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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Berry Monks is a variation on our classic Belgian Tripel, Merry Monks, brewed with cranberries, orange peel and ginger. This 9.3% ABV ale is ripe with apple and pear notes, which blend nicely with the tartness of the cranberries, the citrus twist of the orange peel and a touch of ginger. It’s great on its own or paired with your favorite holiday dish.

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3.1
crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2017
355ml bottle. Amber pour. Aroma is berry and lemon, some spice. Flavor is metallic, tangy, ginger, berry, sweet. This beer serves no purpose but its okay...

3.8
chinchill (5073) - South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2017
12 oz bottle with both a bottled on date [18 November 2016] and, presumably, a best by date of 18 November 2018. Served in a Belgian snifter. Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a small off-white head. The head has weak retention and soon reduces to a thin partial coat and ring. A thin layer of sediment remains on the bottom of the bottle. Yeasty, fruity, nutty and malty aroma that foreshadows, but underestimates the striking flavor palate that comes with tasting. The usual Belgian tripel flavor components of yeast, light malt, banana and cloves, but these are in play with a swirl of fruit flavors. Slightly sweet with hints of mixed berries and oranges. Faint ginger appears in the finish and aftertaste. The high ABV is partly hidden in the aroma and, more so, in the flavor, although it does produce some warming. Medium bodied with a smooth feel. The finish is not as dry as I’d like but does have some dryness. Overall: with plenty of complexity, well-balanced flavors, a fine finish and aftertaste, this is recommended for U.S. fans of tripels but it’s probably not an improvement on the base Merry Monks ale.

3.6
Dogbrick (13159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2017
Sample at 101 Beer Kitchen during the "Irish Beer Line-Up" event on 03/17/2017. Hazy reddish-orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily to a film. Stringy lacing. Aroma of fruit, yeast and spice. Medium to full body with flavors of Belgian yeast, berries, spice and caramel malt. The finish is tart berry and earthy yeast. Decent overall.

3.7
HourGlass13 (951) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Pours up a hazy amber with a nice champagne head. Tastes like berries, bubblegum, banana, and sourdough. Fizzy cider like body. Aroma is berries, bubblegum, banana bread. Slightly boozy.

3.8
freekyp (2337) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2017
An interesting combination. Cranberry and bright citrus mingle deftly with spicy Belgian yeast notes. Light and crisp with an excellent candi sugar cranberry fade. A mildly tart finish just increases the appeal of Berry Monks.

4.1
superspak (5691) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2017
12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/4/2016. Pours hazy golden orange/light pink color with a 1 finger dense light pink head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the lace. Aromas of lightly tart cranberry, lemon, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, light ginger/bubblegum, wheat, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, fruit/spices, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lightly tart cranberry, lemon, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, light ginger/bubblegum, wheat, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cranberry, lemon, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, light ginger/bubblegum, wheat, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruit/spices, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Lightly warming 9.3%; a bit of increasing ginger spice heat on the finish, but never overwhelming. Overall this is an excellent tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruit/spices, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to sip on for the ABV. Still has the great balance and complex flavors of the base beer; with added fruit/spice flavors that compliment the style very well all around. A really enjoyable offering.

3.1
PorterPounder (8090) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Hazy, medium orange pour, quickly dissipating off-white head, Aroma has some orange fruitiness, some bubble gum sweetness, Flavor has some tangy accents, a bit of orange candy, some cranberry tartness, yeasty and bubble gum finish, Decently thick mouthfeel.

3.4
r464 (2362) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Smooth and fruity. There is the distinct Belgian yeast, but a slightly tart berry and pear on top of it. It doesn’t come across as strong as the 9.3% should be. It feels lighter than Merry Monks.

3.4
BroadestTom (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2017
Aroma banana, clove, Appearance hazy, cloudy, minimal head, white foam, Taste medium sweetness, Palate light body, medium body, lively, Overall very similar to merry monk but with a hint of fruit. Good but not great. I would not suggest this beer to a friend.

3.5
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Hazy orange, thin fizzy tan head, decent retention. Aroma of bready malt, candi sugar, orange, spice. The taste is orange, lemon, spice, ginger, bready malt. Thin-medium bodied, lingering spice.


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