Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 46
Gots: 252 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 09-13-2001)
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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity esters of apples and pears as well as clove and belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of fruity esters with some spices and a long warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I'm not a huge fan of this style, but Merry Monks is pretty solid. The higher ABV limits the drinkibility a bit. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of Timmush
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok, I loved this beer at first but the more I drank.. the more I felt it was way too sugary. I had this at the brewery and liked it very much. I can see having one of these but not more than that.

If you ever get a chance to try this, I would say it is worth it.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- Pours with a bright yellow color, small head that lingers for a little while before dissipating. Lots of carbonation.

Smell- Powerful spices, orange peel, and alcohol, very strong alcohol.

Taste- Sweet candied fruits, lots of sugar in here, alcohol is fairly well hidden. I detect peaches and plums.

Mouthfeel- A little weird actually, really covers the mouth, not sure if I like that or not.

Drinkability- Pretty good, this is a solid tripel.

Photo of rye726
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first, of hopefully many, weyerbacher beers. This has a great golden color, but the head is lacking a bit. The nose has fruity malts, sweet alcohols and some spicy Belgian yeasts. Taste is a bit sweet, but still good. Maybe just a pich more hops. Medium to full body is well carbonated. A good attempt at the style, but it would be really good if they turned it into a Belgian Double IPA.

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

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this one.

Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, basically no sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice floral notes, with some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, good floral notes, slight bananna notes, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another tasty Weyerbacher brew.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm just anticipating all the great beer I will have in Belgium next week, but I really enjoyed this beer. It is very, very light for a Belgian Tripel, in color, aroma, and flavor. Aroma is tripel-ish, but light on the spice and heavy on the sugar, but in a way that is very light and very tastey. Flavor is more of the same, but the mouthfeel is notably light. Many times, I find tripels to be thick and sugar-y. This beer is sweet and light simultaneously like angel-food cake. It's really good.

I would recommend this beer.

Photo of Bugsey
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of disappointing for a tripel. There is the pleasant sweetness of a tripel here, but there is something darker, more mineral like, more earthy.

It's a strong beer, and overall it is enjoyable, but for the tripel category, I think there are others that a preferable.

Photo of Shaw
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden color. It would have been clear except for my poor decanting skills. It has a nice white head that turns into a thin layer.

A wonderful aroma of clove, sweet fruit and malt.

The taste is even better. Flavors of spice mix with sweet honey and fruit flavors. The high alcohol level is totally masked. This is what a Tripel should taste like.

The body is crisp and leaves a zing on my palate. Excellent.

Overall this is a great Tripel. Seek it out, it's one of the best, either in the U.S. or in Belgium.

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, another fine Weyerbacher brew I haven't had yet. Life is good. Thanks to milwaukeeclassic & MrBURTON55 for an intro to the Monks.

Merry M. is rich gold with madly racing carbonation & huge, sweet, fruity smell pounding north out of the pint glass.

Taste is very similar. Sweet banana ripeness! This is the kind of gateway beer you need to keep away from the kids, all sweetness & pleasing smells & fruit drinkee. Alcohol? There's alcohol in this?

Solid tripel. Very good. I'll be happy to consume its brothers.

Photo of Herrbrokt
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour a hazy honey gold with a monster bubbly head that falls off and provides a fine lacing.

Smell of sweet pineapple, spice and yeast.

Taste is firstly bitter earthy, falling off into a very sweet fruit flavor, apple, pine apple, banana. Finishes with a peppery spice and warm alcohol.

Dry mouthfeel, substantially carbonated. Feels good going down.

Nicely done overall however, it feels like I may have opened one too soon.I'll let some age and review it again.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter and liquid is gold, cloudy and had very nice carbonation. The head is tall, thick creamy off white buttery color that leaves very good lace.

The smell is a thick sour dough malt, alcohol and bakers yeast.

The taste follows, a good tasting brew all around, the yeast is good but not over done the malt hos combo produces and light fruit salad taste of apples, orenges, grapes, cherries and coconut.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good this is a nice American example of the style. I would try more and cellar some. Prosit, MK

Photo of Kraken
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another review from notes.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wineglass. Pours an translucent orange amber in color with a one finger head that dissapates rapidly leaving a slight skim of a head. No lace to speak of.
Nose-Bananna bubble gum esters, clove and alcohol.
Taste- Light caramel, very nice bananna and bubble gum prescence from yeast, followed by hints of sour apple, grapes, and melon. A little hot but pleasent. Long dry finish.
Mouthfeel-Good, helped by a very fine carbonation, which contributes a cleansing effect.
Drinkability-at 9% this is a little hot and can sneak up on you but it sure goes down nicely.

Photo of AltBock
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a colorful label of 3 drunk monks hiding out in the attic of thier monastery. Some of the monks are a little creepy looking, but this label is no where as crude looking as some of thier other 12 oz. labels. Like every other Weyerbacher bottle, this one doesn't have a date either.

I poured this Belgian style Tripel into a Chimay Chalise. This beer put the golden into golden ale. It poured a golden amber color with a 1/2 an inch head of fizzy white foam. This fizzy head of foam had good retention that left behind a small white film and spots of white lace. The aroma was lightly citrusy and yeasty with citrus hops, red grapes, burnt malts, and a hint of yeast. There wasn't much going on in the aroma or the taste. The taste was lightly citrusy with a touch of citrus hops, more burnt malts, alcohol, a hint of lemon zest, subtle grapefruit, and a pinch of yeast at the end. Belgian taste? Not really. It was just a beer with little flavor. This was light bodied beer with a faint aftertaste of citrus hops, alcohol, citrus fruits, and a hint of yeast. Not much going on there either. I don't know what to say about this beer. Is it a Belgain style? If it is, then it's on the lower end of the Belgian styles. I sure hope not all of these are like this and I just got a bad bottle. If it's suppose to be like this, then I won't be touching this beer again.

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to rpohagan for this, one thanks Ryan!

Pours a noisy & effervescent, semi-hazed peach with 1 finger of sand colored head. Viscous look to this, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Apricots, pears, & honey

T: Apricots, pears, honey & some citrussy hops up front, plus a whisper warming booze. Pineapples, candi sugar & passion fruit show themselves proudly as this warms. Finishes fruitty with a bit of grapefruit hops & booze

MF: Slick, medium bodied with minimal carbonation& some stickyness. Balances great

Drinks pretty good, the booze & complexity do slow you down. A damn good Tripel regardless of where it comes from!

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

Sampled at the brewery, a pale amber yellow with a decent white head.

Aroma is fruity and spicy with notes of apple, clove, and tropical fruit.

Flavor starts with golden apple, melon, and pear. Spicy Belgian yeast emerges with clove, pepper and coriander.

Body is medium with a slick mouthfeel and good drinkability for it's strength. Mouthfeel doesn't feel Belgian but still a very nice brew.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow this ended up in my cooler when I got home from a mountain bike festival. I ain't complaining. I poured the bottle into a pint glass and it foamed to a 2" thick head, probably due to my swirling the bottle 3/4 of the way through the pour (still left some sediment on the bottom of the bottle). It poured a light, hazy gold and the sediment hung in the glass without settling to the bottom. Smelled of citrus, spice and hops but not overly strong. Had a nice body in the mouth and went down real smooth. The fruit, spice and hops were well balanced and a slight bitter aftertaste lingered after the swallow. I finished the glass while making fajitas, and the glass went down real easy. Bummer that this was my only bottle. I enjoyed this one. FYI, I'm not one to brag but I make a mean fajita.

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

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug. No head.

S. Belgian yeast, pear, booze.

T. Sweet fruits, trademark yeast, apple crispness, noble hops.

M. Crisp and medium bodied.

D. A good strong sipping beer. A treat indeed. Not the best of trippels but far from the worst. Alcohal is present, not so much at first.

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

I love this beer, i wish it was brewed year round. It is about as good as any Belgian import you'll find here, better than some. In fredericksburg, Total Wine carries it. Having grown up in Easton's I am extremley happy wtih Weyerbacher's effort and quality for this beer.

Photo of chaz410
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful brew. It has an aroma that is true to its flavor and masks its high alcohol content well. I wouldn't say it is a beer for anyone due to the high alcohol content and complexity of flavors. This beer has a high amount of citrus zings and malty notes and is very sweet considering the potency of the beer. I highly recommend it to any beer lover or anyone who wants a beer that has a citrus flavoring and wants a little more buzz from their drink.

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

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

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, apples, spices, Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch hops.

T: The taste starts with some sweet fruit flavors and bready flavors of Belgian yeast and light malts. There's a mild spiciness in the background and a light hops bitterness comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily for a beer with 9.30% ABV, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it might not be the best Tripel out there but it's a good beer to drink for a while.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Monks Ale pours a hazy orange with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is nice, fruit, sugar, bubblegum all come to mind. The taste has similar notes, as well as a bit of clove. One of the best American versions of a Belgian beer that I've tried.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bottle into my goblet glass and received a orangish hue with light head that left a lace ring around the glass. Some hops and sweetness come through in the smell, and also something like flowers or like Fabreeze. It just had one of those "fresh" smells as they say. Haven't smelt that in a long time in a beer. Light to medium-bodied, this beer has a some sharpness as it hits the tongue but rides out smooth. While no hop kick is really present, as it shouldn't, there is a wonderful fruit burst. The fruit I tasted most for some reason was cherries, but there were tropical fruits suchs as pineapple in there as well. For a Belgian style triple I thought the spicing was a little lowkey, but the beer still finished with a strong backbite that warmed me up.

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

This is a pretty decent (American) representation of a tripel. Poured up a nice cloudy, pale yellow colour; looked like 100's of other tripels. Smell was spicy with a fairly noticeable musty "funk" that I would expect more from a saison. Nice. Taste was well balance with a sweet spicy flavour up front and a nice, bitter hop profile on the finish. Mouthfeel is about where it should be for this style with quite alot of CO2. A nice U.S. tripel.

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

Bottle from Total Wine in Chantilly, VA, courtesy of a friend. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, which the beer did an admirable job of filling.

Appearance: Overly aggressive pour on my part, perhaps, but it yields a huge, white, three-finger head. Good retention. Gorgeous crystalline-golden body with active carbonation, though the lacing leaves something to be desired.

Aroma: Coriander, cloves, some mild farmhouse yeast notes, and a permeating simple, golden sweetness. Textbook, though a little simplistic.

Taste: Spices - peppery cloves - a few light fruity esters (banana is prominent, with a few other citrus notes that may or may not be ester-imparted) - and lots of earthy yeastiness. Tons of sweetness too, candy sugar-like. Mild alcohol in finish.

Mouthfeel: Very even, average thickness, and big bodied. True to style.

Drinkability: I like this a lot, actually, which I didn't expect to. The alcohol is hidden very well, though it is dangerously high (approaching double digits). A pleasant surprise that shows what an effect expectations can have on the enjoyability of a beer, in my opinion.

Photo of smilingPolitely
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly, I was fortunate enough to run across this one on tap where the only other selections were the typical macros - and they even poured it into a goblet/chalice.
It was much more golden hued than the other tripels I had sampled, and had minimal head retention. It had a sweet fruity smell to it that carried over to the taste which also had a little bit of spice as it finished up. I'd say a raisin flavor was the most overwhelming aspect with citrus in the background. The mouthfeel was heavy and smooth.
I ordered a second before the meal was over and would have definitely been satisfied with a third or fourth if we had stayed longer.

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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