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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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very good

1,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,873
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 45
Gots: 229 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 09-13-2001)
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Reviews by Oxymoron:
Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this golden special at Jungle Jims in Cincinnati. Merry Monks pours a perfect off golden yellow that is cloudy with decent hear retention but no lacing at all. The smell is complex but definitely Belgian sweet. Banana and cloves comes to mind. Some phenol smells to tell you that you that it cares.

The taste is much sweeter then typical Triples, but considering this is closer to a Strong Golden Ale, its pretty good. A big fizzy flavor mixes with the sweet candi to give it almost a tart quality to it. Like eating a granny apple. A real citrus reminisce mixes with spices of coriander and strong pepper. As the beer warms the spices comes out more and balances the zing flavor down. The high alcohol taste is noticeable but not bad. I mixes well with the tart taste.

Noted by other reviews, I would have to agree that this is a boarder line siason. The malt bill is second to the spice/hop/phenol taste. And at 9.5%, I know why the Monks are so Merry.

Oxymoron, Sep 05, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the "Big Beer" variety pack I picked up today,pours a medium golden color with alot of carbonation a nice frothy white head comes from the pour.The aroma is a little spicey and smokey,a nice spicey lightly sweet flavor to this beer pretty authentic here a powdered sugar flavor lingers with the spicieness the overwhelming flavor that I get.Just a tad on the thin side but still a really nice brew from Weyerbacher.

oberon, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +3.9%

aszatk01, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty yellow amber color with tons, and I mean tons, of carbonation. 3/8th inch bubbly white head with flawless retention. Great looker! Aroma is like many Americanized Belgians, banana yeast, candied sugar, and a touch of the tropics. Slight hints of cotton candy to boot. Taste matches aroma with some strong sensations of rum like alcohol sugars. Warming, sweet, and boozy with minimal character or depth.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Fear4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

A fun and refreshing beer. Drink slowly though the 9.3% will do damage. This beer has a lot of spices running through it. You'd have to put it in the top category for best American Tripels.

Low bitterness, belgian yeast, fruit, and smooth.

Fear4Beer, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Strubickmubie
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Strubickmubie, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold with excellent clarity and a long lasting, rocky off-white head.

S: Moderate fruity esters of apples and oranges with moderately-light spice and pepper notes. The alcohol and hops bring a perfumey and floral notes to the party. It hits the right style points but there all some what faint.

T: The taste is a good blend of fruitieness, spice and alcohol with flavors of moderately-strong orange, apples with moderate pepper, spice and a soft, spicy alcohol note. There a medium amount of bitterness with a low spicy hops flavor.

M: A medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

O: The flavor is more on point than the nose, both hit the right points for style. There are other Golden Strongs I could have all night but I could only have a glass of this in a sitting, though I will definitely have another some other day.

MadScientist, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

npala86, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of humanfactor
4.98/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A random selection from the store this evening and I was greatly surprised. As soon as I opened the bottle the fragrance was amazing very fruity (not perfume like , as someone else reviewed). Great Blond color, and nice lacing from the head. And deeeelicious with the first mouthful. Refreshing, full of flavor, a very well crafted beer. Well done Weyerbacker!

humanfactor, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Hazy golden color with very nice lumpy white head. Great retention with mediocre lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit and brown sugar, sort of like candied apples.

T: Sweet. It's the first thing that hits you. But it's a nice run of flavors like light malts, candy sugar, coriander, orange peel, and some sort of very light citrus-like hops. It's sweet, but it's good.

M&D: Mouthfeel is moderate, mainly due to the sweetness. The tastes are light and make the overall impression relatively light, especially given the rather heavy gravity of this brew. The carbonation is great - light but persistent, creating that great creaminess typical of good Belgian ales. The more I drank the more I liked it, prompting me to bump up my original score for drinkability. Try it if you like triples. Good stuff.

SIRIUS2, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weyerbacher Merry Monks' pours into my SN tulip a cloudy yellowish orange color with a light white arid bubbly head. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of crisp grainy pale malt accentuated by a upfront yeastiness and peppery spiciness. Notes of light fruit, apples and pears. I enjoy the unique melding of spices in the nose.

First sip brings a crisp pale maltiness upfront along with big vibrant yeast tones. A myriad of fruity tones dance across the palate with noticeable notes of apple juice, lemon and pear. A nice peppery spiciness throughout that melds in well with the overall flavor. Slightly bready with a nice clean lightly bitter finish. Good balance of sweetness throughout, alcohol nowhere to be found...an enjoyable tripel for sure!

Mouthfeel is rather light and arid with a well placed carbonation, goes down smoothly. I would have no problem having a few of these..one of the better tripels brewed in the USA that I have tried. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the opportunity.

Music: Aesop Rock - Zodiaccupuncture

orbitalr0x, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of JasonA
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears fresh, little cloudy, virtually no head. Light carmel color, no lacing.

Malt, malt, more malt. No grain. Yeast (good way), alcohol. Citrus, yummy.

Malt. No grain, no buscit. No roast, no nothing except booze. Gonna kick some ass.

Feels nice, good carbonation. Not as think as ABV would suggest. High alcohol bite, but not at all in a bad way.

Overall a big beer. Not my favorite style, but overall a nice drink. Only one of these I think :burp:

JasonA, Jan 27, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

daveshawley, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. Got this at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro. Todd (the beer guy) is very helpful. Anyway, I digress. The beer was poured into a snifter, and was a golden color with virtually no head. It had a fruity, spicy aroma, with a little alcohol coming through. The taste was similar, although I couldn't detect the alcohol that I thought I had smelled. I thought this to be a good example of a tripel, and would happily drink more of them.

lordofthewiens, May 09, 2007
Photo of thetommo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

thetommo, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

TTripp725, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

nstroup, May 18, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

bigdipip, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, no freshness date to be found but with its strength this beer will last perhaps years adding to the complexity. Light flaky sediment is noticeable floating on the bottom from the bottle conditioning.

Appearance: Hazed over golden orange, a few particles of sediment float around but disperse after the carbonation throws it around. Tight tiny bubble white lace sticks around the rim of the glass and keeps for the duration.

Smell: Big medicinal phenolic aroma, plum fruitiness with both sweet and tart. Spicy sweet estery alcohol is perfumey. Very aromatic and almost pungent in the nose.

Taste: Moderate body, aggressively crisp with a sharp carbonation that stays at a medium-high level. Nutty and earthy from the yeast. Herbal and medicinal from the phenols. Peppery with a quick flash of sugar syrup from the sweet n’ spicy alcohol, relatively dry beer though a minute amount of residuals are apparent. Fruitiness borders on banana, pineapple and plum. Hops are minimal and are hardly noticeable. Dry clove and peppery flavours are dominant with a nutty dry finish. Alcohol warms more and more throughout the beer with mild solvent flavours from the fusel part of the alcohol.

Notes: Certainly a treat to try another brewery’s triple, remarkably complex perhaps too complex if that is possible. It seems like most of the flavours are fighting for dominance and no one prevails. If this one was to be laid down for several more months it would have been a bit more melded. A great brew but a little too fresh.

Jason, Sep 13, 2001
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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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