- Country: Australia
- Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
- ABV: 7.5%
- Serving Type: 640ml Bottle
- Price: Expensive
This is not the only beer named Punk Monk. BrewDog famously brewed a beer of the same name, although it was only a short lived run. Basically it was regular Punk IPA but brewed with Belgian yeast. I never actually sampled the BrewDog version but from all reports it wasn't great. Anyway here's my Murray's Punk Monk review.
Stylistically the pour was close to perfect. The colour of the beer was deep golden with plenty of small bubbles rising to a cream coloured head. The head retention certainly wasn't great but this thankfully didn't effect the lacing, which was excellent. Punk Monk is a very nice looking beer, despite my dirty beer glass...
Murray's Punk Monk didn't disappoint when it came to taste either. It's got everything! The perfect mix of bitter/sour fruit at the back end mixes beautifully with a creamy spiciness up front. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin given the creamy texture of the beer. I'm describing this terribly; but seriously it's a great Belgian-influenced summer ale.
As I drank this I thought it was one of the best beers I've had this year! Upon reflection this certainly wasn't the case, but it was very good. That said I'm still going to buy some more. For Australian drinkers who aren't huge on Belgian beers this would be a good intro beer if you are looking to get into them. All lovers of beer; you should try this one.
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