Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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!

Added by SheepNutz on 09-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,689
Reviews:
825
Ratings:
2,425
pDev:
13.66%
 
 
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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

Photo of kraut6363
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Samlover55
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 quadmad
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GTengineer
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tazzman
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Johnnyc3
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of theriverseeker
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
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 +1.5%
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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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,425 ratings