Apr 24, 2007

Weyerbacher Merry Monks’ Ale

The weather outside is finally starting to warm up, bringing my favorite beer drinking season to an end. I will miss my stouts and porters and winter seasonals, but can’t wait to have a nice crisp IPA or lighter variety Belgian on the back deck as the sun shines after a long day’s work. I already have a slew of lighter bodied beers reviewed or awaiting their turn to be sampled.

The Weyerbacher Merry Monk’s Ale is one that I have had in the past and just recently had the opportunity to drink again. While it’s not the flat out best Tripel I’ve ever had, it is a tasty alternative that is more readily available at my local store than the rarer imports I constantly drool over. And, it is exactly what I picture myself drinking or sharing with the wife after working on the yard all day

Beer Label: Weyerbacher Merry Monks' Ale


The Monks’ Ale pours a dark gold that’s nice and hazy. The head was pretty much nonexistent, but there was some minor lacing.


This one smells good. There is bits of orange and a decent sweetness that accompanies a slight alcohol heat. At 9.3% ABV the alcohol wants its presence known, but the other characteristics of the beer help subdue it. I’m also picking up a nice banana undertone.


The beer tastes almost exactly as it smells. It’s sweet, light on the tongue and conveys flavors of citrus and banana. It’s well carbonated and active, as well.


This really is quite a refreshing brew. The citrus and carbonation levels give it a playful characteristic that’s perfect for relaxing outside.

Rating: 3.8/5