Beer Wednesday – Munken Abbey Ale
Happy Beer Wednesday! This week, I was seduced by a Swedish abbey-style ale and a funny looking label.
The Munken abbey ale, by the Swedish brewery Hantverksbryggeriet, is similar to a familiar favorite, the Belgian ale, in texture and ABV% (8.5%) but different in a few ways.
First, the nose is much more wheat-forward, with a strong, full-bodied sweetness that wasn’t altogether appealing. It reminded me of a slicer of bread that had been used to sop up molasses. Almost appealing, but not quite. The overall flavor was what I thought was too sweet, with too much molasses in the front of its flavor, and too little wheat or malt in the finish.
What was nice was that the alcohol, which at 8.5% could have been a little buying, was soft and noticeable, but without any burn or bite at the end.
By the end, I liked the beer, but for the first 9 oz, I was unimpressed.
Not to say that the beer was bad, just that I thought it wasn’t properly balanced. Too sweet to start, and to thin at the end. If you prefer a sweet beer, almost like a barley wine, then this beer is one that you might really like.