I've had a few beers from this brewery and I've thought they were all "fine". Hoping this one pops a bit more.
Look-Golden haze. Plenty of floaties.
Smell-Standard wheat/barley aroma
Taste-Sour...with a dark grape or black cherry flavor. Definitely sour though.
Mouthfeel-Medium bodied. Did I mention it was sour. Not crazy sour mind you, but definitely more sour than I was expecting after the smell.
Drinkability-High ABV (9.3%) means it's not a session beer. But it's not bursting with flavor to really savor. If you are a fan of sours, give it a shot but i don't think this is a great sour beer. Maybe if you want to dip a toe in sour?
PS. I just checked the description for the beer and nothing I mentioned is actually in the beer. I got a lot of work to do. This is gonna be a long journey. I love it.
About Merry Monks:
Merry Monks’ is a Belgian style Abby Tripel. To be true to the style, Merry Monks’ Ale is bottle conditioned. This means we add a bit of 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°F – and away from light.
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. The flavor is nicely balanced and the finish moderate to dry, begging for the next sip. This 9.3% brew is avaiable year-round.