Monk's Brown Ale | English Ales Brewery

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Monk's Brown AleMonk's Brown Ale

Brewed by:
English Ales Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 06-12-2005

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by nygannon:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Photo of augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear plastic cup (courtesy of Motel 6).

Clear auburn body with faint chestnut highlights and a beige soapy half finger of foam. Decent pasty lacing.

Low nutty aromatics accompanied by gentle malt and little to no hops.

Pleasant malty flavor profile with a mild nuttiness throughout and a touch of complexity from yeast. Maybe a touch of toasted pumpernickel. Finishes medium-dry with a hint of diacetyl.

Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel with pleasing carbonation.

A decent example of the style...not worth seeking out, but enjoyable enough if you are in the area.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.4/5  rDev -32%

Pours no head on a hazy brown colored body.
The aroma is mostly caramel with a little nutty.
The taste initially has a mild caramel sweetness, then a burst of lemon bitterness followed by lots of caramel sweet.
The texture is crisp.
It's too far on the sweet end for me.

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Photo of LakerLeith
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DIYMonkey
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask tonight. The pour yielded absolutely no head. I have been trying to explore the Brown Ale style more and this is one of them that makes me appreciate the vagueness of the style.

What stood out most about this one was the mouthfeel. It has a nice syrupy mouthfeel that cleaned up decently well, but left a bit of residual sweetness. The thick mouthfeel goes well with the caramely malt taste. It's almost like drinking desert.

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Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a light brown colored head.

Smells mildly malty and sweet with a faint herbal hop aroma. Little bit of mustiness like mushrooms.

Starts out mild malty and a little thick like it is 1/8 Oatmeal Stout. The aftertaste is sweeter. Malty in flavor this isn't all that flavorful. Mostly this is sweet and malty with barely any hops.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

This is drinkable enough, but I prefer more flavors.

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Photo of GunnerVictory88
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew at the Trials Pub in San Jose, California.

A - Nice brown color...Thick head

T - Very smooth..very creamy taste.

D - I was expecting this brew to be fairly drinkable and it meet my expectations.

Overall, i enjoyed this brew. I anticipate drinking this every time i go up to SJ.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the tall nonic glass with a very nice head and lacing atop the chestnut brown brew. Carbonation lasts well, and still had a thin cap of foam after 15 minutes.

Warm flavors, some caramel, and a pleasant maltiness. Thin body, somewhat fruity. A dark roasted flavor, some fruity hops, and a woodsy hint of mushrooms. Almost a Mild, but more robust. Fairly hoppy for the category. Very tasty and drinkable.

On tap at the lodge cafe at Asilomar in Pacific Grove. They also had the Fat Lip and 1066 pale ale from English Ales. Worth a visit as great atmosphere for a beer besides being an interesting state park property.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle which has simple brass colored crown cap. Single main label wraps around 2/3rds of the bottles body. Labeled as ‘Monk’s Brown Ale’ with a picture of a rather archetypal “Merrie Monk” who has a sword in one hand and a frothing pewter tankard in the other. Stated strength is 4.8% A.B.V.

Appearance: Lovely clear dark brown body with a deep polished chestnut shine. Finely dissolved carbonation produces a very smooth tan colored head on the pour. Thick lacing slowly slides down the glass sides as the initial 2” thick head rescinds to form a nice smooth thick uniform cap. Solid looker in the glass.

Nose: Medium strength roasted malts with a whiff of hazelnuts. Simple yet robust.

Taste: Nutty caramel with a light roasted malt start. The roasted malts build in strength in the middle. More hazelnuts and sinews of milk chocolate in the back third. Minimal aftertaste, yet somehow the thumbprint of this one is retained on the tongue, quickly urging you to take another swig. Very smooth tastes, slick and clean. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: As with the tastes, the Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, the conditioning is Cask-like in its softness and lends a terrific feel start to finish. The resilient carbonation holds up throughout, unfortunately this is so drinkable it doesn’t really need to last that long.

Drinkability: Exceptionally quaffable. Sadly the 12 ounce bottle did not last too long at all. A lovely smooth tasting Brown Ale which has a very attractive firm yet soft conditioning adding to its drinkability. This is so easy to drink!

Overall: How could I resist anything from a Brewery that calls itself English Ales? The Monk’s Brown Ale is a very nice and super smooth, tasty offering. I think the Six Pack of these was something like $8.99, I only got the one bottle, and at $2 a bottle it is a little expensive to invest in on a regular basis, but I would certainly get this one again when I’m in a beery spending spree mood.

“Get into the Habit”

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Photo of BeerisUber
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of bret27
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from local grocery store

A: Dark brown, clear, moderate brn head

S: Light malt, clean, really nothing else

T: malt, almost lagery clean. Light roastiness, and some bittering English hops toward the end of the palate

M: Thin and water with no etoh presence

D: Very light and refreshing, good session beer. No flavors to get in the way

Overall: For a flavorful beer this is not enjoyable, for a brown session beer such as newcastle brown this would be an option.

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Photo of TheEremite
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask, poured murky brown with a small ring of foam. It's a fairly ugly beer. There's a big fruity chocolate aroma, some coffee too, fairly esthery. It tastes a little earthy but it's very drinkable, just a little dirty. If it were a little cleaner I think it would be a much better beer.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of washburnkid
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over two fingers beige head. Body is a wonderful mahogany that allows just a bit of ruby light to pull through. Froth of retention and cascading lace. Aroma is straightforward roasted malt nuttiness with a notable sense of coffee acidity. Flavors are a bit flowery (read: not floral in the hoppy sense, but like a bouquet of flowers or soap). Once my palate moves past that distraction, I really get a walloping from that nut and chocolate. A tad too sweet, as if a bit of sugar was added to my glass. Mouthfeel is light but not watery. Full enough to leave some pleasant residuals behind. A great session beer!

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Photo of Lothore
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Translucent brown in color with a nice 2 finger thick head.

S- Smell consisted of a nutty roasted malt aroma.

T- Taste was very creamy. Maybe this was due to the fact that it was served from a cask but it was like butter. Strong nut and roasted malt taste.

M- The mouthfeel was fairly thick with absolutely no carbonation. I went with a friend and he loved it however I simply could not enjoy the mouthfeel because it was too creamy.

D- This was a fairly easy brew to drink. It went down quick and left me feeling ready to drink more.

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Photo of popery
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good nutty character. This beer pours a reddish cola color, quite clear, with little head. The nose is all specialty malt. I'm trying to come up with better descriptors, but this one is all nuts for me. It's a good nuttiness but a little one-note ultimately. That said, I like nutty brown ales, so I'm really not disappointed. The flavor is a bit too sweet. There's some sugary malt that gets a bit in the way. Mouthfeel is probably better from a cask but it's still not bad from the bottle - slippery but clean. This is a nice session beer, and it's always good to see more nearby breweries dabbling in English styles.

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Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Monk's Brown Ale from English Ales Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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