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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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very good

1,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 1535
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A somewhat hazy, dark yellow body is topped by a beady, white head with poor staying power.

Smell: A strong and complex bouquet of bubblegum, tropical fruits, and lemon peel, with secondary notes of cloves and vanilla extract. Malt aroma is light, as is true to style.

Taste: Honey-drizzled fruits are paired with bready malt and an exciting helping of both clove-like and peppery spices. Hop flavor and bitterness are all but absent, but bready malt plays a strong role. Taste is, therefore, more reminiscent of a golden strong,

Mouthfeel: Throat-coating alcohol warmth is comforting rather than solventy. A smooth, yet chewy texture makes sipping truly satisfying, while medium carbonation keeps things from getting too heavy.

Overall: a complex, unique, and altogether delicious beer that stays true to style in some ways, but falls short in its lack of hop aroma and bitterness. Also a bit light and sweet for the style. Still, one of the best beers I've had, overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:43:38 | More by BethanyB
Photo of Pork_Lord

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first time I ever bought this beer I drank it out of a 12oz. bottle while bowling.

Needless to say my scores went from an easy 200 to about 80 during the course of this six-pack

When you first pour this beer you are grasped by the quintessential Tripel appearance and aroma. This beer has a smell of its own. On the front you smell a lot of soft fruit such as overly ripened banana and other over ripe exotic fruit. The nose is then dominated by the booze of this beer which should NOT be underestimated; I am speaking from experience here.

If your not an avid tripel drinker this beer will throw you for a loop. It comes across rather boldly with strong notes of banana and sweet green apple, which is then replaced with a slight mango and other exotic fruit flavor mostly from the malts. This is all happening while you are being showered by the lovely boozy flavor. This beer may hold one of my top 10 after-tastes of all time; coming clean with the fresh fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel of this beer is simply delightful with an elegant note of effervescence and a slightly rich and creamy feel, but not to coat your tongue.

On a whole this beer can be appreciated even by the fledgling craft lover. I have seen it with my own eyes as we have this beer on tap in my store (Along with several other Weyerbachers at the moment!!)

If you haven't tried this beer you should go out of your way to find 2 bombers of it. One to drink right away and get a solid buzz on, and one to Cellar for up to 6 months. The comparison is indescribable.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2013 00:52:28 | More by Pork_Lord
Photo of MattyG85


4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with few bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very yeasty and spicy Belgian style aroma with lots of fruit esters. Belgian yeast with some funk. Spicy mix of cloves and pepper. Candied Belgian style sugar. Fruit esters of banana, pear, apple, peach, and citrus orange, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Also some bubblegum hints as well. Pale malts with hints of grains, biscuit, straw, and cracker. Some sweet honey like hints as well. A very solid Belgian style Tripel aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big Belgian taste of yeast, funk, spices, and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of funk. Big taste of pepper and clove spicing. Sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar and honey. Lots of dried fruit esters with notes of banana, pear, apple, and peach along with some orange, apricot, pineapple, and lemon zest. Bubblegum notes in the mix as well. Bready pale malt backing with a taste of grains, straw, biscuit, and crackers. Some earthy hop bitterness comes in towards the finish. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly prickly. Very drying finish. Alcohol presence makes itself known but its smoother than expected.

Overall: A very good American take on a Belgian Tripel. Good mix of yeast, spices, and dried fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 07:08:57 | More by MattyG85
Photo of barczar


3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden with a frothy white head that lingers.

Yeast esters of peach, pear, and green apple accompany confectioners sugar and yeast funk. There's a bit of a musty character and floral hop notes.

Flavor is pretty dry. Pear skin and yeast underlie bready malt, with a hint of wheat and earthy hops drying out the finish. There's a peppery aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with high, spritzy carbonation and significant alcohol great.

Nice and dry, but somewhat one note.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:09:18 | More by barczar
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2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a HUGE, soapy, white head. Nice aromas of banana and clove. Hazy, straw color. Starts boozey, metallic, and a touch bitter. More metallic and then medium bitterness and noticeable hoppiness. Finish is banana, clove, and bitterness.

Overall, just too much hoppiness and bitterness. The booze is really noticeable, too. I'm not a fan.
This is pretty crass and rough around the edges; it lacks the smoothness and balance I've come to expect from the style. Not horrid, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:41:38 | More by TheSSG
Photo of json83


2.3/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I expected a lot from this being a similar style to one of my favorites of all time - La Fin Du Monde: Tripel. This one is relative it calories at around 270-280 and ABV 9.0% but far off in the taste. I would compare this to the taste of a ground up Christmas wreath. The aftertaste is very strong and unsettling at first but eventually tones down a bit to that of cut grass. I hoped that most tripel style would be similar, which is to an extent, but far off from the smoothness and aftertaste of La Fin Du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 23:08:49 | More by json83
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with an orange tint. The color of blush on an apricot. A finger of foam that fell slowly to a thin skin on top. Good retention and lace. Nose is malt bread, caramel, banana and pear. Some apple, raisin and yeast to round it out. Bubblegum and clove, pepper and faint floral. Malt deepens with a little bread as it warms. Taste is banana, pear, a little acidic, pale malt and honey, a little pepper and spice on the back palate. Clove really comes to the palate as it warms. Body is light and mouthfeel is creamy but a little heavy. A touch of grass brings the hops to the palate in the finish as the alcohol leaves warmth and dryness to offset the juicy fruitiness. It’s a little tart and tangy but the bread is amazing and full which both contribute to it’s heaviness. I thought it was a good tripel. Not quite subtle but well done nonetheless. After all a tripel is for sipping not slurping.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 11:55:12 | More by utopiajane
Photo of MistahBeah


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber(ish). About a finger of bubbly head. Lots of tiny streams of carbonation. Some lacing

Smell: Biscuits and honey. Pepper and grain. Tropical fruits. Of course there's a big funky Belgian yeast aroma. Almost a cellar-like smell. Pretty darn good

Taste: Fruity esters dominate at first. White grapes and apples in the foreground. Subdued pears and pineapple. Faint peach and hints of bananas throughout. As it warms the spiciness takes over. Pepper and warming alcohol. Spicy Belgian yeast. Sweet malt finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied. Rich. Wine-like. Feels a little

Overall: Not the greatest tripel but it's a good beer. Complex. Worth a try

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:26:17 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of cbutova


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy light golden-orange body out of the 12oz bottle. A foamy white head forms to a few fingers high with big bubbles where it contacts the glass and fine ones in the middle. Head retention is nice and clouds of lace coat the glass.

S- Phenolic and ester compounds dominate the aroma upon first sniffing. Banana and lemon/orange peel are particularly noticeable. Pepper, spice and slight yeast bread hints. Floral and herbal.

T- Things change pretty somewhat for me here. The yeast gets really spicy and fruity (apple, grape, pear, slight peach) and alcohol comes into play. A good deal of banana with some pepper, citrus zest and floral qualities lingering in the finish. Flavors remind me of spicy hops but could also be yeast byproducts. Somewhat sweet and just a bit of cracked grain hints.

MF- Creamy body with a medium thickness. Carbonation is high but very silky and the finish brings some alcohol warmth and bitterness.

Flavor is extremely fruit forward and spicy as well. I admire the complexity but some sips feel a bit harsh and a bit more balance is needed. Perhaps some age would do good.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:37:28 | More by cbutova
Photo of 57md


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with a finger of head that dissipated relatively quickly. The nose possesses the definite essence of Belgian yeast. The flavor is sour but generally flat and uninspiring. I am not terribly impressed with this offering from a respectable local brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:20:34 | More by 57md
Photo of smooth_aleing

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Cork was difficult to undo, but eventually got it...with a corkscrew.

A= Murky amber honey, with some yeast strains lingering. Pours a frothy, generous head with decent lace. Fizzles down nicely to a thin layer of lace.

S= Citrus, pepper, banana, pear. Good amount of spiced yeast. The only negative I might add is an after note of alcohol in the nose, which can mask the other flavor components. Might just be a result of the corking problem, though.

T= Citrus, a nice sweetness. Mild to moderate malt notes. Undertones of apple and pear, slight hint of clove and brown sugar. Definitely strong spice, and subtle sweetness that rounds out a bit of the sharpness from the alcohol.

M= Good carbonation, medium-bodied.

0= Very nice for a Tripel style. One of the better ones I've had, particularly from North-Eastern breweries.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 03:04:39 | More by smooth_aleing
Photo of silverking


3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy amber with a finger of white head. Head retention is good, and the lacing is nice enough to look at.

S- malt, banana, pear, raisin, spicy yeast. There is also a touch of black pepper on the back end.

T- Tart, with notes of apple and banana. The finish fades into a slight hop bitterness accompanied by spicy yeast.

M- Light bodied with overly aggressive carbonation. Sticky. Not a fan.

O- Not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 23:07:34 | More by silverking
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the W Hotel Bar in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation, lots of fine white particles in suspension, and golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with stronger aromas of light fruits (apple, pear, and peach) as well as banana and spicy yeast.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has some light to moderate pale malts upfront with some light fruit sweetness - pear, apple, and peach. There are strong flavors of banana along with just a touch of spicy yeast. Overall this beer is really quite sweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, this beer really coats the inside of your mouth and tongue.

O: Overall this is a pretty nice American example of the Tripel style and the rather significant ABV is pretty well hidden. Much more of a sipping beer but an enjoyable one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 20:11:47 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of McNealc31


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing standing out about Weyerbacher Merry Monks is the unrelenting effervescence. A myriad of micro bubbles race through the sparkling clear Tripel to reach the creamy white head. Yeast, banana, and bread dominate the aroma. After a sip, sweet grapes come to the forefront, buttered toast, followed by just enough hops to balance. Gets sweeter, dryer, and the 9.3% is more evident as it warms.

Really enjoying this. I do get the slightest hint of skunk, but with no date, hard to tell if it’s normal. Still, this is one to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:40:37 | More by McNealc31
Photo of ThirstyBehr


4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- cloudy straw yellow body, lots of carbonation, very small white head that almost disappears leaving very little lacing.

s- the Belgian yeast is most prominent, banana and lemon notes, very faint hint of hops, and sweet malt finish.

t- the fruity Belgian yeast dominates followed by a hint of booze, nice and sweet, a hint of possibly wheat, sweet lingering finish.

m- pleasant medium body, alcohol is very well hidden, dry sweetness left on the tongue.

o- a very nice triple, i really like the flavor of the yeast, very fruity and sweet, i could see how this is rated one of the top triples in the world.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 17:11:31 | More by ThirstyBehr
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazed golden color with a white head that stayed a thin layer fueled by lots of carbonation bubbles rising.

S - banana, clove, baseball card bubblegum.

T - all the things in the aroma as well as some citrus tartness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation, easy to drink.

O - nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 22:34:09 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
date: 11/28/12 - 11/28/14

A: Sparkling golden color with a pure white one finger head. The high carbonation is very apparent in the glass.
S: Spicy, pepper, very belgian
T: Lots of belgian spice, some definite fruitiness (banana?), a little bit of alcohol heat, but not unpleasant.
M: Slightly round with a ton of carbonation to keep things from becoming cloying.
O: Well, they got a lot of belgian character in this bottle, very true to style,

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:06:04 | More by wspscott
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip... pale, slightly hazy soft gold, finelt bubbled head about 2-fingers thick slipped into a flimsy film with some arms of lace

S: light orchard fruits and citric, floral hops and yeast

T: lemon, pale malt, bright yeastiness, honey-flavored cough drop sweetness

M: dry, slightly citric astringence, lively carbonation

O: initially taken aback and puckered somewhat, but then eased into it more - warmed well, naturally, and proved a more enjoyable drink than I expected. A good tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:58:12 | More by Greywulfken
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South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle signed by the brewer himself! Bottle served into Green Man snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger extremely slowly. Maintained phenomenal pacing throughout the glass. The aroma wad comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, wheat, spice, banana runts, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, wheat, spice, alcohol, and subtle wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The nose on this one was very inviting and quite complex. It had a big sweetness and spiciness going on in it that I really enjoyed. The flavor however was quite hot with alcohol and honestly took me back. Really wish this had not been the case. I would drink this one again in the future but aged quite a bit to let the booze settle out some.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:00:02 | More by thagr81us
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Head fizzled down really fast leaving a darker golden body. Tons of bubbles streaming through the glass so it’s easy to swirl up a head.

Smells sweet, fruity, and spicy. Good stuff. Banana, clove, pear, bubblegum. Some alcohol esters. With the alcohol and sweet fruitiness together its kind of perfumey.

Lots of bubblegum sweetness. It’s also spicy at the same time with clove and pepper. Lots of fruit. Alcohol is there but mostly covered up leaving a warming sensation.

The body is light and bubbly. Tingles nicely on the tongue.

My first American made Tripel and it is done very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 20:40:34 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dingy dishwater blonde, with little head, lazy bubbles, and hazy skies until the horizon. Eh.

Smell is wonderful, with big striding notes of asian pear, clove honey, and brioche. A little whiff of tamarind flies by on the back end.

Taste brings with it notes of ripe bananas, durian (the taste of the flesh, not the smell), and white peppercorns. A firm backstop of hops keeps the sweetness in check, and the gums are left with an inviting dryness. Could be a touch more austere, but this is fun all the same.

Mouthfeel is spongy and active, like a mouth full of marshmallows. Appropriate for the style, although the holistic sensation is a bit more syrupy than I'd like.

Over all, this is an enthusiastic (even exuberant) take on the Tripel style. Not entirely traditional, but not a big American fruit bomb either. Worth the experience, but buy a single, not the six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:24:04 | More by ithacabaron
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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear golden yellow with a two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Bananas and apples. Malt and yeast.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bananas and apples and spice. Sweet malt.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm.

O: Very nice tripel. Has the right aromas and flavors, and the mouthfeel is crisp. Nice in a snifter.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:33:19 | More by SolipsismalCat
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first shot at a Weyerbacher beer:

Poured into imperial pint from 12 oz. bottle.

A- Turbid golden-brown, with a fizzy white head, pretty thick after the pour but coming down to ring around the rim, with a patch floating in the middle. Through the haze, lots of carbonation rises to the top. No lacing left behind.

S- fruity, apple, banana, with some bread yeastiness. Alcohol has a slight sting, but is pretty well hidden by the other aromas.

T- Generic fruity sweetness (i.e. I can't put my finger on a specific fruit) with the yeastiness right behind it. Alcohol is a bit more apparent in the taste as is in the smell, but it still doesn't take away from the major flavors.

M- Light bodied, with a good amount of tingly carbonation. Warmth in the finish reminds me to slow down a little, because this is a 9 percenter.

O- Although alcohol is abundant in this brew, Weyerbacher did a fine job concealing it with some other wonderful flavors and aromas. I enjoy this Tripel, because it isn't too heavy, and it has a good balance of flavors. It's not too sweet, yet hops are barely noticeable. I'd have this tasty beer gain, and look forward to more of Weyerbacher's creations.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:23:50 | More by BWED
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very good belgian ale here, not totally conventional, but a clever incarnation of the tripel style. this beer pours cloudy and flat in color, somewhere between straw and wheat in terms oc complexion, and there is just an inch of thin white fizz on top. the nose is very fruity, like golden raisins, figs, and candy sugar. the yeast imparts a gentle spice character as well, which is more apparent in the flavor than the smell. it has a sweet flavor, like it should be sugary, but it isnt at all, and is in fact dry as it drinks. the alcohol is well hidden, and the fruity elements blend well with the lighter malt profile. this feels more like a summertime drink to me, but it was plenty sessionable in the middle of december, with its vibrant carbonation and clean finish. i thought the body was a tad too much for the style, it made the beer seem a little heavy, and its delicate essence was trampled on a little bit by its weight, but even with that criticism i thought this was a very enjoyable bottle of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 19:36:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served, pouring bottle into long pint glass

The apprearance is golden with a thin white head and a constant flow of carbonation from bottom to top.

A fruity smell, green apple is what first hits you then a slight apricot after scent.

The taste is delicious and the high alcohol content is hidden very well and makes this an overall very drinkable beer that could catch up with you quick if not careful and blinded by the sweetness and great taste

Overall this a great beer for drinking on an easy night when you wanna feel it but take it easy at the same time, this beer seems to go well for me in the winter months as it almost warms you up

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 23:30:48 | More by Jimbrewmore
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