The Terrapin Bewery out of the musical city of Athens Georgia has been brewing some well respected ales since 2002. In addition to their usual (and award winning) lineup, they now offer a limited series of experimental beers and a high gravity line known as “Monster Beers”. The Terrapin Monks Revenge is one of these monsters.
Pours a solid copper orange with a wispy white head. The bouquet is sweet malts and spicy with strong banana scents coming through, as well as hops. The taste starts out as sweet as it smells. Lots of spiciness from the Belgian yeast along with a domineering banana flavor. Like those banana chips that come in trail mix, this guy is giving off a lot of esters. The brewer only states he used a yeast “from one of the 7 Trappist breweries” but that may give us some indication as to where those flavors are coming from. A good hoppiness finishes out the beer along with some lingering heat from the high alcohol content.
Steve’s Take: A huge beer. Lots of spice, malt and a strong hop finish with good mouthfeel, but a little hot. I prefer the Stone Cali-Belgique or Ragin’ Bitch, but this delivers what it promises.
Dave’s Take: Sweet and spicy with graham cracker malt flavors, dried banana chips and clove. Prickly carbonation (too much). Piny bitterness.