Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mmcave:
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Purchased this in Pennsylvania as part of a high gravity serious. Chilled and poured into a duvel tulip. Head rose quickly and left quickly, it started out about a finger and a half deep and now linger quarter inch off the surface its pure white.
The body is glowing translucent almost amber, but more on the gold side. Because of the clarity it really takes any color it is sat in front of and reflects this in its glow. retention is o.k. no lacing yet could be my glass wear though.
The aroma is bright and round with mild peppery notes. I get pilsner malt with strong light fruit esters, pear, apple, a hint of banana and bubble-gum, small bready yeast notes and a pleasant touch of black maybe white pepper near the back end. Its not quite quit as complex as I wanted, reminds of more of duvel than a tripel.
Flavor is not quit as complex as I'd wanted, I get notes of bubble-gum and the same esters as in the smell, the sweetness is balanced mildly with hops, but also the presence of alcohol. Nice bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. The flavor lingers on the tongue a little longer making it seem syrup like. Mouthfeel is a little thin and not quit as creamy as I like in a tripel this seems more like a belgian strong pale ale.
Definitely needs to be more carbonated, I wonder how they carbonated; if they bottle condition or if they inject co2, if they condition I wonder if they re-yeasted or not. Any how decent brew, but defeinalty not a great a representation of a Belgian tripel.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2007 20:20:23 | More by mmcave
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber from CM poured into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger head. Decent retention.
S - Bready grains, banana, clove, candied sugar
T - more of the same, with a smattering of alcohol heat, and touches of a mild fruit juice/apple cider. The sugar sweetness becomes more prevalent as beer comes to temp.
M- fairly sharp in carbonation, but mellows as it warms. Dry finish.
O - A solid tripel. Been drinking a large amount IPAs lately (including my first HT on a trip to Northeast) so this was good balance to that. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 01:03:54 | More by Apellonious
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Want to like because I love this east coast brewery's Imp Stout. Top rated.
So I came back after a bad first bottle and upped my review on a 2nd
A: Good looking pinpoint head and cloudy body. Avg retention and lacing. (not like a Belgian)
S: Smell is the best part. Lots of pear and orchard fruit with some overripe banana and lots of spice—cloves and coriander. Some bread and cracker with pepper too.
T: Follows the orchard smell: Apples, pears, bananas, bits of peach and plum. Peppery and clove offset the sweetness, but a bit too sweet. No real hop tingle or yeast earthiness. (balance is missing... too perfumey and sweet.)
M: Medium bodied, not enough tingle, definitely "Face Warming" as one review wrote.
O: I immediately went for strong cheeses to off set this one, like a dense huntsman, gouda, or comte. Enjoyed it with cheese and you will too as an AFTER DINNER, LATE NIGHT SIPPER.
FIRST REVIEW FOLLOWS
this tripel failed the 1st time for me. a 3.2
A: Bottle poured into pint glass left a wide bubble, quick failing head with no lacing. A second aggressive pour resulted in a short lived head. The body looks like unfiltered apple cider off the press. Lots of particulate, that apple press color.
S: More medicinal than any good trip. The alcohol, sugars, sweetness overwhelms, along with too much clove. Industrial, not organic. Fail.
T: Stale apple and banana black peel. then lots of clove and cookie dough, the alcohol dominates from thence on, resulting in the sweet sugary, bubble gum, candy rack finish. A bit cloying and too much alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, cloying, coating. Not inviting, not appetiizing. Had to try some Robusto cheese, but gave up. Not a food beer. Too high ABV and sugar results in sticky mouth finish.
Overall: A remake please! It's over the map; aggressive, boozy character, way too much sweetness and zero yeasty complexity or mystery. Unsubtle.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 01:44:16 | More by Act25
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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