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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 46
Gots: 244 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 09-13-2001)
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty yellow amber color with tons, and I mean tons, of carbonation. 3/8th inch bubbly white head with flawless retention. Great looker! Aroma is like many Americanized Belgians, banana yeast, candied sugar, and a touch of the tropics. Slight hints of cotton candy to boot. Taste matches aroma with some strong sensations of rum like alcohol sugars. Warming, sweet, and boozy with minimal character or depth.

Photo of Nipitato
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Julio' s Liqours in Westborough, MA

A: Deep golden straw color. Good clarity. No head , which is uncharacteristic of the style. I blame the lack of head for the glass it was poured into (pint glass - I was on vacation, cut me some slack!).

S: Strong fruity esters - almost winey. Alcohol comes through in the nose. Esters have a pear smell. Nice moderate spiciness.

T: Boozy yet delicious. Just a faint presence of phenol spice. Pear ester presence much stronger. Nice dry finish.

M: Dry finish. Highly carbonated. Light body. Boozy.

D: A delicious version of a Belgian golden ale.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher- Merry Monks'

Appearance- golden yellow with very little head. Hazy with particles floating about.
Smell- strong alcohol with a blend of banana.
Taste- whoa, is this moonshine! My first sip was pure alcohol. The beer eventually has a banana, anise, heavy sugar flavor.
Mouthfeel- Strong alcohol that goes up through the palatte. Big flavor in the end.

Overall- the high alcohol is not only not disguised but disguises the flavors in this beer. Tone the Alcohol down and let the flavor shine. Tough 1 to drink!!!

Photo of BeerRun13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, rich golden color pours from the bottle. A small white head disapears, but bubbles keep flowing up from below. No lace to speak of.
Candi sugar and fruity malt aromas with a definate alcohol presence are all in the nose.
Fruit and spice combine to put the flavor a bit towards the cidery side. Alcohol definately present. The fruity flavor gets better as it warms.
Medium bodied and well carbonated. A nice belgium style dryness to it.
This one is a decent beer overall. Definately worth a try.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter at around 50 degrees on a VERY hot day.

Pours a cloudy golden with a quickly-disappearing head. Smells of spice, orange, and a little alcohol. Tastes warm with a slight bite; the orange aroma comes out as the alcohol warms the back of your throat. Aftertaste is pretty sweet, but very drinkable.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hauled back from PA by expatsteve. Thanks again.

Pour is a light, clear, golden yellow with a hint of amber under a minimal white soapy film.

Nose is similar to a lot of American "Belgian style Tripels" that I've encountered - banana, booze, candi sugar syrup and tropical fruit.

Taste is more banana and LOTS more booze, with some bready yeast, honey and melon thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick, and, again - boozy.

If you like sweet banana smoothies (adult smoothies that is), this is right up your alley and this one really hits you towards the end of the glass. A solid Belgian "STYLE" ale.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer pours a pale golden with lots of carbonation and a nice pure white head. Head has nice retention and leaves generous lacing as well.

Aroma was very yeasty. Citrus and belgian candi follow. Smells extremely sweet, almost like a malt liquor. No hops that I can detect.

Taste backs the aroma. Lots of sweet sweet fruits, yeast, belgian candy. Beer is borderline cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Crisp and very sweet. Maybe one or two of these is about all I can handle. No hop bitterness, or any bitterness for that matter.

Photo of expatsteve
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost a lager color, with no head and light lacing. Cloudy finish, with low/medium viscosity. Light creates an oddly dirty look in this beer.

Aroma: Booze, banana, and light raisins. Some cloves notes, along with some tart fruit suggestions.

Taste: Light malt finish, with bananas, apricots and honey notes developing as the beer warms. Booze aftertaste balances the honey developments. Sweet, but fairly well balanced for the most part. Banana notes tend to be a little distracting after a while.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a little syrupy. Vegetal notes in the aftertaste are a little disracting.

Drinkable. Good, and definitely better from the bottle than it was on-tap. Booze is for the most part deceptively well hidden, making this a beer you could settle on for a while. Probably not as light in the body or as complex in the fruits as Belgian representatives of the style, but a solid American rendering nonetheless.

Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow with a medium white head and sediment in the beer. The smell is a light citrus,lemon, and wheat aroma. The taste has a tart citrus flavor with wheat, candy sugar ,and fruit, pear?. The m/f is light and crisp, very refreshing. The flavors mix well and the high alcohol content is very well hidden. A very good beer, but the high alcohol does sneak up on you. Be warned. Cheers.

Photo of Vancer
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice monker brew – started off with a golden yellow, fizzy pour, heading missing and disappointing.

Hints of Belgium yeast in the aroma and in the taste, of course. Also noted some sour apple candy-cane in the body.

Quite a surprising mouthfeel to this brew, very sharp and tart, as I expected a sweeter brew. Finished on the sour side, also different for me.

Still a nice drinker and enjoyable.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a pale straw yellow with a thin white head, moderate carbonation swiftly rises to the top

S - i love how this smells, sweet and wheaty all at once, a nice sweet lemon with other sugary esthers, kind of like twizzlers

T - what a great balance!, a sharp sugariness up front, almost like bubble gum, then the aftertaste finishes with a ginger-like spiciness, very nice

M - sharp at first and kind of fizzy, but that mellows out and is very good

D - like all weyerbacher stuff ive had, this is very drinkable, an impressive american belgian tripel

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

Clear deep gold with a foamy head that doesn't last...drops to a film.
Smells of fruit...banana....unknown spices and Saaz-like hops. A bit of funk in the background.
Taste is pretty complex. This is a sweet one....lots of fruit..banana, pear ....a hint of bubblegum....some spices, yeast and mild phenol.Hops are present , but not prominent. Alcohol is well hidden behind the sugar and fruits.
Medium ..a little syrupy with low carbonation.
Pretty drinkable...this is a good one , but you must like your tripels sweet.

Photo of trep
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy but very clear golden with a 2-finger head that eventually becomes a thin layer of bubbles. Consistent carbonation rising to the top. Wow, this looks like Miller High Life.

Aromas of rich golden malt, some spices, and a very faint alcohol presence.

Smooth as a baby's ass considering the amount of alcohol in this one. Very spicy with subtle hints of light gold malt. Some light fruits, perhaps a bit of pear. Finishes sweet with a hint of the fruit sweetness.

Fairly light in body, a lot of carbonation though not too much. Something about Belgian tripel's limits my drinkability of them, however, although it isn't stunningly brilliant, the Merry Monk is a solid take on the style.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

As I eagerly await the kick-off of the U.S. debut, I kick-off another fine day of beautiful Coupe du Monde action and beer drinking with a Merry Monks.

This one poured out a bubbly, effervescent, golden orange bottom with thin foamy lacing on top. Weak and unimpressive head.

Very smoky qualities upfront in the nose with warm alcohol and phenols rising. Sweet smelling, pale malts with some spicy/herbal notes that I can't quite identify. Dry and muddy, with a small hint of banana and diacetyl.

Heavy carbonation in the mouth, with a definite medium body and a very dry, champagne-like finish. Caramel, and bananas in the taste, with the medicinal and herbal phenols blending together. Slight hint of spice, very low bitterness, dry and sticky. Easy to drink and enjoyable, as the alcohol is well masked.

I'm not quite sure how this one fares as a 'Tripel', but it is an enjoyable beer nonetheless and an interesting Belgian style. Cheers, and here's too all of the teams in the World Cup! Enjoy this month.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour yields a slightly hazy golden body with a nice off-white head. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, yeast, bread dough, fruits (pear, apple, white grape) and some alcohol. The flavor is yeasty, with fruit notes (apple and pear), some candy sugar, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and drinkability is descent. An ok tripel, might get better with some age.

Photo of crwills
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad American Belgian-style, but this didn't really taste like a tripel to me -- more like a Belgian Pale.

Pours a fizzy golden yellow with a decent head that fades quickly, even when poured at proper temperature. The beer itself is slightly cloudy, but not too much.

Aroma reminds me a lot of Fin du Monde. Bananas, yeast or bread, some lemon or citrus.

Taste is caramel and banana, with some citrus as well. A little sweet, and very carbonated for the style.

Another decent offering from Weyerbacher.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with a hazed clarity and lots of rapidly rising tiny bubbles. Dense soap bubble head of two fingers and decent retention. Scarce and spotty lacing. Mild Belgian phenolic nose of banana and plastic with a weak pale malt aroma. Sweet pale malt flavor with a nice candi sugar alcohol spice. Crisp pilsener and yeast in the aftertaste with a flash of alcohol and mild golding hop bitterness. Tame in every way except the fusel burn. Medium body and carbonation but a fine crispyness allows the big flavor without being too residual sweet. Faint hop bitterness and mild yeast bite in the finish, and the alcohol is perhaps a little more evident than appropriate. This drinks easy, but I wouldn't want more than a bomber.

Photo of scooter231
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like strawberry juice. A bit of head, a hint of lacing. Smells lemony and hoppy. Bready, definitely bready. Tastes a bit alcoholic, a bit yeasty, and fruity- peachy, apricoty, that kind of thing. Strong. Mouthfeel is oily and wet. For a 9% beer- this is damn drinkable. This will knock you on your bum. Not my favorite tripel, but by no means shabby.

Photo of Franchise
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden raisin color with a cloudy body leaving a thick white head that disappears but leaves a small lace. The aroma is sweet, yeasty and earthy. The flavor starts fruity on the palate, sweet ripened grapes, banana, mango, and a slight alcohal presence but @ 9% it is very faint. The finish is smooth and coats the throat, very complex and delicious. This is a beer I will go back to again.

Photo of Phatz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden color, partly transparent. Very small head disappeared quickly. Mediocre lacing. A constant stream co carbonation rose from the center of my snifter glass throughout the duration of the beer.

Smell: My first thoughts were yeasty, white bread and 'oh it orange'. Seems to be quite fruity. With apple, white grape and a hint of tart, (maybe granny smith tart). Substantial sugars show through the aroma but there is very little of that 9.30% ABV in the nose.

Taste: Oh sweetness. This is a juicy drink and not very much like what I would think of as a typical beer. It seemed like candied fruits all juiced and ready for a spring picnic. A bit of apple and pear, with a touch of orange. The is a very light bread character but the depth here is quite shallow. This beer seems to be sugary and straight forward. I like it but it definitely drinks like a juice. It does have a very pleasant sweet, almost powdered sugar, aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light, a bit thin in body but quite easy to swallow.

Drinkability: Impressive beer, but not what I expected. I had a very big day today. As exhausted as I am this no thinker simple sweet beer really hit the spot and went down quite easily. Obviously not a session beer but what a great nightcap.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma wafting from this semi-golden ale is tart -- green apple? -- with just a hint of funk. If anything, perhaps the aroma is a little on the mild side. The flavors are instantly tart, with fleeting acidity. Malt enters mid-palate and dissolves into a revisiting of this tartness in the finish. This is a pleasing, quality entry.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle provided by Thaichile.

Pours a clear golden ale with an OK but momentary white head.

Smell is sweet and strongly of bananas and malt. Under the sweetness is some spiciness and a little coriander but this is very much a sweet fruity smelling beer. Aromas of vanilla and a slight amount of mint are detectable.

Taste is fairly sweet and malty at the start with a good amount of bready banana flavor. The banana is joined by a general fruity flavor that I can only describe as tutti fruity. There is a detectable amount of coriander in the taste but this is very much a fruity beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is quite a pleasant beer but it isn't going to make Belgian Tripels jealous. If you love the flavor of banana and I do then you are going to love this. This might not be a world class beer of the style but it is a quite nice drinker. Tasty and fruity this would be fantastic with a dessert featuring fruit and bananas or strawberries in particular. Would also be great with chocolate.

Photo of xtacyturbo
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pulled from my aging collection after being aged for 14 months.

Appearance is a bright golden color with thin frothy white head. A nice looking color, but head is lacking for a beer of this style.
Smell is fruity and yeasty. Smells of apple and just a hint of banana. Very sweet.
Taste- Sugary sweetness comes on strong at first, with a dominant pear flavor and that hint of banana I picked up in the smell. Apple flavors then blend with a bit of a yeasty finish, and a slight sourness as it goes down, much like a granny smith apple. It's still very good, but I think this one was on the verge of being aged too long- I don't remember the sourness at all when drinking a fresh one. It still complements the flavor of the beer very well, but any more sour and I think I wouldn't be enjoying it so much.
Mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. No surprises here.
Drinkability- This one goes down smoothly as many Tripels do. Due to the alcohol content and warming effects, this one is most pleasantly enjoyed as a sipping beer. Quite drinkable, but one to be respected.

Overall, a decent representation of the style. Not the best, but this one won't let you down either.

Photo of cubedbee
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass, this is a clear glowing gold with a thin ring of off-white head. Nose is very fruity, citrus and tropical fruits, with a faint whiff of alcohol and a bit of spiciness. Taste starts out with a sweet doughy malt which quickly gives way to very sweet fruitiness, citrus, apple, pineapple. Finish is peppery and somewhat alcoholic, leaving a lingering warmth in the throat. Medium bodied and slightly syrupy, this is definitely a sipping beer. Couldn't drink too many at once, but this is a pretty solid local tripel.

Photo of Naes
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is a bit hazy and has a very pale golden color. The head is a small layer of white foam that delivers almost no lacing.
The aroma is fruity with a strong yeast presence.
The flavor is candy sweet. It’s like a cherry and apple flavored wine.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.

The sweetness of this ale is just a bit over the top for my likings.

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.