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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

1,874 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 45
Gots: 229 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 09-13-2001)
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Photo of Pjev11
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Pjev11, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into wine glass/goblet. Hazy deep golden color, with slight haze. Smells of dried fruit; cherries, and raisins.
Taste of cherries and malt...alcohol is deff there. I really enjoyed this brew. It is a nice sipping beer, great for desert, or on a nice cold night. Not much of a session brew as you can imagine...id buy again.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

938th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
12 oz

No bottle date
Thanks to @mjtiernan for this one.

App- A tripel meets and IPA and a wheat beer for a weird yellow hazy, fuzzy mix. A one finger head without a good cling. Only a couple dots.

Smell- Really nail polish with a strong astringent note with some citrus, pepper and malts. A little bit of strong lemon.

Taste- It tastes better than it smells but still has that nail polish and astringent notes. A bit more spicy with some thicker lemon notes. Its a pretty off center triple. Right in that sweet spot of not being the best but not being the worst.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonation. A bit of that astringent lemon malt flavor.

Drink- Pretty boozy and astringent, nail polish but the balance and ABV holds it together. A little unbalanced. Not the best Tripel but if you want boozy and tripel together. Found your beer. Crazy monks!

FosterJM, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I never reviewed this before. This has long been a goto tripel. Robust and a good value, it has what you want in a tripel.

The color is lighter than you would expect, but the taste is dark, sweet and yeasty. As it should be. Recommended for a taste ay time you want a heavy tripel. Compares favorably with belgians from Belgium - better than many.

schoolboy, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of BoozeHound81
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to glass, very little head, nice amount of bubbles. This brew has a strong alcohol odor,almost like wine. Nice coppery/orange color. Warm boozy finish. The further I drink the more it tastes of wine.This would fair well with a nice slice of pie, on a cold winters eve. A few of these and you`ll be couched for sure.

BoozeHound81, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby color with a thick white head that fades slowly and leaves rings of lace.

The aroma is complex with loads of fruity esters and spice. Loads of banana and pear, some dark fruit and toffee throughout. Strong boozy notes.

The flavor was overbearing with spice and banana. Pears, cherries and plum. Boozy burn on the back.

Thick and vicious

Glad I got a sample and not a full glass. Overbearing and hot with loads of spicy and fruity tones. Too much. complex, interesting, but not for a hot day.

JayS2629, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy light orange with a thin white head.

S-smells like a banana popsicle. very fresh. smells like a strong beer.

T-comes in with slightly citrusy pale belgian malts and sugars with a touch of banana. this makes up the after-taste along with a warming alcohol feeling. the after-taste has some undesirable subtle flavors to it that i'm not loving.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-like many tripels i've had, this is a fairly harsh beer, meaning that it really doesn't go down too easily. its actually fairly difficult to finish. i doubt i'll be getting this one again, nor do i recommend it.

AdamBear, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy translucent orange with a nice, plush three finger head.

Smells strongly of dried banana and spices with a yeasty undertone and some

Nice overtone of bananas and apricots, mixed with maybe some nutmeg and pepper? Really pretty boozy though, and this is a detraction for me. It's fighting for attention within the palate that makes it hard to concentrate on the nuances of the flavor.

Overall, a solid effort, relatively forgettable though, and not something that I'll reach for immediately in the future.

86.

Crossmd, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA

Poured into a plastic cup (lollerfail), a golden color of indeterminate haze, with a nice fluffy white head. Big big aroma of bready yeast and fruit esters. Taste of sweet malts, bready, with obvious fruit notes: banana, peach, pear, apple skins, and a dash of spice. Very flavorful, very drinkable. Medium-bodied, and quite strong, though the alcohol isn't too overbearing, flavorwise.

Rifugium, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of PatrickSullivan
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light golden color with a fairly thick white head. The head thins out a bit but mostly remains throughout, leaving behind a little lacing.

S: The nose is filled with some clove and banana. I catch some of the yeast and a touch of citrus.

T: On first taste, I pick up a fair amount of malty sweetness. This is followed by the typical clove/banana of a Belgian, with some spicy yeast mixed in. Behind those I catch a bit of peppery spice and a little bitterness. All these flavors are well balanced, hiding the alcohol fairly well.

M: Light to medium in body with medium to high carbonation. Very crisp and quite clean with a somewhat dry finish.

O: An impressive American take on a Belgian Tripel. Very drinkable despite the hefty 9.3%.

PatrickSullivan, Oct 07, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color w/ a two finger white head that lingers for a while. Good carbonation and lacing. Very hazy in appearance- a good solid looking tripel. Nose is apple, peach, pear, clove, other spices, and yeast. Very balanced, and nothing really sticks out. The taste is good, but not quite as balanced as the nose. It's almost really good, but not quite. This falls short of the best in style, but it's still top 4 or so American Tripels I've had. It improves as it warms, however... Massively. Feel is a little dry and carbonated for my taste on the style. It's probably the weak point for this brew. All in all, this is a good tripel, and I would have it again. Unfortunately, it's really easy to get world class Belgian tripels around Washington DC... so I don't know when I would pick this up. Definitely check it out if you haven't though- another solid brew from Weyerbacher.

jayhawk73, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy yellow, full of fine trails of bubbles, and topped with an enormous head of foam.
S - lemon grass, sweet aromatics, earthy and yeasty with a big dose of spice.
T - strong spicy sugar sweet character with a serious tingle in the aftertaste. The 'bubble gum' flavors come out with warming to room temperature.
M - did I mention the tingle? Spicy alcohol is ever present in this one with a fairly dry finish. The carbonation kicks the alcohol tingle to a quite high level. Overall medium body.
D - a fairly good tripel but the burn reduces the drinkability.

Beer4Baltimore, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of One2Remeber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just filled my growler a couple hours ago, pouring into a tulip.

A: Cloudy as could be with an illuminating orange color that looks very inviting. Rich, dense creamy white head that does not fade.

S: Typical Belgian Tripel aroma, spicy, banana, undertones of bubblegum.

T: Yummy:) Dominant banana taste with a Belgian yeast backbone that is not over the top. Gummy banana feel lingers through out and comes back up after the swallow. A distinct creaminess warms up the pallet as the beer hits the back of the throat.

M: Very dry bitterness from start to finish, almost burns the pallet. After the bitterness goes away, and your pallet gets use to it, the beer is warm as could be making one want more, like most Tripels (must be the candy sugar).

O: Bad ass beer, great name, I am definitely in a merry mood. Weyerbacher does not disappoint. I had Verboten (Belgian Pale Ale) before which would be the little brother to Merry Monk and was satisfied but this takes the brewery to a whole other level. Glad I was able to sip on this one!

One2Remeber, Sep 24, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with both a bottled on date [10 May 2011] and, presumably, a best by date of May 2013.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a large near white head. The head is not dense but has good retention. Stopping mid-pour, to allow for the head to settle a bit, the beer is still clear and rather aggressive carbonation is visible.

Yeasty, fruity, malty aroma that foreshadows, but underestimates the striking flavor palate that comes with tasting. The usual Belgian tripel flavor components of yeast, light malt, banana and cloves -- but these are in much better balance than is often the case, and with a bit more malt flavor showing thru. Slightly sweet and moderately tart. Hints of plums and lemons. High ABV partly hidden in the aroma and, more so, in the flavor, although it does produce some warming and can readily be felt on the tongue. Medium bodied with a crisp and refreshing feel. The finish is not as dry as I'd like.

O - This is excellent even by true Belgian standards: plenty of complexity, well-balanced flavors, fine finish and aftertaste. Highly recommended for U.S. fans of tripels.

chinchill, Sep 22, 2011
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.