Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz. bottle poured into snifter.
A: Pours a very hazy golden color with small amounts of yeast sediment floating around. A large, bubbly off-white head is the result of a moderate pour. The head quickly dissipates to a white bubbly head. Small amounts of lacing down the glass. A relatively poor head retention and lacing really makes this one suffer, despite a gorgeous color.
S: Lots of orchard fruits here—apples and pears, namely, with small hints of peach. Weirdly detecting very small amounts of banana and a definite spice character beneath it all—cloves and coriander for sure. A little bit of breadiness from the yeast is very faint, but detectable if you get your sniffer close to dipping distance.
T: Fruits galore here. Apples, pears, bananas, bits of peach and plum. The peppery spice from the alcohol bites through along with traces of clove and coriander. The aftertaste is exclusively those fruity notes. I'm not getting a whole lot of earthy yeastiness like I was hoping. There's also no hop presence so the fruity sweetness is just BARELY balanced by the spice.
M: Full-bodied with a lightly syrupy feel, like a thick all-natural blended juice drink. Finishes out creamy and smooth and coats the palate nicely. A slight tingle from the alcohol and it makes its way down. A definite face-warming quality as well—to be expected from a tripel.
O: Merry Monks' ale is definitely a very solid offering from Weyerbacher. There's a few elements that count definitely be improved upon, namely the slightly imbalanced sweetness in the flavor. I would have liked to see more earthiness shine through to kind of cut down the fruitiness. The coriander and clove spice just didn't do the job fully. Other than that, this is an enjoyable brew that is great for late night, slow-sipping. Could do with some improvement, but still worth the try if it's readily available.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 03:55:00 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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