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Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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758 Reviews

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,107
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 63
Gots: 408 | 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: 758 | Hads: 2,107
Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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.... (468 characters)

Photo of TagoMago
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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! (399 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of Billolick
1.93/5  rDev -49.2%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (502 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
1.79/5  rDev -52.9%
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? (390 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of Erix
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,398 characters)

Photo of pheurton
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +1.3%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Abbey Tripel clone pours a lazily hazy apricot color with a two finger head of loose and hastily departing head. Very little lace noted from the residual ring.

The nose is very light, but hints of banana and light caramel malt. The flavor is spicy banana with a nice peppery sense and great complexity in the overall flavor mix; slight clove sense along with the fruitiness.

The feel is crisp and clean with a nice finish. Limited drinkability because of the ABV. (473 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small soft white head. Looking mighty good in the chalice. I smell quite a bit of ripened fruit of the grape/bannan variety and a barely detectable alcohol/medicinal odor.

The taste is very very nice. Lots of bannana, apple, pepper and vanilla. Very sweet and malty, with a nice syrupy consistency.Mouthfeel is on the moderate side with a bit of the bubbly coming through. Warms nicely on the way down. Stays with you.

Not sure it really complies with the style, but it's darn good. If you like belgian clones you won't be sorry. (572 characters)

Photo of BigSipper
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color; carbonation produces an endless supply of tiny bubbles that maintains small but nice white, long-lasting head. The aroma appears fruity, perhaps slightly floral.
The flavor is tart and sweet with a bit of spice and some maltiness. This beer has a chest-warming quality as it slides down the throat. It leaves a very pleasant, serene aftertaste that encourages to have another sip. (400 characters)

Photo of AbePhroman
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I actually had wanted to buy this brew for quite awhile. It was $9.99 at the only store I knew that carried it so I never really stretched to buy it. Boy was I missing out. Christmas morning under the tree I find a bag and what's inside...lo and behold a six of this godly tripel. Merry Monks on a very Merry Christmas.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a pure white head that settles quickly. Although it settles it doesn't disappear. A small white sheet of foam is covering this brew at all times.

Smells oh so nice. Alcohol is definitely present with hints of maybe wheat? and spice. I knew once my father and I poured this we had a Merry Christmas in store for sure.

The alcohol is very covered by these sweet spices. Probably the best tasting tripel on the east coast. I like this much better than Victory's Golden Monkey (sorry V, you're still my favorite brewery). Mouthfeel is very good. Spicy and it tickles the throat.

Let me tell you. At 9.3% abv this is one drinkable brew. Amazing for an American tripel to be this good without the overspice. Weyerbacher has proved they're a quality brewery with this amazing style. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another east coast offering sent by frank4sail as part of our holiday beer exchange. Presented in a 12oz. bottle with no freshness or death date noted. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, this brew had a cloudy golden hue and a modest bubbly white head that quickly faded off to a wispy skim despite the energetic carbonation.
A couple deep inhalations over the glass revealed the aromas of yeasty malt, tart green apples, some banana notes, and hints of clove and coriander. Just a light alcohol astringency and slight sourness were also present in the nose. A couple small sips and a larger taste brought a tart sweetness across the front of the palate, as from apples and almost-ripe pineapple. The flavor of candy sugar further sweetened the taste and a light banana-and-clove taste briefly put in an appearance before being pushed aside by a more herbal spiciness. As it finished, a drying sourness and touch of alcohol raked the back of the tongue. The feel was medium bodied, dry and clean.
I found this Americanized Belgian triple to be quite enjoyable. There was enough going on with each taste to make it interesting and keep me coming back for more. I would have never guessed its alcohol content at 9.3% ABV. A pretty tasty brew from Weyerbacher. (1,260 characters)

Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.