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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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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3.6
nearbeer (5717) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2018
12 oz. bottled 10/26/2017. Light haz on the orange-golden brew with small spots and a ring of foam. Spicy yeast, white wine, pear, honey and citrus zest in the aroma. Flavors of white wine, citrus zest, pear, bubblegum and a touch of reedy hops. Medium-plus bodied with a little too much fizz and a little too much noticeable booze.

3.2
UnicornBrewing (47) - - JAN 16, 2018
Sweet yeast fix from Port Orange ABC store. Bottled 10/31/17 and just two months later a soda pop fizz, foam sounds like an extremely high rpm machine. Snuck into a six pack of East Bound and Brown, a much lower priced ale, thought i got a couple of these but apparently bungled the operation a bit, but still the thrill of getting away with a bit of a scam took me back to college days when we would switch entire six packs so a cheap bar code would carry expensive bottles. Beery flavor, ideal holiday dessert. Down on the appearance b/c fizz with no foam lingering to savor the sweet fruit flavor riding in bubbles. Seems like real fruit is used and fleeting foam is where it shows. Soft sweet malt bed but thin mattress, smooth soft sheets but missing that overstuffed comforter. Body thin and kind of solventy. As with brown, seems to be infected. What do you expect from a Easton PA brew found down in Florida, esp for a store that holds a bunch of beers on warm shelves for who knows how long. The trick i pulled deserves a compromised selection, touche universe. Tart, sour, closes my left eye ~40% Yeasty aftertaste, perhaps fruit was not completely sterilized. I’d too try to fly away from this in a balloon if i were associated with it like these monks seem to be doing. Would be cool to drink in a balloon, but what wouldn’t? The experience of being in a balloon would outweigh the other senses. Thin, thirst quenching, unique, glad it’s here but wouldn’t pay a premium price for it. I’d like it if all tripels went for these flavors, on to something, but yet to be perfected.

3.3
milewide (2356) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2018
Hazy light rose color. Modest flavors compared to Belgium yeast. Two years between production and best by dates.

2.6
gripweed57 (3056) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Slightly hazed amber orange color. Brief creamy white head. Big fruity, yeasty malt nose. Notes of berries, pears and apples. Unusual tart, fruity, yeasty malt flavor. Lots of boozy character. Bread, berries, ginger and grape juice. Something is off here. The flavors just don't meld. The result is that the alcohol dominates.

3.1
crossovert (14240) - 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 (5451) - 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 (14391) - 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 (1115) - 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 (2489) - 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 (6392) - Waterford, 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.


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