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Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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772 Reviews

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Reviews: 772
Hads: 2,162
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 75
Gots: 444 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 772 | Hads: 2,162
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.
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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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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..

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Photo of JNB51
4.96/5  rDev +29.8%
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

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of morris786
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of TheDonster
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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