Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,917 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 46
Gots: 252 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 09-13-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice head. Initially like a yesty Unibroue, but then Sour and acidic. Not finishable. Too dry, too carbonated. cloves are shocking to palate. Lemongrass does only sour it further. Medicinal.And too much alcohol. How can this be improved? Back to the drawing board.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden with a bit of visible carbonation. White head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings forward quite a bit of spice along with a good deal of booze. A bit of banana and clove in the background. A bit of a twist. Light fruits as well. Taste is fairly boozy with some fruit and spice. Medium mouthfeel that is a it cloying with sweetness and some booze. Drinks fairly well, but is a bit unorganized in the end.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color but is difficult to see through because there are lots of particles visible floating in suspension, which are cycled up and down by a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar and lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bananas and yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of strong flavors of bananas, although it is sweet and almost tastes like a banana split sundae.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and somewhat coats your mouth. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and the finish leaves your mouth a little dry.
O: This tripel is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste, although it is a beer that can be sipped.

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with a rather modest head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity and spicy, with apple, clove, candi sugar, cookie dough and loads of alcohol on the nose

Taste: Apple and banana flavors, up front, with a growing phenolic clove and cookie dough character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol builds, delivering the sweet candi sugar elements into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; warmth in the gullet from the high ABV

Overall: A bit all over the map; rather aggressive with the boozy character, a bit too much fruity sweetness and not enough yeasty complexity

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle : Poured a shiny yellow color ale with a medium white foamy head with great retention. Aroma is quite sweet but I could not find any trace of yeast. Taste is also very candy-like sweet with a thinner body then expected. Seems like this was filtered and it is a shame because it leaves the beer a bit one-dimensional. So overall, not a bad beer but definitely lacking complexity.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger thick head in a sam adams perfect pint glass with lots of lace. murky golden.

S: lemon, orange, banana, cinnamon.

T: Pretty sour lemon. Less spicey than I expected. Not quite the yeast character that I want out of my Tripels. Floral notes.

M: High carbonation medium bodied. Semi dry finish.

O: The sour lemon wasnt as dominating as you drank this one. It still covers up a lot of the yeast character.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quintessential amber, clear and bright. The beer is crowed by a large cap of eggshell colored foam that is soft and rather nondescript. A lazy deflation leads to very little lace; a miniature collar is about it. It isn't a bad look, but it isn't an overly compelling one either.

The nose is definitely Belgian-like and is as much BSPA as tripel. It's also as aromatic as any you're likely to find. I smell sweetened golden fruits (apple, pear and peach) along with a firm smack of clove spice. Whatever else the brewers accomplished in the brewing of this beer, they got the aroma right; credit to the yeast, no doubt.

While the flavor is good, it lacks the immediacy of the nose. Things start out well, but begin to lose steam at the midway point and finish on a subdued note. The taste score will have to be a compromise between the initial 'wow' and the 'less than wow' that takes place within each mouthful.

As in the nose, sticky ripe fruit is the flavor focus and clove and cardamom spice is the accent. This beer isn't as clove-like as some Belgian tripels, but it's no wilting flower in that department either. The body/mouthfeel is medium (to slightly more full) with a pleasingly syrupy, lightly mouthcoating finish.

Merry Monks' Ale hews pretty closely to the Belgian tripel blueprint and is a more than respectable American version. It's close to being very good and its faults are minor at best. Bottom line: this is good beer. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a treat for me today as I picked up the cold single and drank it straight away this afternoon. Poured a strong light brownish amber with a big, two inch off white head. Lots of foam and lace left over from this one. Lots of visible carbonation was readily apparent. Smell was full of yeast and grain, a touch of alcohol was also present. Picked up some grassy aroma as well. The flavor was a classic tripel. Lots of yeasty flavors, plums, a touch of peach. A lot of bready grains mixed in as well. A touch of alcohol was definatly there and made its presence well known. Great smooth feel due to lots of carbonation. This was actually not as much of a sipper as I would have thought. I was easily able to drink this while walking around no problem. Not saying it would be a session beer, but not a snifter eaither. Overall I was actually fairly impressed with this. Had a great feel and flavor, full body and just a good all around belgian. Gotta love what these american breweries are able to do with these nowadays. Damn impressive for sure, I would efinatly try this one again!

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

A: 750ml bottle with an explosive cork but surprisingly under control beer. The pour is golden in color with a big white head and plenty of carbonation.

S: Tons of fruit esters on the nose. Banana, apple, and pear are the biggest ones with some nice coriander notes. A touch of sugar too. Maybe a bit of pale/cracker type malts.

T: Sweet banana makes up a bunch of the flavor with some other light fruits providing additional sweetness. Quite a bit of coriander along with some pale malts. Slightly dry on the finish despite a fairly substantial sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a high level of carbonation.

O: A really surprising and delicious beer. A solid tripel.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Monks is one of the best year round releases that Weyerbacher has I think. This beer on it's own can show what the brewery is capable of doing. The beer pours as a bright hazy yellow with a big billowy head on it. The head releases some fresh aromas of Belgian yeast, some citrus fruits, and even a little clove might be in there. The taste is refreshing, it's got some nice citrus bite that mellows out into an earthy brew as it warms up. This beer has a good mouthfeel too. It's on the lighter side but still has enough body to not really feel watered down.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, faintly effervescent, dark yellow body with a smallish, though fairly lasting, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented pils malts dosed with even more quality sugar and punctuated by notes of fruits, spices, and top-shelf alcohol.

Taste: Delicately grainy pilsner and pale maltiness with a jolt of sugared sweetness and minor hint of wildflower honey. Fruity taste of pears and, to a lesser degree, some unripened banana. Even a tiny blip of fine, fresh lemon emerges upon slight warming. Spicy, pepperlike clove along with the apparent alcohol character land midway in the taste and carry you on their chiseled, hulking shoulders to the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus, smooth body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a shot! While not among the top tier of tripels for me, it's no slouch either, and one of the better American-born tripels out there.

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very good belgian ale here, not totally conventional, but a clever incarnation of the tripel style. this beer pours cloudy and flat in color, somewhere between straw and wheat in terms oc complexion, and there is just an inch of thin white fizz on top. the nose is very fruity, like golden raisins, figs, and candy sugar. the yeast imparts a gentle spice character as well, which is more apparent in the flavor than the smell. it has a sweet flavor, like it should be sugary, but it isnt at all, and is in fact dry as it drinks. the alcohol is well hidden, and the fruity elements blend well with the lighter malt profile. this feels more like a summertime drink to me, but it was plenty sessionable in the middle of december, with its vibrant carbonation and clean finish. i thought the body was a tad too much for the style, it made the beer seem a little heavy, and its delicate essence was trampled on a little bit by its weight, but even with that criticism i thought this was a very enjoyable bottle of beer.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast, spices and floral notes. There were some nice caramel notes, too.

T - This had a nice blend of caramel, spicy yeast and mild fruit flavors - like apple and pear.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. It had some pop. A medium bodied ale that finished dry.

D - This is yet another very fine brew from Weyerbacher. Is was a great brew on New Year's Eve.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the former Weyerbacher Tripel (just a label change). It pours a hazy golden body that appears orange-ish in the goblet and displays plumes of fast-rising, standard-sized bubbles eminating from its base. Its creamy white head drops in size but maintains a short lid, although its lacing is quite limited. The nose is sweetly malty, yeasty, and phenolic. The body is medium; and it's gently zesty in the mouth before warming to become somewhat creamy. The flavor follows the lead of the nose with varying, occasional notes of light rock candy, bubblegum, honey, vanilla, licorice and some plastic/glue-like phenolics that lend character. It finishes dry with a short note of candyish malt that's quickly washed over with a slap of drying alcohol. A decent tripel that's quite varied and nice.

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.

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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