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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

1,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 52
Gots: 283 | 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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Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely golden color that might as well be an albino stout. Cannot see a single thing through this beer! Looks fantastic.

Smells almost like a wine in the fermenting stage, only better. Banannas are definitely present as well as a little clove maybe.

Tastes fantastic. Very complex but blended VERY nicely. You can tell deep down it packs a punch but does not come off at all as 9.3%abv.

The mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible. The carbination is there yet its still incredibly smooth. Very silky/buttery. Love it.

Overall this beer is just great. One of the best Ive had in a while. Im not usually a tripel fan but after drinking this I may explore the style a little more. Every time I set it down Im tempted to pick it right back up again, I'll definitely be reccomending this one to friends.

Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cmiley123
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jcone17
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of voodoo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kmwilson76
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DaveBlack
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Not what I expected from a tripel. A rich golden colored beer, very clear except for a fine suspension of yeast with only a small white head that disappears quickly without a trace.

S: The aroma is very bright. Banana is definintely prominent, as well as nice phenolic alcohol, a sweet Belgian candied fruit smell, as well as a peppery, estery alcohol. Really complex smelling.

T: The most amazing thing about this beer is that every sip seems to highlight a different flavor. First apparent is sweet, banana, phenol taste. After that a bready, earthy flavor with lots of tropical fruity sweetness. Peppery, spicy alcohol pervades the beer, and despite the prominent notes of sweetness the beer is pretty dry.

M: Moderate body, nice crisp carbonation. It feels rich and almost buttery as well.

O: There is a TON going on in this beer, and all of it good. As the beer warms the flavor changes, and as you sip it more aspects of the flavor come out. I would love to set one of these down and see what a few years does for it, but even now it is really great. Another solid offering from Weyerbacher.

Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of scott2269
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ng85
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of michaelmatters
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MsRif
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jam354
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ncfranklin
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: A bright golden, straw yellow. Very prominent fizzy white head that fades to nothing swiftly.

S: Feint nose of sweet malt, clove, some spice and... banana?

T: Straight after the nose. Lots of bready malt, a light spicing, and a notable level of alcohol. Isn't quite "boozy", just reminds you it's there.

M: Buttery and slick, with a light warming.

D: A bit of a disappointment. The detectable alcohol in the taste, and a overall lack of potent flavor is a turn off. Good, but definitely not great.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of tommyd313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Dotterr1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,948 ratings.