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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 52
Gots: 281 | 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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Photo of MiScusi
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden body, thin head that dissipates very fast.

S- belgian yeast derived fruit, sugar. Very aromatic.

T- Sweet effervescence. This might be what people describe as candied plums. Light sweet banana. Some light Belgian yeast phenols in the background.

M- very prickly and effervescent. Bubbles rising like crazy throughout the chalice. Sweet finishing. Would like it a touch drier.

Overall a real good belgian ale, on the sweeter side. Alcohol is not burning.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with dense carbonation bubbles erupting to form a tight, downy white head.

Bold aroma of sugar, citrus, spice, and yeast.

This beer is more aggressive than I anticipated. The yeast and alcohol presence provide quite a kick similar to the sugar/spice combo that follows with sweet banana and a peppery quality.

This brew is on the higher side of carbonation, nice alcohol bite and a bit dry.

Overall, a good brew, some intense flavor offerings to be experienced and worth a future visit.

Photo of jpaltan
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy and cloudy orange with a thick head, that sticks around for a bit. lacing is generous. lots of sediment from yeast. nose is pear and a bit bready. some apple in the smell too. taste is fruity in up front. kind of muted and blended together a bit, but then decidedely apple and citrusy in the finish. mouthfeel is well carbonated and is a bit dry in the finish. there is a bit of alcohol burn in the end, but pretty well hidden. not bad overall but kind of wish it was a bit drier in the end. Some strange aftertastes as well.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa a few weeks back. I don't drink this style that much and wanted to give it shot not that I've blown through most of my Christmas stash of beer. The alcohol in this is a bit too high from me, but the complexity and cloudiness of a good Belgian beer is present here.

This had a nice pour from a visual standpoint - cloudy, lots of sediment, and a decent head. There wasn't a lot of lacing here and the head could have lasted longer, but the hue had a nice goldenrod shade to it. The aroma could have matched the taste a bit more. Yes, there's banana and clove out the wazoo here, with some straw, coriander, and a hint of lemon and grass thrown in for good measure. This is pretty balanced but the hops hit you pretty strongly up front and linger for a while! The alcoholic content of this is high enough that it's easily felt and able to warm even the most warm-blooded drinkers up; such as yours truly!

This is not a bad beer but it's just a bit too strong and up-front for my taste. The Quad of one of the Ommegang beers would be higher up on my choice for Belgian brews that orginiate from my neck of the woods, but if you're looking for a mildly complex Tripel with no spice and lots of warming potential, than this your beer!

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color, with a three-finger white head that dissipated surprisingly quickly. Left almost no lacing

Smell: Muted belgian yeast, bananas, honey, clove.

Taste: A banana-honey sweetness is most evident, which fades to a hoppy bitterness at the end. Something seems a little off, as the hops and the sweetness seem to clash a little bit. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and nicely carbonated. Would have liked a little thicker feel so the taste lingered longer.

Drinkability: Not the best tripel I've ever had, but not a bad one by any means. The taste could use a little refinement, but it's a solid beer. There are other tripel's I would rather have for my money, but it's not a bad beer by any means.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours a clear golden blond with a foamy white head.

S - White sugars, butter, wheat, mild spices.

T - The taste is primarily bananas and white pepper with some wheaty, bready backing. Seriously. Bananas and white pepper.

Mouthfeel - Cheek puckering sweet/sourness, good carbonation.

Notes - This is a sweet, sour, floral, Belgian style beer.

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

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Opaque yellow orange like a wheat. Almost three fingers of thick frothy head with great retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Sweet and spicy. Big on light fruity esters. Phenolic clove and some banana. Pleasant flowery bouquet and a tad of pungency.

4.0 T: Big hit of spicy pepper right from the start. Then some banana and clove. Then a hit of boozy solvent. Hops are MIA. Lots of stuff don't well and nothing excluded.

4.0 M: Medium body. A little too much carbonation, even for the style. Otherwise, very smooth.

4.0 D: Not bad at all. I would go to this anytime if I were in the mood for a tripel.

Photo of taylor714914
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy yellow which pours nicely with a 2 finger head.

S- Banana, lots of banana. A bit of exotic spice of some sort, and some faint alcohol lingering in the background with some yeast.

T- Banana is definitely one of the up front flavors in this fine triple. Yeast, a bit of alcohol, fruity, and some lingering sweetness.

M- Great mouthfeel with lots of tiny bubbles. The perfect consistency for a triple. Great smoothness, with a bit of body.

D- I could sit down and easily drink 2 or 3 of these. After the first sip this brew just keeps asking for another taste.

Photo of talkinghatrack
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Looks like a stock photo for light beer - pale color with a large, yet shortlived, soap suds head.

s - Malts and yeast. Reminds me of my homebrew attempts. Enjoyably powerful sense that a strong brew is beneath. A little alcohol on the nose but nothing overpowering.

t - Tastes like it smells. Malts, yeast, some spice, some bananas. A decent bit of numbing in the entire mouth, not just the usual warming sense on the finish.

m - Prickly carbonation and a dryer feel than I'd expect. Almost champagne-like in both senses. Light to medium body.

d - Drinks just fine - probably a little easier once the carbonation weakens a bit. I could see throwing these back on a chilly evening. I've had Belgians that hide their 8-10% a little better but this beer does an above average job.

Photo of adamette
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a bottle purchased at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Poured into a clean, clear tulip glass.

A Love this appearance! Nice frothy Belgian style head over a straw cloudy body with carbonation visible. I admit that it was a bit difficult to see the beer properly in the low, inconsistent light of Winking Lizard which amounts to a sports bar (30 wide screen flat screens). What I could see was absolutely great.

S Bountiful sweet fruit but not citrusy, bitter. It smells like a fruit bowl with a bit of malt, grains and maybe a dash of hops. This is a really inviting smell! It cannot be improved upon.

T Front: a little burn of alcohol. Middle: Tremendous fruitty taste returns from the promise found in the nose and thankfully stays with through to the end feel. It is difficult to describe the Cornucopia of fruitty tastes but I will try. I swear that I taste raspberry, strawberry, maybe a non tart lemon but none of it is in a cheap "fruitty" like taste but in a wonderful first-bite-of-chweing-gun type of wonderfullness. The taste, like the smell, cannot be improved upon.

M Full with that initial alcohol bite and then the bountiful fruit taste. One can almost feel the texture of that great fruit taste. Despite the initial "hot" feel of alcohol this one could really sneak up on you with repeated pints/bottles.

D Simply great but I cannot give it the highest rating due to the high ABV. I finished my first one quickly and really wished that I could have several more.

Notes: I had planned to have this on tap in Rochester, NY but when I got to the place that had it (The Old Toad) I forgot the name of it and only recalled it after a few beers and a hearty dinner. I simply could not have another that night. What a great beer. My highest compliments.

Photo of ericlawton007
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass, light to medium golden in color. I did not know that this beer was classified as a tripel until afterwards when I went to Weyerbacher's website. Smell and tatse were much more like a belgian strong ale. Alcohol and white fruits were evident in the aroma. At its coldest temperature, the mouthfeel was very fizzy, and the belgian funk was evident along with some sweetness. As the beer warmed, banana and pear became more evident, as did the alcohol. Very warming, and surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content. Yet another phenomenal big beer from weyerbacher.

Photo of Dennycurr
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprising, Belgian "Style", beer that almost got there.
At 1st taste----Wow!
Lot's of flavors.
The beer went down smoothly and was good every sip.
Went to the Beer Advocate to see what was the ABV. Although, I suspected it was---up there--
I was stunned to see exactly how high...9.3 because it wasn't heavy and no real trace of the high percentage.

Not really sure where these people that had this beer---as I did, on tap, say there is no head. This beer had to be poured into 2 glasses, then poured into one to help CONTROL and accomodate the head.
Aventinus style pour---if you know what I mean.
Gosh...I think the others that had it on tap---got an old batch or something.
Nothing flat about the pour or the head.

Good beer...(IMHO)...


PS--WARNING to those who drink those bs American beers and want to venture into another taste--
This beer ain't no Coors Lite...haha.

Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a hazy yellow. Head is like fizzy pop (or soda for you non WNYers), that disintegrates into a film. Color is the same yellow as the middle traffic light, with some orange. Glows from within. Tiny amount of carbonation.

The smell is orange peel, coriander. Effervescent spiciness in the nose. Tangy citrus. Pretty typical Belgian golden flavor. Sweet citrus balances the more harsh Belgian stuff.

The taste is white wine and wild yeasts, orange, citrus. Pretty typical Belgian golden flavor. Sweet citrus balances the more harsh Belgian stuff.

The feel is fizzy like champagne, and also syrupy. A bubbly bite on the way down. Fizzy, citrusy, sweet and strong. A decent offering.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher Merry Monks Ale....

Appearance-pale golden color with a pitch of darker orange, one inch head rises and falls, murky body.

Smell-whiffs of sugar, fruit esters, candy, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sugary upfront, fruit plateaus the taste, makes it more full, little alcohol burn comes through but balanced by malt fruit and the aforementioned sugar.

Drinkability-tastes just as a Tripel should, not bad at all.

Overall-meh, an ok Tripel, nothing too outlandish or special, would like to see it aged.

Photo of roadhouse
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears dark golden orange with a one inch white head. From the pour I could see lots sediment chunks going in but in the glass it just looks very cloudy. Does manage to leave some lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet probably from the use of candi sugar. Some fruity notes of pear and apple and a hefty amount of bubble gum esters as well. Some spiciness is in there as well but seems to be dominated by the others.

The taste begins with a sweet note that is overtaken by fruitiness and the same bubble gum from the aroma. The spiciness comes out a lot more now right at the start of the swallow but mostly in the linger. It's pretty good but overall just seems kind of muddled.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, pretty smooth and creamy as well. Not extremely easy to drink but it's good.

This one's not the best Tripel in existence but it's still quite tasty.

Photo of albern
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly pale shade of orange with lots of carbonation, efforvescent bubbles, some yeasty bits floating about that cause it to be a bit hazy, and a white fizzy head. There isn't much lacing, some retention. The nose on the beer is very floral orange, a Belgiany yeastiness, some clove, spices, and sweet malts.

The taste is quite drying, lots of clove, orange zest, some rind flavors, definite efforvescence on the tongue from the yeastiness. There is a slight medicinal sweetness to the beer, clove, lemon citrus, and a full palate of sweet malts. This is a sipping beer because of its strength, but the 9.3 ABV is quite well hidden, and there is no throaty burn or unpleasantly alcoholic aftertaste. The beer is not particularly syrupy, although it is quite medium to full bodied. There is a bit of a sting on the tongue, and the mouthfeel is a tad tingly from the yeastiness and efforvesence. This is a nice representation of a wonderful style of beer. L'Chaim.

Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks the part...glowing yellow with a big 1/2 fluffy egg white head.

S-Very inviting....banana....vanilla...cookie dough...definitely some cloves in there...yeasty....

T-Interesting..Flavors jump out at the beginning. In the middle the heat kind of dominates...then later on the flavors reemerge....What flavors? Similar notes as the nose but also some added fruitiness (lemons and peaches)..taste is good but perhaps a level below the big hitters.

M-medium to full bodied...carbonation is about right...has some heat as noted..

D-Nice stab at the style....I like this and would definitely buy it again...not elite but not real far off..

Photo of trkerrigan
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew.

Great golden orange appearance. Little head remains after pour, quickly dissipates.

Aroma nice; sweet, floral.

Flavor is somewhat complex. Sweet, spicy, and crisp is the easiest way to describe. Notes of apple, pear, pepper, honey. There is a burn on the finish but not over powering.

This brew could be fairly drinkable. It's crisp, refreshing, and flavorful. But, at over 9% I wouldn't recommend having more than a couple.

Photo of Dirty1
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have not had this in a while, so I picked up a six pack at the store today. I poured from a 12 once bottle into a tulip shaped goblet.

A- It poured a cloudy bright gold due to the fact I swilrled the bottom inch to relase the yeast that there seems to be plenty of. It had about 2 fingers worth of white head that fell back quicker than I expected, but left a white creamy film on top of the beer through out with very little laceing.

S- Very strong bananas and yeast with hints of sweet candy and citrus.

T- Like the aroma, bananas and yeast permeate mostly at first. It developes a bit as it warms with hints of candy sugar, citrus and a spicey peppery alcohol bite on the back end. It also has an underlying fruit taste of maybe pears or apples. If it warms too much the fruity flavors tends to fall off and the peppery alcohol seems to take over.

M- Medium body with fairly heavy champagne like carbonation.

D- Its a pretty drinkable beer. It's slightly sweet with a few interesting undertones that make it fun to drink. It dosen't fatigue your taste buds or fill you up to much. With the high alcohol and sweetness, I can only drink 2 or 3 at a sitting. Cheers!

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. It had an orangey color and a thick texture with lots of sediment floating around in it. Not as much head as you would expect, but good lacing.

S: There was a fruity, malty, tangy smell about this beer.

T: Very malty, with Belgian yeast and light fruits thrown in. Not as spicy as its Belgian cousins, but very tasty.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a good imitation of a Belgian tripel. Not quite as refined as those beers, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of hondo2160
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first tripel since I found the need to review one. Very high carbonation with low head retention. Heavy phenolics from the get go, but a smooth inhale with a pronounced banana fragrance. Found quite a lot of pear/apple in the first sip, and a bit one-dimensional as the temp increased. An enjoyable drink, but a bit much for a session. This is a good beer, and as it was purchased directly from the brewer, very fresh.

Photo of kinger
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Merry Monk's is a rather hearty tripel, nicely crafted but lacks some strength in a couple areas of what makes a great tripel. Aroma is very malty with some nice fruity tones along with a small amount of spice. Nice pour, good rich dark golden color decent white head and strong steady carbonation. Mouthfeel is very malty with a touch of alcohol but still relatively smooth and easy. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor but to be fair it lacked that peppery spiciness and needed a stronger fruit component to rank it any higher. Nice yeastiness and as previously stated the malt content can't be questioned. Mmmm, not bad at all.

Photo of TheMistler
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of honey, hazy but clear. Medium sized bubbles to the millet-y, white head. Not much for retention or lacing.

A boozy, fruity bouquet. Bananas and apples. Some alcohol spice, grains and earthiness. Simple syrup sweetness.

Less spiced in the taste department than I anticipated... though some spiced sharpness increases with warming. Fruity and malty, with some alcohol spice and warming. Pear (with a banana burp). Some white pepper.

Light bodied, with prickliness throughout the feel, but also some creaminess.

It goes down pretty easy. I could have a few of these in a [long] sitting, but am not sure I would choose to.

Photo of jettjon
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Hazy golden color due to my swirly pour suspending sediment (and there is plenty of it). Strong carbonation stream. One finger light tan head fades at a moderate pace leaving a thin cap and ring and a bit of clinging lace. Nose of bananas and spice, perhaps sweet circus peanuts as well. In the mouth, banana and sweet spices with a noticeable alcohol burn. Dry toward the finish. No real hoppiness. Mouth is bubbly to the extreme, keeping things crisp and indeed biting. Middle-low viscosity. Smooth and quenching on the way down. Drinkability is decent though this isn't a beer for chugging; it's way to brisk and alcoholic for that.

Overall: A good "golden" ale (technically it's a tripel?) with plenty of spice and banana-malt character. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow color with a lot of carbonation rising to the top to for a decent white head that thins but laces. Smells very sweet, cant pick out anything specific. Taste sweet alochol and sweet spices. Mouthfeel was awesome except for the initial alcohol bite, but it was so smooth from there on out. Drinkability it awesome, it goes down easy. I could of had 1 more.

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,945 ratings.