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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

1,943 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,943
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 52
Gots: 279 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 022812; Best By 022814

A: Pours a nearly clear straw yellow color with a small head

S: Fruity yeast, slight spice, alcohol, and pale malts

T: Follows the nose, strong yeast presence that imparts fruit and spice notes. Banana is the most present of the fruity notes, along with vinous and pear notes. Alcohol also lends a hand in some additional spiciness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly chalky

O: This beer seems a little too fresh/young and would benefit greatly from a little age. Not bad now, but laying a few down is definitely recommended

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Stamped 09/01/11 & 09/01/13.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick 1 finger white head. A little bit of debris floating in the body but nothing too large. Some nice visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Huge aroma of banana with Belgian yeast, clove and a hint of alcohol. Pretty intense aroma. Some grassy malts make their way through as it warms up.

T: Similar to the smell it is dominated by banana. Some nice spice in there as well. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Could use some more complexity to round it out as a tripel.

M: High in carbonation with a clean refreshing finish. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable for 9.3%

Overall this is certainly a delicious tripel from a brewery that continues to impress. A little lackluster as it is fairly dominated by banana but still a great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a Duvel Tulip, thanks Erin.

Pours a medium, creamy, ½” white head, with fairly brief longevity and no lace to speak of.
Medium deep, golden amber. Great looks for style.

The aroma is very distinctive but there is little to no hop presence. Distinct yeasty, biscuity malt presence with powerful smells of banana, pear and hard candy. It is very aromatic, yeast driven and very classic Belgium in style.

A medium crisp, vinous entry on the palate with some hints of lemon, but no real hop character, this is followed by distinct Belgium malt, yeasty with distinct flavors of pear and banana, vinous, candied and old world bread. Full, creamy body, with fine, balanced carbonation and a medium but balanced sweetness. Delicious! Excellent rendition of the style.

Long finish of really no hops and light malt, but distinct Belgium hard candy, banana, pear, and yeast.

An excellent and very enjoyable Ale, complex. Best at 50-55 degrees.
Wonderfully delicious Belgium style Ale from the perennially underrated Weyerbacher Brewery.
Highly recommended!

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Monks’ Ale opens with an excellent Belgian nose, being immediately heavy on banana and clove, with thick underpinnings of pineapple, apple, and white grape fruit esters, the beer somehow managing to even smell sugar-sticky. A good bed of toast crust, floury baguette, Grape Nuts cereal-like grains, and peppery spiciness adds earthiness, hops bring in just enough grapefruit and lemon to add a little citrus pizazz. As a whole, the nose is quite good, the sugars and fruit esters popping and begging to be tasted. The only negative comment I have is that the grains do add just a tad too much wet wheat aroma, which here somehow manages to come across as a slight staleness. Luckily the sweet aromas largely make up for this.

On the tongue, the beer is bright, with banana and clove immediately washing across the tongue, joined quickly by orange syrup, pear, and touches of pineapple and cherry. As with the nose, the sugars dominate here, and the resemblance of these to a good fruit cocktail is noticeable, but luckily works largely in favor of the brew. It does so because the beer also features a nice supporting wheat bread, biscuit, and toast crust base, featuring a peppery spiciness that helps offset, and simultaneously catalyze, the sugars. The breads and peppery spices actually grow in flavor as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off. A certain alcoholic vapor rides over everything, and while it is not offputting, it does provide a constant reminder of the 9.3% ABV. The aftertaste is a continuation of the clove and peppery spice notes, with lingering sugars and breads, and burns on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the burning sensation.

Overall, this is good fare, and certainly fit to stand with any of its Belgian kin.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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