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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,874 Ratings

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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 mooseo
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Beautiful golden yellow with a huge bubbly, creamy head. Great retention. Bubbles continue to rapidly rise from the center of the glass.

S - Pleasing citrus aroma (apple, banana) with some yeast and spices.

T - Delicious citrus elements immediately hit, followed by Belgian yeast and spices. Has a nice malty sweetness that is balanced out nicely with the hops. Some bitterness and maybe a hint of sourness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp refreshing mouthfeel. The finish is dry.

D - I love this tripel - my favorite offering from Weyerbacher. It's definitely a sipping beer that is meant to be savored. Excellent flavor.

mooseo, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of forcedlaughter
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz in a tulip.

Looks great. Head depends on pour, but with this much carbonation, it looks great in a glass with bubble streaming from the bottom of the glass and a nice white fluffy head.

Smells kind of like bubble gum and that Belgian yeast aroma. Can smell it without getting too close to the glass.

Taste is great. This is a regular for me. I believe the rating reflects the fact that it doesn't taste much like a traditional Tripel. If I wanted to show someone the style, I'd choose a Westmalle, but this has it's own character, and loosely fits the style on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Highly carbonated and refreshing. Have to be careful with the 9.3% ABV. Drinkability is very high, like a Duvel, it goes down very easy.

I think this will be a good extra when I trade for anyone who can't get Weyerbacher. Great beer, great price, and underrated, but again, probably for "true to style" points.

forcedlaughter, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger thick head in a sam adams perfect pint glass with lots of lace. murky golden.

S: lemon, orange, banana, cinnamon.

T: Pretty sour lemon. Less spicey than I expected. Not quite the yeast character that I want out of my Tripels. Floral notes.

M: High carbonation medium bodied. Semi dry finish.

O: The sour lemon wasnt as dominating as you drank this one. It still covers up a lot of the yeast character.

kylehay2004, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of TangTKE402
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Nice, but ephemeral, 1.5-finger head on the pour. Clear amber color, the hue of apple juice with a hazier texture. No lacing.

S: Apple sauce with cinnamon. You can whiff the alcohol content, but it is not overpowering, and the overall aroma profile is fairly thin.

T: Sweet and spicy on the tongue with a hot swallow and a candy apple aftertaste. Spices from cinnamon and coriander to cumin and turmeric; appley foundation with a yeasty construction. A tasty beer, to be sure, but, as with many Weyerbacher products, the alcohol is not hidden. That works with some of their brews, however in this instance the boozy taste can supersede more complex flavors underneath.

M: It dances on the sides of your tongue, and isn't as chewy as one would expect. A nice, clean, effervescent feel. The after-feel has a tinny vapor to it.

O: If this came in a mason jar with three X's on the front, I would watch out for lost eyesight. Since it doesn't, however, this Belgian twist on moonshine cider is surprisingly pleasing.

TangTKE402, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of BobZ
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On vacation in Maine, 16.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a 1” head initially that recedes quickly to a 1/16” cap, decent lacing.

Smell: Spice with hints of citrus.

Taste: Citrus sweetness both up front and throughout the beer, very slight hoppy bitterness on the finish which keeps it to style. The peppery spice also fits the Tripel style well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean well carbonated.

Overall: One of the better attempts at a Belgian style by an American brewery. A solid beer, not great but still pretty good. I’d recommend giving it a try.

BobZ, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large stemmed globed glass

A- Pours a gradient hazy orange, darker golden orange color at the top and lighter orange at the bottom. One finger of head.

S- Bubblegum, yeast, and coriander

T- Bubblegum, yeast, citrus, and spice. Everything blends very nicely, no flavor really dominates the taste

M- Very champagne like carbonation, very dry, and crisp. Hardly a trace of alcohol at first, once it warms up it is a little more present.

O- A tripel with a great mouthfeel and very balanced in the flavor and aroma profile. Hard to find a better tripel available in six packs, a great bargain and beer.

Hoptometrist, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of jifigz
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A hazy orange color with a head that disappeared extremely fast and literally no lacing at all. Not very impressive.

S: Extremely sweet with hints of ripe/rotten fruit: most notably banana. It smells very appetizing and pretty on par for a Tripel.

T: The taste seems to mimic the aroma pretty well. Banana is the main flavor profile I am getting here. I am also getting sweeter candy like runts (banana flavored ones obviously) and some mild bitterness to balance out the overwhelming sweetness. Not bad.

M: This beer feels relatively medium and body and quite smooth on the palate.

O: A solid beer from a brewery that I do not know much of. This is certainly not a knock your socks off revolutionary beer but it sure as hell isn't shabby either. Good stuff.

jifigz, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at Toro in Boston.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a one finger, just off-white head. Retention wasn't very good and minimal lacing.

S: Some orange and banana along with a bit of grain and some light spices, mostly pepper and a little coriander.

T: Similar to the aroma, but seemed a bit lacking in flavor overall. Some orange peel and a bit of banana, a heavy hand of caramelized malt (more than I can remember for any beer I have had in this style before), and some light spice. A little bit of alcohol on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. The carbonation level also seemed a touch low for a tripel.

O: Seemed to deviate a bit much for my liking in the style. Have had plenty of over American versions and liked them a lot more.

mdaschaf, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of bpw28
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Massive four finger white head that is dying fast, hazy gold (about a hazy 6 SRM), very nice lacing, tons of carb.

Smell: Boozy, banana, sweet, maybe clove.

Taste: Big banana, big yeast, clove, lots of booze, spicy, sweet but not too sweet, warming, dry, lots of carb, good body.

Final Thoughts: I'm not a tripel guy, but this is a pretty good one. Not alot on the nose, but it's strong on what it has it seems. The only guff I have is with the dying head.

bpw28, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of HerculesRM
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a tripel that is yellow/orange with a thick white head. The flavor is slightly sweet with fruit flavors I couldn't quite place, something like banana. The hops are more citrus-y than floral and are pretty strong.

So, my department at work has a Roast every year (the thing where people get up and say really mean but hopefully funny things about one another), and this year I got invited to speak. I hadn't attended in years past because I heard that the roasters were really offensive and mean, and I didn't want to participate in that. But since I was part of it this year, I got to hear about half of it before hand and it wasn't so bad (and it was hilarious). Well, the half that I didn't hear beforehand turned out to be pretty vulgar, crude and mean spirited, but that's beside the point.
The point IS that I met a guy named Dave Cave (husband to one of my bosses), who's a promoter and distributor of craft beers in the Charleston area. He didn't as much as say so, but it sounds like he's responsible for many of the amazing beers we enjoy in Charleston being available there. Example, he was telling me about when New Belgium was wanting to break into the Charleston market and he convinced several pubs and restaurants to start carrying it. Now you can get a Fat Tire just about anywhere.
Needless to say, after 2 hours of going back and forth between laughing and cringing during the roast, it was refreshing to talk beer with a guy who really understands and enjoys it. He had a cooler with him and introduced me to 2 brews I'd not had before.
The first wass Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co. It's a tripel (take my car keys) that is yellow/orange with a thick white head. The flavor is slightly sweet with fruit flavors I couldn't quite place, something like banana. The hops are more citrus-y than floral and are pretty strong. I liked it very much, even though tripels and doubels aren't my thing.

HerculesRM, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of DUBinMIA
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served from a bottle in a tulip glass

yellow orange haze look with 1/4 in. head that dissipated to ultra thin layer that covered most of the top.

smell of yeast and alcohol at first then malt becomes apparent, no real hop aroma

taste is good. powerful yeast taste with malt character that finished with a heavy alcohol flavor. yeast is very dominate much like a heffewiezen would be like.

full body mouthful that was very thick and flavorful

i have definitely had better Belgian strong ale's however it was nicely done.

DUBinMIA, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had to try this one for the sake of the hype and the prospect of solid american belgians that are just straight up hard to do and time consuming. Looks the part for sure. And feels the part. Yeast formation... In palate is most definitely american with fruits that would symbolize harsh esters in other beers like banana... Not particularly spiced to comp that. Still broad but tight... as a triple should be. Belgian sugar cane esters. Light wheat silk feel. Palate doesn't insinuate banana as much. Crisp, mild wheat. Marzipan hints. Abv is undetectable which for some can mean success. Its a strength, but may make it one dimensional for some.

rtepiak, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow-orange color with a very nice fluffy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of sweet fruit, spices, very noticeable alcohol presence.

The taste is sweet fruit, strong alcohol presence, some spicy notes, sugar, not much of a hop presence.

Medium body, very crisp feel, high carbonation.

I thought this was a very flavorful beer, though it was maybe a bit too sweet for me.

BeerCon5, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of GrizzlyBehr
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank directly from bottle.

A- appearance was good it looked liked a promising triplet.

S- smell was also good a bit stronger hop smell due to the high alc

T- this is the downfall of the beer. Initially the taste is quite good but then your slammed with bitter and then it finishes with an almost tittle banana taste that lingers for a minute or two. The long aftertaste after about 2 minutes was quite pleasant though surprisingly.

M- pretty average a little alc feeling in the mouth but not bad.

Overall = C+

GrizzlyBehr, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of beerbully
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from corked bomber

A- Hazy yellow w/ 1 inch head that dissaptes leaving almost no lacing on the glass

S-candy sugar, banana, clove vanilla

T-Just as it smells sweet, fruity, champagne like qualities

M-crisp, thin, carbonated good beer for Sunday brunch

O-good solid representation of the style

beerbully, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jpoder
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: golden with slight haze. head fades to thin coverage throughout glass

s: juicefruit like belgian yeast smell.

t: hides the alcohol VERY well! a pretty good tripel. more juicyfruit in the taste. clean through the finish

m: substantial mouthfeel. good carbonation

o: not bad! A pretty good tripel!

jpoder, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

APpearance - Golden yellow/tan, Not much head, some yeast floaters, mild lacing.

Smell - Floral, yeast, grapefruit, lemon, banana, some grape and cherry. Alcohol is also present.

Taste - Very floral and yeasty, lemon is a dominate flavor. Some honey and sweet fruits come out. Alcohol is present, also some spices like corrander are there.

Mouthfeel - Its thin for as strong as it is. ALcohol warms mouth and throat, but the yeast flavor doesnt last long. Aftertaste is rather weak.

Overall - Decent but compaired to other tripels this is too mild and plain. Needs more spices and hops to add complex flavors. Worth a drink but nothing special.

wvsabbath, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of JoeBCBC
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a pale golden orange with a fluffy white head. Thin layer of lace remaining throughout. Nice.

S- Cloves and bananas on the nose with banana being dominant towards the end. You can pick up a tinge of the higher alcohol in the aroma.

T- First the cloves, then the alcohol warmth, then banana in the aftertaste. The traditional Belgian yeast profile is dominant here. A little too spicy for me, but i'm not a freak about Tripels to begin with.

M- Even when poured down the center of the glass, this one is still very carbonated. For me, it doesn't mesh well with the sharp clove taste, but again just my taste.

O- Despite not being my favorite style, I think this is a great representation of the style and a very clean and enjoyable beer. (Even if Belgians aren't your thing!)

Cheers to Dan W, Chris W, Dan H, and all the guys down in Easton! Good stuff!

JoeBCBC, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a hefty white head. It doesn't last, though. The head vanishes leaving very little lacing. It looks kinda dead after the first few minutes.

Smell - Bananas, oh my. Not what I expected from a tripel. Maybe a bit of the lemony citrus I was looking for, but bananas mostly.

Taste - Bananas again. Quite sweet for a tripel. I get a lot more malt than effervescent yeastiness. It has the tiniest bit of hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sluggish to drink. Way heavier than I wanted it to be on a hot afternoon. It's oily, which helps keep flavors around, but otherwise it's just too thick and syrupy.

Overall - A heavy tripel that misses the mark, but it tastes decent. Just not what I was looking for in this beer.

Alieniloquium, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of jtingue
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slowly poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Clear gold with a nice 3 fingers of head. This dissipates to about a half a finger, which is maintained for a while.

Smell- Great banana yeast esters are dominant. Very sweet smelling with a lot of fruits including grape, cherry, and apple.

Taste- Nice light, but malty sweetness. Banana is present, as detected in the nose. Yeast flavors are dominant, but pleasant. There is a slight lemon zest as well as a lingering spiciness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Great effervescence as well as a nice medium to thick body. Coats the palate allowing taste to linger for a while.

Overall a really refreshing beer. It really screams "I am a Belgian (style) Beer"

Be warned that this beer has two faces. If you don't pour it slowly then you will end up with a hefeweisen sort of beer. I made this mistake on the first bottle out of the six pack. In my opinion it is much more enjoyable without the yeast. Try it both ways, though, its quite interesting.

jtingue, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of mttaylor1066
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you're looking for a tripel brewed in North America, this one is "good" not "great."

A - Looks like a tripel should: honey-straw with a thin head.

S - The hops are more prevalent in this tripel than in others. Pleasant, inviting.

T - Here's where this ale starts to falter. It just doesn't deliver, instead of an alluring strength and balance, Merry Monks is a bit muddy on the palate. Worth drinking, but not among the best tripels.

M - strong effervescence with an alcoholic warmth coming in right behind.

O - Good, but La Fin du Monde is a better example.

mttaylor1066, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like you typical classic Belgian, clear straw in color with a gigantic snow-white foam cap, a little lacing with decent retention.

Aromas begin with yeasty spiciness and clove with a nice sweet, lemony citrus. When I re-examine I get a little more sweetness and a little more doughy yeastiness.

The tastes begin with a subtle yeast clove spiciness, a bit of honey malt sweetness, with a pleasant dry, prickly finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate medium carbonation. This is the best aspect of this beer; the nice spicy dry finish that slightly lingers in the palate.

Overall this is a fairly drinkable Americanized tripel. By no means the best I have ever had but a fine offering from a reputable brewery. Worth the low investment but not a must have by any means.

claspada, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of jcurtis55
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at an Uno’s Pizza in Hamilton NJ. It was served too cold but they did put in in the right type of glass. Despite starting off a bit too chilled for a tripel, it was tasting quite fine, alhough I was getting more on the fruit/floral side rather the malt. I did noticed as it warmed a bit the alcohol became more prominent, to the point of being a bit distractive. Not up there with the best Belgians, but that wouldn’t stop me from drinking it again.

jcurtis55, Jul 05, 2011
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
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.