Mellow Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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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#28,008
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
97
pDev:
8.65%
 
 
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Photo of Urk1127
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MMOSNN
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +6.8%
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 +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/22/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light golden with nice transparency; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and okay lacing. The aromas have your classic Belgian characteristics. Banana and bubblegum is there due to the yeasts. Hints of pear and green apple is there along with some sweet malts. The flavors follow the nose. Everything is very clean and refreshing. More banana and bubblegum along with some sweet fruits. Subtle hints of clove along with some black pepper. Very mild hop bite with a subtle bitterness. It's slightly earthy with some fresh grass in the mix. The yeast does its thing along with the malts. Everything is balanced. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice Belgian ale. It might not be flashy, but it's well crafted and very enjoyable stuff. This is something that you could drink all day and would hit the spot on a warm/hot day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 11/25/2016 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong spice flavor up front. Then some sweet flavors of apples and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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 epyon396
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikr
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a somewhat hazy texture. There was half inch of foamy head that lasted a short amount of time. Very sparse lacing.

S: A solid aroma of citrus fruits, apples, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of apples, a bit of Belgian-style yeast, a lot of citrus (lemon and orange in particular), spices (pepper and clove), light malt notes, and an earthy quality. A decent flavor that follows the BPA style pretty closely. Pretty tasty, but nothing new.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As American versions of Belgian beers go, this is a decent enough example. Nothing over the top amazing, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of jmg480
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, banana, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, banana, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, banana, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, and fairly grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Not as complex as the Merry Monks as expected; but does share a lot of similarities, and is very flavorful for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A--Clear golden color. Minimal head that dissipates to a thin film quickly. No lacing left behind.

S--Cloves and yeast.

T--Nicely balanced flavors. Some citrus from the hops. Some breadiness from the yeast. Some banana and spice in the background

M--Crisp for a Belgian style beer. Carbonation doesn't hold up, leaving it feeling a little watery.

O--A fine little brother to the much better big brother, Merry Monks. I don't know that I've ever tasted so much going on in such a low alcohol beer.

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Photo of LAp
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pale, clear, yellow with a half-finger white head that recedes to leave almost no lacing. As the final bit is poured from the bottle, the sediment comes along with, giving the beer a slightly hazier appearance. The beer is more sparkling in appearance (and mouthfeel) than anticipated. The nose is relatively subdued, but the notes that are present are dominated by clove and Belgian spices. The palate is almost overspiced (in true Weyerbacher style), and has more dominant clove and cardamon than underlying Belgian flavor. Nonetheless, it's a supremely drinkable beer, and a solid Belgian for $11 per sixer. Mouthfeel is medium-light with not-insubstantial carbonation.

Overall, it's a great exploration of how to make an affordable single-belgian brew. Not one that stands up to other (though admittedly, pricier) style-standards, but a quintessentially Weyerbacher take on a this niche of the beer world.

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Photo of jodybrutal
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is straw, opaque, head is off white very thin and dissipates to nothing.

Smell is wonderfully full of a mix of aromas: lighter pepper, some well fermented notes malty fruitiness, light hoppy flavorsof lemon and citrus, and some subtle maltiness. Wow, this has some depth for a session like beer.

Taste is similar to the aroma with some great depth: again some mild pepper and ester flavors from fermentation, some citrus hop flavors and light bready malt notes. Fairly crisp and flavorful to keep flavors lingering strongly.

Mouthfeel is on par with some heftier Belgian style ales, in a good way: nice crisp and carbonated ale, fairly strong lingering flavors of the yeast byproducts and lingering hoppy citrus notes.

Overall, a an exceptional session style Belgian ale; a little crisp from the carbonation but it plays well with the stronger fermentation flavors - Merry Monks little brother lives up to its senior.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mellow Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 97 ratings