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The Merry Monk

Not Rated.
The Merry MonkThe Merry Monk
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

12 Ratings
Ratings: 12
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Taps: 16
Bottles: 101
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

90 N Pearl St
Albany, New York, 12207-2207
United States
phone: (518) 463-6665

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(Place added by: NHcraftbeer on 12-13-2011)
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Reviews by Avryle:
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

The newest "craft beer bar" in the Albany. Dropped in on a chilly Sunday afternoon. The place was dead. Just another fella sitting at the bar who, from all appearances, was a friend of the bartenter. So down to the dirty...

Appearance: located where the former Big House Brewery used to be, the space inside is large and airy. It's really a nice space, but unfortunately located in an area of the city that dries up come the weekend. Decor is meh, at best, taking a generic approach to advertising the theme of the bar. I.E. Duvel & Ommegang swag on the walls, empty bottles lining the windows (the same 5 bottles, mind you), blah, blah, blah. Nice, clean, but generic.

Quality: Good beers, but pedestrian. All draft offerings from either Duvel or Vendenburg & DeWulf. Fresh & served in appropriate and branded glassware. I suspect that's only because they're newly opened & it hasn't yet been stolen.

service: Good, but unremarkable. My bartender may know beer, but did not offer any recommedations as to either beer or food. Service was quick & efficient, but that should be expected since the place was virtually empty.

Selection: Again, pedestrian, at best. Bottle selection was limited and pricey, but nothing I couldn't get off the shelf of a local beer store.

Food: mussels & frites. And by "frites", I mean frozen french fries. The different mussels selection was nice, but was very disappiunted that the fries were frozen. As a primary offering on the menu, I really feel that could be at least fresh made.

Overall, its an okay place, but a Disney-fied version of a Belgian beer bar.

Avryle, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mctizzz, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Wetenkamp
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%

Nice Belgian beer bar. Good service. Bartender's were friendly and knowledgeable. Suggested some beers to try and gave me a couple of free samples. Mussels were good. Dipping sauces with the fries were excellent. If you are looking for a non-Belgian beer they won't have it.

Wetenkamp, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Belgian bar. I love Belgian beer, so this place is great. All Belgians on tap and a lot that won't be found elsewhere. Food is great too. If you like mussels, they are very good. Nice cheese plate, good burgers, good stews, good frites with special homemade dipping sauces. Oh and nice soft pretzels! Did I mention the Belgian beer?! Enough said!

SlainteAlbanyNY, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%

The Merry Monk is a quaint little Belgian bar in a part of Albany that is short on quaint places to get a drink. The atmosphere of the bar is nice. Classy wood grain finishes, nice high top tables and a great view of N. Pearl Street.

Service is prompt and friendly. The bartender I had seemed knowledgeable in helping customers who didn't know what to get.

The selection is nice, all Belgian or Belgian-style beers. However, 5 of the 16 taps were Ommegang beers, which while local and excellent, but are pretty common around here. I would prefer more diversity on the taplist. No lambics, flanders red or oud bruin available. The bottle list is pretty deep, but extremely pricey.

If you're looking to get a meal, the food is quite good. The burgers are great and reasonably priced. There are less conventional options like mussels and wild boar ribs which are equally good. Beer aside, the Merry Monk is an excellent restaurant.

Overall the Merry Monk is definitely worth a trip downtown. My only complaint is the somewhat lackluster draft selection, which though limited, is still quite good.

vonnegut21, May 18, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Visited for dinner and drinks with a group of friends on a Friday night. The place was fairly crowded, luckily we had made reservations for our large group.

The place is clean, decorated with Belgian signs, flags, empty bottles, and other beer related items.

About a dozen beers on draft, plus a bottle list of maybe 30 or 40 more. All selections are Belgian, or belgian-style breweries like Ommegang and Unibroue. good mix of styles. Draft prices are okay, but the large bottle prices are steep.

Service was fine, our server routinely came back to ask for drink orders. Our group mostly had burgers and sandwhiches, and everyone was happy with the food.

jmdrpi, Feb 20, 2012
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The Merry Monk in Albany, NY
91 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.