Mellow Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 07-23-2016

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Reviews by Barleycorn:
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3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came in a small tulip glass a dull light golden with a thinner white head atop.Mild yeasty phenols with a bit of lightly toasted bread,I picked up a bit of white pepper as well.Flavors of clove and mild honey with that light peppery spice in the finish.No frill and easy to drink,the lightest Weyerbacher beer I have had I believe.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. 30 August 2016 bottling date.
Hazy golden body with a weak head.
Aroma: banana bread with cloves and other spices.
Flavor: quite nice and authentically Belgian style. Good balance.

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Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE: August 19, 2017... OCCASION: out for drinks at Weyerbacher with friends taking in the B.D. Lenz Trio... GLASSWARE: Weyerbacher pint... pours a clear, light golden body reminiscent of a pilsner... a reasonable white head stays put for a time, before settling into a ring and a swirling haze above the body... aromatic flowers, clove, honey, fresh mowed hay, buttered biscuit, and light citrus hints make for a desirable, albeit lightly fragranced, Belgian... thin, slightly oily, with a residual at the finish that lingers with ample bitterness... rather flat and medium-bodied... clove, honey, citrus, lavender, light bitter herbs, and a grounded malt profile that ensures a balanced, relaxed experience... apple, banana, and pear suggest a strong fruitiness... and as a downshift from Merry Monks, this works--sessionable, swift in its profile, and pleasant... cannot say this is a beer I would seek out, but one that is great with jazz music, good friends, and a food truck...

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Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. "Mellow Monks"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PACKAGED 07/03/17..." and sampled on 09/07/17
$2 @ Shop Rite, 2800 Fox Street, Philadelphia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Pours a hazy yellow gold body beneath a short head of bright white that holds fairly well and leaves some nice thin splashes and spots of lace as it goes. The aroma displays Belgian yeast with clove, some other phenolics that are kind of like plastic, some spiciness, and light green banana. Not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit as the yeast is the driving force here, not the malt. There are some golden fruits though that give it greater character. I only realize now why it's "Mellow Monks", because it's light in body and just 4.5% ABV. That's fine by me, it's still flavorful. Just as much so as many of the "session IPAs" on the market these days. A firm bitterness balances it, and along with the spiciness, and a touch of mineralish chalkiness, it finishes quite dry.

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Photo of norinco
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveCash
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention

S- peppery yeast up front gives notes of clove, banana and phenols. Undertones of pear, pineapple & orange peel. Slightly doughy malt

T- light and fruity up front with notes of pear, tropical fruit and citrus peel, followed by some spicy and peppery yeast that gives notes of clove and banana. The finish is long and lingers of spicy yeast and slightly bready malt

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a dry finish

O- impressive amount of flavor for a beer under 5% abv, nice Belgian yeast adds some fruity notes that makes it very drinkable

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is a rarity. A bottled beer, courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mellow malts, some fruits. Taste is apples, lemons, grapes, some malts, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weyerbacher very rarely lets my drinking down!! This one is no exception just a well brewed belgian , mine bottled 8/19/16 for crisp freshness!! 2 down 4 to go!!

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Photo of mikr
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bwbrev
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Mellow Monks for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for something on the lighter side tonight and I'm interested to see how this one will turn out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is just ok, the design isn't bad, but it says nothing about the beer, not even what style it is and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker orange color which took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half of fizzy white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is an ok looking beer, the head and lacing need some work.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some fruity aromas being the first to show up with some stone fruits and pears seeming to stick out the most with a little bit of citrus fruits showing up in the background. Up next comes the belgian yeast which impart a light banana aroma and a noticeable bubblegum aroma with a little bit of spices showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a doughy, pale malt, sweet malt and slightly grainy aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, I like the pear aspects, but it needs some more complexity.

T- The taste seems to the aroma, but it's a little lighter this time and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show up with the pear still sticking out the most and it's followed by the belgian yeast which is lighter than it was in the aroma and it imparts more of an estery belgian yeast aspect this time with a little more banana coming through more than it did in the aroma. up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects, but they are a little lighter this time. On the finish there's a higher amount of light bitterness with a grainy, pear and belgian yeast like aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, it's pretty standard for the style and the finish is a little watery and it could use some more complexity.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, it's not a bad beer and it didn't have any off flavors, but it also wan't very complex at all and i easily got bored with it. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, anymore than that and I would get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and mouthfeel, they were both nice and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, drinkability and appearance, they all are rough around the edges and need some work. I don't think i would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn down a glass and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it just seemed to fall short and it didn't have much direction. It's one of my least favorite beers from this brewery and I think it's pretty close to an average example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little more work.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another solid offering from one of my favorite brewers...

The most shocking thing about this brew was the classic look to the beer itself - yellow, clear, and an obvious view of the carbonation. The smell was wheaty with a touch of fruitiness that blended well for the most part. I found the mouthfeel to be crisp, light bodied though more carbonated that I prefer. The fruitiness to the smell translated to what I tasted with a wheat background that strangely worked - nothing spectacular mind you, just worked. I think this might be my least favorite Weyerbacher, but even so, it's still a pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of Pav5069
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a mostly clear bright yellow color with a 1/4” white head that soon recedes to a large irregular patch of foam. Sipping leaves a few small patches of foam that soon slide back down to the liquid. By midway through the beer about all that remains is a small ring of foam around the glass.

The aromas include banana and clove along with some apple and pear as well as some biscuity malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the addition of a touch of sweetness from the malt. The apple and banana are forward with the rest mostly in a background that also includes just a touch of white pepper.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with only a gentle tickle from the long lasting carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and fruits begin to fade into a very dry ending with some light earthy bitterness mingled in with faint spicy notes of clove and pepper.

Overall this is a nicely drinkable beer that would make a great summer refresher or for serving to guests before dinner at a backyard barbecue. If Weyerbacher brews it again next year I’ll keep an eye open for it and get several more bottles to have it again during warm weather.

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Mellow Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 102 ratings