drink on a hot summer day or with a hearty pork and cheese platter.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
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 DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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 crobinso
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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 shigg85
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

appearance: golden yellow with an one finger white head

smell: citrus, coriander, belgian yeast

taste: citrus, coriander,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body, refreshing

overall: not an outstanding brew but definitely a beer I could drink on a warm summer day. Was shocked that I was able to locate a New Mexico beer in central PA.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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