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Prophecy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by NeroFiddled on 05-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.92/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into my St. Bernardus chalice... a lovely clear yellow ale with a half finger head that dissipated to a ring around the glass rather quickly. Mild carbonation.

Aroma was slightly spicy, with hints of bubble gum, oak tannins, a little banana, and a faint hoppiness. All blended excellently, and the aroma was not too heavy or too overpowered by alcohol.

Taste was slightly sweet and fruity, with a little spiciness, and a slight oaken character. Very mellow and well blended. Very complex, but fused into one glorious burst of flavor. And as for alcohol, I tasted none. Didn't even have that warming feeling until several moments after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky, and very dry. Almost perfect.

Drinkability... hell yes, I hope to have this sucker again! It went down so nice. Easily the best tripel I have had.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to afatty for sending this one in trade.

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a 25 oz crystal sniffer glass. Light ruby orange color with a fat, fluffy white head with decent retention. The head leaves nice lacing on the sides of my sniffer glass.

Smell: Very interesting aroma for sure. The aroma is oily, smoky, meaty, and woody with a vanilla-like scent of oak. The nose on this is remarkably complex. Other notes include a fruity peach and apple scent with mustard and a thick maltiness. Very very appetizing.

Taste: It's kind of hard to describe the flavor, but I'll do my best. It's definately got dry fruit in there with a sweet, light oaky flavor. There's a white wine flavor that is soft and sweet witha tangy dryness. Light alcohol warmth with cream, vanilla, apple, white grapes/raisins, tangerine peel, candy sweetness and a touch of sourness. I've never had a beer like this. It is exceptional.

Mouthfeel: The feel of this beer is so smooth yet velvety. It's light to medium bodied but it goes beyond that. It's hard to accurately describe this wonderful concoction. The woodiness gives a buffering smoothness to this beer so it hardly feels like it's touching your mouth. It's like a cloud flowing over the palate. It can't be compared to any beer I've ever had.

Drinkability: This is an all around wonderful beer. It is easily consumed and leaves me wanting more. If you find this beer you must try it. The mouthfeel and woodiness in this beer is unlike any other. Excellent!

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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 WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet and fruity pale malt scent along with a smooth oak aroma. It has a nice vanilla scent; very nice. The taste is perfect. It has an extremely smooth pale malt flavor with a super fruity finish. The oak mellows the flavor quite a bit. It gives it an awesome vanilla flavor. This is probably the best Belgian beer I've ever tasted. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I love everything about it.

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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 ommegangpbr
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No, really.
Might as well be from the province in France.
A bone dry brut is what this is.
Knowing that sparkling wines are often aged in oak puts the pieces together for me.
The smell, the flavor profile, the mouthfeel, the drinkability (has a slightly deeper color than most champagnes) all speak of dry champagne.
I find this to be more enjoyable than the $40 bottle of Veuve Cliquot my mother purchased not long ago.

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Photo of clvand0
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark yellow/light amber color with a small head that falls fast and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is excellent - Big banana notes, vanilla, some slight spice, and a hint of alcohol. Tons of fruit flavors, vanilla, slight alcohol. Extremely creamy for a tripel. The alcohol adds to the complexity instead of adding a burning sensation. Drinkability is great for the alcohol. Love this brew.

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Photo of Flyer
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe the overall rating for this beer is only a B. This is a monster of complexity and a masterpiece. It pours a clody dirty-yellow (not the most auspicious start) with a good deal of concentric-ring lacing. There's a big aroma of oak and bourbon-spice. Flavors are reminiscent of both a tripel and a Belgian golden ale, with an intense oakey booziness and subtle notes of raisin, lemon, and the barest trace of farmhouse ale notes and Belgian floral funk. The alcohol presence is just right. Highly recommended.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My foray into Prophecy began with a liquor store clerk declaring how horrible it was as I picked one from the shelf to examine the bottle. I asked him why he hated it so much and he said, "Uhh, I just hated it. It tasted like cough syrup. I don't know, I guess I'm just a popular beer guy." Umm, thanks for the advice, bro.

Pours an irredescent golden with just a ring of white head. Just clear, no visible carbonation in the tulip.
Smelled hugely of vanilla and buttery oak with a sour apple backbone. Slightly grassy when huge whiffs were inhaled. Later, cherries began to emerge.
Taste was amazing. Mouth-puckering, sour, green apples up front into a monstrous sour cherry eruption that mellowed into an extremely smooth bittering, which makes you want to suck the flavors from the inside of your mouth. After the bitterness fades, the aftertaste turns buttery and faintly clovey. Also tends to be spicy at times. This stuff is great. I'm feeling like I did when I tasted Insanity.
Mouth is extremely smooth. Very light in carbonation. The ABV warms the tongue, throat and stomach almost immediately. All in all, it dances delicately across the tongue.
I'll definitely be back for more before it disappears from the shelves. Two bottles ain't enough. Nice one Weyerbacher.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chris.

It pours a nice hazy straw color with a finger of head over top that falls to a light coating over the beer. The nose is nice, with a blast of banana and a light lemon all over a very mellow light vanilla oakyness. Very nice. Just a hint of an alcohol puff. The flavor is nice as well. The oak gives it a big vanilla character up-front followed by a light banana and lemon flavor, almost a pineapple. I really like it. No real hint of alcohol. The feel is nice and creamy thick with a light carbonation. Just great. For the over 9%, I get little to no alcohol in the flavor and nose. This is really a fine brew. I find that all the components lead to a fine and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle (i bought a case) into a pint glass at about 55 degrees, it pours a gold color with very little white head, which actually starts as an edge layer and dissipates from there. Clean look to it, but nothing spectacular.

Aroma is of a huge vanilla shot to my senses, along with a bit of hops. Some fruit (apples, grapes) come through as well, along with the bourbon (alcohol on my nose).

Taste is of lots of fruit, apples or maybe plums and grapes with some vanilla flavors along with a strong alcohol backbone (burn). Some dry oak flavors come out as well on the swallow inviting me to drink more and more!

The carbonation is mild, and the alcohol is pretty big with this one! Medium-bodied and decently smooth for such a high ABV%. It is rather easy to drink and enjoyable. Another awesome Weyerbacher product!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this a prophecy of weal or woe?

Bourbon aging does different things to different beers. It works wonders on the underlying Merry Monks. Bourbon does not predominate but adds subtlety and complexity to the beer.

A lot of Belgian esters come to the fore of the smell. Some oak smells are present, but I could be fooling myself.

Taste has a lot of banana tastes in it. Again, maybe some vanilla and oak tastes. Typical Belgian esters as well.

Quite a nice beer. Weyerbacher and bourbon aging are like peas and carrots. Another nice job.

Final verdict: a prophecy of weal.

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Photo of smurphy77
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color with a hazy, chunky precipitate visible. The head was practically gone by the time I put the glass down on the counter. Aromas are surprisingly non-existent. Surprisingly, because this is one super fruity sweet tasting beer.

No bitterness. No aftertaste. Barely any carbonation. Just morsels of peach and pear and pineapple and papaya. Such a nice light mouthfeel to this one, wihout any apparent stickiness. Not a hint of the high alcohol lurking beneath.

Had this one with danish bleu cheese. Very refreshing.

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Photo of cbl2
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5/20/2005 $5.99 22 oz. 9.30% No best by date.


Pours a slightly hazy pale gold in color with a nice white head on top that settles fairly rapidly. Fine carbonation is present throughout the glass.


Oaking is definitely apparent in this one, as it smells more of chardonnay than beer. Strong presence of vanilla, butter and alcohol with a touch of citrus.


It's astounding to see what they are doing with beer these days. This tastes more like a champagne, than a beer. Heavily oaked with flavor characteristics of chard (oak, vanilla, butter) with some sweetness sneaking in at the end. A wonderful experimental beer, huge on flavor. Bold and nicely executed, I look forward to seeing how this one ages over time.

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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 cubedbee
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright golden orange with a thin white head that disappears immediately. Smell is sweet and malty, with some banana, vanilla, oak, clove, and cheesy smells all coming through. Taste is all vanilla and oak upfront, giving way to a fruity banana, pineapple, pear flavor with hints of honey and a very slight alcohol presence. Low carbonation and medium body make for an exceptionally silky smooth feel. This is another great beer from Weyerbacher---if you like the oak-aged beers, then definitely try this.

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

Pours a hazey golden yellow.
Smells of lemoney citrus and powdery belgian yeasts
Tastes lemony with light banana fruitiness. Some spicey bitterness.
Full bodied with decent carbonation.
I'm looking forward to drinking this during diner (some Indian).

Notes: wonderfully unexpected

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

Pours from the bomber a clear gold/amber colour, with a very quickly fading, crackling white head. The head actually sounds like I just poured a ginger ale.

Smell is amazing, with fruity esters and sweet malt. Taste is medium bodied with a very dry fruitiness and warming alcohol spiciness. It fills the mouth with sweey malt and fruit, then fades off to a dry, crisp finish.

This is a very drinkable brew, and very well done as far as the style. I will definitely be having more soon!

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Photo of ski271
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite surprised to see this on tap at the American Ale House in State College. Medium gold and surprisingly clear (maybe a slight haze) with a small, slightly off-white, thin head that rapidly diminished to a film. Some very light lacing. Got some wicked diacetyl in the aroma. Some nice aromas of oak, alcohol, fruit, bread and spice too. The diacetyl and a malt sweetness make this taste like a butterscotch hard-candy. Wonderfully complex and very impressive from first sip to the finish. And interesting variation of the traditional Merry Monks. Definitely worth a try.

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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 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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Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a bomber purchased at Lena's Beverage in Painesville, Ohio a few weeks ago for $7.99. Not a bad price. This is the barrel aged version of one of my highest rated beers, the Merry Monks. Poured into my clean, clear Piraat glass.

A Translucent straw body with 1 cm head which dissipates into a ring around the top of the beer within 2 minutes. There is visible sediment in the bottle but also after I poured it there is significant yeast sediment (from the bottle conditioning no doubt) floating in my glass which is very cool. This is THE look of a tripel and it cannot be improved.

S That awesome malt sweetness that I love about Merry Monks with a wood backdrop. I am really looking forward to this one which is my favorite style anyway.

T Well the malt sweetness is certainly there and I can also taste the barrel aged aspect of it. The barrel aged taste is certainly a "woody" taste of something like a burbon. I cannot help but compare it to its non barrel aged version, the Merry Monks. It is not as candy sweet as the MM, deriving a tinge of burbon which is a tad harsh, bitter.

M Full with big malt, some carbonation and the high ABV. There is also a welcome syrupy quality that lingers into the aftertaste. The sweet nectar of a well made tripel.

D Good with continued inviting sweet malt taste (as you would expect from a tripel) but not the unbelievable drinkability of the Merry Monks.

Notes: This is a high quality tripel for sure but I will likely stick with the MM. Weyerbacher continues to impress and they brew some of my favorite beers.

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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 sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkin a room temp bottle in a tulip glass. The beer pours a bright clear gold color with fluffy bleached white head foaming up and fading quickly to a surface layer.
Aroma is some biscuity yeast, fruity pears and peaches, a hint of cloves and toffee.
First sip reveals a lite and airy body with tiny yet fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is lite and sweet as well. I get some vanilla and lite fruit up front. Also a hint of sweet brown sugar and wooden toothpicks
The beer is generally sweet and easy to drink. A little bit of warming alcohol on the finish but generally a smooth easy drinkin beer for the higher ABV. QUite a nice mix of the tripel with the oak. SOme good stuff comin out of Easton these days!

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Prophecy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 171 ratings
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