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!

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

Weyerbacher is becoming one of those brewers I am keeping an eye out. When I saw this Merry Monks offering, I snapped it up - I am sure glad I did.

Though there is no lacing or true head to speak of, the brew has a very nice yellowish hue with distinct highlights, in and out of the sun. The smell is very specific to its Tripel nature as well as the mouthfeel. Though the feel has a high carbonation at the front end, but smooths out nicely on the back, very nice actually. The taste was absolutely amazing, the tripel with hints of spice, citrus, and something else I just couldn't identify. It was all so, so, very good. I wish I had more than the one I picked up as part of a "pick-your-own-sixer". I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for this one, for sure.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A--Orange & hazy. Thick head that left very nice lacing throughout the drink.

S--Fruity, malty, with a chunk of cloves. Excellent.

T--Wow, this is the real deal as far as Belgian imitations go. Tart, sweet, fruity. I can't recommend any higher.

M--Full & creamy. Can feel the alcohol content here.

O--Excellent all around. Victory is my favorite Pennsylvania brewery, but Merry Monks makes me think about that.

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Photo of zac16125
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a chalice
Bottled on: 8/2014; Best Before: 8/16 (whoops)

A: Pours a slightly lazy golden orange, with less than 1 fingers width of fizzy white head. Head dissipates quickly leaving only a few small patches of lacing. 3.75

S: Aroma is somewhat fruity, somewhat spicy, but mostly malty. Decent, but lacking the big ester-y and big spice characters of some of the better ones of the style. 3.75

T: Pretty sweet, with a fair amount of spice. But again, the sweetness isn’t the nice Belgian-Fruity ester sweetness, but is kind of a generic adjunct-y sweetness. More spice than the aroma indicated. Pretty significant booziness. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher end, ABV is certainly noticeable-its pretty boozy, drinkability is fair. 3.5

O: Overall, this is a decent Tripel but nothing special. I would drink this again if offered, but there are many higher quality Tripels just as easy to obtain, and many other Weyerbacher beers I’d prefer over this one. 3.75

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive white head with a hazy golden color.

Very powerful nose consisting of sweet banana-bread, coriander, cloves and yeast. An earlier reviewer compared the smell to a musky cellar - which I agree with, in the best of ways.

Just like the smell the taste is also very powerful - although slightly less nuanced and complex. The cloves, bananas and Belgian yeast flavor dominate, without much bitterness to off-set the fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is stylishly light with a satisfying degree of carbonation.

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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 jcscooper
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

You may call it earthy I think its to yeasty. The favor of the beer is consumed by the yeast and that is what you taste..Growler 64 oz from Sri discount liquors......

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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 tlema1
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy, dark yellow, white head
S: Belgian yeast, booze, fruit
T: spicy, boozy, not as smooth as I'd hoped
F: Rich..long lasting feel on the palate
O: good, not great, too boozy

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - bottled on 1/7/15 - best before 1/7/17

Weyerbacher Merry Monks Triple changed the color of my tulip glass to an orange gold color producing a generous white head then gradually reducing to small chunks of foamy lacing. The nose first noticed a sweet Belgian sugar and yeast followed by light fruit. The taste begins sweet and yeasty. A flavor of bread and banana is noted next with a Belgian spiciness in the background. Mouth feel is medium, crisp and slightly smooth with a clean finish.

Overall, Merry Monks goes down easy and is not too filling. The Triple is lighter in flavor and not as complex as the top shelf ones however, good nonetheless!!

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

I had this on draught in a pub. Served in a tulip glass. It pours a hazy golden-amber with a thin, snow-white head and lacing. It smells of banana, coriander, clove, and bready malt. The taste largely follows the nose with an emphasis on the banana and spices. There is also a touch of apple or pear. This Tripel is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. I really didn't feel the 9.3% ABV. It is dry and refreshing. Overall, it is a good example of its style. I can't find any fault with it but it isn't quite at the level of Fin du Monde or some of the Belgian-brewed Tripels.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Ozzylizard for this gem
Pours a deep golden amber. Frothy white head leaps from the pour. The nose slightly biscuity malt is notable, but then comes clove and maybe pepper. Taste is a nice balance of malt, some plum, date, clove, and banana, with a smooth funk. Mouthfeel is active and a tad lite. Overall, this is quite good.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold beer with a minimal white head. Big bold nose of banana, mixed with spices, apple, and other fruit. Taste follows the smell but will perhaps be too soft and sweet for some. Feel a bit slick but ending cleanly. Great if you like this style on the sweet and luscious side.

Brown bottle, poured into a nonic, dates on bottle "08/10/15" and "08/10/17."

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy tan golden color with a slight head. Has a Pilsner scent with more sweetness to it. Has the Belgium yeast taste, banana and clove. Medium body with a crisp carbonation. Pretty good beer but it almost taste like a Belgium Pilsner and not so much like a tripel.

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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 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 breakingbland
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer is a deep gold with lively carbonation of medium bubbles. The layer of foam disappeared quickly, but a column of bubbles remained.

The aroma starts with funk up front, then spice and malty sweetness. The taste is similar with sweetness and spice up front.

The level of carbonation is nice. The body of the beer is a little thin but this doesn't really detract from the beer too much.

Overall, this is a real favorite. I'll be looking for more offerings from Weyerbacher!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass, bottled 2/02/16, thx @jzeilinger. Pours a dark yellow with a 3 finger fluffy white head, that leaves a little lace behind.

Smell is clove, banana, bubblegum, and biscuit.

Taste follows clove and banana upfront gives way to bubblegum, biscuit, some alcohol, and hints of citrus hops.

Body is a little bigger than medium, moderate carbonation, maybe a little dry, and very good drinkability.

Overall this is a very good tripel and once again I am very green when it comes to this style, but damn this is nice.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful pour and look for this beer, it was golden in color with a nice fluffy white head that lasted a good long time. The smell was fruity and full of Belgian yeast and candi, as one would want from a tripel. The taste was nice, the yeast and candi really dominated though. Fruitiness and some spices were also present. Feel was a bit hot, and for me a little thinner than I expected. Overall a good tripel, one that I could see in my regular rotation based on taste and availability.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

** 01/02/2012
On Tap at Dubh Linn Square.
Banana Aroma. Look is Cloudy Orange. Sweet and Sour. Taste is Wang and Banana. Smooth Feel, well masked alcohol.

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Photo of sanha926
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours cloudy copper with a glistening white head. The head disappeared almost immediately. Robust taste of banana and Belgian yeast mask the high alcohol content. Nice American take on a Belgian triple.

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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 vainosuomi
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the second tripel I've had. The first was a home brew, which I liked, so I decided to buy a six-pack of this.

Opaque straw yellow color, creamy white head. Smell is of banana, pear, yeast, little bit of clove and light malts. Taste follows, adding plum. Fruity, quite sweet, and a bit spicy. Warm finish from the alcohol. Medium bodied. Great beer overall. I'll have to try some more tripels now.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy head but dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.
Pours a nice straw yellow, cloudy and opaque.
Heavy malts and yeast as expected.
Flavors give off sugars, pear, and stone fruit.
Great for sipping but goes does smooth if your looking to drink fast for a nice buzz (love that ABV).
A good tripel which I would put in my rotation.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a single (best by 9/17) into a GI tulip

A - Pours almost a glowering goldenrod with a 3 finger off white head that subsides after a minute, all the way down to a thin crown. Hazy and no big bubble show. Lacing is minimal.

S - Fruity but kind of darker heavier than expected. Definitely some plum, some pungent wet hay, some alcohol. There's an edge of big sickly sweetness that is a little too much...glad it is very much in the background/at the edge.

T & M - Good! Lots of plum, some bubbelgum, the sweetness and the hay kind of come together...and there's some pear at the very end, too. Not the layers upon layers of flavors that you get from the best in style, but it isn't bad. On the other hand, It is a little too sweet for me, and a little undercarbonated, which is surprising for the style. A little wet on the end, too.

Overall, it's got some nice features, and while it isn't at the top of my list, it isn't at the bottom either.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Bottled 18 September 2015. Best before 18 September 2017.
Clear pale yellow, with little to no head. White grape juice colored.
Smells sweet and grainy, with a whiff of Belgian yeast. More BSPA than Tripel.
Yeah, aside from some lovely banana-y esters, this doesn't taste much like a tripel. But it tastes delicious! Strong and sweet, the grain is crisp and almost-dry, and the yeast is spicy-floral and compelling.
Though the body is full and commanding, the aftertaste is long and moreish.
A really pleasant Belgian-style, if a touch sweet to be truly spectacular.

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