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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Mooslerfitness
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dacrza1
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
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 mike22ne
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nater919
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hman43
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and is fairly clean. There is a white head that has moderately low head retention.

Smell: The initial aromas are earthly and leather based. There are background notes of spice and lemon. There is also some wheat and pepper as well.

Taste: The flavors are up front with earthly elements and spice. There are slight flavors of leather, pepper, and hints of lemon.

Feel: It has a light body and mildly spicy finish.

Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with a spicy and earthly element.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobier10
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyTwins
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moodyxc9
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Mellow Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 97 ratings