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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 Shaw
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +3.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +5.7%
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
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
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +2.3%
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 +5.7%
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
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
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
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Sea Bass for this one.

A: Pours a light straw yellow hue with an average head. Nice retention and some lace.

S: Smells of coriander and buiscuity malt with some clove. Some nice yeast, fresh summer fruit, and a touch of banana.

T: Very much like the aroma with nice melding of all flavors.

M: Medium in body, under carbonated for the style.

D: Very drinkable. A good american version of the style.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a Duvel glass yields a slightly hazy golden body capped with a thick thumb of white foam with decent retention but very little lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell is fruity with a note of cracked white peppercorns, banana, dry malt, and ripe red apple.

Taste is fruity and juicy, with apple-tinged citrus and a sweet dryness reminiscent of greenish banana. The banana gets greener and drier as the beer warms, with plenty of spicy yeast showing its stuff. Clovey.

Not very carbonated, and it would have helped to lighten up the beer. As is, it's a bit sticky and leaves a slightly dry coating in the mouth. Still very drinkable, but I'm afraid putting this "Belgian-style Golden Ale" into a Duvel glass might have been way too high a pedestal for its own good, and might have subconsciously over-amped my expectations, too. Even so, all-in-all, the drink ain't bad and I might even like it.

Photo of Lexluthor33
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange with a nice glow.
Small head with lasting lace.
Aroma is of fruits,bananas,cloves and alcohol.
The taste is herbal,fruity and it then turns slightly peppery with the warming of alcohol.
This is a sweet brew,but it does sort of taste like medicine. I prefer when it warms up and the alcohol comes out with some spice and yeast in the finish. There are candy apple/licorice flavors and I suppose that's the medicine taste. It's smooth and it tastes decent enough,yet it seems to be overdone.

Notes: Worth the try,but not worth buying again in my opinion.
At 9.3 ABV not for sessions.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with rpohagan. Thanks Ryan!

This pours from 12oz bottle a hazy orange gold witha 1 finger head of foam. Nice lacing and good head retention.

The smell is of yeast, candy sugar, banana, some clove, and oranges. Nice.

The taste has a lot of candy sugar up front followed by bananas, oranges, a good dash of pepper, and a nice yeasty flavour. Very tasty and the alcohol is nicely hidden so I'm finding it very drinkable.

It has a medium mouthfeel and it's pretty highly carbonated. It finishes with an orange tartness mixed with candy sugar. I'm certainly liking this Tripel and I think, once again, that Weyerbacher does some interesting and very flavourable beers in every style they try. So far, at least. ;^) I recommend it!

Photo of Dodo2step
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P-Market Cross pub in Carlisle

A- Head fizzes very loud as i endmy pour and color is that of a yellow orange or orange yellow, however you want to view it. A nice one finger head hangs around and a lot of carbonation.

S- heavy on the citrus and alcohol. I also can detect the banana that some people have been saying. Maybe some strong clove or anise as well.

T- i can taste the banana and some bubblegum flavor. It is very interesting. Alcohol as well is quite detectable. other spices as well.

M- Full bodied and somewhat thick. A nice beer feel in the mouth. It lets you know it is there.

D- high alcohol content makes this a one or two beers for the night. You cuold put these down at a party though but you would be passed out in a matter of an hour or two.

One year later:

S- The banana is pungent now. Very sweet and grainy.

T- banana really comes out and the alcohol content is stronger as well.

M- grainy and smooth and pungent

Photo of currysage1
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter producing and large pure white head that quickly falls into a healthy coating. Brilliantly clear amber orange color.

Smells of citrus, bubblegum, and spice, definate banana in there.

Taste is overipe bananas, bubblegum, not much in the spice but with a subtle hop background. Get some molasses brown bread in there as well.

Not too bad on the feel, nice and light with plenty of carbonation, medium on the body, right to the guidelines.

All together pretty good, many better out there but they do a damn fine job of it down in PA.

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coked 750mL bottle whose cork hits the ceiling as soon as I remove the cage followed by a rush of bubbles from the bottle. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass a hazy, very bubbly, pale orange with a thin frothy head. Aroma is sweet malts, yeast and some spice, slight orange presence as well. The taste is a sweet blend of malts and fruits with a slight sourness that hits in the very end. The beer is medium for the alcohol content with slight carbonation. This one is enjoyable when bottle conditioned, certainly better than the six-pack version.

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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