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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ncfranklin
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: A bright golden, straw yellow. Very prominent fizzy white head that fades to nothing swiftly.

S: Feint nose of sweet malt, clove, some spice and... banana?

T: Straight after the nose. Lots of bready malt, a light spicing, and a notable level of alcohol. Isn't quite "boozy", just reminds you it's there.

M: Buttery and slick, with a light warming.

D: A bit of a disappointment. The detectable alcohol in the taste, and a overall lack of potent flavor is a turn off. Good, but definitely not great.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just barely hazy golden color with a small noisy white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving nothing in terms of lacing.
Smells fruity and sweet with the expected spicy yeast notes.
Taste is sugary sweet and fruity. Yeast is much more subdued than the nose indicates. ABV is obvious. Dry bitter finish.
Body is thin and crisp.
Overall it's a bit underwhelming and the booziness is a little much.
(B- is what I was going for in the rating department, since I don't know what the hell the numbers really mean at this point.)

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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish copper color. Provides a small white head with moderate retention. Some lacing down the sides.

S: Some bananas, clove and wheat. Not as potent as expected but still present.

T: Much better than the smell lets on. Starts off with a slight amount of bananas and cloves. In the middle the spices come to the forefront more with a presence of wheat as well. Finishes the same way as the middle.

M: A very crisp yet full bodied beer. Nicely carbonated brew.

O: A very refreshing and enjoyable Tripel. Would certainly have this again!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy orange color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: A nice tropical fruit, booze, clove, grain aroma.

T: The aroma feeds nicely into the taste....more of the same, a sweet, candi sugar, booze, and tropical fruit flavor that finishes with a warm alcohol and clove burn.

M: Medium body and high carbonation to provide a peppery feel. The booze warms the finish.

O: A solid tripel. Definitely recommend picking it up.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange and medium carbonation. It produced a medium-sized, white head upon being poured. About right for a tripel.

S: Very fruity - banana and clove dominate. Considering the high malt:hop ratio, it's not surprising that the hops were hard to detect (if you can smell them, let me know). This beer is very, very rich in malted barley, which is right for the style.

T: I was very impressed with the taste. Sure, it isn't as good as most of the trappist ales, and Allagash definitely has it beat, but it's still quite sweet. I detect the presence of banana, clove and various spices. Also, it produces a very sugary, hard-candied taste (maybe bubblegum, too?).

M: Very rich and creamy due to the high malt content. However, despite the large malt character, it doesn't lie heavily on the tongue like most other tripels

O: Very solid tripel. Not my favorite, but it's quite good.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,386 ratings
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