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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,000 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,000
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 56
Gots: 322 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Weyerbacher = Creepy Label Art. Yes, that has been my conclusion about this brew for years. Creepy clown on the beer label staring at me with a sinister gleam in his eye? Pass. Goofy-looking monks with weirdly curved ears giving me a disturbing look while other menacing monks fiddle in the background? Nope. However, I finally decided to ignore the poor marketing and try...THE BEER. Here are my results... .

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a beautiful golden color with a nice 1/2" head. The head quickly faded, but there are lots of tiny, bottle-conditioned bubbles all over the place in this beer. Certainly qualifies for the "outstanding" category.

Smell 3.5: Very pleasant, but subdued bouquet. Lots of hints of Belgian yeast and spice, along with a slight boozy aroma.

Taste 3.75: Front is sweet on the palate, with a slightly sour, slightly yeasty taste. Middle is where a certain sour taste dominates, but it is well-balanced by the treacly sweetness also present. In the Finish, the spice and yeast pop up and hit you right in the middle of the palate, which is a good thing. The taste at this flavor level is one of slight spiciness, along with a very light and dry yeast flavor. Aftertaste is short, dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel 3.50: Bottle-conditioned carbonation was spot-on and complementary.

Overall 3.75: I have to state that my initial reservations about this brew, -based on the creepy label art-- were unfounded. Very good Tripel and very refreshing take on a standard and popular style. Very good beer and a dangerous one. Why? Because this is a dry, refreshing and light on the palate Tripel that is NINE POINT THREE PERCENT ABV. That's why I typed it in all caps, folks. Be very careful with this bad boy, because it can creep up on you.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours in this deep glowing golden orange with 2 finger fluffy head .

The aroma has sweet orange and banana, tons of clove, Belgian yeast breadiness. Reminds me a bit of La Fin du Monde.

The flavor follows with mostly banana, some banana, some clove spice, and a good amount of breadiness. The drying picks up and then it keeps growing into more and more and more alcohol. I haven't had a beer with this much booze in a while. It's almost as if a tripel had a shot of vodka in it.

The flavors are quite good and there aren't really "off" flavors. However, the booze is just too huge in this beer.

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A: A murky amber color, reminiscent of the top of richard attenborough's fossilezed tree sap mosquito cane in jurassic park, or if you are more of a pessimist: an oddly colored urine that you are a bit suspicious of. I'm totally kidding of course. it has a shade of orange yellow that you cant help but want to try. It is beautiful in a glass.

S: I legitimately have nasal polyps (uvula-like sacks that hang in the nose, block your nose as if you had terrible sinus issues) so I cant really smell it. what I can smell is quite good, has floral notes that draw you to it.

T: Gets more alcoholey tasting as it warms up, almost to the point of being like a liqueur, and not a particularly drinkable one at that. It wasnt terrible when it warmed up, but it didnt retain the greatness it had when it was colder. I know this because i was on a sailboat 3 days ago with a friend and during the sailing we forgot about our beers because we hit a very windy patch, took advantage of it, and had a blast. When we finally hit some lulls and got back to drinking our already open bottles even he said the same thing, completely independent of me. "Alcoholey taste" is the term he used.

M: Very bearable, very drinkable. registeers between the middle and back of the tongue, and lingers for awhile.

O: Definitely a return beer. I'm drinking it now, i drank it 3 days ago on a saliboat, i'd highly recommend it. Just dont let it get to close to lukewarm (unless you're a big fan of belgian tripels), otherwise it might compromise the taste.

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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