Description:"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 banana and cookie dough.” — Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: Weyerbacher was founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback. Dan was a homebrewer that went pro and now runs a 25 barrel brewhouse in Easton, PA. I learned about Weyerbacher because we planned to visit The Crayola Factory, also in Easton. Unfortunately, I was not able to visit the brewery because they're open one day a week. At least I get to taste their beer as part of my Four Weyerbachers and a Magic Hat series.
The tasting: Golden orange in color (hazy) with a white head that quickly dissipated into a small ring of bubbles. This is bottle conditioned and I noticed some sediment in the bottom. Big aroma full of fruit. I noticed banana, plum, and pear. There was also plenty of spice in the aroma—clove and black pepper.
When I tasted it, flavors of peppery spice and pear were the first I noticed. It was followed by a touch of sweet malt, a bready malt backbone, and a bit of alcohol. I didn't really notice the hops in flavor or aroma. The strong banana aroma didn't come through in flavor. Merry Monks' is medium bodied and highly carbonated. The fizz clings to the palate on the way down. It finishes dry with fruit and spice. The alcohol is very well masked. Hard to believe this is 9.3% ABV. Enjoy with caution!
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! What a great way to start my visit to the East Coast. I'm fairly inexperienced with Belgians, but I really enjoyed Merry Monks'. I was hoping for a beer with loads of fruit and spice, and that's exactly what I got! I look forward to tasting the other Weyerbacher brews in the fridge!
Have you tried Merry Monks' or any other Weyerbacher beers?