Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,916 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,916
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 46
Gots: 251 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 09-13-2001)
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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 buy again.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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%.

Photo of jayhawk73
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.

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.

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!

Photo of chinchill
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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