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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 7 13 3 6 2010
22oz Bomber

The super generous RustyDiamond sent me this bomber as an extra in a recent trade, thanks again Rusty! Monk's Revenge spouts from the bottle showing of a copper body like a freshly minted penny. The clarity is top notch; of course this has been in my fridge for a couple months now. The cotton white head took a hard pour to develop but grew to one finger in height by the time my snifter was filled. A few minutes into the drink and the head falls to a skim coat with a small collar that leaves patchy lacework.

The nose has a definite Belgian appeal to it with bursts of bubblegum, banana, and clove hitting right off the bat. A little cinnamon dusted pear and green apple make appearances in a welcoming way. Candi sugar and sugar cookie sweetness add some complexity while a slightly faded citric hoppiness brings up the rear. A clean booziness brings up the rear but adds depth more so than detracts from the overall aroma.

Glistening orchard fruits get the flavors moving. Gritty pear, green apple, and even a hint of peach get things moving. Luckily for me the banana and clove die down in the mouth and nondescript yeast spiciness takes their place. The finish, unfortunately, fizzles out. The flavors seem to thin and warm booziness makes too big of an appearance. This is still a solid brew but the finish drops my enthusiasm a bit.

The weight of this hybrid is moderate and the body has a light, almost watery feel on the swallow. Oddly enough, it works well. The alcohol leaves some heat behind but it's not of the tongue scorching variety. I don't get any bitterness from this brew which is a little bit of a letdown after reading the label.

I knocked a few aspects of this beer throughout my review but all the complaints were minor. It's an easily drinkable beer and pretty damn refreshing. I could see this getting me in trouble if I had enough on hand.

Terrapin makes some good beer, I've sampled a couple of these Side Projects and they seemed to miss slightly in each case. Don't get me wrong, they're still good, just a little off base. Thanks for the generosity, Rusty!

Reviewed: 6/12/09

Served In: Tulip