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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 ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (392 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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) (2,089 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of wildcat2015
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of RCane1
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of humanfactor
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
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! (360 characters)

Photo of mugzybrown
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,909 characters)

Photo of ET-12345
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of kfh227
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,885 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Trent
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of rodney45
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber with a quickly vanishing head.

S: Belgian spices with notes of plum, over ripe banana and dates.

T: First notes of plum and cherry, with a underlying flavoring of apricot. Very reminiscent of the big Belgian style Trappist beers, probably in the yeast profile. Secondary notes of crystal and munich malts, with low hop bitterness.

M: Sultry medium to heavy mouthfeel with no sense of the above 9 percent ABV. Light carbonation.

O: Really good representation of the style. I would concider this among the bett of the belgian style american ales today. Better than anything other American 'beligan syle' brewerys are producing currently. Great triple. (671 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; golden and clear with a fluffy white head that fades quickly, like a soda, into a topping of bubbles.
Smells of light bready malt, belgian yeast, alcohol, bananas and golden raisins, sweetness, and light spice.
Taste follows nose; very sweet, light malt, fruitiness with banana and some raisins, some tempered bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth and fluffy.
Overall, this is a delicious tripel. It's a bit on the sweet side, but has nice complexity. (486 characters)

Photo of Marklwilson20
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nicely with the right amount of carbonation.

Smells slightly sweet and citrus. Hint of bananas.

Taste is complex but pleasant. Light at first but finishes strong with alcohol, citrus, bananas and spice. Does have a slight alcohol burn even though its slightly under 10%.

Definitely would drink this one again. One of the best tripels I've had. (355 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly amber gold with a nice head and lacing which diminishes in a few minutes. Nose is slightly sweet with a touch of yeast, spice and pear fruit. Medium body approaching full with a nice slick texture. Very well carbonated from bottle conditioning. More flavorful than most Belgian tripels, although this one is US made, with a nice tartness against a typical Belgian flavor profile with a touch of spice. Finishes nicely with a slight alcohol burn at the back top of the throat. One of the better tripels I've had. (528 characters)

Photo of tviz33
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter/tulip kind of glass. What a creepy label.

A- Lovely golden body with some orange hues. Sort of hazy. Three quarters of an inch are what you get for a head but that disappears pretty quickly.

S- Big sweetness up front. Belgian yeast, banana, and white grapes. Just a bit of tartness.

T- Really sweet but dry at the same time. Pretty darn complex. Clove, white grapes, oranges, and a little booze. A real treat.

M- Very full, creamy, are nicely bubbly. Just great.

O- Like I said, this beer is a treat and a real surprise for me. I expected this to fall somewhere in the range of a Golden Monkey or the like, but this is a legitimately good tripel. (695 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden in color, capped with a glorious head that's very fluffy. Excellent retention and lacing from the sticky foam -- this really has the appearance of a great beer. Yeasty phenols are the dominant component in the aroma at first. Chalky, marshmallowy, also smelling of ripe apple and pear.

Dry, More tart and bitter than other Tripels. The bitterness is fine but the tartness detracts a bit, and that's pretty much the only fault. Nicely dry and fruity. Green apple and white grape, vinous like a sparkling wine. Carbonation is a bit prickly but the bubbles are very fine and the level of vigor is appropriate for the style. Alcohol makes its presence known, but not on the palate. Kind of seems as though there's some earth Brett funk going on, too.

Weyerbacher has a great tripel in Merry Monk's, much better than their Quad. Very much worth a try. (861 characters)

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