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Merry Monks - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 776
Hads: 2,206
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 74
Gots: 477 | 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 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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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored and cloudy, with an impressive three finger head. It has slippery lace (the kind that slides down the side of glass).

Lemony citrus notes with a very crisp aroma. Natural wheat smells with a slight sour touch. The smell is closer to a traditional wheat beer rather than a Belgian style ale.

Sour flavor up front, like a mild lemon. Fairly dry for this style. Very full in flavor, but this dies quickly upon the swallow. The sourness predominates the entire tasting.

This is an interesting change of pace to the typical pale ales available. For that alone, it's worth seeking out. In a flight of Belgian beers, I don't think this would fair that well, but is a great change of pace.

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