Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry MonksMerry Monks

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: 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

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Reviews by CHADMC3:
Photo of CHADMC3
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with dense carbonation bubbles erupting to form a tight, downy white head.

Bold aroma of sugar, citrus, spice, and yeast.

This beer is more aggressive than I anticipated. The yeast and alcohol presence provide quite a kick similar to the sugar/spice combo that follows with sweet banana and a peppery quality.

This brew is on the higher side of carbonation, nice alcohol bite and a bit dry.

Overall, a good brew, some intense flavor offerings to be experienced and worth a future visit.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just what I expected a tripel to be. Pours golden with a nice fading bread. Fizzy carbonation. Complex flavors and a nice balance of malt and hops. And unusual dry finish. The higher alcohol shows up a bit in the after taste and because it warms your chest when it goes down. But it'll creep up on you.

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Photo of humanfactor
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A random selection from the store this evening and I was greatly surprised. As soon as I opened the bottle the fragrance was amazing very fruity (not perfume like , as someone else reviewed). Great Blond color, and nice lacing from the head. And deeeelicious with the first mouthful. Refreshing, full of flavor, a very well crafted beer. Well done Weyerbacker!

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Photo of Stakebone
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like this a bit better than its in state rival. Pours slightly hazy gold, good head with great bubbles. Aroma is fruity and malty with slight edge from yeast and hops. Spicy sweet full flavor rounded by lemony bitterness from yeast mostly. On many nights it's my favorite mass produced US version of the style.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy peachy amber with a medium head. nose; stinging belgian yeast and candied banana. taste; immediate boozy belgian yeast and coriander spice, with lightly bitter hop, big pear juice and banana sweets in the middle. dry finish and funky belgian yeast, clean pilsner malt and pear on the aftertaste (a tiny bit bubble gum as well after a bit). i always love when a belgian ale has the fruit core to keep cutting through the funk, and merry monks delivers. definitely a touch hot on the 9.3% abv contributing to the spice on the finish. above average.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber a few weeks ago and placed it in the closet for safe keeping. Chilled it and cracked it open this evening. The beer is hazy when poured and with a small amount of foam on the top. Drinks smooth for a beer with a higher ABV. I'd like to buy a few ore of these and let them age. Winter time would be a good time to do this around Virginia. Would drink again

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apricot color hazy with yeast. Pleasant effervescence, apple aroma up front, with a head that yields quickly to the glass. Taste is apple, banana, pear and spice. Drinks like a Trappist ale that wants to be a Champagne. If you love champagne but feel it's impractical to uncork a bottle just for the hell of it, consider giving Merry Monks a try. Stupendous.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color.

Overall: Has a yeasty, fruity, malty aroma. The usual Belgian tripel flavor components of yeast, light malt, banana and cloves -- but these are in much better balance than is often the case, and with a bit more malt flavor showing through. Slightly sweet and moderately tart. This is excellent even by true Belgian standards: plenty of complexity, well-balanced flavors, fine finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pour a pretty clear golden copper with a tight white head. Lively off the bat, good foamy head retention and a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Sage, banana, clove and honey. A bit of a musty cellar quality, Trappist yeast and some mealy pears. The aroma isn’t as pronounced as I would have liked, but it’s likely that has to do with the nearly two years on this bottle.

T: Delicate, sweet pilsner malt paired with spicy yeast and some ethanol. Some soft fruit notes of banana and pears, following the aroma, with hints of agave syrup in the finish.

F: Medium-bodied with pretty abundant, soft creamy carbonation. A nice silkiness on the palate, creating a very soft sensation with a little bit of warmth from the alcohol.

Thoughts: One of my favorite domestic Tripels, and easily the best value. It’s a travesty how overlooked this beer is, from a similarly overlooked brewery. Quality flavor, great appearance and superb mouthfeel.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the "Big Beer" variety pack I picked up today,pours a medium golden color with alot of carbonation a nice frothy white head comes from the pour.The aroma is a little spicey and smokey,a nice spicey lightly sweet flavor to this beer pretty authentic here a powdered sugar flavor lingers with the spicieness the overwhelming flavor that I get.Just a tad on the thin side but still a really nice brew from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty yellow amber color with tons, and I mean tons, of carbonation. 3/8th inch bubbly white head with flawless retention. Great looker! Aroma is like many Americanized Belgians, banana yeast, candied sugar, and a touch of the tropics. Slight hints of cotton candy to boot. Taste matches aroma with some strong sensations of rum like alcohol sugars. Warming, sweet, and boozy with minimal character or depth.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

A fun and refreshing beer. Drink slowly though the 9.3% will do damage. This beer has a lot of spices running through it. You'd have to put it in the top category for best American Tripels.

Low bitterness, belgian yeast, fruit, and smooth.

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Photo of Strubickmubie
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold with excellent clarity and a long lasting, rocky off-white head.

S: Moderate fruity esters of apples and oranges with moderately-light spice and pepper notes. The alcohol and hops bring a perfumey and floral notes to the party. It hits the right style points but there all some what faint.

T: The taste is a good blend of fruitieness, spice and alcohol with flavors of moderately-strong orange, apples with moderate pepper, spice and a soft, spicy alcohol note. There a medium amount of bitterness with a low spicy hops flavor.

M: A medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

O: The flavor is more on point than the nose, both hit the right points for style. There are other Golden Strongs I could have all night but I could only have a glass of this in a sitting, though I will definitely have another some other day.

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Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.24/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Hazy golden color with very nice lumpy white head. Great retention with mediocre lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit and brown sugar, sort of like candied apples.

T: Sweet. It's the first thing that hits you. But it's a nice run of flavors like light malts, candy sugar, coriander, orange peel, and some sort of very light citrus-like hops. It's sweet, but it's good.

M&D: Mouthfeel is moderate, mainly due to the sweetness. The tastes are light and make the overall impression relatively light, especially given the rather heavy gravity of this brew. The carbonation is great - light but persistent, creating that great creaminess typical of good Belgian ales. The more I drank the more I liked it, prompting me to bump up my original score for drinkability. Try it if you like triples. Good stuff.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weyerbacher Merry Monks' pours into my SN tulip a cloudy yellowish orange color with a light white arid bubbly head. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of crisp grainy pale malt accentuated by a upfront yeastiness and peppery spiciness. Notes of light fruit, apples and pears. I enjoy the unique melding of spices in the nose.

First sip brings a crisp pale maltiness upfront along with big vibrant yeast tones. A myriad of fruity tones dance across the palate with noticeable notes of apple juice, lemon and pear. A nice peppery spiciness throughout that melds in well with the overall flavor. Slightly bready with a nice clean lightly bitter finish. Good balance of sweetness throughout, alcohol nowhere to be enjoyable tripel for sure!

Mouthfeel is rather light and arid with a well placed carbonation, goes down smoothly. I would have no problem having a few of of the better tripels brewed in the USA that I have tried. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the opportunity.

Music: Aesop Rock - Zodiaccupuncture

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Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of JasonA
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears fresh, little cloudy, virtually no head. Light carmel color, no lacing.

Malt, malt, more malt. No grain. Yeast (good way), alcohol. Citrus, yummy.

Malt. No grain, no buscit. No roast, no nothing except booze. Gonna kick some ass.

Feels nice, good carbonation. Not as think as ABV would suggest. High alcohol bite, but not at all in a bad way.

Overall a big beer. Not my favorite style, but overall a nice drink. Only one of these I think :burp:

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Photo of daveshawley
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. Got this at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro. Todd (the beer guy) is very helpful. Anyway, I digress. The beer was poured into a snifter, and was a golden color with virtually no head. It had a fruity, spicy aroma, with a little alcohol coming through. The taste was similar, although I couldn't detect the alcohol that I thought I had smelled. I thought this to be a good example of a tripel, and would happily drink more of them.

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Photo of thetommo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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