Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
2,354 Ratings
Merry MonksMerry Monks
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
Ratings:
2,354
Reviews:
811
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
585
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice head. Initially like a yesty Unibroue, but then Sour and acidic. Not finishable. Too dry, too carbonated. cloves are shocking to palate. Lemongrass does only sour it further. Medicinal.And too much alcohol. How can this be improved? Back to the drawing board.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger thick head in a sam adams perfect pint glass with lots of lace. murky golden.

S: lemon, orange, banana, cinnamon.

T: Pretty sour lemon. Less spicey than I expected. Not quite the yeast character that I want out of my Tripels. Floral notes.

M: High carbonation medium bodied. Semi dry finish.

O: The sour lemon wasnt as dominating as you drank this one. It still covers up a lot of the yeast character.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very good belgian ale here, not totally conventional, but a clever incarnation of the tripel style. this beer pours cloudy and flat in color, somewhere between straw and wheat in terms oc complexion, and there is just an inch of thin white fizz on top. the nose is very fruity, like golden raisins, figs, and candy sugar. the yeast imparts a gentle spice character as well, which is more apparent in the flavor than the smell. it has a sweet flavor, like it should be sugary, but it isnt at all, and is in fact dry as it drinks. the alcohol is well hidden, and the fruity elements blend well with the lighter malt profile. this feels more like a summertime drink to me, but it was plenty sessionable in the middle of december, with its vibrant carbonation and clean finish. i thought the body was a tad too much for the style, it made the beer seem a little heavy, and its delicate essence was trampled on a little bit by its weight, but even with that criticism i thought this was a very enjoyable bottle of beer.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Monks is one of the best year round releases that Weyerbacher has I think. This beer on it's own can show what the brewery is capable of doing. The beer pours as a bright hazy yellow with a big billowy head on it. The head releases some fresh aromas of Belgian yeast, some citrus fruits, and even a little clove might be in there. The taste is refreshing, it's got some nice citrus bite that mellows out into an earthy brew as it warms up. This beer has a good mouthfeel too. It's on the lighter side but still has enough body to not really feel watered down.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color but is difficult to see through because there are lots of particles visible floating in suspension, which are cycled up and down by a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar and lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bananas and yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of strong flavors of bananas, although it is sweet and almost tastes like a banana split sundae.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and somewhat coats your mouth. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and the finish leaves your mouth a little dry.
O: This tripel is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste, although it is a beer that can be sipped.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with a rather modest head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity and spicy, with apple, clove, candi sugar, cookie dough and loads of alcohol on the nose

Taste: Apple and banana flavors, up front, with a growing phenolic clove and cookie dough character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol builds, delivering the sweet candi sugar elements into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; warmth in the gullet from the high ABV

Overall: A bit all over the map; rather aggressive with the boozy character, a bit too much fruity sweetness and not enough yeasty complexity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle : Poured a shiny yellow color ale with a medium white foamy head with great retention. Aroma is quite sweet but I could not find any trace of yeast. Taste is also very candy-like sweet with a thinner body then expected. Seems like this was filtered and it is a shame because it leaves the beer a bit one-dimensional. So overall, not a bad beer but definitely lacking complexity.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast, spices and floral notes. There were some nice caramel notes, too.

T - This had a nice blend of caramel, spicy yeast and mild fruit flavors - like apple and pear.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. It had some pop. A medium bodied ale that finished dry.

D - This is yet another very fine brew from Weyerbacher. Is was a great brew on New Year's Eve.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, wheat, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apricot, apple, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, candi sugar, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, coriander, candi sugar, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. A good amount of dryness as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding tripel style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy off white head. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Smells like a tripel. Off to a good start. Cloves, spices, orange peel and yeast shows. However, there is some booze showing through,

Taste: Boozy and spiced. Lots of Belgians spices, coriander, orange peel. Again, just like a regular tripel would taste like, but way too mujch booze shows.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a bit bubbly. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced. Too much booze showing still.

Overall, decent Belgian, but nothing crazy. It doesn't represent a tripel very will with all the booze showing and I can't stress that enough. This is a very slow sipper. Drinking a full bottle would be a task.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden with a bit of visible carbonation. White head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings forward quite a bit of spice along with a good deal of booze. A bit of banana and clove in the background. A bit of a twist. Light fruits as well. Taste is fairly boozy with some fruit and spice. Medium mouthfeel that is a it cloying with sweetness and some booze. Drinks fairly well, but is a bit unorganized in the end.

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Photo of nickfl
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of slightly, off-white head on a slightly hazy, golden-orange body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little to no lace.

S - A strong, yeasty aroma of banana, pineapple, and clove. There is a background note of spicy hops that blends well with the yeast notes.

T - Peppery yeast up front, followed by strong wheat flavors and a bit of acidity. The prickly carbonation really highlights the clove flavor from the yeast, and it becomes a bit excessive towards the end of the glass. Some herbal hop flavors come in during the finish, but they don't quite overwhelm the medicinal phenols.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish with some astringency.

D - The aroma is nice, but it is the only highlight in an otherwise disappointing beer. The excessive phenols and astringency give this beer and unfortunately solventy character that really hurts the drinkability.

Oddly, the first few bottles from the six pack where much more drinkable when I cracked them open the other night and enjoyed them without thinking about the flavors too much. Some beers get better when you examine them carefully, others don't. Unfortunately, this beer is one of the latter; it just doesn't stand up to real scrutiny.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 2,354 ratings.
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