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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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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer, but I expected more. Starting with a solid Belgian Ale and aging it in oak is always a good idea. I go solid Belgian Pale Ale aromas with some spiciness and earthiness from the oak. Not much in the way of Bourbon or Wisky barrel aging--just oak. Flavors are similar. Good spicy, hot, and sweet ale with added piney and grassiness aided by oak characters. Mouthfeel is very round, vibrant CO2, and mellow. Nice thickness and slickness without any off flaors. A quite mellow beer for the alcohol. I wanted more caramel, vanilla, and nuttiness, and alcohol sweetness. Nevertheless--good beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2005 bottling; tasted 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a very modest head that quickly becomes a bubbly ringlet; leaves a bit of splashy lace behind

Smell: Candi sugar sweetness with strong overtones of vanilla and bourbon

Taste: Caramel, sweet candi sugar and over-ripe peach flavors up front; the vanilla and bourbon elements arrive at mid-palate in a big way; after the swallow, the boozy bourbon flavors dominate, leaving the tripel in the dust, although still discernable

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; significant warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The bourbon barrel aging and the tripel don't really work together for me, but this is an interesting experiment; the sweetness of the tripel and the vanilla from the bourbon make it a bit difficult to consume in quantity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright clear yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon is dominating with some sweet malt also easily noticeable. Taste is a mix between some bourbon with some sweet malt. All fruity eater or spicy yeast notes are overwhelmed by the bourbon but I still thought it was an enjoyable mix and it wasn't too cloying overall. Full body with some great carbonation and some alcohol is noticeable.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, various fruits, alcohol, some caramel and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of spice, fruit and caramel up front and the bready flavor of Belgian yeast in the background. There's a mild hops presence and a hearty malt character. There's a slight alcohol bite. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smoother than the regular Merry Monks Ale, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, there are times when I think barrel aging is overrated but in this case it has definitely taken a beer that was pretty good and improved it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished lemon with a generous amount of sparkling carbonation. A somewhat gentle pour produces a compact crown of alabaster foam that, although it doesn't look bad, is light years away from the masterpieces that sit atop many Belgian tripels. A dearth of lace doesn't help the appearance.

The nose is acceptable for a domestic tripel. It's both musky and fruity, like the peel on a ripe pear as opposed to the pear itself. There's also a hint of clove spiciness (no more than a hint) and an almost completely buried alcohol presence. Since the beer has spent time in bourbon barrels, would it be too much to ask for it to smell like bourbon? Apparently.

Actually, Prophecy is pretty good. I'll stop comparing it to the world's best versions (since there is no comparison) and will attempt to judge it alongside the typical American-brewed tripel. For those who are unaware, this another one of those *new* Weyerbacher offerings that are simply one of their standards (Merry Monks' Ale in this case) aged in bourbon barrels.

The beer is boozily fruity, although boozy in a good way. Time has allowed the alcohol to mellow to a considerable extent. I'm sure I've had this bomber in my cellar for more than a year and maybe close to two. It's sweet and tangy fruity (pears and apples) with a spicy Belgian yeastiness that's impressing me more and more as the beer warms.

Unfortunately, there isn't as much bourbon or as much oak as I'd hoped for. There's a minor splash of vanilla and a subtle charred woodiness on the finish that I wish was tripled at least. If a brewery is going to rename and repackage a beer simply on the basis of oak barrel aging, they need to make sure the barrel changes it sufficiently. I'm not sure that it has in this case.

I thought the mouthfeel was good right out of the chute and it has done nothing but improve with time and warming. I love the fact that its slick stickiness is tempered by a still boisterous amount of carbonation. All those bubbles attempt scrub the malt sugars (and candi sugar?) off the mouth and tongue with each mouthful. Thankfully, they aren't quite up to the task.

Prophecy is worth the $6.99 that I spent for the bomber. I wish the brewers would have allowed it to spend more quality time in the oak, but I'm pretty happy with it as is. It ain't Tripel Karmeliet, but then what is? Weyerbacher has given us a credible version of the tripel style, domestically speaking, and should be commended. I can see myself buying this one again.

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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 mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden yellow, the haziness of it only served to magnify the shine it gave off. Some light sediment in the bottle, but that was from me, as I like it. A towering head of white foam at least four inches high,

Lots of grains here with a touch of yeast in the aroma. Light banana and lemon. touches of grass and even the slightest bit of grape. light, and full of flavor, light notes of yeast and wheat, some light fruit backed in as well. Nice hints of peach and a touch of wine like alcohol, but very light and more of a subtle nice surprise then anything else. The flavor was good, and at times effortless. The finish was dry; almost a champagne like dryness to it with a long lasting flavor of grass

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - a brown 12oz bottle w/o freshness date decanted cool into a La fin du Monde glass.
A - A slightly hazed amber w/ sediment that quickly falls out. The sediment looks like grains of paradise and the head measures about 2 fingers, but falls quickly to about a 1/4 of an inch. The head really doesn't create much lace.

S - Deep woody vinous aromas w/ plenty of alcohol in the nose and a bit of spice.

M - Tannic, citrus melds w/ an intense husky woody alcoholic warmth. Full feeling, round malt texture w/ a resinous slightly astringent texture.

T - The flavor of wood aged belgian ale has a peaty smell and malty booze tinged taste. The citrusy elements w/ yeast spiciness seem very upfront in the flavor. Rich and different w/ a slight scotch dry flavor. The taste is light for a 9% beer even though there is alcohol in the flavor. The wood is a slightly more dominant flavor than I would prefer, but not unpleasant, just too much in the forefront.

D - A dry and woody Tripel, above average drinkability. It kept me interested, I am just not sure it accomplishes what it aims for. The beer tastes like it has some age on it, but no way to tell w/out a freshness date.


A bottle of prophecy cellared for 7 months.
A-3.5 S-4.5 M-3.5 T-4 D-4
I am convinced now these ales are designed for aging. Poured at cellar temp into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.
A - Dirty golden w/ speckles of yeast and a fine bead that comprises a very thin head

S - Subtle candied pear and caramel banana w/ hints of date and sugar.

M - Very fruity, sweet and honey-like w/ a moderately high carbonation level w/ spiced and woody textures.

T - Luscious candied fruit w/ vanilla and tropical fruit flavors like papaya and mango w/ tinges of herbal hops and nuty wheaty tastes. Banana and boozy creamy flavors w/ a peppery coriander spiced flavor. The oak like pure vanilla bean and there are slight vinous notes from the yeast w/ green apple flavors in the spicy finish.

D - A fine oak aged beer w/ over 6 months on it has subtle booziness and the yeast is more supple in the mouthfeel. Very fine could even benefit from more aging possibly, I wish I had cellared a case.

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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 Gkruszewski
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed, cloudy, amber/ orange hue, big, flush white head...looks good.

It's supposed to be a tripel, yet it's barrel-aged, ...who knows what I'm drinking, but here I go...

Aroma is sweetness and fruit, honey and lemon...big, bold, and beautiful.

Taste? Sweetish, oaky, yeah...big whiskey, right off the bat... lemon and honey are here in the taste, as well as sweet, sweet malt. I like it. Brash, yes, but no fault do I find...a barrel-aged tripel, though, does not a good tripel make... doesn't make a terrible brew, either...but...'s okay....not a top-notch tripel, not a great whiskey-barrel-aged beer, but good nonetheless. Can't blame Weyerbacher for that...Nothing necessarily bad here, but deserves an E for Effort, eh?



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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/07/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, did not see any freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden orange in color, a tad cloudy in character. Full inch plus glistening white head and above average lacing.

Smell- Catching a nice fusel alcohol scent with lots of oak in the nose. Kind of a sweet and sour scent. Spicy as well. White pepper for one.

Taste- Odd, wondering if I got a bad bottle as no one had stated a sour like taste. Almost like a tripel crossed with a saison. Drinking right after a Cantillon brew, but this is definitely sour in a way. Sweet and sour mixture with loads of oak flavor, vanilla, corriander and white pepper. A tad fruity as well. Myself and Spinlock likened this to a vinous Sauvignon Blanc.

Mouthfeel- On the stronger side of carbonation levels.

Drinkability- Still confused on this beer. Infected? If so, it's the least repulsive infected beer I've had. I still liked it even though it tasted very odd for the style. Hmmmm...

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear gold in color, with a 1" head that reduces to a surface foam. Nice steady stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. Very light lacing form on the glass. The aroma is of vanilla and sweet candy. The flavor has marks of butter, vanilla, oak, alcohol, sweet malt, mild bitterness, and a tiny hint of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and mildly crisp. Medium / heavy in body. The finish is buttery on the tongue. Very enjoyable, but a 22 oz bottle is enough in one evening. Defintely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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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Prophecy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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