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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
87
very good

1,681 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,681
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 38
Gots: 144 | FT: 5
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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wcudwight

North Carolina

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

Pours a hazy golden color with lot's of carbonation. Thin whispy carbonated head. Just a thin white rim of lacing around the glass. Some sediment floating around.
Lot's of bananna and some butter aroma.
Candy sweet and bannana dominate the flavors. With some butter flavors.
Mouthfeel is much lighter than I thought. Somewhat creamy and smooth. It also has a nice crispness and a certain zest. Very dry finish.
The lighter body enhances the drinkability as well as the fact that there is no sign of the alcohol in this beer. I'm serious you'd think this beer was around 4% abv and not 9%. One of the lightest Belgiums I've had, which for me makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 04:11:47 | More by wcudwight
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shbobdb

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've actually rather grown to like Tripels.

But not this one. It poured looking like any other Tripel, but the smell -- I guess 'cat urine' would be the best way to describe it. Whatever esters the yeast was kickin' off, they were quite unpleasant.

The taste manifested that particular ester mixed with sugary sweetness and a mouthfeel that was both dry and syrupy.

Not the best example of the style, I've got to say.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 19:20:11 | More by shbobdb
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LarryV

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, this one didn't produce much of a head. Pours a golden color with orange highlights. Lots of fruit in the nose, banana like aroma seems to dominate.

Taste is sugary, sweet, perhaps too sweet. Taste of tropical fruits with little hops presence. Actually a pretty decent stab at the style, if the sweetness was held in check a little better, this would be a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 22:10:18 | More by LarryV
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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

A - Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head.

S - Banana, candi sugar, yeasty with tropical fruit, sweet.

T - Pale malt, banana, honey, tropical fruits, alcohol booziness shows as it warms.

M - Well carbonated but somewhat syrupy.

D - A little sweet and boozy but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 02:23:13 | More by brewcrew76
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from SkinnyElvis in SecretSanta 06'. Pours with an almost clear, sunny orange color. Not much head, but a nice white ring sticks around. The carbonation appears somewhat low. The smell is dominated by banana sweetness, with a hint of citrus spice in the background. Am I smelling a Bavarian Hefe? The smell is not real complex, but it's pleasantly sweet. More banana and bready malt in the taste. Some light spiciness with a sweet alcohol finish also. Pretty unremarkable mouthfeel, decent carbonation, but not as much as a strong Belgian could have. This was just a slightly above average beer. It would need alot more depth to stack up there with the finer Tripels...

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 17:53:52 | More by bennetj17
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light gold and hazy with a fizzy, white head that raises quickly and falls quicker.
No lacework and retention nonexistent.
Araomatics are fruity and lightly spicy. Peaches, tangerines, bubblegum, and cream soda. The nose finishes with some light pepper and warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel is thin, flatish, and neutral.
Pallet has more juicy fruits of tropical nature, with orangy notes, bannana, and a hint of lemon zest. Hopping is nill, and bitterness offsets the residuals at best.
Finishes mildly warming with some rounded honey notes and lingering vanilla-spiked tangerine.
Past prime? The last time I had this one, it was the old, yellow label, just called "triple" and I remember it being a better example of the style.
Regardless, being flatish with no head leans twords old age or neglect.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 01:17:54 | More by brewandbbq
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orfeu for the bottle from Secret Santa '06

Appearance: Nice looking golden hazed body, big white head that fades fast and leaves a good looking lace.

Smell: Citrus and candi sugar, tropical fruit.

Taste: Smooth and warming with a hint of alcohol in the back. A very fruity and rich beer with pineapple. Grainy yeast rounds things out.

Drinkability: A fine American replication of a European style.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 05:03:50 | More by TastyTaste
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

AP: This is a cloudy, golden copper with a thin and scattered head with a solid ring around the edge, besides that, it appears rather flat for the style.

Nose: A fruity and soured yeast smell, spicey and herbal malt.

Taste: Soured fruit! that's what hits you first, then spicey malt, and a leafy hop and a small hit of alcohol to top it off.

MF: This one looks pretty dead, these Belgians usually look for active and lively...at least it feels that way, I'm not sure how...but if feels very lively on the palate. Light feel overall though.

DA: Kinda funky for this style, not the best I've seen...and at 9.3% ABV it's not exactly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 21:28:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aquired as part of Weyerbacher's Big Beer Variety Pack..no date that I can find.
Pours a golden yellow, reminiscent of a Pilsner. Highly carbonated with a white fluffy head.
Aromas of Belgian yeast and citrus (lemon?)
Corriander stands out to me in the taste, light bodied and crisp.
High alcohol is well hidden.
Not a bad effort

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 01:44:25 | More by Riggsy
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IntriqKen

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty orangish yellow greets your eye (albeit cloudy) with a nice white head that melts to a solid ring of white around the glass.
Aromas are definitely belgium yeast but with a breadiness and slight lemon scent.
Taste is golden ale all the way with lemon on the end.
A Belguim golden ale with lemon? Hmmmm....refreshing.
Maybe I should start treating other BGAs like Hefs and ask for a lemon on my glass.
Uhh...naw.
But this really is unique and refreshing. I like it as a change.
Mouthfeel is creamy without being sticky or cloying at all.
Aftertaste is only slightly sweet with the lemon drying your mouth and asking for another sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 02:37:28 | More by IntriqKen
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Maredsous chalice a slightly cloudy pale yellow with barely half an inch of white head. Smells of yeast, spice malt, apple and clove. Tastes of sweet apples and pears with a spiciness that tingles the tongue. Moderately carbonated and finishes with a dry, mild hop bitterness. The high alcohol is nicely disguised. A very good tripel from Dan Weirback & Co.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 02:56:26 | More by ClockworkOrange
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dherling

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out clear with deep gold color topped by a foamy head that dissapears quickly. The nose offers fruit, banana, spices and hops.
Taste is sweet, lots of fruit, banana, pear, spices, yeast and mild hops. medium bodied, and a bit syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a trippel.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 03:37:01 | More by dherling
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vwcraig

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy, golden color into a goblet. Steady stream of carbonation bubbles and the bright white head just won't hang around.

Strong yeasty note in first whiff. Alcohol burns the nose if inhaled too deeply.

Taste was sweet at first then hit with big alcohol bite. Phenols noticable. Not well balanced as alcohol is too much. Also some clove and spicy flavors.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with sharp fizz and carbonation.

Not super drinkable for me because of an unmasked alcohol note.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 19:23:57 | More by vwcraig
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong clove spice with elements of raisin and prune.

The taste was upfront spicy with heavy flavors of dark fruit and caramel.

The mouthfeel was full with a warming alcohol.

Overall a tasty Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 01:43:18 | More by plaid75
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bort11

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with leftmindedrighty.

Poured into a tulip glass. Bright but slightly hazy golden yellow color. Miniscule fizzy head that quickly recedes to nothing. Smell is vinous, sweet, and a blended fruitiness that is hard to pin point. Apricot and apple is my best guess. Taste is also very sweet. I usually don't like very sweet things, but the maltiness and the venousness create a balance on the palate. Added to the mix is some spiciness and pepper. Alcohol is definitely present. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight fizziness.

Very tastey and enjoyable, though one was just enough for me. I had a pleasant warmth and a slight buzz after one. Great for a cold rainy day.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 13:28:22 | More by bort11
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dirtylou

Washington

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

12oz bottle, kindly gifted to me by expatsteve

appearance: pours into a wide mouth wine glass...clear deep golden colour, bubbly foam head that eventually fades to nothing

smell: very sweet on the nose, peppery spice, malt sweetness, strong vinous boozy nature, sugary and fruity

taste: its proclaimed as a belgian style golden ale on the bottle...huge sweet flavour, apple, pear, vinous booze, "fruit punch", caramel malt backbone, peppery, well spiced, very sweet and fruity, alcohol burn left behind

mouthfeel: spritzy and alive, definite alcohol burn in the finish, medium body, smooth

drinkability: pretty good

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 02:32:32 | More by dirtylou
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden tangerine color glows in the light and is nicely hazy with suspended yeast fog. Nose is fragrant and flowery, fruity (apple, banana, peach, plum, pineapple), and phenolic. There's a fresh fruit tartness which blends smoothly with the clove spice. Taste is tart also. Very phenolic, spicy, sweet, and sour with some sort of fruit explosion. There's a lot of a lot in this tripel, yet no alcohol is apparent. Mouthfeel is smooth and dense. Carbonation is brisk but extended and adds a balance to the slight syrupy texture. Drinkability is good and easy, but for 9.3% and the huge flavors, you better take it gradually.

No Westmalle tripel but certainly a good one. Since I like the style a lot I'm sure I'll pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 02:34:10 | More by tastybeer
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medic25

Connecticut

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

Served in a Duvel tulip; golden yellow, slightly hazy with a nice white head. Pretty lacing after the head dissipates. Pleasant fruity aroma. Taste is quite sweet, with nice undertones of yeasty earthiness. Good mouthfeel; not overly carbonated, fairly dry aftertaste. Extremely drinkable; for 9.3% the alcohol is barely noticable. Better than some tripel's from Belgium that I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 01:05:19 | More by medic25
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an ever so slighly cloudy golden color with a nice frothy one finger white colored head.
S: Yeasty phenolic esters. Big fruityness--mostly of apples, bananas, and pears.
T/M: Smooth as silk. Big fruityness with hints of grapes, apples, and pears with a good presence of alcohol. Not overly sweet, but hints of bubblegum here and there. A slight earthyness is noticeable in the finish. Slighly dry, but it's not too apparent. Good spicyness tickles the tongue during the aftertaste.
D: Pretty damn tasty tripel. Smooth and silky with a slightly high abv that's noticeable in a warming of the chest. Very drinkable with a medium body thats that actually a bit lighter than it starts out as.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 22:52:17 | More by bjohnson
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy white haed that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet and quite fruity with lots of yeasty and bready tones. Alcohol isn't noticible, even as it warms.

Tastes like it smells. Slightly sweet and malty with a nice fruitiness, some distinct banana tones. Lots of bready and yeasty flavors. The booze does show up a bit in the taste, but is not distracting.

Full body, creamy texture.

Well, this is certainly a nice tripel. This is a very fresh sample, so I look forward to seeing how my remaining bottles age - and I suspect that it will become even better. Fans of this style should definitely give this one a try. I don't remember this beer being so good in the past, and I'm glad I gave it another try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 02:11:59 | More by MaltyGoodness
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auntfloyd

New York

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone IPA tulip glass.

Pours a very bright golden color, with two fingers of white head, which slowly falls to half a finger, but never dissipates entirely.

The nose is very sweet and fruity: notes of banana dominate.

The taste follows up on the scent: this is a sweet, fruity beer with dominating fruit (especially banana) and phenol presence.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, and somewhat syrupy. Not sure that I'd enjoy having more than one of these. Drinkability was a bit low as well, the sweetness made this almost more of a soda than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:08:30 | More by auntfloyd
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lpayette

Vermont

2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- a couple shades lighter than macaroni and cheese. Small head that vanishes quickly.

Smell- Phenols are a bit overpowering to the nose. Hints of over-rippened bananas and belgian candy sugar. Suggestions of hops, but they are overtaken by acidic smells.

Taste- Again, too acidic... white grapes. Alcohol esters, and sweet bananas come through. Spent yeast adds another dimension of complexity, but the flavor is definitely off for my tastes.

Mouthfeel- The acidic flavors give it a lot of tang. Yeast sediment gives it a sometimes dryish character.

Drinkability- Alcohol and acidic notes need to toned down or better hidden. This tripel was too wine-like for me and I've yet to find a wine that I like.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 05:38:54 | More by lpayette
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Chsyhkr

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the best example of Belgian Strong Golden Ale I have ever had.

I picked this up at the Greensboro, NC Summertime Brews Festival.

Pours a beautiful clear golden with short lived white lacy head.

Aroma is a wonderful mixture of pears and apples winding its way to a clean flavor with a hint of hop bitterness to keep things in check.

No flaws or defects. A wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 01:19:32 | More by Chsyhkr
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a nice head which disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell has grape notes- white wine. Alcohol is also present in the nose. Taste is sweet then tart, finishes with a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated. Light enough to be pretty drinkable. Decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 23:04:21 | More by burnstar
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Pours with a hazy, orangish tinged, amber color and is topped by an initially two finger thick, light tan colored head that is fairly quick to disappear. As I pour this a characteristic earthy spiciness catches my nose. It makes me wonder if they used a Chimay derived yeast strain. As I go in deeper the earthy sort of spiciness still dominates; a sort of spicy yet earthy coriander note is joined by a soft pear like fruitiness, notes of dusty white pepper, some touches of citrus-like navel orange and lemon peel. The orange peel note seems to combine with a couple of other aromatic notes to form just a touch of orange-cream notes. I would even go so far as to say that this beer smells a touch tart. Quite the complex aromas waft from this glass, this is certainly a plus, but they don't quite seem to mesh in the most harmonious of manners. This seems to be the problem with many beers made with this yeast strain.

The beer is quite a bit drier than I was expecting. In fact it actually does have a light tartness to it that almost seems like lactic acid. It is not so pronounced that I am sure that it is not just the yeast. Whatever, the tartness actually adds to the complexity and balance of this brew. That same earthy-spiciness that is in the aroma is here in the flavor, but it is actually balanced out quite a bit by the subtle sour notes. Flavors that pop into my head as I contemplate this brew; Notes of lemon, a bit of chalk, some green apple notes, perhaps a touch of celery root (that might be a stretch, but there is something here I am trying to describe), some star fruit, and even a touch of kiwi fruit. The finish has a hint of phenolic notes and hot higher alcohols character that almost serve the same function as hop bitterness. Both of these components are subtle enough to only add to the overall experience. This beer is quite drinkable, and surprisingly dry, I was expecting something much sweeter than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 00:43:40 | More by Gueuzedude
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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