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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,800 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,800
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 41
Gots: 186 | FT: 3
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 TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Golden orange color. Not too much head.

Smell: Fruity esters mostly

Taste: To me this has an almost tripel flavor, slightly peppery. But much blander than other tripels.

Notes: Prefer Golden Monkey for an American Tripel.

TurdFurgison, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out a clear yellow with a one finger head that dissipated in about a minute. No lacing.

Aroma was fruity, mainly bananas, with a whiff of white wine and a touch of acetic acid. Unusual.

Taste was slightly spicy, slightly floral, with definite honey. Hints of white wine came in. Touch of phenols mid-sip, that didn't impress me much.

Mouthfeel was OK for a beer of this high alcohol content, but not stupendous. Drinkability... only slightly better than average. Not the best tripel I have had... I certainly prefer St. Bernardus Tripel. However, I am eager to try the bottle of Prophecy I have in my basement to see what bourbon cask aging will do to it.

connecticutpoet, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of necoadam
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a light golden/orange color with a decent size head that setlled down after some time. Smell consisted of spices and tropical fruit. Very sweet and spicy with a whiff of alcohol in the background. Quite a good nose. Taste was good. Starts out spicy with some bubblegum like flavors. Big carbonation moves right into the middle, but in a welcoming way. Floral, still stays sweet with an underlying of spiciness still hanging around. Finishes on the dry side. Not a bad tripel. Not something I would go out of my way to find, but not bad to have once in a while.

necoadam, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saying this beer is an excellent tripel does not do it justive. This brightly yellow, fruity refreshing beer has an amazing taste. This is quite a high level of carbonation, however, you will not get much of a head off of this beer. The sweetness is quite intense and feels great on your pallate. The alcohol level gives it that extra kick as if goes down, giving you a fun experience. I would recommend this to anyone sitting around the house on a warm day, especially those who don't have to drive anywhere.

robertp1024, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cellar temperature in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This beer is crystal clear, golden-orange in color, with a soda-pop head. Poor head stability. There’s a pronounced fruit aroma, with a background of medicinal phenols. It’s sweet smelling, with a little alcohol in there as well. The taste is peppery with a little tangy, spiciness. Alcohol warming is notable. The brew is not very malty, and neither is it yeasty…I’d like to see a little more of these traits in the brew. Light in body for the style. Very low carbonation, and just a little slick on the tongue. I could take it or leave it…it certainly wasn’t inspiring.

Suds, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this one on a couple of occasions on tap, I picked up a couple of bottles to bring home on my recent visit to the brewery.

Pouring the bottle into my goblet, the brew appears hazy, with an orange-marmalade hue. Whatevery little tiny head was present quickly disappates. Some sediment (yeast) settles to the bottom of the goblet. The aroma isn't as good as I remember... sort of yeasty and medicinal.

The taste initially is that of sweet fruit... white grapes, plums and apples mostly. There's a little spice on the finish, and some flavors in there that remind me of wine and cider. This one has a medium amount of carbonation (you feel more than what little is visible in the glass) which works nicely with the slightly thick and syrupy mouthfeel.

What threw me off, however, and made me not like the bottled version as much as I did the tap, is a slightly medicinal and metalic mild aftertaste that I began to notice more the more I drank. For a beer truly impressed me on tap, the bottled version was a relative disappointment. However, still quite a nice beer, though I wouldn't classify the taste as that of a tripel. This one is far sweeter, less spicy, and a little thicker in the mouthfeel. Overall, well worth trying... but if you have the choice, go for the tap rather than the bottle.

apintofknowledge, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured brown bottle into a chalice. No head during pour, not much carbonation and little lacing, but "clean" looking with a nice bright golden honey color.

Smell: Mostly sweet and spicy, but also the yeast aroma which I expected from a tripel and a little flowery.

Taste: Spicy with a good bit of the alcohol coming through. As it warms it tends to get sweeter (and better).

Mouthfeel: Smooth and definitely less thin than I expected (due to the appearance).

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink, but the alcohol would probably catch up with you quickly.

Schwarzbart, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, glowing orange with a 1/4" white head that soon dissapears. Small, spotty lacing is left throughout the glass.
Smells great. Smell is earthy and yeasty with tropical fruit. Taste is of viscous yeast, citrus, and tropical fruit with a fresh bread finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly sugary with some sourness and smooth citrus that seems to be slick on the tongue but well balanced and appealing.
Drinkability...whoa. ABV is evident here and you'll notice it half way through the bottle.

It's ok, dog.

weeare138, May 20, 2005
Photo of Higravity
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid triple, but not quite outstanding. It starts off with a nice straw gold color and a big white cloud when poured into my Delerium glass. Nice smells of fruity-sweet malt with hints of hops. It has a strong complex malt flavor and is slightly under corbonated IMO. It is a good beer and might get better with some aging.

Higravity, May 11, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. Pours a golden-orange that is very clear with lots of carbonation. The head is white, fizzy, 1 finger, and leaves some lacing. Smells of pepper, lemon, grapes, medicine, pineapple? - lots of malts and phenols. It has a medium body with a big alcohol kick. Phenols all over the palate - cloves, medicine, pepper, maybe a bit of banana. It is fairly bitter with tingly carbonation and the alcohol is too noticeable in the taste. Decent... I think it's better with food than by itself.

mmmbeer, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of BCMan
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep honey color that foamed slightly upon pouring but it faded to a weather pattern thinly covering the top. Light citrus nose is a good indication of the flavor. Taste is fruity, of lemon. Not much of an after tatse. Mouthfeel is thin which suits the crisp flavor. Overall, a decend version of the Belgian style golden ale. I would recommend. Another good beer from Weyerbacher.

BCMan, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to pezoids, my secret santa for this offering.
Aroma is slightly sweet and fruity, but also presenting clovey phenols of a spicy nature. Nice.
A rather pale golden color with a slight layer of white bubbles (not enough to call a head). Bubbles that hang around and shows a cloudiness with stationary setiment.
Good combination of flavors,but dryness really stands out. Also includes fruity malts, spiciness a little banana from the phenols.
Somewhat oily slick coating, but very short-lived. Moderately heavy, but that seems quick too. Nice feel from carbonation, giving a light overall feel.
This is nice and good, but it seems to be lacking something (boldness? sharpness of flavors?) that keep if from being great. Having said that I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it, it's worth it.

garymuchow, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of krberg
2.1/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Certainly golden. Cloudy with very little head. I expected a large, fluffy, white head to grace my new La Fin du Monde glass.

Smells sweet and medicinal. Berry notes.

Malty sweetness followed by a brief biscuit flavor. Typical Belgian yeast spiciness. Too sweet. Reminds me of Lunacy or Golden Monkey, both of which I also find to be sickly sweet.

High carbonation to style. Dead average.

Too sweet to be drinkable for me. I may not be able to get through this one.

krberg, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of mjc410
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Your standard bar pint glass

Appearance: Definitely an over-pour. The 'tender allowed no head to race the top of this beer. Hazy yellow, with yeast and/or other things floating about.

Smell: Medicinal alcohol, fruity yeast smell. A little tougher on the nose than other tripels.

Taste: Again virtually the same as the smell, just with more potency. Leaves you with an alcoholic, spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road in thickness.

Too young! I am now aging my other bottles for a year or more before I revisit this one. The alcohol is a knockout punch, covering up the full expression of the other flavors.

mjc410, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent attempt at a tripel/strong golden ale. Pours golden, slightly murky. Smell is sorta yeasty, spicy, not bad. Taste has waaay too much alcohol up front. Not very well balanced. Still, it has some nice yeasty spicyness and some hints of apples, etc. Not very drinkable due to its unbalanced characteristics. I'm not the biggest fan of Weyerbacher's beers, they all seem to have balance problems.

ChrisBowers, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split a bottle with fellow BA mtanji. Poured an attractive golden color, with a moderate head. Beautiful nose with nice scents of spices (cloves). The taste was good without being overpowering and got better as it warmed. This was a very drinkable beer and I recommend it

tgbljb, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quintessential amber, clear and bright. The beer is crowed by a large cap of eggshell colored foam that is soft and rather nondescript. A lazy deflation leads to very little lace; a miniature collar is about it. It isn't a bad look, but it isn't an overly compelling one either.

The nose is definitely Belgian-like and is as much BSPA as tripel. It's also as aromatic as any you're likely to find. I smell sweetened golden fruits (apple, pear and peach) along with a firm smack of clove spice. Whatever else the brewers accomplished in the brewing of this beer, they got the aroma right; credit to the yeast, no doubt.

While the flavor is good, it lacks the immediacy of the nose. Things start out well, but begin to lose steam at the midway point and finish on a subdued note. The taste score will have to be a compromise between the initial 'wow' and the 'less than wow' that takes place within each mouthful.

As in the nose, sticky ripe fruit is the flavor focus and clove and cardamom spice is the accent. This beer isn't as clove-like as some Belgian tripels, but it's no wilting flower in that department either. The body/mouthfeel is medium (to slightly more full) with a pleasingly syrupy, lightly mouthcoating finish.

Merry Monks' Ale hews pretty closely to the Belgian tripel blueprint and is a more than respectable American version. It's close to being very good and its faults are minor at best. Bottom line: this is good beer. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of vitesse
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from 12 oz. bottle...

pours a bright tan color with lots of cloudiness. whoo, there's A LOT of yeast sediment in the bottle. i leave it out of the glass -- the beer is already plenty cloudy as is.
anyway, this is a phenol monster. delicious herbal, grassy flavor gives way to monster clove/nutmeg/coriander flavors from the yeast. there's a very slight tartness at the back of all the phenols that i really do like. nice mouthfeel -- not too slick or chunky. very crisp and lively, even though it didn't have a huge head.
overall, a very good example of a belgian tripel. very solid and traditional -- nothing wacky or unexpected, but a well-made beer.

vitesse, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of Zraly
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-hazy, golden hue with a small, whitish head. Strong phenolic scents, much like a good hefeweizen.

A somewhat interesting American interpretation of a Belgian tripel. I say interesting because it is somewhat a cross between the tripel style and a hefeweizen in smell and flavor. It's a nice, sweet, vamped-up banana flavor with rich, ripe fruit undertones. Somewhat syrupy, but also crisp in mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. A slight tang in the finish that tapers off with a mild dryness. Approachable.

I'd like to think this is a good transitional Belgian-style for newbies. It's not the best, but it functions and is a solid brew.

A great beer to start off a hearty meal.

Zraly, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale and clear golden color with a small off-white head and thick, glass-coating lace. Profuse streams of slow rising carbonation were noted.

Aroma: Sweet, light fruit aroma of pears, white grapes, golden raisins, as well as light malt.

Taste: Light and spicy with ripe banana and bready yeast notes. Finishes with a light and pleasant spice note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, very full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant beer, and recommended.

Pegasus, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a copper color into a pint glass, it leaves 1 finger of head that dissipates rather quickly to about nothing, but the ale appears a bit hazy throughout. Aromas are of honey w/ wheat and some brown malts; some alcohol hints and sugars; maybe some plummy characteristics and vanilla as well. Taste is of vanilla sweetness w/ a sharp burst of sugar and even some slight bananas; also some alcohol burn as well on the finish. Feel is decent carbonation on the front of the tongue on the sip w/ a nice smooth swallow; some alcohol on the finish as well. Nice overall, easy to drink and enjoyable...i request another please!

Fish113d, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of BurghBrewPSU
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze-orange appearance, with very little to no head, caused by a bad pour by my bartender. The smell of citrus consumes you. Upon first taste, bananas, pears, and apples are very apparent. After each drink, a hint of cinnamin becomes stronger. The sight, smell, and taste of alcohol is quite obvious. Overall a very drinkable beer. I have also had this on bottle, and i was not dissapointed.

BurghBrewPSU, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of 99bottles
2.23/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light golden body, moderate carbonation. A white head of miniscule bubbles quickly fades to a thin lacing. Only moderate retention.

Smell: The smell is of typical malt. Very bland nose for a Belgian golden style ale. It lacks the phenols and some of the fruity nuances of the real Belgians. Similar to Golden Monkey, and even more one sided and unimpressive.

Taste: Whoa. Quite transparent. Where are the subtle flavors that make tripels and stong golden ales so unique? This is a dumbed down version that offers little more than burning phenols and sharp hot alcohol through and through. This burns in the aftertaste and shows none of the sweet esters and soft bitterness one might expect. A stong taste of pepper in the finish. I am somewhat disappointed. If it were me, I'd back off on the malt; stop worrying about gravities and jacking the ABV through the roof and find a yeast and style of sugar that compliment the flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: I wouldn't really want to ever have this again. There are so many good Belgians that this attempt is hardly even noble enough to continue producing. It starts to cloy, and the sharpness of medicinal pepper and phenols with no structure really cause this to be a chore. I'm against drain pours, but this is the least enojyable micro I've had in awhile. Sorry Weyerbacher. I'll stick to the Insanity, and hope this gets revamped in the future.

99bottles, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say that this beer scores very well across the board, although I have to admit that I have lately become very taken by the Belgian ales. The beer pours a light golden color, crystal clear, with lots of little bubbles that drift up the beer to the top, where a cap of nice white head which leaves pretty much no lace. The smell is heavy on wheats, and lots of rich fruity spiced tones, with a bit of a rubbery smell to it, but not in a bad way. The taste is very full and sweet with tons of malty cherry flavors with a bit of yeast, a touch of hops and a nice burnt dry hint. A bit of alcohol is evident in the taste as well. Lots of carbonation in this beer. It isnt shy about telling you how much alcohol it has definately, but it is still mighty tasty.

FranklinPCombs, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy orange brown with a half inch head. The aroma is yeasty and very fruity. Strong, tart flavor with an off-putting huskiness. The fruity flavors are nice, but the huskiness is just bad. Slightly hoppy, but not enough. Leaves a tart aftertaste. The high carbonation partially masks the 9.3% alcohol, but one can still sense it.

Weyerbacher has been a hit or miss brewery, and while this beer is not terrible, it is definitely not a hit.

beveragecaptain, Jan 03, 2005
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,800 ratings.