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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,787
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 41
Gots: 180 | 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 jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

jwinship83, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Daniellobo, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

IronLover, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Neecee513
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%

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.

Neecee513, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of tmcelvain
3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

tmcelvain, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of radioscooter
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Cloudy amber body.

Perfume and fruit nose throughout.

Aggressive pour creates nice 4 finger head that sinks slowly leaving no lacing behind. Tiny bubbles.

Serious Belgian effort but it's almost a parody. Like a $10 Arts Festival caricature.

Apricots and candi sugar and Belgian yest out the wazoo. Strong flavor. Strong lingering aftertaste.


Very good though. I know that seems wacky but it grows on you while you drink it. Good carbonation level.

Very fresh-baked-bready post-after-taste.

Try it for sure.

radioscooter, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ryanonline
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours a beautiful orange color with a white head and ohh wait its gone. Nice lacing though. Very cloudy and I didn't even swirl.

Smells like sweet oranges with a lot of sour yeasty wild funk.. no real spice detectable which is odd for a triple.

Tastes very similar but with a nice bitter finish. A bit more juice like, it has a slightly medicinal quality to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a sticky long lasting finish that is at once bitter and sweet yet not very evenly blended.

Due to the fairly foamy nature of this beer and the somewhat medicinal quality along with the sticky lasting uneven finish this beer loses some points in the drinkability department for me.

Overall its a nice beer that takes some big chances in flavor and mouthfeel by making it a bit too malty but combining it with sort of a super fruity juice like flavor kind of makes it fall flat of great.

ryanonline, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip

A. A somewhat vigorous pour produced a mamoth 4 fingers of head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is a nice bright golden yellow.

S. Smell is pretty wild. Predominately yeast, followed by some citrus and a bit of funk. Has a sour smell mixed with some sweet malt. Has some nice white pepper smell as well. Kind of borders between Triple and Saison in smell. Interesting.

T. Sour, sweet, peppery. Some light fruit maybe even a little banana. Spices but nothing stands out except for a little clove maybe. Pretty complex flavor in this Tripel. Has an intitial sourness followed by some sweet malt and finishes with the pepper. Fairly dry overall having said all that.

M. Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Finishes dry with just a bit of sweetness.

D. Interesting Tripel. Quite a bit going on in the flavor of this beer that kind of surprised me. This is definitely drinkable. If Weyerbacher can make a Tripel like this I want to get my hands on some of their quads. All in all this is a nice American made Belgian.

siradmiralnelson, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of RRoeb1123
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: With an aggressive pour, forms a very large head. Beer is a very pretty cloudy golden yellow, with visible sediment along the inside of the glass. Leaves a very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Very typical of many Belgian beers, the unique "funk" that many have, along with a fruitiness suggesting plums, and perhaps other ripe fruits. Very fresh scent, with hints of banana. There is also a slight breadyness to it, which I quite like.

Taste: Hints of banana, clove, and other spices, along with a very very slight bit of alcohol, also tastes of ripe fruit, reminding me of plum, and also banana. There is a slight bit of earthiness, due to the yeast. The alcohol is very well masked to me. Slight amount of hops in the finish, just to even it out, but never bitter, just very smooth in the finish. The finish and general flavor of the beer is leaning towards the dry side, as with many other tripels. There is a lot of flavor to this beer, which makes it unique, but sometimes all these nuances can clash. Very pleasant in flavor, however.

Mouthfeel: Very high in carbonation, which gives the beer a very light mouthfeel, but feels very nice on the palate. Almost a perfect balance for myself I find. I do like my beers on the "chewier" side, but this one walks the line perfectly, it feels substantial, like you're drinking a hearty beer, but it's not like a whole meal in a glass.

Drinkability: I could actually drink a few of these. I love Tripels myself, and the alcohol is well hidden, so this could be a very "dangerous" beer, for that reason. Have a few too many, and they can ruin your night. I find it a very pleasant beer to drink, and will keep some on hand.

RRoeb1123, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast, spices and floral notes. There were some nice caramel notes, too.

T - This had a nice blend of caramel, spicy yeast and mild fruit flavors - like apple and pear.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. It had some pop. A medium bodied ale that finished dry.

D - This is yet another very fine brew from Weyerbacher. Is was a great brew on New Year's Eve.

zeff80, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a nice somewhat cloudy amber with a thick, fluffy, somewhat persistent white head. Aroma is malty, fruity and just a bit yeasty. Flavor is definitely somewhat better than I expected - strong, malty, fruity, yeasty, a bit rubbery, with a hint of caramel and most enjoyable and lip-smacking! Texture is fairly smooth, somewhat fizzy, leaving a subtle tingle. This is worth seeking.

Cyberkedi, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Picked this up in a mixed six, after trying some other Weyerbacher beers. Overall I haven't been that impressed, but had heard good things about this beer.

Pours an orange color and is opaque with almost no head. There is lots of fruity aroma present, smells like sweet citrus and carries a very complex but satisfying taste.

This is a big beer at over 9% ABV and it feels a little too boozey. Overall I really enjoyed this and it is definitely the best beer I have had from Weyerbacher.

mirish72, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%

This proves to be a bit of a noteworthy American triple as far as the profile of its fruitiness. Overall, it boasts tremendous drinkability for something of its ABV.

A yellow-gold hue, it produces a nice, thick, soft sliky foamy head on the pour with good retention. The smell reveals what's perhaps its most feature - real potent banana esters, but more like a greasy banana chip as opposed to fresh flesh or peel. And it's quite inviting and truly dominates the aromas and flavors, which both lack pronounced phenol or alcohol presence - meaning, all you have to cope with here is a tasty, moderately malty (in sweetness and body), mildly banana fruity Belgian-style ale. Poor thing! The drinking is smooth and somewhat substantial for the style and, even as it warms up, the alcohol only weakly bites. Yes, it's flavorful and satisfying - quite excellent - multiple beergasms.

Bouleboubier, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of nukem5
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Pours a great straw colored slightly hazy with a nice creamy tan head which was so thick and smooth clung fabulously to my snifter.

S: Sweet and fruity esters lots of banana and bready .

T: Bread banana and clove spread over the tongue.

M: Smooth creamy with light traces of alchohol.

D: Went fantastic with sausage stuffed peppers the hot and spicy goes well with the sweetness of the drink.

Got a case of the Weyerbacher Big Beers and cant wait to get thru the case, All Weyerbacher brews are always great. Love to treat myself and this is the perfect Christmas gift to me from me !

nukem5, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Notes from 12/14/2010:

#1 - 12 beers of Christmas. 750 mL bottle. 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a vibrant orange color with golden hues and a two-finger head that turns rocky and fizzes away. I actually expected more carbonation because the cork nearly flew off by itself after I removed the cage.

S: The nose is dominated by notes of lemon with other notes such as apples, and a wonderful spicy yeast character.

T: The taste is of sweet orange and lemon notes, followed by a peppery yeast character, and finishing flavors of apple peel.

M: This is relatively sticky with a medium body and some bubbliness on the back end.

D: This is a delicious tripel with a pleasant spiciness and quite the warming sensation.

bucklemyshoe, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of SnowGoon99
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a straw color with slight turbidity more than likely from the bottle conditioning. White head starts strong and then quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Aroma is great. Slight pepperiness, Belgian esters, alcohol notes and caramel are all apparent. Very complex and it's really a wonderful thing.

The flavor that comes through doesn't do the aroma justice. Belgian esters are apparent but the alcohol is hidden. That's what it has going for it. Otherwise it's pretty much a straightforward Belgian Golden Strong Ale. (Alcohol definitely hits you a little be down the glass though.) Caramel isn't there in the flavor and is too taken over by the spices and pepperiness from the yeast. This unbalance is what would need to be fixed. Body is ok but is a little on the high side for a Belgian. I expected the carbonation to be a little bit more causing a light, airy texture.

Overall a very nice beer but with some flaws. Certainly enjoyed drinking it but there's some things i would change or do differently. For the price point there are others out there that i would try but for a little bit less i could definitely buy it again.

SnowGoon99, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.08/5  rDev +6%

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a hazy gold, dense and foamy white head, retention is minimal, slippery lacing

S - Nose is sweet malts with a spicy, almost peppery edge, bread dough with a yeasty aroma, and a bit of sweet smelling alcohol

T&M - Very crisp right off the bat with very present carbonation. Medium bodied with a very nice feel to it. Sweet, fruity flavors with bits of banana and clove. Alcohol seems present in the sweetness as well. There is a spicy, peppery edge to this too that hits the middle of my tongue. Some dry, yeasty flavor in the finish.

D - A very complex beer with plenty going on to please my taste buds. Goes down dangerously smooth for an almost 10% ABV. I had the 12 oz, I would be interested in trying to cork and cage version based on this bottle

ZeroSignal, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of therica
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

A= very nice, typical straw-yellow, nicely active head, very Belgian.

S= amazing berries and fruits galore! What a bouquet. I've had this before but had forgotten whether I even enjoyed it or not. Big 2-thumbs up.

T= great, follows the taste, definitely feeling like I'm back in Belgium at the moment. Maybe a cousin of Delirium? Crisp, refreshing, light alcohol but less than I expected for the 9.3ABV.

M= lingering fruits, no bitterness or annoying tartness noted, or overdone alcohol liquor like some others-- just very nice.

D= only the ABV keeps it limited to a few at a sitting, otherwise session all you want (and get a designated driver!)

therica, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a light, hazy straw color and builds a great, 3-fingered foamy head. Bad retention, though, as by the time I put the bottle opener away it was almost halfway gone. Pretty mild looking; only a few stray bubbles rise every now and then. No lacing at all which is interesting.

S - Smell is crisp and spicy, pretty typical smelling. Getting a lot of banana, orange peel, and coriander. Smells a bit sweet as well, perhaps some sugary Belgian influence. Faint alcohol on the very end of the bouquet.

T - Taste is traditional as well. Lots of spice and orange, especially in the finish and aftertaste. Not getting a lot of complexity, and rather than transitioning between the flavors, I am bombarded with everything at once and it just sort of blends together. The overall flavor isn't necessarily bad, but I like to see some differentiation between the ingredients and a nice movement along the flavor profile. Alcohol is definitely present in the aftertaste, but too late to make an impact!

M - Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated despite the appearance. Finish is dry and crisp.

D - Drinkability is moderate. While I found myself drinking this quick, often taking multiple sips in vain to differentiate some flavors, if this were toned down on the sweetness and amped in complexity, I could see this as easily (and foolishly) quaffable.

nhindian, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +3.9%

This beer has a nice golden straw color to it with a thin white head that vanishes quickly to a little bit of lace. The smell is nice and fruity and a little malty. The taste is kinda fruity, it is like a banana, not much else going on. The mouth feel is a little heavy but not to much and is very drinkable.

chefhatt, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

Present from Belgian Beer Fest 2010. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a coarse, fluffy 3 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a point and loudly as the bubbles pop. Beer is a semi-clear yellowish-grapefruit. Lacing is patchy with a few spots and good retention.

S: Nose is extremely aromatic. Fruity. Notes of pear, citrus, coriander, lemon, and banana. Spicy and yeasty with just a slight alcohol tickle in the back. Very appetizing overall.

T: Opens slightly soapy. Coriander and clove upfront. Floral. Orange and lemon with a big cane sugar malt body. Banana, pear, and pineapple towards the middle. Yeasty at the end. Very very sweet and sugary throughout. Finishes syrupy sweetness with surprisingly little aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and spicy in the mouth and abrasive going down. Bubbles are apparent at ever point of the experience and serve to better separate the flavors. Finish is close to cloyingly sweet but there's little aftertaste.

D: A solid beer overall but just a tad too sweet for my liking. Almost like a spiced up syrup. The body doesn't help it either. This one's worth a try but I wish I'd served at around 35F instead of 45F... a bit too thick at the higher temperature.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Deep golden straw color. Head fades, thin white ring around edge. Yeast settles in the bottle but first part of pour remains clear Light slightly spicey aroma. Small hint of orange peel. Some malt also in aroma. Sweetness in aroma as well. Mild to moderate carbonation. Dryer alcohol finish. Breadiness in middle of drink. Orange peel and coriander presnt but well balanced. Pretty good rep for style. Nothing spectacular but very nicely done.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

a - poured a beautiful golden bubble party into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. At first there was a pretty nice head, but it vanished leaving no lacing...the carbonation continued though. bubbles jumped to the surface like champagne. pretty attractive.
s - the smell is no dissapointment either. heavy clove and bubblegum (regular flavor). almost saison like but sweeter. bubblegum really hits it on the nose perfectly.
t - taste follows the nose, but a bit more muted. kind of grassy like. a bit too sweet. almost cloying.
m/d - alcohol is hidden in the nose and taste, but you can feel it in the mouth. leaves a nice tingle, but a bit of a sour puss also. the sweetness is a bit intense on this one, but this is definitely a tripel i'd have again. it is a bit thicker than i'm used to for the style and it works. abv is very well hidden/blended.

cosmicevan, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured out of a 12oz bottle, this beer is orange-yellow in color and has an ever-so-slight haze to it. LOTS of carbonation bubbling around in the glass. Nice two finger white head has now settled to a one finger after a few minutes. Decent stick.

The smell is typical for the style...sweet Belgian yeast, tropical fruits,...etc.

Taste a lot smoother than I expected after getting a look at that carbonation. Sweet up front, but there's a slight bitterness that sneaks in rather quickly to help balance it out. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Medium body.

I could drink a couple, but that's about it. This style isn't really up there drinkability-wise for me.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've always wanted to try this being that I'm a fan of Weyerbacher, but I never wanted to purchase an entire sixer being that I'm not really that into most Belgians. It's pretty good. Alcohol is well hidden, and it's smoother than I expected. That being said, there's nothing exceptional about this beer. Every so often I come across a Belgian that wows me, but this one is just well done.

Morey, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of callmeclemens
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%

Had on Tap at Twevle Steps Down in South Philly.

A very small head at best with a fine lacing down the glass.
Imeadiatley smelled like a blast of sour fruitiness with just a hint of malt.

Tastes was majorly consistant with the smell, only had a brutally sour finish, and IMO a varried aray of dry not compatable fruit flavour with Pear really leading the way.

callmeclemens, Nov 15, 2010
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