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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,786 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,786
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 41
Gots: 179 | 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 Mistofminn
3.58/5  rDev -7%

Pours a golden color with ever so subtle amber/copper tones. Lively carbonation that lasts a good hour at a steady pace fuels decent head retention. Initially, the head is large, off-white and impressive. It shrinks to small splotches and a small ring around the outside of the glass. Decent lacing, but nothing special.

The nose is sweet with the unmistakable scent of ethanol. The aroma definitely packs some heat, much more than I would have liked. There is a definite Belgian quality here, but it is pretty americanized, in other words not very authentic. Citrus fruits and a splash of cloves. I can tell this is a quality yeast strain, and that pretty much saves this for me.

The taste is very sweet. Citrusy and spicey, cloves and coriander. There is the heat, letting you know this is a near 10% ABV brew. Authentically Belgian, but still very Americanized. More syrupy than most Tripels that I've had, but that works for the better.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy for the style, a little more syrupy than I would have hoped. The heat also takes away from the drinkability, but overall it gets a deserving score.

Overall, this is a great beer, but only an above average Tripel. It is too americanized for my tastes, but thats ok. I actually think some time might do this beer some good, as it's pretty hot for what it should be.

I did like it. I will get it again if I find it in my travels.

Mistofminn, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of MithosYggdrasil
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Had two of these last night with a co-worker after a long day of work.

Appearance: It pours a very crisp looking light gold color, with a white, fluffy head and good (but not great) head retention.

Smell: Fruity; red/gala apples being the most dominant smell, some hint of bananas, spices and of course the smell of Belgian yeast. Just the right amount of malt aroma, as well.

Taste: Sweet, but not too sweet (the main complaint I hear about Belgians is them being too sweet or heavy). The taste isn't too far off from the smell, with the apple taste really coming through. Very crisp, with the finish tasting slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, little carbonation and very crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Good attempt and pretty tasty. I wouldn't call it a great session beer, but it's certainly worthy and I'll probably have it again sometime.

MithosYggdrasil, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange, creamy, thick puffy white head that lasts mid way through, leaving a small swirly island floating in the middle. Some residual lacing all the way through...

S: Complex, there is a lot going on here; sweet bananas, sour apples, fresh baked wheat bread, astringent alcohols...

T: Sweet banana, malt, sweet wheat bread, mild bitterness midway through, alcohol nice and dry ending...tasty!!!

M: Creamy and easy drinking. Descent carbonation, really a good (local) tripel.

ujsplace, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of magine
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into a ommegang chalice.

Pours a light orange cloudy brew with a with fluffy head, has a nice lace to it.

The brew smells of banana's and yeast, some alcohol comes through.

The brew tastes of bananas, bready yeast. Big bubbly action goes on in the mouth feel initially, then the smoothness takes over. Very nice after taste, and warmth from the alcohol.

This brew is very drinkable - not the best Triple, but very good. Not overly sweet, very drinkable nice yeast and banana flavors. Very balanced brew. Stellar.

magine, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Out of a caged and corked bottle this beer was a murky rusty-gold color with a fistful of sediment and tons of rising carbonation. The head was yellowish-beige, three-fingers in size, retained excellently as a fluffy cap and turned rocky after a while. The lacing was also impressive in sliding sheets. The aroma was of citrusy hops, Belgian yeast, crystal malt, lightly spice and a touch of nuts. The flavors were complex and on-point for a Belgian style Abbey Ale. I tasted, Belgian yeast, toffee, light caramel, floral hops, spicy hops and citrusy hops, alcohol, sweetbreads, a touch of dough and coriander. Semi-sweet and a little tangy. The mouthfeel was creamy, frothy and slightly slick. The body was full and the carbonation lively. This was a very complex and accurate example of the style and one of the best I have seen made on this side of the pond - yum!

thekevlarkid, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%

Poured into a standard US pint glass from the bottle. A modest head and some residual lacing. A nice fairly opaque golden yellow.

Smell is a little strange to me. Not the usual tripel aroma - subdued and something I can't put my finger on.

Initial impression of taste is that this is way too fizzy. As it warms that backs off and you get a subdued clove and spice taste. Not bad.

Mouthfeel was initially way too fizzy, but as the beer warms it seems to settle down and it really not bad.

Drinkability is ok but the ABV is well hidden.

I initially did not like this one but it does grow on you. Better than I first thought.

OldYoda, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

A 12 oz poured into my goblet. This beer is a clear, medium golden color. White head is about 1/3 inch when poured. Settles to a nice surface coating about 1/5 inch tick. Decent lacing. Has a sweet, malty, fruity aroma with a bit of spice. Has a nice sweet malt flavor upfront, followed by definite citrus, and some other sweet fruitiness, such as banana and maybe apple. Rounded out with a bit of clove and cinnamon. the taste of alcohol is certainly present as well. Has a crisp, and smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. A good effort here indeed.


neenerzig, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.58/5  rDev -7%

12oz bottle

App: Pure gold with the slightest haze. Fluffy white head

Smell: Fruity, zesty yeast. that smells like apples. No malt and minimal alcohol.

Taste. The strongest flavor is full and savory. Starts with a bite of carbonation. Next comes a champagne like sweetness with a similar style carbonation. Ends with an alcohol and slight hop bitterness. As it warms a nice sourness makes itself known. A crisp, un-sweet tripel.

emsroth, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of bbeane
4/5  rDev +3.9%

A- Poured in a 16oz tumbler... a golden colored beer with a very large head that lingers leaving lacing until the beer is gone

S- Very sweet smelling, hint of citrus but more of a banana smell

T- Sweet tasting. Not as much banana flavor as the smell would leave you to believe. Maybe a hint of cinnamon as well

M- Very light and smooth. Very little carbonation considering the active appearance of the brew

D- I could definately enjoy a few of these in one sitting


bbeane, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of srrn
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%

Pours a pale yellow, two finger head that reduces to a ring and some lacing. Smell is a bit sweet, and smells of Belgian yeast, like you'd expect. Taste is very coyingly sweet. You can get too sweet a taste in the mouth and a lingerin sort of unpleasant bitterness in the back sides of the tongue. This lingers for a long time. As it warms it gets even sweeter. I'm not a fan of their beers, just don't seem to be to my taste. They do seem to be crafted well, just not to my liking.

srrn, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

poured into a goblet. pours a cloudy apricot color with a fluffy white heading tat disapates to nothing except a thin lace ring around the edge's.

Smell is of honey,some spice and a bit of a heavy fruit smell.

Taste is kind of lemony and everything else that was in the aroma. A little too boozy not very well balanced of a taste could use some more hops.I think.

Mouth is light bodied and a little overcarbonated for my taste.A little thick on the boozy but does go down easy.

Drinkability is ok nothing spectacular again a little to heavy, and a little to spicey for a good session.

TheFightfan1, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - A half a shade darker than gold, with a very slight haze but no visible sediment. About a finger of white head rushes up quickly and disappears almost as quickly, leaving absolutely nothing. No lace.

S - Big whaff of honey with hints of alcohol and slight apple. A little bit of chalk in the background. Very muted and restrained for the style.

T - Main flavor of honey with some indistinct fruit mixed in. A mild sweetness is present before a grainy and phenolic flavor kick in. Some chalk, medicine, and a sort of chemical citric flavor follow in the second half. Big residual sweetness that becomes moderately unpleasant as the beer warms. The only reason this is 3 rather than a 2.5 is because the alcohol is hidden very well despite the other issues with taste and Weyerbacher's own track record with thin, boozy messes.

M - Medium bodied with a low to moderate carbonation. Pretty good, but a little sticky.

D - Unimpressed to say the least; a fairly average beer. Too much sweetness and ultimately one dimensional. Not enough balance between fruit and dryness (in the form of carbonation or phenolic qualities) and the sweetness goes unchecked. A tripel to pass by.

PatrickJR, May 26, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from the bottle to a cloudy pale yellow with some carbonation and loaded with suspended yeast. Nose was very heavily bread, apples and hops, with alcohol joining in at mid-glass. Mouthfeel was fairly thich and chewy, and the flavor mimicked the breadiness fruit of the nose. Surprisingly, the finish was fairly light and pleasant.

Not a bad beer.

kimcgolf, May 26, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Bottle received from JasonA in a recent trade. Thanks, man!

Vintage 2006 consumed on 5/23/09.

Pours a cloudy goldish orange with very little head on it. A small sheet on top. Some lacing, but not much. Smells of funk, pineapple, yeast, and lilies. Seriously.

Very crisp mouth on this. Time has not mellowed out the carbonation, of which I am surprised. Carbonation level is medium-high. Flavor is full of pear, pineapple, grapes, and finishes with a sort of drying bread-like taste. Wow. This really aged well. I'm sure this is a tamed down version, but I haven't a recent release to compare it to. I really liked this age. Pretty easy to consume because the alcohol "burn" has worn off...though its presence is known. Very good. Recommend.

Onenote81, May 23, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.85/5  rDev 0%

A: Cloudy, golden-orange with a nice one-finger head that dissipates quickly...looks like a tripel...swirling brings back the head

S: Sweet alcohol up front...a little bit funky...sour grapes...swirling seems to intensify the alcohol aromas

T: Sweet and yeasty at first...lighter fruits...some alcohol warming...picking up on a little bit of nutmeg as it warms...

M: Very smooth and creamy over the tongue...moderately high carbonation...very dry finish, similar to a brut champaign...

D: I'm a fan...I generally like tripels and this is no exception...I didn't notice the ABV with Merry Monks as much as with Golden Monkey, but the flavors weren't quite as pleasing to me...overall, a really good beer that I would not hesitate to get again

RickKrumenacker, May 22, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Pretty much explodes out of the bottle with massive overflowing foam. Liquid isn't so much cloudy as chunky - I guess the settled sediment was stirred up quite a bit. Nose is pungent Belgian yeastiness with lots of tropical fruit and sour aromas. Some sharp funk and grassiness round out the nose. The flavour is much more mellow with strong banana and some orange, lemon and yeast. A little bit spicy and herbal - coriander and cloves. Light body and finely carbonated. Pretty drinkable.

allergictomacros, May 15, 2009
Photo of epk
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Notes from 4-3-09

Lovingly decanted into tulip topping off with a fluffy cumulus cloud-shaped head. Cloudy golden shines through the glass like rays of sun through a frosted window. The froth dissipates into a wet delicate halo of white lacing foreshadowing it's well carbonated undying retention.

The aroma is of sweet banana esters with the heavenly touch of spice. A hint of sour grape dances within your nostrils as the smell fades. The taste is much more dry than the smell, with a sourness and even a bit of smoked flavor washing over the taste buds. The alcohol is there to snap you back to the mortal plane, however it is somewhat hidden amongst the other complex flavors this brew has to offer. As it warms alcohol seems to take control along side a touch of earthy yeast. Is that slight tinge of funk I detect, perhaps not?

For those of us that enjoy a good Tripel this is a merrymaker indeed. For others this large bodied beer, as with other of it's style, would probably only pass as moderately drinkable.

epk, May 06, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip - a very nice beer.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, light gold color with one of those huge 2 two finger fluffy white Belgian heads; lots of sediment is suspended throughout the body and there appears to be a moderately strong carbonation; a thin lacing clings slightly to the glass but doesn't retain much on it's own and requires the swirl to exist.

Smell: Some sweet candied fruits as well as sweet/sour grapes; strong presence of yeast is in the nose.

Taste: Very malty and sweet right up front; combined with the fruit-like tastes, the strong yeast presence provides me with a flavor similar to banana; a slight presence of nutmeg and coriander is present as it warms; alcohol is amazingly well-masked and not even present on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is a little thick and it comes across as creamy; very lively and tingly in th emouth from the combination of the carobonation and alcohol; nice drying action as well from the alcohol and there is an ever-so-slight warming of the chest but nothing beyond that to hint to the ABV.

Drinkability: Moderately high for a Belgian - I could probably attempt two of these in a sitting but the ABV is pretty significant as it clocks in at 9.3%. The flavor is great and it doesn't feel very heavy in the stomach, but it definitely packs a punch.

bamadog, May 03, 2009
Photo of horshack7
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: Out of a corked bottle slighlty under a 750ml. Pours a hazy orange color with a very frothy head about two fingers thick with a little bit of sediment on top. The head holds up very well.

Aroma: Mild esters hints of coriender dried fruits. Notes of banana and alspice Along with little hints of apple. Nice hop character to this one.

Taste: Lots of notes of dried fruit alcohol notes which bring out the hopiness very well. A very crisp mouthfeel that has quite a bite to it. Big notes of dried fruit and banana. Only light apple notes other than that it's packs a quite a punch.

Notes: This one is definately a slow drinker but it's very tasty. Cheers.

horshack7, May 03, 2009
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Popped the cork on the 25oz bottle with a loud pop, like popping open a champagne bottle.

Pours a murky orange copper with a big fluffy 2 finger head.

Smell is sweet Belgian yeast & fruity.

Taste is sweet with a little bitterness on the way down with some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated.

You can taste the 9.3 ABV, but it is not too overpowering. Not a good session beer, but I did finish the bottle in one.

Not a bad tripel, not outstanding, but decent, I would buy again.

FLBeerGuy, May 01, 2009
Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev +6%

An attractive corked 750ml bottle. I carefeully got the bottle out, gently placed it on the counter, took the wire off, gently popped the cork, and then I walked over to the trash can across the kitchen to throw the wires and cork away. By the time I got to the trash can, I heard the sound of splashing liquid on the floor. The bottle became a fountain! By the time I got the bottle to the sink, grabbed a glass and poured a glass of half-foam, started cleaning up the mini-flood, and then noticed the bottle was once again overflowing with foam and then clean THAT up, I lost about 1/4 of the content of the bottle. I've had MANY beers served in a corked 750ml bottle, and I've NEVER had this problem. Not to this extent, that is... not even with champagnes! So fuck you, Weyerbacher! A waste of good beer and a waste of ten minutes cleaning up the kitchen and everything it wicked up under on the counter!
OK, that's the end of my bitch-session. Today's lesson is not to turn your back on a corked bottle of Weyerbacher beer.
Murky orange with a large, white, foamy head that forms quickly but diminishes quickly as well. Smells of yummy Belgian yeast and fruit. Taste is very good. Yeast, spices and banana. Warm alcohol on the finish. It has a medium body, lightly crisp texture and lively carbonation. It was an enjoyable and respectable American-made Tripel. If I wasn't so pissed, I might give it a better review.

ski271, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

12 oz. bottle at cellar temp poured into oversized wine glass. pours a very cloudy yellow golden color. tons of sediment. nice white head with pretty nice retention. very nice sticky lacing. doesnt seem to have that amazing head as the true belgians do, but looks very good nontheless.

the aroma is full of that belgian yeast. phenolic, banannas, clove, spice, nice sweet pilsner malt aroma. a tad bit of alcohol apparent as well.

the taste is very fruity and yeasty. bannana, phenols, spice, some alcohol warmth towards the finish, then ends pretty dry with a nice lingering flavor of bubblegum.

pretty heavy mouthfeel, maybe a tad towards the medium bodied side. nice fine carbonation. pretty dry.

prolly couldnt drink this all night simply because of the alcohol, but still a very delicious beer. prolly the best american take on a belgian style from an american brewery that ive had so far. i know there definately better stuff out there in that category, but in a blind tasting, i dont think you could tell the difference from an authentic belgian tripel. highly recommend this one.

dogfishandi, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

750ml bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours a hazy pale gold with an incredibly huge and fluffy 3 finger white head that doesn't stick around for long.

S - Banana, clove, plum, Belgian phenol character. Not overpowering, but a pleasant mix of aromas.

T - Slightly bitter hop presence up front. Banana, clove spice, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, apple. Surprisingly, you really don't notice the alcohol (it's 9.3% ABV).

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Perhaps slightly watery compared to your average tripel.

D - Incredibly smooth and drinkable - could be dangerous because of it's high ABV.

gciccarelli, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Merry Monk's pours a hazy golden with a small head that laces like skates.

There is a bannana and smoke character to the taste that is intriguing, it gets carried along quite well by the high carbonation.
The same notes are found in the nose, and they really don't lend themselves quite as well.

The mouthfeel is excellent, the high carbonation and the light to medium body really carry the taste of the beer quite well.

I couldn't drink too much of this beer, but I definitely recommend it highly.

grayburn, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at Ordinary Joe's in Watertown

Appearance: Nice light gold in color, beautiful head dissapates fairly fast, leaves webs of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Strong belgian aromas, lots of banana, apricot, a bit of coriander, and some spiciness. A nice toasty aroma emits as well, almost warms the nostrils.

Taste: For a 9.3 ABV, it's got alot of light flavorings, banana is present, a bit of apple, some more spiciness from the malt. I got a nice alcohol kick towards the finish as my glass started to warm. Hop is present up front, and finishes off with a touch of malt spice and some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, light to medium bodied, held up nicely on the tongue. When it sits in the mouth, the esters erupt nicely on this one.

Drinkability: This could be a dangerous one, very easy to quaff down and is very flavorful. I got loads of sugar on the first couple sips but it died down once the alchol reared it's head as it warmed. I liked this one, had just the right amount of elements to make it an interesting beer. Well done!

thespaceman, Apr 18, 2009
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,786 ratings.