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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,840 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 43
Gots: 205 | 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 HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours a clear golden blond with a foamy white head.

S - White sugars, butter, wheat, mild spices.

T - The taste is primarily bananas and white pepper with some wheaty, bready backing. Seriously. Bananas and white pepper.

Mouthfeel - Cheek puckering sweet/sourness, good carbonation.

Notes - This is a sweet, sour, floral, Belgian style beer.

HeyItsChili, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Opaque yellow orange like a wheat. Almost three fingers of thick frothy head with great retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Sweet and spicy. Big on light fruity esters. Phenolic clove and some banana. Pleasant flowery bouquet and a tad of pungency.

4.0 T: Big hit of spicy pepper right from the start. Then some banana and clove. Then a hit of boozy solvent. Hops are MIA. Lots of stuff don't well and nothing excluded.

4.0 M: Medium body. A little too much carbonation, even for the style. Otherwise, very smooth.

4.0 D: Not bad at all. I would go to this anytime if I were in the mood for a tripel.

DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of taylor714914
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy yellow which pours nicely with a 2 finger head.

S- Banana, lots of banana. A bit of exotic spice of some sort, and some faint alcohol lingering in the background with some yeast.

T- Banana is definitely one of the up front flavors in this fine triple. Yeast, a bit of alcohol, fruity, and some lingering sweetness.

M- Great mouthfeel with lots of tiny bubbles. The perfect consistency for a triple. Great smoothness, with a bit of body.

D- I could sit down and easily drink 2 or 3 of these. After the first sip this brew just keeps asking for another taste.

taylor714914, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Looks like a stock photo for light beer - pale color with a large, yet shortlived, soap suds head.

s - Malts and yeast. Reminds me of my homebrew attempts. Enjoyably powerful sense that a strong brew is beneath. A little alcohol on the nose but nothing overpowering.

t - Tastes like it smells. Malts, yeast, some spice, some bananas. A decent bit of numbing in the entire mouth, not just the usual warming sense on the finish.

m - Prickly carbonation and a dryer feel than I'd expect. Almost champagne-like in both senses. Light to medium body.

d - Drinks just fine - probably a little easier once the carbonation weakens a bit. I could see throwing these back on a chilly evening. I've had Belgians that hide their 8-10% a little better but this beer does an above average job.

talkinghatrack, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a bottle purchased at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Poured into a clean, clear tulip glass.

A Love this appearance! Nice frothy Belgian style head over a straw cloudy body with carbonation visible. I admit that it was a bit difficult to see the beer properly in the low, inconsistent light of Winking Lizard which amounts to a sports bar (30 wide screen flat screens). What I could see was absolutely great.

S Bountiful sweet fruit but not citrusy, bitter. It smells like a fruit bowl with a bit of malt, grains and maybe a dash of hops. This is a really inviting smell! It cannot be improved upon.

T Front: a little burn of alcohol. Middle: Tremendous fruitty taste returns from the promise found in the nose and thankfully stays with through to the end feel. It is difficult to describe the Cornucopia of fruitty tastes but I will try. I swear that I taste raspberry, strawberry, maybe a non tart lemon but none of it is in a cheap "fruitty" like taste but in a wonderful first-bite-of-chweing-gun type of wonderfullness. The taste, like the smell, cannot be improved upon.

M Full with that initial alcohol bite and then the bountiful fruit taste. One can almost feel the texture of that great fruit taste. Despite the initial "hot" feel of alcohol this one could really sneak up on you with repeated pints/bottles.

D Simply great but I cannot give it the highest rating due to the high ABV. I finished my first one quickly and really wished that I could have several more.

Notes: I had planned to have this on tap in Rochester, NY but when I got to the place that had it (The Old Toad) I forgot the name of it and only recalled it after a few beers and a hearty dinner. I simply could not have another that night. What a great beer. My highest compliments.

adamette, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of ericlawton007
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass, light to medium golden in color. I did not know that this beer was classified as a tripel until afterwards when I went to Weyerbacher's website. Smell and tatse were much more like a belgian strong ale. Alcohol and white fruits were evident in the aroma. At its coldest temperature, the mouthfeel was very fizzy, and the belgian funk was evident along with some sweetness. As the beer warmed, banana and pear became more evident, as did the alcohol. Very warming, and surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content. Yet another phenomenal big beer from weyerbacher.

ericlawton007, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Dennycurr
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprising, Belgian "Style", beer that almost got there.
At 1st taste----Wow!
Lot's of flavors.
The beer went down smoothly and was good every sip.
Went to the Beer Advocate to see what was the ABV. Although, I suspected it was---up there--
I was stunned to see exactly how high...9.3 because it wasn't heavy and no real trace of the high percentage.

Not really sure where these people that had this beer---as I did, on tap, say there is no head. This beer had to be poured into 2 glasses, then poured into one to help CONTROL and accomodate the head.
Aventinus style pour---if you know what I mean.
Gosh...I think the others that had it on tap---got an old batch or something.
Nothing flat about the pour or the head.

Good beer...(IMHO)...

Den

PS--WARNING to those who drink those bs American beers and want to venture into another taste--
This beer ain't no Coors Lite...haha.

Dennycurr, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a hazy yellow. Head is like fizzy pop (or soda for you non WNYers), that disintegrates into a film. Color is the same yellow as the middle traffic light, with some orange. Glows from within. Tiny amount of carbonation.

The smell is orange peel, coriander. Effervescent spiciness in the nose. Tangy citrus. Pretty typical Belgian golden flavor. Sweet citrus balances the more harsh Belgian stuff.

The taste is white wine and wild yeasts, orange, citrus. Pretty typical Belgian golden flavor. Sweet citrus balances the more harsh Belgian stuff.

The feel is fizzy like champagne, and also syrupy. A bubbly bite on the way down. Fizzy, citrusy, sweet and strong. A decent offering.

williamherbert, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher Merry Monks Ale....

Appearance-pale golden color with a pitch of darker orange, one inch head rises and falls, murky body.

Smell-whiffs of sugar, fruit esters, candy, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sugary upfront, fruit plateaus the taste, makes it more full, little alcohol burn comes through but balanced by malt fruit and the aforementioned sugar.

Drinkability-tastes just as a Tripel should, not bad at all.

Overall-meh, an ok Tripel, nothing too outlandish or special, would like to see it aged.

TheDeuce, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears dark golden orange with a one inch white head. From the pour I could see lots sediment chunks going in but in the glass it just looks very cloudy. Does manage to leave some lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet probably from the use of candi sugar. Some fruity notes of pear and apple and a hefty amount of bubble gum esters as well. Some spiciness is in there as well but seems to be dominated by the others.

The taste begins with a sweet note that is overtaken by fruitiness and the same bubble gum from the aroma. The spiciness comes out a lot more now right at the start of the swallow but mostly in the linger. It's pretty good but overall just seems kind of muddled.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, pretty smooth and creamy as well. Not extremely easy to drink but it's good.

This one's not the best Tripel in existence but it's still quite tasty.

roadhouse, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly pale shade of orange with lots of carbonation, efforvescent bubbles, some yeasty bits floating about that cause it to be a bit hazy, and a white fizzy head. There isn't much lacing, some retention. The nose on the beer is very floral orange, a Belgiany yeastiness, some clove, spices, and sweet malts.

The taste is quite drying, lots of clove, orange zest, some rind flavors, definite efforvescence on the tongue from the yeastiness. There is a slight medicinal sweetness to the beer, clove, lemon citrus, and a full palate of sweet malts. This is a sipping beer because of its strength, but the 9.3 ABV is quite well hidden, and there is no throaty burn or unpleasantly alcoholic aftertaste. The beer is not particularly syrupy, although it is quite medium to full bodied. There is a bit of a sting on the tongue, and the mouthfeel is a tad tingly from the yeastiness and efforvesence. This is a nice representation of a wonderful style of beer. L'Chaim.

albern, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks the part...glowing yellow with a big 1/2 fluffy egg white head.

S-Very inviting....banana....vanilla...cookie dough...definitely some cloves in there...yeasty....

T-Interesting..Flavors jump out at the beginning. In the middle the heat kind of dominates...then later on the flavors reemerge....What flavors? Similar notes as the nose but also some added fruitiness (lemons and peaches)..taste is good but perhaps a level below the big hitters.

M-medium to full bodied...carbonation is about right...has some heat as noted..

D-Nice stab at the style....I like this and would definitely buy it again...not elite but not real far off..

ZAP, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of trkerrigan
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew.

Great golden orange appearance. Little head remains after pour, quickly dissipates.

Aroma nice; sweet, floral.

Flavor is somewhat complex. Sweet, spicy, and crisp is the easiest way to describe. Notes of apple, pear, pepper, honey. There is a burn on the finish but not over powering.

This brew could be fairly drinkable. It's crisp, refreshing, and flavorful. But, at over 9% I wouldn't recommend having more than a couple.

trkerrigan, Dec 12, 2008
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
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.