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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

1,966 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 54
Gots: 299 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey amber brew with a glossy meringue head of an inch's height in a tulip glass.

Musty yeast smell with esters of blood orange and clove. Bit of white pepper and a spearmint hop essence.

Big crusty bread malts with juicy fruit esters. Pear, orange, apple, and banana. Spicy yeast conjures more ground pepper. More must. Nice minty/grassy hop following the nose.

Weak carbonation. Feels wet and a bit flat. Medium body leaning toward full.

This is some good stuff! Another worthy reason to buy the 'Big Beers' case from Weyerbacher. However, this delight comes on draft tonight. Definitely worth the drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, bottle stamp date says 100611 100613. Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around a while. There's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, the brew smells like cloves, bananas, bready malt, pears and some green grapes. It tastes like bready malt, yeast, cloves, candy sugar, pears, and bananas. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is very carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this easy to drink. I think it's an OK brew, but there really isn't anything about this that would make me want to buy it again. With that being said, I do think it's worth trying.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost clear golden/hay color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and 'bottling' date marked on the label/bottle. There was some sediment floating around with a nice steady stream of carbonation in my Duvel glass.
One finger worth of head that dissipates very quickly, leaving a ring around the edges.
Aroma is very fruity and spicy with lots of banana, lemony sweetness, clove, some nutmeg notes and yeast.
Taste is just wonderful, sweet upfront with the fruity esters very noticeable. There is a crisp, tartness in the finish. This is just a wonderful beer, words cannot do enough justice to this beer.
The alcohol is almost non-noticeable in the taste upfront. The alcohol warmth became evident only towards the last few sips of the beer. Good mouthfeel and good drinkability.
Overall, a very nice brew from Weyerbacher and is definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DCon
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1 Pint 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle of this from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC for $8.50. Poured from the Bright Maroon/Yellow Labeled bottle w/ a depiction of Monk's Sneaking around in the Dark w/ their beer into a 12oz Schlafly Stange Glass. Has 081310-081312 on the neck of the bottle but nothing else.

Aroma- The aroma starts with a light raspberry note and then breaks into a strange complexity. Has tons of wheat and grain with a finishing note of sour cherries/raspberries... Not sure what to think here! No alcohol in the aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, long lasting head. Has a deep golden/light copper colored body with good clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a mixture of raspberries, wheat, and light spices that end up as the softest character. Has a good amount of hops present too. Light Bitterness on the finish and finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Creamy, and finishes with fruit and another sour note (mostly fruit) on the palate? Strange but will run with it!

Overall Impression- I'm not sure I could recommend this one as a Tripel but is was a very interesting brew! Tons of fruit, wheat, and light spices hang out but nothing like a tripel should be. Found these strange sour notes here and there and have NEVER found this in this style. If you see it, I would recommend if your looking for a fruit beer but don't go out of your way.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from pry-off 12oz bottle to Luettich balloon style glass (Bruery tulip); bottling date of August 16, 2011 and freshness date of August 16, 2013 printed on neck (“081611 081613”)

Appearance (3.5): Very hazy, yellow-golden body—nearly opaque—with a good thick, eggshell white head starting around 2.5 fingers and fading relatively quickly to about half a finger; it’s a mix of very fine bubbles and bigger, fatter bubbles. Leaves almost no lacing, just a few spots, though it does leave a thin, liquid coating on the side of the glass, like wine.

Smell (4.0): Smells a lot like a witbier, to be honest. Lots of clove / coriander happening here, with some sweet banana and fresh lemon in the background. Bit of booze in the nose too, but it’s very subtle. It smells like a really big Belgian wit—not quite what I’d expect for a tripel, but I suspect this site’s classification is not necessarily exactly what they were going for.

Taste (4.0): Okay, this is a bit more like a tripel. Still getting lots of those spicy phenols and a bit of banana here, but it also delivers some light, fresh, biscuit or water cracker character in the malt body and finishes with a slightly acidic, lemon-like bitterness. A very slight, herbal / grassy hop note almost gets lost in there, but it’s there if you can find it. That lemony aspect of it really hides the booze here, which is interesting, though it still has a noticeable presence. Hell, this beer has legs almost like wine—the alcohol would be hard to forget, though I don’t mind for a bigger, Belgian style beer like this. The yeast presence is nicely integrated in this beer, its phenols and spice are evident but there’s no residual chalkiness or anything like that. Well done, in that regard. Settles into a more subtle, more balanced and smoother brew as it warms.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Medium- to full-bodied with a lasting, prickly carbonation that contrasts pleasantly with a smoother, velvety carb underneath it. The more I think about it, this has an outstanding mouthfeel for the style!

Overall (4.0): This is really a good beer. I was expecting something more along the lines of a BSPA, but in reality this is closer to a tripel / imperial wit hybrid, if that’s a thing. It’s good. Fans of tripels and BSPAs alike should try this beer, and considering the pricepoint this is a really good buy. Yaaay Weyerbacher!

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,966 ratings.