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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,004 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,004
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 55
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: 2,004 | Reviews: 758
Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThirstyE
1.94/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smooth at the beginning but bitter in the end.

Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Winston3737
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Merry Monks Ale a few weeks ago for $2.59 at Holiday Market. I'm still working my through the Weyerbacher lineup and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian chalice.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I but I wish it had a little more lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice and natural banana aroma that's followed by the spices with cloves sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of citrus aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart some sweet malt, pale malt, bready and doughy aromas. This beer has a good aroma and it's what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the belgian yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the banana showing up nicely and the cloves showing up just a little less this time. Up next comes that same citrus aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it shows up more and it's followed by a light alcohol flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, bready and doughy flavors. On the finish there's a very low amount of bitterness with a little more sweetness and some citrus and belgian yeast flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Tripel, it's got most of the things that I look for in the style.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little creamy, well hidden alcohol, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had just about everything that I look for in the style with no off flavors and the mouthfeel was pretty well done. This beer has nice drinkability, it's fairly smooth, crisp, a little creamy, well hidden alcohol, not too filling and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, I think one would be the perfect amount for me, It might start to wear on me a little if I have more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the mouthfeel and aroma, they are both good and I think they are the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but it was a little rough around the edges. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend giving it a try if your a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, for an american brewed Tripel it was good and it seemed to be better than most. It isn't a favorite beer from this brewery, but I do think it's one of the better American brewed tripels that I've had. NIce job guys, this was a nice tripel, keep it up.

Photo of bwags81
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Segelstrom
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slack
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. Smells like spice, clove, banana, and some bread. Taste is malt And yeast with light sweetness and spice. Mouthful is medium with a fair amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden. Overall a nice example of a triple, very refreshing.

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Medium Golden color. Light colored thick head

Smell: Pleasant, with a sweet aroma, and a little pepper.

Taste: This is good Tripel with a very nice balance. It has alot of flavor. I like the balance of hops, fruity sweetness (I taste bananas), alcohol, and some peppery spices. This is one of the best Belgium ales I have tried.

Mouthfeel: This is very smooth, with a medium weight in the mouth.

This is a very good Belgium Ale. I will buy this again.

Photo of hotsudge
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hamrwolf
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewliue
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ring ring ring...bells ringing. Clearly the monks are happy tonight because they are drinking the beer on tap. This is the cure for Quasimodo

Photo of PVMT
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-hunter
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. 9.3% abv

Appearance- Pours an apricot orange and cloudy. Frothy white head.

Smell- Dark fruit of plum and raison, yeast, and clove.

Taste- Sweet caramel leads into the Belgian-like yeast taste that goes throughout. Pear and plum-like as well with a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy with rich carbonation. Alcohol not overly evident but is there.

Overall- A good representation for the tripel style. Not overly sweet or obnoxious. Well worthy of being the flagship brew for this brewey.

Photo of Desimoaj
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JMUduke
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, wheat, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apricot, apple, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, candi sugar, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, candi sugar, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. A good amount of dryness as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding tripel style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of midlifec
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this it's incredibly fruity and sweet. Very carbonated almost sparkling, and a really an enjoyable American tripel. Well done. I'm surprised this isn't more popular especially for its low price point

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nitter
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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