Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 62
Gots: 369 | 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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Ratings: 2,064 | Reviews: 775
Reviews by Toddv29424:
Photo of Toddv29424
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as American Tripels go, this one it topps. This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with little head. The nose is pungent, and has notes of coriander, spice, banana and light malts. The taste is very complex, and like most tripels a little off putting at how non-alcoholic it tastes (even though its around 9%). The spices are most apparent, with the banana sneaking in toward the end. The finish is terrific. The syrup-like consistency lingers for a long time, and doesn't seem to dissipate until another sip is taken.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Moneypenny
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apricot color hazy with yeast. Pleasant effervescence, apple aroma up front, with a head that yields quickly to the glass. Taste is apple, banana, pear and spice. Drinks like a Trappist ale that wants to be a Champagne. If you love champagne but feel it's impractical to uncork a bottle just for the hell of it, consider giving Merry Monks a try. Stupendous.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the "Big Beer" variety pack I picked up today,pours a medium golden color with alot of carbonation a nice frothy white head comes from the pour.The aroma is a little spicey and smokey,a nice spicey lightly sweet flavor to this beer pretty authentic here a powdered sugar flavor lingers with the spicieness the overwhelming flavor that I get.Just a tad on the thin side but still a really nice brew from Weyerbacher.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty yellow amber color with tons, and I mean tons, of carbonation. 3/8th inch bubbly white head with flawless retention. Great looker! Aroma is like many Americanized Belgians, banana yeast, candied sugar, and a touch of the tropics. Slight hints of cotton candy to boot. Taste matches aroma with some strong sensations of rum like alcohol sugars. Warming, sweet, and boozy with minimal character or depth.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

A fun and refreshing beer. Drink slowly though the 9.3% will do damage. This beer has a lot of spices running through it. You'd have to put it in the top category for best American Tripels.

Low bitterness, belgian yeast, fruit, and smooth.

Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold with excellent clarity and a long lasting, rocky off-white head.

S: Moderate fruity esters of apples and oranges with moderately-light spice and pepper notes. The alcohol and hops bring a perfumey and floral notes to the party. It hits the right style points but there all some what faint.

T: The taste is a good blend of fruitieness, spice and alcohol with flavors of moderately-strong orange, apples with moderate pepper, spice and a soft, spicy alcohol note. There a medium amount of bitterness with a low spicy hops flavor.

M: A medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

O: The flavor is more on point than the nose, both hit the right points for style. There are other Golden Strongs I could have all night but I could only have a glass of this in a sitting, though I will definitely have another some other day.

Photo of humanfactor
4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A random selection from the store this evening and I was greatly surprised. As soon as I opened the bottle the fragrance was amazing very fruity (not perfume like , as someone else reviewed). Great Blond color, and nice lacing from the head. And deeeelicious with the first mouthful. Refreshing, full of flavor, a very well crafted beer. Well done Weyerbacker!

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Hazy golden color with very nice lumpy white head. Great retention with mediocre lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit and brown sugar, sort of like candied apples.

T: Sweet. It's the first thing that hits you. But it's a nice run of flavors like light malts, candy sugar, coriander, orange peel, and some sort of very light citrus-like hops. It's sweet, but it's good.

M&D: Mouthfeel is moderate, mainly due to the sweetness. The tastes are light and make the overall impression relatively light, especially given the rather heavy gravity of this brew. The carbonation is great - light but persistent, creating that great creaminess typical of good Belgian ales. The more I drank the more I liked it, prompting me to bump up my original score for drinkability. Try it if you like triples. Good stuff.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weyerbacher Merry Monks' pours into my SN tulip a cloudy yellowish orange color with a light white arid bubbly head. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of crisp grainy pale malt accentuated by a upfront yeastiness and peppery spiciness. Notes of light fruit, apples and pears. I enjoy the unique melding of spices in the nose.

First sip brings a crisp pale maltiness upfront along with big vibrant yeast tones. A myriad of fruity tones dance across the palate with noticeable notes of apple juice, lemon and pear. A nice peppery spiciness throughout that melds in well with the overall flavor. Slightly bready with a nice clean lightly bitter finish. Good balance of sweetness throughout, alcohol nowhere to be enjoyable tripel for sure!

Mouthfeel is rather light and arid with a well placed carbonation, goes down smoothly. I would have no problem having a few of of the better tripels brewed in the USA that I have tried. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the opportunity.

Music: Aesop Rock - Zodiaccupuncture

Photo of JasonA
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears fresh, little cloudy, virtually no head. Light carmel color, no lacing.

Malt, malt, more malt. No grain. Yeast (good way), alcohol. Citrus, yummy.

Malt. No grain, no buscit. No roast, no nothing except booze. Gonna kick some ass.

Feels nice, good carbonation. Not as think as ABV would suggest. High alcohol bite, but not at all in a bad way.

Overall a big beer. Not my favorite style, but overall a nice drink. Only one of these I think :burp:

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. Got this at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro. Todd (the beer guy) is very helpful. Anyway, I digress. The beer was poured into a snifter, and was a golden color with virtually no head. It had a fruity, spicy aroma, with a little alcohol coming through. The taste was similar, although I couldn't detect the alcohol that I thought I had smelled. I thought this to be a good example of a tripel, and would happily drink more of them.

Photo of gilchrist_whitedale
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what you want in a Belgian-style. Deep, well-rounded spicing, not too heavy but robust.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, no freshness date to be found but with its strength this beer will last perhaps years adding to the complexity. Light flaky sediment is noticeable floating on the bottom from the bottle conditioning.

Appearance: Hazed over golden orange, a few particles of sediment float around but disperse after the carbonation throws it around. Tight tiny bubble white lace sticks around the rim of the glass and keeps for the duration.

Smell: Big medicinal phenolic aroma, plum fruitiness with both sweet and tart. Spicy sweet estery alcohol is perfumey. Very aromatic and almost pungent in the nose.

Taste: Moderate body, aggressively crisp with a sharp carbonation that stays at a medium-high level. Nutty and earthy from the yeast. Herbal and medicinal from the phenols. Peppery with a quick flash of sugar syrup from the sweet n’ spicy alcohol, relatively dry beer though a minute amount of residuals are apparent. Fruitiness borders on banana, pineapple and plum. Hops are minimal and are hardly noticeable. Dry clove and peppery flavours are dominant with a nutty dry finish. Alcohol warms more and more throughout the beer with mild solvent flavours from the fusel part of the alcohol.

Notes: Certainly a treat to try another brewery’s triple, remarkably complex perhaps too complex if that is possible. It seems like most of the flavours are fighting for dominance and no one prevails. If this one was to be laid down for several more months it would have been a bit more melded. A great brew but a little too fresh.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 12 oz bottle with silkscreen, as pictured. Pours a slightly hazed, amber gold body. Minimal, offwhite head is barely noticable, before fading to minimal ring lace.

Aroma is very tart and fruity. Apricots, pineapples, a hint of banana, with a muted background of Belgian style spices.

Mouthfeel is tart, with medium body and carbonation.

Taste is all about tart citrusy fruits. Mango and pineapple are prominent. A musty, Belgian style, yeast presence is apparent, but that's where the Abbey Trippel style features end. No candy sugar, or Belgian malt styles are present here. Still, it's a tasty ale, but on the tart fruit side of things.

Almost like apple cider at times, but still a very nice Belgian style effort from a solid, northeastern American brewery.

Photo of Billolick
1.93/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

sorry to do this, but this one went bad. So I guess this is a public service announcement on this brew. No head was achieved, it is cloudy in color. And the taste can only be described as sour! watch out for this one, try to find a fresh bottle, may be hard to do as this doesnt come with any type of freshness dating.

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice

Appearance: golden-orange in color, cloudy, minimal head, moderate carbonation, sediment

Smell: wheat, light hay, and apricot

Taste: complex--a lot going on..apricot and banana dominate but also has hay, orange, earth, and light pepper

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet and funky, high carbonation.

Overall: Lighter than most I have had in the style and also more complex. Does not have some of the bittering alcohol that I usually find in the that is why I would drink this one sooner than most. I like the banana and apricot fruity mix.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has some nice Belgian yeast notes, as well as some grape and orange notes. The flavor is very similar. I get some nice sweetness from the candy sugar, as well as some yeast and alcohol notes. There is also a big fruit component with some grapes and orange notes, as well as some white pepper. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Jammyman
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer for great value

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Premium Gourmet in Buffalo. Been meaning to try this brew for quite some time.

Poured into a goblet - amber golden brew, slightly hazy, some flecks of sediment. About a half inch of head that recedes into a thin ring.

Nose is pear, grape, medicinal, slight yeast, banana and clove, some earth and funk as well.

Good triple, a bit on the sweet side, although the finish is dry. Similar flavor notes as in the nose, with the emphasis on the pear and grape. Finish is dry and a bit peppery. Some yeast, a bit funky.

Assertive carbonation, medium bodied, dry on the palate.

Good tripel, lots going on here.

Photo of jakester
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty gold with an orange tint. There are some tiny floaters in there. A one-half finger head of white bubbles forms on top, which quickly fades to a scant ring around the glass. Still, there are some pieces of lacing here and there.

Aroma is Belgiany, peppery, cloves, bubble gum, yeast, honey, light pils malt, wonderful. Not too much in the way of hop smell, but pretty much in the way of phenolics.

The first flavor is sweet pils malt, quickly followed by cloves, black pepper, bubble gum, clover honey, and bright fruits like apples and pears. Sweetness dominates this beer; not much in the way of hop bitterness or flavor. This is a pretty good tripel. Aftertaste is very sweet and long.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with soft carbonation. At 9.3%, the alcohol is very well hidden, indeed. I can hardly detect any heat at all. Finish is lip-smacking sweet.

This is a damn good tripel. I'm disappointed by the head retention, but for flavor, complexity, and drinkability, this would be tough to beat. Highly recommended.

Photo of bsp77
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia chalice.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-orange with thin white bubbly head and legs that rise and fall.

Smell: Semi-sweet fleshy fruit, countered by dry citrus, clove and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Much sweeter than the aroma. Fleshy fruit and banana is prominent. The drier aspects (citrus, clove, noble hops) have been relegated to the background, although they do rise up slightly at the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body that has probably been lightened by sugar, barely dry finish, slightly cloying.

Drinkability: Decent Tripel overall, but too sweet for my tastes and trumped by many others available. Worth trying; maybe not worth seeking out again.

Photo of Kraken
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another review from notes.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wineglass. Pours an translucent orange amber in color with a one finger head that dissapates rapidly leaving a slight skim of a head. No lace to speak of.
Nose-Bananna bubble gum esters, clove and alcohol.
Taste- Light caramel, very nice bananna and bubble gum prescence from yeast, followed by hints of sour apple, grapes, and melon. A little hot but pleasent. Long dry finish.
Mouthfeel-Good, helped by a very fine carbonation, which contributes a cleansing effect.
Drinkability-at 9% this is a little hot and can sneak up on you but it sure goes down nicely.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Monks’ Ale opens with an excellent Belgian nose, being immediately heavy on banana and clove, with thick underpinnings of pineapple, apple, and white grape fruit esters, the beer somehow managing to even smell sugar-sticky. A good bed of toast crust, floury baguette, Grape Nuts cereal-like grains, and peppery spiciness adds earthiness, hops bring in just enough grapefruit and lemon to add a little citrus pizazz. As a whole, the nose is quite good, the sugars and fruit esters popping and begging to be tasted. The only negative comment I have is that the grains do add just a tad too much wet wheat aroma, which here somehow manages to come across as a slight staleness. Luckily the sweet aromas largely make up for this.

On the tongue, the beer is bright, with banana and clove immediately washing across the tongue, joined quickly by orange syrup, pear, and touches of pineapple and cherry. As with the nose, the sugars dominate here, and the resemblance of these to a good fruit cocktail is noticeable, but luckily works largely in favor of the brew. It does so because the beer also features a nice supporting wheat bread, biscuit, and toast crust base, featuring a peppery spiciness that helps offset, and simultaneously catalyze, the sugars. The breads and peppery spices actually grow in flavor as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off. A certain alcoholic vapor rides over everything, and while it is not offputting, it does provide a constant reminder of the 9.3% ABV. The aftertaste is a continuation of the clove and peppery spice notes, with lingering sugars and breads, and burns on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the burning sensation.

Overall, this is good fare, and certainly fit to stand with any of its Belgian kin.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at cellar temp poured into oversized wine glass. pours a very cloudy yellow golden color. tons of sediment. nice white head with pretty nice retention. very nice sticky lacing. doesnt seem to have that amazing head as the true belgians do, but looks very good nontheless.

the aroma is full of that belgian yeast. phenolic, banannas, clove, spice, nice sweet pilsner malt aroma. a tad bit of alcohol apparent as well.

the taste is very fruity and yeasty. bannana, phenols, spice, some alcohol warmth towards the finish, then ends pretty dry with a nice lingering flavor of bubblegum.

pretty heavy mouthfeel, maybe a tad towards the medium bodied side. nice fine carbonation. pretty dry.

prolly couldnt drink this all night simply because of the alcohol, but still a very delicious beer. prolly the best american take on a belgian style from an american brewery that ive had so far. i know there definately better stuff out there in that category, but in a blind tasting, i dont think you could tell the difference from an authentic belgian tripel. highly recommend this one.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.