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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 41
Gots: 187 | 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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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled May 10th 2011, dropping and landing in a tulip glass. Off we go!

A very soapy head that has not much staying power, but a nice red tint to and off white color. Body is a real gorgeous fruit orange with cloudy hues and lemon accents on the side. Real good looking too bad that head isn't sticking around

First thing on the nose is something wet and clean. Dry white table wine, mild yeast sense, a little bit of lemon candy cough drop. Nice, I dig this.

Taste is a little lacking. Quite carbonated without the malt feel for a tripel. Sour and big on yeast but wet bodied, with lots of fizz. I am not getting much pleasure out of this, and missing some of those notes on the nose here in the palate, just not happening

Overall straight down the middle tripel for me. Can't say I'd want to have this again, but there's worse out there for sure.

smakawhat, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was part of the Big Beers Variety Case from Weyerbacher. Sampled with my buddy at a recent cookout. Cheers, Pat!

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature glass.

A - Pours a very opaque, hazy, golden-straw color. A really creamy, dense two finger head on the initial pour that lasts several sips. Decent lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A very sweet aroma with hints of spice and banana.

T - Very typical for the style. A malty sweetness mixed with spices (clove/coriander) and the usual banana taste that I associate with this type of beer. The alcohol is pretty well disguised but it is lurking just below the surface and becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Still, it is pretty refreshing.

M - Nicely carbonated and crisp.

O - Again, based on the style, it is a well crafted beer. This style, as well as Belgians, are really not my go-to beers but it is decent tasting. I'll finish up what remains in the case but this is not a beer I'd necessarily purchase by itself. For those who enjoy this type of beer, I'd recommend giving it a try.


BuxMontBeerLover, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my bruery snifter, Golden in color with a one finger head that lingers. Aroma of bread, citrus and ginger. Taste follows the nose. Sweet bit not too sweet, mouthfeel is average, nothing special here, would take a golden monkey over this anyday.

jcartamdg, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a thickly hazed dark yellow-gold with deeper amber-brown hues. A nearly white head is dense and sits just under two fingers tall. Retention is good, as is the patchy lacing left on the glass.
Pale malts make the backbone in the aroma, and what really comes out is the sweetness of bananas and maybe a hint of darker fruits backed by a gently spicy bite and some warming alcohol. The lightly and pleasantly earthy/dusty notes imparted by the Belgian yeast are in good form.
The taste follows suit for the most part, but what really comes out here is a huge banana flavor. If it's possible, it's like liquified sugared banana. Spiciness is also prevalent and clove pulls through, along with the earthy / grainy mix of the yeast. The alcoholic bite is gentle but persistent.
This medium-bodied brew has a moderate carbonation and is plenty smooth while also consistently crisp.

Brenden, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into Rochefort chalice.

A- Cloudy, fiery orange body with a pillowy 2" off-white head that fades quickly into spotty patches of lacing.

S- Strong scent of citrus, followed by vanilla yogurt, an herbal earthiness, belgian yeast and spices.

T- Tart, funky sun tan lotion, grassy, bitter, orange zest, lemon peel, coriander, black pepper and tart apples.

M-Zesty and juicy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

O-With every tripel I try i grow to love them more and more, this is no exception.

GrindFatherBob, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of wajacobs
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My good friend Dina brought me a six pack of Merry Monks on her last visit to California.
It pours a beautiful golden orange with a slight haze but the head dissapates quickly.
The aroma is heavy on the bublegum but its not so heavy on the tongue. After an intial sweetness a a subtle peppery note finishes the beer. Thanks again Dina!

wajacobs, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of birdman200
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent straw color with a 2 finger head that leaves a thin layer of foam. Big smells of bananas and cloves, with a boozy smell as well. Very smooth taste for a triple - the drinkability is definitely there despite the high ABV. Slight spicy taste, with a minty feel as well. Silk mouthfeel, dry aftertaste. Very good example of a Belgian Tripel, would have liked a little more zest to the taste though, could have seen it being more of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale than a Tripel.

birdman200, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Looks just like a Tripel should as this golden lighter yellow with a white soapy head. Head does not really stick around. Smells of Belgian yeast, spice, and lemony citrus. A little bit of banana is in there as well. Taste is exactly the same with some nice citrus and banana notes wrapped in spicy Belgian yeast. Well carbonated and medium-bodied. Not the most complex Tripel, but really solid.

Lunch, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of rmalinowski4
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Mikasa tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw color, typical Belgian look, with a finger of white head that recedes quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Smell is spice, some lemon zest and banana. The spices are clove and cinnamon. Smells like a typical Belgian, which is good.

Taste is lemon zest, banana, clove and cinnamon. It's is clean and crisp with a dry finish. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is light in body, but not watery, and highly carbonated, typical for the style.

Overall this is a good representation of the style. While it isn't exceptional in any aspect, it isn't bad in any of them either. It does everything well. Quite enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Thanks to Jparkanzky for the extra!

rmalinowski4, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Merry Monks on tap at Shorty's, Hell's Kitchen NYC, served on an Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: Classic Belgian, with a gigantic snow-white head, little lacing and decent retention. Clear straw color, like fresh apple juice or just-squeezed cider.

Smell: Again, classic Belgian. Spice, clove, banana and sweet-lemony citrus (lemon zest). Some sour apple and a beautiful summer crispness. "Fresh air" (sounds like I'm selling fabric softener)

Taste: Follows nose, with subtle spice, banana peel, a tad of honey and a dry, prickly finish. Super refreshing and crisp, but never watery or thin.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, full flavor. Spicy dry finish that lingers in the mouth and will make you reach for water.

Overall: Drinkability is superb, as with the other American tripel I had at this bar, Allagash Curieux. So fresh, chuggable, enjoyable, well balanced. Utterly delightful, and so perfect for the warm late-spring weather! Again, witness how America can brew Belgians with the best of them!

DoubleSimcoe, May 30, 2011
Photo of djsmith1174
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with decent white head.

S - Bananas, cloves, yeast.

T - Sweet malt with slight citrus hop character to start. Banana and spices in the middle. Peppery finish but a little sweeter than other Tripels.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

O - Pretty good Tripel. Wouldn't hesitate to drink again, but there are better to be had.

djsmith1174, May 25, 2011
Photo of boss302
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A straw color decent head. 4 

S Yeasty aroma similar to a wit. 4 

T Sweet, a little cloying, far from a dry finish.  Much less dry than typical tripels.  A little too sweet for my liking.  3.5

M Med mouthfeel, but a little heavy due to the sweetness.  3.5

D An OK beer, but I will not be having another. 3.5   

boss302, May 22, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third beer for review tonight. Sorry if I am overly generous. This isn't my first time around for this beer, so I can temper my analysis based on this tasting and prior tastings. I am glad to finally put this beer in writing.

This beer is a beautiful haze with orange. It almost looks like a nice sunset. It looks like it could be unfiltered... except that there is not particulate matter.

The beer smells floral and sweet. This is almost a dessert in a glass.

The beer is sweet, but balanced. I like the way this plays across the palate. I taste orange and the belgian yeast.

This is a very good belgian golden beer. I reccommend picking it up if you find it.

ummswimmin, May 21, 2011
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very clear, not much yeast suspension. Pearly white head, very small, breaks down to a film rather quickly.

S - Strong belgian smell - lots of spicy yeast, white pepper, clove. Includes some estery notes.

T - Smooth easy drinking malts - some pilsner, some more 2 row. Mid-stream had some spicy white pepper notes, very strong. Finishes with some pilsner and a complimentary hint of esters.

M - Moderate body, strong and full. Carbonation is smooth and light- somewhat below what I would have expected. Alot of alcohol warmth

O/D - Overall a good tripel. ABV is hidden, sneaks up on you. Not overly filling.

katan, May 19, 2011
Photo of exonthebottle
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a six pack of this at a local liquor store. I bought this on a whim. Quite surprised with the flavor

Nice yellow orange body great white head head.

fruity and yeast quite strong smell and robust malt sweetness and fruity stay in the taste a bit of bite in mouthfeel but flavor is well done and finishes well.

Overall very good Tripel

exonthebottle, May 16, 2011
Photo of Ziro
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a large snifter out of a 12 ounce bottle which works well forcing all the different aromas in the beer into a very narrow opening making for a great experience with a great tripel.

Settled into what looked like a golden cloud. Had a small, creamy almost white head that dissolved somewhat quickly due to the glass. Good amount of carbonation as well.

Very fruity with a bit of citrus. I swear I smelled a bit of sour apple at the end but that might be the ABV getting to me. Also, a sweetness to it like honey.

The alcohol is there, barely. Has a sweet malty taste with a little bitterness peppered in. As it warms the sugar is more pronounced.

Body is somewhere in the middle not thick but also not watery. More coarse than smooth as the carbonation wins out but not by much.

Easily one of my favorite tripels from my favorite brewer. While the ABV is high it isn't obvious in the taste. When you see two empty bottles in front of you surrender your keys. Smells sweet but doesn't taste too sweet which is a welcome surprise. Also the deep snifter glass allowed me to agitate and swirl the beer a lot helping the aromas and flavors come out. The only thing stopping this beer from getting all 5's is the fact that there is no perfect beer.

Ziro, May 16, 2011
Photo of Seeker41184
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/27/10

12oz into pint glass

Pours a light amber with yeast floating all throughout. The smell is your atypical Belgian Tripel. The taste is super sweet, almost laffy taffy sweet of belgian yeast and banana and cloves. Not the best triple, not even top 3, but 9.3% ABV available in a 6pack for a reasonable price, how can you not like it.

Seeker41184, May 08, 2011
Photo of JNewbs
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have walked by this one a million times, thinking there was no way it could be true to it's Belgian aspirations and bring the flavor. In short - I was wrong.

This poured a hazy orange tinted yellow, with a decent head. The smell was mostly yeast and a little bit of fruity booze. The first sip was thick and highly carbonated, which threw me at first. However, it quickly turned into a flavor punch to the throat. The flavor was very yeasty with some malt background and a fruit overtone.

Overall, I couldn't believe how much flavor was there, mainly because in my head the beer was going to suck. Thank goodness for happy surprises, and this beer was one of them.

JNewbs, Apr 26, 2011
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 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.

zoso1967, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of chefelf
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.

chefelf, Apr 11, 2011
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

Snow81, Apr 10, 2011
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.

mvanaskie13, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
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

Stunner97, Apr 05, 2011
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.

xnicknj, Mar 20, 2011
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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