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: 2,369 |  Reviews: 813
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Rschis16
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright and hazy golden-yellow hue with tons of carbonation visible rising to the top. Big two finger head off a pretty slow pour that dissapates at a medium speed to a thick sea foam sheet, white in color. The smell is strongly of overripe banana, clove, and peppery spices. Very aromatic and lovely to put your nose into.

Plenty of banana and clove in the taste as well, the clove having a nice but not overpowering spiciness to it. Other peppery spices come in as well, making for a playful palate that has a nice balance of sweet overripe banana-like flavors and peppery, dry flavors. This dynamic makes for a superbly drinkable tripel that has plenty of flavor in each sip. Sweet and juicy in the front, moving to dry and crisp in the middle and back, making for a dry finish that lingers with clove and peppery flavors and a hint of that banana in the aftertaste. Not an off flavor in this beer, really well made and well-rounded. A thicker, biscuity malt makes for a really nice background that lets the spices and sugars play around on the palate. 9.3% ABV? Really? You can't taste it or sense it much except for a touch on the breath as the excellent flavors overwhelm it.

Very well-crafted brew. Complex, but with a high drinkability. Makes for a great sipper, and definitely worth a buy.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Cannoneer
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber honey from a 750 ml bottle.

The expected smell of bread, spice and citrus on the nose.

What sells this beer for me is the taste, though: It IS a merry beer, with the distinct taste of pecans and pie on the first try. The nutty flavor persists throughout and rounds this high-alcohol ale very well. Good ole times come forth and the mind drifts away with the Merry Monk.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey amber brew with a glossy meringue head of an inch's height in a tulip glass.

Musty yeast smell with esters of blood orange and clove. Bit of white pepper and a spearmint hop essence.

Big crusty bread malts with juicy fruit esters. Pear, orange, apple, and banana. Spicy yeast conjures more ground pepper. More must. Nice minty/grassy hop following the nose.

Weak carbonation. Feels wet and a bit flat. Medium body leaning toward full.

This is some good stuff! Another worthy reason to buy the 'Big Beers' case from Weyerbacher. However, this delight comes on draft tonight. Definitely worth the drink.

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Photo of rydev24
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, bottle stamp date says 100611 100613. Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around a while. There's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, the brew smells like cloves, bananas, bready malt, pears and some green grapes. It tastes like bready malt, yeast, cloves, candy sugar, pears, and bananas. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is very carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this easy to drink. I think it's an OK brew, but there really isn't anything about this that would make me want to buy it again. With that being said, I do think it's worth trying.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost clear golden/hay color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and 'bottling' date marked on the label/bottle. There was some sediment floating around with a nice steady stream of carbonation in my Duvel glass.
One finger worth of head that dissipates very quickly, leaving a ring around the edges.
Aroma is very fruity and spicy with lots of banana, lemony sweetness, clove, some nutmeg notes and yeast.
Taste is just wonderful, sweet upfront with the fruity esters very noticeable. There is a crisp, tartness in the finish. This is just a wonderful beer, words cannot do enough justice to this beer.
The alcohol is almost non-noticeable in the taste upfront. The alcohol warmth became evident only towards the last few sips of the beer. Good mouthfeel and good drinkability.
Overall, a very nice brew from Weyerbacher and is definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DCon
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1 Pint 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle of this from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC for $8.50. Poured from the Bright Maroon/Yellow Labeled bottle w/ a depiction of Monk's Sneaking around in the Dark w/ their beer into a 12oz Schlafly Stange Glass. Has 081310-081312 on the neck of the bottle but nothing else.

Aroma- The aroma starts with a light raspberry note and then breaks into a strange complexity. Has tons of wheat and grain with a finishing note of sour cherries/raspberries... Not sure what to think here! No alcohol in the aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, long lasting head. Has a deep golden/light copper colored body with good clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a mixture of raspberries, wheat, and light spices that end up as the softest character. Has a good amount of hops present too. Light Bitterness on the finish and finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Creamy, and finishes with fruit and another sour note (mostly fruit) on the palate? Strange but will run with it!

Overall Impression- I'm not sure I could recommend this one as a Tripel but is was a very interesting brew! Tons of fruit, wheat, and light spices hang out but nothing like a tripel should be. Found these strange sour notes here and there and have NEVER found this in this style. If you see it, I would recommend if your looking for a fruit beer but don't go out of your way.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beef13
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of strykn42
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,369 ratings
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