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Berry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,134
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
87
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$13.99/six pack

Very light orange/brown color with lots of carbonation evident. Unimpressive head. Smell has some yeast notes with berry (the fruit does not overpower the nose). The alcohol is fairly well concealed in both nose and taste. Berry flavors do remind me of Christmas, and this actually ends being a decent Christmas beer although is often somewhat forgettable as well as somewhat overpriced. The crisp mouthfeel helps a lot. Decent beer, but can't say I'll seek it out again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours slightly hazy ruby tinted orange. Head is fine and white. Retains indefinitely as a film.

Smells of tart citrus and berry over a mild cracker malt. Coriander and lemongrass accompany.

Tastes of citrus, white wine grape, mixed berry, orange blossom honey, coriander, lemongrass and saltine cracker. Slightly musty finish.

Full body, fluffy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty decent Belgian style. Feels like a hybrid of a Belgian pale and a saison. The berry doesn't come through too strong and presents more as a wine-like flavor. This isn't a big improvement on Merry Monks, but it's more distinct and memorable. Worth trying.

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Photo of pubscout
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish-hued copper with a nice head that fades quickly to a lace ring. Smell is of yeast and cranberry, with noticeable alcohol, though not much ginger that I could detect. Taste is pleasantly tart--decidedly more tart than Merry Monks, which is a favorite of mine. Medium mouthfeel with considerable carbonation. It leaves with a pleasant, though not endearing, tartness. In fact, it reminds me of the Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, but with a more powerful alcohol kick. Happy to try it--once-- but I'll stick to the Merry over the Berry.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased from the brewery, bottled on 10/26/17, best before 10/26/19.

Grapefruit colored, hazy body, with a large fluffy pinkish-white head.

Big, fruity, spicy aroma and flavor. The cranberry, orange, and ginger are all there. Lots of banana, tropical fruit, bubble gum, clove, and pepper too. A little heat on the back end from the alcohol. Dry and tart finish. Medium-full bodied. A unique beer with a lot going on. Very strong, I think a lower ABV version of this beer would make a great summer beer!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Weyerbacher Beer Sunday (Week 626) continues at Chez Woody! 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 Tripel Ale brewed w/Cranberries. Orange Peel & Ginger".

I could have sworn that the beer seemed a bit hazy in the bottle. It seemed appropriate to Pop! the cap & go with a gentle pour, if for no other reason than to just get the lay of the land. I was a tad startled by the color until I remembered that it included cranberries. Still, it seemed to be pouring rather clearly, so I let it ride to the kick before backing off. An in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of soapy, off-white/pinkish head with minimal retention, falling quickly back to wisps. Color was a faintly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with a slightly pinkish cast. Hmmm. Nose smelled like spice cake or holiday fruit cake - sweet, slightly spicy with dried tart fruits and a touch of alcohol. A cynic might mention potpourri, but today has mellowed me sufficiently that I will allow that one to pass. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like an Ocean Spray variant with cranberry and orange plus a bit of spice to keep things interesting. I have to say that I was grateful for the tartness of the cranberry which kept it from being so eminently drinkable that I would have sucked half of it away without a backwards glance. Phew! Yes, Virginia, we are entering dangerous territory, in which even we seasoned drinkers begin to push up against the envelope. I allowed the next sip to simply sit on my tongue & roll around as I attempted to take it in. I really have nothing against potpourri since I am an adult-onset asthmatic and the artificial scents of some candles easily set me off where the natural scents of potpourri do not bother me (other than reminding me of my grandparents' house). This beer had that fruity, flowery, spicy combination of potpourri, especially as it warmed. It also opened up like the petals of a flower to reveal the fusel alcohol heat underlying the fruitiness noted before. Phew! This was not a beer to be played around with. Finish was dry, but whether it was a product of the relatively high ABV or the fruits or both, I could not say. I just know that it was attention getting. Let's do this again soon. How incredibly interesting! The lees, which I endeavored to leave behind, were VERY pink! Wild

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-tinged gold body. Pretty skimpy on the head formation/retention.

Smell: Sweet, sugary nose with lightly bready, toasty malts and a flourish of pilsner malts. Spicy phenols. Beyond the added fruitiness, there're esters of banana and pear, but have a mashed, baby food kinda vibe about 'em.

Taste: A lightly toasted grain element atop some pils malt with a kick of sugared sweetness. Spicy phenolics hinting of clove, blending into the ginger and peppery alcoholic pop. Pears and bananas affixed to tangy touches of berry and orange rind. Well warming and sugary on the fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Frankly, it's a slight tick below original Merry Monks.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a hazy dark golden color with a reddish tinge. Two fingers of white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts and candy sugar. Spicy and fruity. Probably wouldn't have known it was cranberry per se if the bottle hadn't told me.

T/F: Classic tripel, with lots of Belgian yeast character. Spice and cloves... hints of banana and fruit. Malty and semi-sweet. The cranberry actually gives the beer a bit of a tart kick to go along with the sugars and Belgian candy which is rather nice. A little thinner in body than I was expecting and aggressively carbonated which hurts the mouthfeel a bit. The flavors become increasingly rich as it warms up to cellar/room temp. Finish is sticky and dry.

O: A nice variation on their 'Merry Monks' tripel with almost a sweet/tart quality. Not offensive in the least, and the cranberry works well with the tripel base. Definitely glad I grabbed a few.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, with a pink hue; head is brighter white with fine bubbles and presents large at least 1.5 inches deep, then dissipates to a ring with some lacing.

Smell is balance of light cranberry, subtle ginger and belgian yeast esters/phenols - a pleasant and enticing mix

Taste has similar blend of flavors with slightly different balance: more belgian yeast flavor, ginger still available, cranberry moves from the front to the ending flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit biting and carbonated on the tongue with the sides of the tongue feeling the brunt of the biting quality.

Overall a very cool rendition of merry monks, with a pleasant cranberry undertone, but a sharp mouthfeel.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice one. As a fan of Merry Monks (and Weyerbacher in general) and of fruit infused brews (check out my review of Dissident from earlier this week), I knew this would be nice. It does not compare to vastly superior Dissident, but it also cost a fifth of the price and it isn't aged (this bottle is two and a half months old).

At first it looked kind of pink, but it's really just faintly pink. The fine little bubbles keep on coming. I will drink the sediment separately. Done. Just like the rest of the brew but concentrated.

The aroma is slightly hoppy, very yeasty and slightly fruity. In general it is nice but milder than I would prefer.

The taste is Belgian yeast, milder than the regular monks, I think, and nicely cut with just a slight fruity tartness. The finish is clean and I'm wondering why it doesn't taste more boozy. Nice.

I was not at all disappointed in this nice fruit infused Belgian from Weyerbacher. I know there is a lot of alcohol in there but it seems like I could drink a few of these. Recommended.

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Photo of Budlum
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

(12 oz bottle, date 11/15/16... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear amber liquid, head fizzes out quickly like a firecracker - absolutely no collar or sud left... gets a bit hazy with the last oz poured in... looks like some sort of odd orange wine

S: hard candy, Bacardi, yeast... anticipating some-much sweetness... nothing overtly 'berry'-like here, malty mostly with a diluted liqueur (barenjager?) aroma

T: just about what I thought, though not as sweet... malty, marginally candy-sweet, but dry enough not to gag... rather potent and nearly medicinal phenols in the finish... the aftertaste is like having sucked on an old, bitter grapefruit pith... tastes more like a lower-tier malt liquor with a 1/4 pack of life-savers melted in

F: dry and almost parching in the back end at first... mid-level heat in total - the mildly acidic flare in the finish doesn't improve things... the body has some pleasant soft viscosity to it, but its near-flat carbonation is a serious fault - gotta lighten this up

O: I must say, this was crap. I've been patient with the last few Weyerbacher beers I've had over the past month (Quad, Downtown Brown, and now this), and they simply all sucked. This is Flying Fish bad. I bought the first and last of those three at the same store and the middle one elsewhere. I don't know what's going on up in Easton, but they seem to be back stuck in an inconsistent patch, but why?... by the way, this fruit-in-beer trend needs to stop

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Photo of confer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kotzbauerm
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MadMac21
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at the brewery
Very light fizzy head, no retention or lacing, hazy rosy reddish orange colour

Nose nice tart berry, a little of the frosted fermented cranberry aroma I remember as a kid, lots of tart berry, orange zest and ginger as well, tart red apple, faint Belgian phenols and booze

Taste Belgian spices up front, phenols, fruity esters, sweet candy malt, then the mild tart cranberries and other berry flavors, little orange zest and ginger mix with the phenol spices, tasty cranberry on the sticky slight flemmy finish

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fizzy carb, hint of warming booze

Overall I really like it but I'm mixed, the aroma was loaded with cranberry and fruit but very little beer, the taste was the opposite, great Belgian beer with mild cranberry and fruit background, but either way balanced nicely I guess

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A well done aroma of light fruit, Belgian yeast, and some malt as well.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of Belgian yeast (not as much as I thought there would be), cranberries, light malt notes, some spices (cloves, coriander, pepper), banana, and some citrus. A much fruitier flavor than you would expect in a tripel, but it manages to work. Sweet and tangy.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer is uneven in spots, it's solidly made and easy to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with both a bottled on date [18 November 2016] and, presumably, a best by date of 18 November 2018. Served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a small off-white head. The head has weak retention and soon reduces to a thin partial coat and ring. A thin layer of sediment remains on the bottom of the bottle.

Yeasty, fruity, nutty and malty aroma that foreshadows, but underestimates the striking flavor palate that comes with tasting. The usual Belgian tripel flavor components of yeast, light malt, banana and cloves, but these are in play with a swirl of fruit flavors. Slightly sweet with hints of mixed berries and oranges. Faint ginger appears in the finish and aftertaste. The high ABV is partly hidden in the aroma and, more so, in the flavor, although it does produce some warming. Medium bodied with a smooth feel. The finish is not quite as dry as I'd like but does have some dryness.

Overall: with plenty of complexity, well-balanced flavors, a fine finish and aftertaste, this is recommended for U.S. fans of tripels but it's probably not an improvement on the base Merry Monks ale.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: orange-ish, with a reddish hue, lots of tiny bubbles
S: Belgian yeast, sweet, some spice and citrus
T: Belgian yeast, some sweet and some tart
F: very dry finish
O: glad I tried it, but won't revisit

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The regular Merry monks is quite good so when I found out it was aged on cranberries and orange peels I snagged up a single for around 3 bucks.

A - Pours a bit more red orange tint than the regular with a 1/4 inch of frothy head that pulls back to a mild ring.
S - Great smell lots of ginger and cranberries with some sweet malts and little hops.
T - Great mix of ginger to warming alcohol and cranberry berry goodness. Not very bitter orange peel and ABV is well concealed.
M - Compared to the regular version this is amazing not so much a Triple more of a berry flavors Belgium Pale ale. Medium bodied hides the ABV well.

Overall Merry Monks is somewhat forgettable but this beer is excellent love the cranberry and ginger mix!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of berries, grapes. Taste is grapes, alcohol, some cranberries, a bit of ginger. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but a bit boozy. I loved Merry Monks, but this beer doesn't measure up to that standard.

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Berry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 87 ratings