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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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1,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,944
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 52
Gots: 281 | 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 cichief
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Merry Monks poured hazy and a deep apricot color, with a good, thick head. The nose was spicy, with banana odor. The beer came on full force, but there was a strong alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. The beer was fizzy in the mouth. I am not sure I would drink many of these in a session.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a fizzy off white head which settles down to a film after a while. Body is a cloudy dull copper/peach with a lot of bubble activity.

S: Waft of bananas is powerful even a foot away from the glass. One can also find grass clippings, dandelions, vanilla, cloves and peach.

T: Starts pungently banana with really strong floral/hay/grass aspects. Overspicing attacks the tip of the tongue with ruthless abandon. Fruit flavors come next starting with tangerine then moving from marmalade to peach, apricot to pineapple and finishes with more banana. Finishes bizarrely grainy for a tripel.

M: Thin and hard.

D: Not a huge fan of tripels and definately not a fan of this one. Abbrasive and off balance. I finished this beer but won't be drinking it again.

Photo of jhicks12
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: !2oz Bottle
Appearnace: Hazy golden color with some stuff floating around but that dissapeared shotly after finishing the pour.

Smell: Slightly medicinal, but then note of malt and an some lemon citrus notes.

Taste: A sweet malty intial taste and picking up some citrus as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body mouth feel and a sharp carbonation fiz.

Drinkability: To me I can drink a few of these. Not the greatest at judging Belgian styles yet, still a novice with the belgian styles. I will buy a few more of these, drink a few fresh and cellar a few as well

Photo of Enola
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Light yellow in color with virtually no head. The smell is like lemongrass. The taste is quite strong. The alcohol is prominate and the beer has a witbier-like taste. Mouthfeel is fizzy, and the alcohol puts forth a nice burn. But overall, this is not particularly my favorite of the Belgian beers I have tried. I may come back to this once I get accustomed to the style.

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

Got this on tap in SC, somehow....

Arrived at my table in a pint glass, would've preferred a chalice of some sort but I didn't complain... Merry Monks is a rich clear gold ale with a spotty white head and rather bubbly.

I smell lots of undefined esters, but pick out green apples and a rosy smell among the sweet malt and alcohol.

Hm, this tastes alright... very sweet and estery and warming, with hints of apples, bubblegum, (?) citrus and clove. Mildly dry and crisp. Quite floral, but rather muddled and tough to pick out distinct flavors. Not as complex or interesting as real Belgian Tripels I've had, this is still a pretty good American stab at the style.

Bottom line: It's no Allagash, but this is a decent tripel and worth a shot. I'm still wondering why <unnamed bar> gave me a pint of the stuff... at 9.3% it's almost as if they want their customers to get drunk and order more or something....

Photo of beveritt
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel goblet. The label depicts three monks, apparently enjoying some of the enclosed beverage.

Appearance: Pours with a thick and creamy 1/2 inch white head. The head settles slowly into just a thin coating of foam, maintained by the D etched into the bottom of my glass. The beer itself is a hazy apricot color, with some sediment.

Smell: A slightly sweet front, followed by a solid grainy background.

Taste: A decent level of carbonation bite upfront, followed by a mellow and ligering sweetness. Not as syrupy/candy sweet as many Belgians, but definitely a major player in the taste. Hints of fruit and spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly above average carbonation level. Good body.

Drinkability: A nice sipping Belgian, good for a cold Midwestern night. This one develops and opens up as it warms.

Photo of daliandragon
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been sitting in my fridge for a while and I'm not even sure where I got it, but I think it was Grapes and Hops.

Pours to a light golden, crystal clear body with a nice thick head starting off but it faded fast. Nose is fruity with some spice and alcohol hints.

The key flavor in the taste for me is the banana note that hides the alcohol brilliantly except for a little bit in the finish. Still, flavor gets a bit husky at times and could use some more spice or fruit. Mouthfeel is silky and tempered with carbonation. A little more heavy bodied than other tripels I've had.

Not my favorite example of the style, but a decent beer for a powerful punch. I wouldn't choose this but would never refuse it if offered.

Photo of Backer2004
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What's better than a free pint? A free pint of Merry Monk's Ale. Picked this one up at Mellow Mushroom as part of the Carolina Brewmaster's Pint Night.

Though it doesn't take a genius, I could tell this was a tripel based on the medium pale color, fruity esters, and hoppy taste. Medium body and just a bit of head. Lots of carbonation. A good tripel but nothing fantastic. Still yet to find an average or below beer from Weyerbacher.

Photo of dbalsock
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App: A pale hazy yellow, kind of like the drink orangina. Has a thin head that dissapates quickly.

Smell: Standard esters like banana come through, and there's an orange or lemon character.

Taste: Yeast is on the forefront of this beer, followed by the lemony orange with maybe a hint of cherry. It also has a strange buttery taste and barely resembles a Tripel.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, crisp, slippery and sour, it's way light bodied, but doesn't give away 9.00% of alcohol.

Drinkability: This brew is kind of an enigma for me. The taste and mouthfeel don't go together, and it makes it hard for me to enjoy.

Photo of oelergud
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored semitransparent body. Low carbonation and just a little but of particles floating around. White head that falls quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass leaving a float in the middle.
Sweet mild scent of banana and cherries on a base of strong malts that come fully into their right as the temperature rises. Pepperish sweet spice under it all.
Quite sweet as it should be with plenty of fruity flavors swirling around, mostly banana and cherries again and a fruitier spice than in the smell. Some almond and grass but not more than whats good. Aftertaste is a concentrated burning malt rush only with a subdued hop cover.
Full body, burning and prickly on the tongue, some coating.
Very drinkable. please allow this brew to reach the right temperature before drinking, it needs to mature to be fully enjoyed.


Photo of jdg204
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of the Weyerbacher self-made variety pack, this place rules and should be checked out by all.

Appearance - Nice thick golden color with a nice head.

Smell - A floral aroma comes through most strongly with a hint of fruit and spicey understone.

Taste - Fruit flavors (peaches, strawberries) is the dominant but is well balanced with spices and the alcohol flavor isn't allowed to overpower (which is a problem in some Tripels I've had). Just a generally great and refreshing flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very pleasant mouthfeel, pretty heavily carbonated and the consistency is a bit thick so this is definetly a sipping beer.

Drinkability - This is a pretty fantastic tripel, the flavor is excellent and makes for a refreshing, easy drinker. It's a bit sweet, but the spices are well balanced. For wonderfully balanced tripels I'd recommend this for those who favor the fruits/sweet somewhat and Golden Monkey for those who prefer exotic spices. Another winner from Weyerbacher.

Photo of Viggo
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden, nice color, thick white head forms but disappears pretty quick, settles to a thin layer, some lacing. Smell is tons of diacetyl, very buttery, booze, citrus, toffee, spice, weird. Taste is buttery as well, citrus, bread, yeast, alcohol, some fruit, lot of heat in the finish, slightly unpleasant but drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, hot.

Photo of HimerMan
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, not poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, I acutally used a regular glass for this.

Appearance - pale straw/slight golden hue, not that interesting to look at.

Smell - medium tripel flavors, clove and banana with the estery smell that is typical in the style. The overall smell is lacking compared to more bold tripels.

Taste - This falls a bit short, and is disappointing. Some fruitiness comes through as does alcohol and a lot of sugar. The banana and light clove are a bit unmatched in this style.

Overall - Not my favorite tripel to date, but, worth a shot. This should not be your judging factor on the style though as it is far from the upper tier.


Photo of wcudwight
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with lot's of carbonation. Thin whispy carbonated head. Just a thin white rim of lacing around the glass. Some sediment floating around.
Lot's of bananna and some butter aroma.
Candy sweet and bannana dominate the flavors. With some butter flavors.
Mouthfeel is much lighter than I thought. Somewhat creamy and smooth. It also has a nice crispness and a certain zest. Very dry finish.
The lighter body enhances the drinkability as well as the fact that there is no sign of the alcohol in this beer. I'm serious you'd think this beer was around 4% abv and not 9%. One of the lightest Belgiums I've had, which for me makes it very drinkable.

Photo of shbobdb
2.34/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've actually rather grown to like Tripels.

But not this one. It poured looking like any other Tripel, but the smell -- I guess 'cat urine' would be the best way to describe it. Whatever esters the yeast was kickin' off, they were quite unpleasant.

The taste manifested that particular ester mixed with sugary sweetness and a mouthfeel that was both dry and syrupy.

Not the best example of the style, I've got to say.

Photo of LarryV
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, this one didn't produce much of a head. Pours a golden color with orange highlights. Lots of fruit in the nose, banana like aroma seems to dominate.

Taste is sugary, sweet, perhaps too sweet. Taste of tropical fruits with little hops presence. Actually a pretty decent stab at the style, if the sweetness was held in check a little better, this would be a winner.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head.

S - Banana, candi sugar, yeasty with tropical fruit, sweet.

T - Pale malt, banana, honey, tropical fruits, alcohol booziness shows as it warms.

M - Well carbonated but somewhat syrupy.

D - A little sweet and boozy but very drinkable.

Photo of bennetj17
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from SkinnyElvis in SecretSanta 06'. Pours with an almost clear, sunny orange color. Not much head, but a nice white ring sticks around. The carbonation appears somewhat low. The smell is dominated by banana sweetness, with a hint of citrus spice in the background. Am I smelling a Bavarian Hefe? The smell is not real complex, but it's pleasantly sweet. More banana and bready malt in the taste. Some light spiciness with a sweet alcohol finish also. Pretty unremarkable mouthfeel, decent carbonation, but not as much as a strong Belgian could have. This was just a slightly above average beer. It would need alot more depth to stack up there with the finer Tripels...

Photo of brewandbbq
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light gold and hazy with a fizzy, white head that raises quickly and falls quicker.
No lacework and retention nonexistent.
Araomatics are fruity and lightly spicy. Peaches, tangerines, bubblegum, and cream soda. The nose finishes with some light pepper and warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel is thin, flatish, and neutral.
Pallet has more juicy fruits of tropical nature, with orangy notes, bannana, and a hint of lemon zest. Hopping is nill, and bitterness offsets the residuals at best.
Finishes mildly warming with some rounded honey notes and lingering vanilla-spiked tangerine.
Past prime? The last time I had this one, it was the old, yellow label, just called "triple" and I remember it being a better example of the style.
Regardless, being flatish with no head leans twords old age or neglect.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orfeu for the bottle from Secret Santa '06

Appearance: Nice looking golden hazed body, big white head that fades fast and leaves a good looking lace.

Smell: Citrus and candi sugar, tropical fruit.

Taste: Smooth and warming with a hint of alcohol in the back. A very fruity and rich beer with pineapple. Grainy yeast rounds things out.

Drinkability: A fine American replication of a European style.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

AP: This is a cloudy, golden copper with a thin and scattered head with a solid ring around the edge, besides that, it appears rather flat for the style.

Nose: A fruity and soured yeast smell, spicey and herbal malt.

Taste: Soured fruit! that's what hits you first, then spicey malt, and a leafy hop and a small hit of alcohol to top it off.

MF: This one looks pretty dead, these Belgians usually look for active and lively...at least it feels that way, I'm not sure how...but if feels very lively on the palate. Light feel overall though.

DA: Kinda funky for this style, not the best I've seen...and at 9.3% ABV it's not exactly easy to drink.

Photo of Riggsy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aquired as part of Weyerbacher's Big Beer Variety Pack..no date that I can find.
Pours a golden yellow, reminiscent of a Pilsner. Highly carbonated with a white fluffy head.
Aromas of Belgian yeast and citrus (lemon?)
Corriander stands out to me in the taste, light bodied and crisp.
High alcohol is well hidden.
Not a bad effort

Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty orangish yellow greets your eye (albeit cloudy) with a nice white head that melts to a solid ring of white around the glass.
Aromas are definitely belgium yeast but with a breadiness and slight lemon scent.
Taste is golden ale all the way with lemon on the end.
A Belguim golden ale with lemon? Hmmmm....refreshing.
Maybe I should start treating other BGAs like Hefs and ask for a lemon on my glass.
But this really is unique and refreshing. I like it as a change.
Mouthfeel is creamy without being sticky or cloying at all.
Aftertaste is only slightly sweet with the lemon drying your mouth and asking for another sip.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Maredsous chalice a slightly cloudy pale yellow with barely half an inch of white head. Smells of yeast, spice malt, apple and clove. Tastes of sweet apples and pears with a spiciness that tingles the tongue. Moderately carbonated and finishes with a dry, mild hop bitterness. The high alcohol is nicely disguised. A very good tripel from Dan Weirback & Co.

Photo of dherling
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out clear with deep gold color topped by a foamy head that dissapears quickly. The nose offers fruit, banana, spices and hops.
Taste is sweet, lots of fruit, banana, pear, spices, yeast and mild hops. medium bodied, and a bit syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a trippel.

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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