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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,763 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,763
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 41
Gots: 172 | 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)
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Photo of bjohnson


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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

New York

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

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


2.4/5  rDev -37.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

09-04-2006 00:43:40 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Pretty yellow amber color with tons, and I mean tons, of carbonation. 3/8th inch bubbly white head with flawless retention. Great looker! Aroma is like many Americanized Belgians, banana yeast, candied sugar, and a touch of the tropics. Slight hints of cotton candy to boot. Taste matches aroma with some strong sensations of rum like alcohol sugars. Warming, sweet, and boozy with minimal character or depth.

08-21-2006 17:52:52 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Nipitato


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Picked up a bottle from Julio' s Liqours in Westborough, MA

A: Deep golden straw color. Good clarity. No head , which is uncharacteristic of the style. I blame the lack of head for the glass it was poured into (pint glass - I was on vacation, cut me some slack!).

S: Strong fruity esters - almost winey. Alcohol comes through in the nose. Esters have a pear smell. Nice moderate spiciness.

T: Boozy yet delicious. Just a faint presence of phenol spice. Pear ester presence much stronger. Nice dry finish.

M: Dry finish. Highly carbonated. Light body. Boozy.

D: A delicious version of a Belgian golden ale.

08-20-2006 00:14:39 | More by Nipitato
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -26%

Weyerbacher- Merry Monks'

Appearance- golden yellow with very little head. Hazy with particles floating about.
Smell- strong alcohol with a blend of banana.
Taste- whoa, is this moonshine! My first sip was pure alcohol. The beer eventually has a banana, anise, heavy sugar flavor.
Mouthfeel- Strong alcohol that goes up through the palatte. Big flavor in the end.

Overall- the high alcohol is not only not disguised but disguises the flavors in this beer. Tone the Alcohol down and let the flavor shine. Tough 1 to drink!!!

08-16-2006 00:35:11 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of BeerRun13


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

A clear, rich golden color pours from the bottle. A small white head disapears, but bubbles keep flowing up from below. No lace to speak of.
Candi sugar and fruity malt aromas with a definate alcohol presence are all in the nose.
Fruit and spice combine to put the flavor a bit towards the cidery side. Alcohol definately present. The fruity flavor gets better as it warms.
Medium bodied and well carbonated. A nice belgium style dryness to it.
This one is a decent beer overall. Definately worth a try.

08-03-2006 04:07:38 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter at around 50 degrees on a VERY hot day.

Pours a cloudy golden with a quickly-disappearing head. Smells of spice, orange, and a little alcohol. Tastes warm with a slight bite; the orange aroma comes out as the alcohol warms the back of your throat. Aftertaste is pretty sweet, but very drinkable.

08-02-2006 02:04:55 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Hauled back from PA by expatsteve. Thanks again.

Pour is a light, clear, golden yellow with a hint of amber under a minimal white soapy film.

Nose is similar to a lot of American "Belgian style Tripels" that I've encountered - banana, booze, candi sugar syrup and tropical fruit.

Taste is more banana and LOTS more booze, with some bready yeast, honey and melon thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick, and, again - boozy.

If you like sweet banana smoothies (adult smoothies that is), this is right up your alley and this one really hits you towards the end of the glass. A solid Belgian "STYLE" ale.

07-13-2006 04:41:39 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.28/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer pours a pale golden with lots of carbonation and a nice pure white head. Head has nice retention and leaves generous lacing as well.

Aroma was very yeasty. Citrus and belgian candi follow. Smells extremely sweet, almost like a malt liquor. No hops that I can detect.

Taste backs the aroma. Lots of sweet sweet fruits, yeast, belgian candy. Beer is borderline cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Crisp and very sweet. Maybe one or two of these is about all I can handle. No hop bitterness, or any bitterness for that matter.

07-11-2006 23:49:45 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of expatsteve


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: Almost a lager color, with no head and light lacing. Cloudy finish, with low/medium viscosity. Light creates an oddly dirty look in this beer.

Aroma: Booze, banana, and light raisins. Some cloves notes, along with some tart fruit suggestions.

Taste: Light malt finish, with bananas, apricots and honey notes developing as the beer warms. Booze aftertaste balances the honey developments. Sweet, but fairly well balanced for the most part. Banana notes tend to be a little distracting after a while.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a little syrupy. Vegetal notes in the aftertaste are a little disracting.

Drinkable. Good, and definitely better from the bottle than it was on-tap. Booze is for the most part deceptively well hidden, making this a beer you could settle on for a while. Probably not as light in the body or as complex in the fruits as Belgian representatives of the style, but a solid American rendering nonetheless.

07-10-2006 14:43:02 | More by expatsteve
Photo of jmz62565


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

This beer pours a golden yellow with a medium white head and sediment in the beer. The smell is a light citrus,lemon, and wheat aroma. The taste has a tart citrus flavor with wheat, candy sugar ,and fruit, pear?. The m/f is light and crisp, very refreshing. The flavors mix well and the high alcohol content is very well hidden. A very good beer, but the high alcohol does sneak up on you. Be warned. Cheers.

07-09-2006 00:26:14 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Vancer


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%

Nice monker brew – started off with a golden yellow, fizzy pour, heading missing and disappointing.

Hints of Belgium yeast in the aroma and in the taste, of course. Also noted some sour apple candy-cane in the body.

Quite a surprising mouthfeel to this brew, very sharp and tart, as I expected a sweeter brew. Finished on the sour side, also different for me.

Still a nice drinker and enjoyable.

06-30-2006 12:52:20 | More by Vancer
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

A - a pale straw yellow with a thin white head, moderate carbonation swiftly rises to the top

S - i love how this smells, sweet and wheaty all at once, a nice sweet lemon with other sugary esthers, kind of like twizzlers

T - what a great balance!, a sharp sugariness up front, almost like bubble gum, then the aftertaste finishes with a ginger-like spiciness, very nice

M - sharp at first and kind of fizzy, but that mellows out and is very good

D - like all weyerbacher stuff ive had, this is very drinkable, an impressive american belgian tripel

06-29-2006 16:32:49 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Hautacam


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Clear deep gold with a foamy head that doesn't last...drops to a film.
Smells of fruit...banana....unknown spices and Saaz-like hops. A bit of funk in the background.
Taste is pretty complex. This is a sweet one....lots of fruit..banana, pear ....a hint of bubblegum....some spices, yeast and mild phenol.Hops are present , but not prominent. Alcohol is well hidden behind the sugar and fruits.
Medium ..a little syrupy with low carbonation.
Pretty drinkable...this is a good one , but you must like your tripels sweet.

06-29-2006 10:54:13 | More by Hautacam
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

Slightly hazy but very clear golden with a 2-finger head that eventually becomes a thin layer of bubbles. Consistent carbonation rising to the top. Wow, this looks like Miller High Life.

Aromas of rich golden malt, some spices, and a very faint alcohol presence.

Smooth as a baby's ass considering the amount of alcohol in this one. Very spicy with subtle hints of light gold malt. Some light fruits, perhaps a bit of pear. Finishes sweet with a hint of the fruit sweetness.

Fairly light in body, a lot of carbonation though not too much. Something about Belgian tripel's limits my drinkability of them, however, although it isn't stunningly brilliant, the Merry Monk is a solid take on the style.

06-13-2006 02:29:14 | More by trep
Photo of nouseforotacon


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

As I eagerly await the kick-off of the U.S. debut, I kick-off another fine day of beautiful Coupe du Monde action and beer drinking with a Merry Monks.

This one poured out a bubbly, effervescent, golden orange bottom with thin foamy lacing on top. Weak and unimpressive head.

Very smoky qualities upfront in the nose with warm alcohol and phenols rising. Sweet smelling, pale malts with some spicy/herbal notes that I can't quite identify. Dry and muddy, with a small hint of banana and diacetyl.

Heavy carbonation in the mouth, with a definite medium body and a very dry, champagne-like finish. Caramel, and bananas in the taste, with the medicinal and herbal phenols blending together. Slight hint of spice, very low bitterness, dry and sticky. Easy to drink and enjoyable, as the alcohol is well masked.

I'm not quite sure how this one fares as a 'Tripel', but it is an enjoyable beer nonetheless and an interesting Belgian style. Cheers, and here's too all of the teams in the World Cup! Enjoy this month.

06-12-2006 16:25:47 | More by nouseforotacon
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

A vigorous pour yields a slightly hazy golden body with a nice off-white head. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, yeast, bread dough, fruits (pear, apple, white grape) and some alcohol. The flavor is yeasty, with fruit notes (apple and pear), some candy sugar, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and drinkability is descent. An ok tripel, might get better with some age.

06-10-2006 05:54:19 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Not a bad American Belgian-style, but this didn't really taste like a tripel to me -- more like a Belgian Pale.

Pours a fizzy golden yellow with a decent head that fades quickly, even when poured at proper temperature. The beer itself is slightly cloudy, but not too much.

Aroma reminds me a lot of Fin du Monde. Bananas, yeast or bread, some lemon or citrus.

Taste is caramel and banana, with some citrus as well. A little sweet, and very carbonated for the style.

Another decent offering from Weyerbacher.

06-08-2006 01:14:15 | More by crwills
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours deep gold with a hazed clarity and lots of rapidly rising tiny bubbles. Dense soap bubble head of two fingers and decent retention. Scarce and spotty lacing. Mild Belgian phenolic nose of banana and plastic with a weak pale malt aroma. Sweet pale malt flavor with a nice candi sugar alcohol spice. Crisp pilsener and yeast in the aftertaste with a flash of alcohol and mild golding hop bitterness. Tame in every way except the fusel burn. Medium body and carbonation but a fine crispyness allows the big flavor without being too residual sweet. Faint hop bitterness and mild yeast bite in the finish, and the alcohol is perhaps a little more evident than appropriate. This drinks easy, but I wouldn't want more than a bomber.

05-22-2006 06:35:33 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Looks like strawberry juice. A bit of head, a hint of lacing. Smells lemony and hoppy. Bready, definitely bready. Tastes a bit alcoholic, a bit yeasty, and fruity- peachy, apricoty, that kind of thing. Strong. Mouthfeel is oily and wet. For a 9% beer- this is damn drinkable. This will knock you on your bum. Not my favorite tripel, but by no means shabby.

04-28-2006 07:05:03 | More by scooter231
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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