Monday, June 15, 2009

Weyerbacher Merry Monks (2009)

Jay and I each bought a bottle of this to review at his apartment. I didn't write a text review of it.

2009 grade: 7/10

HERE'S MY 2013 TEXT REVIEW:

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (885) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a chalice. I believe the bottling date translated to 11/6/2012 making it six months and 16 days old. It cost $3.45 ($0.29 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark orange hue that’s extremely hazy even before adding the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Forms a small, white, soapy head which almost completely evaporates and doesn’t lace the glass.

Smell: Lots of banana and black pepper. Noticeable alcohol, but pleasant.

Taste: I think the Abbey-style Tripel is my favorite of the traditional Belgian brews, and Weyerbacher Merry Monks definitely represents the style well for an American brewery. Strong fruit notes of banana and orange as well as some spice and alcohol. They all synergize quite well, though the palette is a bit repetitive and simplistic.

Much like the nose, the major flavors to this beer are banana and orange. You wouldn’t think those fruits would complement each other, but they do and work really well in this case. There’s a subtle black pepper spiciness riding shotgun the entire time. It imparts some nice bitterness to contrast the fruit flavor, as does the alcohol. There’s a hint of rum here, though there’s no obese booziness. Classic Belgian yeast flavor on the finish and in aftertaste is quite pleasant and delectable. These flavors keep repeating, but never become cloying nor boring. I am genuinely impressed.

Drinkability: Though the alcohol to Weyerbacher Merry Monks is noticeable it’s quite tolerable. It creates for a slightly dry aftertaste, though the beer is surprisingly refreshing while in the mouth. The mouthfeel is thinner and flatter than most Belgians of the style, though that leads to a smoother finish and more comfortable experience. It makes good use of its 9.3% ABV weight as its plenty robust but not liquid fire. Maybe not an ideal brew for newbies, but veteran drinkers should be able to handle this with ease.

2013 Grade: 9/10