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Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks' AleMerry Monks' Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,004
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 55
Gots: 323 | 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: 2,004 | Reviews: 758
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

750ml bottle from 2010:

pours a clean golden yellow/orange, a finger of foamy white head with great retention.
smells of sour apples, lemon, banana, pepper, cider-like.
the taste is a bit more mellow than the smell. hints of funky yeast up front followed by a slight grassy bitterness, a mellow banana/peppery finish. this beer is all over the place, but everything is so subtle that the combined flavors don't become overwhelming for the taste buds!
highly carbonated, medium body with a rich creamy feel.
a very nice strong golden ale, glad i aged this one! it is a slight bit on the tart side though, which for a 750 cork bottle, makes it hard to finish in a single sitting.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Duvel glass

Pours a hazy blood orange, visible sediment with a big 3 finger head that fades to a thin lace. The smell is full of fruitiness, apples, peaches, grapes. Bubblegum, cotton candy and hot alcocol all mixed in. Lots of booze on the tongue, banana, apples, And grapes, finishes dry And slightly metallic. Medium bodied, crisp, tangy with a crisp dry finish. Overall; a solid triple, tons of fruity esters and very well balanced.

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color. Yeast clouds up the body in a uniform manner. The head is a three finger white color with a great texture for a Belgian-style - normally they have a light, frothy look to them, but this is downright thick and creamy. As the head recedes, an incredibly thick wall of lacing sticks to the side of the glass vigorously. This would be a 5 aesthetically if the head retention were a little better.

S: Spicy and yeasty like a good tripel, but not nuanced like a exceptional tripel. Candied sugar and alcohol also pervade the aroma as secondary notes, before becoming primary notes after several whiffs.

T: At first, the spices (peppercorn, coriander, and clove) coexist with a fair amount of candied sugar; the latter slowly dissipates, leaving the spice profile to coexist with a neutral malt base and a mildly boozy finish. Hints of bubblegum also make an appearance. It's reminiscent of Golden Monkey - another average tripel that's too low on drinkability.

M: Quite heavy on the tongue, in fact, it's a classic example of a beer where the flavors can't compete with the heft of the body. Carbonation is unfocused, and doesn't scrub clean the palate as well as it could, or perhaps should. The only drying sensation is a bit of yeast astringency on the finish. Not very drinkable.

O: While not my favorite style, I know when I've got a great tripel on my hands. This is not one of them. The flavor profile is too muddled, and it's too hard to drink. Worth a try, I guess, but don't lose sleep looking for this - there are many better examples of the style.

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Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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