Berry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WCKDVBZ on 11-03-2016

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by confer:
Photo of confer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Marklaker
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 tdm168
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gsimons08
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

This unique brew was enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's in Eastgate
in a snifter. Pouring a glowing deep peach color with a modest head that
fades quickly with little retention, it is still a very attractive brew in a glass.
Nose of subtle orchard fruits, orange zest, honey malts, phenol laden yeast,
and sweet candy malts. Flavors exceed the nose with candy malts awash in
cranberries that blend nicely with the banana esters of the yeast. Light touches
of bubblegum fall on the middle of the taste with a refreshing ginger zing that is
balanced and not overbearing. Subtle herbal hops come in on the rear and give
a nice contrast with the ginger and cranberry notes cutting through the sweetness
giving a good balance to a sweet and lightly tart brew. Very nice mouth feel with medium
carbonation and a dry finish. Overall an excellent brew I would try again.


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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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Photo of Walleybeer
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Zaphog
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dmecca
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 jjamadorphd
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from a brewer that has rarely, if ever, disappointed...

Though it pours a decent head, it has no staying power and no lacing to mention and the coloration is orange-copperish that is both appealing and somewhat strange to my gaze. The smell was mostly boozy with a malty base, nothing that I really would gravitate towards, but not horrible either. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, carbonated but not overly, and had a slight astringent feel on the tongue. The taste was hid its boozy nature and was a robust and tangy flavor of cranberries and even some orange. I like this offering, not one of their best, but something to consider unique and worthy of a draw.

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

Photo of BB1313
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/4/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange with lots of sediment and floating yeast; fluffy white head that quickly fades leaving a little retention ring an no lacing. The aromas are subtle with some yeast and sweet malts. Mild hints of banana and bubblegum. Hints of vanilla cream and cranberry in the mix. The flavors are bold. The berries seem to come through in the flavor department. Lots of cranberry with some hints of strawberry. More hints of vanilla cream. More banana and bubblegum in the mix. Yeast and malts do their thing. It's definitely on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or over the top at all. Finishes with a mild warmth and it's slightly syrupy. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter and thinner side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and creamy.

This is a solid brew. It might be a little rough around the edges for the style, but it's still enjoyable and fun to drink. I like regular Merry Monks more, for what it's worth.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: bright amber, hazy, light orange with a faint light brown. Poured on draft with no head

S: banana, clove, ripe pears, wheat, slightly grainy and just a touch of funk

T: banana, tons of ripe pear and green apple skin. There is a slight sweet citrus flavor behind that as well. Then you're hit with a large Belgian yeast presence that brings a little coriander and pepper spice. Lemongrass and a little sugary sweetness. A little bit of cranberry in the finish

M: medium mouthfeel with a touch lower carbonation level than you'd expect from a tripel

O: very enjoyable. Flavor has a nice complexity yet is as smooth as you'd want this to be. All the nice flavors of a tripel in here make this worth a try for sure

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Photo of chiefz1
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HermitDan
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 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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Berry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 86 ratings