For longer than I have been writing this blog, Monk in the Trunk has been a staple of South Florida beer.
It’s always sort of been there, with the chubby bald monk gleefully grinning with a beer in hand and the Jupiter Inlet lighthouse in the background, both radiating a warm welcome to South Florida.
The funny thing is, I know almost nothing about them. I’ve never been able to find out an owner, and they have no physical location to speak of. Previously, their beers were contract brewed out of state, but recently they’ve been producing at Pompano Beach stalwart 26 Degree Brewing.
But they are a standard bearer unto themselves, and do not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. This is good, because their signature Monk in the Trunk Amber (Amber Ale, 5.5% ABV) is a thing of beauty.
As an Amber ale, it is a pillowy puff of malt flavored love. There’s a beautiful bready note, resplendent with flavors of sweet bun, biscuit, and little touches of rye and chocolate. There’s also just the faintest touch of a Belgian yeast, giving it a slight bubblegum funky flavor that is present but quietly resigned to watch from afar.
This is a simple, flavorful, and decidedly drinkable beer, and it’s been drinkable for years. While I don’t know them, I am very familiar with the beer, and always go for some when I can.
Drink Florida Craft,
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