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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,021 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 59
Gots: 330 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 09-13-2001

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.

This brew is available year-round. Keep your eye out for Merry Monks in 25 oz. cork-and-cage champagne bottles for an exceptional experience!
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Ratings: 2,021 | Reviews: 764
Photo of Wilshade
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripel Ale
ABV: 9.3%
Glassware: Pint

Appearance: Translucent effervescent gold with very thin head.

Smell: Yeasty with pear and banana notes

Taste: Spicy with the aforementioned pear and banana notes

Mouth feel: Smooth and nicely balanced. Dry finish.

Overall: Nice Tripel. Worth a lingering visit over a bomber or two.

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not a bad tripel... I wasn't expecting it to be so yeast-y, but pleasantly surprised.
lots of banana and some apple on the nose. carbonated with good body and a light head that stays around till the end. more like a weiss beer than a tripel to me, but I like it.
I would recommend it, but only to the right people. you gotta like complex beer to get into this. all i can say.

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting Belgian Tripel Pilsner

Photo of Jammyman
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer for great value

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer. Looks and smells terrific...the alcohol content is not well disguised and that it's my major gripe...overall it was nice, but I will seek out another Belgian Tripel to taste next.

Photo of JimmyGainz
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super tasty beer! One of my favorites!

Photo of BigH75
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Put on tap in my home tap. Cask conditioned so nice and bubbly but has a very creamy nice mouthfeel. Beautiful cloudy tripel color. Initial smell is of bananas with a little bit of pear. Tastes like banana bubble gum. Very complex flavor and a nicely made beer. Flavor is clearly driven by the yeast which is appropriate for the style. Booze is present but not overpowering flavor. A good domestic tripel but if banana is not your preference for the dominant flavor in a belgian style then pick a different tripel (such as Fin Du Monde)

Photo of Gryphon69
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Beautiful in color, light in lacing and noticeable carbonation.

S- Yeast, Spice, and pear/apple, maybe some white grapes.

T- Light spice up front and in the finish, some light fruit in the middle. Its ok.

M- Light and easy, drys out on your tongue pretty nice.

O- Average triple, worth getting if the price is right.

Photo of ordybill
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into pint glass.
Aroma- A very sweet aroma of malt and fruit.
Appearance- A darker shade of gold with a small white head.
Taste- Has a very sweet initial flavor of fruit, the alcohol is well disguised and I enjoyed the additional spices tossed in.
Palate- this is a medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. Has a mildly creamy texture that suits the flavor.
Overall- A pretty good beer, I think this is a good American take on a tripel.

Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with two dates: 11/05/14 and 11/05/16. I presume bottling and expiration dates. Sampled on March 9, 2015

Medium but cloudy amber-orange pour with a soft, foamy white head.

The aroma comes on strong with its Belgian toasted malts, pear, coriander spice, and a touch of booze.

Medium to heavy body.

Definitely has a nice peppery bite to the flavor along with toasted malts, coriander, Allspice, and an assertive bitterness. Booze is less noticeable in the taste. This will warm one up.

Photo of ThirstyE
1.94/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smooth at the beginning but bitter in the end.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Merry Monks Ale a few weeks ago for $2.59 at Holiday Market. I'm still working my through the Weyerbacher lineup and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian chalice.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I but I wish it had a little more lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice and natural banana aroma that's followed by the spices with cloves sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of citrus aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart some sweet malt, pale malt, bready and doughy aromas. This beer has a good aroma and it's what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the belgian yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the banana showing up nicely and the cloves showing up just a little less this time. Up next comes that same citrus aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it shows up more and it's followed by a light alcohol flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, bready and doughy flavors. On the finish there's a very low amount of bitterness with a little more sweetness and some citrus and belgian yeast flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Tripel, it's got most of the things that I look for in the style.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little creamy, well hidden alcohol, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had just about everything that I look for in the style with no off flavors and the mouthfeel was pretty well done. This beer has nice drinkability, it's fairly smooth, crisp, a little creamy, well hidden alcohol, not too filling and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, I think one would be the perfect amount for me, It might start to wear on me a little if I have more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the mouthfeel and aroma, they are both good and I think they are the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but it was a little rough around the edges. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend giving it a try if your a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, for an american brewed Tripel it was good and it seemed to be better than most. It isn't a favorite beer from this brewery, but I do think it's one of the better American brewed tripels that I've had. NIce job guys, this was a nice tripel, keep it up.

Photo of Slack
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. Smells like spice, clove, banana, and some bread. Taste is malt And yeast with light sweetness and spice. Mouthful is medium with a fair amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden. Overall a nice example of a triple, very refreshing.

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Medium Golden color. Light colored thick head

Smell: Pleasant, with a sweet aroma, and a little pepper.

Taste: This is good Tripel with a very nice balance. It has alot of flavor. I like the balance of hops, fruity sweetness (I taste bananas), alcohol, and some peppery spices. This is one of the best Belgium ales I have tried.

Mouthfeel: This is very smooth, with a medium weight in the mouth.

This is a very good Belgium Ale. I will buy this again.

Photo of Brewliue
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ring ring ring...bells ringing. Clearly the monks are happy tonight because they are drinking the beer on tap. This is the cure for Quasimodo

Photo of PA-hunter
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. 9.3% abv

Appearance- Pours an apricot orange and cloudy. Frothy white head.

Smell- Dark fruit of plum and raison, yeast, and clove.

Taste- Sweet caramel leads into the Belgian-like yeast taste that goes throughout. Pear and plum-like as well with a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy with rich carbonation. Alcohol not overly evident but is there.

Overall- A good representation for the tripel style. Not overly sweet or obnoxious. Well worthy of being the flagship brew for this brewey.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, wheat, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apricot, apple, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, candi sugar, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, candi sugar, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. A good amount of dryness as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding tripel style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this it's incredibly fruity and sweet. Very carbonated almost sparkling, and a really an enjoyable American tripel. Well done. I'm surprised this isn't more popular especially for its low price point

Photo of Hytektwo
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting brew very happy I gave this a try.

Photo of OrangeMen
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

5 months old, 2 year best by date

Beautiful orange/golden glow. Tons of floaties, probably should have left the floaties in the bottle.
Nice sugary, belgian candy, syrupy sweetness. Spicy notes, grassy/earthy, belgian phenols.
Taste provides some sweetness w/ spicy finish. Some fruity, candy sweet notes pair w/ earthy notes, banana/clove.
Crisp and refreshing yet sweet and creamy on the mouthfeel.

Overall, a nice year round tripel. Anytime i see this in a "create your own" six pack area i will pick it up.

Photo of Mateer
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: A 12 oz long neck bottle with a monk holding a finger to his mouth. Maybe he's got a secret?

Appearance: Yellow, golden, cloudy color in a Pub glass. Some sediment floating around in there. Looks to have some decent carbonation in there too.

Nose: Sweetness, herb smell.

Taste: Clove is upfront and personal. Lots of spice to follow. Pear/fruitiness throughout. Sugar is balance by a good amount of alcohol. Any lower ABV and the sugar would be overwhelming to me.

Overall: A solid triple. I wish that the clove was a little more balanced with the other spice flavors but overall a nice example of the style.

Photo of terrysjag
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I just don't like Belgians but regardless, I think the quality is good.

Photo of Ram
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer Brewed 30 mins away from my home. Golden pour with a decent head with a spicy finish.

Photo of GregJ
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden body, 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin film. Smells strong of Belgian yeast, wheat and slight spice. Strong taste of Belgian yeast, sweet bananas, honey, very sweet with a little warm spice aftertaste of clove or ginger? Medium body, light carbonation, very smooth. Masks the 9.3 abv very well.

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably one of the neatest looking beers. It almost looks like a gel inside with the light carbonation bubbles wiggling through it.

Light smell, malty, with a slightly banana scent and some spice.

Tastes like it smells, somewhat light, with a sweetness to it, but with a very light spice on the finish.

The feel is great, somewhat light, but certainly a full balanced beer, with a nice refreshing carbonation that seems to linger in your mouth while you are waiting for your next drink.

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.