Grumpy Monk | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Grumpy MonkGrumpy Monk

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jzeilinger on 04-15-2012

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper to dark copper colored with an inch of densely packed creamy tan head comprised of tiny bubbles. I'm smelling a vegetal hop aroma combined with a candy sweet Belgian yeast strain. The flavor is a blend of vegetal hops and a very powerful candy sweet Belgian yeast strain that overwhelms the back of the palate. The mouth is moderately carbonated and very dry.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, light tan, somewhat lasting head that recedes to a thin surface cap leaving a webby wash of lace. Aroma is mild Belgian funk with notes of dried & candied apple, caramel, clove, orange, grapefruit & hints of earth & pine. Taste is caramel; a medley of syrupy fruits: apple, peach & a tropical hint; earthy floral, faint orange & tangerine citrus & pine hop bitterness of moderate intensity, clove & a little peppery spice in the finish & aftertaste. Belgian funk & bready malt linger in the background. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, mouth coating & syrupy on the tongue, sticky & thick on the swallow, light prickliness in the finish & drying in the aftertaste.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of May 2016. Sampled on February 5, 2016.

Orange-amber pour under a modest off-white head.

Excellent aroma of Belgian yeast, Belgian toasted bread, clove, and pepper

Light to medium body.

The taste has many of the traditional Belgian characters I like with the sweet and toasted biscuit and big clove, coriander, and pepper spice finish.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle to a tulip. Best before April. Hopology pack.
Dark orange to copper color, no floaties.
Smells like bananas and malt and spice.
Taste the bananas right off. Hop bitterness.
Feels soft on the tongue but with carbonation. Dry.
First time for this beer. Hopefully not the last. Would be nice to be able to buy sixers.
Very good beer. At 6.5% I can drink a few.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely some Belgian yeast taste including funky banana with some bitter aftertaste. Somewhat sweet. Quite Amber for a Belgian IPA. I am slowly developing a real enjoyment for the taste of Belgian ales, and this unique version is no exception.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid if basic Belgian/white IPA. Not as sweet or prominent in the floral department as some of the better ones, but it's pretty solid. The hops are more expressive and bitter than what you normally find in the variety.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear honey amber color with a 1 finger off white head. The retention is excellent the whole way through and there are plenty of thick webbed sheets of lacing. The smell is mostly the belgian yeast, dark fruit, then some pine and citrus hops and a touch of sweetness. The taste is exactly the opposite. The pine and citrus hops are up front and most apparent with a good deal of bitterness. Then the belgian yeast shows up on the back end with the touch of malt sweetness. Feel is light side of medium. Overall a very nice beer. I am not normally a fan of Belgian IPAs, but this one is an exception. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I pulled this from the "Hopology Collection" sampler 12 pack. It has a little too much yeast aftertaste for me. A bit bitter. Not a bad beer, just not my style. Has good flavor and finishes clean. Cheers.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date April 2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, copper color with one-finger, off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, flowers, banana and Belgian funk.

TASTE: initially sweet roasted caramel, then a grapefruit citrus and metallic hop profile, some banana and Belgian funk.

PALATE: medium carbonation, somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: I don't have many Belgian IPA's, it's not a common style but, I enjoyed drinking this, it's a weird beer with citrus and Belgian funk but it worked for me, I would recommend to anyone who likes IPA or Belgian style beer, SA is getting more attention from me lately.

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Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear Amber. Looks gorgeous in the glass. 1 finger head with good retention. Smells of bubblegum. Tastes sweet with a small amount that of bite. Good lacing.

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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light brown/dark amber color. Crystal clear. Good starting that settles to rim bubbles. Excellent lace which is a combination of blankets and ring with spider webs connecting the two.

Beyond the expected sweeter, toasty malts and the modest hop, I detect ammonia

Short-lived, richly roasted sweet malt start. The bite of straight hop bitterness kicks in quickly. The finish, though, is very complex with fresh cut flowers and dried bitter herbs. The aftertaste lingers for a very long time. Richer than average body with a matching carbonation.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap yesterday up at the Cloverleaf in Caldwell for the first time. I had no idea that this beer was retired until I looked it up here and nearly as hard to fathom was how this was classified as a Belgian IPA. The IPA portion wasn't here as the fruit and yeast were much more pronounced than in other beers of this style that I had and this felt misleadingly strong as the alcohol was much less prevalent then I my taste buds would have let me to believe.

The appearance of this beer was the best aspect of this, as it poured smooth with a small head and with an appealing raisin hue. Lots of yeast and candied plum in the taste along with the alcohol; the latter being on the edge of solvent when it came to the strength of it. As this warmed up, faint traces of grapefruit and pine kicked in but never did I think that a hop explosion would kick in. Maybe it was the roasted, sticky caramel malt that suppressed them but at least it gave this beer a good base and body at the same time.

Sure, you could enjoy a few in a session but this was one of there few beers I had lately where there was too much going on and not enough focus and clarity. Not a drain pour and not a waste, this was all over the place while not remaining stylistically true to form. Maybe I've been spoiled with all of the Ommegang offerings that have impressed me over the years but I'll give Sam Adams credit for going out on a limb with this one. Just a shame that it's retired and won't even quite get to the level where it can be more appreciated.

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Photo of joebo3001
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

It was quite a sweet Belgian IPA. It didn't have much of a hoppy flavor throughout, but you could taste a little bit of bitters. Overall I liked it and will drink it whenever I'm looking to drink a sweeter beer

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with golden edges. There was over a finger of head that lingered for a nice, long time. The nose had a little bit of yeast and a little bit of hops. The flavor profile is focused around the classic Belgian funk with the hoppiness definitely secondary.

This seems more like a Belgian Pale Ale than a Belgian IPA (whatever the later is anyway).

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from the Hopology Mix 24 pack. Pours a translucent brownish orange color with no head. No lacing. The aroma is coriander, cloves, yeast, and banana. The taste is much like the aroma. Coriander, cloves, yeast, banana, cinnamon and some light caramel. Bready. Not much of a hop presence. Light, thin mouthfeel. This seems like a produced for the masses beer that doesn't stand out all that much. Certainly the worst beer of the mix pack. Overall, very forgettable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by Aug 2014 at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma very faint spiceness but you gotta really snort it
Head average (3 cm), rocky/fizzy, off white, quickly diminishing to nothing
Lacing – none
Body orange, clear
Flavor – starts moderately sweet with coriander spice, very subdued; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends sweet with slight alcohol burn.
Palate medium, watery, carbonation soft

A not very good attempt at a Belgium IPA, weak and watery. The only future I see for this beer is as a gateway beer, a bridge between SA and better Belgium beers.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with beige foam, decent head retention and some lacing. Light aroma overall -- bread and fruity/citrusy hops, light clove character. Moderate bitterness that lingered on the palate, spicy cloves, grassy and fruity hops, slight resinous quality. Medium body and CO2, decent texture with a bit of dryness. Kind of a tame beer. Decent overall with some yeast character and bitterness, but would be better if it was a bit bolder.

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Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

About a finger’s worth of fairly dense foam, good retention with only moderate dimpling, the lacing is pretty thick as well if of average stickiness. Deep bronzed color, as close to light brown as orange, huge amount of particulate floating throughout the liquid, the bubble beads are few but when present they are active, looks on the “serious” side on the whole. Grainy and herbaceous nose, to the point it cloaks the sweet spices, yeast and fruitiness, minor white citrus tones, as it warms turns more floral and allows for notes of banana and cherry. Medium-bodied, it is on the dry side which takes a good bit of fluffiness out of the otherwise soft carbonation. Peppery, cut grass, dried pine sap, more dried flowers than yeast, has a vinous quality from white grape accents, supplemented by cherry and apricot fruit, the banana remains muted. Manages to cling to your mouth pores well through the finish, extending its presence. There’s nothing actively wrong with this beer but little exciting about it and it does not possess an easy, seamless flow which would make it a candidate for simple pleasurable drinking.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Tap House, Huntington WV

A- Served in tulip, pours clear amber color with a two-finger creamy white head that reduces to leave thick lacing down the glass

S- Slightly phenolic Belgian yeast aromas with some subtle grassy and herbal hops

T- Herbal and grassy hop flavors follow the aromas, mid-palate kicks in with some classic Belgian yeast flavors and transitions into a dry finish with some fruity esters lingering

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a well balanced beer, nothing extreme, which is true to Sam Adams style. Not the best Belgian IPA I've had, but certainly worth a try

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is not my favorite style, but I think Sammy A did one heck of a job on this Monk. The beer poured a clear deep orange with think head that is leaving a very nice lace. The scent carries Belgium spice and malt with faint citrus like hops. The taste is very well balanced with just enough Belgium influence to make you aware that it is Belgian and enough hops to make it an ipa. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great BIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber orange with a finger and a half of off-white foam.

Banana, clove, mildly spicy Belgian yeast.

Biscuits, toasted malt, Belgian yeast spiciness, clove.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, yeasty.

Overall, a decent beer but light years away from other examples of the style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber gold with a sparse, grumpy white head. Smells like golden pear, mint and booze fumes. Oatmeal cookie.

Tastes "fuzzy," I'm guessing that's Styrian Goldings 'cause they often taste fuzzy to a good way. Minty with some hot Belgian yeast spice. There's a definate steeliness to the malt which I really don't like. Thick body for 5.75%.

As with most Sam Adams it's not great of flashy but a solid example of style.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark golden color with a nice fluffy one finger head. Smells of Belgian yeast and slight earthy/grassy hops. Tastes of grassy, earthy hops and slight Belgian grain/yeast. Beer is carbonated well, goes down smoothly, light bodied. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in a copper color with a large yeasty white head.

The aroma has floral notes, Belgian bready yeast, caramel, along with tons of spice and dark fruit.

The flavor follows with lots of caramel sweetness with spice and pepper notes. There's some juicy plum and floral flavors. The beer ends on a dry finish.

This is fantastic beer for the style. It has a really good amount of Belgian, without much IPA notes

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Photo of BigBrewStu
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color and excellent flavor. Belgian style IPA that you should try if you are a fan of either. Unique experience and an interesting coming together of yeastiness and hops. It is a favorite on my short non-dark beers list. Great nose on this beer too--enjoy!

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