1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,740 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 40
Gots: 164 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Merry Monks' Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,740 | Reviews: 720 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of KenOnBass
KenOnBass

New York

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

At first glance this beer looks great. Good fizz going on and a nice golden color that looks full. Love the monks on the bottle also. Like they always say, it's not a party until you invite the monks. The smell is definitely awesome. Amazingly outstanding and refreshing.

Looks and smell considered, when I finally tasted the beer I was a bit taken aback. It's got a very strongly bitter taste. Overall it's not horrible but not exactly great either. A bit bitter for my liking. The mouthfeel is a bit gritty. You can feel the substance there. I would say this is a decent beer to bring over to a friends house. It's very unique and interesting looking all around.

10-13-2007 00:29:02 | More by KenOnBass
Photo of Amalak
Amalak

New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

A: Out of the bottle it is extremely fizzy with 1000s of little bubbles escaping to the top. Head is nice but dissipates quickly.

S: Might be my favorite smelling beer. Very, very aromatic Wheaty/fruity mix that is just excellent.

T: Very crisp and earthy, organic kind of taste to it. Smooth, yet bubbly.

M: Very carbonated, tingles the mouth.

D: Decent body and smooth. It's refreshing and can be drank in most any situation.

Big fan of this Easton, PA beer. Maybe I'm partial, though, since I was born there.

10-13-2007 00:18:55 | More by Amalak
Photo of mmcave
mmcave

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

Purchased this in Pennsylvania as part of a high gravity serious. Chilled and poured into a duvel tulip. Head rose quickly and left quickly, it started out about a finger and a half deep and now linger quarter inch off the surface its pure white.
The body is glowing translucent almost amber, but more on the gold side. Because of the clarity it really takes any color it is sat in front of and reflects this in its glow. retention is o.k. no lacing yet could be my glass wear though.

The aroma is bright and round with mild peppery notes. I get pilsner malt with strong light fruit esters, pear, apple, a hint of banana and bubble-gum, small bready yeast notes and a pleasant touch of black maybe white pepper near the back end. Its not quite quit as complex as I wanted, reminds of more of duvel than a tripel.

Flavor is not quit as complex as I'd wanted, I get notes of bubble-gum and the same esters as in the smell, the sweetness is balanced mildly with hops, but also the presence of alcohol. Nice bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. The flavor lingers on the tongue a little longer making it seem syrup like. Mouthfeel is a little thin and not quit as creamy as I like in a tripel this seems more like a belgian strong pale ale.
Definitely needs to be more carbonated, I wonder how they carbonated; if they bottle condition or if they inject co2, if they condition I wonder if they re-yeasted or not. Any how decent brew, but defeinalty not a great a representation of a Belgian tripel.

10-11-2007 20:20:23 | More by mmcave
Photo of eberkman
eberkman

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a somewhat hazy orange-gold with a thin white head that reduces to nothingness within a minute. The nose is dominated by a powerful, unusual banana smell with some medicinal qualities too. Tastes also of bananas and bubblegum, though not in a hefeweizen kind of way. Some more tart, fleshy fruit and spices in there as well. No trace of hops. Considerable alcoholic warming on the way down. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and somewhat crisp. A little too sweet for more than one of these.

Not one of the better representations of the style I've had. Complex but unbalanced. And the utter lack of head makes it look like a glass of apple juice.

Not a terrible beer, but certainly not a go-to tripel, that's for sure. Many better ones out there, including American representations of the style.

10-08-2007 01:16:16 | More by eberkman
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance - honey gold pour, thin head that breaks down slowly but holds at *almost* a complete cover.

Aroma - sweet honeyed yeast, with some spiciness added as it settles.

Taste - lots of Belgian candi sugar. Spicy yeast combines with some alcohol that sneaks through for a very nice blend of flavors. Warm on the swallow, all flavors hanging in there and providing a long tasty profile.

Mouthfeel - buttery smooth, low carbonation, solid body.

Drinkability -a delicious beer, would likely hold up well in the cellar for the more patient among us...

10-05-2007 15:44:12 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a large white head after a pretty aggressive pour. If I did that with a real Beligan I would have no beer left. The smell is typical tripel, Belgian candi sugar is front and center, followed by some banana like yeast characteristics. The taste is boozy and sweet, hits pretty hard off the bat. Typical of the American versions of the tripel. The candi sugar and alcohol heat dominate the palate, this brew could use a bigger malt presence to balance. The feel is moderate and a bit syrupy, finishes with alcohol heat on the back of the tongue. An average American tripel, doesn't taste bad just doesn't have the flavor profile or balance of a true Belgian tripel.

09-29-2007 01:14:08 | More by Gmann
Photo of HopCrazy
HopCrazy

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

A little too sweet for my liking, but still a nice flavor... didn't taste the off flavors some others have mentioned. This beer is crystal clear and golden colored with a nice sized creamy head that reduced itself to a thin creamy film eventually that didn't want to stick to the glass. The aroma was slightly doughy with banana and anise. The flavor was much the same but add to that a warming alcohol presence and thin carbonation. Reminded me a little of Unibroue - Le Fin Du Monde, but not nearly as refined nor balanced nor expensive.
Overall, a nice beer for the style and price, but it's not as balanced as I would have liked.

09-23-2007 00:43:39 | More by HopCrazy
Photo of jwc215
jwc215

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -20%

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazy golden with a thin head that almost immediately disappears to a tiny, thin floating patch. A bit less-than-normal-for-style carbonation rises to the top. No lacing sticks around to speak of. This isn't bad in color, but is in need of better head retention and Belgian lace.

The smell is of orange peel, grainy malt and banana-like fruitiness. Peppery spiciness gives it a kick with some subtle grass/hay way in the back.

The taste begins with a spice kick that subsides revealing orange peel and carmelized maltiness. As it warms to room temp., it reminds me of sugar-coated banana chips and rock candy. An herbal touch struggles to balance out the sweetness, but in the end the candy sweetness wins out. Alcohol dries it out in the finish.

Light-bodied, but holds together. There is an initial sharpness from spice and alcohol, though it becomes smoother and more malty as it warms to room temp.

It's a stab at the style, and though it has certain characteristics of a Belgian Tripel, it's not the real deal...Even compared to other American interpretations of the style, I'm just lukewarm towards this one...

09-13-2007 20:09:13 | More by jwc215
Photo of Risser09
Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a large snifter - 2007 Bottling

Appearance: An aggressive pour yields a hazy orange ale. This ale has yellow hightlights and a white foamy head to it. The head reahes 1 inch high and is comprised mostly of small bubbles. A little bit of lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Banana, Belgian yeast, esters, fresh ground pepper, and a fresh garden aroma. Sweet and spicy, according to the smell.

Taste: Sweet malt build and a peppery Belgian yeast taste. Coriander is a powerful flavor, and lemon peel is following behind. This taste is sweet and in the middle of the road for American interpretations.

Mouthfeel: Light on the carbonation which is nice. Sweetness is cloying for me. Alcohol is not present in this beer, but the estery Belgian yeast is present.

Drinkability: Good. Again, a bit too sweet, even for me. True Belgians rely on the yeast to give a full complexity for beers of this style.

09-08-2007 23:41:05 | More by Risser09
Photo of ralree
ralree

Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -36.4%

I think I found that I'm not a fan of this style. It's too sweet and too alcoholic - almost like a really fruity wine. The alcohol cuts through into the aftertaste quite a bit, leaving nothing else on the tongue. It is nicely carbonated and golden colored, and smells very sweet.

08-26-2007 22:37:33 | More by ralree
Photo of ZimZamZoom
ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Very light golden color. Clear only because I stopped pouring when the yeast started creeping down the neck of the bottle. Swirled and drank the lees. Yum! Wispy white head appeared briefly but quickly vanished seconds after pouring. I could actually watch it slip away. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma foretells the warmth of this brew. Plump golden raisins, ripe pear, hints of bubble gum and that alcohol warmth. Tastes of the fruit and some biscuit, a little hop spiciness and a warm alcohol laced finish.

Nice medium body, carbonation is noticeable in the mouth.

This is a great example of the style, and one that is splendidly drinkable. My only negative from this experience is the complete and utter lack of a head or lacing. Seems to be a popular theme reading thru the other reviews.

08-19-2007 17:42:37 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of dmamiano
dmamiano

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Drank this one at about 60 degrees....
Poured a nice golden, clean, clear straw color with a big head that quickly went away. Not a real creamy looking white head, kind of soap bubbly. Lacing hung on for dear life.
Good carbonation.
Smelled of sweet malt, bubble gum and Belgian yeast.
Taste was exceptional. Sweet malty goodness with that yeasty bubble gum flavor. My wife even liked it.
Mouthfeel....great. Very good beer.

08-17-2007 00:56:20 | More by dmamiano
Photo of PittBeerGirl
PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

A- Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color with thin white head. Head eventually fades and no lacing is left behind in the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles constantly rise from bottom to top and yeast particles can be seen suspended within the body.

S- Strong alcohol is the first thing to hit the nose followed by a musty and cellared yeast smell. White grapes and apples can be detected also but are far in the background.

T- Light fruitiness upfront with a supportive spicy belgian yeast background. Mild hop flavor kicks in toward the middle as a balance to the sweet fruity character. The finish is all spicy yeast and alcohol. An alcoholic burn lingers along with a sweet breadiness from the yeast.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body. Body is strong with creamy yeast and burning alcohol.

D- This is another great brew from Weyerbacher. My last to review from the big beers sampler-I saved this bottle for reviewing long after the rest were gone. The alcohol is noticable in this one-so one is enough before moving on to a session ale. This is an enjoyable slow-sipper that I will have again.

08-16-2007 18:45:25 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of barleywinebrewer
barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

257 reviews as of this writing. I would generally call this a decent tripel. Not top of the class, definitely above the mid mark though. I liked the appearance but I found it a touch too simple sweet and more a tartness than I would've otherwise desired in a tripel. I'm glad to have tried this.

08-14-2007 18:00:41 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of barknee
barknee

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

W’s Merry Monks pours a pure 14 K gold color with a thin white-capped head.
Essences of tart citrus and raw coriander seed waft from the glass. The nose is a bit tight, but nevertheless has that official Belge-like character to it.
The taste is medium bodied, tart from the citric element and generally lean in the mouth with clove and a touch of banana emanating as this brew warms.
A very decent Ameri-Belge from a brewer I personally enjoy and respect.
This is a great brew to pair with foods that contain citrus and acids perhaps like ceviche, salads or fish marinated with tropical fruits.
It is fresh, crisp and enjoyable and like most of the big W’s products - distinctive!

08-07-2007 00:08:05 | More by barknee
Photo of Toddv29424
Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +13%

As far as American Tripels go, this one it topps. This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with little head. The nose is pungent, and has notes of coriander, spice, banana and light malts. The taste is very complex, and like most tripels a little off putting at how non-alcoholic it tastes (even though its around 9%). The spices are most apparent, with the banana sneaking in toward the end. The finish is terrific. The syrup-like consistency lingers for a long time, and doesn't seem to dissipate until another sip is taken.

08-04-2007 00:48:57 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of snafui
snafui

Massachusetts

1.53/5  rDev -60.3%

Had this on tap. I noticed in negative reviews folks referred to it as sour, lemony, etc. Not so here. It definitely seemed fresh. But it was like drinking banana juice.
Appearance was a pale yellow, cloudy. Very little head retention.
Smell was pure banana. It smelled like a hefe fermented way too high.
It tasted sweet and full of banana. Very much like a poor hefe than a belgian tripel. I almost thought I was served the wrong beer until reinforced by some companions who had experienced it before.
Mouthfeel was think and sweet.
Drinkability Couldn't sit down with a glass of this and finish it. I actually took the ice from a glass of water I had, and iced down this beer *TWICE* before it was tolerable. My party also found this to be an improvement and I did in fact finish the glass this way and actually enjoyed it. A companion referred to it as headache in a glass and I hope tomorrow doesn't prove him right.

I really hate to be that guy with very few reviews under his belt that jumps on BA to review the terrible but I just don't understand the positive reviews of this beer. I have to jump in here and speak my piece.

07-31-2007 04:34:27 | More by snafui
Photo of sleazo
sleazo

New York

2.88/5  rDev -25.2%

Pours a cloudy orange with a supreme lack of head.

S-smells like someone is brewing beer. Am unfinished smell but one that is quite inviting with twinges of ripe tropical fruit. 3.5

T-unlike the smell the taste is dominated by sweet over ripe bananas. The aftertaste leaves a sort of topps bubblegum flavour. Odd indeed and lacking a balance in many ways.

M-slightly thick with a medium carbonation

D-one sided beer with banana dominating. There are a lot of issues here. I did not realize this was a tripel when I was drinking it, i thought it was a singel type. I guess the only thing I can say good about it is the alcohol is well hidden

07-29-2007 16:43:13 | More by sleazo
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

This was a treat for me today as I picked up the cold single and drank it straight away this afternoon. Poured a strong light brownish amber with a big, two inch off white head. Lots of foam and lace left over from this one. Lots of visible carbonation was readily apparent. Smell was full of yeast and grain, a touch of alcohol was also present. Picked up some grassy aroma as well. The flavor was a classic tripel. Lots of yeasty flavors, plums, a touch of peach. A lot of bready grains mixed in as well. A touch of alcohol was definatly there and made its presence well known. Great smooth feel due to lots of carbonation. This was actually not as much of a sipper as I would have thought. I was easily able to drink this while walking around no problem. Not saying it would be a session beer, but not a snifter eaither. Overall I was actually fairly impressed with this. Had a great feel and flavor, full body and just a good all around belgian. Gotta love what these american breweries are able to do with these nowadays. Damn impressive for sure, I would efinatly try this one again!

07-29-2007 03:52:04 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of bboven
bboven

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Seems too filtered for the style, but the color is consistent with others I've had other than a lack of haze.

Smells of yeast and fruit, you can tell exactly what you're about to get yourself into.

Taste is sour fruit and bread and a surprisingly well hidden alcohol zing.

Pretty good mouth feel, again, I fel the sediment would have helped with this.

Oh, it's tasty, but have more than one and you're not going to get very much accomplished.

07-18-2007 01:20:05 | More by bboven
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery in March.

A: The tripel pours a darker yellow color, as though a few too many drops of food coloring were added to a glass of water. Like that glass of water, the ale is clear and relatively still. The head was sizeable on pour, near 2 fingers, and has left a thick pattern of lace throughout the glass.

S: The nose is spicy and piquant, full of hot aromas that jump out of the beer. Coriander pepper notes dominate the nose and are coupled with a candi sugar sweetness.

T: It's becoming more and more apparent that my first run through Weyerbacher's big beers consisted of old bottles. Each one (Old Heathen, Quad, Merry Monks' and Blithering Idiot) is top notch when fresh. Here, the coriander and candi sugars from the nose make an immediate impact taste-wise. The coriander adds a peppery heat. Not a habanero heat, more of a full-flavored bite. Candi sugars are waiting right beside the coriander to add a sweet element that brings the peppery zest back down to earth. Those dominant flavors sit atop a grainy malt body that is bready enough to support the spices. Throughout, the carbonation scrubs the tongue clean, allowing the flavors to re-invent themeselves on each sip.

M: Nice blend of sugar and spice in this beer, pairing together to create a smooth drink that never betrays the 9.3% abv.

D: That abv, while hidden, could easily do you in. Nice, solid tripel nonetheless.

07-16-2007 01:08:19 | More by akorsak
Photo of mdkV01D
mdkV01D

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

pours light amber with minimal head, looks just a bit dark for a trippel. no lacing, as head disappears quickly after pouring. (maybe my glass isn't quite clean, maybe it's 9% abv)

smells estery sweet, with a hint of alcohol. i sense banana and citrus.. along with some spice.

taste is fairly complex. same as scent... fruity esters and a remarkable spiciness... alcohol is hidden fairly well. really good for an American trippel.

i cant get over how good this smells, every time i take a sip I'm reminded...

very good mouth feel, carbonation done right. ive had some real undercarbed trippels, and this is an example of how to do it right.

overall = another good BIG beer from weyerbacher. crisp belgain flavor, surprisgly high drinkability considering strength

07-09-2007 00:52:49 | More by mdkV01D
Photo of Atron67
Atron67

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

A- pours a slighly lighter amber with a medium white head that stayed pretty reasonably
S- Slightly spicey, slightly malty, with strong undertones of alcohol
T- is really good for an american tripel, not quite belgian but is a great flavor thats really smooth especially for how alcoholic it is, has a spicey quality that is balanced really well and finishes with a great spiceyness
M- higher carbonation which fits well for the style, has a medium/ slightly light body
D- very high, this is especially good for its alcohol content which i expected to be lower.

07-01-2007 22:55:33 | More by Atron67
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Grabbed a bottle at the Steelgaarden for $4.

It's nice and sweet, a little too sweet like most American takes on Belgian styles, but for the price it's not bad. The flavor starts with light fruit syrup taste followed an almost hot spice flavor with some pale grains mixed in. It lacks the complexity of the great Belgians, but I still enjoyed it.

06-30-2007 03:51:50 | More by tempest
Photo of ericj551
ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Merry Monks pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a fizzy head. Aroma is chalky yeast and a sweet graininess. Flavor is sweet pale malts, with plenty of fruity esters and phenolic taste. Yeast flavor is more balanced than the aroma. The alcohol is present but not overpowering for a beer of this strength.

06-08-2007 02:00:07 | More by ericj551
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.