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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Ratings: 2,391 |  Reviews: 816
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold, with two fingers of whitish head.

S: Citrus, banana, brown sugar. Huge sweetness with an alcohol finish.

T: Extremely sweet, with fruit notes, lots of banana. Residual alcohol and even more sugar notes. Too sweet. More spice and yeast character would help.

M: Carbonation is nice, with significant alcohol presence. Not bad overall, but the sweetness and lack of belgian yeast character are noticeable.

O: A decent effort, but lacking the depth of character to make it great. Not my favorite Tripel. I'll stick to La Fin Du Monde for my Tripels made this side of the Atlantic.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that dissipated quickly down to a light film with a small collar and had fair streaky sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a moldy Belgian yeast with notes of banana, apple, citrus (lemon) and a hint of clove and/or coriander.

The taste was mildly malty and a tad sweet with notes of apple and banana right off, becoming rather yeasty with a moderate citrus presence, a good dose of spices and a big alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time after the swallow with a spicy citrus taste left behind, along with a decent alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was a tiny bit beyond light in body and dry in texture with an almost moderate carbonation.

Overall this was an extremely tasty Tripel, with a nice yeasty citrus flavor. That along with the multitude of other flavors did a somewhat decent job of masking the high ABV, making this brew very drinkable and quite enjoyable...

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Krakistophales
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours straw/copper color with huge fluffy white head

S: Banana, bubble gum, rich creamy sweetness, hint of grassy hops, candy sugar

T: Peach, pear, citrus zest, spice, grassy hops, orange, and alcoholic sweetness

O: Very nice, probably the best tripel I've had to date other than Fin Du Monde.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely amber color in the tall Petrus tulip. Champagne bubbles and sprightly on the tongue. Scent of canned peaches, though very pleasant with all the spiciness.

Fruity flavors include pear, peach, and fruitcake. Quite sweet. A nice sudsiness. Really rich and full of flavors. This should be an IHOP pancake syrup flavor.

Reminds me of Fin Du Monde from Unibroue. Intense flavors and a little over the top, but quite tasty. From the big Belgian-style bottle purchased at a certain overpriced organo-centric market in DC.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy honey sun yellow into my Bruery tulip. A one finger bright white head fades rapidly and leaves no lacing, but leaves a thin film of foam and bubbles sitting atop this silky brew.

S- Banana's, cloves, allspice, tart/zesty lemon, candied citrus peel, sweet wheat and a touch of alcohol. It has a neat kind of nuttiness... like banana walnut muffin notes or something. Strong notes of freshly zested lemons.

T- Very tart lemon with a banana/clove/spice back end. It really springs to life when it hits your tongue. Tangy citrus, sweet malts and candied citrus peel! Wonderful Belgian yeasty notes abound. Banana/bubblegum, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, honey and a nice, balanced alcohol bite.

M- Makes you pucker just a bit. Nice tart lemon, sweet banana, great sparkling carbonation and the alcohol is just on the noticable side. Very refreshing after a long hard day at work.

O- This is fantastic! An excellent example of a Belgian Tripel... from PA!!! It's all there... wonderful banana yeastiness, sweet & sour candied citrus, and fantastic carbonation and mouthfeel. Very well done Weyerbacher!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,391 ratings