Mellow Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobier10
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, canned on 4/10/17.

Poured into a Weyerbacher cuvee tulip glass, the beer is a deep gold color with great clarity and a creamy white head that dies down very quickly to a thin cap. I hope this is not a quality issue with the cans, as Weyerbacher did just start canning beers. Luckily, this tulip glass has etching at the bottom that keeps a constant stream of bubbles rising up. [Side note: I've had several cans of this beer in other glasses and the head dissipates immediately and is non-existent after that.]

Aromatic and fruity, mostly apple and banana. Some honey malt sweetness as well. Taste is a mix of fruity esters and spicy phenols. Peppery and dry finish.

It feels thin and prickly, almost metallic. Again, hopefully not a quality issue. Medium-light bodied.

The core idea for the beer is solid but the execution is poor. I'm usually a Weyerbacher fan but they need to work on a few issues, especially increasing the body of the beer. Luckily, there's room for improvement. I'd like to try this beer on tap or from a bottle to see if there's a difference.

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Photo of tedho21
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyTwins
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from the holiday weekend. 12oz bottle into glass. Packaged 2/8/17, so 3 1/2 months old.

Clear pale yellow body. small white head shrinking to ring and covering, disappears entirely halfway through.

Slight musty, yeasty odor.

Tasted better than I thought, given the ratings above. Sharp, biting, fruity, yeasty. A fair amount going on.

Below medium on the tongue. slightly bitter dry finish.

Overall, an interesting enough drink, at least on the flavor front.

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Photo of Pav5069
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found in a bottle at red, wine and brew in mentor for $4 just now. Bottled on 10 22 16 stamped on the label.

A: disappointingly basic but to style. The waitress poured it and did so WAY too slowly.
S: Fair smell with Belgian yeast and Lees.
T: classic Belgian ale taste. Rather basic though.
M. Minimal sticky sweetness lingers (which I like) but overall feel is thin, unobtrusive.
D/O: drinkabilty is quite good and overall it is solid but count me as disappointed. Merry Monks is top five all time favorite beers so I went into this VERY motivated to enjoy something awesome.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moodyxc9
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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: "Belgian-Style Ale".

There seemed to be a smudge of lees on the punt of the bottle, so once I Pop!ped the cap, I employed a very gentle pour. I was not getting much in the way of head, so I utilized an in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head that quickly returned to wisps. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2) with NE-quality clarity, but it more resembled a glass of Ginger Ale. Nose was very fruity with notes of white grapes, green apples and pears along with the banana and pink bubble gum esters of a Hefeweizen. This should be interesting. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much past it. The taste was quite fruity, but less banana than the others that I mentioned on the nose. I was also heartened that the bubble gum flavor was present but not prevalent. This kind of reminded me more of the Table Beers that are becoming available here in the U.S. where they were solely brewed by and for the monks in the past. Finish was surprisingly semi-dry, kind of vinous, but not quite that dry. Three beers in and I have been pleasantly surprised by each one!

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Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to be surprisingly bland, and not really in line with Weyerbacher's other monk beers. It lacks the strength/body of Merry Monks and the sweetness of Berry Monks. Forgettable in terms of what Weyerbacher offers.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MMOSNN
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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 drtth
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of Lanae1982
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Mellow Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 88 ratings