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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 36
Gots: 133 | FT: 5
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 OtherShoe2


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep honey gold with some floaters and a 1 finger head that did not last. No lacing.

As I poured, a big banana waft of aroma came out of the glass. Some yeasty sweet grain scents, but banana dominates.

Sweet lightly toasted grain, big chemical alcohol flavor, spice, sweet fruitiness, then some tartness, and dusty yeast. Nice complexity. I know this is a tripel, but the alcohol is the primary piece present, and it almost gets in the way. It assists in keeping the beer from being cloyingly sweet, but the chemical edge for some might be a turn off.

Very little aftertaste, somewhat dry in finish. Mildly carbonated, and good to swish in your mouth.

Even at 9.3%, this went down pretty easy. Flavors are balanced, so it is fairly drinkable, but not one after the other - obviously. I'd grab this one again if I was looking for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 15:48:23 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of chilly460


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Straw or honey colored, poured clear. No head to speak of.

S - Bigtime fruity yeast.

T - A ton of "banana" for me, even more so then most Belgian styles. Very sweet. Little clove at the end.

M - Average, no real aftertaste

D - One is fine, but this is definitely on the sweet side of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:26:00 | More by chilly460
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy gold. Couple fingers of creamy head. Sticky lacing.

Big yeasty nose. Very aromatic. Fruity, spicy, and sweet. Maybe some banana?

Tastes of lots of fruity yeast. Pale malts and clove. Peppery spice. Medium body, good carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 05:28:43 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Don't want to knock this ones as its my first tripel, s maybe i just dont like the style. Fruity smell, taste was a bit sour and bitter yet sweeter finish. Pretty easy to drink but I' not a fan of how bitter it was. Surprisingly smooth for a 9.3% abv. Really need to be in the mood for this one if you are someone who likes sweeter beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:33:17 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of coldmeat23


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a fairly hazy, dark golden honey color. Nice, fluffy foam head, that leaves a slight foamy film covering. Lacing is solid, but slippery.

The nose is fairly muted, as far as tripels go. Nice belgian yeast presence. Slight barnyard notes. Some citrus notes. Banana. Nice hints of spices. Minor phenol presence.

Bananas and tree fruits. Nice medium level of peppery spice. Good presence of belgian yeast notes.
Very nicely balanced.

Very smooth and creamy texture. Nicely carbonated, with those tiny little bubbles, that I love so much.

Very drinkable. Especially with the ABV so well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 21:04:54 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weyerbacher Cuvee

Appearance: Golden and clear. Very lively with a ton of head. The clarity makes the bottle conditioned yeast even more noticeable.

Smell: This bottle has been aged a few months so it does not have that powerful medicinal/yeasty aroma, although a bit is still present. This particular one has a phenolic (almost hoppy) aroma to it.

Taste: I see age has done this brew nicely. The harshness is all but gone and there is a nice phenolic/malty/hoppy/earthy taste to it that is rather impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Not too bad considering it is a Tripel. A bit of alcohol comes through but it has to be expected from the style.

Notes: If you happen to buy a sixer or so of this, you absolutely MUST age at least half them. Absolutely amazing with a few months under their belt.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:04:11 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of jsanto

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

s - 12 oz bottle in a little chimay glass.

a - golden with a little white head.

s- - pear at first, a little citrus next, and a slight alcohol.

t - citrus/pear in the beginning, it tastes like it smells, and has a nice balance in the finish.

m - alot of carbonation and flavor.

d - everything works well for a very good triple. one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 00:09:20 | More by jsanto
Photo of PBoegel

New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness or bottled on date, poured into a duvel tulip.

Been about 5+ years since I had a Merry Monks.

Appearance is a bit murky. The bottle has some bottle conditioning residue and it is not a compacted sediment by any means. When opened the bottle gushed. No infection but extremely carbonated and the residue created a flurry of nucleation points for the beer. Very pale golden some light orange highlights. Unfortunatley it was not possible to get this beer into the glass without some sediment coming for the ride. Head broke quickly and was soda pop fizzy in nature.

Aromas are crisp tree fruit (apples and pears) rose and lilac and a very warm alcohol spicy note.

Flavor is very similar with the fruit crispness being quickly washed by the alcohol. No perceptible hop character which is fine. Some spicy/peppery notes emerged as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp dry finish that is accentuated by the alcohol sweep on the tongue. Some light notes of chalkiness from sugar, but a little sweeter overall than dry until the finish.

Overall, fairly drinkable, nice fruity esters good alcohol profile but it pops through more than I would like and almost dominates at times.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 14:45:57 | More by PBoegel
Photo of MiScusi


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden body, thin head that dissipates very fast.

S- belgian yeast derived fruit, sugar. Very aromatic.

T- Sweet effervescence. This might be what people describe as candied plums. Light sweet banana. Some light Belgian yeast phenols in the background.

M- very prickly and effervescent. Bubbles rising like crazy throughout the chalice. Sweet finishing. Would like it a touch drier.

Overall a real good belgian ale, on the sweeter side. Alcohol is not burning.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:02:13 | More by MiScusi
Photo of CHADMC3


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with dense carbonation bubbles erupting to form a tight, downy white head.

Bold aroma of sugar, citrus, spice, and yeast.

This beer is more aggressive than I anticipated. The yeast and alcohol presence provide quite a kick similar to the sugar/spice combo that follows with sweet banana and a peppery quality.

This brew is on the higher side of carbonation, nice alcohol bite and a bit dry.

Overall, a good brew, some intense flavor offerings to be experienced and worth a future visit.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:00:14 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of jpaltan


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy and cloudy orange with a thick head, that sticks around for a bit. lacing is generous. lots of sediment from yeast. nose is pear and a bit bready. some apple in the smell too. taste is fruity in up front. kind of muted and blended together a bit, but then decidedely apple and citrusy in the finish. mouthfeel is well carbonated and is a bit dry in the finish. there is a bit of alcohol burn in the end, but pretty well hidden. not bad overall but kind of wish it was a bit drier in the end. Some strange aftertastes as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 21:35:31 | More by jpaltan
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa a few weeks back. I don't drink this style that much and wanted to give it shot not that I've blown through most of my Christmas stash of beer. The alcohol in this is a bit too high from me, but the complexity and cloudiness of a good Belgian beer is present here.

This had a nice pour from a visual standpoint - cloudy, lots of sediment, and a decent head. There wasn't a lot of lacing here and the head could have lasted longer, but the hue had a nice goldenrod shade to it. The aroma could have matched the taste a bit more. Yes, there's banana and clove out the wazoo here, with some straw, coriander, and a hint of lemon and grass thrown in for good measure. This is pretty balanced but the hops hit you pretty strongly up front and linger for a while! The alcoholic content of this is high enough that it's easily felt and able to warm even the most warm-blooded drinkers up; such as yours truly!

This is not a bad beer but it's just a bit too strong and up-front for my taste. The Quad of one of the Ommegang beers would be higher up on my choice for Belgian brews that orginiate from my neck of the woods, but if you're looking for a mildly complex Tripel with no spice and lots of warming potential, than this your beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 06:05:12 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color, with a three-finger white head that dissipated surprisingly quickly. Left almost no lacing

Smell: Muted belgian yeast, bananas, honey, clove.

Taste: A banana-honey sweetness is most evident, which fades to a hoppy bitterness at the end. Something seems a little off, as the hops and the sweetness seem to clash a little bit. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and nicely carbonated. Would have liked a little thicker feel so the taste lingered longer.

Drinkability: Not the best tripel I've ever had, but not a bad one by any means. The taste could use a little refinement, but it's a solid beer. There are other tripel's I would rather have for my money, but it's not a bad beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 19:19:20 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of HeyItsChili


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours a clear golden blond with a foamy white head.

S - White sugars, butter, wheat, mild spices.

T - The taste is primarily bananas and white pepper with some wheaty, bready backing. Seriously. Bananas and white pepper.

Mouthfeel - Cheek puckering sweet/sourness, good carbonation.

Notes - This is a sweet, sour, floral, Belgian style beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 04:52:49 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Opaque yellow orange like a wheat. Almost three fingers of thick frothy head with great retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Sweet and spicy. Big on light fruity esters. Phenolic clove and some banana. Pleasant flowery bouquet and a tad of pungency.

4.0 T: Big hit of spicy pepper right from the start. Then some banana and clove. Then a hit of boozy solvent. Hops are MIA. Lots of stuff don't well and nothing excluded.

4.0 M: Medium body. A little too much carbonation, even for the style. Otherwise, very smooth.

4.0 D: Not bad at all. I would go to this anytime if I were in the mood for a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 04:54:59 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of taylor714914


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy yellow which pours nicely with a 2 finger head.

S- Banana, lots of banana. A bit of exotic spice of some sort, and some faint alcohol lingering in the background with some yeast.

T- Banana is definitely one of the up front flavors in this fine triple. Yeast, a bit of alcohol, fruity, and some lingering sweetness.

M- Great mouthfeel with lots of tiny bubbles. The perfect consistency for a triple. Great smoothness, with a bit of body.

D- I could sit down and easily drink 2 or 3 of these. After the first sip this brew just keeps asking for another taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:46:34 | More by taylor714914
Photo of talkinghatrack

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Looks like a stock photo for light beer - pale color with a large, yet shortlived, soap suds head.

s - Malts and yeast. Reminds me of my homebrew attempts. Enjoyably powerful sense that a strong brew is beneath. A little alcohol on the nose but nothing overpowering.

t - Tastes like it smells. Malts, yeast, some spice, some bananas. A decent bit of numbing in the entire mouth, not just the usual warming sense on the finish.

m - Prickly carbonation and a dryer feel than I'd expect. Almost champagne-like in both senses. Light to medium body.

d - Drinks just fine - probably a little easier once the carbonation weakens a bit. I could see throwing these back on a chilly evening. I've had Belgians that hide their 8-10% a little better but this beer does an above average job.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:31:50 | More by talkinghatrack
Photo of adamette


4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a bottle purchased at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Poured into a clean, clear tulip glass.

A Love this appearance! Nice frothy Belgian style head over a straw cloudy body with carbonation visible. I admit that it was a bit difficult to see the beer properly in the low, inconsistent light of Winking Lizard which amounts to a sports bar (30 wide screen flat screens). What I could see was absolutely great.

S Bountiful sweet fruit but not citrusy, bitter. It smells like a fruit bowl with a bit of malt, grains and maybe a dash of hops. This is a really inviting smell! It cannot be improved upon.

T Front: a little burn of alcohol. Middle: Tremendous fruitty taste returns from the promise found in the nose and thankfully stays with through to the end feel. It is difficult to describe the Cornucopia of fruitty tastes but I will try. I swear that I taste raspberry, strawberry, maybe a non tart lemon but none of it is in a cheap "fruitty" like taste but in a wonderful first-bite-of-chweing-gun type of wonderfullness. The taste, like the smell, cannot be improved upon.

M Full with that initial alcohol bite and then the bountiful fruit taste. One can almost feel the texture of that great fruit taste. Despite the initial "hot" feel of alcohol this one could really sneak up on you with repeated pints/bottles.

D Simply great but I cannot give it the highest rating due to the high ABV. I finished my first one quickly and really wished that I could have several more.

Notes: I had planned to have this on tap in Rochester, NY but when I got to the place that had it (The Old Toad) I forgot the name of it and only recalled it after a few beers and a hearty dinner. I simply could not have another that night. What a great beer. My highest compliments.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 05:02:58 | More by adamette
Photo of ericlawton007


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass, light to medium golden in color. I did not know that this beer was classified as a tripel until afterwards when I went to Weyerbacher's website. Smell and tatse were much more like a belgian strong ale. Alcohol and white fruits were evident in the aroma. At its coldest temperature, the mouthfeel was very fizzy, and the belgian funk was evident along with some sweetness. As the beer warmed, banana and pear became more evident, as did the alcohol. Very warming, and surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content. Yet another phenomenal big beer from weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 16:06:56 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of Dennycurr


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

Surprising, Belgian "Style", beer that almost got there.
At 1st taste----Wow!
Lot's of flavors.
The beer went down smoothly and was good every sip.
Went to the Beer Advocate to see what was the ABV. Although, I suspected it was---up there--
I was stunned to see exactly how high...9.3 because it wasn't heavy and no real trace of the high percentage.

Not really sure where these people that had this beer---as I did, on tap, say there is no head. This beer had to be poured into 2 glasses, then poured into one to help CONTROL and accomodate the head.
Aventinus style pour---if you know what I mean.
Gosh...I think the others that had it on tap---got an old batch or something.
Nothing flat about the pour or the head.

Good beer...(IMHO)...


PS--WARNING to those who drink those bs American beers and want to venture into another taste--
This beer ain't no Coors Lite...haha.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 13:30:28 | More by Dennycurr
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a hazy yellow. Head is like fizzy pop (or soda for you non WNYers), that disintegrates into a film. Color is the same yellow as the middle traffic light, with some orange. Glows from within. Tiny amount of carbonation.

The smell is orange peel, coriander. Effervescent spiciness in the nose. Tangy citrus. Pretty typical Belgian golden flavor. Sweet citrus balances the more harsh Belgian stuff.

The taste is white wine and wild yeasts, orange, citrus. Pretty typical Belgian golden flavor. Sweet citrus balances the more harsh Belgian stuff.

The feel is fizzy like champagne, and also syrupy. A bubbly bite on the way down. Fizzy, citrusy, sweet and strong. A decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 00:57:26 | More by williamherbert
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher Merry Monks Ale....

Appearance-pale golden color with a pitch of darker orange, one inch head rises and falls, murky body.

Smell-whiffs of sugar, fruit esters, candy, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sugary upfront, fruit plateaus the taste, makes it more full, little alcohol burn comes through but balanced by malt fruit and the aforementioned sugar.

Drinkability-tastes just as a Tripel should, not bad at all.

Overall-meh, an ok Tripel, nothing too outlandish or special, would like to see it aged.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 17:02:41 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of roadhouse


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears dark golden orange with a one inch white head. From the pour I could see lots sediment chunks going in but in the glass it just looks very cloudy. Does manage to leave some lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet probably from the use of candi sugar. Some fruity notes of pear and apple and a hefty amount of bubble gum esters as well. Some spiciness is in there as well but seems to be dominated by the others.

The taste begins with a sweet note that is overtaken by fruitiness and the same bubble gum from the aroma. The spiciness comes out a lot more now right at the start of the swallow but mostly in the linger. It's pretty good but overall just seems kind of muddled.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, pretty smooth and creamy as well. Not extremely easy to drink but it's good.

This one's not the best Tripel in existence but it's still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 05:12:19 | More by roadhouse
Photo of albern


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly pale shade of orange with lots of carbonation, efforvescent bubbles, some yeasty bits floating about that cause it to be a bit hazy, and a white fizzy head. There isn't much lacing, some retention. The nose on the beer is very floral orange, a Belgiany yeastiness, some clove, spices, and sweet malts.

The taste is quite drying, lots of clove, orange zest, some rind flavors, definite efforvescence on the tongue from the yeastiness. There is a slight medicinal sweetness to the beer, clove, lemon citrus, and a full palate of sweet malts. This is a sipping beer because of its strength, but the 9.3 ABV is quite well hidden, and there is no throaty burn or unpleasantly alcoholic aftertaste. The beer is not particularly syrupy, although it is quite medium to full bodied. There is a bit of a sting on the tongue, and the mouthfeel is a tad tingly from the yeastiness and efforvesence. This is a nice representation of a wonderful style of beer. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 02:44:18 | More by albern
Photo of ZAP


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks the part...glowing yellow with a big 1/2 fluffy egg white head.

S-Very inviting....banana....vanilla...cookie dough...definitely some cloves in there...yeasty....

T-Interesting..Flavors jump out at the beginning. In the middle the heat kind of dominates...then later on the flavors reemerge....What flavors? Similar notes as the nose but also some added fruitiness (lemons and peaches)..taste is good but perhaps a level below the big hitters.

M-medium to full bodied...carbonation is about right...has some heat as noted..

D-Nice stab at the style....I like this and would definitely buy it again...not elite but not real far off..

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 05:45:42 | More by ZAP
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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