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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 55
Gots: 303 | 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 BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and golden, a nice white head forms up but dies down leaving spotty lacing.

Smells like a sweet hefeweizen, strong yeast and ale notes. A touch of apple.

Basically like a weizenbock minus the big spice notes. Strong banana fruitiness with a chalky yeast and some slight alcohol.

Comes across as a fairly strong and slightly wet.

Goes down as easy as a 9% beer will do, but can't hold up against the Belgians.

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

Good Belgian wit.
I should say unexceptional. Everything about this beer screams mediocrity.
Interesting notes: The head poured with very large bubbles at first and then settled with a very fine carbonation and lacing, leaving a layer of white foam over the top of the beer for an indefinite amount of time. This is like GI 312 on steroids.
Nice thing about this vs the other Weyerbacher in the same bottle format i just bought (simcoe 2xipa) is that the bottle conditioning benefited this beer, pour out all that beautiful Belgian yeast and savor it, vs scrap the last 1/10 of the bottle for fear of the toots.
Was average for wit beer but the head was exceptional.
This beer needed to be poured and breathe a while before being imbibed. It settled quite nicely.
Nothing worth writing home about but definitely not a sour note in Weyerbacher's repertoire. At 6.99 probably worth it if you haven't tried it. I would go back but not a noteworthy buy.

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

Bottled on 7/22/10

A: Golden yellow with a pillowy soft white head.

S: Lots of banana bubble gum and Belgian yeast.
Pretty much a textbook triple smell.

T: Sweet and light. Banana and some light peppery spice. Almost reminds me of a saison. Very tasty.

M: Light to slightly medium. Sweet and smooth. A touch of alcohol warmth after the swallow. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a really good traditional style triple. Very drinkable and flavorful. Weyerbacher does a lot of styles very nicely. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of jduffy21
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy golden yellow. A creamy head that quickly fades to a thing layer. The smell is of banana and spice. Taste is spicy, alcohol is evident. This is a very nice and smooth beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. I could have 1 or 2 of these. 9.3% alcohol is a bit much to have any more.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-colored with a creamy almost egg-white head and decent lacing. A straight pour rather than carefully decanting produced an opaque lack of clarity similar to an unfiltered hefeweizen. Is this incorrect? I'll try a careful decant on my next one. I generally like yeast in my beer, but I read this may interfere with the flavor of a tripel.

The smell is fruity, malty, sweet and yeasty. The taste is similar, but sometimes ends abruptly but other sips finish strong. The fruit is more pronounced, more banana-like, which I assume comes from the yeast. Merry Monk's Ale is delicious and decadent. I am too inexperienced to know whether it's representative of the style. The alcohol is hidden so well I would have never thought this had more than 5% ABV. Where do you include that quality in the rating?

Its light carbonation and a little more malty sweetness than I'm used to make it a beer that I would not want to have more than one or two at a sitting. That is not a negative in my mind, just a characteristic of the beer and perhaps the style.

This beer made a positive impression on me. I'm eager to taste more of the style. How well the alcohol is concealed is extremely noteworthy and I paid around $10 for a 6 pack, a bargain in my opinion.

Edited a week later: For the remaining beers I decanted carefully leaving most of the sediment behind, and I preferred it this way. I found the taste and mouthfeel improved, crisper. I upped my rating in both characteristics.

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

A - Creamy white head atop a a crystal clear, rusty yellow beer.

S - Very clean malt aroma, saison-like spiciness, hint of floral hops and an oakiness you might expect in a white wine.

T - Spice is predominant. Again, a clean, grainy malt flavor with some residual sweetness. White grape and apple break through. My only complaint is that the alcohol is not very well hidden.

M/D - Silky mouthfeel and medium body. A little more carbonation would be nice.

Photo of mexikrainian
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: hazy orange-gold with silky smooth head and moderate lacing.

Aroma: citrus, phenolic and floral notes.

Taste: sharp, tart and spicy, this Belgian tripel has a sweet and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-full body with high carbonation.

Overall impression: crisp and tasty, this is a average tripel.

Photo of jsled
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle, cork released with much pressure behind it.

P: very light and clear straw-gold. Multi-inch head, with much carbonation supporting ... down to an inch or so after a couple of minutes, heavy lacing.

S: sweet. alcohol evident.

T: light sweet tripel. no real maltyness. some bitterness, but not much.

M: fine. no residual sweetness or bitterness.

D: medium-high. not overly sweet or evidently strong.

Photo of lenin2040
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Digging this the most of the weyerbacher beers ive had so far, though yet to crack out the bilithering idiot.

bready, yeasty arome. spicy, green peppercorns, a little green apple husk. balanced sweetness

awesome, creamy, soapy mouthfeel. a forceful bitterness and a kiss of alcohol creep at the end. finishes somewhat dry

Photo of Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I aged this brew for over 2 years this is my results

A - A nice clear pour with some nice carbination to feature the beer.

S - Strong grape

T Is a nice variation of the style warm, famhouse, nice sour is just some of the praise of this one.

M- Nice and Dry. This series is good and dry!!!

D - Another must have. If another of these is drunk now one will mind !!!

Photo of haazer
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Weyerbacher Tulip

A- Pours a dark gold, fairly cloudy beer. Tiny bubbles fizz up the the 2 finger off white head. The head dissapates down, leaving tiny bits of lace, then settles to a thin white ring.

S- Banana, banana peels, yeast. I detect a leafy presence, almost like a tea leaf.

T- Bubble gum hits up front, followed by a tiny hint of banana. I get the slightest feeling of belgian yeast flavor. Finishes with a spicy alcohol taste.

M- Clean and smooth upfront. Rereshing, easy to go down. Ends bad with the alcohol character though.

D- Despite the alcohol content and the taste at the end, its a pretty decent beer. Gives you a nice aftertaste too. Clearly not a session beer though.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a lively golden yellow with a thin bubbly off white head.

S-the nose is of candied fruits, a fair bit of banana-like esters, peppery spice alcohol with a light medicinal phenol.

T-light earthy malts, slightly nutty, candied fruits and sugar, fruity esters, banana and a bit floral, nice peppery spicy alcohol, notes of yeast, with hints of medicinal phenol.

M-creamy medium to full body, lively carbonation towards the back with a crisp semi dry finish. pretty nice feel to it.

D-this is well balanced and quite refreshing. the feel is great and the balance of sweet and spice is well done. this is a tasty brew that has a nice complexity to it.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, slight haze, two fingers, great retention, light honey color.

s- fresh banana, cloves, lots of yeast, estery.

t- spicy pepper, banana, clove, slight huff of alcohol as it warms, this is a great example of a tripel.

m- smooth, nice.

d- good drinkability here, belgians are a once in awhile beer for me and i enjoyed this one. can't really go too wrong with weyerbacher.

Photo of Bonis
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy and golden, floaties throughout. Very bubbly with a large head with fades pretty quickly.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, light sour fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

T - This is where this beer shines. Sweet fruits, bananas, apples, pears, and some sour fruits, maybe oranges and lemons. A hint of Belgian spice is there and the Belgian yeasts are very apparent here. There is quite a bit of alcohol on the back end, but I don't think this takes away too much from the overall flavor.

M - Not so great here (at least to me). This one is big, very big. It doesn't seem overly carbonated.. Just feels like this beer could explode in your mouth at any time. Didn't stop me from finishing this delicious beer.

D - Decent. The wonderful flavors keep me coming back for more of this. You can pretty much tell you're drinking a 9% beer, but this is really good overall. A solid example of a tripel from an American craft brewer.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden amber color with a rather small head. It smells spicey and like most other belgin tripes. Tasted of a very traditional tripel a bit more spicey then usuall though, as always a nice strong taste but still easy to drink. Overall a pretty good beer nothing to special but would get again.

Photo of kbutler1
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Belgian yeast smell along with some dark fruit aromas. Poured a pale yellow clear with sediment/floaties in it even though we didn't really shake the bottle all that much. Slight head. Taste is ok with the banana/fruit/yeast notes highlighted. Ends rather with a slight bitterness.

Photo of jwhancher
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a variety case of Weyerbacher's "big beers". Poured this one into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with decent white head and good carbonation present. Noticed some sediment suspended throughout after the middle of the pour.

S: Smells peppery with banana, pineapple & clove. Complex aromas are obviously present. Can't get my hand on all of 'em, but I do know I like it. A bit of hot alcohol warmness is evident.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Complex, spicy, good tasting Belgian style ale.

M: A good beer to swirl around in your mouth and marvel at the tastes. The carbonation adds a nice touch.

D: A good beer to savor and sip, but at over 9 ABV it's not one you want to have more than 1 or 2 of in a given night.

Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow-gold with yeast haze and chunks, big fluffy head.

Smell: Yeasty, clove, spices.

Taste: Quite sweet with candy sugar, apple and grape flavors. Some underlying breadiness. Didn't taste much for spices that the aroma alluded to.

Drinkability: It's a sipper due to the sweetness.

Tripels used to be my favorite beers but now they're down the list a bit. This one is maybe a little too sweet for my current tastes, and I was a little disappointed in the lack of complementary flavors to balance the sweetness.

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

On tap at T*bonz the other day.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light honey, clove and a hint of citrus. On the palate, this beer is much more impressive. It's fairly sweet, and seems to be dominated by flavors of clove and honey. However, there is some underlying citrus and spice that I think adds to and enhances the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, but for such a high abv. beer, it's not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate. Ultimately, I thought drinkability was pretty good in this beer, though given the amount of richness/sweetness, I'm not sure I could ever drink more than one. In any event, another very solid beer from the folks at Weyerbacher.

Photo of mwagner1018
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice golden, with a lean toward the orange hue, sudsy 2 1/2 fingers of head into my Corsendonk fluted glass, tons of small carbonation bubbles rising from the center of the glass. Frothy spotted lacing.

S- Honey, fruity esters of yeast, slight banana followed by a deep golden raisin.

T- Deep fruits, raspberry, blueberry, slight spice finish, honey dew, slight ethyl alcohol warmth, mild acidity. Good depth, layers of flavors nicely presented.

M- Creamy texture, smooth, nice balanced carbonation.

D- This is a very nice Belgian Triple. Certainly a sipping beer, good with a great meal, actually used some of it in a mushroom cream glaze for my steak tonight, very nice.

Photo of Lukecook
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into a tulip glass

A- golden straw color, minimal head that quickly diminishes to a thin white scum, no lacing.

S- mildly fruity, sweet malt, and a little alchol

T- much the same as the smell, with a little hop bite at the finish.

M- good carbonation, medium body.

D- Decent beer, do not know if I would buy again.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml that's been in my cellar for at least a year. A bit "chunky" in the bottom of the bottle - hope it's still OK.

A: very nice clear straw color with lots of great puffy white head that stuck all the way down to the bottom of the glass
S: good, traditional Belgian golden ale nose with yeast, alcohol
T: very good, enjoyable, surprising that it's pretty close true to type although it was a bit sweeter and more rounded than a true Belgian
M & D: good mouthfeel and easy drinking for its EtOH

Photo of DoctorDog
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A- Pours a hazy golden. Effervescent white head, which disappears in a flash to nothing. No lacing.

S- Modest Belgian yeast twang, feint spiciness, fruity sweetness, and a touch of booze.

T- Substantial malty / fruity sweetness, hints of spiciness...bananas and cloves. Modest "Belgian yeast" characteristic. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is well blended.

M- Fairly crisp with moderately high carbonation. Medium-full feel....even slightly syrupy.

D-Good. Pleasant aroma and flavor, and easy drink for a big ABV brew.

Future outlook: A decent, enjoyable tripel that came free thanks to a buddy. Socked away a few for aging, so I'll reserve full judgment until those get sampled.

Photo of JerseyPaul
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with lots of carbonation; fluffy white head dissipates rather quickly, leaving good lacing

Smell: Sweet malt, with a nice wheat tinge; typical flowery aroma usually found within the style as well

Taste: Nice malt sweetness up front, finishing with a smooth fruitiness; slight taste of hops at the end, but very little alcohol bite

Mouthfeel: Light body; highly carbonated, as most too much; slightly chewy, but still goes down smooth

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, but very deceptive of the high ABV (have to watch with overconsumption); a four pack would be sufficient & welcomed

Overall, Merry Monks Golden Ale is a nice example of the style. It's easily drinkable & is right on target with the characteristics of a Tripel. Although not the best rated one available on the market, it still hits the spot.

Photo of bogus564
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a tall weizen glass.

Cloudy color, somewhere between lemon and orange. Produces a two-finger head that lasts for less than a minute.

Loving the smell - I'm picking up the spicy scent from the yeast. Underneath it, I'm thinking lemon. It's really nice.

I take a taste, and am hit with the smoothness. A clove sensation from the yeast up front, followed by an orange / prune taste right after it. At the end, I'm getting a sweetness from the malt, more like honey than caramel. Very, very nicely done by Weyerbacher.

To drinkability, I could knock these down all night. There's a reasonably high ABV, though, so I'd recommend caution.

I'd go with a strong cheese to counteract the sweetness of the beer, or a nicely done beef of some sort.

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,980 ratings.