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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,827
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 42
Gots: 202 | 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 taez555
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a slightly opaque orange/yellow body with a small white head that died almost immediately.

Nose consisted of strong alcohol notes, tropical fruits and yeast. Sort of a muted triple smell that almost slightly borders on american macro.

Taste is medium bodied and has an odd carbonation. It's so fine that if you take a quick sip and swallow it tastes flat, but if you hold it in your mouth it has this huge tiny bubbled carbonation. Taste is yeast, phenols, alcohol, herbal and very medicinal. Sort of tastes like cough syrup that's gone bad. Strong tart and sour tastes that border on lambic Pears, tart granny smith apples, rhubarb even. A mild bitterness that hides in the back with just enough to add some subtle balance.

The more Weyerbacher I try, the more I don't want to try anything else they make. It's an OK triple, but just misses the key points. I'm not sure if it's the yeast strain or what, but it's sort of like looking at pictures negative. It's sort of a triple in reverse. All the flavors you want to taste are subtle, then the subtle balancing flavors are in the forefront. It's definatly a unique beer, but it basically tastes, imo, like a poor american attempt at a Belgian.

taez555, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I dunno about this one. I sampled this one from on tap and I recall that being delicious...I really enjoyed Prophecy...
Requires further investigation.
Everything about this seemed muddled to me. The look, the smell, the taste, the feel... stuff was out of place. This does taste like a logical progression between a dubbel and quadrupel, but/and it tastes unfinished in that way. Malty sweet without some of the tartness or dryness I've gotten out of the better tripels out there.

ommegangpbr, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle : Poured a shiny yellow color ale with a medium white foamy head with great retention. Aroma is quite sweet but I could not find any trace of yeast. Taste is also very candy-like sweet with a thinner body then expected. Seems like this was filtered and it is a shame because it leaves the beer a bit one-dimensional. So overall, not a bad beer but definitely lacking complexity.

Phyl21ca, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one grew on me quickly. This poured a nice hazy orange color with a very small head, nice lacing. There was lots of crap floating around inside.The aroma punches you in the face and at first was not very pleasant(It kinda of smelled like wood stain). But the sweet fruityness saves the day; very nice and aromatic. Medium body here. If I had to make up a word to describe the flavor i would use "wood-berry". Because it tastes woody and has some berry flavor. There is even a hint of snapple tea! Nutty also. The flavors are kinda weird at first and I haven't had a tripel quite like this before but it is probably the most drinkable one I have had. Just give it a good amount of sippage and it will grow on you and feel right at home in your mouth. Nice and complex.

kbnooshay, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of Toocls2h8
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was part of a Weyerbacher 'Big Beers' Sampler pack.

Given the high ABV of this and all of the 'Big Beers', i recommend laying them down for a while after you've purchased them. Im not sure if their flavors have grown on me, or if they've really matured in the three months since I drank the first bunch of these beers, but it seems to make a difference.

Appearance is hazy golden maize color, with suspended particles and some fallout at the bottom. The head doesnt last long on this one.

Smell is strong, the yeast and malt really come out.

Taste is fairly consistent from the time it hits your tounge til the time you swallow it. A wine-like tartness and frutiness pervades the flavor with a strong malt support, though tart is the key word with this beer. Aftertaste reminiscent of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel smooth, effervescent.

Drinkability is limited by the alcohol content, although I could easily drink three over a couple hours.

Not bad. Typical Wyerbacher.

Toocls2h8, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of steinlifter
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, with 3 monks in red robes on the label, looking very Merry!, this poured a hazy golden, thin creamy collar, all the way down, lots of bubbles.
aroma reminded me of a Hefe-weizen kinda sweet and slight vanilla fragrance.
taste was smooth rich and tangycitrusy/spicy. A little too tangy for my taste.
good mouthfeel, not as watery as some of these tend to be, slight dryness on the finish, creamy coating, on the tongue.
drinkability, I'd say is high, not in the league of Rochefort, or Westy, but nice never the less, worth a go, although this has a high abv, you don't really detect a strong alcohol presence.

steinlifter, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of dawg
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as a part of a variety case from Weyerbacher.

Having this one from the bottle. As such, apperarance is average.

Aroma is very pungent. Very fruity and floral. Lots going on in the bottle. I should have poured this one is a flute or wine class. Maybe next time.

Taste is a bit confusing. Sweeter than I expected. Tastes like pears, apples, with some darker fruits. Grains are poking in and out. Rosey if sipped. Feels pretty carbonated as expected. I'll give this one a medium to light body. Focusing on the feel, it's lighther than it tastes and smells, given the complex aroma and flavor.

Not craving another, drinkability not so good.

Overall: Glad to see it in the variety pack. Has the "Weyerbacher" distinct characteristics. Wouldn't but a whole case of this stuff.

dawg, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely golden color with orange hues throughout. My Petrus goblet was filled with foam that sat nicely and left behind plenty of lacing. Aromas of yeast, alcohol, robust spices, and dried fruit. The taste is just great with lingering fruit-derived sweetness that leaves a moderate to dry finish and coats the tongue nicely. Hints of candy and sugar coated dried fruit seem to jump out as the beer warms. Despite the high ABV, this drink was very enjoyable and suprisingly smooth. Aging this beer would give it a more dry finish with a bit more crisp texture.

jaluria, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of Brodirt
1.98/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is simply horrible. I dont know, maybe its me and maybe I dont like whatever is going on in this beer, or maybe I got a bad one, but boy is this bad. I bought 2, so I will check out the next and hop for my $4 or so's sake that it too doesnt get poured down the drain like the first one did.

Brodirt, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Merry Monks
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a Brooklyn Weisse glass

* New Year's Eve 2005 *

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Fluffy white head on top of the glass.

Interesting nose with whiffs of powder, nuts, cloves, fruit and spices.

Spicy on the tongue and so darn smooth for a tripel that rings in at 9.3% ABV. Taste has a grainy nutty yeast effect with a sharp, syrupy-sweet highlight. Flavors of cloves and black pepper too.

This is one solid beer from Weyerbacher.

Hibernator, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of riversider76
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden. Not much of a head and no lacing to speek of. Smell was fruity. Mouthfeel was like that of a wine cooler. In fact,this beer tastes like a really sweet fruity wine cooler. I did not care for Golden Monkey the first time I tried this tripel style beer, so this is a personal taste issue. Just not my style, but I wanted to give it another shot anyway!

riversider76, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of akajimmyd
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Poured into a snifter. Little head, small but nice carbonation action. Copper orange color and clear.

Smell – Hits you right up front, floral, fruity, estery.

Taste – Sweet, bananas, fruity…

Mouthfeel – Pleasant mouthfeel, very smooth. A little alcohol on the finish.

Drinkability – For the price this is very drinkable. Light body.

Notes – First review in the style. Tried this with a blue cheese and a cheddar but
wasn’t impressed with either pairing.

akajimmyd, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color with low to no carbonation and a trace-like off-white head. Aroma of "freezer burnt vanilla bean ice cream" is what first comes to mind... turns a bit spicy with strong alcohol on the nose and light fruitiness. Fairly nice spicy, heavy alcohol, and light fruit flavors on the dry-ish side. Medium bodied and smooth but a bit light considering low carbonation.

Not really tripel-ish but a decent Strong Belgian Pale Ale.

Per WBC website: Bottle Conditioned. Pilsner Malts.

'04' embossed on bottom (aged for a year maybe)
Tasted: 12/02/05

($1.99 / 12 oz.)

RBorsato, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Duvel tulip and was truly excited by the golden peachy color and voluminous head. The aroma was quite nice with a swirl or two, yeasty and fruity.

The taste was largely too sweet, and intensely fruity bordering on acidic and caustic at times; the beer does settle and becomes rather quenching based upon th ecitrus quality.

Paired with the right cuisine, or on a hot day with this sufficiently chilled, it would be largely quite drinkable.

andjusticeforale, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of Ellbert
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light straw color with a small head.

Smell: Very sweet malt aroma with a little spice.

Taste: Hot with alcohol. Very very sweet on the palate with a little bit of spice. Almost too sweet.

Mouthfeel: A little light. I look for more body on a higher abv brew.

Ellbert, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold color. The smell is very very sweet and fruity. The taste follows in the same vein, and is extremely fruity. A huge burst of sweetness and a flavor that I'm thinking is apple hit the tongue initially, and then some other fruit notes come out. The finish is a bit sour, and that is why I'm giving it a 4.0 instead of a 3.5. If there is any bitterness to this I can't taste it.

It feels fine in the mouth. I couldn't taste the alcohol, and it didn't even really warm my throat like strong brews usually do. The sweetness stays in the mouth for a very long time, and is actually fairly pleasant. It isn't syrupy either.

I think it is a bit unbalanced, and I don't think I'll be drinking this very often, but it fits the style pretty well. The style just isn't my favorite. I think this would be something good to give someone who normally drink alcopops to show her that she can drink something that is still sweet, but doesn't taste like robitussin. It'd be good to have occasionally as a change of pace too.

unknownlamer, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty gold with an orange tint. There are some tiny floaters in there. A one-half finger head of white bubbles forms on top, which quickly fades to a scant ring around the glass. Still, there are some pieces of lacing here and there.

Aroma is Belgiany, peppery, cloves, bubble gum, yeast, honey, light pils malt, wonderful. Not too much in the way of hop smell, but pretty much in the way of phenolics.

The first flavor is sweet pils malt, quickly followed by cloves, black pepper, bubble gum, clover honey, and bright fruits like apples and pears. Sweetness dominates this beer; not much in the way of hop bitterness or flavor. This is a pretty good tripel. Aftertaste is very sweet and long.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with soft carbonation. At 9.3%, the alcohol is very well hidden, indeed. I can hardly detect any heat at all. Finish is lip-smacking sweet.

This is a damn good tripel. I'm disappointed by the head retention, but for flavor, complexity, and drinkability, this would be tough to beat. Highly recommended.

jakester, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice head. Initially like a yesty Unibroue, but then Sour and acidic. Not finishable. Too dry, too carbonated. cloves are shocking to palate. Lemongrass does only sour it further. Medicinal.And too much alcohol. How can this be improved? Back to the drawing board.

Sammy, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck US generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: golden orange color, small head, minor, but sticky laceing

Smell: strong alcohol, some fruitness and medicine

Taste: medium body, strong alcohol, nuttiness, herbs, spiciness, minor hops

Notes: not the best of the style, but pretty good one

BeerBeing, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WellI went through an entire six pack over the course of six weeks and, apparently, I didn't rate this mofo! Oops!

Here it goes...

This stuff is great but the appearance and smell leave something to be desired. Pours a nice dark honey color, great color, but where's the head? I'm asking you, where the F did it go? I see no head. I like some head on my Belgians. Not much carbonation also, but I think that's paritally a good thing. I don't want champagne in my beer. Nose is a little subdued, which is good and bad. It's hiding the 9.3% really well, but it's kinda weak. Minor fruits, a little maltiness, not much there. But, the taste is pretty powerful. Good balance of heavy malts, nice fruitiness (pear, lemon?) and the alcohol is peaking out ever so slightly, but not acridity. Thankfully. Mouthfeel is moderately smooth, but I think it's a little weak for the style. Overall, though, damn man I really do like this beer. Anything that I can down and then be happy for awhile is 2 thumbs up for me.

aquatonex, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weyerbacher Merry Monks' pours into my SN tulip a cloudy yellowish orange color with a light white arid bubbly head. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of crisp grainy pale malt accentuated by a upfront yeastiness and peppery spiciness. Notes of light fruit, apples and pears. I enjoy the unique melding of spices in the nose.

First sip brings a crisp pale maltiness upfront along with big vibrant yeast tones. A myriad of fruity tones dance across the palate with noticeable notes of apple juice, lemon and pear. A nice peppery spiciness throughout that melds in well with the overall flavor. Slightly bready with a nice clean lightly bitter finish. Good balance of sweetness throughout, alcohol nowhere to be found...an enjoyable tripel for sure!

Mouthfeel is rather light and arid with a well placed carbonation, goes down smoothly. I would have no problem having a few of these..one of the better tripels brewed in the USA that I have tried. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the opportunity.

Music: Aesop Rock - Zodiaccupuncture

orbitalr0x, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a clean golden color with no head, and no lace. The aromas were of bananas, cloves, and a background fishy smell. The taste is definitely belgian sweet with the aformentioned bananas, cloves and a salty malt kind of taste. The mouthfeel is smooth at first, but then leaves a gummy, residue on the tounge. The drinkability of this beer is that one can easily drink this if you can get past some of the odd little flavors it has.

quasimoto, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this golden special at Jungle Jims in Cincinnati. Merry Monks pours a perfect off golden yellow that is cloudy with decent hear retention but no lacing at all. The smell is complex but definitely Belgian sweet. Banana and cloves comes to mind. Some phenol smells to tell you that you that it cares.

The taste is much sweeter then typical Triples, but considering this is closer to a Strong Golden Ale, its pretty good. A big fizzy flavor mixes with the sweet candi to give it almost a tart quality to it. Like eating a granny apple. A real citrus reminisce mixes with spices of coriander and strong pepper. As the beer warms the spices comes out more and balances the zing flavor down. The high alcohol taste is noticeable but not bad. I mixes well with the tart taste.

Noted by other reviews, I would have to agree that this is a boarder line siason. The malt bill is second to the spice/hop/phenol taste. And at 9.5%, I know why the Monks are so Merry.

Oxymoron, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Ahhdball
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small white foam covered the vague golden haze. The head didn't last long, dissapated rather quickly.
Smelled like my wifes chardonney at first. Odd noted of honey and butter with a little white grape.
Good taste. Peach, hops, and malt. In that orderAlcohol bite was present but nothing like a normal tripel, hidden well. Peppery bites cleaned out nicely after a bit. Although thick with malt and spice this beer finished clean and smooth. I could have this again.

Ahhdball, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/22/05- Received in trade with Connecticutpoet and Steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Nice golden clear and crisp pour. Only 1/4 inch head, but excellent lacing. Was expecting a bit more of a cloudy pour.

Smell- Has a bit of tripel scents, but also some saison scent and some belgian pale ale scents. A bit of funk going one and some definite saison/wit spices in the air. Corriander and maybe lemon rind.

Taste- Yep, even tastes like a saison/belgian pale. Some corranider, lots of lemon and maybe a few other spices as well. Not detecting much alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium range carbonation. Pretty smooth as well.

Drinkability- My ass this is 9% It only feels like about 4% I'm sure it's at least 6%, but I literally felt nothing after drinking this brew. The abv is incredibly well hidden if it's correct. I'm still not buying it. At any rate, it's a great tasting brew nonetheless even though it tastes overall more like a Belgian Pale Ale to me.

GClarkage, Aug 22, 2005
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,827 ratings.