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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

1,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 745
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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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.

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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.

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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.

Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,945 ratings.