Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,064 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 62
Gots: 368 | 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: 2,064 | Reviews: 775
Photo of Brewliue
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ring ring ring...bells ringing. Clearly the monks are happy tonight because they are drinking the beer on tap. This is the cure for Quasimodo

Photo of PA-hunter
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Photo of Hytektwo
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting brew very happy I gave this a try.

Photo of OrangeMen
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Mateer
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of terrysjag
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I just don't like Belgians but regardless, I think the quality is good.

Photo of Ram
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer Brewed 30 mins away from my home. Golden pour with a decent head with a spicy finish.

Photo of GregJ
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of DIM
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of Tavo2311
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too strong for me mildly sweet taste

Photo of CincySpectre
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of OpusMike
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet with a slight hop finish. Dry. Nice bit of an alcohol burn.

Photo of brewjawn
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good tripel but not outstanding

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smooth tripel. Less of an alcohol taste than I expected with a sweet, dry finish. Quite tatsty.

Photo of Dwoodard71
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is quite good

Photo of Irish-NYer
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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!

Photo of NHPC
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

I mostly liked it, but found it a bit strong. The bitter was a bit much in the beginning but it grew on me.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

Photo of OsoBueno
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Ehh.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Photo of matridium
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Nice beer,

Great taste, easy drinking in the winter!

Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.