Merry Monks
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #66
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,582
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 13.55%
Reviews:
832
Ratings:
2,448
From:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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!
Reviews: 832 | Ratings: 2,448 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of chuprynka
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant little something to sip on, although a little monotone when it comes to a trippel. Heavy hops, shallow sweetness, slight smoky caramel aftertaste. Pleasant floral nose that contradicts the feel a little.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow color; hints of orange.

HUGE white head; careful pouring!

Minimal lace.

Banana & bread in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Strong banana flavor, but a bit one dimensional.

Drinkable; forgettable.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly dark gold with virtually no head. Resembles apple juice.

Smell: Light malt, slight hop scent, banana esters, spices, orange peel.

Taste: Mild malt with an undertone of bitterness, but no noticeable hop flavor. A little of that citrus note from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Decent body, high carbonation.

Overall: A surprisingly poor tripel that lacks complexity.

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Photo of officerbill
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The color of honey-wheat with a thin light tan head that quickly dissolved into a ring.
The smell of yeast, apple, and citrus.
A clean taste of yeast, pears, bananas, with a hint of some apple, honey, and citrus.
Mild carbonation that doesn't fill up your mouth and a crispness as you swallow.
Overall, a very good American version of a Belgian tripel.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A 2" white head drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is hazy orange, lots of streaming carbonation and yeast in suspension. Aroma is very yeasty with fruit and spice notes. Mouthfeel is medium and very similar to dry champagne. Flavors of banana, pear, spices, white bread, mild hops. Overall: nicely done tripel.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 12/26/13: Pours a hazy golden orange producing 2+ fingers of fluffy, somewhat lasting, white head that leaves stringy sheets of lacing. Aroma is banana, peach, melon, clove, Belgian funk, bread and a little well hidden alcohol. Taste is similar but more boozy with a sweet start and middle, becoming peppery early, finishing with a slight hop bite and transitioning to a lightly bitter and astringent aftertaste. There is a phenolic quality in the finish, something akin to the smell of acetone and Band-Aides. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as the brew warms and definitely adds to the spice and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation and peppery spice that makes it slightly prickly, somewhat drawing. Regardless how these "odd character" comments are taken, this is still a VERY FINE brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one I'm fairly certain I reviewed years ago and was probably lost in one of the server crashes. Bottled 5/10/18, best before 5/10/20

No real head, very hazy golden tan color

Nose big toasted sweet golden straw malts, blond toasted grains pislner like, nice Belgian yeast additions, mild peppery spicy phenols, fruity esters and bubblegum, banana and tree fruits, flash of warming alcohol

Taste sweet toasted grainy malts, a little candy syrup and dark burnt candi sugar like, lots of toasty flavors, into big Belgian yeast additions again, a little peppery spice and baking spices, nice esters, little bubblegum and fruity with mild tree fruits, apple pear like, little candied banana as it warms, a bit of warming tingly alcohol, almost fusel notes, drier finish

Mouth is med to heavier bod, mild fizzy bubbly carbonation but not a ton, some tingly alcohol

Overall not bad, I remember it being better in the big cork and cage bottles, this is OK but nothing compared to the big ones from Belgium, although this def hits the spot for a nice Belgian tripel when I have the hankering.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at City Works and I wonder if this was drawn from the end of the keg (as it was slightly flat) and the commercial writeup indicates its recipe is bottled conditioned. If bottle-conditioning cannot be done in the keg, it helps to explain why my rating is below those of a few whose reviewers I have admired over the years.

Why my below average rating?
Well.... Alcohol could be better concealed. While Merry Monks probably is popular for its punch, it overpowered my lunch.
Also, a better yeast both would conceal ABV and enrich the flavors coming from this keg.
If I find a bottle of this, I will gladly update my rating and review.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 2018

A- pours a clear golden color with a thin fizzy white head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- fruity and spicy yeast on the nose with notes of banana, pear, clove & pepper. Light floral and apple undertones, as well as some booze

T- spicy yeast up front gives peppery notes, quickly followed by clove & banana, pear & green apple, banana seems to be most prominent. The finish gives more spicy yeast, clove and banana

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- brighter and fruitier than a typical Belgian made example, plenty of booze

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Photo of Samlover55
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4oz pour on tap at Brewery
Clear gold with thin white
Bubble gum, banana
Similar to nose w/ tropical notes
Medium bodied, light carb, boozy
Nice tripel, with the yeast adding all sorts of fruity gummy notes

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Photo of teromous
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The neck of the bottle says: "11/28/17 11/28/19 689295B3"

Appearance: It starts out with a large white head but it quickly fades out to nothing. The body is a murky dark orange with hints of brown. It's darker than the typical Tripel.

Aroma: It smells like alcohol with just a light bit of banana.

Taste: Up front there is a nice banana flavor and it carries though with this sweet banana pudding flavor to the end. There is a light bit of caramel and it is undercut by alcohol. There is a slight toasty grain flavor to the beer as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice easy, smooth, mouthfeel. Although it is high alcohol ("9.3% ALC. BY VOL." according to the label) it is very easy to drink.

Overall: It's a Tripel that flutters on the upper and lower edge of being average. While it does do a pretty good job of wrangling in the high alcohol content, it doesn't provide much Belgian yeast character. I probably wouldn't pick it up again given some of the better Tripels on the market.

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Photo of bobv
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a slightly hazy, golden body with no lacing. Great nose of bananas and spice. Taste of banana bread; really! Good feel and overall, not too bad, just a tad boozy and a bit sweet. Cheers!

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a bright gold with a smallish head. The aroma features a strong fruity core of banana, bubblegum, kiwi, and peach, as well as clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and toffee. The flavor starts with a bright fruity bubblegum and banana flavors, with pistachio ice cream, clove, cinnamon, toffee, and cumin. The mouthfeel is somewhat full with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a pretty solid tripel - maybe a touch sweet, but very drinkable and well done.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lighter golden color. Clear. The head is white, tiny bubbles, 1 finger. Retention was poor. Minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is slightly sweet, bread aroma. Some fruity aroma.
Taste - much like the nose. Bready, slightly fruity. The sweetness is on the backside more.
Crisp feeling. Clean feeling. Not boozy feeling, in spite of a 9% ABV.
Delicious overall. I do like this beer.

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Photo of Lampro
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good tripel, with some fruity, spicy, and estery character, along with a good deal of maltiness. However, the high alcohol could come off harshly and it was not the smoothest body. Decent, I would probably get it again if it was a good deal.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a bright white head when poured aggressively. Smell is sliced well with hints of coriander, clove and banana. Initial taste is sweet with those wonderful flavors but maintains a boozy feel throughout. The mouthfeel is not as heavy as expected. Overall, this is an awesome brew and can't wait to try it from a growler

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I've never rated this, Bottle from Harvest market.
Deep yellow gold color without much of a head. Sweet bready malt candi sugar and light clove an bubble gum. Its a bit sweet for a tripel but it is pretty tasty.

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Photo of haines710
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloves and slight hints of banana in the smell as poured into pint glass. Nice golden color and very smooth and easy to drink. Not my favorite taste but I recognize that others would like this more than me.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New artwork! Pours a golden apple color with a fuzzy head of 2 fingers.

Aroma of apples, pears, clove, yeast breadiness, slight berries.

Loudest notes here are clove and alcohol. Some yeasty flavors along with alcohol soaked apple and pear, and again a little berry wine here. I'm not getting the cherry or raspberry flavors that others are getting. Perhaps they redid the recipe when they changed the label. The taste profile is not outstanding but it quenches really well when I'm *in the mood* for a tripel.

Feel is biting, crisp, and dry. Very carbonated, almost painful in the belly.

Overall, this beer is okay. I remember hearing about it having lots of fruit elements to it and I'm not getting that here. Perhaps they just redid the recipe. i'd have liked to taste the one that had all the fruitiness.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the older bottle, it pours a slightly hazy amber with a modest head, soon dissipating to a ring. lightly spicy scent with some malt and yeast. Slightly peppery taste with a some malt.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, hazy color with a tight white bubbly head.

Smells of sour yeast, malty whole grain bread, dark fruit, and floral notes.

Taste is raspberry, tart cherries and sour bread giving way to some biscuit malt and finishing with dry bitter herb.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice and a tulip for me. The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange to golden yellow color with a decent one finger white foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the beer. There was some light speckled lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The aroma had some Belgian spices over coating a nice sweet sugared fruit/candi like maltiness. The taste was mainly sweet and spicy through the Belgian spices and the sugary sweetness. On the palate, this one sat at/about a light to medium on the body. Sessionability - not really as I found myself sipping this one for the most part. The carbonation seemed fairly good the tripel style. Overall, good tripel worthy of having again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Yeast was roused, so it poured a bit hazy. Light golden color with tawny hues. Fine bubbled head settles after a bit.

S: Soft, biscuity malt. Strong banana esters, juicy fruit. Chalky yeast undertones. Pepper and clove.

T: Biscuity malt base. Strong peppery phenols, medicinal too. Yeasty and with a lot of yeast-driven spicy flavors. Bold tropical esters and notes of banana. Spike of alcohol. Yeasty and medicinal finish.

M: Medium bodied, full and a touch chewy. Very assertive and sharp carbonation practically sandblasts the tongue. Warming alcohol.

O: Bold strokes from this tripel. It takes no prisoners. For a long time it was perhaps the best of its style brewed Stateside, but the industry has caught up. There are now others that achieve a finer balance and drink more easily. You feel every bit of the 9.3% here, and the flavors seem to vie for sole power rather then jell. Still a venerable beer that did much to introduce the style to many a beer geek, and it should be respected as such.

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Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

An old favorite, from one of Pennsylvanias best and most innovative breweries. I like the newer label ,reminds us that this brew is made with a real abbey yeast strain and is a take on a European abbey trippel. Golden colored hazy a creamy white head.Poured quickly the head really foams up starts to disappear after a few minutes. Aroma of banana clove and pear and tastes exactly like the smell .The flavors are excellently balanced with the 9.3% alcohol ...other American brewers aim for this balance but often don't achieve it.A beer which doesn't pair well with most foods but I've enjoyed it with chocolate and chocolate desserts and sipping after a good meal is always enjoyable.

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Photo of KMillard
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and hazy in a chimay glass. Sweet, a multitude of flavors, then a slightly liqueur alcohol aftertaste. Well above average tripel. Similar mouthfeel, look and flavor as Fat tire's Tripel, but with more complex flavors. But alcohol not as well hidden.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2448 ratings