Monk's Indiscretion
Sound Brewery

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Sound Brewery
Washington, United States
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Jan 23, 2021
Sep 06, 2011
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours a deep yellow with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - spicy earthy, floral, and leafy hops, fruity esters (apple, orange, pear), hint of coriander, pepper, hint of candied sugar, bready malts, and earthy belgian yeast.

Taste - spicy earthy, floral, and leafy hops upfront. The fruit esters (apple, orange, pear) and hint of coriander come through next. The pepper, hint of candied sugar, bready malts, and earthy belgian yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with the slightest hint of alcohol lingering alongside the elements of the brew.

Overall - A highly dangerous brew from Sound as the ABV is well hidden. This one is a pleasant tipple for those that are wanting to branch off and try something different.
Jan 23, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Jan 09, 2021
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Rated by pkalix from California

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
2013 bottle from Tavour. easy to drink. smooth. not my thing-dont like their tweek on the 'style' . . . .
Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Medium: Capped, tulip glass.
Opacity: Clear with a slight haze, to cloudy with the yeast.
Color: Golden with low activity.
Head: Foamy and bubbly beige 2 finger.
Legs: Good lacing and decent swirl reaction.
Smell: Honey/Apricot/Butterscotch.
Taste: Orange/Banana/Floral/Wheat/Coriander.
Feel: Pale esters/Belgian yeast/Mild spiciness/Bready.
Body: Medium oily and smooth, holds up well as it warms.
Carbonation: Slightly prickly and moderately crispy.
Overall: Alcohol is well hidden, easy to drink and decent warming feel. Aged so the hops could be muffled, yet I find it fairly well balanced as it is. High quality craft.

Visual 6/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8.5/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 6/10 - Intensity 7/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10
May 17, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by hugh4765 from Washington

Feb 22, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Dec 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Noahjedpad from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I like a strong beer as long as it doesn't have that taste of alcohol on the after bite. This beer is strong full of flavor and no alcohol taste. If you like ales pick this up. I recently tried Pike Brewing's Monk's Uncle and would not suggest it. If you're looking for a strong ale buy this, you will not be disappointed.
Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2018
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An amber color with a frothy cream colored head.
The Belgian yeast, candied sugar, baking spices, and pepper is there in the aroma along with a spicy pineapple like fruit, phenol, and apple/pear.
The hop flavors plow through the base snd use it as a backdrop. Peach and tangerine with green pepper and floral/herbal flavors overtop of apple, coriander, and cloves. Resinous and prickly finish.
Jun 02, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap. Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and dried fruit. Sweet caramel flavor with green apple and a spicy bite.
Jun 01, 2018
Rated: 4 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Mattymystique from Massachusetts

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Shortbox81 from Washington

Aug 30, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by drone from Oregon

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 3.72 by socon67 from New York

Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by powdersoldier from Washington

Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by StoutSnob40 from California

Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by Kplummer82 from California

Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 3.38 by kiki3drt292 from California

Jan 16, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by Honeybourne from Scotland

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by South2NW from Oregon

Jan 05, 2016
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Reviewed by MAB from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Lots of fruity aroma, plus a yeasty presence on the nose.
The taste is the same-- citrus and spices and bread. Can't tell right away that it is a high alcohol content.
Overall, a very decent brew.
Jan 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Updated 8/31/16.

Look: Sound Brewery tasting glass, on draft. Dark yellow body, thin white head.

Smell: Orange, tangerine, peach, and a vegetal green pepper note.

Taste: Same as above, with a hint of grain and a bit phenolish.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. The carbonation is very fluffy. Slight hop bitterness.
Dec 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by NWer from Washington

Dec 19, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 4 by largadeer from California

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by PhilKeller from Oregon

Nov 21, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by neruda11 from Washington

Oct 05, 2015
Rated: 4 by itracy63 from Washington

Sep 26, 2015
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of dried citrus peel, tropical fruit, earth, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, dried citrus peel, spice, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and 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 good beer that is tasty, but I think the mix of aromas I am getting is slightly better.

Serving type: bottle.
Aug 21, 2015
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a 1-finger head, moderate carb.

Aroma is a blend of clean pale and caramel malts; spicy Belgian yeast; and floral, citrusy hops. Smells fresh and bright with underlying notes of dry oak.

Taste follows nose. Biscuity pale malt, fruity Belgian yeast, and a nice sharp citrusy, hoppy bitterness. Peach and tangerine. For a 10% beer the ABV is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Bottle conditioning gives it a nice round softness, hops give it a sharp finish.

Overall, we have a winner here. A Belgian DIPA? A solid, hoppy BSPA from across the Sound.
Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by 2GOOFY from California

Jul 31, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jul 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Svingjo from Canada (BC)

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a translucent orange colour with a finger thick white head that has some staying power. The nose leads with some citrus hop and tropical fruit and is followed up by yeast, banana and pale grain malt. The taste reveals a lot of the same with the yeasty Belgian flavour coming through and finishing with some alcohol sweetness and burn. The mouthfeel is in the medium range and finishes quite crisp.
Jul 03, 2015
Rated: 4.43 by ncherf from Washington

May 30, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by shelby415 from Oregon

May 07, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by Derek from Canada (BC)

Apr 26, 2015
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Handsome rich golden color with a persistent swirl of foam. Delicious aroma of pear cider is enlivened with alcohol fumes.

Deep fruity flavors with a buttery overtone. Just sweet enough. Utterly well balanced. Dy pineapple flavor is luscious.

Sensational hot and dry liqueur taste. This is just so good for a really strong Belgian-inspired brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.
Apr 06, 2015
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Rated by jpowelltheowl

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Extremely rich flavor in an oily light bodied ale. Pleasant hops, pleasant effervescence - just rich and pleasant overall. This is a great beer.
Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 4 by yeaprolly from Washington

Feb 24, 2015
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 131 ratings