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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,354 |  Reviews: 811
Photo of blissfulNemo
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcbroome
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrJuengling
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXMRTN
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Babalu614
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Marzen_Fan
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Curt3
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Davit
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jorgerod99
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 robebo44
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rdub
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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