Prophecy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Merry Monk's Abbey Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 147
Reviews by Hop2it:
Photo of Hop2it
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Light yellow color and very cloudy, not unlike a witbier. Little head and not much carbonation. Smell has a sweet/tart twang. Mildly fruity and estery, but nothing notable.

First sip is dramatically way more complex than either the appearance or smell indicated. Upfront it is very sweet with an alcohol burn. Subsequent sips reveal a layer of fruitiness: pears and red apples. Now, I haven't tried the Merry Monks, but I do not really taste any indication of the bourbon barrel aging that... wait a minute...

Ahhh there it is. It took a few moments of relfection but I am drawn back to that special place in time I call Insanity. OK the bourbon barrel aging is noticable, but it's really an afterthought to the initial sweetness overload of this brew. With Insanity and Heresy I feel that the pairing was more natural and complimentary, whereas with Prophecy I feel it imparts another flavor unto itself.

That being said, I love my Tripels, and Prophecy takes the already complex nature of them to another level. I've hidden this bottle from myself for a few months now, and whether it's the aging or the anticipation, I really think this is one hell of a beer. When is the next release??

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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New Weyerbacher Beer Sunday (Week 626) continues at Chez Woody! We have achieved the kick-off of New Beer Sunday (Week 626) & I am using the occasion to kick-off my long-awaited & much-needed horizontal of Weyerbacher B.C. beers. I have a LOT of their beers in my Bottle Backlog and it may take several days until they are depleted. Enjoy the ride!

From the bottle: "Ale aged in oak barrels".

Where, oh, where & when, oh, when did I purchase this bottle? I would guess it to be pre-2008 since I think that it made the great move from my ancestral home to Chez Woody (although I cannot be certain). In that era, I was much less discerning about bottles vs CANs, purchasing any and everything that was new & different. Now, I am a bit more selective, but I am curious as to its origin and production date, It is a blank aluminum cap, if that helps.

The Pop! of the cap was followed by a moment of silence for what may have passed in the interim. I allowed for some breathing & then began a VERY gentle pour. It was going well until I noticed a slight stirring from the kick & I immediately backed off. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of eggshell-white head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity, evincing my decanting skills. Nose smelled strongly of coconut which I may or may not be correctly associating with bourbon. I also got a corn/silage smell, but nothing that spoke of oak barrel aging. Mouthfeel was medium. Once more, I allowed it to simply roll around on my tongue before swallowing. It did not seem to have retained much in the way of carbonation. At the same time, it had a mild coconut flavor along with a mild corn sweetness, Once again, I would have been hard-pressed to identify it as oak barrel-aged. On top of that, its alcohol seemed to have been subsumed into the rest of the liquid to the point that it was dangerously drinkable. Phew. Finish was semi-sweet with a corn-like quality that seemed to dominate, I could not identify either Merry Monks or bourbon barrel aging. If you still have any, I recommend a bottle share in the near future.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy peach-like color with a tight white head,the oak stands out in the aroma with some vanilla and butter very chardonnay-like.Did I say chardonnay?I have never had a beer that was so much like a french oaked chardonnay vaery oaky and buttery others who I drank this with thought it was spot on to that style of wine.Touches of vanilla rounded this out very interesting to say the least, I would try again but wouldnt drink a whole bottle for sure.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured a light caramel color with slight, white lacing and no head. The aroma hinted a little promise of candy -- a very boozy Werther's Originals spouted to mind. First sip was dry but finished with vanilla sugarcane. I immediately thought of a barleywine -(Note: The bottle I tried was not quite a year old, but I had a few Prophesies beforehand.) It had a strong mouthfeel that was rough on the palate in a high-alcohol sort of way. This is a beer that I enjoyed at beerfests and relax with at home. Goes well with strong-flavored crackers and spicy meals.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having the Merry Monks a few days ago I'm excited to try Prophecy. Pours from the bomber a cloudy golden yellow with an aird bubbly bone white head. Could use a bit more head retention. Aromas of light fruits, especially green apple, sweet grains, yeast, bourbon and a lingering buttery aroma. Woody tones peek in and out. seems kinda muted compared to the Merry Monks.

First sip brings an upfront woody tannin backed by a wave of light tropical fruity flavors and vanilla tones. Crisp sweet pale maltiness along with slightly spicy earthy yeast tones mid palate. Finishes with a slightly buttery flavor and lingering bourbon notes. An interesting brew...but ultimately it just leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a fast moving carbonation. Crisp and clean all around. I was expecting more with this one, but it is still an enjoyable brew. From now on I'll be sticking to the Merry Monks. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the opportunity.

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Photo of blitz134
1.96/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had this one for a while, but figured it would hold up okay. I've had this for almost two years now that I think about it.

Pale orange with a bit of haze. Lots of carbonation rises to the stop. Fizzy white head on the pour that reduced to a really thin layer.

A sour smell dominates the aroma to me. It has some wood tones that come out as well as some musty aromas and some acidic sherry notes (as one reviewer a cheap white wine...and I agree). Not the typical tripel smell to me. Lots of alcohol too...some of it quite fusel and some a bit floral.

Flavor...ughh. I'm really having issues with this one. It has some tripel like qualities but its minimal. It has none of that spiciness or Belgian twang I expected. Has some Belgian yeastiness that comes in with the light malting. Fleeting light colored fruits. Again, a bit acidic and a touch sour. Not appetizing at all.

Mouthfeel is medium, actually has some creaminess to it. Finishes a bit dry. Lacks carbonation to add to the crispness I would expect. thanks. Flavor is tough to get past. Either this one wasn't that good to start with or age really got to it...or both...I'll see how much more I can take.

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Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber with no freshness date.

A- Uh ... we have a gusher here. I tilted this one towards the sink until it stopped gushing ... not much of a loss, just and ounce or two. Very thin lacing, more or less a ring that struggles to stick around. Mild haze in the dirty apple juice colored brew.

S- Fruity, taffy-like ... fruit candy aroma.

T- There is an underlying tartness throughout, faint Bourbon character ... a bit teethy. Fruity and candy like malt and yeast. Alcohol is strong. Not much vanilla from the oak but there seems to be more harsh fusel oil in this beer than anything else. Finishes with a feigned sweetness and a withering maltiness. Tastes a tad old IMO ... overused barrels? Older batch of Merry Monks?

D- Not a bad try with the barrel aging, it had potential but did nothing for me.

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Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce capped bottle, served slightly chilled into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy body that is a dull apricot color, with a small offwhite head that quickly drops to a collar. Nice draping of sheet and patch lace on the glass.
Aroma: Lots of tropical fruits in the nose, mango, banana, and pineapple; some grassy hops and a note of earthy yeast. A hint of vanilla comes through from the oak aging, no powdery sawdust as with some oak aged brews.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy carbonation and a soft, velvety, full medium body. Very pleasant in the mouth.
Taste: Lots of lively and assertive tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, banana, and a hint of apricots. Very yummy! Yeast presence is very subdued, and the high alcohol content is deftly hidden. Good hops bitterness, with floral, spicy, and grassy notes all appearing at times. Vanilla notes emerge more at room temperature, along with some woody oak, for a satisfying middle. Finish is tropical fruits with excellent hops bitterness for a pleasant balance.
Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Excellent execution of the Belgian Tripel style, and very nicely balanced. Impressive use of wood aging here, which compliments the abundance of tropical fruits. Definitely, will have this again soon.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bomber bottle, pours a classy very light golden amber shade. Quite clear and supporting a moderate, white head. Respectable lacing and fine sheeting left on the glass. The nose is what gives this brew away, its herbal, with notes of gin, bubble gum, after shave, and tropical fruit. can you say complex?...This one compares with the finest Belgian triples, Spicy, fruity, heady, complex...bubblegum, gin, anise, fruits of a thousand nations, nicely dry late, warming alcohol present, if you like a fine triple, this is a great take on the style. Well worth a try and you probably should just buy a case or two of this stuff. A bargain at about $5 a bomber bottle. My wife calls this type of beer "rocket fuel" what does she know?... I love it.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.A very dense white head.collaring the sides of the glass.A golden.straw color.a very good looking beer.Not a real aromatic beer,smells winey,very alcohalic,a hint of bannanas,a clean smell,except for the alcohol aromas.
The taste was like overripe bannanas,very alcohalic,fruity,some vanallia aromas.
A mediun body,with a slightly thick mouthfeel.Smooth with lots of carbination.A warm alcohol sensation,dry and sweet
I couldn't drink more than 1 of these.Would be a good winter warmer.
I didn't like the overpowering alcohol presense, if you like alcoholic tasting beers this would be for you.

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Photo of Osiris9588
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bland yellow color creamy white head that shows decent retention and some sine waves of lacing. The smell offers an onslaught of honey, lemon, malt, and plenty of oak.

The taste consists of lemon zest, honey, sweet malt, woody oak, cloven spice, and then is knocked off-balanced by this waxy dish-soap characteristic, followed by a burst of none too subtle alcohol--though this is to be expected with a 9.3.

The mouth seems a bit overwhelmed with sugar and under carbonated. It's just seems a bit out of whack overall. I was hoping for a lot more out of an oak aged ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears slightly cloudy golden orange blossom honey hue with a white frothy head leaves heavy thick streaks of lacing. Aroma has deep oak barrel charrek oak, vanilla, whiskey notes, deep honey alcohol and tropical fruits mix pretty well complex aromatics. Taste has light syrupy honey tropical fruit slightly tart with some herbal hops touch of bubblegum finishes a bit harsh with the barrel aging effects i.e. charred oak, vanilla, and whiskey tones. Mouthfee has a medium bodied slighly sticky texture with lower carbonation. Drinkability this one could become cloying after more than one massive complex flavors, is it a positive change for Merry Monk's to be thrown into an oak barrel for aging, not sure I'm convinced.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a hazy yellow with a hint of orange body with a nice carbonation if tiny bubbles. The head is a thin white film that quickly forms a ring at the edge.

S- The smell of soft wheat and pale malt have a note of citrus, pineapple quality with some floral perfume and sweet white wine hint. The finish is all wood with a nice soft alcohol hints. As it warms the wood has a caramelized note to it.

T- This beer has a nice smooth pale malt taste with some fruity qualities like pear and citrus. There is a hint of pepper after the citrus flavors. The finish has a nice oaky quality with faint notes of alcohol and some bitterness in the carbonic acid note.

M- This has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture.

D- This beer has a lot of great qualities that remind me of semi-sweet white wine. There is a great oak flavor that really balances the fruity textures. This is a great twist on the tripel.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. after a full teaching week (8:30 pm Friday)...Tawny, human yellowish golden hue, a flatlining head and alcohol aroma to begin... a hit-and-run taste, strident yet agreeable. I won’t confuse this with Duvel, no insult to the Penna brew. I’m thinking Eric Stoltz/Christopher Walken as I drink this... but neither of them have this bourbony aftertaste, so I’ll continue. Cream hints and more alcohol to the finish... worthwhile.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dewey0603
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a golden color with a giant head. There is a ton of carbonation in this beer and it's a good looking beer. The smell is strong and unusual. I swear I can smell apples in this beer. There is also a sweet candy sugar and bourban aroma to it. The taste is as weird as the smell. The sweet candy sugar and bourban doesn't mix at all with the strange apple flavors. The aftertaste is abit mettalic leaving this beer as a big disappointment. i won't buy this again and the only really good thing I can say about it is that it looks good and the high alcohol content doesn't come out in the flavor.

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Photo of asabreed
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I've never had the Merry Monks, though that doesn't seem to be a big deal to me, as I'm a Tripel fan, and now a big Weyerbacher fan (because of the brews and originally being from Pennsylvania). 22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. It's been in the fridge for a day, but I took it out, and it's been sitting on the counter after that period for about thirty minutes.

Appearance: The head dissipates quickly, but there's lots of sticky and spotty lacing going on, big overhangs of foam. Straw-yellow color, but the bubbles fade after a bit until the next pour into the glass from the bomber.

Smell: Immediate sense of oak and bourban, though light and summer-like, if that makes any sense. Definite citrus, and heavy on the zest here of orange and lemon. Slight vanilla. The woodiness and bourbon seems to overshadow the banana a bit, though somehow the alcohol is masked really well. I wish there was more going on, but this is pretty stellar as it is.

Taste: How does this go down so easy? I swear this can't be a Tripel. I love Weyerbacher's Insanity, and despite it's beauty on all accounts, I could still discern the alcohol, but here there's really nothing in the taste. And I don't mean to say this is some malty beverage that's describe as "flavored beer." But good god this is delicious. Slight banana, slight lemon and orange zest / peel, slight slight slight oak and woodiness, and an extremely beyond tangy and tart (but beyond balanced) citrus and malty aftertaste, with the hops coming back at the end for a second. Taste the back of your throat after these swallows. Bravo.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, creamy, light to medium body, medium carbonation. It can't get better with this beer.

Drinkability: This is evil stuff to me; it doesn't feel like a Tripel at all. Chill it, enjoy it, but don't get insane with it, as it may mess you up if you think you're tough. I'd love to have some meals / desserts with this, and I hope to in the future.

After Insanity, I didn't know if they could keep it going, and though I don't think this is as good, I think Weyerbacher is one of the pioneer breweries of the whole "ale aged in oak (liquor) barrels" idea, and I can't wait to give more money to the brewery for more great beers. Please, keep it up.

Oh, and I have two 12 oz. bottles of Decadence I'm waiting to try -- and needless to say, I can't wait.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking Belgian ale, very clean with all the esentials of yeast craftmanship and some barrel ageing. Enjoyable, refreshing with dinner. Maltiness without cloying, no extreme alcohol present,moderate pineapple in finish, a good one. Medium mouthfeel. Good effort.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Weyerbacher Merry Monk's Ale (it's a tripel) aged in oak barrels. It's supposedly the final one in a line of three (Old Heathen became Heresy, and Blithering Idiot became Insanity), but I really hope they try a few more.

Check out the reviews for the Merry Monk's, and the oak aging has really done wonders for this beer (more so I think than it did for the Imperial stout or barleywine; and to be honest I wasn't really expecting that at all! Although the Insanity is one hell of a beer to be reckoned with!). The nose is quite stunning; and the added vanilla, soft bourbon, and mild woody flavors give it a much greater depth of character and round it out and soften it nicely. I'm exceptionally impressed, and I'd highly suggest you try it! (And the Heresy and Insanity!).

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Photo of scott
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not date specific, but I know it's not beyond one year...
Heavy spritzy bubbles lead me to believe this beer does not appreciate oak. This has turned. Gueze-like in aroma & in taste. This has a love-hate relationship in your mouth. I have drunk, and very much loved the Heresy and Insanity from exact dated cases. This was my last to try. Think oak-aged champagne. But, with Gueze.

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Photo of Hatshep18
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with NeroFiddled, pours a cloudy orangish-yellow with a small white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is intruiging, a combination of molasses, grassy hops and a hint of diacetyl, plus the vanilla and oaky smell from the aging. Taste begins with an apricot-like fruit flavor, then a spicy corriander taste, followed by a vanilla/oaky/bourbon flavor then a bready malt flavor with a biting alcohol finish. This is my first tripel, so i have no basis for comparisson but this beer was pretty good. The flavor is complex and you can detect the oak aging and i think it really add's to the beer's flavor. Overall a good beer, but the alcohol is slightly too apparent .

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Photo of Backer2004
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, after drinking the best tripel of my life just an hour before, this one was unfairly tarnished in my book. Still a decent beer, with sweet fruits and a white wine finish. Easy to drink for its high gravity, would definitely be interested to see what my wife would think of this one. Definitely worth trying, just not after a Gouden Carolus.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seriously disappointing. Big lemony taste makes some summer beers look like stouts. Very light in its appearance, very macro lager like. Does have some Belgium clone characteristics, but overall its smell release is week. Taste is repulsive. Very soapy, mixed in with hints of Pledge. I am not entirely sure what they are trying do to with this one, but it's not good.

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Photo of kmwilson76
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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