Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Merry MonksMerry Monks
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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!

Added by SheepNutz on 09-13-2001

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ithacabaron
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dingy dishwater blonde, with little head, lazy bubbles, and hazy skies until the horizon. Eh.

Smell is wonderful, with big striding notes of asian pear, clove honey, and brioche. A little whiff of tamarind flies by on the back end.

Taste brings with it notes of ripe bananas, durian (the taste of the flesh, not the smell), and white peppercorns. A firm backstop of hops keeps the sweetness in check, and the gums are left with an inviting dryness. Could be a touch more austere, but this is fun all the same.

Mouthfeel is spongy and active, like a mouth full of marshmallows. Appropriate for the style, although the holistic sensation is a bit more syrupy than I'd like.

Over all, this is an enthusiastic (even exuberant) take on the Tripel style. Not entirely traditional, but not a big American fruit bomb either. Worth the experience, but buy a single, not the six-pack.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear golden yellow with a two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Bananas and apples. Malt and yeast.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bananas and apples and spice. Sweet malt.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm.

O: Very nice tripel. Has the right aromas and flavors, and the mouthfeel is crisp. Nice in a snifter.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BWED
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first shot at a Weyerbacher beer:

Poured into imperial pint from 12 oz. bottle.

A- Turbid golden-brown, with a fizzy white head, pretty thick after the pour but coming down to ring around the rim, with a patch floating in the middle. Through the haze, lots of carbonation rises to the top. No lacing left behind.

S- fruity, apple, banana, with some bread yeastiness. Alcohol has a slight sting, but is pretty well hidden by the other aromas.

T- Generic fruity sweetness (i.e. I can't put my finger on a specific fruit) with the yeastiness right behind it. Alcohol is a bit more apparent in the taste as is in the smell, but it still doesn't take away from the major flavors.

M- Light bodied, with a good amount of tingly carbonation. Warmth in the finish reminds me to slow down a little, because this is a 9 percenter.

O- Although alcohol is abundant in this brew, Weyerbacher did a fine job concealing it with some other wonderful flavors and aromas. I enjoy this Tripel, because it isn't too heavy, and it has a good balance of flavors. It's not too sweet, yet hops are barely noticeable. I'd have this tasty beer gain, and look forward to more of Weyerbacher's creations.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
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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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,367 ratings
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