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Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good
787 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
787
Ratings:
2,263
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
24.08%
 
 
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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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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice head. Initially like a yesty Unibroue, but then Sour and acidic. Not finishable. Too dry, too carbonated. cloves are shocking to palate. Lemongrass does only sour it further. Medicinal.And too much alcohol. How can this be improved? Back to the drawing board.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger thick head in a sam adams perfect pint glass with lots of lace. murky golden.

S: lemon, orange, banana, cinnamon.

T: Pretty sour lemon. Less spicey than I expected. Not quite the yeast character that I want out of my Tripels. Floral notes.

M: High carbonation medium bodied. Semi dry finish.

O: The sour lemon wasnt as dominating as you drank this one. It still covers up a lot of the yeast character.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very good belgian ale here, not totally conventional, but a clever incarnation of the tripel style. this beer pours cloudy and flat in color, somewhere between straw and wheat in terms oc complexion, and there is just an inch of thin white fizz on top. the nose is very fruity, like golden raisins, figs, and candy sugar. the yeast imparts a gentle spice character as well, which is more apparent in the flavor than the smell. it has a sweet flavor, like it should be sugary, but it isnt at all, and is in fact dry as it drinks. the alcohol is well hidden, and the fruity elements blend well with the lighter malt profile. this feels more like a summertime drink to me, but it was plenty sessionable in the middle of december, with its vibrant carbonation and clean finish. i thought the body was a tad too much for the style, it made the beer seem a little heavy, and its delicate essence was trampled on a little bit by its weight, but even with that criticism i thought this was a very enjoyable bottle of beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color but is difficult to see through because there are lots of particles visible floating in suspension, which are cycled up and down by a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar and lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bananas and yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of strong flavors of bananas, although it is sweet and almost tastes like a banana split sundae.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and somewhat coats your mouth. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and the finish leaves your mouth a little dry.
O: This tripel is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste, although it is a beer that can be sipped.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Monks is one of the best year round releases that Weyerbacher has I think. This beer on it's own can show what the brewery is capable of doing. The beer pours as a bright hazy yellow with a big billowy head on it. The head releases some fresh aromas of Belgian yeast, some citrus fruits, and even a little clove might be in there. The taste is refreshing, it's got some nice citrus bite that mellows out into an earthy brew as it warms up. This beer has a good mouthfeel too. It's on the lighter side but still has enough body to not really feel watered down.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with a rather modest head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity and spicy, with apple, clove, candi sugar, cookie dough and loads of alcohol on the nose

Taste: Apple and banana flavors, up front, with a growing phenolic clove and cookie dough character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol builds, delivering the sweet candi sugar elements into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; warmth in the gullet from the high ABV

Overall: A bit all over the map; rather aggressive with the boozy character, a bit too much fruity sweetness and not enough yeasty complexity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle : Poured a shiny yellow color ale with a medium white foamy head with great retention. Aroma is quite sweet but I could not find any trace of yeast. Taste is also very candy-like sweet with a thinner body then expected. Seems like this was filtered and it is a shame because it leaves the beer a bit one-dimensional. So overall, not a bad beer but definitely lacking complexity.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden with a bit of visible carbonation. White head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings forward quite a bit of spice along with a good deal of booze. A bit of banana and clove in the background. A bit of a twist. Light fruits as well. Taste is fairly boozy with some fruit and spice. Medium mouthfeel that is a it cloying with sweetness and some booze. Drinks fairly well, but is a bit unorganized in the end.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast, spices and floral notes. There were some nice caramel notes, too.

T - This had a nice blend of caramel, spicy yeast and mild fruit flavors - like apple and pear.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. It had some pop. A medium bodied ale that finished dry.

D - This is yet another very fine brew from Weyerbacher. Is was a great brew on New Year's Eve.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of slightly, off-white head on a slightly hazy, golden-orange body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little to no lace.

S - A strong, yeasty aroma of banana, pineapple, and clove. There is a background note of spicy hops that blends well with the yeast notes.

T - Peppery yeast up front, followed by strong wheat flavors and a bit of acidity. The prickly carbonation really highlights the clove flavor from the yeast, and it becomes a bit excessive towards the end of the glass. Some herbal hop flavors come in during the finish, but they don't quite overwhelm the medicinal phenols.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish with some astringency.

D - The aroma is nice, but it is the only highlight in an otherwise disappointing beer. The excessive phenols and astringency give this beer and unfortunately solventy character that really hurts the drinkability.

Oddly, the first few bottles from the six pack where much more drinkable when I cracked them open the other night and enjoyed them without thinking about the flavors too much. Some beers get better when you examine them carefully, others don't. Unfortunately, this beer is one of the latter; it just doesn't stand up to real scrutiny.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quintessential amber, clear and bright. The beer is crowed by a large cap of eggshell colored foam that is soft and rather nondescript. A lazy deflation leads to very little lace; a miniature collar is about it. It isn't a bad look, but it isn't an overly compelling one either.

The nose is definitely Belgian-like and is as much BSPA as tripel. It's also as aromatic as any you're likely to find. I smell sweetened golden fruits (apple, pear and peach) along with a firm smack of clove spice. Whatever else the brewers accomplished in the brewing of this beer, they got the aroma right; credit to the yeast, no doubt.

While the flavor is good, it lacks the immediacy of the nose. Things start out well, but begin to lose steam at the midway point and finish on a subdued note. The taste score will have to be a compromise between the initial 'wow' and the 'less than wow' that takes place within each mouthful.

As in the nose, sticky ripe fruit is the flavor focus and clove and cardamom spice is the accent. This beer isn't as clove-like as some Belgian tripels, but it's no wilting flower in that department either. The body/mouthfeel is medium (to slightly more full) with a pleasingly syrupy, lightly mouthcoating finish.

Merry Monks' Ale hews pretty closely to the Belgian tripel blueprint and is a more than respectable American version. It's close to being very good and its faults are minor at best. Bottom line: this is good beer. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a treat for me today as I picked up the cold single and drank it straight away this afternoon. Poured a strong light brownish amber with a big, two inch off white head. Lots of foam and lace left over from this one. Lots of visible carbonation was readily apparent. Smell was full of yeast and grain, a touch of alcohol was also present. Picked up some grassy aroma as well. The flavor was a classic tripel. Lots of yeasty flavors, plums, a touch of peach. A lot of bready grains mixed in as well. A touch of alcohol was definatly there and made its presence well known. Great smooth feel due to lots of carbonation. This was actually not as much of a sipper as I would have thought. I was easily able to drink this while walking around no problem. Not saying it would be a session beer, but not a snifter eaither. Overall I was actually fairly impressed with this. Had a great feel and flavor, full body and just a good all around belgian. Gotta love what these american breweries are able to do with these nowadays. Damn impressive for sure, I would efinatly try this one again!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, faintly effervescent, dark yellow body with a smallish, though fairly lasting, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented pils malts dosed with even more quality sugar and punctuated by notes of fruits, spices, and top-shelf alcohol.

Taste: Delicately grainy pilsner and pale maltiness with a jolt of sugared sweetness and minor hint of wildflower honey. Fruity taste of pears and, to a lesser degree, some unripened banana. Even a tiny blip of fine, fresh lemon emerges upon slight warming. Spicy, pepperlike clove along with the apparent alcohol character land midway in the taste and carry you on their chiseled, hulking shoulders to the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus, smooth body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a shot! While not among the top tier of tripels for me, it's no slouch either, and one of the better American-born tripels out there.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely amber color in the tall Petrus tulip. Champagne bubbles and sprightly on the tongue. Scent of canned peaches, though very pleasant with all the spiciness.

Fruity flavors include pear, peach, and fruitcake. Quite sweet. A nice sudsiness. Really rich and full of flavors. This should be an IHOP pancake syrup flavor.

Reminds me of Fin Du Monde from Unibroue. Intense flavors and a little over the top, but quite tasty. From the big Belgian-style bottle purchased at a certain overpriced organo-centric market in DC.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the former Weyerbacher Tripel (just a label change). It pours a hazy golden body that appears orange-ish in the goblet and displays plumes of fast-rising, standard-sized bubbles eminating from its base. Its creamy white head drops in size but maintains a short lid, although its lacing is quite limited. The nose is sweetly malty, yeasty, and phenolic. The body is medium; and it's gently zesty in the mouth before warming to become somewhat creamy. The flavor follows the lead of the nose with varying, occasional notes of light rock candy, bubblegum, honey, vanilla, licorice and some plastic/glue-like phenolics that lend character. It finishes dry with a short note of candyish malt that's quickly washed over with a slap of drying alcohol. A decent tripel that's quite varied and nice.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 750ml bottle with an explosive cork but surprisingly under control beer. The pour is golden in color with a big white head and plenty of carbonation.

S: Tons of fruit esters on the nose. Banana, apple, and pear are the biggest ones with some nice coriander notes. A touch of sugar too. Maybe a bit of pale/cracker type malts.

T: Sweet banana makes up a bunch of the flavor with some other light fruits providing additional sweetness. Quite a bit of coriander along with some pale malts. Slightly dry on the finish despite a fairly substantial sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a high level of carbonation.

O: A really surprising and delicious beer. A solid tripel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, apples, spices, Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch hops.

T: The taste starts with some sweet fruit flavors and bready flavors of Belgian yeast and light malts. There's a mild spiciness in the background and a light hops bitterness comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily for a beer with 9.30% ABV, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it might not be the best Tripel out there but it's a good beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA

Poured into a plastic cup (lollerfail), a golden color of indeterminate haze, with a nice fluffy white head. Big big aroma of bready yeast and fruit esters. Taste of sweet malts, bready, with obvious fruit notes: banana, peach, pear, apple skins, and a dash of spice. Very flavorful, very drinkable. Medium-bodied, and quite strong, though the alcohol isn't too overbearing, flavorwise.

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, wheat, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apricot, apple, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, candi sugar, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, candi sugar, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. A good amount of dryness as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding tripel style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with both a bottled on date [10 May 2011] and, presumably, a best by date of May 2013.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a large near white head. The head is not dense but has good retention. Stopping mid-pour, to allow for the head to settle a bit, the beer is still clear and rather aggressive carbonation is visible.

Yeasty, fruity, malty aroma that foreshadows, but underestimates the striking flavor palate that comes with tasting. 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 thru. Slightly sweet and moderately tart. Hints of plums and lemons. High ABV partly hidden in the aroma and, more so, in the flavor, although it does produce some warming and can readily be felt on the tongue. Medium bodied with a crisp and refreshing feel. The finish is not as dry as I'd like.

O - This is excellent even by true Belgian standards: plenty of complexity, well-balanced flavors, fine finish and aftertaste. Highly recommended for U.S. fans of tripels.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to rpohagan for this, one thanks Ryan!

Pours a noisy & effervescent, semi-hazed peach with 1 finger of sand colored head. Viscous look to this, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Apricots, pears, & honey

T: Apricots, pears, honey & some citrussy hops up front, plus a whisper warming booze. Pineapples, candi sugar & passion fruit show themselves proudly as this warms. Finishes fruitty with a bit of grapefruit hops & booze

MF: Slick, medium bodied with minimal carbonation& some stickyness. Balances great

Drinks pretty good, the booze & complexity do slow you down. A damn good Tripel regardless of where it comes from!

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Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy off white head. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Smells like a tripel. Off to a good start. Cloves, spices, orange peel and yeast shows. However, there is some booze showing through,

Taste: Boozy and spiced. Lots of Belgians spices, coriander, orange peel. Again, just like a regular tripel would taste like, but way too mujch booze shows.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a bit bubbly. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced. Too much booze showing still.

Overall, decent Belgian, but nothing crazy. It doesn't represent a tripel very will with all the booze showing and I can't stress that enough. This is a very slow sipper. Drinking a full bottle would be a task.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the W Hotel Bar in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation, lots of fine white particles in suspension, and golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with stronger aromas of light fruits (apple, pear, and peach) as well as banana and spicy yeast.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has some light to moderate pale malts upfront with some light fruit sweetness - pear, apple, and peach. There are strong flavors of banana along with just a touch of spicy yeast. Overall this beer is really quite sweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, this beer really coats the inside of your mouth and tongue.

O: Overall this is a pretty nice American example of the Tripel style and the rather significant ABV is pretty well hidden. Much more of a sipping beer but an enjoyable one.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.