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RATINGS: 974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Formerly Weyerbacher Belgian Triple.
At Weyerbacher we've recreated a Belgian Trippel without limitation. We use premium Pilsener malts, candi-sugar, and yeast strains- all imported from Belgium. To be true to the style, our Trippel is bottle conditioned. This means we add a bit of candi-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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2004
Merry Monks appears a totally clear dark gold with minimal head that sadly completely fades out after 10 seconds and then looks a bit dull. Expressive yeast on the nose reminds of raw pie crust. Good fruit esters range (melon, banana, mango). Floral and spicy(mint, jasmine) hops somehow manage to leave an impression despite all the other things happening while the aroma is not all that intense. Sweet initial taste, but thereís a firm hoppiness developping in a perfumey and herbal way, almost grassy. I donít know why I donít like it more, but the hypothesis is just the huge competition level in this particular style where you need big demarcative aspects (mostly complexity, appearance and balance) to be at the top. This one gives me the impression of a balanced ale with well contained alcohol which makes for a very decent american take on the style despite lousy looks. It was perhaps a tad overexpressive on the yeast though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1252) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2004
A small white head sits atop a hazy, straw gold body. Aroma of grass and malt, little alcohol. Flavor is a bit too tart, very sharp and not lasting. Better Tripels Iíve had coat the mouth, but this is just one bite that fades too fast. Finish is bland and sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Aroma is apples, alcohol, nutmeg, and other spices with a little alcohol. No head, but nice foggy orange and gold body. Taste is alcohol, dried fruit, and slightly nutty. A pretty good tripel, just lacks complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Smells strongly of clove, some orange and lemony yeast. Maltier than I expected and this is a good thing. Tart with dark fruits and a meaty toasty finish

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2004
This is a Tripel? I didnít know that until looking it up on ratebeer, but I should have guessed from the Monks. Its an ok tripel I suppose, but not great compared to a lot of the imported ones, but hey, its cheaper than those and pretty good so why not give it a try

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Appearance: bright, but hazy orangey hue, with a very brief, very short head. Aroma: spicy, fruity, sweet, and just a touch sour, delicious, wonderful. Taste: tasty, bright, fruity, medium-bodied, light malt, good hops, fine balance. Good flavor, great-big, tasty, yummy...however, if itís a Duvel-clone theyíre going for, and it tastes like it, theyíve loaded a few hops too short for their aim to be true...a bit too sugary, too fruity, lacking a certain zest and zing to carry it through...an admirable stab at the style, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3863) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Cloudy orange with a creamy looking, slightly off-white head. Spicy aroma with hints of yeast, pepper and citrus. Flavor is rather yeasty with a peppery and citrus middle, some sweet and citrus near the end and a very smooth finish. Not much of an aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel and hides the alcohol very well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
I usually donít care for tripples that much, but I like this one a lot. I donít think it will win any awards for complexity. Itís the sweetness that I like. Yeasty with lemon citrus up front, but then it reminds me of an orange tic-tac. I love orange tic-tacs. Aroma is yeasty spice. Color is hazy light orange with a touch of yellow. Mouthfeel is slighly oily but is kind of watery at the same time. Hides the alcahol well. Again, not very complex and probably wonít win any awards, but I'm really enjoying it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1138) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Good but not great. I prefer Ye Olde Golden Monkey. Monks is a little thinner, a little lacking in the flavor department. Still a good brew, and I love this style, but not in the top tier of tripels.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2004
I have said it before " if only this promising domestic brew could taste as well as it smells." Very nice promising aroma but a disappointing palate and little flavor to speak of. I must hand it to them for creating a high alcoholic beverage tthat tastes almost like water. I would nickname this the bud of tripels just a bad imitation. No head and very light.


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