Weyerbacher Merry Monks Ale

Weyerbacher Merry Monks Ale

Rated 3.529 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Easton, PA, United States

Style:  Abbey Tripel

9.3% Alcohol by Volume

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Merry Monks' Ale is a Belgian style Abby Trippel without limitation. This style was created by Trappist Monks in Belgium over 500 years ago. To be true to the style, Merry Monks' Ale is bottle conditioned. This means we add a bit of sugar and yeast just prior to bottling. This imparts a special effervescence to the beer, a creamier carbonation, and also extends the shelf life. The on-going 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 degrees F- and away from light. When you try this beer you're in for a unique treat. The special effervescence and creaminess are immediately apparent when pouring. The Pilsner malts combined with the Belgian yeast strains yield a remarkable and complex flavor- perhaps you'll note subtle hints of fruit or spice. The flavor is nicely balanced and the finish moderate to dry , begging for the next sip. You might ask why we go through all this trouble and expense for just a beer, but one taste and you'll know the Merry Monks' Ale (9.3% ABV) will more than complement any meal it accompanies. Enjoyed best around 48 degrees F, it also makes a fine after-dinner drink.

ID: 7141 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank2718
Overall Percentile94.6
Style Rank58 of 565
Style Percentile89.7
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.574
Weighted Score3.529
Standard Deviation0.501

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.9 2 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The beer pours a cloudy amber hued gold with a huge rocky off-white head that lasts and lasts. The aroma is grassy malt, honey, yeast, burnt sugar, and citrus. Almost smells as it should! The mouthfeel is average, maybe a little too carbonated. The flavor is grainy malts up front, a little honey sweetness, followed by a bitter finish. An excellent example of the style.

  • CHOPZ 6282 reviews
    rated 3.5 6 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Thanks to my Vermont friends for this one, Canada Thanksgiving 2016. Hazy golden colour with fizzy-bubbly head, short retention and minimal lacing. Nice aromas of pears, Belgian Ale yeast and other sweetness. Hints of vanilla and candy notes. Fruity taste with the yeast. Alcohol is well-hidden.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 4.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours a unfiltered looking gold color with a thick foam head. The aroma is of malt, wheat and fruit. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with just a slight zing from the high abv. The taste is banana, malt and wheat. A really good beer !

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This smelled and tasted more like a Belgian golden ale than a traditional triple to me. Lots of spice and a little fruit on the nose. Effervescent. Hides the abv well. Not a ton of depth in the taste, but it's a pleasant brew. Paled next to the quad.

  • CYBERCAT 11509 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 7

    Pours a nice somewhat cloudy amber with a thick, fluffy, somewhat persistent white head. Aroma is malty, fruity and just a bit yeasty. Flavor is definitely somewhat better than I expected - strong, malty, fruity, yeasty, a bit rubbery, with a hint of caramel and most enjoyable and lip-smacking! Texture is fairly smooth, somewhat fizzy, leaving a subtle tingle. This is worth seeking.

  • CHEFCHAD 542 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pretty big Triple here. Seemed more like a strong ale but who am I to judge. Still a pleasant surprise. The problem is I have very critical of triple's for some reason.

    Very spicy on the nose with some fruit and sugar. Pours a nice a darker gold with a good amount of fizzy head. Good carbonation, However it could of toned down a bit. That being said it worked well with the beer and the finish was fantastically crisp. Pretty Spicy with some pepper and fruit. It is sweet but the earth of the beer could be a bit weaker. It is a fine beer and Two of them put me on my ass!!!

  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy deep gold colored ale with a one finger slight beige foamy head that had a very long retention. Intense carbonation. Godd lacing. The aroma is yeast, sweet malts and a sourish sensation, notes of citrus and bananas. The flavour is yeast, sweet malts, spicy, peppery, cloves, fruity, green apples, hints of licorice. Well-balanced. The mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. This full bodied ale has a slight hoppy finish. A very drinkable and nice tasting ale.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This just didn't do it for me. I am finding Weyerbacher to be sort of hit or miss. Appearance is a pale/cloudy yellow-gold color. There is a lot of flavor going on here, mostly sweet and tart. I am tasting wheat, caramel, citrus, plum, banana....all kinds of goodies. At first I thought overly-sweet, then the tartness kicked in, then back to the sweetness. Both ends were a little extreme for me, as in the end it was mostly sweet & tart fruits with tons of sugar. This beer had potential to be better, but was just a bit above average overall...I'd say below average for it's style.

  • BRADPEAR 272 reviews
    rated 3.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 2

    Nice tasting brew with good color and nose. Drank six of em one night...Very true to the style;you wake up hurting the next morning! Not as bad a Ole Ratspukin, but close. Try one or two, but more will hurt you! Avoiditbrau.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Here’s another fine beer from Weyerbacher. A cloudy yellow colored ale with tints of orange. A mederate hefty frothy white head. It does mot, though unfortunately have much hang time. A medium body with some smoothness making this a very drinkable beer. Smells like a white wine with hints of banana. The sweetness of the malt, those bananas and other fruits like apples and pears are all to evident in the taste.

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