Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,916 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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+

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

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cheers!

Photo of jcartamdg
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my bruery snifter, Golden in color with a one finger head that lingers. Aroma of bread, citrus and ginger. Taste follows the nose. Sweet bit not too sweet, mouthfeel is average, nothing special here, would take a golden monkey over this anyday.

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

This beer is a thickly hazed dark yellow-gold with deeper amber-brown hues. A nearly white head is dense and sits just under two fingers tall. Retention is good, as is the patchy lacing left on the glass.
Pale malts make the backbone in the aroma, and what really comes out is the sweetness of bananas and maybe a hint of darker fruits backed by a gently spicy bite and some warming alcohol. The lightly and pleasantly earthy/dusty notes imparted by the Belgian yeast are in good form.
The taste follows suit for the most part, but what really comes out here is a huge banana flavor. If it's possible, it's like liquified sugared banana. Spiciness is also prevalent and clove pulls through, along with the earthy / grainy mix of the yeast. The alcoholic bite is gentle but persistent.
This medium-bodied brew has a moderate carbonation and is plenty smooth while also consistently crisp.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into Rochefort chalice.

A- Cloudy, fiery orange body with a pillowy 2" off-white head that fades quickly into spotty patches of lacing.

S- Strong scent of citrus, followed by vanilla yogurt, an herbal earthiness, belgian yeast and spices.

T- Tart, funky sun tan lotion, grassy, bitter, orange zest, lemon peel, coriander, black pepper and tart apples.

M-Zesty and juicy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

O-With every tripel I try i grow to love them more and more, this is no exception.

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

My good friend Dina brought me a six pack of Merry Monks on her last visit to California.
It pours a beautiful golden orange with a slight haze but the head dissapates quickly.
The aroma is heavy on the bublegum but its not so heavy on the tongue. After an intial sweetness a a subtle peppery note finishes the beer. Thanks again Dina!

Photo of birdman200
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent straw color with a 2 finger head that leaves a thin layer of foam. Big smells of bananas and cloves, with a boozy smell as well. Very smooth taste for a triple - the drinkability is definitely there despite the high ABV. Slight spicy taste, with a minty feel as well. Silk mouthfeel, dry aftertaste. Very good example of a Belgian Tripel, would have liked a little more zest to the taste though, could have seen it being more of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale than a Tripel.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Looks just like a Tripel should as this golden lighter yellow with a white soapy head. Head does not really stick around. Smells of Belgian yeast, spice, and lemony citrus. A little bit of banana is in there as well. Taste is exactly the same with some nice citrus and banana notes wrapped in spicy Belgian yeast. Well carbonated and medium-bodied. Not the most complex Tripel, but really solid.

Photo of rmalinowski4
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Mikasa tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw color, typical Belgian look, with a finger of white head that recedes quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Smell is spice, some lemon zest and banana. The spices are clove and cinnamon. Smells like a typical Belgian, which is good.

Taste is lemon zest, banana, clove and cinnamon. It's is clean and crisp with a dry finish. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is light in body, but not watery, and highly carbonated, typical for the style.

Overall this is a good representation of the style. While it isn't exceptional in any aspect, it isn't bad in any of them either. It does everything well. Quite enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Thanks to Jparkanzky for the extra!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Merry Monks on tap at Shorty's, Hell's Kitchen NYC, served on an Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: Classic Belgian, with a gigantic snow-white head, little lacing and decent retention. Clear straw color, like fresh apple juice or just-squeezed cider.

Smell: Again, classic Belgian. Spice, clove, banana and sweet-lemony citrus (lemon zest). Some sour apple and a beautiful summer crispness. "Fresh air" (sounds like I'm selling fabric softener)

Taste: Follows nose, with subtle spice, banana peel, a tad of honey and a dry, prickly finish. Super refreshing and crisp, but never watery or thin.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, full flavor. Spicy dry finish that lingers in the mouth and will make you reach for water.

Overall: Drinkability is superb, as with the other American tripel I had at this bar, Allagash Curieux. So fresh, chuggable, enjoyable, well balanced. Utterly delightful, and so perfect for the warm late-spring weather! Again, witness how America can brew Belgians with the best of them!

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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