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Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.88/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Belgian 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!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,012
Reviews:
828
Ratings:
2,438
pDev:
13.66%
 
 
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Trade:
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Photo of Higdon
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris_n_Rod
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of QuentinDishaw
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgordonCLE
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dresserinthecorn
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dlin0sbb
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iamsamritter
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cellar aged for 2 years.
Flavor is complex and very drinkable.
Nice golden color, solid foam, slight dryness.
Bottled 12/16 and enjoyed 12/18.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JB4Beer
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Shenk87
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Teatotaler
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Boba_Booey
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCali
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Scottsbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -5.4%
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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jim310
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griphon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1mrbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,438 ratings