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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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. Its great on its own or paired with your favorite holiday dish.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12480) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (755) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (2083) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5220) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7728) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (2348) - 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 doesnt come across as strong as the 9.3% should be. It feels lighter than Merry Monks.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroadestTom (431) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13259) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1597) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Solid belgian w/ subtle differences. Pours gold w/ a rapidly fading white head & little lacing. The aroma has your typical belgian spice but the cranberries & orange add a nice compliment. The taste follows suit as it primarily has a standard triple feel but the cranberries & orange once again add compexity to the beer. The alcohol is well hidden. Nothing too crazy but a pleasant & enjoyable offering!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SteveOrz85 (244) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Heard about this release and wanted to give it a taste. Picked up a single from the brewery this past weekend. Poured into a Chimay chalice. Thin less than one finger head which is white in color. Beer is sort of a burnt amber color. Some white lacing on sides of glass. Aroma is similar to the original Merry Monks, yeast esters with hints of banana and pear with a faint addition of cranberry. Taste is pleasant. Again similar to its older brother Merry Monks but with some addition of cranberry and orange peel. Which gives it a slight peppery character. Lightly sweet up front with cranberry and citrus notes midway and then notes of pear at finish.The ginger really isnt noticeable. Medium bodied beer with average carbonation. Overall well balanced. I wouldnt call this alternate version of Merry Monks "overdone" I would say it is well done. the additional characteristics are subtle and rather faint. If you like Merry Monks I believe you would also enjoy tasting this. It is neither better nor worse than Merry Monks but rather simply a variant. I would need to taste the beers side by side but If anything i would say this one might be slightly less smooth overall than Merry Monks, likely due to the orange peel and ginger. Overall a very good enjoyable Belgium.


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