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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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very good

1,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 55
Gots: 303 | 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 DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured clear golden yellow with some loose sediment and a tiny 1/4" head that left a ring in my tulip.

S - fresh, clean, light malts and caramel. Alcoholic tone, slight hint of berries. The nose is rather light

T - tangy, sweet, tart. There is maltiness and light hops detected but the taste is also pretty light. Maybe it's this specific batch

M - light bodied, medium carbonation

D - decent, but there is a very apparent alcoholic presence

Overall - This is a pretty good strong Belgian style ale. Quite sweet and a good mouthfeel. I only complain about the very light nose and the appearance wasn't too eye catching either. I may buy again though.

Photo of blackie
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a low white head that soon recedes, the beer is a pale golden-amber in color

s: pale malt sweetness with light notes of yeast and hops, on the sweet side with just a touch of heat, candied green apple, just enough malt depth to redeem an otherwise boring aroma

m: light-medium carbonation, medium body...a little dead

t: pale malts bring a pretty bland grain sweetness, light Belgian yeast flavors, aged hops, a touch medicinal

d: very average and uninteresting for a tripel, but not a bad drinker regardless and I'm glad I tried it

bottle from ppoitras in No BS 3

Photo of blackbearywheat
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into tulip style glass

Poured a golden brown

Taste of some cherry maybe, Spices and Bannana. Sweet! Great Taste very easy to drink. I think this one even improves a little more if you let it warm just a litle the flavors come out more. I must say this is one of my new favorites for a belgium ale.

Photo of drxandy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade from Tbn2, thanks!!

Poured from 12oz to tulip glass, peachy golden hue with a thin white head, the clarity looks filtered ++

smells of Belgian yeast, white grapes/wine, banana, cloves, smell is pretty much of your standard Belgian ale.

taste is quite crisp and delicious, green apples, heavy banana clove yeastiness (even though it looks filtered), nicely carbonated, alcohol is hidden quite well, slightly bitter/sour, complex and fantastic!

mouthfeel is thick, sour, bitter, and delicious - i really liked this tripel

Photo of Jmamay22
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Merry Monks pours a clear pumpkin orange. The white head attempts to maintain it size, but eventually settles to a thick collar.

A very fruity nose greets me as I pour. Closer inspection reveals candy apple and hints of yeast. Very light use of spices that create thoughts of clove and peppercorn.

Taste is too sweet, but not what I would describe as sickly or overly sweet. The apple scents have given way to the candy sugars completely. Finishes a with a slightly warming and spice character. Alcohol is evident at the end, yet not quite overdone.

Mouthfeel carries and airy lightness and fine carbonation bubbles that are to style. Drinkability is hampered by the sweetness and alcohol presence. Overall not my favorite from a local brewery. I could see some age possibly improving this, but I don't have the experience to back up the claim.

Photo of number1bum
2.07/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a slightly orangeish golden color, good clarity with about a finger of off-white head. Head leaves a pretty full, thin lace, but not much stick.

Immediately on the nose is an abundance of banana, bubblegum and butterscotch. Some sweet malt and honey, too, and some fruity esters, but I'm not liking this nose.

Taste starts off ok with some honey-like sweetness and estery fruit flavors. Then it turns straight downhill and never returns. On comes that hideous combo of banana, bubblegum and butterscotch that was unpleasantly apparent in the nose, as well as some yeast and alcohol. Through the finish there is a cloying banana and butterscotch sweetness that coats the mouth and won't leave. Yuck.

Mouthfeel is pretty much full bodied, but the cloying factor kills it.

I'm not sure I can state this directly enough: I hate this beer. The more Weyerbacher beers I drink the more I think that, Double Simcoe aside, there is something about this brewery that just doesn't jive with my palate. I will have great difficulty finishing this 6 pack.

Photo of Pencible
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a light Belgian ale, so it poured a light yellow, almost clear, with some fluffy white head. (It almost looked like Mt Dew!) It smelled of wheat and citrus hops (mostly lemon). It tasted like lemon hops and some yeast, with a very light aftertaste. The texture was very thin and carbonated, almost like champagne. There was practically no alcohol flavor, and it was quite easy to drink. Overall it was a good light beer.

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

This is not one of my favorite styles, but I tried it because I'm a huge Weyerbacher fan, and I can't get it anywhere in the Midwest, so when I'm out East, I make it a point to drink their stuff. Appearance has never been all that important to me, which is good, because it's the color of wet straw with little head. Aromas of yeast and sugar leap from the glass. It has a long malty middle with a sweet Belgian-y backtaste, like a sweet version of Duvel. On the finish it segues from sweet to dry, a little champagne-like. It hides the alcohol pretty well (not necessarily a plus, since I like a little alcohol presence). Allowing for my lack of predisposition for the style, I'd call this interesting and somewhat distinctive, and those are both pluses in my book.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this single bottle at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa and poured it into pint glass.
Appearance: Extremely carbonated with a dark straw gold body with a large white head that has awful retention and even worse lace.
Smell: Fruity esters are all over the place, maybe some citrus hops and a certainly strong malt backbone.
Taste: Very fruity, esters are a bit much.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Decent.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Hazy golden color with very nice lumpy white head. Great retention with mediocre lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit and brown sugar, sort of like candied apples.

T: Sweet. It's the first thing that hits you. But it's a nice run of flavors like light malts, candy sugar, coriander, orange peel, and some sort of very light citrus-like hops. It's sweet, but it's good.

M&D: Mouthfeel is moderate, mainly due to the sweetness. The tastes are light and make the overall impression relatively light, especially given the rather heavy gravity of this brew. The carbonation is great - light but persistent, creating that great creaminess typical of good Belgian ales. The more I drank the more I liked it, prompting me to bump up my original score for drinkability. Try it if you like triples. Good stuff.

Photo of ROMER79
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this beer is a little weak out of the bottle. I would love to try this on tap to see if it differs. It poured a copper color with a small white head that had little to no retention. The aroma was of cherries, spices, and possibly even banana. With the first sip I could pick up on cloves, citrus, and honey. As I continued I picked up on the banana and nutmeg. It was fairly easy to drink. The alcohol taste was muted, but the combo of the fruits was good enough to make it easy to drink. I would love to taste this on tap.

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

A: Pours a golden body with a nice, silky and frothy head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Nice lacing was leftover along the top of the beer with decent lacing left along the sides of the glass as well.

S: Citrus and banana esters were very evident with hints of alcohol in the undertones.

T: A nice, citrus taste with a banana and alcoholic aftertaste. The banana esters reminded me of the taste of fried bananas more than just plain bananas.

M: Nice, full-bodied mouthfeel that was very crisp. Nice smooth feel as well with nice carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable beer. Alcohol was a little evident, but was fairly covered up by the banana esters and citrus taste. Mouthfeel was very nice and complimented the taste very well. Definitely a well-rounded brew.

Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's slightly cloudly and golden in color. Head is foamy and roughly a finger and a half deep. Decent retention though lacing was a little on the weak side.

Smell: Clove and corriander spice aromas are the strongest here. There are some fruity notes (lemon and banana) present, but they are clearly subordinate to the spice aromas. Hops are faint and a slight yeasty smell rounds it out.

Taste: Again, spices rule the day. Clove and corriander are the main featuers. Light citrus notes and banana flavors also come through in a secondary fashion. It is slightly grainy and yeasty toward the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied, carbonation level is good, and it's relatively smooth. At 9.3%, it is strong and drinkability is somewhat limited. But, overall it's a pretty solid offering. Definitely worth a try.

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

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a decent head, fades fast and leaves no lacing along the way, some fine sediment floating around.

Smell is fairly fruity with a bit of spice, I'm picking up some banana, can also make out a slight whiff of alcohol.

Taste is sweet with heavy candied sugar, slight hints of the aforementioned banana, decent malt backing, some of the alcohol tones can be made out, but for the most part are well concealed, carbonation is assertive and crisp.

Photo of Lothar666
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber orange colored body with a very thin, fizzy single finger head that receeded quickly and left naught but bits of white fizz on the corners of the glass. There was no sediment at the bottom nor any sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as I as I drank the golden liquid down; a bit disturbing.

S- Very fruity; Sour grapes, pears and perhaps a bit of apples in the nose, with an acidic quality similar to what one would expect from a white wine.

T- Enjoyed this one at cellar temperature hoping to get more out of the flavor profile. Semi-successful. At the very least I can say for it that the flavor profile is complex; I found it odd that the most prevalent flavor detected was bubble gum, along with Sweet malts, a bit of noticeable fruit character, and a bit of hops in the finish. Aftertaste is cloying and maybe overly sweet, while the primary flavors are decent but nothing compared to some other brews I have had in this style.

M- Smooth texture and a very dry finish with decent carbonation- a bit sticky on the tongue from the sweetness. The tongue tingles just a bit.

D- I have to give this one credit for disguising its alcohol by volume very well beneath the complex flavors. Though the style is meant to be a slow sipper, this one is easy to gulp down if the situation calls for it.

Photo of cookin420
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice.

Color is a yellow, pale-reddish-amber. The head is very white and recedes quickly, but still leaves a thin lace. Low sedimentation.

A fairly sweet cherry smell and banana or melon maybe? alcohol
present in the nose. Slightly woody hop aroma.

This tastes pretty sweet. Champagne grapes and those cherries again. Slightly sour fruity flavor from the yeast. A lot of malt. The high alcohol gives a sherry or cognac, even, feel on the tongue as you draw air across it, but taken in normal swallows the booze is not prevalent, quite subtle actually.

Mouthfeel is kind of thick and slick. Not what I've experienced with other examples of this style.

I could see this being a fairly drinkable brew, especially as well as it hides the alcohol. Carbonation level is good.

I haven't had a huge number of brews in this category but I felt that this stuff was a bit too malty and poorly yeasted. I won't buy more.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a light apricot body with a faint hazy to it and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a perfectly creamy egg white head that last and last and does not falter.

S- The soft hint of clove and banana have a faint sweetness underneath.

T- The soft taste of bananas is covered by a sweet floral sugar note and a circus peanut note that increases as the beer warms. The soft bitter finish offers only a hint of fresh green hops but it balances the sweetness and blends with the banana.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol warmth at the finish. There is a light watery texture that is more noticeable when the beer warms.

D- Wow I could have just watched that head for hours, after each sip it gelled back together and I think I could have written my name in it. The beer had nice sweetness with some supporting flavors that did not overpower it and the hops were a good support.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy straw color with a very thin head. The nose is mostly fruitiness with a little bit of alcohol and spices. The taste starts off with some spiciness and follows through with a very syrupy sweetness and some alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and slippery with some nice warming from the alcohol. This is a very drinkable beer for something approaching the double-digit ABVs.

Photo of JasonA
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears fresh, little cloudy, virtually no head. Light carmel color, no lacing.

Malt, malt, more malt. No grain. Yeast (good way), alcohol. Citrus, yummy.

Malt. No grain, no buscit. No roast, no nothing except booze. Gonna kick some ass.

Feels nice, good carbonation. Not as think as ABV would suggest. High alcohol bite, but not at all in a bad way.

Overall a big beer. Not my favorite style, but overall a nice drink. Only one of these I think :burp:

Photo of NolanGTI
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a bummer for me. Not much head at all on top of a clean golden body. Nose is not too strong and hides the alcohol, but also doesn't add much to the experience.

Unfortunately I didn't get much out of this beer except for a slightly off-putting aftertaste. While it had some of the tripel sweetness going on, the yeasty finish was unpleasant in this example and the complete lack of head just sealed the deal for me.

Photo of marcpal
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First on tap at brewery and a couple more bottles poured into large goblet.

A: Hazy golden pale complexion. Looks like a Belgian. Tremendous fluffy head after a vigorous pour. Didnt let go either.

S: This one smells extremely appetizing. Bubble gum, bananas, other strong fruits. Pick up a bit much on the sugar tip but nonetheless this is one intriguing aroma for a triple

T: Sweet up front with lasting Belgium spices that leaves a fantastic aftertaste. Chewing gum sweetness up front a bit too much but quickly fades with the rest of the palate. The more I have of this, the more caramel sweetness comes through.

M: Very smooth after the first few sips. All that I have had so far have been probably too cold, look forward to a few a little warmed up.

D: The alcohol presence is clear but this is one pleasure of a tripel that I was more than happy to bring a case of 12ozs home with me.

Photo of GPHarris
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a one finger thick off-white and fizzy head into a snifter. the head was gone quickly but left a thin ring of lace until about halfway through and i could hear the fizziness drift away...
the body was a cloudy light orange color.
s - strong aroma of oranges and other citrus fruits with hints of honey, and a spicey sweetness.
t - same as the smell but the fruits are much darker and deeper with a slight maltiness.
m - clean and slick with a medium mouthfeel.
d - good sipper and you can feel the alcohol warming you throughout, it doesn't hide at all. this goes down much more smoothly than i thought it would after looking at the label and discovering it was 9.3% ABV. i wouldn't have guessed that from drinking the beer.

Photo of deapokid
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even though the Old Heathen and Black Hole are definitely quality beers, Weyerbacher hasn't really been in my good books lately. It just seems like a lot of their models are poor recreations of better beers or classic styles. Unfortunately, Merry Monks is no exception.

This tripel pours out in a weird, murky gold color, taking on orange hues and resembling a watered-down Sunny Delight. Although it has an appealing aroma and it's definitely drinkable, the taste really doesn't match it's Belgian brothers in flavor or overall experience, and its seems more like a nice try than the real thing.

Unfortunately, overtime its watery taste and high content form an unsuitable pair, making me dream of the glory of Victory's Golden Monkey or Chimay.

Photo of sjohansen
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle popped up in a mixed case from Shangys that a bunch of guys got together to pick out for a post Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas present.

Pours a nice orange color, slightly cloudy from the sediment. The golden ale is clear enough that I can make out my fingers through the other side of the glass. A nice one finger white head disappears quickly in lieu of one white bubbly ring around the snifter it was poured into. Wasps of lace here and there attach themselves on the glass and don’t disappear.

Definite alcohol in the nose. I think I got a buzz taking a couple wiffs of the Monk. Definitely pear and apple notes in the nose as well as the peppery smell of alcohol.

Definitely a sipper as the peppery alchohol flavor can’t be hid by everything else that is going on in this one. Powerful apple and pear flavor on the front end. Tangy, not bitter finish.

Great mouthfeel, explosive bubbly carbonation, and everything balances to compliment all of the flavors.

This beer makes me think there is an abbey hidden in the hills of Easton, PA.

Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weyerbacher is known for its eccentric, strong, intense beers, and this brew certainly fits the bill… From a 12 oz bottle copped singly from wine and more, pours a strawish golden color with slight head and visible carbonation… aroma and smell are similar to a Belgian strong ale, with a distinct white-wine characteristic present… very strong taste with noticeable alcohol finish… go easy with this one… the 9.3% ABV hits you hard…. Take it slow with this one… sweet finish that lingers on the palate… drinkable being generous with three with hefty alcohol percentage…banana fruity clove finish… unique…

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,980 ratings.