Review - Weyerbacher Brewing Company's Merry Monks
"Merry Monks' Ale is a Belgian style Abby Trippel without limitation. This style was created by Trappist Monks in Belgium over 500 years ago. To be true to the style, Merry Monks' Ale is bottle conditioned. This means we add a bit of sugar and yeast just prior to bottling. This imparts a special effervescence to the beer, a creamier carbonation, and also extends the shelf life. The on-going fermentation inside the bottle will change the character of the beer as it ages, and you'll find it becomes dryer with age. You may want to lay down a few bottles for future evaluation. We suggest storing at cellar temperatures -around 55 degrees F- and away from light.
When you try this beer you're in for a unique treat. The special effervescence and creaminess are immediately apparent when pouring. The Pilsner malts combined with the Belgian yeast strains yield a remarkable and complex flavor- perhaps you'll note subtle hints of fruit or spice. The flavor is nicely balanced and the finish moderate to dry , begging for the next sip.
You might ask why we go through all this trouble and expense for just a beer, but one taste and you'll know the Merry Monks' Ale (9.3% ABV) will more than complement any meal it accompanies. Enjoyed best around 48 degrees F, it also makes a fine after-dinner drink." -- Weyerbacher Brewing
Pours a medium yellow color that settles with a bit more of a golden color. Small white fizzy head settles on top, then fully diminishes, leaving very light lacing behind. Aroma is sweet, of candi sugar, with a moderate banana presence and a distinct warm alcohol note. Initial taste is very sweet with some banana taste up front, and as the sweetness subsides towards the finish, the alcohol warmth comes to the front. Light to medium bodied, it leaves an oily mouthfeel that coats the mouth. Warm alcohol without the burn, the strength will sneak up on you.
Reviewed on July 23rd, 2008.