Merry Monks
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #69
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,028
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
836
Ratings:
2,466
From:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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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: 836 | Ratings: 2,466 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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sevensevens from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors gold with a slight haze topped by a quarter-inch white head. Smells and tastes like a rye and swiss sandwich served with fresh pear and banana followed by a dessert of dark chocolate-dipped plums. Dry, effervescent, light bodied, complex, and delicious. Everything I'd want in a Belgian Tripel.

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jernjawn from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured into my poor man's goblet, a large wineglass. from a bottle from the cellar.

Honey colored, clear with some suspended sediment. virtually no head quickly dissipates to a whiteish ring.
Nose is very spicy, but I'm not getting the esters much at all.
Taste is subdued much like the nose, pleasant enough spiciness, sweet.
Feel is light to medium. Creamy.
Drinkable and definitely enjoyable. Lacking wow factor.

Will cellar a couple and review in a few years.

Dec 08, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with with a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering a third of the top. There’s a bit of floaties within the body. The aroma is of sweet light malt and Belgian candy sugar. I’m tasting lots of sweet light malt and Belgian candy sugar. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and somewhat boozy.

Apr 25, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Belgian ales are my favorite and I've had this before but I figured I'd write a little review.

Appears to have a new label with 2 monks share-carrying a big ass barrel of booze with another monk trailing behind rolling another barrel down some stairs. Presumably they're going to get shit-faceded.

Clean poured into a snifter. There is A LOT of yeast floating about, enough to obscure the clarity of light. It's dark gold in color. Oh, it smells boozey! Banana and wheat apart from that. Initial thought upon sipping: you can feel the yeast particles kiss past your lips as you drink it. A pretty unique sensation. Tastes very sweet with a hint of spice, aged fruit, a very small hint of hop and malt. Slight alcohol taste with a medium-dry finish and no lacing. Very pleasing overall, would recommend to any Belgian-style connoisseur.

Mar 11, 2020
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chuprynka from New Jersey

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.

May 17, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

May 14, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

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.

May 12, 2019
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officerbill from New York

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.

Mar 31, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

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.

Dec 28, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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.

Dec 02, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 05, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Oct 23, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Sep 12, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

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

Jul 30, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

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.

May 05, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

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!

May 03, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

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.

Apr 02, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.

Mar 02, 2018
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Lampro from Virginia

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.

Feb 07, 2018
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

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

Feb 02, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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.

Jan 14, 2018
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haines710 from Delaware

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.

Dec 29, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Aug 04, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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.

Jul 18, 2017
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 21, 2017
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