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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,800 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,800
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 41
Gots: 186 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 1,800 | Reviews: 724 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Sammy, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.1%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2011
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

zestar, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

spycow, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2011
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.

metter98, May 31, 2012
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

brentk56, Jan 22, 2012
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 11, 2005
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 17, 2006
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!

mikesgroove, Jul 29, 2007
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.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 29, 2009
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.

Knapp85, Apr 15, 2011
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 westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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.

zeff80, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -22.1%

JAHMUR, Dec 29, 2011
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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears as a drop of sunshine gold with a glowing orange haze to it in contrast to a white short lasting layer of foam. Aroma contains Belgian spices, sweet malt tones with maybe a touch of candied sugar, and quite a pleasant citrus tone to the nose. Flavor is sweet and full not lacking in any major areas just a great representation of the style especially to come out of Easton, PA. Taste contains and blends all flavors so nicely with spices, citrus tones, sweet fullness that stands up to most competition. Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated for the style but the nice syrup texture adds to the greatness of this brew, very nice texture. Drinkability besides the alcohol this one is a very good tripel not outstanding but very very good, bravo.

WVbeergeek, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of slightly, off-white head on a slightly hazy, golden-orange body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little to no lace.

S - A strong, yeasty aroma of banana, pineapple, and clove. There is a background note of spicy hops that blends well with the yeast notes.

T - Peppery yeast up front, followed by strong wheat flavors and a bit of acidity. The prickly carbonation really highlights the clove flavor from the yeast, and it becomes a bit excessive towards the end of the glass. Some herbal hop flavors come in during the finish, but they don't quite overwhelm the medicinal phenols.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish with some astringency.

D - The aroma is nice, but it is the only highlight in an otherwise disappointing beer. The excessive phenols and astringency give this beer and unfortunately solventy character that really hurts the drinkability.

Oddly, the first few bottles from the six pack where much more drinkable when I cracked them open the other night and enjoyed them without thinking about the flavors too much. Some beers get better when you examine them carefully, others don't. Unfortunately, this beer is one of the latter; it just doesn't stand up to real scrutiny.

nickfl, Nov 11, 2008
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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,800 ratings.