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Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 763
Hads: 2,137
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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Reviews: 763 | Hads: 2,137
Photo of claytri
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice cloudy gold. The aroma is a pleasant mix of spice and alcohol with a little bit of yeast and malt in the background. The taste is very full, it has a lot of spice to hit, a little fruit, really no hops, and it has an alcohol bite in the finish, a very nice sourness to it all. The feel is oily and medium bodied. This is quite a drinkable beer, and you could find yourself running through several without taxing yourself.

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Photo of putnam
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(Would the unbroken streak of sublime liquids from packages featuring images of smiling monks with vessles of frothy liquid held aloft be continued? I'm thinking of St. Bernardus products and Dr. Loosen Erdener Praelat Rieslings.)

Mute, orange and caramel aromatics occur beneath adequately fizzy, orange-colored liquid. On the palate it is a bit wild, dry and aggressive, with metallic, electric orange peel and over-fermented bread flavors. Gassy, with robot-fart metal belches replete with ripped, stripped sugars and hot grease nuances. Thin where it counts, hot where it shouldn't be, this is a careless, industrial "craft" beer. Aggressively alcoholic and lacking texture. A shame. Not worthy of the description "tripel."

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed that other people were noting the age of theirs. I can't find a single date on mine. Cool lable though. Golden yellow in color with very little head even after an aggresive pour. The smell is great. Spicy and sweet with some floral notes. Very little carbonation at all. The cap did fizz when I popped it but not effervesant at all in the mouth. The taste is sweet and actually some sour notes. I do like it but it isn't like most other triples I have had. The monk says, "Shhhh, be quiet!"

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Photo of malthead
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 months old. As this is the first tripel I've really reviewed, I wasn't sure whether to decant and leave the yeast, or to swirl it in. So I decanted half the bottle into one glass and swirled the yeast in the remainder into another glass.
Both samples have good color and a nice head, which fades to a thin coating pretty quickly. Smell is candy-like, maybe bubblegum, some banana.. really big smell. The taste in the glass without the yeast is sweet, the malt is really light and very little hops... tastes spicy, with a little sour apple in there too, maybe some white grape juice. In my second sample, the yeast add a bitter note on to the end of the finish... maybe it wouldn't be too noticable when diluted in a full bottle, but in my sample, I think the yeast brings a bitterness that is a little too distracting from the general sweetness of the beer. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost coating, but it has a good carbonation to cut through that. Pretty good drinkability, considering it's pushing 10%abv.
With my negligible experience with tripels, I'd say this is pretty good, with real sweetness and complex fruityness that make it a nice, relaxing sipping beer.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Initially the head was about two fingers, but quickly dissipated to a thin layer of foam with only spotty lacing.
S: Strong phenolic smell up front, a mixture of a strong banana smell with nice hints of a sweet fruitiness. A bit of spice is hiding in the background. Very, very nice in the nose.
T: Wow. There's a lot going on in this one. First impression is spicy, not-quite tart taste, then I get a strong medicinal fruity taste, sort of a grape taste. No real hop flavors or bitterness can be found, but this one has a nice spiciness that fills in nicely to balance out the sweetness.
M: Quick carbonation that carries the feels and flavors all around the mouth. Strongly warming alcohol feel (at 9.3%, no kidding!). There's a bit of a syrupy mouth coating feel here that helps carry the flavors.
D&N: I haven't had all that many Abbey Tripels, but this one seems a nice ambassador for the style, and being brewed here in my home Commonwealth only helps things. Nicely done, and I can't wait to get some more to lay down in my cellar.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 12 oz bottle with silkscreen, as pictured. Pours a slightly hazed, amber gold body. Minimal, offwhite head is barely noticable, before fading to minimal ring lace.

Aroma is very tart and fruity. Apricots, pineapples, a hint of banana, with a muted background of Belgian style spices.

Mouthfeel is tart, with medium body and carbonation.

Taste is all about tart citrusy fruits. Mango and pineapple are prominent. A musty, Belgian style, yeast presence is apparent, but that's where the Abbey Trippel style features end. No candy sugar, or Belgian malt styles are present here. Still, it's a tasty ale, but on the tart fruit side of things.

Almost like apple cider at times, but still a very nice Belgian style effort from a solid, northeastern American brewery.

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Photo of irishmoss
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a dark golden straw color with absolutely no head or lace, not even any bubbles or head on a swirl...
The smell is sweet with light malts and slightly spicy with faint banana and clove.
The taste is slightly alcoholic and a little granny smith sour apple. A little medicinal and fruit flavors come through later.
The mouth feel is very thin with no carbonation to speak of.
In my opinion, this isn't very good and I'm only impressed with the smell....

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Photo of TagoMago
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. longneck bottle poured into Chimay trappist glass.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with some haziness and yeast sediment. Medium size head with some sparce lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, spicy, fruity (pineapple?) and slightly medicinal, with some estery alcohol.

Taste: This beer is extremely crisp and nicely effervescent, with a moderate carbonation. Very fruity in taste with elements of banana and pineapple. The finish is very dry and clove-like.

Overall: This is a great take on a Belgian abbey tripel - probably one of the better American Belgians I've had. This is a very complex beer. The beer seemed a bit too fresh, however, and would probably be even better if it was cellared for a year or so, giving it time to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very sweet pale malt scent along with a nice, fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It is well balanced and full of fruity yeast and pale malt flavor. It has a bit of tartness to it, but otherwise it's pretty damn good. It has tremendous mouthfeel. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good trippel. It has good flavor, a good abv., and excellent mouthfeel. It is a good drinker.

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

12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden yellow, with a decent size head that slowly receded, leaving lots of lacing behind. Aroma is malty and sweet, like ripe fruit. You get a bit of alcohol in the nose. Taste is slightly malty almost wheat like. With some tartness in the middle. Lots of carbonation. There is a slight hop bite in the finish. I wish I had access to this on a regular basis. Very tasty!

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty and friuty, with pear and apple. A little bit of alcohol and tannin in there as well. The taste is both spicy and fruity, high on the malty side. There's some grape in there, and a hint of clove. A touch of alcohol and hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability fairs very well for a 9.3% brew. Not too shabby.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a three-finger white head that fades quickly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy, golden amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is hoppy; Starts with a good balance of malts and hops, finishes crisp and clean with some hoppy aftertaste. $2.10 for a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow straw color in the glass. A one finger head develops that is very airy and foamy - not dense at all. Smell is of yeast and sweet in smell, maybe oranges? There is a slight sour taste to beer. It doesn't have the lingering sweet aftertaste I like in Tripels. A very light and wispy taste to this tripel. It is very drinkable as a result. Still there not much taste. A slight alcohol bite if you let it linger in on the tongue for a while. The mouthfeel of the beer is very wimpy considering ABV of this beer. It tastes and feels like a watered down tripel.

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Photo of Billolick
1.93/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

sorry to do this, but this one went bad. So I guess this is a public service announcement on this brew. No head was achieved, it is cloudy in color. And the taste can only be described as sour!...so watch out for this one, try to find a fresh bottle, may be hard to do as this doesnt come with any type of freshness dating.

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

Poured a cloudy honey color with a thick white head of foam that settles down to a thin layer. Yeast is prominent in the aroma along with clove and a slight citrus. Creamy mouthfeel that is very effervescent and crisp which is true to the style. Alcohol is well hidden in this ale which is always a good thing. Flavor is very wheat malt like. Almost a cross between a Wit and a Tripel. Pleasant none the less. Overall a really well made Tripel and one I'd drink again if given the chance. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of pezoids
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looked ultra light, hazy and pale yellow. The head was a thin and creamy layer of foam. The aroma gives off orange juice, lemons and limes, hard candy and is overall sweet and syrupy. The taste is very flavorful, and gives hints of lemon meringue pie. The alcohol is there, but is masked well. This is a deceiving beer - The beer’s appearance and texture seem much lighter than they truly are, then after one sip, you are drawn into entire drink. Very drinkable and one of my favorites from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of BeefyMee
1.79/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pretty good here. The body is a hazy golden color with a short-lived head.

Smell: Uh oh, something is going wrong...

Taste: Blecchhh. My stomach is starting to turn. What happened to this beer? Simply put, the taste is sour and offensive.

Drinkability: I can't even finish this.

Beef Notes: Horrible. What was the thought process when putting this beer out for sale?

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big brownish yellow beer with a short light colored head. This beer pours in smooth and almost immediately hits the nose with smells of fruit and hops. The taste is warm (alcohol) and brings with it a fruity, sugary kind of flavor to accompany its barley flavor. Finish is similar to white grapes. This was a great beer.

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Photo of Erix
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a chalice, served cold from the fridge.
Appearance: Pale, hazy gold in color, not much head or carbonation. Nice looking beer.
Smell: Floral, some alcohol in the nose, rather sweet. This was probably the best attribute for this beer.
Taste: I served this a bit too cold at first as usual; the flavors were rather muted to begin with. After it warmed a bit, it was sweet, sharp, alcoholic, and a little bit musty or something. Not really in a bad way though. Tastes a bit young and harsh, but this is what I've started to expect from Weyerbacher. Still, it is rather clean with a nice lingering maltiness. Pronounced alcohol, but I guess thats what you get with a triple.
Mouthfeel: A bit harsh at first, it fades nicely to a clean, crisp feeling. A little too much alcohol burn for me however.
Drinkability: Not bad, but I know the whole time I'm drinking a 9%+ beer. I would'nt want many of these.

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

Surprisingly easy to drink, considering the high abv. A nice yellow color with decent lacing. Smell was fruity, somewhat like grapefruit. Taste was initially fruity with a nice tart finish. Surprisingly, the alcohol presence was not overwhelming. Mouth feel was medium bodied, and the overall drinkability was good, especially considering the high abv.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy, syrupy looking gold. Trails of quickly rising bubbles float up, feeding a thick, white froth that settles slowly into a short blanket of head. Good retention, keeping all the way through the glass, leaving sparse, patchy lace.
The aroma is very nice, with a pleasant sweet& sour thing going on. Heavy pale maltiness, with some caramel. Candi sugar and estery fruit balance spicy yeast and some sourness. Hints of apple, banana and plum. Slight phenolic clove and band-aid.
The flavor starts with heavy sweet caramel, mingling with candi sugar and estery fruit. Slightly phenolic towards the middle, with some band-aid medical flavor and thinner like esters through the sinuses. Hints of apple, pear and light banana. Some sourness in the finish, with a slightly vinous character pervading through. Some alcohol is apparent in the swallow, but it's strength is well masked. A slight sourness lingers in the aftertaste, see-sawing with sweet candi sugar. A pleasant balance. A bouyant, tingly mouthfeel, with small bubbled effervescence supporting the medium bodied brew.
A pretty authentic tripel style. Nicely balanced, with an interesting interplay of sugary sweetness and sour flavors. I'll certainly get it again, although a six pack lasts me a long time. I'm not often in the mood for belgian style beer. These guys make a good product, of which this is not the least.

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Photo of pheurton
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy golden peach with a descent sized bubbly white head that retreats to nothing. minimal amounts of lacing. grassy, horse blanket, musty belgian yeast on the noze. full cabonation lends a refreshing zest to the body. spicy alcohol flavor, full of yeast and notes of cloves and similar spices. not too bad. smooths out some as it warms to room temperature. not a bad stab at the style, middle of the road when judged in the context of it's peers. worth a shot.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden honey color. No head and minimal lace.
Aroma is lightly musty and acidic. Heavy yeast, citrus hints, banana and pale malt seem to come through.
Flavors of citrus fruits and slightly bitter yeast come through. Mouthfeel is very sticky sweet and not to style IMHO.
Beer lacks vitality and carbonation for style. Not unpleasant just as lively as I would like to see. Finish is also abrupt and doesn't leave any lingering tastes.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I scoffed a couple of bottles of this at the end of the night at EBF last Saturday. The Monk is shaded a rich golden-yellow, with a minimal amount of topping. What head that is present consists of a ring around the perimeter of white, fine foamination, which leaves some wisps of lacing. I also espy a slow stream of minute bubbles percolating upwards through the nectar. The nose shows off some bready malt, a mild suggestion of lemon, and a bit of light spiciness. Not bad, but could have a bit more strength. The body borders on medium, being just a bit below it, and it fares well as it passes across the tongue, not roughing it up much. There is a small amount of carbonation-induced "foaminess" present, though. Flavor has some bready, crackery aspects, along with the accompanying lemon notes that the aroma suggested. It has a dryness towards the end, and also displays a touch of spice character, but just a touch. I do detect some belly-warming from the bier, but the 9.3% abv is pretty well disguised, all-in-all. Towards the finish, I swirled the bottles a bit and added the little amount of sediment from them to the goblet. It made the bier a dull, hazy golden hue, and produced a smidge more yeasty spice in the finish. Fairly decent bier, but oh so many out there that are superior in this general style. Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of frank4sail
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight marshmello banana smell. Smaller white head that after the pour leaves the goblet. Golden slightly cloudy pale look. Initial tropical flavors of pineapple and then the beer spices with some touches of white pepper and coriander. The ABV is quite covered as well. The mouth is very lively with lots of little tiny bubbles surrounding the tongue. Considering the ABV it has good drinkability.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.