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Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by SheepNutz on 09-13-2001

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Photo of BCMan
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep honey color that foamed slightly upon pouring but it faded to a weather pattern thinly covering the top. Light citrus nose is a good indication of the flavor. Taste is fruity, of lemon. Not much of an after tatse. Mouthfeel is thin which suits the crisp flavor. Overall, a decend version of the Belgian style golden ale. I would recommend. Another good beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to pezoids, my secret santa for this offering.
Aroma is slightly sweet and fruity, but also presenting clovey phenols of a spicy nature. Nice.
A rather pale golden color with a slight layer of white bubbles (not enough to call a head). Bubbles that hang around and shows a cloudiness with stationary setiment.
Good combination of flavors,but dryness really stands out. Also includes fruity malts, spiciness a little banana from the phenols.
Somewhat oily slick coating, but very short-lived. Moderately heavy, but that seems quick too. Nice feel from carbonation, giving a light overall feel.
This is nice and good, but it seems to be lacking something (boldness? sharpness of flavors?) that keep if from being great. Having said that I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it, it's worth it.

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Photo of krberg
2.14/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Certainly golden. Cloudy with very little head. I expected a large, fluffy, white head to grace my new La Fin du Monde glass.

Smells sweet and medicinal. Berry notes.

Malty sweetness followed by a brief biscuit flavor. Typical Belgian yeast spiciness. Too sweet. Reminds me of Lunacy or Golden Monkey, both of which I also find to be sickly sweet.

High carbonation to style. Dead average.

Too sweet to be drinkable for me. I may not be able to get through this one.

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Photo of mjc410
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Your standard bar pint glass

Appearance: Definitely an over-pour. The 'tender allowed no head to race the top of this beer. Hazy yellow, with yeast and/or other things floating about.

Smell: Medicinal alcohol, fruity yeast smell. A little tougher on the nose than other tripels.

Taste: Again virtually the same as the smell, just with more potency. Leaves you with an alcoholic, spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road in thickness.

Too young! I am now aging my other bottles for a year or more before I revisit this one. The alcohol is a knockout punch, covering up the full expression of the other flavors.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent attempt at a tripel/strong golden ale. Pours golden, slightly murky. Smell is sorta yeasty, spicy, not bad. Taste has waaay too much alcohol up front. Not very well balanced. Still, it has some nice yeasty spicyness and some hints of apples, etc. Not very drinkable due to its unbalanced characteristics. I'm not the biggest fan of Weyerbacher's beers, they all seem to have balance problems.

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

split a bottle with fellow BA mtanji. Poured an attractive golden color, with a moderate head. Beautiful nose with nice scents of spices (cloves). The taste was good without being overpowering and got better as it warmed. This was a very drinkable beer and I recommend it

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quintessential amber, clear and bright. The beer is crowed by a large cap of eggshell colored foam that is soft and rather nondescript. A lazy deflation leads to very little lace; a miniature collar is about it. It isn't a bad look, but it isn't an overly compelling one either.

The nose is definitely Belgian-like and is as much BSPA as tripel. It's also as aromatic as any you're likely to find. I smell sweetened golden fruits (apple, pear and peach) along with a firm smack of clove spice. Whatever else the brewers accomplished in the brewing of this beer, they got the aroma right; credit to the yeast, no doubt.

While the flavor is good, it lacks the immediacy of the nose. Things start out well, but begin to lose steam at the midway point and finish on a subdued note. The taste score will have to be a compromise between the initial 'wow' and the 'less than wow' that takes place within each mouthful.

As in the nose, sticky ripe fruit is the flavor focus and clove and cardamom spice is the accent. This beer isn't as clove-like as some Belgian tripels, but it's no wilting flower in that department either. The body/mouthfeel is medium (to slightly more full) with a pleasingly syrupy, lightly mouthcoating finish.

Merry Monks' Ale hews pretty closely to the Belgian tripel blueprint and is a more than respectable American version. It's close to being very good and its faults are minor at best. Bottom line: this is good beer. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

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Photo of vitesse
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from 12 oz. bottle...

pours a bright tan color with lots of cloudiness. whoo, there's A LOT of yeast sediment in the bottle. i leave it out of the glass -- the beer is already plenty cloudy as is.
anyway, this is a phenol monster. delicious herbal, grassy flavor gives way to monster clove/nutmeg/coriander flavors from the yeast. there's a very slight tartness at the back of all the phenols that i really do like. nice mouthfeel -- not too slick or chunky. very crisp and lively, even though it didn't have a huge head.
overall, a very good example of a belgian tripel. very solid and traditional -- nothing wacky or unexpected, but a well-made beer.

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

Pours an off-hazy, golden hue with a small, whitish head. Strong phenolic scents, much like a good hefeweizen.

A somewhat interesting American interpretation of a Belgian tripel. I say interesting because it is somewhat a cross between the tripel style and a hefeweizen in smell and flavor. It's a nice, sweet, vamped-up banana flavor with rich, ripe fruit undertones. Somewhat syrupy, but also crisp in mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. A slight tang in the finish that tapers off with a mild dryness. Approachable.

I'd like to think this is a good transitional Belgian-style for newbies. It's not the best, but it functions and is a solid brew.

A great beer to start off a hearty meal.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale and clear golden color with a small off-white head and thick, glass-coating lace. Profuse streams of slow rising carbonation were noted.

Aroma: Sweet, light fruit aroma of pears, white grapes, golden raisins, as well as light malt.

Taste: Light and spicy with ripe banana and bready yeast notes. Finishes with a light and pleasant spice note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, very full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant beer, and recommended.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a copper color into a pint glass, it leaves 1 finger of head that dissipates rather quickly to about nothing, but the ale appears a bit hazy throughout. Aromas are of honey w/ wheat and some brown malts; some alcohol hints and sugars; maybe some plummy characteristics and vanilla as well. Taste is of vanilla sweetness w/ a sharp burst of sugar and even some slight bananas; also some alcohol burn as well on the finish. Feel is decent carbonation on the front of the tongue on the sip w/ a nice smooth swallow; some alcohol on the finish as well. Nice overall, easy to drink and enjoyable...i request another please!

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Photo of BurghBrewPSU
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze-orange appearance, with very little to no head, caused by a bad pour by my bartender. The smell of citrus consumes you. Upon first taste, bananas, pears, and apples are very apparent. After each drink, a hint of cinnamin becomes stronger. The sight, smell, and taste of alcohol is quite obvious. Overall a very drinkable beer. I have also had this on bottle, and i was not dissapointed.

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Photo of 99bottles
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light golden body, moderate carbonation. A white head of miniscule bubbles quickly fades to a thin lacing. Only moderate retention.

Smell: The smell is of typical malt. Very bland nose for a Belgian golden style ale. It lacks the phenols and some of the fruity nuances of the real Belgians. Similar to Golden Monkey, and even more one sided and unimpressive.

Taste: Whoa. Quite transparent. Where are the subtle flavors that make tripels and stong golden ales so unique? This is a dumbed down version that offers little more than burning phenols and sharp hot alcohol through and through. This burns in the aftertaste and shows none of the sweet esters and soft bitterness one might expect. A stong taste of pepper in the finish. I am somewhat disappointed. If it were me, I'd back off on the malt; stop worrying about gravities and jacking the ABV through the roof and find a yeast and style of sugar that compliment the flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: I wouldn't really want to ever have this again. There are so many good Belgians that this attempt is hardly even noble enough to continue producing. It starts to cloy, and the sharpness of medicinal pepper and phenols with no structure really cause this to be a chore. I'm against drain pours, but this is the least enojyable micro I've had in awhile. Sorry Weyerbacher. I'll stick to the Insanity, and hope this gets revamped in the future.

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

I have to say that this beer scores very well across the board, although I have to admit that I have lately become very taken by the Belgian ales. The beer pours a light golden color, crystal clear, with lots of little bubbles that drift up the beer to the top, where a cap of nice white head which leaves pretty much no lace. The smell is heavy on wheats, and lots of rich fruity spiced tones, with a bit of a rubbery smell to it, but not in a bad way. The taste is very full and sweet with tons of malty cherry flavors with a bit of yeast, a touch of hops and a nice burnt dry hint. A bit of alcohol is evident in the taste as well. Lots of carbonation in this beer. It isnt shy about telling you how much alcohol it has definately, but it is still mighty tasty.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy orange brown with a half inch head. The aroma is yeasty and very fruity. Strong, tart flavor with an off-putting huskiness. The fruity flavors are nice, but the huskiness is just bad. Slightly hoppy, but not enough. Leaves a tart aftertaste. The high carbonation partially masks the 9.3% alcohol, but one can still sense it.

Weyerbacher has been a hit or miss brewery, and while this beer is not terrible, it is definitely not a hit.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light alcohol aroma mixed with some hops, a faint banana and light spices.
Appearance: Painfully clear yellow with a thin collar of white foam.
Flavor: A nice Belgian banana yeast taste with a hint of lemon. As the beer warmed a slight vinous quality emerged but is tempered with a hot alcohol taste that dragged it down a bit.
Mouthfeel: Very thin for a Golden Strong (the Bros list as a Tripel, I’m not going to argue), a light body with firm carbonation
Overall Impression: A good Belgian style ale, but not a Belgian ale. It’s just not as rich and full as other offerings from this style. It seems to have some flaws beyond that. I’m thinking too much sugar in the brew is thinning it out and making the alcohol a bit hot. Also got a slight cardboard taste, and given this was a trade and it didn’t list a date, I’m clueless as to the source. All in all, not a bad beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
1.67/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

ugh.. this might be one of the biggest beer letdowns of my drinking career.

appearance: murky yellow with no head retention

aroma: yeast, yeast, yeast, and malt. no spices or sweetness evident in the aroma. already, this beer is worrying me.

taste: this beer tastes like a mix between vinegar and the back of an envelope. yeast and lemon are prevalent tastewise, leaving much to be desired in such a respected format.

keep in mind, this was my third bottle of a six pack- i wanted to make sure this beer was as bad as i first thought before penning this review.

maybe it was the high standard set by the 33 st bernardus 12 abt i consumed the night before, but this beer seems really substandard. for the first time in recent memory, i will sacrifice two of the six beers i purchased to the sink fairy.

however, based on other reviews, i will continue to seek out weyerbacher brews hoping something will make up for the tragedy that is merry monks.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Drunk monks on the label that gives up no ghosts.

Golden orange glow with a scant spotty bubbly head cap into me (what?) WEYERBACHER Merry Monks Goblet. Foamy bubbly cling ring sticking to the corners.

Some doughy general yeasty peppery notes reminiscent of Duvel, but more pronounced.

First Swigs: Fresh bread dough yeastiness and spicey cloves. Peppery flavors parallel the nose. Warm awl-kee-hawl flavor is detectable. Some ripe bananas, sweet grape wine and fruit cake notes. Lingering pepper aftertaste.

Soft foamy carbonation. High ABV, full body and one dimensional flavor reduces the Drinkability factor.

Last swigs: Almost like a white wine overly bready yeast tripel. 9.3% ABV. Never has the word “peppery” been more apropos.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian style beering.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this brew from a 12 oz bottle at room temp and pouring into a snifter. The beer pours a bright lively gold color with bleached white head fading very quickly to an edge layer and then to nothing at all. Aroma is biscuity yeast with some lemon tartness and also berries and white grapes. I maybe get a hit of clvoes as well. Overall the aroma is very appealing. First sip reveals a very gentle almost non-existent carbonation and very light body as well. Not expected.
Flavor is light and fruity with some lemon, green apple and general sweetness. Finishes very dry making my mouth long for the next sip to re-moisten my palate. A very clean and refreshing beer, not sure of abv but it is hidden. very nice to drink.

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Photo of maltedmilk
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time I’m doing a review. I have read many here. I thought I would give it a shot.

I like this beer. It’s very strong and has a nice pleasant taste. Be careful, it can sneak up on you.

It has a golden, cloudy look and no head to speak of. What little head there is, fades quickly.

It is a little sweet but not overwhelming. It is easy to drink.

I like the label. I have to mention that. The label is almost like it’s laminated. It feels nice and looks nice. I have had Weyerbacher’s Old Heathen also (which I also like). The image on that label is better though. But who cares besides me.

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Photo of silenius
2.31/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

There must be something wrong with all of the samples of this beer I try. I really want to like it, but it is crummy.

Nice deep orange with a yellowish halo and nice head that fades quickly.

I'm off put by the slight vinegar characteristics I get from this plus something else sharp in there.

Taste is off. Sharp cider vinegar twinge with some caramel malt flavor to cut it.

Mouthfeel isn't so bad, but a little sharp from the acid taste.

Won't be drinking much of this one.

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Photo of bashiba
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to santoslhalper for giving me the chance to try another a good beer.

Poured into my glass a slightly cloudy light orange color with very little head that was gone very quickly.

Smelled a fresh wet wheat and a sour citrusynes with a nice yeasty odor..

Taste is of a slight sour wheat flavor with a hint of honey and followed quickly by a very strong mix of Orange and Grapfruit flavors and a little bit of yeast, with just a touch of floral hops at the end.

Mouthfeel was slightly slick with a nice warming following.

Drinkability was good consindering I had no idea the ABV was anywhere near this high until typing this, very good job of hiding the high alcohol.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Merry Monks appears a totally clear dark gold with minimal head that sadly completely fades out after 10 seconds and then looks a bit dull. Expressive yeast on the nose reminds of raw pie crust. Good fruit esters range (melon, banana, mango). Floral and spicy(mint, jasmine) hops somehow manage to leave an impression despite all the other things happening while the aroma is not all that intense. Sweet initial taste, but there’s a firm hoppiness developping in a perfumey and herbal way, almost grassy. I don’t know why I don’t like it more, but the hypothesis is just the huge competition level in this particular style where you need big demarcative aspects (mostly complexity, appearance and balance) to be at the top. This one gives me the impression of a balanced ale with well contained alcohol which makes for a very decent american take on the style despite lousy looks. It was perhaps a tad overexpressive on the yeast though.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a fluffy 1" white head above the brightly golden brew. Head lasts well, and lacing is good. Aroma is wheaty, with plenty of Belgian-style spicing. Taste is upfront lightly sour, and fills out with wheat and some light spices. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, just not so sure how we hit the style definition, if one cares about such things. Fits the bill tonight.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, what a great picture on the bottle. Those are some merry monks there. Pours a nice hazy orange with a good inch high head. Head goes quickly, dissapating to a white collar that sticks for the whole glass. Nice lacing as well. Smells ridicously sweet, almost too sweet. A spicy alcohol backs the sweetness. Very strong smelling. Tastes great. Medium body and carbonation. Very nutty at first with some herb hints. Sweet on the finish with lots of fruits. Peppers and cloves are present in the aftertaste. Tastes much like a Saviugnon Blanc. With age I'm sure this will taste even better. I set a few back. A very complex beer that will keep you sipping fo a while. Highly recommended!

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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