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Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 764
Hads: 2,138
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 23.56%
Wants: 69
Gots: 432 | FT: 5
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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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of mthomp081
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of AyeMito
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of dmcgourty
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Solid orange color with a lingering one-finger head and plenty of carbonation
S: Sweet wheat with notes of banana, fig and spice
T: Very bold, sweet featuring ripe banana, brown sugar, wheat, fig and coriander
M: Full-bodied, hides the alcohol but not the sugar
O: Solid overall, pure flavors and fits the style, it would be better if its were a bit driert

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Photo of threeviews
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on: 1/29/14, best by: 1/29/16) into a Cuvee tulip glass

A- A conservative pour yields a hazy, orange hued beer with only about a 1/2 finger's worth of a rocky, white head dissipating rather quickly. Despite being bottle conditioned, a majority of the the yeast flocculated and was left behind, leaving only a trace allowed into the glass. (4.0)

S- A pungent fruit salad medley (banana, pear, granny smith apple, honeydew and pineapple) along with some bubblegum and spicy/medicinal phenols from the yeast. A very complex aroma for a Tripel that is not brewed with adjuncts...well done! (5.0)

T- Signature Belgian Tripel...bready and vanilla-like sweetness up front, tartness mid-palate followed by a spicy, dry finish. The fresher the bottle, the longer the finish...bottles with age tend to develop a dry and champagne-like quality. There is a detectable warming sensation on the way down courtesy of the alcohol (no surprise at 9.3% ABV)...it is clear to see why those Monks are so darn merry! (4.75)

M- Strong carbonation helps move the flavors across the palate, leaving your taste buds atwitter and ready for the next swig...dangerously drinkable at 9.3% ABV!. While 'Monks' falls on the heavier-side-of-medium, the hefty body allows the palate to b coated with all of this beer's elements: fruity, sugary and spicy. (4.75)

O- For me, I think Merry Monk's is at its peak right now (~6 months after bottling) and best enjoyed on the warmer side. I am a fan of Weyerbacher and think Merry Monk's is the best of their year-round offerings. For the price (~$11.99, 6-Pack, $8.99 750ml bottle), the quality and attention to style, this is simply one of the best craft brewed Belgian Triples in America. Although I prefer the mouthfeel of Merry Monk's from a 750ml corked & caged bottle, the 12oz format is just as good (and a better value). Being that the brewery boasts an active barrel aging program (Blasphemy, Insanity, Heresy and now Rhumpshaka), I would absolutely love for them to experiment with a Merry Monks aged in whiskey barrels. (4.75)

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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says 02/11/2014

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a center patch of sheer surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a broken ring behind and there are specs of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Sweet aroma has yeasty banana notes and some spice. Noticeable alcohol smell.

T- Rich Belgian yeast flavor brings more banana notes plus some bubble gum and spice. Alcohol is hidden quite well especially compared to the aroma.

M- Milky texture with some sharpness from the booze and spice. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- If this beer had more carbonation, it would be even better. But, as it stands, it's just a solid tripel with a nice intensity of flavor.

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Photo of wildcat2015
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a little out to really gauge appearance, nothing special, a bit on the light side in my opinion, overall if I got this on tap I'm sure it would look good.

Smell - Very interesting smell, definitely fruity, some interesting undertones that are initially hard for me to pinpoint, almost a bit smokey.

Taste - Ahh the taste of this is so complex, initially just a tiny bit of hops, by no means overpowering, but right after it's gone down the fruitiness, in particular, as others have said, bananas, kicks in. Not sure if I'm totally a fan of the aftertaste, it's a bit overpoweringly fruity in my opinion, for a Belgian.

Mouthfeel - A bit over-carbonated, maybe just a smidgen, not too thick, not too thin, really just right, can't complain in the least about this aspect of Merry Monks.

Overall - Really enjoyable beer, totally masks its abv, a little too fruity for me but very enjoyable, great beer from Weyerbacher, not a go-to brew but if I see it and want a good, interesting beer, this is the one. As I let it warm just a bit, the banana really came through too strong for me, not changing the rating but still, worth noting it really uses the fruity flavor to mask the abv. It really is complex, if you're on the fence after seeing reviews, I say go for it, you won't regret it even if you don't love it.

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Photo of RCane1
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As I roamed Princeton in freezing rain, desperately searching for. Belgian beer, I stumbled on this delightful American brew!

It's light amber color and lack of head or aroma did not detract from a robust Belgian taste. No hops (refreshing for an American beer!). Slightly sweet, balanced, and with the full complex taste of a true Belgian.

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Photo of Bone53
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 2 month old bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Golden orange color with a soapy one finger off white head. It was almost clear until I swirled and poured what was left in the glass

Smell: Yeast, bubble gum, cloves, bananas, candied sugar

Taste: Candied sugar, belgian yeast and spices, banana, apple, all rounded out by sweet bready malts

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body; Slight alcohol presence but goes down quite easy considering the abv.

Overall: One of the few Belgian style tripels I've had and I was fairly impressed. I'm on board with this more so than a witbier. Some similar characteristics but bolder. Perhaps a little too sweet for my liking. Still not quite my style, but I'll consider grabbing this when I'm in the mood for a belgian style beer.

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Photo of humanfactor
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A random selection from the store this evening and I was greatly surprised. As soon as I opened the bottle the fragrance was amazing very fruity (not perfume like , as someone else reviewed). Great Blond color, and nice lacing from the head. And deeeelicious with the first mouthful. Refreshing, full of flavor, a very well crafted beer. Well done Weyerbacker!

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Photo of mugzybrown
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been on a Belgian beer kick for a while now, so this fit in well. It may have also lowered the score as I've had some great ones recently.

I had it on-tap in a tulip glass. Nice pale yellow color with a strong head.

The taste was very present bananas and went down smooth for the high abv. As it warmed some, the alcohol taste did come through more, however.

Light body and mouthfeel.

This is a beer that could get you into some trouble on a lazy summer day. One moment you feel great, 3 beers later you're in the neighbors backyard getting tasered.

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

Appearance:Its black as night and awesome.

Smell: Like beer really.

Taste: Awesome, thick and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Thick and beautiful.

Overall: Im shit in the wind, buy it, love it its wonderful. I love it its dark and has a head of an inch or less.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Merry monks pours a bright golden color and is quite clear. A bright white head sits on top. The head is very tall and somewhat dense. As it fades away some lace webing is left behind.
Very light carbs.

The aroma is yeasty phenolic and alcohol. There is a slight perfume aroma form the alcohol.

The taste is malty and yeasty. Yeasty phenols give the beer a fruity taste. But all is dominated by a huge alcohol taste.
I don't much care for this one.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber from CM poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger head. Decent retention.

S - Bready grains, banana, clove, candied sugar

T - more of the same, with a smattering of alcohol heat, and touches of a mild fruit juice/apple cider. The sugar sweetness becomes more prevalent as beer comes to temp.

M- fairly sharp in carbonation, but mellows as it warms. Dry finish.

O - A solid tripel. Been drinking a large amount IPAs lately (including my first HT on a trip to Northeast) so this was good balance to that. Recommended.

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Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Want to like because I love this east coast brewery's Imp Stout. Top rated.
So I came back after a bad first bottle and upped my review on a 2nd

A: Good looking pinpoint head and cloudy body. Avg retention and lacing. (not like a Belgian)

S: Smell is the best part. Lots of pear and orchard fruit with some overripe banana and lots of spice—cloves and coriander. Some bread and cracker with pepper too.

T: Follows the orchard smell: Apples, pears, bananas, bits of peach and plum. Peppery and clove offset the sweetness, but a bit too sweet. No real hop tingle or yeast earthiness. (balance is missing... too perfumey and sweet.)

M: Medium bodied, not enough tingle, definitely "Face Warming" as one review wrote.

O: I immediately went for strong cheeses to off set this one, like a dense huntsman, gouda, or comte. Enjoyed it with cheese and you will too as an AFTER DINNER, LATE NIGHT SIPPER.

this tripel failed the 1st time for me. a 3.2

A: Bottle poured into pint glass left a wide bubble, quick failing head with no lacing. A second aggressive pour resulted in a short lived head. The body looks like unfiltered apple cider off the press. Lots of particulate, that apple press color.

S: More medicinal than any good trip. The alcohol, sugars, sweetness overwhelms, along with too much clove. Industrial, not organic. Fail.

T: Stale apple and banana black peel. then lots of clove and cookie dough, the alcohol dominates from thence on, resulting in the sweet sugary, bubble gum, candy rack finish. A bit cloying and too much alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, cloying, coating. Not inviting, not appetiizing. Had to try some Robusto cheese, but gave up. Not a food beer. Too high ABV and sugar results in sticky mouth finish.

Overall: A remake please! It's over the map; aggressive, boozy character, way too much sweetness and zero yeasty complexity or mystery. Unsubtle.

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Photo of ET-12345
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Head was light and white.

Color seems a little on the dark side for a triple but is a pleasant Amber color.

Aroma has yeast and fruit notes. Fruits notes seem to be of orange and apricots.

Flavor is similar to aroma with the addition of perhaps honey and hides the alcohol. well.

One complaint would be this particular glass did not have very good head retention.

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Photo of kfh227
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Noticed that I haven't reviewed a beer yet and I should.

I care mostly about taste. I have a love of higher alcohol content beers with fruity flavors and this is my go to beer. I can't say enough good things about it. The rest of the reviews give details regarding taste and there is nothing I can add. I just wanted to help with the rating of this beer.

In the future I will be more verbose.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with small amounts of yeast sediment floating around. A large, bubbly off-white head is the result of a moderate pour. The head quickly dissipates to a white bubbly head. Small amounts of lacing down the glass. A relatively poor head retention and lacing really makes this one suffer, despite a gorgeous color.

S: Lots of orchard fruits here—apples and pears, namely, with small hints of peach. Weirdly detecting very small amounts of banana and a definite spice character beneath it all—cloves and coriander for sure. A little bit of breadiness from the yeast is very faint, but detectable if you get your sniffer close to dipping distance.

T: Fruits galore here. Apples, pears, bananas, bits of peach and plum. The peppery spice from the alcohol bites through along with traces of clove and coriander. The aftertaste is exclusively those fruity notes. I'm not getting a whole lot of earthy yeastiness like I was hoping. There's also no hop presence so the fruity sweetness is just BARELY balanced by the spice.

M: Full-bodied with a lightly syrupy feel, like a thick all-natural blended juice drink. Finishes out creamy and smooth and coats the palate nicely. A slight tingle from the alcohol and it makes its way down. A definite face-warming quality as well—to be expected from a tripel.

O: Merry Monks' ale is definitely a very solid offering from Weyerbacher. There's a few elements that count definitely be improved upon, namely the slightly imbalanced sweetness in the flavor. I would have liked to see more earthiness shine through to kind of cut down the fruitiness. The coriander and clove spice just didn't do the job fully. Other than that, this is an enjoyable brew that is great for late night, slow-sipping. Could do with some improvement, but still worth the try if it's readily available.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a slightly cloudy yellow. Head isn't gigantic. It's a medium sized slice of white bubbles. Not too much lacing.

S-Aroma is actually nice. It's not overly aggressive with the Belgian yeast. If ind that many Tripels are too strong with the Belgian yeast and space. This one is a bit less intense. Fruity and sweet with a subtle hop note.

T-Flavor is also a bit more suited to many taste than many Tripels. The candied sugar, Belgian yeast and spice are there but they jive with my taste buds more than most. It's more mild and I enjoy that.

M-The beer is pretty drinkable. The alcohol is noticeable but it's not too hot. It went down easy enough.

O/D-I liked this more than I thought I would. A great intro into the style and I prefer this more than many.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean amber with a 2 finger head that fades quickly with very light lacing. Smell is malt and lemon forward with many spice notes hidden. Tastes of cereal and malt with a long finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing medium body with a lingering finish on the palate. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Trent
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift from the BIL that was included in a Pennsylvania mixed 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured a very clear straw hay color, yellow to the eye. One thumb thick white head that held nicely, but dissipated evenly without any lacing. Although the pour was incredibly clear and there was no sedimentation in the bottom of the bottle, the beer settled into a light caramel color with some slight haze.

Smell: Fruit and spice are the overriding smells. Sorry gents, my nose is not all that refined.

Taste: Tons of taste. The first sip tasted citrus from the pear. The wheat characteristics shine next, with the spices hitting the back of the throat and stay in the nose and throat after every sip.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and effervescent. Take some time in between sips, and you will feel the beer linger on every bud.

Overall, a great great can't-miss beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: murky burnt caramel with bubbles streaming up the side of the glass. gets darker the higher you move. 3 finger white head thats fizzes away pretty quick

s: tons of banana, wheat, clove, pepper, and coriander. in the background is a hint of sweet malt as well. this smells like its loaded with spices

t: much better than the aroma indicated. ripe banana and pear, sweet malts, some delicate wheat, and a whole lot of yeast. the yeast has some nice spice - clove and coriander. i smelled pepper, but don't detect any in the taste. ends with a little bit of alcohol, which helps this not be too sweet. flavor is dominated by those ripe fruits.

m: medium. quite a bit of carbonation, which helps the fruit flavors pop really nice and helps the sweetness come forward

o: surprised how much i like this. i thought it would be overly spiced judging by the aroma, but thats not the case. this is fruity and yeasty with a nice balance between the two.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.