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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,943 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,943
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 52
Gots: 280 | 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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Photo of BanditoJunkie
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mateer
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Zaktcc
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HurrahBeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ram
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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 MenardMa
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndreRus
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dpgupton412
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williamjbauer
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregJ
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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 cmpqse
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimHitchings
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hearneator
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EFitzsimmons
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Scottyboy
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SpecialK088
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy gold light head

Smells of clove and alcohol

Flavor is incredibly complex has some great blends of alcohol and light fruit or citrus.

Mouth is slightly watery but solid for a triple.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour yields a thick, creamy head atop a bright, crystal clear golden body.

Aromas of banana liqueur, stewed pears, and sugary, fruity candy. On the palate this is a beautiful combination of everything in the nose. The finish is a gentle, warming pefumed sweetness and light, peppery spice.

This beer excels on all fronts, making it one of the best domestic tripels out there. The mouthfeel though is where this one really seperates itself. This feels authentically Belgian in it's lightness and lushness.

Weyerbacher doesn't get enough credit for it's lineup. This is a stellar beer.

Photo of Mrlow
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ilthik
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tavo2311
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too strong for me mildly sweet taste

Photo of CincySpectre
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden, opaque, 1/4" head (in a pint glass)
Smell: Fantastic and inviting, malty and fruity
Taste: Fruity (banana), sweet, biscuity, no hops detected, hint of pumpkin in after taste
Feel: Average, nothing particularly interesting with the feel
Overall: I enjoyed this beer. The fruitiness was unexpected (I've never had a tripel), but fun for a change.

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,943 ratings.