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Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,879
Reviews:
813
Ratings:
2,373
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Botulizard
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clean clear straw-colored no head but bubbles Galore. On draught so at Airport so think it was a little old but it feels good.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice and a tulip for me. The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange to golden yellow color with a decent one finger white foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the beer. There was some light speckled lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The aroma had some Belgian spices over coating a nice sweet sugared fruit/candi like maltiness. The taste was mainly sweet and spicy through the Belgian spices and the sugary sweetness. On the palate, this one sat at/about a light to medium on the body. Sessionability - not really as I found myself sipping this one for the most part. The carbonation seemed fairly good the tripel style. Overall, good tripel worthy of having again.

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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Yeast was roused, so it poured a bit hazy. Light golden color with tawny hues. Fine bubbled head settles after a bit.

S: Soft, biscuity malt. Strong banana esters, juicy fruit. Chalky yeast undertones. Pepper and clove.

T: Biscuity malt base. Strong peppery phenols, medicinal too. Yeasty and with a lot of yeast-driven spicy flavors. Bold tropical esters and notes of banana. Spike of alcohol. Yeasty and medicinal finish.

M: Medium bodied, full and a touch chewy. Very assertive and sharp carbonation practically sandblasts the tongue. Warming alcohol.

O: Bold strokes from this tripel. It takes no prisoners. For a long time it was perhaps the best of its style brewed Stateside, but the industry has caught up. There are now others that achieve a finer balance and drink more easily. You feel every bit of the 9.3% here, and the flavors seem to vie for sole power rather then jell. Still a venerable beer that did much to introduce the style to many a beer geek, and it should be respected as such.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,373 ratings
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