Monk From The Yunk
Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

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3.73 | pDev: 11.26%
Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: This strong, golden colored ale is brewed with pilsner malt and noble hops, but it is the traditional Belgian strain of yeast that provides the complex aromas of fruit and spice. With a dry finish and a relatively light body, you will find our Belgian Tripel very drinkable for a beer this potent.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy golden pour with massive fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Bread and yeast... sweet and spice.

T.F: Sweet and spicy up front. Grains and yeast. Strong clove and coriander. Pepper, honey, and fruit. Some bitterness mid-swig to go with the sweet. Medium bodied... prickly carbonation and a little boozy. That 9% is definitely in there.

O: A decent take on a Tripel... not elite but very drinkable and with good flavor. One I'd certainly have again.

Sep 14, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a Trillium pub glass.

Look is a hazy orange golden with a thin white head.

Aroma is a like a crisp white wine.

Taste is very heavy sweet syrup. None of that crispness comes through.

Jun 22, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from undated can into tulip glass. It pours a cloudy honey color with a thin milk-white cap and a thin sheen of lacing. The nose features sweet malt, candied fruit, brown sugar, clove, and coriander. It opens with abundant sweet malt and brown sugar, along with banana, fruity esters, clove, coriander, and candied fruits. The spices persist through the taste. It finishes with minimal bitterness. This ale is medium-bodied with lively carbonation, and the 9% ABV gives it a lot of substance. Overall, this is a nice rendition of the style. It's not at the level of, say, Fin du Monde or some of the Belgian-brewed Tripels but it would pair well with a light meal and is fine for casual drinking.

Nov 17, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a tulip/snifter glass.

L---Bright golden color. Hazy, but not opaque to light. Nice head faded quickly to a cap. Left very good lacing.

S---Tropical fruits. Spices, pepper & clove typical of tripels. Malts & yeast are noticeable.

T---Sweet, honey & maybe candy sugars. Spicy (light coriander) & fruity. As in the smell, pepper & cloves. Strong malt backbone. Maybe a touch too sweet, could be a little drier.

F---Lighter than expected for ABV. Very well carbonated. That may account for some of the light feeling. Feels smooth & drinkable.

O---A nice example of a tripel. Wifey didn't like it at all, and she likes Weyerbacher's (Merry Monks) & Victory's (Golden Monkey) examples of tripels, as well as actual Belgian ones. I'd definitely get this one again.

Sep 15, 2018
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

1.3/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought a 4-pack of cans. I generally like Belgian ales. I wanted to like this - since I live in the Philadelphia area only about 15 miles or so from Manayunk. Sadly, this ale didn't work for me.

To be fair, it is possible that it was skunked. I don't know how prevalent that is with beer in cans... but that's how it tasted to me. The fragrance was rather chemical and unpleasant. The flavor was... unpleasantly spicy and, as noted, kind of skunky. It almost hurt the back of my throat. It didn't taste like any real Belgian ale I've had - and I've had quite a few from different breweries.

I *hate* wasting a good, high ABV beer. But I ended up pouring half down the drain. I'll give the remaining 3 cans to my son, and tell him that it's excellent! See what happens.

I know. I'm a horrible dad. But maybe it's just me - and he'll actually like it.

May 12, 2018
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mrfosters from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can , poured into my trusty old St. Bernardus goblet. No noticeable carbonation. Opaque gold hue with a quickly departing head that left some faint lacing clinging to the goblet walls to the (not actually that bitter ) end. Typical aroma of malt and spicy floral combinations that is identically reflected in the taste , and a distinct alcohol bite on the back of the tongue .A pilsner like citrus after taste , and medium mouthfeel , and just a small touch of bitterness . All in all , a very pleasing Belgian style Tripel ! Although there are other tripels I prefer, this is really good, so,If you like this style , definitely give it a shot, you'll be rewarded. Kudos Manayunk !

Apr 24, 2018
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Monk from the Yunk ( Manayunk ) is a superbly balanced, complex Tripel with a host of flavors. Spices, sweetness and a variety of fruits are delivered to the palate in a perfectly carbonated mouthfeel. At 9% ABV, it commands respect, but since the temps are dropping again and I’m cozy at home, I’m having another. If you’re a Belgian Tripel fan, grab some. You will not be disappointed. Nice work, Manayunk!

Jan 13, 2018
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cprigmore from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really pleased with the taste and ABV! Being I’m close to Philly is great also. Lighter in color than most triples and very drinkable; no sipping beer here. Character may be special, but drinking beer is about taste for me.

Oct 30, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a semi-hazy glossy orange color with less than a finger’s worth of white foaminess. Lacing concaves nicely along the sides. The smell starts off with an iced apple to sweet citrus. Light mango, pineapple opens up once it warms. Belgian spices show their presence nicely. The taste is well balanced between the spice and the sweet and also leads into the aftertaste nicely. The finish is semi-sweet but barely there. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation seems slightly under, but the spices seem to take care of the slight lack. Belgian sweet stickiness rolls over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Tripel that I would have again.

Sep 02, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold orange color,decent amount of carbonation. I am a fan of this style and I think this was a really well made beer and that it is high quality. But the honey flavor was not enjoyable and in all fairness to the brewer I just don't care for honey. I would actually drink it again and would recommend it but it wasn't my favorite

Jun 13, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy medium gold color with a frothy white head and steady carbonation.

S - Caramel malt, berries, honey, bready with some earthiness. Aroma is dry.

T - Some light honey caramel malt, bready/yeasty, cloves, some lemon citrus rind, and ends with a honey/spicy/peppery lingering lemon and clove bitterness.

M - Big medium body with very gentle and almost creamy carbonation.

O - Too much honey presence. Willing to revisit this review again. Old can? Hard to tell since they don't date stamp.

May 06, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tripel is a favorite style. These guys to a massive tripel which is a great first start that I like better than most.

a - Pours a very murky, dark golden body with 2 finger lumpy head into a Duvel tulip - leaves foamy waves of lace, and remains a white film.

s - Aromas of honey, yeast, spices, cloves, bread, wheat, and grain. Ample and wine like.

t - Tastes as the smell but bigger with yeast, honey, cloves, pepper, spices, pilsner malt, wheat, and grain.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Alcoholic but no more than Chimay Blue - 9.1% ABV. Great finish.

o - Excellent massive tripel, definitely on the sweet side. I did not find any one flavor dominant, so well balanced, powerful and affordable (much more so than Chimay Blue - my fave in this style.)

Mar 17, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a very small head for a Tripel. Aroma is very pleasant and quite appropriately Tripelesque. The flavor is a bit over the top spicy and not as balanced as most Belgian Tripels. A nice enough brew but I doubt I'd choose this beer over a Belgian example of the style.

Feb 27, 2017
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techdiver from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great initial carbonation, minimal lacing. Balance could be improved with a maltier profile, but that may just be my preference for Belgian strong dark ales.

Feb 08, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Good golden dark body color, nearly crystal clear shiny and just beaming through the glass. Excellent roaring carbonation in the centre reaching up to a nice controlled easy two finger fluffy and white head. Head is coating the glass in a bowled puck, with lots of great staying power. Just about as good as a tripel can get. Fantastic looking brew.

Aroma seems to go more wine like than phenolic and spicy. Light fruit tones of white wine grape, with tinge of sourness (but not infection). Slight bready and faint honey tones of malt mixing in with some simple sucrose qualities. Decent and solid nose.

Palate sticks to basics. Quite a different expectation from the nose. Spicy mid palate with some phenolic heat of clove but also tinges of alcohol. Bready soft finish, with a lighter flavor but some almost herbal hop angles and a touch medicinal.

A decent but basic tripel, with a bit more tinges of booze that makes a little bit distracting on the palate. Still drinkable with some excellent qualities.

Jan 14, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and a thin head coating the surface, some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of spices, Belgian yeast, and bananas are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has some hints of candi sugars—these don't contribute any sweetness—but you can get a sense that this tripel has some underlying alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Not much dryness is perceptible.
O: This is a pretty good American representation of a Belgian beer style. It does a good job at masking the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

May 17, 2016
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Whey2Hoppy from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Very hazy/murky golden brown color with a foamy one finger head.

S- Clove and cinnamon aromas with some doughy bread. Textbook Tripel smell.

T- Brown sugar sweetness hits you right up front, followed by a kick of the spices in the aroma following through with a slight hint of alcohol in the finish. Can't really tell it's 9% though. IMO, that's a good thing.

F- Medium to light body and carbonation.

O- One of the better tripels I've had. For the cheap price around here, and the fact that it's a local brewery, I would buy it again.

Apr 29, 2016
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tkolterman from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy to drink, good Philly beer.
Nice carbonation level. Little to sweet for me.
Not boozy considering it's a freak 9.
I'd by it again. Got this one at Roger Wilco in Pennsauken.
Enjoyed it...... the 9% buzz is kicking in LOL.

Nov 27, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky orange with a a minimal white head. The aroma is full of hops and malt with some citrus tossed in. The flavor is big on citrus with hops. This is a really good beer and it hides the ABV extremely well.

Nov 17, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. THe beer pours a clear golden hue with some suspended sediment but very little floating in my glass. A thin surface layer of bleached white head rests on the glass and becomes an edge layer fairly quickly after pouring the beer.
The aroma is some cloves and a a bit of bready yeast. I also get a bit of black pepper and some light fruit. The nose overall is mild, yet appealing.
First sip reveals a crisp clean body with very fine tingly carbonation. The flavor is some spicy yeast and a bit of sweet malt with fruity notes of melon and a bit of orange as well.
The booze is slightly present but for 9% is not to forceful during the drinking.
An interesting tripel that could use a lot more complexity on the nose and the flavor, but the beer is a decent take on the style. I wouldnt chase it but would drink again if offered.

Sep 06, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, served chilled in a pint.

The color is a golden clear shade with thin white lace that clings with fine bead. The smell is fruity with tropical accent and slight sweet candy aroma with light pine hop and mild alcohol.

The taste is tangy with fruity yeast and medium sweet flavor mid palate with a light spice and semi-high alcohol in taste with medium body and semi-dry finish. Overall not a bad US Tripel, good malt base with nice Belgian yeast flavor and slight spice with light sweetness in the mid palate balanced by a subtle spice and alcohol as it finishes midway to dry.

Jun 05, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Weathered orange with a fair clarity of slight haze shows a soft rise of effervesce. Skim, milky coating for head coverage doesnt last long giving way to a washy surface. Stingy lacing.

S: Aroma of golden hops, spicy, mixes with a sweetness from the malt with a warming glow of honey-orange spiciness. Background fruitiness of honey dew and bananas from the yeast.

T: Warming sweetness for flavor, deep honey-orange, citrus, bananas, pear and a warming of flowery hop spiciness. Flowery grapefruit sneaks through, toasted malt with a syrupy like delivery, goldent sultanes, honey dew fruitiness and a small touch of dry rum alcohol warmth for a finish. :

M: Syrupy body, usually like my tripels with a bit of a crisp kick, this is laid back, full bodied with a settled warm spiciness lying on the tongue thereafter.

O: Overall a nice spiciness, not bright, but rather warming background ambience. Everything from the alcohol, spices, malt and yeast is so evently balanced it makes for one harmonous drinking experience that you just may forget or notice this is 9.0%. Despite a weak visual and small aromatic appeal the flavor makes up amends for a worthy try.

Jul 31, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bit of CANQuest (TM) thanks to the 'Yunkers at the Opening Tap of PHL Beer Week table for getting me some CANs to take away and review. I CAN guarantee that these will not be wasted like the ones some jagov was pouring down his gullet at the end of the night. There was a third CANned beer that he chugged down as I watched in dismay! Grrr.

From the CAN: "This strong, golden colored ale is brewed with pilsner malt and noble hops, but it is the traditional Belgian strain of yeast that provides the complex aromas of fruit and spice. With a dry finish and relatively light body, you will find our Belgian Tripel very drinkable for a beer this potent."

I have been holding off reviewing this one until my picture could be approved. For those just joining the program already in progress, The CANQuest includes a basic tenet that ""No CAN shall be Cracked open unless a picture already exists or one CAN be approved. Cracked CANs are unsightly and should NOT be used for photographic purposes except in extreme cases." Today, the stars have aligned and I am ready!

The Crack was uneventful and so an inverted Glug was in order. This created a finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with some of the best retention of the day. It is hot, humid, my asthma is kicking and it is wreaking havoc on my beers. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a banana scent underlain by a yeasty mustiness. Warming, it began to take on a black pepper spiciness. Mouthfeel was full, viscous and sat on my tongue like a gob or lump of amber. The taste was riotous, with banana, clove, black pepper, musty newspapers and sweet tropical fruit all commingling. Wow! Finish was super dry, thanks to the yeast, and literally breathtaking. Holy jumpin' Jehosephat! A previous reviewer mentioned taking this to the beach, but I would not recommend either getting in the water after one or falling asleep as sunburn may result. Good, but not cooler-worthy simply out of CANcerns for safety.

Jul 07, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, some yeast. Taste is alcohol, not well hidden, fruits, spice, yeast, a bit more alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Jul 05, 2013
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Gavage from Nevada

3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a yellow tint. Short head dissipates quickly.

Smell: yeast and bread tones are all you can detect.

Taste: yeast and breadiness are up front, with some lemon zest and orange citrus in the background. Alcohol is warming and quite noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste as the yeast is longest lasting flavor here.

Overall: a decent triple, but too yeast forward for me. I like a bit more balance with the citrus tones in a triple. Nice to see a triple in cans for those beach trips.

Jul 03, 2013
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