Monk From The Yunk | Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

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Monk From The YunkMonk From The Yunk

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Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mdfb79 on 06-28-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of TTripp725
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of tkolterman
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Ryften
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Lambdon
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of techdiver
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paleoplant
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patinthebronx
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soulcougher
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beans923
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Monk From The Yunk from Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
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