Monk-made beer: not just in Belgium anymore!

Beer Review:  Monks’ Wit by Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.1%
Drink if you like: Lemon, honey, refreshing beer on a hot day, things made by holy Monks in the desert.
monks-witIf you’ve been a reader of this blog, you know we enjoy beer made by Monks.  There is something pure in there that just seems to make it taste better; holy men who pray all day -and some who even take a vow of silence- tend to make great beer.  Which makes sense if you think about it – these guys have patience, are well educated, and have time to make something they (and we) truly enjoy.  This practice is now taking roots in America– and we have access to some of these beers in Arkansas!  The Benedictine Monks of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert (over in Abiquiu, New Mexico) own and run the brewing operations of Abbey Beverage Company.  They proudly send their beer for us sinners and heathens in Arkansas to enjoy.  I’m not saying that drinking monk-made beer will make you more holy…. But I’ve been known to preach after drinking a few monk-made beers.  Come now, let us taste and reflect:

This is the actual place where these wonderful monks pray.

Monk’s Wit pours a very light golden yellow color with a bone white head.  If you bow your head in silence, you will smell lemon and citrus, some spice like coriander, and a slight yeast essence that reminds you of Belgian wits.  Let us now cusp our hands and drink from this holy beer glass: you’ll find lots of slightly tart lemon flavor in this beer, followed by a very light and crisp body that also shows some subtle flavors of pepper, orange peel, fresh baked bread and some generic Belgian yeast esters.
After drinking this beer, we did not turn into saints…sadly.  However, we do encourage everyone to try a genuine Monk’s beer made in the USA.  Could it get any better than that?

Let’s pray all these locations have this beer in stock:

Palarm Creek Liquor – North Little Rock
Liquor Mart and Wine Shoppe – Fayetteville
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
Liquor World – Fayetteville
Jack’s Package Store – Mountain Home
The Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe – Hot Springs

We gave this beer 3.5 diamonds.


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