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Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,110
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 63
Gots: 411 | 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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Reviews: 759 | Hads: 2,110
Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Medium Golden color. Light colored thick head

Smell: Pleasant, with a sweet aroma, and a little pepper.

Taste: This is good Tripel with a very nice balance. It has alot of flavor. I like the balance of hops, fruity sweetness (I taste bananas), alcohol, and some peppery spices. This is one of the best Belgium ales I have tried.

Mouthfeel: This is very smooth, with a medium weight in the mouth.

This is a very good Belgium Ale. I will buy this again. (524 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. 9.3% abv

Appearance- Pours an apricot orange and cloudy. Frothy white head.

Smell- Dark fruit of plum and raison, yeast, and clove.

Taste- Sweet caramel leads into the Belgian-like yeast taste that goes throughout. Pear and plum-like as well with a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy with rich carbonation. Alcohol not overly evident but is there.

Overall- A good representation for the tripel style. Not overly sweet or obnoxious. Well worthy of being the flagship brew for this brewey. (523 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,622 characters)

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this it's incredibly fruity and sweet. Very carbonated almost sparkling, and a really an enjoyable American tripel. Well done. I'm surprised this isn't more popular especially for its low price point (207 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

5 months old, 2 year best by date

Beautiful orange/golden glow. Tons of floaties, probably should have left the floaties in the bottle.
Nice sugary, belgian candy, syrupy sweetness. Spicy notes, grassy/earthy, belgian phenols.
Taste provides some sweetness w/ spicy finish. Some fruity, candy sweet notes pair w/ earthy notes, banana/clove.
Crisp and refreshing yet sweet and creamy on the mouthfeel.

Overall, a nice year round tripel. Anytime i see this in a "create your own" six pack area i will pick it up. (512 characters)

Photo of Mateer
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: A 12 oz long neck bottle with a monk holding a finger to his mouth. Maybe he's got a secret?

Appearance: Yellow, golden, cloudy color in a Pub glass. Some sediment floating around in there. Looks to have some decent carbonation in there too.

Nose: Sweetness, herb smell.

Taste: Clove is upfront and personal. Lots of spice to follow. Pear/fruitiness throughout. Sugar is balance by a good amount of alcohol. Any lower ABV and the sugar would be overwhelming to me.

Overall: A solid triple. I wish that the clove was a little more balanced with the other spice flavors but overall a nice example of the style. (629 characters)

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

Light golden body, 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin film. Smells strong of Belgian yeast, wheat and slight spice. Strong taste of Belgian yeast, sweet bananas, honey, very sweet with a little warm spice aftertaste of clove or ginger? Medium body, light carbonation, very smooth. Masks the 9.3 abv very well. (314 characters)

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably one of the neatest looking beers. It almost looks like a gel inside with the light carbonation bubbles wiggling through it.

Light smell, malty, with a slightly banana scent and some spice.

Tastes like it smells, somewhat light, with a sweetness to it, but with a very light spice on the finish.

The feel is great, somewhat light, but certainly a full balanced beer, with a nice refreshing carbonation that seems to linger in your mouth while you are waiting for your next drink. (491 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy gold light head

Smells of clove and alcohol

Flavor is incredibly complex has some great blends of alcohol and light fruit or citrus.

Mouth is slightly watery but solid for a triple. (204 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour yields a thick, creamy head atop a bright, crystal clear golden body.

Aromas of banana liqueur, stewed pears, and sugary, fruity candy. On the palate this is a beautiful combination of everything in the nose. The finish is a gentle, warming pefumed sweetness and light, peppery spice.

This beer excels on all fronts, making it one of the best domestic tripels out there. The mouthfeel though is where this one really seperates itself. This feels authentically Belgian in it's lightness and lushness.

Weyerbacher doesn't get enough credit for it's lineup. This is a stellar beer. (597 characters)

Photo of CincySpectre
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden, opaque, 1/4" head (in a pint glass)
Smell: Fantastic and inviting, malty and fruity
Taste: Fruity (banana), sweet, biscuity, no hops detected, hint of pumpkin in after taste
Feel: Average, nothing particularly interesting with the feel
Overall: I enjoyed this beer. The fruitiness was unexpected (I've never had a tripel), but fun for a change. (359 characters)

Photo of Irish-NYer
4.75/5  rDev +25%

I have had the luxury of tasting this exquisite beer. Although I paid $16 for a sixer (at a local distributor), it was a little over priced. None the less, it is one of the finer beers I have had the pleasure of tasting. The date on my bottles was Oct. 15th 2014, I drank mine on the 4th of Dec. 2014. Considering this beer's taste may change over time as the review states, I feel it would only get better with age. I highly recommend buying this beer...unless you are a complete cheap O'Charlie (buy which you wouldn't have this app to begin with lol) you will be satisfied. Slainté! (587 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a pleasant golden, copper color. Not overly carbonated. Leaves a soapy head that rapidly dissipates. Taste is smooth and crisp with plenty of coriander, orange peel, cardamom, and sweet Belgian candy. An easy to drink beer with a splash of hops, but not overwhelming, and the bitterness rounds out the sweetness. Another mark for Weyerbacher. A great brewing company. (380 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a nice golden color with a white head that trails the glass. The smell is sweet with hints of banana and spices like clove shine through. The taste was really refreshing with a smooth balance between the malt and the hops making for a tasty beer. The alcohol is hidden very well and will sneak up on you though so be careful. (331 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

This beer is available in 12 oz or 750ml bottles, this one is a 750ml.

A - Pours a hazy orange color with a thick, white layer of soapy looing head, has a generous amount of carbonation.

A - Banana esthers, sweet candied malt, and spice.

T - Follows the nose - bananas, lots of fruity esthers (apples and pears), some alcohol presence with warming on the way down, spice, and sweet candied light malt.

M - Lots of gentle, sprightly bubbles on the tongue and medium body.

O - A solid Triple, best yet, it's available locally all year around and it's priced right. (567 characters)

Photo of higherbrow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Tasty and deep, Merry Monks has good mouthfeel and interesting complexities, but overall lacks the full-flavor I really want from a tripel. It's a very fun beer, light and refreshing, but I generally prefer more punch being packed. I'll definitely be looking to try other Weyerbacher beers, however, as this was definitely a creative brew, hitting the fruit and cereal notes I expect from any abbey style ale, but in a fairly unique way. (437 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A fun and refreshing beer. Drink slowly though the 9.3% will do damage. This beer has a lot of spices running through it. You'd have to put it in the top category for best American Tripels.

Low bitterness, belgian yeast, fruit, and smooth. (240 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04/23/14 On tap. Rich texture. Unctuous.. Bananas galore. If you want to know & understand dryness in a beer this is exactly the opposite. (brere's noyes say putting it by for a while will add some dryness. Yeah, like I can keep my hands off something like this.)

The sweet comes & goes even in the same sip. Like a lava lamp on the tongue. First this way, then that, but ever so fluid. Charming...& powerful as all get out. At 9.3%, no wonder them monks be merry. (465 characters)

Photo of ReadingRambler
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow with a rich head that lasts throughout the drinking process. Very crisp and fresh. No single flavor stands out, or so I felt, but, by and large, it tasted really good. By far the beer's best attribute is its feeling in one's mouth. It feels very creamy, but not too creamy, not too much like cough syrup or something. It drives that fine line between too heavy and too smooth perfectly. The taste is consistently good, with a mellow spiciness. A lot of sweetness. Heartily enjoyed. (493 characters)

Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Looks like a classic Tripel.
Smell - Smells I think quite sweet. Maybe too sweet for my taste.
Taste - Taste is similar to smell and I do think it is too sweet for my taste.
Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and crisp.
Overall - Just too sweet for my taste. Seems to be well made. (288 characters)

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

A: Looks exactly how you want a Belgian Tripel to look; hazy, unfiltered, considerable amount of orange and yellow all the way up to the head
S: Smells like orange and lemon zest, with a slight aroma of hops. Could smell stronger
T: After having a considerable amount of Belgians in my 5 months in Belgium/Netherlands, this is pretty comparable. It has a great orange and citrus taste that is not overwhelming but compliments that slightly toasted malts and the conservative amount of hops. Also taste coriander and a not too strong amount of wheat and grains Definitely does a Belgian justice, even if it is all the way in Eastern Pennsylvania. Definitely cannot taste as much alcohol as their actually is in the beer
M: Fairly smooth, but it should have been at least a little bit more effervescent to give the beer a necessary bite
O: Would definitely recommend it to Belgian bier lovers since it is almost like Weyerbacher played it safe and just tried to emulate what all good Belgians taste like. While they do not do anything to try and alter the perspective of a Belgian Tripel, they do a great job of resembling the flavors of some of the best Tripels in the world (1,173 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - golden orange, light foamy head, carbonation bubbles

S - Great aroma, floral, nutty, heavy fruits including plums and bananas

T - sweet, banana, plum

M - high carbonation, crisp

O - Really taste Belgian here. Great aroma, sweet and carbonated taste. This is very drinkable and delicious. The taste/smell of bananas and plums is both unique and appealing. One of the better Belgian ales I have had. (405 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/11/14 best by 2/11/16 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fruit and yeast phenolics
Head white, fizzy, gone when the pour finished
No lacing
Body golden, hazy; sediment in bottle
Flavor of apple, somewhat ciderish, slightly tart, and yeast phenolics; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

I think Merry Monks is head and shoulders above Victory Golden Monkey, in general a better flavored brew. It is certainly very drinkable, with the 9.3% abv well hidden so that after quaffing a few you won’t even notice when you’re dragged to your cell. Although the appearance isn’t great (fizzy disappearing head, no lacing), the aroma, flavor, and palate more than make up. I also like the appearance of both the bottled and best by dates – they are blue against the brown bottle and extremely legible, even with a sweating bottle. (879 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Just about everything you'd expect from a well made Belgian-style Tripel. It pours smooth with a thick white foamy head and a golden body. Has a great smell with hints of vanilla, spice, and orange peel. I love how straight forward and well rounded this beer is! Its creamy and smooth with a slight tangy finish. All around its wonderfully balanced! (349 characters)

Photo of dmcgourty
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent trippel. Sweet with a respectable alcohol taste. A beer that can make an impact without an aggressive hop flavor is doing well by me. I do love hops too. No fancy beer jargon that I can offer though. My top choice over la fin du monde, and chimay trippel any day. (273 characters)

Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.