Monk's Indiscretion | Sound Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sound Brewery
Washington, United States
soundbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 09-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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23
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Great name for the new world habit of messing with well established styles.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves little beyond a low berm of seashore lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of semi-sweet tropical fruit - pineapple, starfruit, and a bit of candied banana - softly bready caramel malt, a touch of baker's yeast, and some ethereal musty PineSol. The taste is a whole lot more fruitier, in a subtly bitter overripe rind sort of manner, the pineapple, guava, tangerine, kiwi, and sugary banana esters all there, and well blended at the same time. A pastry-esque bready malt performs admirably underneath it all, as the earthy yeast and slightly acerbic pine needle notes close the book on any and all booze astringency.

The carbonation is rather sedate, and yet duly supportive, the body a decent medium weight, smooth as far as the timid hops and now burgeoning alcohol allow, and creamy in a cookie dough sort of way. It finishes off-dry, the creamed caramel malt holding steady, while the various island hops wisp away one by one.

A pretty decent strong Belgian pale ale, with a respectable Yankee tweak, one that even the best old world producers might be susceptible to attempting. But these guys have this now, as do I, sipping outside while gazing at the rolling Southern Alberta foothills, on a truly summer-like evening. Sigh.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits with some unrefined grainy notes is not as I was expecting. Taste is also dominated by fruity tropical hops notes with some unrefined grainy notes and some light residual sugar notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol. Not bad but something appeared to be a bit off with the malt bill.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big mango, pineapple, orange peel, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and spicy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance, complexity, and strength of hop and yeast ester notes. Taste of big mango, pineapple, orange zest, banana, clove, pepper, pear, bubblegum, grass, floral, bread, honey, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, clove, banana, pepper, floral, grass, pear, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of hops flavors and spicy yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy Belgian strong golden ale! Great complexity and balance of hop and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber. Nice white two finger head with lacing. Active carbonation kept the head looking great. Very attractive. Aroma of citrus hops, sweet malt. Flavor of unidentifiable fruit, nice estery components, light citrus, well integrated. Bitter cardomom tripel finish. Medium bodied. Unusual and nicely done. This was an interesting take on a tripel, properly spiced and Belgian yeast, but the the flavor is hard to describe, but held together well. Nice job.

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Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice 1-finger cap of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: aroma is quite funky with a light, sweet malt underneath. Doesn't really smell like a tripel but nice nonetheless.

Taste: somewhat sweet malt with quite a bit of Brett-like funkiness and a slight tartness toward the end. Bitterness is pretty strong for a tripel but it isn't overpowering. An interesting and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good level of creaminess, but not as bodaciously creamy as I like my tripels, normally.

Overall: a solid and interesting beer. So far, I'm quite impressed with this brewery.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwagner003
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 19/8/13

A clear light copper with tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, two finger of foam quickly falls to a thin film leaving lots of random lace

S not what I was expecting with heavy hops, pineapple, mango, dried apricot and tangerine, some booze, brown sugar with faint banana chips and Belgian yeast, I was expecting a Quad so this was an interesting surprise

T very fruity with a little more Belgian influence then the nose, still lots of sugars but not overly sweet if that makes any sense, lots of hops with a little hard toffee

M medium with enough bubbles to cream it up, a little slick with faint heat

O I love pleasant surprises and this one strikes me more as a Belgian DIPA more then anything else and I rather liked it, quite drinkable for 10%

Not at all what I was expecting but I'm happy with what I ended up with, hopped up with some Belgian flair I could drink this again no problems

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pored a light golden color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Loads of juicy fruit, bubble gum and sharp booze

T: Very sharp cutting booze, juicy fruit bubblegum, acetaldehyde notes of green apple and some estery notes of some banana, little citrus and very tasty overall

M: Nice body, carbonation and loads of taste

O: A very nice beer overall

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bomber into a flute glass.

pours a crisp copper color with a nice inch size white head with good lacing. the smell is very hoppy with dry, tropical hops. smells like an IPA. taste though, isnt the same at all. big sweetness and bitterness blend together as one on this one and it results in a very interesting and unique mix. its very dry and you can taste the fruity hops on the end. medium bodied with medium carbonation, wouldnt have guessed 10% ABV.

overall glad to have tried this one as its quite different from most. you wont be regretting it if you do.

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this with a decent off-white, foamy head and a little lace. Color is a slightly hazy, medium amber. Aroma is hop, malt, fruit. Flavor is like nose, hints of the gin. sweet is in front, followed by a hint of tang. body/carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, not that long and only a suggestion of the power. Decent stuff; I'd have more.

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Monk's Indiscretion from Sound Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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