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 weeare138
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light gold with a cap that fizzles and dissapears within a minute. Small bubbles try to creep up to the top. The tinyiest bit of lacing is ever so present.
Smell is of oak, vanilla, light bourbon with a fain hint of the original Merry Monks sweetness buried deeply in this brew.
Taste is of woody oak with vanilla and sugary tropical fruit that makes for a somewhat complex but confusing mix with a pronounced bourbon alcohol present.
Based on the mouthfeel alone, you would think this was a hearty Russian Stout but each sense in the mouth will be stimulated in an awkward but good way. Light on the carbonation makes it tolerable.
Drinkability is not overly appealing. Alcohol is present from the first sip and you'll think that the bourbon was added directly to the bottle. This 22ozer was a bit more than I could handle alone. It's almost a sipping beer compared to the original Merry Monks.

It's ok, dog.

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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 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 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 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 blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grey Lodge Pub $4.50 a pint. *No growlers*

Pours an unassuming golden clear beguile goblet with a scant thin ivory coating.

Scents of soupy bready yeasties with a touch of awl-kee-hawl zest.

First swigs: Sly tripel tryst with the burbon barrel. Suddenly, I am the "otherman" interupting this marriage of bourbon and tripel. Quite the sneaky trixter of awl-kee-hawl scents and flavors. Dry tripel that has a tight grip on the original Merry Monks flavor. Awl-kee-hawl is prevalent, fo' sho'!

Mouthfeel is thin to medium which is befitting of the style.

Last swigs: Falls into a rather regular Merry Monks form despite the twist. Otherwise, hot oak barrell twister. Worth a seek and then some. Insanity is a league more impressive.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Served in a tasting glass (tulip) at slightly warmer than room temperature.

A - Pretty weissbier color (medium gold color with some sediment in suspension). The head is pillowy with uneven sized bubbles. Retention is respectable. Looks yummy.

S - Sweet, candied malts. Grilled apricots. Rochefort cheese. Slight yeast. Very nice and very deep for a tripel.

T - Slightly musty and quite oaky -- especially in the delicious aftertaste. Hints of citrus weave in and out of the abundance of sweet malts and vanilla. Super complex and very nicely balanced. There are definitely many other nuances that my neophyte nose was unable to pinpoint.

M - Carbonated enough to be lively without blowing up in your mouth. Creamy and round. Settles down quite nicely before the swallow.

D - This is a BIG beer with a bunch of alcohol, but it's so tasty and the alcohol is so well disguised that it's also very drinkable. However -- do yourself (and the beer) a good service and save it for those times when you only want to enjoy a single beer.

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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 SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing! 22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a clear yellow-orange color with half a finger of head that dies down to nothing quickly. There is no lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, with white grapes and a touch of orange. There's a hint of oak in there as well. The taste has lots of flavors coming from all directions. There's sweet honey, vanilla, and lots of woody and earthy flavors. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability is good for a 9.3% brew. A very unique and nice beer.

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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 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 goodbyeohio
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance is 1/2 amber, 1/2 yellow snow. complex in its color-wheel look. light, sticky foam. carbonated very nicely. vanilla and butterscotch diacetyl scent, draft adds more crispness and nonchalance to the nose. taste surprises me with a berry fruit thrown in with the lactose creaminess. balanced much nicer in this fresh, tapped state. tastes clean, goes down smooth (no, not coors!) leaves you with a pulpy coating of creamy vanilla gelatto with some unsalted butter. a winner on tap. still kind of hot abv/wise tho.

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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 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 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 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 vladtheimpaler
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Pours a hazy golden, with a nice fluffy white head. Big aromas of bourbon, malt, banana, clove, and maybe a hint of vanilla. Big bold malty bourbon flavors with a hint of banana in the finish. Very smoth on the palate. Alcohol well hidden. Pleasantly drinkable.

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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 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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Prophecy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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