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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

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very good

1,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 55
Gots: 301 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Murky tangerine orange coloring with no head formation upon the pour. Visible carbonation was hard to establish. The coloring was a bit darker and out of character i thought per style, prefering a darker golden variety with an unfiltered nature.

S: Aroma of musky tangerine and muted fruit, touch of banana from the yeast, alcohol is light, well concealed, with some custard cream hints. Fairly mellow, i usually like a sharp and crisp spiciness.

T: Flavor of warm creamy oranges, some alcohol mention, light banana-pear contribution from the yeast. Honey malt, dough, glowing alcohol warmth, again, seems to be missing that snappy sharp spiciness.

M: viscose, full bodied, doughy, and softly carbonated, with a warming orange booziness. Again i like my tripels snappy carbonation wise, a bit lighter in body per style.

O: Overall this was a very mellow, full bodied interpretation. Laid back, lazy (co2) and boozy like that uncle everyone has. Had this one years ago, dont know how it evaded my review list or what my initial impression was to compare to. The flavor wasn't bad, just when i think tripel i think lighter golden body, snappy carbonation, more spiciness, head formation, and sharp drinking experience. As well a little unfiltered floaties are also a welcome gesture. To give you an idea of my preference St. bernardus, watou, and unibroue's la fin du monde all make for fantastic examples. Again not a bad beer, just a bit off base per style to my liking and a bit heavy handed in the malt/body department.

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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.

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,969 ratings.