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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,827
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 42
Gots: 201 | FT: 3
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 Dirty1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have not had this in a while, so I picked up a six pack at the store today. I poured from a 12 once bottle into a tulip shaped goblet.

A- It poured a cloudy bright gold due to the fact I swilrled the bottom inch to relase the yeast that there seems to be plenty of. It had about 2 fingers worth of white head that fell back quicker than I expected, but left a white creamy film on top of the beer through out with very little laceing.

S- Very strong bananas and yeast with hints of sweet candy and citrus.

T- Like the aroma, bananas and yeast permeate mostly at first. It developes a bit as it warms with hints of candy sugar, citrus and a spicey peppery alcohol bite on the back end. It also has an underlying fruit taste of maybe pears or apples. If it warms too much the fruity flavors tends to fall off and the peppery alcohol seems to take over.

M- Medium body with fairly heavy champagne like carbonation.

D- Its a pretty drinkable beer. It's slightly sweet with a few interesting undertones that make it fun to drink. It dosen't fatigue your taste buds or fill you up to much. With the high alcohol and sweetness, I can only drink 2 or 3 at a sitting. Cheers!

Dirty1, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. It had an orangey color and a thick texture with lots of sediment floating around in it. Not as much head as you would expect, but good lacing.

S: There was a fruity, malty, tangy smell about this beer.

T: Very malty, with Belgian yeast and light fruits thrown in. Not as spicy as its Belgian cousins, but very tasty.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a good imitation of a Belgian tripel. Not quite as refined as those beers, but tasty nonetheless.

avalon07, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of hondo2160
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first tripel since I found the need to review one. Very high carbonation with low head retention. Heavy phenolics from the get go, but a smooth inhale with a pronounced banana fragrance. Found quite a lot of pear/apple in the first sip, and a bit one-dimensional as the temp increased. An enjoyable drink, but a bit much for a session. This is a good beer, and as it was purchased directly from the brewer, very fresh.

hondo2160, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Merry Monk's is a rather hearty tripel, nicely crafted but lacks some strength in a couple areas of what makes a great tripel. Aroma is very malty with some nice fruity tones along with a small amount of spice. Nice pour, good rich dark golden color decent white head and strong steady carbonation. Mouthfeel is very malty with a touch of alcohol but still relatively smooth and easy. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor but to be fair it lacked that peppery spiciness and needed a stronger fruit component to rank it any higher. Nice yeastiness and as previously stated the malt content can't be questioned. Mmmm, not bad at all.

kinger, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of honey, hazy but clear. Medium sized bubbles to the millet-y, white head. Not much for retention or lacing.

A boozy, fruity bouquet. Bananas and apples. Some alcohol spice, grains and earthiness. Simple syrup sweetness.

Less spiced in the taste department than I anticipated... though some spiced sharpness increases with warming. Fruity and malty, with some alcohol spice and warming. Pear (with a banana burp). Some white pepper.

Light bodied, with prickliness throughout the feel, but also some creaminess.

It goes down pretty easy. I could have a few of these in a [long] sitting, but am not sure I would choose to.

TheMistler, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of jettjon
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Hazy golden color due to my swirly pour suspending sediment (and there is plenty of it). Strong carbonation stream. One finger light tan head fades at a moderate pace leaving a thin cap and ring and a bit of clinging lace. Nose of bananas and spice, perhaps sweet circus peanuts as well. In the mouth, banana and sweet spices with a noticeable alcohol burn. Dry toward the finish. No real hoppiness. Mouth is bubbly to the extreme, keeping things crisp and indeed biting. Middle-low viscosity. Smooth and quenching on the way down. Drinkability is decent though this isn't a beer for chugging; it's way to brisk and alcoholic for that.

Overall: A good "golden" ale (technically it's a tripel?) with plenty of spice and banana-malt character. Definitely worth a try.

jettjon, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow color with a lot of carbonation rising to the top to for a decent white head that thins but laces. Smells very sweet, cant pick out anything specific. Taste sweet alochol and sweet spices. Mouthfeel was awesome except for the initial alcohol bite, but it was so smooth from there on out. Drinkability it awesome, it goes down easy. I could of had 1 more.

nrpellegrini, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of blklab2007
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle poured a golden straw color with a fair amount of sediment and a thin white head that fell quickly. aroma has sweet malt, light spice, snappy yeast, faint fruit, and light alcohol. mouth feel is medium light with medium carbonation. flavor has lots of sweetened malt, caramel, spiced yeast, hefty ester fruit, and a back end alcohol.

blklab2007, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-Review on 11-11-08:

Lemon yellow body. Good sized pure white head. Retention is adequate and the lacing comes in abundant rings. This has a fantastic nose. Cookie dough, bready yeastiness, fermentation esters, pepper, a little lemon and the slightest of nuances of alcohol. Alcohol is more perceptible on the palate, but not overbearing at all. It adds a little spice. The same nice doughiness from the nose translates nicely to the buds. Black pepper spiciness accents nicely. Lively carbonation with a light-medium body. Good stuff. Obviously I like it better than the last time I had it 6 years ago.

Original Review on 6-25-02 (4,3.5,3,3,3)

The beer pours a murky looking golden orange color. The aroma is both fruity and yeasty. Taste is fruity, yet also has some sour notes associated with some Belgian style brews. Heavy bready character. Medium to heavy body. Feels a bit syrupy in the mouth. Belgians are not my specialty, but I have had some great Belgian beers and this in not one of them. Not bad though.

Bighuge, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of slightly, off-white head on a slightly hazy, golden-orange body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little to no lace.

S - A strong, yeasty aroma of banana, pineapple, and clove. There is a background note of spicy hops that blends well with the yeast notes.

T - Peppery yeast up front, followed by strong wheat flavors and a bit of acidity. The prickly carbonation really highlights the clove flavor from the yeast, and it becomes a bit excessive towards the end of the glass. Some herbal hop flavors come in during the finish, but they don't quite overwhelm the medicinal phenols.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish with some astringency.

D - The aroma is nice, but it is the only highlight in an otherwise disappointing beer. The excessive phenols and astringency give this beer and unfortunately solventy character that really hurts the drinkability.

Oddly, the first few bottles from the six pack where much more drinkable when I cracked them open the other night and enjoyed them without thinking about the flavors too much. Some beers get better when you examine them carefully, others don't. Unfortunately, this beer is one of the latter; it just doesn't stand up to real scrutiny.

nickfl, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart -- a 2006 keg tapped in the Fall of 2008.

A: Body is clear, light golden with ZERO head (not unexpected given the ABV and a couple years of age). Some fine bubbles of carbonation, however, rise slowly, giving the impression that it's thicker in heft than the color might lead you to believe.

S: Sweet scents dominate -- bubblegum and fruit (ripe apples come to mind, maybe overripe apples). Also a hint of spice and funk.

T: Sweet flavors dominate as well -- fruity malt that calls to mind berries. Raspberries, actually, as it finishes with a slightly tart dryness that cuts the sweetness nicely.

M: Medium in heft. Low carbonation makes it smooth.

D: OK. Went down fairly easily for a beer of this strength.

Kendo, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a 12 ounce bottle with a beer buddy. We poured into tulips.

A: It poured a cloudy orangeish-golden body with a 1-2 finger off-white head. Head receded fast and there was limited, clumping lacing.

S: It had a sweet malt profile with lots of white and light fruit (pears, apricots).

T: It had a nice balance of flavors with sweet lightly toasted malts up front and a heavy dose of syrupy fruit flavors (apricots, pears and oranges). It finished with a peppery hops bite on the back side. The alcohol was well hidden and warming.

M: It was medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a thick, sticky presence on the tongue. It finished clean and warm.

D: It is a bit thick and heavy for a tripel but the complexity and balance makes it a drink to admire. It would make a difficult session beer but a fantastic sipper. Worth having in the stash.

dnichols, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of kenoftheyear
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Very little head to speak of and whatever is there doesn't last long. It pours a cloudy yellow with some orange hues. I feel like it would've been pretty clear if some of the yeast hadn't found it's way into the glass.

The aroma is of sweet banana and a peppery spicy. There is an earthy quality to the aroma which may be from the hops.

The flavor is very full with a lot of the peppery qualities shining through. The typical banana sweetness is very much present. Not sure what kind of hops they used but I'm detecting some Saaz in the body of the beer. There is a bit too much much sweetness that may bring down the level of drinkability.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. Not too heavy but assertive at the same time. The beer also has a great deal of carbonation to tickle your tongue.

This is a pretty good triple that did a very nice job rounding out the flavors. My only critique is that I wish they would've dried it out a bit more.

BTW: There are some great banana burps with this one.

kenoftheyear, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Of the beers I have not had this was one I was looking forward to; very disappointed. Served in a chalice from tap there was little or no head or lacing. The color was a thin gold/ yellow. The smell and taste were dominated by the candy sugar. Honestly this was hard to drink. I spent the whole time drinking it looking at the other options and wishing I could return it.

I maintain that life is too short to get samples but had I sampled this one I would have passed.

This is a beer for the Belgian fans who like the prominent candy sugar taste.

StrangeBrewer76, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity esters of apples and pears as well as clove and belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of fruity esters with some spices and a long warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I'm not a huge fan of this style, but Merry Monks is pretty solid. The higher ABV limits the drinkibility a bit. Definitely worth a shot.

cjgator3, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Timmush
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok, I loved this beer at first but the more I drank.. the more I felt it was way too sugary. I had this at the brewery and liked it very much. I can see having one of these but not more than that.

If you ever get a chance to try this, I would say it is worth it.

Timmush, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- Pours with a bright yellow color, small head that lingers for a little while before dissipating. Lots of carbonation.

Smell- Powerful spices, orange peel, and alcohol, very strong alcohol.

Taste- Sweet candied fruits, lots of sugar in here, alcohol is fairly well hidden. I detect peaches and plums.

Mouthfeel- A little weird actually, really covers the mouth, not sure if I like that or not.

Drinkability- Pretty good, this is a solid tripel.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first, of hopefully many, weyerbacher beers. This has a great golden color, but the head is lacking a bit. The nose has fruity malts, sweet alcohols and some spicy Belgian yeasts. Taste is a bit sweet, but still good. Maybe just a pich more hops. Medium to full body is well carbonated. A good attempt at the style, but it would be really good if they turned it into a Belgian Double IPA.

rye726, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this one.

Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, basically no sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice floral notes, with some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, good floral notes, slight bananna notes, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another tasty Weyerbacher brew.

Wasatch, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm just anticipating all the great beer I will have in Belgium next week, but I really enjoyed this beer. It is very, very light for a Belgian Tripel, in color, aroma, and flavor. Aroma is tripel-ish, but light on the spice and heavy on the sugar, but in a way that is very light and very tastey. Flavor is more of the same, but the mouthfeel is notably light. Many times, I find tripels to be thick and sugar-y. This beer is sweet and light simultaneously like angel-food cake. It's really good.

I would recommend this beer.

BeerBelcher, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of Bugsey
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of disappointing for a tripel. There is the pleasant sweetness of a tripel here, but there is something darker, more mineral like, more earthy.

It's a strong beer, and overall it is enjoyable, but for the tripel category, I think there are others that a preferable.

Bugsey, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Shaw
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden color. It would have been clear except for my poor decanting skills. It has a nice white head that turns into a thin layer.

A wonderful aroma of clove, sweet fruit and malt.

The taste is even better. Flavors of spice mix with sweet honey and fruit flavors. The high alcohol level is totally masked. This is what a Tripel should taste like.

The body is crisp and leaves a zing on my palate. Excellent.

Overall this is a great Tripel. Seek it out, it's one of the best, either in the U.S. or in Belgium.

Shaw, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, another fine Weyerbacher brew I haven't had yet. Life is good. Thanks to milwaukeeclassic & MrBURTON55 for an intro to the Monks.

Merry M. is rich gold with madly racing carbonation & huge, sweet, fruity smell pounding north out of the pint glass.

Taste is very similar. Sweet banana ripeness! This is the kind of gateway beer you need to keep away from the kids, all sweetness & pleasing smells & fruit drinkee. Alcohol? There's alcohol in this?

Solid tripel. Very good. I'll be happy to consume its brothers.

maximum12, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Herrbrokt
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour a hazy honey gold with a monster bubbly head that falls off and provides a fine lacing.

Smell of sweet pineapple, spice and yeast.

Taste is firstly bitter earthy, falling off into a very sweet fruit flavor, apple, pine apple, banana. Finishes with a peppery spice and warm alcohol.

Dry mouthfeel, substantially carbonated. Feels good going down.

Nicely done overall however, it feels like I may have opened one too soon.I'll let some age and review it again.

Herrbrokt, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter and liquid is gold, cloudy and had very nice carbonation. The head is tall, thick creamy off white buttery color that leaves very good lace.

The smell is a thick sour dough malt, alcohol and bakers yeast.

The taste follows, a good tasting brew all around, the yeast is good but not over done the malt hos combo produces and light fruit salad taste of apples, orenges, grapes, cherries and coconut.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good this is a nice American example of the style. I would try more and cellar some. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 26, 2008
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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