Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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!

Added by SheepNutz on 09-13-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have had the monks many times but wanted to do a full review to see when it would fall. Good looking beer that has a nice belgian nose, but you do notice the alcohol in the smell. Love the taste, something about this beer really hits me right. And with the ABV you have to give it some bonus points, although you do notice the alcohol. My biggest observation is the guy on the label, he really looks like a child offender. Excellent beer that I will have often.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Weyerbacher = Creepy Label Art. Yes, that has been my conclusion about this brew for years. Creepy clown on the beer label staring at me with a sinister gleam in his eye? Pass. Goofy-looking monks with weirdly curved ears giving me a disturbing look while other menacing monks fiddle in the background? Nope. However, I finally decided to ignore the poor marketing and try...THE BEER. Here are my results... .

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a beautiful golden color with a nice 1/2" head. The head quickly faded, but there are lots of tiny, bottle-conditioned bubbles all over the place in this beer. Certainly qualifies for the "outstanding" category.

Smell 3.5: Very pleasant, but subdued bouquet. Lots of hints of Belgian yeast and spice, along with a slight boozy aroma.

Taste 3.75: Front is sweet on the palate, with a slightly sour, slightly yeasty taste. Middle is where a certain sour taste dominates, but it is well-balanced by the treacly sweetness also present. In the Finish, the spice and yeast pop up and hit you right in the middle of the palate, which is a good thing. The taste at this flavor level is one of slight spiciness, along with a very light and dry yeast flavor. Aftertaste is short, dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel 3.50: Bottle-conditioned carbonation was spot-on and complementary.

Overall 3.75: I have to state that my initial reservations about this brew, -based on the creepy label art-- were unfounded. Very good Tripel and very refreshing take on a standard and popular style. Very good beer and a dangerous one. Why? Because this is a dry, refreshing and light on the palate Tripel that is NINE POINT THREE PERCENT ABV. That's why I typed it in all caps, folks. Be very careful with this bad boy, because it can creep up on you.

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

The beer pours in this deep glowing golden orange with 2 finger fluffy head .

The aroma has sweet orange and banana, tons of clove, Belgian yeast breadiness. Reminds me a bit of La Fin du Monde.

The flavor follows with mostly banana, some banana, some clove spice, and a good amount of breadiness. The drying picks up and then it keeps growing into more and more and more alcohol. I haven't had a beer with this much booze in a while. It's almost as if a tripel had a shot of vodka in it.

The flavors are quite good and there aren't really "off" flavors. However, the booze is just too huge in this beer.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,382 ratings
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