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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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2,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,006
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 56
Gots: 323 | 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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Ratings: 2,006 | Reviews: 758
Photo of eyncognito
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle pours a hazy orange with a an eggshell white head that fades a little too quickly into an attractive collar. not unattractive for a beer, but i've seen better. no lacing. visible carbonation, but could use some more head. aroma is orchard fruits-apples, pears, and peaches-along with clove. Even hints of banana as it warms.

Taste is sweet-apples and pears with some caramel. Some hints of pilsner malt even emerge between the fruit and clove spice, mild pepper. The spice is a touch tame. Malt is sugary sweet-gentle caramel and honey. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, with ample carbonation.

Quite drinkable. Alcohol is well-hidden, only revealing itself in a gentle warming. Merry Monks' is a solid American stab at a Belgian Tripel. Nothing ground breaking, but with a good price tag this beer satisfies and does not break the bank.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $2.20 for a single.
Appearance: Pretty light, slightly hazy yellow. Nice foamy head fades to a thin rim. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet fruit and clove. Spicy and a little alcohol. A swirl brings up some nice yeastiness. Sweet, fruity, and complex but not overpowering. Very nice.

Taste: Flavors similar to the smell, but not as good. Less sweet fruit and more clove and spice. Kind of peppery. Alcohol. The finish is too sharp and peppery. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel: I like the almost over the top carbonation. It is nice and tingly, almost sharp. The contrast with the sweetness and the slight stickiness in the mouth is good and helps the finish.

Drinkability: I actually like this beer a lot. Its almost more like a BSPA to me, but whatever. The taste doesnt quite live up to the smell, but overall, this is a really nice beer.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, translucent, glowing marigold color. The tall, ivory colored head has a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, with some solid patches of lacing.

S: Robustly fruity aromas of tart apples, ripe pears, and some peachy notes - somewhat tart overall, actually. Also a firm clove spiciness, along with a moderate background sweetness.

T: An initial burst of flavor - honeyed sweetness along with the same yeasty fruitiness as the nose, which lends a mildly sour flavor for a moment. The finish is rather spicy, with clove and pepper flavors. Also somewhat phenolic at times.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is somewhat firm and lively, while the finish is rather dry. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it stays in the background for the most part.

D: A rather fruity, perky tripel from Weyerbacher. Interestingly tart, but this has a full flavor profile and is a rather nice interpretation of a popular Belgian style.

Photo of crhensel
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into a trappist glass) Poured a dark amber/ light orange color with no head. Aroma had a hint of fruit sweetness and citrus. Also a very heavy yeast smell that reminded me of Thanksgiving stuffing! Taste was a little sweet which does not really fit the style. A good beer, but more reminiscent of a very strong weizen. Warning, the alcohol is very well hidden here...that 9.3% will catch up to you!

Photo of donniecuffs
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright yellow with a finger of white head; decent lacing. The smell was overwhelmingly acidic lemon, and maybe a little pineapple and blood orange. The flavor was undeniably one-dimensional, with lemon zest piercing through from start to finish, and only the most minute trace of orange peel in the finish. The mouthfeel was lighter than expected, but at least spritzy. I'm sorry, but this is not a stellar example of a tripel.

Photo of wangbruins
2.43/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep yellow, gold that seemed pretty typical but with real good lacing

S- Wheat and hops and a lot of lemon

T- Lemony and very tangy with a hint of flowery flavors

M- Stinging but light and smooth at the end

D- Smooth drink but not for me. A fan of tripel may find it phenomenal I believe, but again, not for me

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy bright orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes into a small cap of firm lacing that last a while. The aroma is of citrus, moderate funk, floral notes in the background, and a hint of alcohol. It is very pleasing. The taste is funkier than the aroma, the alcohol is more prominent. The citrus and floral notes are still there, but they are toned down some. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very nice tripel. It might not stand up to some of the classic Belgian examples, but it is totally drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of colts9016
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this beer through a trade.

Poured into my Triple Karmeliet glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A 2 finger head that has descent retention. The color of the beer is a medium straw with a good amount of yeast partials. The clarity of the beer is clouded. There is some effervescence in the beer.

Nose: There is a nice complex of malt and spiciness. The spiciness has some pepper, phenols, cloves, banana, and ester. The hops are citrus, a generous amount of floral, perfumery, and some pine. The malt is toasted with a hint of biscuits.

Taste: A very rich spicy flavor, there is some white pepper, phenols, cloves, and esters. The hop characters are perfumey, citrus, generous amount of floral bouquet and some pine. The malt is there as an accompaniment, with flavors of light toasted biscuit. There are also some banana notes.

Overall: The mouth feel is spicy yet creamy rich and astringent. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is almost full. This beer carries a lot of flavor and is rather good. The head was a real disappointment. The taste was more pronounced than the nose. I was hoping for some balance in the beer's flavor, it is jumbled.

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light orange color with a nice sized head that doeas dissipate to a nice amber ring..the smell is bananas clove coriander apples and pears ...the taste is pure belgium it starts with a banana and clove hit then some nice yeast taste followed bt a sweet malt..this is a nice offering from weyerbacher it drinks like a belgium pale ale its quite tasty the 9.3 abv is well hidden but i like the breweries ipa's better..this one is however is solid and a great one to try if you like the style..i did and its recommended

Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light colored amber/orange with big frothy 2 fingers of slightly offwhite head that slowly fade to just a thin film across the top of the beer. Nose is full of sweet smelling cloves, yeast and bits of citrus. This is one cloudy bastard, perhaps I was a little too rough on the pour because the particles making it appear cloudy are individually identifiable and some of them are rather dark and large floating around in suspension. Carb level is quite high, mouthfeel pleasantly medium and slightly syrupy in the finish as well as warming. Taste up front is full of cloves and a bit of malt sweetness that finishes with a lingering blend of both yeast and cloves.

Photo of Beejay
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light grapefruit color, with plenty of white head on the top.

S: Very yeasty smell. Ripe fruit and maybe some cloves as well.

T: Sweet, and a little spicy. Lot's of alcohol taste in the finish, as well as some clove.

M: Highly carbonated. Much like a thicker version of champaign.

D: Good, but not amazing.. a little harsh on the alcohol, but still drinkable. Not bad.. not great, though I would like to try it on tap...

Photo of mattmascari
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A golden hue with faint red coloration

S fruity with a sweet tone light hop character

T caramel start with bright fruits and slight hop. malty sweetness that isnt over powering. i get the feeling the yeast is the one bringing all those wonderful flavors to the party and hops are just bittering to reduce the sweetness

M medium body which coats your toungue without feeling clotting just the right carbonation to bounce the flavor to the back of your mouth

D one of my true favorites if you can get it dont hesitate just dive in

Photo of Darkhorse09
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, orange hue, a little bit lighter than I expected. Very brief, short head, not impressive, but not terrible either.

Aroma: Very fruity and just a little spice. Could potentially be a bit sour, maybe some lemon grass on the nose. Smells good.

Taste: Light and fruity up front, then comes some alcohol and spices. Lemony finish, quite dry. Pretty sweet and not too much hop presence. tasty, bright, fruity, medium-bodied, light

Mothfeel: very good, coats the moth nicely, just a tad shy of sticky. Light syrupy character.

Drinkability: good good good. tasty and warm. I'd have this one again.

Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC, poured into wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a fizzy white head.

S - Aroma is banana, clove, wheat, yeast. Seems to lean a bit toward the German hefe side.

T - Wheaty and yeasty with banana, clove, honey, Asian pear and other light fruits, as well as some alcohol. Yeah, this is sort of a hybrid between a trippel and an imperial hefe.

M - Body is medium-light and carbonation is high.

D - Pretty good. Light body helps a bit.

Overall, this beer is pretty good. Not really to style though since it seems a little more like a strong German hefeweizen than a trippel.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical yellow golden color topped with a surprisingly frothy but moderate sized head. Lace retention is moderate, lace is minimal.

Aromas of Belgian yeast, esters, faint grassiness. Flavor encompasses these qualities in addition to dried pears some orange juice in the aftertaste. No belgian spice, pepper. Moderate alcohol flavor. No creaminess detected. This is a bit less complex than most Belgian Tripels Ive had, but its incredibly drinkable. You don't get caught up on the flavors, but rather the enjoyment it brings.

Photo of denmah
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour: pours very clean and clear, golden almost glowing color

smell:The strong grain and carmel/malt smell

taste: great smooth taste, one of my favorites, tripels are my dream. small citrus taste, light fruit, almost no aftertaste, very small amount of hoppy bittery taste.

mouthfeel: great medium to full beer taste

overall, very strong and happy beer, nearly 10% abv will put you to bed fast!

Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours with a white sudsy head and a surprisingly clear golden color.

The smell is fresh but malty grain and a bit of fruity sweetness.

The taste is similar, grainy and light like a Belgian trippel, not hops or anything like that.

Full body with moderate carbonation.

Pretty delicious. Packs a punch. A good beer but one or two will be all you need.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellared 750 bottle from May 2008.

A: Nice clear golden color with a touch of haze. A finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Apples and mustiness. Quite a bit of sweetness as well. Not that complex a nose but damn do those apples come through.

T: Just a nice mix of fruit with a touch of funk. The hops are not there which is weird for an american tripel. Lots of sweetness throughout.

M: Nice thick medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Time does this beer wonders. I had this on tap from a 2 year old keg and it was liver killing. This is a nice example of an American tripel. Fresh not so great.With a year on it=win.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, faintly effervescent, dark yellow body with a smallish, though fairly lasting, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented pils malts dosed with even more quality sugar and punctuated by notes of fruits, spices, and top-shelf alcohol.

Taste: Delicately grainy pilsner and pale maltiness with a jolt of sugared sweetness and minor hint of wildflower honey. Fruity taste of pears and, to a lesser degree, some unripened banana. Even a tiny blip of fine, fresh lemon emerges upon slight warming. Spicy, pepperlike clove along with the apparent alcohol character land midway in the taste and carry you on their chiseled, hulking shoulders to the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus, smooth body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a shot! While not among the top tier of tripels for me, it's no slouch either, and one of the better American-born tripels out there.

Photo of JoshW
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured from a bottle into a 12oz snifter. Strong golden color, 2 finger head dissipated quickly.

S-Smell is very apparent that there is lots of yeast, a higher abv and a hint of banana

T-Sweet up front, very very lightly hoppy, a little malt and warming on the way down. As opposed to some other brews you can't *taste* the alcohol in this one.

M/D-Very easy to drink.. Wouldn't guess a 9.3%ABV by taste, probably would have guessed 5 or 6... Hint of banana, does taste slightly like a pale ale to me, but fantastic all around, I love this one, and the price at my distributor is only 37.99 a case!

Photo of Mistofminn
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with ever so subtle amber/copper tones. Lively carbonation that lasts a good hour at a steady pace fuels decent head retention. Initially, the head is large, off-white and impressive. It shrinks to small splotches and a small ring around the outside of the glass. Decent lacing, but nothing special.

The nose is sweet with the unmistakable scent of ethanol. The aroma definitely packs some heat, much more than I would have liked. There is a definite Belgian quality here, but it is pretty americanized, in other words not very authentic. Citrus fruits and a splash of cloves. I can tell this is a quality yeast strain, and that pretty much saves this for me.

The taste is very sweet. Citrusy and spicey, cloves and coriander. There is the heat, letting you know this is a near 10% ABV brew. Authentically Belgian, but still very Americanized. More syrupy than most Tripels that I've had, but that works for the better.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy for the style, a little more syrupy than I would have hoped. The heat also takes away from the drinkability, but overall it gets a deserving score.

Overall, this is a great beer, but only an above average Tripel. It is too americanized for my tastes, but thats ok. I actually think some time might do this beer some good, as it's pretty hot for what it should be.

I did like it. I will get it again if I find it in my travels.

Photo of MithosYggdrasil
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two of these last night with a co-worker after a long day of work.

Appearance: It pours a very crisp looking light gold color, with a white, fluffy head and good (but not great) head retention.

Smell: Fruity; red/gala apples being the most dominant smell, some hint of bananas, spices and of course the smell of Belgian yeast. Just the right amount of malt aroma, as well.

Taste: Sweet, but not too sweet (the main complaint I hear about Belgians is them being too sweet or heavy). The taste isn't too far off from the smell, with the apple taste really coming through. Very crisp, with the finish tasting slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, little carbonation and very crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Good attempt and pretty tasty. I wouldn't call it a great session beer, but it's certainly worthy and I'll probably have it again sometime.

Photo of ujsplace
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange, creamy, thick puffy white head that lasts mid way through, leaving a small swirly island floating in the middle. Some residual lacing all the way through...

S: Complex, there is a lot going on here; sweet bananas, sour apples, fresh baked wheat bread, astringent alcohols...

T: Sweet banana, malt, sweet wheat bread, mild bitterness midway through, alcohol nice and dry ending...tasty!!!

M: Creamy and easy drinking. Descent carbonation, really a good (local) tripel.

Photo of magine
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a ommegang chalice.

Pours a light orange cloudy brew with a with fluffy head, has a nice lace to it.

The brew smells of banana's and yeast, some alcohol comes through.

The brew tastes of bananas, bready yeast. Big bubbly action goes on in the mouth feel initially, then the smoothness takes over. Very nice after taste, and warmth from the alcohol.

This brew is very drinkable - not the best Triple, but very good. Not overly sweet, very drinkable nice yeast and banana flavors. Very balanced brew. Stellar.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a caged and corked bottle this beer was a murky rusty-gold color with a fistful of sediment and tons of rising carbonation. The head was yellowish-beige, three-fingers in size, retained excellently as a fluffy cap and turned rocky after a while. The lacing was also impressive in sliding sheets. The aroma was of citrusy hops, Belgian yeast, crystal malt, lightly spice and a touch of nuts. The flavors were complex and on-point for a Belgian style Abbey Ale. I tasted, Belgian yeast, toffee, light caramel, floral hops, spicy hops and citrusy hops, alcohol, sweetbreads, a touch of dough and coriander. Semi-sweet and a little tangy. The mouthfeel was creamy, frothy and slightly slick. The body was full and the carbonation lively. This was a very complex and accurate example of the style and one of the best I have seen made on this side of the pond - yum!

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,006 ratings.