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Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 776
Hads: 2,207
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 74
Gots: 481 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 EFitzsimmons
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of CincySpectre
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Irish-NYer
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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!

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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Photo of higherbrow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

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Photo of ReadingRambler
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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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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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.