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Thursday, June 21, 2012

6/21/12 Beer of the Day - Weyerbacher Merry Monks

The beer of the day for Tuesday was Weyerbacher Merry Monks. I had gotten this beer from a colleague at work after she got back from a trip to the Weyerbacher brewery. She raved over all the information they dispensed about properly drinking beer. I've had stuff from Weyerbacher before and thought that they definitely had some interesting stuff. I did a little research about this beer before I drank it. I went with a tulip glass and tried to get the temperature as close as I could to the recommended 55 degrees. The temperature ended up coming in at 47 degrees when I took it but by the time I ended up taking my first sip I think it might have been even warmer. The head was small at about 1" with a foamy off-white appearance. The head lacing was fair and the head dissipated quickly. The carbonation was medium with a hazy clarity and a gold color. The aroma was caramel with a nutty taste with hints of banana. The flavor was light with an average finish length and a dry mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the back with fair body lacing. Overall this was a pretty good beer to sip on and enjoy for a while. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

Nutritional Information from myfitnesspal.com

Weyerbacher - Merry Monks Belgian Ale (Calories Only)

Calories279Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Information from Weyerbacher website

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.
Keep your eye out for Merry Monks’ Ale in 25oz. cork-and-cage champagne bottles for an exceptional experience.

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