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Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

759 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,115
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 64
Gots: 414 | 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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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Weyerbacher Merry Monks.

Not much to say here. Grabbed it at completely random since I recognized the brewery. Let's go.

Look - Pours almost a sunset copper with a two finger slightly off white head that has thus far stuck around pretty well. Carbonation is on a cyclone level and is putting on quite a show in my glass. Some noticeable lacing is left, though it isn't large amounts. 4.25.

Smell - More fruity than I had expected. Ripe plums with a big presence of bubble gum and a touch of an odd adjunct like smell in the very, VERRRRYYYY back. Bits of hay as well. Alcohol singes the nose hairs ( assuming you have them ). 3.75.

Taste - The plum is a huge player straight off the edge of the bat followed by a touch of hay and an explosion of bubbelgum that leads to a higher than expected alcoholic finish. Taunts the taste buds a bit inviting it in again for that inevitable next sip. 3.75.

Feel - Body is fairly creamy though a bit lighter than I had anticipated. Alcoholic warmth all throughout. 3.75.

Overall - A very solid Tripel that I think you should try out. The 9.3% is quite pronounced, as in you will notice as soon as it smacks your taste buds. Me, I like a well hidden ABV Tripel, but this was still a fine beer nonetheless. If you enjoy pronounced alcohol in this style, you will fall head over heels. 3.75. (1,332 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: July 26, 2015... Glassware: Affligem chalice... Occasion: recovering from Shan's 20th LVR reunion while dealing with the (un)usual water in the basement--this time, a loose flexpipe in the air conditioner... Appearance: soft, hazy, orange amber body; swift, fizzy off-white head thins to a strong ring; .... Aroma: tangerine, candied sugars and some fruity esters--but subtlety of smell suggests this one could be monkish, quiet but powerful ... Palate: soft, lightly textured and vibrant on the tongue, with a fizziness that promises life; creaminess is apparent; aftertaste is brief and rounded... Taste: tart, puckerish and flavorful--grapefruit, apple, spiced alcohol and wine-like grapes--the profile is agreeable but not overwhelming for a tripel; .... Overall: I should note that this is a bottle consumed a few months after bottling; the alcohol is well packaged within a reasonably flavorful ale; the strength is in its softness, but the profile is not as diverse or enjoyable as others are.. (1,009 characters)

Photo of JNB51
4.96/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

very good, strong beer. my favorite belgian style tripel. a nice golden color that goes down very smooth, this beer has a high alcohol content without actually tasting too strong. easy to drink but sneaks right up on you. possibly my favorite beer. not hoppy at all, which for me is the best thing. dont enjoy hoppy beers. does have a nice malty flavor. great out of the bottle but amazing if you can find it on tap (415 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Deep yellow color, eggshell head. Carbonation is high - TOO high for my tastes. This is a very fruity, spicy beer. Bananas, apples, oranges, maybe some mango? Slight bitterness, but definitely relegated to a background role in this one. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of Belgians so that figured into my ratings. Probably pretty good if you like this style. (396 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good flavor. Overall impressive Tripel. Pours a hazy honey gold into my Chimay goblet.. Delicately bubbly white head that fades to a covering of the glass. Filmy lacing on the glass. A good looking beer. Aroma is light fruit (apples and pears), and Belgian yeast. Aroma is strong and inviting. Flavor is very good. The fruit and yeast are just right. Sometimes I think the better Tripels have a yeasty taste that reminds me of ripe cheese. This one provides that to a mild extent. Very impressive. Mouthfeel is the weak part. The richness and carbonation are spot on but good Tripels are supposed to mask the alcohol well. The alcohol burn is quite apparent with this beer. Overall, this beer is well worth a try. Top shelf aroma and flavor with the one flaw, a bit of harsh alcohol in the mouthfeel. (820 characters)

Photo of morris786
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light copper color minimal head and no lacing to speak of. Smell is of malts and yeast with hint of pear and apples. Very delicious taste of that classic Belgium yeast and malts. Also taste some butterscotch pears and apples in the background. This is a good beer in all, if you have the chance puck one up (312 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In my opinion this is one of the better tripels I've had. Nice belgian yeast distinction but hints of butterscotch and malt that make it go down really smooth. (160 characters)

Photo of TheDonster
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

My first experience with this beer was almost entirely unpleasant. The smell was deceptively good, but the alcohol up front taste makes this beer barely drinkable. I assume if you choked down a few it would be less noticeable, but I didn't get to that point.
Maybe I'll try this one again, but not for a while. (310 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle served in a wine glass. Freshness date of 04/2015

Appearance: clear and bright yellow. Nice and bubbly with a nice average triple thickness. Absolutely no head and I know my glass is clean.

Nose: Belgian yeast, pears, apples, grainy maltyness

Taste: a bit boozy and slightly medicinal, classic Belgian yeast, very fine carbonation that just lifts the beer off your tongue. Strong pear and very ripe fruit flavor. Wonderful.

Overall: this is a great go-to triple for everyday consumption. What's not to love: available year round, comes in a sixer, from an amazing brewery. The website says it can be aged a while. I'll check on this one in a few months. (679 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pale hold with a quickly dissipating head and tons of carbonation. Decent yeast/wheat taste but overloaded with the 9.3% ABV and no citrus. Too much alcohol to get a good taste. (179 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first craft beer I ever had back in 1998 (it was called Belgium Tripel then) & to this day is still one of my favorite tripels & one of the best examples of the style this side of the Atlantic! (205 characters)

Photo of Johnor3
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is my first Tripel Ale, so I really have nothing to compare it to.
That being said the first thing I noticed was the incredibly foamy head! I did tilt my glass, but got a nice 2 inch head that settled to 1 inch. It has a pleasant smell. The first taste was a bit of a shock, it was strong flavorful and alcoholic. It is 9.30 ABV. I did notice that as I sipped at it, the taste became better and better. I love that little aftertaste that hangs in the back of your throat and whispers teasingly, have another quaff. No wonder the Monk's are so Merry! (563 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/21/2014: Pours hazy bright gold color with a ton of tiny sediment floating in it and a lot of bubbles and active carbonation racing up the middle which looked like champagne leading to a massive 3 finger cloudy white head that faded very slowly, with the bubbles popping and craters formed as the head dissipated. A fine looking brew to admire in a tulip glass.

Smells of banana, clove and yeast up front, with wheat, grains and toast following and then some spices like pepper, coriander and cinnamon mixed with tea leaf, lemon zest, wet cardboard and earthy notes. Pretty malty with a nice boost of spices and the yeast seems to create a fruity sweetness. Not the greatest smelling in this style, but still pretty nice.

Tastes of yeast, wet cardboard, hay and wheat or grains up front, followed by the banana, clove, lemon zest, and then the spices like pepper, coriander and cumin or allspice. A tad too much of the aspirin taste and wet pizza dough for me with only hints of caramel, but it does cover up the ABV well. The fruit flavors seem to drop off as well replaced by grainy notes, which is disappointing.

Mouthfeel is slick and thin with a medium body, very mild carbonation and a grainy aftertaste that is slightly bitter.

Overall it was alright. It’s middle of the road in all ways, but a nice change of pace since it’s always available. (1,373 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to tulip, produces an inch of white foamy head that settles to a thick centimeter cap with great retention, spotty lacing.
Dirty blonde in color, aroma of banana, bubble gum, green apple, and spice. The green apple is really strong on the nose, sweet and tart. Taste is pear and green apple, Belgian yeasty, coriander and pepper.
Definitely tripel "style" but falls just short. Good nonetheless. (415 characters)

Photo of Moneypenny
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head recedes to thin white ring that leaves a ton of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, green apple, and pear.

T - The flavor is sweet with Belgian yeast, pear, and green apple upfront. There is a nice white pepper spiciness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Dry finish.

O - This is a nice Tripel. For the price it's definetly worth checking out. (492 characters)

Photo of Wilshade
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripel Ale
ABV: 9.3%
Glassware: Pint

Appearance: Translucent effervescent gold with very thin head.

Smell: Yeasty with pear and banana notes

Taste: Spicy with the aforementioned pear and banana notes

Mouth feel: Smooth and nicely balanced. Dry finish.

Overall: Nice Tripel. Worth a lingering visit over a bomber or two. (325 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not a bad tripel... I wasn't expecting it to be so yeast-y, but pleasantly surprised.
lots of banana and some apple on the nose. carbonated with good body and a light head that stays around till the end. more like a weiss beer than a tripel to me, but I like it.
I would recommend it, but only to the right people. you gotta like complex beer to get into this. all i can say. (382 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer. Looks and smells terrific...the alcohol content is not well disguised and that it's my major gripe...overall it was nice, but I will seek out another Belgian Tripel to taste next. (191 characters)

Photo of BigH75
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Put on tap in my home tap. Cask conditioned so nice and bubbly but has a very creamy nice mouthfeel. Beautiful cloudy tripel color. Initial smell is of bananas with a little bit of pear. Tastes like banana bubble gum. Very complex flavor and a nicely made beer. Flavor is clearly driven by the yeast which is appropriate for the style. Booze is present but not overpowering flavor. A good domestic tripel but if banana is not your preference for the dominant flavor in a belgian style then pick a different tripel (such as Fin Du Monde) (544 characters)

Photo of Gryphon69
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Beautiful in color, light in lacing and noticeable carbonation.

S- Yeast, Spice, and pear/apple, maybe some white grapes.

T- Light spice up front and in the finish, some light fruit in the middle. Its ok.

M- Light and easy, drys out on your tongue pretty nice.

O- Average triple, worth getting if the price is right. (323 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into pint glass.
Aroma- A very sweet aroma of malt and fruit.
Appearance- A darker shade of gold with a small white head.
Taste- Has a very sweet initial flavor of fruit, the alcohol is well disguised and I enjoyed the additional spices tossed in.
Palate- this is a medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. Has a mildly creamy texture that suits the flavor.
Overall- A pretty good beer, I think this is a good American take on a tripel. (465 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with two dates: 11/05/14 and 11/05/16. I presume bottling and expiration dates. Sampled on March 9, 2015

Medium but cloudy amber-orange pour with a soft, foamy white head.

The aroma comes on strong with its Belgian toasted malts, pear, coriander spice, and a touch of booze.

Medium to heavy body.

Definitely has a nice peppery bite to the flavor along with toasted malts, coriander, Allspice, and an assertive bitterness. Booze is less noticeable in the taste. This will warm one up. (516 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Merry Monks Ale a few weeks ago for $2.59 at Holiday Market. I'm still working my through the Weyerbacher lineup and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian chalice.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I but I wish it had a little more lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice and natural banana aroma that's followed by the spices with cloves sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of citrus aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart some sweet malt, pale malt, bready and doughy aromas. This beer has a good aroma and it's what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the belgian yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the banana showing up nicely and the cloves showing up just a little less this time. Up next comes that same citrus aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it shows up more and it's followed by a light alcohol flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, bready and doughy flavors. On the finish there's a very low amount of bitterness with a little more sweetness and some citrus and belgian yeast flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Tripel, it's got most of the things that I look for in the style.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little creamy, well hidden alcohol, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had just about everything that I look for in the style with no off flavors and the mouthfeel was pretty well done. This beer has nice drinkability, it's fairly smooth, crisp, a little creamy, well hidden alcohol, not too filling and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, I think one would be the perfect amount for me, It might start to wear on me a little if I have more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the mouthfeel and aroma, they are both good and I think they are the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but it was a little rough around the edges. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend giving it a try if your a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, for an american brewed Tripel it was good and it seemed to be better than most. It isn't a favorite beer from this brewery, but I do think it's one of the better American brewed tripels that I've had. NIce job guys, this was a nice tripel, keep it up. (3,362 characters)

Photo of Slack
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. Smells like spice, clove, banana, and some bread. Taste is malt And yeast with light sweetness and spice. Mouthful is medium with a fair amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden. Overall a nice example of a triple, very refreshing. (253 characters)

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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