Friday, May 13, 2011

Monk's Revenge Belgian Style India Pale Ale

Today I'm drinking Monk's Revenge Belgian Style India Pale Ale brewed by Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia. The story on the side says that Friar Spike and Little John married Belgian Style Tripel and American Double IPA to create this beer. "Revenge is a BEER best served cold!"

On the front of the label is a turtle dressed in monk's robes, sitting in a forest on his blonde pony playing the mandolin. Very fun. I believe this was a former Side Project beer that is now a seasonal, and my label says Vintage 2011. Finally, it's part of their Monster Beer Tour. And finally, finally, Terrapin really should get their labeling machine lined up better--HOLY CROOKED!

Nice citrus orange aroma, hoppy and yeasty, too. Not strong but extremely inviting. Orange and pineapple flavors jump out of the bottle right away. This is also an extremely yeasty beer, with quite the Belgian qualities. Sweet yet with a good dose of spice and hoppy bitterness underneath. You can see where the Tripel half of the marriage comes into play. Bubble gum and candy make for a persistent tangy flavor. The 9.6% alcohol is warming and makes the spicy peppery flavors stand out. Bitter and sweet tangle throughout the entire experience, not really balancing each other, but rather taking turns on top. Carbonation and body a solid medium. Not your typical Belgian style IPA considering the powerful yeast and Tripel qualities along with the high alcohol content. However, a nice beer with really good flavors. Check it out for sure!

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dale said...

I love Terrapin, I don't know how I missed this one. I'll be out looking for it later today.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Dale.

You probably missed it because the turtle theme is used so much they all start looking the same.

I too am a Terrapin guy.

dale said...

Hey Rob,

Drank this one last night. I liked it okay, but I thought it had a bit of a funky finish. Great look and smell, but the finish seemed a bit off to me. BIPA's are not in my wheelhouse so to speak, so maybe it's just me. The beer seemed to taste better as it warmed up.

I'll have to give it another try.