Saturday, December 19, 2009

Monk in the Trunk Organic Amber Ale

Trifecta. Wal-Mart, Target and Toys 'R' Us in one afternoon. I'm probably going to need counseling. And my tongue is so very sore from biting it a hundred times. Ugly!

Similar situations happened in all three stores, and each handled things differently. Wal-Mart product didn't have a code to scan, I told the cashier it cost $5, she asked me if I was sure, I said yes, I am clean-shaven, the price sounded reasonable, we were spending $100 more, she rang it up. Target register rang up a product for $2 more than it was supposed to be, I called that out, supervisor came, I told her it was a mark-down-thingy-doodle, still clean-shaven, she said OK, I got my $2 back. Finally, Toys R Us, person in front of us buying one of those plastic bouncy balls, I'm guessing the price is like $3 or something like that, this is where I really had to muster all of my patience, Holy Fuck, price check, manager, THE fattest manager then went all the way to the back of the store and returned with a piece of paper 10 minutes later, manager walks away, cashier tries to enter code, it doesn't work, pregnant cashier needs to walk all the way over to the manager's station again, manager comes and enters the magic code for ball, terrible!

Today I'm opening up Monk in the Trunk Organic Amber Ale brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina for Inlet Brewing Company in Jupiter, Florida. The bottle has a picture of a monk holding a beer and standing in a trunk with a lighthouse in the background. The label goes on to tell the story about a Belgian monk roaming the earth for the best ingredients for his beer. After being led ashore by the Jupiter Lighthouse, he found the missing component to create the best beer. I'm not sure but maybe brewing the beer in South Carolina instead of Florida was that final component. We'll see.

Caramel sweetness, with a little spicy nutmeg for an aroma. Flavors start out earthy, grainy, dirty and yeasty, hardly a great introduction. You then will taste a little light citrusy lemon and orange, along with some bread flavors. But mostly, just uninspiring, bland, boring and as I mentioned dirty. Could be the organicness. OK, I'm sure it's not so keep the comments to yourself. But get a different beer to drink tonight. This is not it!

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