If I was stranded on a deserted island and could have only one style of beer with me, it would be a Belgian Tripel. The only drawback would be that I wouldn’t really care about getting off the island , at least until the beer ran out. This beer, Merry Monks, would be near the top of the list. Merry Monks is made by Weyerbacher Brewing, in Easton, PA.
From the Weyerbacher website: “Merry Monks, 9.3% ABV, is a Belgian-style Tripel. Pilsner malt combined with an Abbey yeast strain yields a remarkable and complex flavor packed with notes of spice, banana and pear. Nicely balanced, with a moderate to dry finish.
Merry Monks is bottle conditioned which imparts a special effervescence to the beer and a creamier carbonation. The ongoing 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.”
Any attempts by me to describe the taste would be a disservice to the beer. Its bright golden color hides the 9.3% ABV within. As with a lot of Belgian style beers, Hopheads may not be a big fan as the IBU is a mere 15. But i could drink this stuff all day. At least until I ‘tripple’ over myself.
In my rating system, Merry Monks is a strong buy and is quite worthy of my beer money. I paid $12.49 for the six pack.
That’s all for now as I’m headed back to Google Islands to scout out a suitable stranding spot.