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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 52
Gots: 281 | 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:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 09-13-2001

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!
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Photo of randjuke
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy medium amber with frothy white head. Nice lacing. Aroma sweet fruits. Taste banana, esters, light fruits, Belgian yeasts. hops subdued with clean finish. Palate a little thin. Overall a nice beer, better than most US attempts at the Belgian style, especially within the tripels.

Photo of gromis
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently tried this and liked it at a recent beerfest. So I thought I'd get it and try it on it's own.

Pour is a nice gold color. Good carbonation for a dopplebock, and the carbonation lasts a good while too.

Nose is grape, spice, and alcohol.

Taste pretty much follows the nose. The grape and spice are there; and the alcohol is pretty bold.

Nice solid dopplebock.

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

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: some fruity aroma, is banana and tropical fruits

taste: huge banana flavor and a good belgian ale.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I had this at a weyerbacher tasting in charlotte with chris wilson. I was very impressed with this beer and most of all the weyerbacher products.

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers worth of chunky frothy slightly rocky pure white head... Modest retention gives way to a full creamy lace... A mix of rapid and moderate paced carbonation, each comprised of small bubbles... A golden yellow with a slight orange hue and a hint of haziness... Lively and responsive in the glass...

S - The Belgian style yeast is dominate... Also present is a brisk spiciness and a subtle candied sugar aroma... Bubblegum... Subtle granny smith... Ripened bananas... Quite pleasant as everything here works nicely together...

T - Candied sugars... bubblegum... Banana... A touch of clove and pepper... Turns slightly boozy... Slightly medicinal finish...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek and slightly sticky... Biting carbonation... Dense... A dry finish featuring some alcoholic warmth...

D - I can't quite place my finger on it, but the whole isn't quite equal to the sum of the part... Perhaps a bit too boozy and medicinal... Not a bad offering, but not in the running in terms of memorable Tripel or Weyerbacher offerings... Some aging might actually aid to mellow this one out and tame it a bit...

Photo of BB1313
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I love this brew! Pours a golden yellow w/ haze and had sediment floating, don't know if thats normal for this beer but worked for me. Incredible white head w/ nice lacing. Smells very sweet and the taste is even sweeter. Cherries in the mix. Creamy and smooth, I could drink a few of these. My favorite American Tripel and would recommend this to anyone who likes a great belgian.

Weyerbacher shines w/ this one.

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a deep honey comb gold, very nice color, dark for a tripel. The head is white only rises about a finger gone right away, light lacing.

The aroma is light but super sweet on the front, similar to a green apple jolly rancher. Light floral at the end, not the typical smell of a tripel.

The taste is also super sweet apple juice to start with a huge amount of carbonated feel on your tongue; I exclaimed a huge "Whoa" as it hit my tongue. The finish you get a little hops, but mostly sweet.

This is a unique twist on a pale ale. I wish it had a little more hops, less sweet and it could be really good.

Photo of DerekP
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my favorite nonic pint glass.

A nice yellow-golden look with a healthy head and fairly decent lacing that falls back in the pool after a few seconds. I smell an enormous amount of yeast, some alcohol, and ripe banana.

The taste is yeasty; definitely alcohol chords coming through due to the high content, and easily some fresh bananas.

A nice medium body, with a bitter mouth feel that surprisingly isn't too over the top. For 9.3% ABV, Weyerbacher has pulled it off by offering up a great tasting brew--which reminds me of Franziskaner's Weissbier (but much stronger)--that at least matches, if not out does, the high level of alcohol.

Photo of route66pubs
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a virtually non-existent white head. Slightly clearer when held to the light, but not so much as to delineate the outline of my finger behind the glass.

Slight orange zest / coriander aroma eases from the glass. It follows through in the first, syrupy taste. The taste finishes with a slight white peppercorn kick and that spiciness comes through in the mouthfeel as well.

That little kick in the mouthfeel pulls down the drinkability as well. The high ABV also makes this seem a little hot, and almost distracts from the feeling as well. One to enjoy, and enjoy one.

Photo of keanex
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a local Canals as a single bottle.

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy golden color with a thick rocky head that lasts.

No noticeable alcohol smell, banana, and citrus takes the smell, with some spice scents.

Wow, what a smooth beer. Hardly any alcohol taste. Very sweet, but not overpowering. Banana and citrus hints, with a great spice flavor. No hop flavor.

Rather thick, moderately carbonated beer.

Though this is 9.3% it doesn't taste it at all, I could find myself drinking a few of these without realizing it.

Photo of chickenflea
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden color. A very bubbly head dissipates quickly. Very effervescent.

S - Smells sort like a Hefeweisen. Yeast, banana, and clove with spices. Some citrus and fruity notes as well. No noticeable alcohol aroma in this bottle.

T - More alcohol in the flavor.Tastes like a liquid Twizzlers. Sweet and fruity with just a little artificial tone. Cardboard aftertaste. A pretty dry finish for the style.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy with a rather bubbly start.

D - A different take on the style, but it was not unpleasant. Interesting is a good way to describe it. Perhaps it is a bit too fresh.

Photo of cdbooth219
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of off white foam that dissipates leaving little lacing on the glass

S: Smell is of bananas and cloves, with other light fruits and spices coming through. I also detect some of that belgian yeast funk in there as well

T: Taste is of sweet fruits with banana being prevalent. A little bit of spice is behind the fruitiness, and there is some alcohol presence there, but not as much as would be expected. There is no real hop presence there, but that is to be expected

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, and a rather full mouthfeel to it as well. It is very pleasant for the style

D: The high abv says that you should not have too many, but i could definitely have a few of these. Not too many cuz its too sweet to drink a lot, but i could drink 2 or 3 of these in a night

Photo of tone77
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruit, spices, some alcohol, a bit sweet. Taste is great, fruits, spices, yeast, very well balanced and delicious. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a high quality brew.

Photo of berpwillie
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color with a good bit of head. never would have expected such a smooth easy to drink beer with a abv of 9.3. couldn't taste the alcohol at all. it's a decent beer but to me nothing really too exciting about it. To me a bit pale in comparison to some other triples i've enjoyed.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to oversized wine glass.
Pours a cloudy gold color, 2 finger head that falls very quickly. Nice nose of ripe bananas, spice, and honey. Also, a noticeable alcohol burn in the nose. The flavours hit hard on the palate. All of the scents translate well to the taste with the warm alcohol making it's presence well known. Also a touch of toasted malts present. High carbonation as well, making for a crisp, fresh mouthfeel. Overall, a bit boozy for my taste. Might be too young but with no bottle date, there's no way to tell.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours into goblet a clear golden/amber color with fluffy two-finger white head. Great lacing on the glass.

S: Apricots, banana, clove, sweet candy sugar, honey, toasted grains, floral hops and spicy yeast.

T: Spicy clove, honey, toffee, toasted grains and some fruit, banana and apricot. Hops are floral and yeast is fruity and peppery. Finish is sweet and a little hot from the alcohol.

M: Medium body with moderate, tight carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

D: Wonderfully drinkable this beer is a good american version of a great traditional style. It is meant to be savored.

Photo of emmasdad
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 ounce bottle a hazy, golden color, with a big, long-lasting, rocky off-white head. Smells fruity and sweet, with hints of green apple. Highly carbonated, lightly spicy and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden in this one. A good, but not great, American tripel.

Photo of ksimons
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-golden blond with a foamy head, carbonation is visible in the glass

S-sweet and slightly tart, smells of apple and alcohol come through

T-a fair amount of carbonation, very crisp and dry, sweet and yeasty

M-medium body, alcohol warming comes through as you drink it

Very drinkable, a good triple though not the best I have ever had

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

Poured a light amber with a nice consistancy. Well rounded beer with a decent drinkibility when considering this is a whopping 9.3%! Good taste, but gets a little monotonous half way through. Strangely comes back around again at the end though, and finishes clean, kinda nice. Big fan of Weyerbacher, and this is another good one, but they've done better (ie Zotten). I'll definitely buy this again when I'm looking for a good tripel (admittedly not my favorite) that packs an overhand right to the face. Or if I'm trapped in a monastery and want to get drunk, either way....Good stuff here.

Photo of AtlasBrew
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I'm not going to bore you with the usual, I just wanted to jump on here and say that I had a Belgian Bottle sized helping of the Monks and all I can say is it wasn't my favorite. It had great potential with it's initial sweetness but it turns dry and fusal half way through. However, I imagine if you prefer your Tripels to be on the dry side then you may really enjoy Merry Monks. Personally the residual sweetness seen in this style of ale is what draws me to Belgian styles. And Merry Monks doesn't have what I am looking for. You may enjoy it more than I so don't let this review prevent you from getting some. Just not my thing.

Photo of Thur123
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours light yellow straw color with lots of carbonation. A gentle pours yields about three fingers of head in my tulip and the head is thick and recedes slowly. The smell is earthy and a bit sweet, but a very light sweetness. There's also a kind of hardboiled egg smell, or something kind of odd like that. The lacing leaves thick sudsy rings.

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The flavor is sweet and kind of musky with a phenol medicine taste and also a banana and plum taste. The finish is complex with the lingering effect of both the phenol and fruit taste. There's a chalky like yeasty flavor throughout. There seems to be a bit of tart apple and tobacco, with an herbal edge towards the ends. The tobacco is felt on the tongue in the aftertaste. The mouth feel is very nice, not to thin and almost a bit close to cloying as these flavors are abundant but somewhat scattered. Overall though, a good triple and one of the more authentic ones I've had from an American brewer.

Photo of runner72
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light straw blonde. One finger head. clear. fair amout of carbonation.

S - Very nice. typical belgium style ale which is a very good thing. yeasty, citrus notes

T - phelic, a little too much alcohol taste. slight citrus notes, not very smooth. Good, not great

M - fairly smooth. you can feel the carbonation but should be more.

D - pretty good. you can taste the alcohol but not overwhelming

Photo of brewbasterd
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ever so slightly hazed yellow straw color with a tint of orange. Belgian candied sugar and light toasted grains with a faint citrus smell. This might be a little off, I just brushed my teeth. Sweet malts and candied sugars on the palate, not overly sweet like some tripels. Semi dry finish with a touch of hop bitterness.

Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another offering from krisandajt, thanks Joe.

Pours into a Chimay Chalice a golden yellow with lots of bits flowing about. Thin layer of tight foam on top. Leaves a bit of lace and has decent head retention.

Pleasant smell that is dominated by banana and clove. Reminiscent of banana cream pie.

Lots of sweetness. Light belgian yeast, clove, semi-hot alcohol. Did I mention candi sugar? Tastes like there is plenty.

Pretty big on the body for the style. Soft carbonation. Lightly dry finishing.

Decent american tripel. Glad I was able to try it. Not the easiest to drink given the sweetness and booze taste levels. Still pretty enjoyable though.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Holly cow this beer explodes with carbonation! Lively and bubbly it did only produce a half inch of head with very little lacing. The color is pretty with a semi-hazy golden yellow.

S - Sugar and mild fruit esters (kind of apple and pear) with a yeast tone. Smells of mild hops and citrus as well.

T - Yeast is strong but gives it a kind of a bubblegum tone. The fruit and sugar hit you first both not cloying but do work to subdue the alcohol. Finishes rather sweet with seems like hops with a kick of bitter yeasts. Very balanced.

M - Kind of heavy but I am sure bigger fans of Tripel's will find it pretty easy to drink. Not being a big fan it is sipping rather well.

Overall I believe this one is definitely more rounded than my current favorite golden monkey since it has more flavors of tart fruits and a sort of bubblegum yeast. Glad I picked this one up since someone recommended it to me, Pick it up if you love the style!

Photo of Minotaur
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having become the flagship beer of Weyerbacher - this "Golden Ale" is bright, pils-colored triple that pours with a fizzy and excitable head. The entire appearance is bright and dare I say, "Merry".

The aroma is the bready malt and just a slight amount of hops. There is only a hint of sourness from the yeast and no significant hops presence.

The taste is a solid, bread-yeast dry pils with an overlay of berry-fruit like sweetness. It is a good balance which is not overly complex. There is a bit of hops nuttiness and just a little bit of yeast sourness. While heavy on the alcohol you don't taste it as predominant.
It should be noted that the caged cork edition has a deeper, creamier taste and mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth, leading to a very drinkable (dangerously so) golden ale. As with the flavor, the mouthfeel is significantly more impressive in the caged cork bottle vs. the regular 12 oz.

It is definitely not the most complicated triple available in the USA - but it is highly reliable as a tasty and drinkable belgian style ale.

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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