Monastery of Christ In The Desert Monks’ Wit

This is one of the last brews from the six-pack that Katie picked. I’ve actually heard some stuff about this brewery, but not much. You usually don’t hear of abbeys in the middle of New Mexico, much less abbeys that brew beer in the middle of the desert. It’s definitely the season for a good witbier, so I’ll get to pouring.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to, “Monks’ Wit is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of spice that accentuates the coriander, orange peel, and other spices. The malt itself provides a sweet, bready quality up front, a round fruitiness in the middle, and the hops and spices together with our pure brewing water, lend a clean, dry finish.”

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The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy light yellow with a lot of active visible carbonation. Color-wise, this was probably one of the lightest witbiers that I’ve ever tried. The nose had a lot of lemon and some wheat…not much else. It was much more mild than I expected. The taste was more boring than I expected. I got orange and spice, but the spice was lacking. It was way in the background. The body was thin with prickly carbonation. The finish? Equally as boring as the taste…quick and unremarkable. This beer just didn’t do it for me. I would file this one under one of the worst beers of the style that I’ve had. It was underflavored and way too light. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0