Weyerbacher Mellow Monk

mellow-monkWeyerbacher Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Easton, Pennsylvania founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback, known for their “huge taste” beers. Most of their brews are high in alcohol and Weyerbacher is a pioneer of aging beer in wooden barrels previously used for aging bourbon. Bigger styles of beer (barleywines, stouts and Quads in particular) aged in wood barrels are left a more complex flavor profile and have been a big hit among craft beer aficionados and whiskey drinkers alike.

The Weyerbacher Mellow Monk is a sessionable take on their Merry Monks. A Belgian style ale with an ABV of 4.5%, with refreshing fruit notes.

This brew pours a nice hazy golden with plenty of carbonation swirling in the glass. Maintains a small head that stays frothy for the first couple of sips. Has the look of a heavy pilsner with no lacing.

On the nose there are slight fruit notes, mostly banana with apple, and also a nice aroma of herbs. Followed by some malty notes giving of nice aromas of a doughy almost biscuit like character.

The taste is on the softer side with a subtle sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. Not as much fruit as on the nose but the banana still seep through. It has a smooth malt flavoring, not as intensive as in some other Belgian style beers but still plays well with the light sweetness.

Overall this is a solid drinking beer. It has some similarities to its bigger brother Merry Monks but still stands on its own. The release of this beer comes at a time when some days may call for a more summery style brew, while some nights lean more towards a fall/Oktoberfest style. At a low ABV it still has enough body for chilly September nights. This would be a great pairing for grandma style pizza, roasted ham or fruit tart.

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5


Terrapin Black is the New Wit

Black is the new WitTerrapin has been making world class craft beers in Athens, Georgia since 2002. With a portfolio that boasts over three dozen beers, it is safe to say that Terrapin offers something for everyone!

One of their newest releases is a collaboration beer with New Belgium Brewing. Founded in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1991, New Belgium offers a portfolio of a dozen beers. Only these two great breweries could come up with the idea of making an Imperial Black Rye Wit beer, and gave it a catchy name: Black Is The New Wit.

The beer pours a deep, dark mahogany brown that is nearly black in the glass. A two finger frothy tan colored head shows average retention. Once the head has dissipated, a light and spotty lacing remains atop the beer. The overall appearance is similar to a stout.

Aromas of bright coriander leap from the glass along with notes of orange peel. White floral aromas and a herbaceous note from the Sassafras are also evident. Light roasted malt and rye spice notes are detectable but the wit profile definitely dominates the bouquet.

Similar to the nose, bright coriander and orange peel hit first. Notes of white flowers intertwine with the sassafras and together they lift the coriander. The rye is noticeable and adds a spiciness to the midpalate. A hint of roasted malts and nuts come through right before the finish. While hints of the rye and roasted malts do come through on the palate, like the bouquet, is unmistakably dominated by typical Wit beer notes.

A very interesting concept that proved to make one heck of a beer. The addition of the sassafras really lent itself well to the coriander notes. Two breweries + two styles of beer = one great brew! Try this one with Edam, chipotle grilled chicken or orange sponge cake. 3 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out of 5 Pints

Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel AleAlltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is the producer of award-winning beer and spirits, and one of the few joint brewing and distilling operations or “brewstilleries” in the world. Since its founding in 2000 by Irish entrepreneur Dr. Pearse Lyons, its Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale has grown to become the brewery’s flagship brew They capitalize on the brewery’s proximity to fresh Kentucky bourbon barrels.

The beer pours a crystal clear rich orange-amber color with copper hues. The two finger frothy cream colored head shows really good retention. Once the head dissipates a generous lacing remains a top the beer.

Malty aromas of buttered toast dominate. Toffee and caramel notes follow closely behind. A touch of sweet creamed corn bites at the heels of the caramel. Oak and vanilla notes make an appearance, and a boozy bourbon aroma is also present.

The palate shows much of the same. Buttered toast are highlighted by caramel and toffee notes. A grainy corn flavor is present and sweet notes of dark dried fruits culminate on the mid-palate. A touch of earthy hops are notable and provide a great balance. Oak and vanilla flavors add complexity and help to showcase the barrel aging.

A classic barrel aged beer that would perfectly complement a sip of bourbon. Smooth and well balanced this is more enjoyable and easier drinking than most barrel aged beers on the market. Try it with Colby cheese, smoked ribs or caramel bread pudding. 3.5 Out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints