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 KMillard
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and hazy in a chimay glass. Sweet, a multitude of flavors, then a slightly liqueur alcohol aftertaste. Well above average tripel. Similar mouthfeel, look and flavor as Fat tire's Tripel, but with more complex flavors. But alcohol not as well hidden.

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Photo of atr2605
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a yellow golden color with a white sudsy head with average retention
S-banana, clove, honey, cracked pepper
T-more banana and clove, pear, sweet banana flavor in the finish
M-medium bodied with above average carbonation
O-delicious triplel, abv is well hidden, nice complex fruity flavors

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yellow /orange cloudy color. Aroma of clove,spice, and some fruit.good amount of carbonation and a mellow amount of heat despite the high abv. Taste is identical to smell but more complex with different spice,fruit and yeast coming through. I think American triples get judged against beers like westmalle which is in a league of its own. This is one of my favorite beers and I always have a few stored waiting to be opened. Have had it on tap at the brewery and in bottle and can't praise it enough

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Photo of TripleSun
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 FL. oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 3/14/2016. Almost a year before opened

L - Has a delightful cloudy orange tint and leaves a hefty head residue on the glass
S - Banana, clove, spices
T - Just like the nose, very spiced forward and delicious. Nutmeg and cinnamon are also very distinct.
F - Amazing carbonation and very easy to drink

My grandfather gave me one of these and I am thankful for that since I see these all the time but I skip over them. I love my hefeweizen's ester flavors so this hits me right in the good spot. I will be on the look out for what else they do!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How in THE heck have I not reviewed this one previously? I recently began a new job at the reopened & revamped Molly's Carryout & today (Day 3), I got assigned to prestage one of our upcoming distributor's orders. That meant a good bit of time spent in the cooler where I found a number of hidden gems in the Mix-n-Match section, including this one. I assembled a sweet sixer before knocking off for the evening & coming home.

From the bottle: "Belgian-Style Tripel Ale".

It is somehow at once both stunning & ironic that I have not reviewed this beer until now. Those that may know me IRL will attest to the fact that I am often dressed in the garb of Brother Woody of The Order of Disorder, my homage to these brewing pioneers. I could only bring myself to perform a gentle pour once I had Pop!ped the cap. The Merry Monks encourage silence & it was not my intent to stir things up. Heck, I was even reluctant to give it an in-glass swirl until Bro. Dan gave me the nod. It did not really seem to matter how hard I agitated it, I could not raise much more than a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head that was simply determined to fall back to wisps. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity & since they had not left following the previous beer, the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus did an about-face & came charging in for a sip. I just can't win at times. Nose was very fruity, like white grapes, pears, green apples and golden raisins. Mmmm. I am really anticipating this one! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not as carbonated as I had expected, but blanketing on my tongue. The taste remained very fruity, especially of grapes & pears, but there was also good bit of fusel alcohol heat to remind me to go slowly. It had a vinousness like white wine and I had been discussing just this kind of taste earlier today with a sales rep. It did not have the oakiness that some white wines evince, but it did have that grape-y flavor with a dry heat. Finish was quite dry and slightly hot. The bottle indicated that it could age for up to two years so I am going to snag another one & put it in my cellar. This deserves another visit, but with some age on the next one.

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Photo of lastmango
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light brownish amber with a 3 finger fizzy white head. No lacing was present. Aroma was sweet mild banana and pears. Taste was of banana bread, pear, spice with a buttery chardonnay on the back end. Moderate body and carbonation. Very nice tripel.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep gold with a slight amber hue to it, with just an inch of head that lingers for around 5-10 minutes.

Aroma- Much less spice dominant than other American Tripels, and I’m getting a much more traditional aroma of Belgian yeast first and foremost, bubblegum, and banana. No real presence of alcohol in the nose.

Taste- Strikes the balance of sweetness damn-near perfectly for the style, and it comes across as pretty damn dry with the heavy emphasis on the yeast in the flavor. It actually follows the nose perfectly. Far less spice prominent than some other triples, taking a more traditional approach that’s bursting with sweet, dry flavor. While some American tripels taste more like candy in a glass, this drinks more like something you might actually find in Belgium.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, but retains an exceptionally smooth feel. Whereas carbonation heavy beers can sometimes feel “prickly”, this one almost has the smoothness of nitro with its carbonation.

Overall- An excellent, more traditional take on the classic style. Whether this, or a more Americanized version like Golden Monkey is better is simply a matter of preference. Want something that focuses more on the flavor of the yeast, is a little more dry, and less sweet? Go with this. Want something that tastes like spiced holiday candy in a glass? Go with Golden Monkey. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian triple pours a muted, almost tangerine color with a big rocky white head and a fair amount of carbonation. Based on the level of carbonation and the dryness that is present in the flavor, I would say the active yeast has been working on this one for some time. The smell is sweet and fruity with some noticeable alcohol, and faintly floral. The taste is of pear, candied fruit (reminiscent of those used Christmas baked goods), florals, white wine, mild spices, and mild banana with a noticeable, but far from overpowering alcohol presence. The body is medium and the finish is semi-dry. This triple is very complex, which is a characteristic that any good triple should have. Similar to this brewery’s barley wine, Blithering Idiot, the flavors are very bold. Once again though they come off a bit heavy handed, albeit to a lesser degree than the barley wine. I have had some of the best triples in the world and this certainly doesn’t live up to them, but I am someone that appreciates boldness, so I would say that this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, straw gold coloring, with a foamy, fluffy, white head. Aromas of banana, berry esters, a subtle spice of nutmeg, clove, coriander, and cinnamon, and a bready backbone. Flavors are spiced forward, heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon, but the coriander, clove, grains of paradise, and all spice come through as you drink. Solid banana bread backbone, with highlights throughout of berries, cherries, apple, and some subtle richer sweet notes of date and fig. Smooth bodied, but kept light by the increased carbonation. The aftertaste is more fruity than anything, almost like a fruitcake with that heavy bready character. The finish is effervesced and fairly clean, with a subtle fruity linger. Solid beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drink too much Monde and love it so. Occasionally I try other tripels not expecting much. This at least exceeds my meager expectations. Pours a slightly cloudy and highly effervescent golden with small, disappearing white top. Aroma is banana, clove, bubblegum - pretty nice. Flavor is more malty with spice and banana in the background. A little rough on the palate and not exactly smooth. Decent.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +16.4%
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 -2.6%
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%
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 +15.9%
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 -23.8%
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%
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 -2.6%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -2.6%
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 +7.6%
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 -1%
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%
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 +12.3%
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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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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