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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

1,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,657
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 36
Gots: 134 | FT: 5
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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Photo of zoso1967


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Monks pours a slightly cloudy medium amber color with a ton of carbonation. The cork came out hard and while it was not the biggest gusher I have ever had, I definitely needed a glass handy. The head is bone in color and has a wonderfully light and pillowing texture. The massive head takes quite awhile to retreat and left some messy lace on the tulip.

The aroma has a very nice, slightly funky Belgian yeast component that pretty much makes the entire nose. It also has a bit of clove, some pale malt and fruity pear. Alcohol is also appreciable in the nose, but I am drinking this at room temp so I am sure it is showing through a bit more than it may if it were a bit cooler.

The malt plays a bigger role in the flavor and has a nice, but fairly low key flavor profile. The funky yeast is still present, but much further in the background. Orchard fruit and honey flavors are also present in the taste, as well as a very noticeable hotness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and has a slightly slick texture to it. The carbonation is quite effervescent and helps this beer’s flavors jump out. The finish is quite neutral, with just a bit of honey like sweetness.

This brew is a pretty solid American version of the classic Belgian style. I must note that I let the rest of the big bottle cool down some before enjoying it and it really helped the hide the heat without cutting down too much on the flavors. I would say that if you live in Weyerbacher’s distribution area and want an affordable but tasty tripel, this would be a good one to go for.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 05:50:47 | More by zoso1967
Photo of chefelf

New York

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

They had me at "monks." Mention a monk anywhere on your label and I'm happy to purchase your beer. This beer was not disappointing at all. It had a distinct Belgian taste yet there was something there that was a little unique.

This beer had a nice sweet malty taste. It's fairly high in alcohol at 9%.

Overall a very tasty beer. I've been happy with all the beers from Weyerbacher that I've tried so far. If you like Belgian Ales (and monks) then you'll enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 11:32:32 | More by chefelf
Photo of Snow81


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice orange glow but so malty you can't see your fingers on the other side

Head: Nice whit e head that sticks around

Smell: Big sweet malty coriander on the nose

Taste: Big mass of coriander hits the palate hard with a biscuit back note and some kind of fruit note floating around on there

Weight: Heavy to medium body with medium to low carbonation

Finish: Sweet grains with hints of coriander

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 05:55:39 | More by Snow81
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pint glass; color is a pale straw, translucent; great big head, off white in color, slight lacing.

Smell is big and spicy, light esters, peppery, hint of sweetness.

Taste is great, nice malt balanced by the spiciness of the yeast flavors and finishes with a nice ester cling. I like the pepperiness of the yeast with bready malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is just right for this beer, sweetness, esters mix well for and good finish.

Overall, nicely done a good take on this style by a local brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:02:36 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- a cloudy murky of yellow with some small bubbles slowly streaming, white foam starts off medium to thick and slowly fades but thin lacing still remains present through out,

Smell- esters, sweet and malty smell, slight citrus tones, spicey tones

Drinkability- I really overall do enjoy the balance in the flavor profile of this beer, its quite malty and sweet up front, but in the back end that distinctive finish and yeast of a good belgian beer with a nice spice flavor really keeps it all nicely in check, i find the finish to be quite enjoyable, it has just the right amount of complexity to keep in interesting, overall a lot i like on this beers flavor as I have in the past

Mouthfeel- slight carbonation noticed on finish of the mouthfeel, overall medium bodied with nice smooth feel

Drinkablility- I have always found this beer to be quite drinkable to me it maintains the perfect balance between being sweet and having spice on the finish to dry things up, the alcohol is to me very well hidden and presents nothing but a nice warming presence, to me in terms of both value and overall quality this is total homerun, if you compare this to many other beers of the style its quite a nice choice, i recommend as one my favorite beers from the brewery and of american triples

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:29:56 | More by Stunner97
Photo of xnicknj


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

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a clear straw golden color, thin fizzed white head, a collar of retention, wispy lacing.

Sweet pear, clove with pepper and light spice, floral hops, nice airy sweetness.

Bitter herbal hops, pear, apricot and apple peel. Assorted fruit sweetness, clove and spice. A bit of boozy warmth, cracker and bready malt. Finishes with some more bitter hops and faint warmth.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and a bit bitter. Really nice drinking, pretty refreshing and decent masked alcohol. Definitely something I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 06:56:04 | More by xnicknj
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 06:08:10 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked bottle with a simple label. There is a good white fluffy head to match the generous amount of carbonation. Yeast particles floating around cause a haze throughout the glass (until a great majority has settled). Color remains a traditional light honey golden yellow.

Heavy grains, slightly woody, a little syrupy citrus, and cherries (only after a good swirl). There are very traditional Belgian beer aromas, aka smells I would expect from a tripel from Belgium. Almost no bitterness.

Exactly what I hoped for and expected...A loaf of bread rising in my glass.
There is strength from the alcohol providing for a majority of this beer's bite and sweet fruits from the yeast. No flavors are overpowered, all remain evenly matched. There are also no off flavors that I can associate with this beer, it remains clean throughout.

Light to medium bodied beer with a strong %abv that's in harmony with a sweet malt and fruity, funky yeast. Carbonation remains constant and is best served at the recommended warmer temperatures. No distinct aftertastes linger.

Overall (Drinkability):
Great price!! It seems odd to give a beer a higher overall rating than justified given it's A/S/T/M...but you're saving approximately $3-4 on this beer compared to most imports (in its class) of equal quality. Good Belgian style beer that nails its category as far as I'm concerned...
Therefore, i highly recommend giving this beer a try, especially in the 750mL corked bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:02:45 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Body pours a hazy golden orange. Head is long lasting, dense, creamy, & white.

S: A nice Belgian yeast nose with notes of clove, spices, lemon zest, & hint of pear. Bready malt backbone along with grains balance the nose.

T: A nice crisp taste with citrus notes (lemon), sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast, & spices. Finishes dry & flavor is long lasting.

M: Medium body, lively carbonation, crisp texture.

O: I love this beer. Even though it's a high ABV, I could drink 2-3 without really noticing. A much try and a go-to tripel for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 02:03:33 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of billab914


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a hazy orange color with a moderate, frothy head to it. It had some pretty good head retention and left some decent lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a brighter, citrusy aspect to it. I get some lemon coming through along with some crisp, fruit like flavors. Some clove like spice is there along with just a hint of banana. It seems to have a some hefeweizen like qualities to it actually.

The taste shows the sweeter, pilsner malts flavors to it throughout the flavor. I get the brighter citrus flavors with lemon and orange coming through, along with some of the Belgian yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average for the style. Drinkability was decent, it had some good flavors for the style and was pretty easy drinking considering the abv. Pretty good beer overall, but not outstanding in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 22:36:15 | More by billab914
Photo of beertunes


3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dwaz for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. The beer poured a cloudy golden yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, grains, yeast and spice. On the tongue however, there was a strong clove and banana flavor, very reminiscent of a Hefe. Underneath that were the expected flavors of the style.

The body was about average for the style. Drinkability was good, but will depend on how much you like the clove aspect. Overall, a decent beer that I'd have occasionally if it were local to me. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:32:37 | More by beertunes
Photo of BeerLover99


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep yellow cloudy body, nice 1 finger head, very little lacing

S: spices, wheat, honey, orange peel, slight coriander

T: sweet citrus in front, firm wheat middle, slow long spicy finish

M: medium body, prick on front tongue, big carbonation

D: This is quite nice! My brother-in-law gave me this to try, I have been aching to try this East Coast brewery, since I have read so much about it on BA. Nice to see it lived up to the hype.

This is a big sipper, go easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 17:41:59 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of ChadQuest


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Soft delicate head that is volumous on top of a body so hazy it looks like there is smoke flowing through it. not unexpected for the style, i enjoy a good amount of belgian yeast.
Spices and yeast on the nose, with crisp fruits like apples,pears and there is alcohol in the mix too.
Flavors agree with the aroma and showcase the spices more strongly with a dry finish that accentuates them. great tasting overall however i think the alcohol may mute some of the more delicate flavors.
Well done for an American Tripel. I would buy a few packs of this a year if it was a local.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:39:16 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of plfahey


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale golden color with a slight haze. Moderately large white head with decent retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Nice pear, apple, and orange esters, (pear stands out the most). Light grainy pils malt. Slight rose-like and peppery alcohols.

Flavor-Pear, apricot, and orange flavors fades to a dry alcohol finish. Light malty sweetness up front. Finish is relatively fruity, with pear and apricot notes, though quite dry from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation, substantial alcohol warmth.

Smooth and quite fruity. Very tasty. Refreshing. Alcohol is very well hidden and in-offensive. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:52:58 | More by plfahey
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Merry Monks pours itself into a grand Tripel affair. Big and dense white head, foggy orange color, patchy lacing, with better than average retention.

Sweet, slightly boozy, floral and again, very Tripely.

Taste and mouthfeel are again, both top stuff. Sweet and candy-like, dry finish on a medium body that feels as if the booze will become stronger as the beer warms up. But when cold, this beer is dangerous.

Merry Monks, with it's front label picturing a trio of goofing around Monks is at first kinda silly to take in. But on further review, they're acting silly for a reason. They're happy and jolly and of course, merry. And for good reason, this Tripel is great, and if you love the style, this comes highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 02:10:59 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice hazy golden color with a decent head that doesn't really last very long.
S: Sweet malty bread aroma with a slight hint of alcohol.
T: Nice sweet malt flavor with some slight hoppiness and hint of alcohol/acidity that creates a great balance.
D/M: Great flavor. Could have used more carbonation but overall a very good Belgian variation.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:50:23 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of Aiptasia


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

Enjoyed with a cheese quesadilla from a 12 oz. bottle into a large 32 oz. tumbler.

A: Pours a nice rich honey ocre. Head is decent and retention is long lasting. Tenacious burnt sugar lacing.

S: Fresh meadow and citrus with cotton candy notes.

T: Same, deliciously crisp and sweet. Granny smith and apricot notes on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied and refreshing. Finishes dry. Alcoholics on the back end.

D: Enjoyable. Not quite at the level of good trappists, but just a hair shy. Sure makes a cheese quesadilla with kraft singles taste like magic.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:27:25 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of happygnome


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a deep orange color with about two inches of head that disappear quickly leaving a good amount of lace on the top of the beer and edge of the glass. Carbonation continues to rise to the top of the beer throughout the process

s: sweet citrus aroma, very bready and yeasty. There are some sour notes on the nose

t: very bready and yeasty flavor, sweet citrusy and floral flavors. Strong spices in the flavor

m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, but i dont think that i will be buying again

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:50:54 | More by happygnome
Photo of beerphan


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

12oz bottle -> tulip
no date

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow with a small wispy crown of white head that settles to a small puddle of dish suds. Small rings of lace with scattered dots of lace up and down the glass. Carbonation appears minimal and moves slowly through a asteroid field of floaters.

Nose: Yeasty nose, with some light pear and candy notes mixing with ethanol

Medium full body, that goes down easy. Flavors lay heavy on clove and spice. Starts off very in your face and full with tons of flavor, pear, cherry, and lots of spice all meld and finish with a tart light bitterness.

A beer that I used to frown on when i purchased the Weyerbacher big beer mix case in the pass, no it's one of the one I appreciate and a damn good reason to pull the case. Only a couple will have you feeling Merry!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:40:48 | More by beerphan
Photo of nickthetick


4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a hazy straw into an american shaker pint with a white head that didn't hang around and left no lacing.

S: honey and pale malts with fruity yeast.

T: right up front there is bananas, that mellows into a sweet honey and pineapple flavor. The alcohol is there but doesn't retract from the taste at all. There is some pear that lingers on the back.

MF: a nice medium body and crisp. A little warm but not too much.

D: aawesome triple with some spectacular flavors and I would most certainly search this beer out again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 21:58:01 | More by nickthetick
Photo of jwinship83


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent to me in a trade with WhyBeNormal. thanks! drank out of my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a hazy glowing golden orange colored body with a finger of bright white head on top. the head has excellent retention (lasts for the entirety of the beer) and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing that i notice about the scent are pale malts. after that i pick up on some sweet candi sugar and belgian yeast. somewhat spicier than most beers of this style. coriander, clove, bubblegum, and some banana. there is also some alcohol that sneaks through.

T- the taste starts out like the smell, with sweet candi sugar and pale malts. after that i get a healthy dose of alcohol and spices. banana, coriander, clove, bubblegum, and a bit of black pepper. a tiny bit of herbal hops finishes this one off.

M- light bodied, bordering on medium. the carbonation is on the high side, but thats normal for a beer of this style. some warming form the alcohol.

D- one of the spicier tripels in recent memory, but still a decent example of the style. weyerbacher is great at making solid versions of high gravity styles. this makes me want this brewery sold in my state a little bit more. too strong to have more than one or two of.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:12:14 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Good take on a trippel/BGA, surprisingly tasty.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Burgundy background label with an illustration of monks pouring secretly beer from a large abbey tank. (While fairly forgettable and given other Weyerbacher designs this is almost good.) Lacks any visible bottling or freshness date, and shows Alc. by Vol. (9.3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber pour, 1/2" head, fair retention, good surface memory and some splashes of lacing.

S - Fruity and boozy nose, yeast holding it together, relatively characteristic with a nice advance about the taste to follow.

T - Long and compact sense, with the fruity sense coated in sugar, lightly yeasty with a pinch of spice in the back, caramel coated citrus with a malty alcohol sense in the back of it.

M - A touch above medium body, with medium-high carbonation and a fair sense of smoothness around a boozy dash in the finish.

D - I'ts rich and hefty for the style but flows rather well. Surprisingly well.

Notes: Hmmm, not my fav style, or fav brew but it feels pretty good, with plenty of flavor and could work very well on a social setting as good regional brew to get the people going. I´m going to store up a big bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:28:14 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of IronLover


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

Golden yellow in color and hazy with a thin white head that cleared quickly. Belgian yeast and sweet banana aromas dominate with hints of pear, hay and a touch of coriander. Sweet malty belgian flavors with lots of banana and a clean finish. A light spice flavor seems to build near the finish but never really surfaced. On the lighter end of medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and buttery smoothness. Spices and alcoholic heat intensified as this warmed up. Thoroughly enjoyed this Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 22:24:21 | More by IronLover
Photo of Neecee513

New York

2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Medium gold, hazy; massive, dense head; good retention

S: Moderate hop aroma, spicy

T: Citrus spice, hop bitterness

M: Moderate carbonation, medium body

D: Some bitter hop character w/ stronger malt backbone. Spicy quality is a bit overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 07:07:43 | More by Neecee513
Photo of tmcelvain


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Slight haze over light gold body with a big, frothy head and a few floaties.
S: Full bodied belgian yeast. Slightly soapy smell.
T: Very well balanced. Not as overly yeasty as some other BPA's. Fairly sweet.
M: Light and thirst quenching, almost watery. Surprising for the ABV.
D/Overall: Tasty and refreshing, a bit sweet for the style, which makes it more drinkable than typical, but the high ABV should slow most of us down.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:31:44 | More by tmcelvain
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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