Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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86
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3.82
pDev:
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Merry MonksMerry Monks
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by SheepNutz on 09-13-2001

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Reviews: 782 | Ratings: 2,250
Photo of drdiesel9483
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy tan golden color with a slight head. Has a Pilsner scent with more sweetness to it. Has the Belgium yeast taste, banana and clove. Medium body with a crisp carbonation. Pretty good beer but it almost taste like a Belgium Pilsner and not so much like a tripel.

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Photo of Stakebone
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like this a bit better than its in state rival. Pours slightly hazy gold, good head with great bubbles. Aroma is fruity and malty with slight edge from yeast and hops. Spicy sweet full flavor rounded by lemony bitterness from yeast mostly. On many nights it's my favorite mass produced US version of the style.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just what I expected a tripel to be. Pours golden with a nice fading bread. Fizzy carbonation. Complex flavors and a nice balance of malt and hops. And unusual dry finish. The higher alcohol shows up a bit in the after taste and because it warms your chest when it goes down. But it'll creep up on you.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer is a deep gold with lively carbonation of medium bubbles. The layer of foam disappeared quickly, but a column of bubbles remained.

The aroma starts with funk up front, then spice and malty sweetness. The taste is similar with sweetness and spice up front.

The level of carbonation is nice. The body of the beer is a little thin but this doesn't really detract from the beer too much.

Overall, this is a real favorite. I'll be looking for more offerings from Weyerbacher!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass, bottled 2/02/16, thx @jzeilinger. Pours a dark yellow with a 3 finger fluffy white head, that leaves a little lace behind.

Smell is clove, banana, bubblegum, and biscuit.

Taste follows clove and banana upfront gives way to bubblegum, biscuit, some alcohol, and hints of citrus hops.

Body is a little bigger than medium, moderate carbonation, maybe a little dry, and very good drinkability.

Overall this is a very good tripel and once again I am very green when it comes to this style, but damn this is nice.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful pour and look for this beer, it was golden in color with a nice fluffy white head that lasted a good long time. The smell was fruity and full of Belgian yeast and candi, as one would want from a tripel. The taste was nice, the yeast and candi really dominated though. Fruitiness and some spices were also present. Feel was a bit hot, and for me a little thinner than I expected. Overall a good tripel, one that I could see in my regular rotation based on taste and availability.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

** 01/02/2012
On Tap at Dubh Linn Square.
Banana Aroma. Look is Cloudy Orange. Sweet and Sour. Taste is Wang and Banana. Smooth Feel, well masked alcohol.
**

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Photo of sanha926
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours cloudy copper with a glistening white head. The head disappeared almost immediately. Robust taste of banana and Belgian yeast mask the high alcohol content. Nice American take on a Belgian triple.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color.

Overall: Has a yeasty, fruity, malty aroma. The usual Belgian tripel flavor components of yeast, light malt, banana and cloves -- but these are in much better balance than is often the case, and with a bit more malt flavor showing through. Slightly sweet and moderately tart. This is excellent even by true Belgian standards: plenty of complexity, well-balanced flavors, fine finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the second tripel I've had. The first was a home brew, which I liked, so I decided to buy a six-pack of this.

Opaque straw yellow color, creamy white head. Smell is of banana, pear, yeast, little bit of clove and light malts. Taste follows, adding plum. Fruity, quite sweet, and a bit spicy. Warm finish from the alcohol. Medium bodied. Great beer overall. I'll have to try some more tripels now.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy head but dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.
Pours a nice straw yellow, cloudy and opaque.
Heavy malts and yeast as expected.
Flavors give off sugars, pear, and stone fruit.
Great for sipping but goes does smooth if your looking to drink fast for a nice buzz (love that ABV).
A good tripel which I would put in my rotation.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a single (best by 9/17) into a GI tulip

A - Pours almost a glowering goldenrod with a 3 finger off white head that subsides after a minute, all the way down to a thin crown. Hazy and no big bubble show. Lacing is minimal.

S - Fruity but kind of darker heavier than expected. Definitely some plum, some pungent wet hay, some alcohol. There's an edge of big sickly sweetness that is a little too much...glad it is very much in the background/at the edge.

T & M - Good! Lots of plum, some bubbelgum, the sweetness and the hay kind of come together...and there's some pear at the very end, too. Not the layers upon layers of flavors that you get from the best in style, but it isn't bad. On the other hand, It is a little too sweet for me, and a little undercarbonated, which is surprising for the style. A little wet on the end, too.

Overall, it's got some nice features, and while it isn't at the top of my list, it isn't at the bottom either.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Bottled 18 September 2015. Best before 18 September 2017.
3.75/3.5/4.25/4.5/4.25
Clear pale yellow, with little to no head. White grape juice colored.
Smells sweet and grainy, with a whiff of Belgian yeast. More BSPA than Tripel.
Yeah, aside from some lovely banana-y esters, this doesn't taste much like a tripel. But it tastes delicious! Strong and sweet, the grain is crisp and almost-dry, and the yeast is spicy-floral and compelling.
Though the body is full and commanding, the aftertaste is long and moreish.
A really pleasant Belgian-style, if a touch sweet to be truly spectacular.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brewery makes such a great, consistent product. I don't usually like Belgian triples but this is the best one I've had. Also, even though this beer is sweet the brewer explained it has the lowest amount of residual sugar out of all of their beers (my father is diabetic).

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Photo of Urk1127
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-Clearish but not completely bronze/reddish
-Banana, phenols, some clove, earthyness, alcohol
-sweetness, alcohol, sourdough, dark bread, tiny banana going on
-really wet but then slight dry, almost no alcohol burn for 9%

-So tasty, cork and caged bomber. Excellent. Top tier.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Hazy orange gold with a two finger eggshell head. Lots of lacing

Smell - Banana and pear up front. Little bit of clove and bread. Hint of alcohol

Taste - Very alcohol forward, but then a sweet warm malty taste. Ripe fruits with a hint of spice.

Feel - A bit lighter than expected. Medium, but then seems to evaporate possibly from the alcohol.

Overall, this is my first Tripel, and I'm looking forward to trying others. I tend towards hoppier beers, so this was a refreshing interesting break

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Photo of HungryJack
1.73/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This "beer" is disgustingly sweet. It is essentially beer flavored sugar. I hate almost everything about it except for its nearly apparent wetness. Gross.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from the Weyerbacher brewery.

Bright yellow color with a tall white head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam. Huge fruity esters consisting of citrus and banana in the aroma. A hint of pepper spice at the end. Malts are light in both the aroma and flavor. Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Sweeter finish than most Tripels.

The fruitiness seemed to explode out of the bottle. Maybe not the truest Tripel to style, but worth a try. It would make a great introduction for anyone looking to get into the style considering how well the ABV is hidden and how it lacks the drier finish of your standard Trappist version.

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Photo of justme
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just love triples. This isn't the best but if you like the style, this will definitely due. Clean and crisp as a tiplpe should be. Engjoy this one as you should!

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Photo of gonzo000
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I do not like an alcohol forward beer. This beer is has strong alcohol in the nose and in the finish, which is just not my thing. The color is a beautiful cloudy orange/yellow. The head was 1 finger in a tulip glass, and skimmed the surface throughout. The carbonation was more than I would have expected for a tripel. The smell was stone fruit and alcohol. Plum was the primary. Taste was Plum, raisin, and alcohol all over the finish. Strong alcohol taste. The beer was smooth and easy to drink. Overall not my kind of beer.

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Photo of Paulie777
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Monk with the mischievous look on his face whispering and the Weyerbacher quality caught my eye so I picked it up. I popped one open and took a sniff and got a fruity smell with a touch of pleasant skunk. I poured it into a mason jar and noticed a frothy foam due to my barbaric pour. It's a dark yellow orange color the same color when you take a pee buts it's overly dark. I took a sip and got a fruity peppery sensation with an alcohol presence. I did not realize the alcohol content until I got home and it packs a punch. My plan for the evening was to enjoy a sixer while watching Netflix but had to change them due to the high ABV so I will only have a few of these. As I sip this it has a unique fruity spicy taste that is not altogether unpleasant. It's a good beer with a solid individual taste and quite a confident beer. I like it and am glad I picked it up I could easily put this in my rotation. I'm sold on this beer.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thickly-colored blondeish-orange, with low levels of head and carbonation. Fruity esters in the nose, but a hint of sour. Explosive fruity flavors dominate, and the alcohol is decidedly present. The alcohol and carbonation combine for a sharp mouthfeel. This is a beer that doesn't dissapoint in any way, so the whole seems to be more than the sum of the parts.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy peachy amber with a medium head. nose; stinging belgian yeast and candied banana. taste; immediate boozy belgian yeast and coriander spice, with lightly bitter hop, big pear juice and banana sweets in the middle. dry finish and funky belgian yeast, clean pilsner malt and pear on the aftertaste (a tiny bit bubble gum as well after a bit). i always love when a belgian ale has the fruit core to keep cutting through the funk, and merry monks delivers. definitely a touch hot on the 9.3% abv contributing to the spice on the finish. above average.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-gold color with thick white head. Sweet smelling with apricot, a touch of white pepper and powdery yeast. Medium bodied and creamy. Sweet, fruity flavor up front, but quite dry and yeasty on the backend. Very yeast-forward, even for within the style, but pretty well done.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 ounce brandy snifter, pours a brightish sort of orange. Nice nose, lots of bubble gum and spices, dark fruits etc. Taste is closer to bubble gum than anything else, but definitely a nice amount of spice, cherries and dark dried fruits.

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