Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
2,354 Ratings
Merry MonksMerry Monks
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,354
Reviews:
811
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
585
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of lastmango
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light brownish amber with a 3 finger fizzy white head. No lacing was present. Aroma was sweet mild banana and pears. Taste was of banana bread, pear, spice with a buttery chardonnay on the back end. Moderate body and carbonation. Very nice tripel.

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Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jorgerod99
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep gold with a slight amber hue to it, with just an inch of head that lingers for around 5-10 minutes.

Aroma- Much less spice dominant than other American Tripels, and I’m getting a much more traditional aroma of Belgian yeast first and foremost, bubblegum, and banana. No real presence of alcohol in the nose.

Taste- Strikes the balance of sweetness damn-near perfectly for the style, and it comes across as pretty damn dry with the heavy emphasis on the yeast in the flavor. It actually follows the nose perfectly. Far less spice prominent than some other triples, taking a more traditional approach that’s bursting with sweet, dry flavor. While some American tripels taste more like candy in a glass, this drinks more like something you might actually find in Belgium.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, but retains an exceptionally smooth feel. Whereas carbonation heavy beers can sometimes feel “prickly”, this one almost has the smoothness of nitro with its carbonation.

Overall- An excellent, more traditional take on the classic style. Whether this, or a more Americanized version like Golden Monkey is better is simply a matter of preference. Want something that focuses more on the flavor of the yeast, is a little more dry, and less sweet? Go with this. Want something that tastes like spiced holiday candy in a glass? Go with Golden Monkey. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

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Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rdub
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Paoloboston
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cyclone
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LennyBound
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dudd
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottdsmall
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian triple pours a muted, almost tangerine color with a big rocky white head and a fair amount of carbonation. Based on the level of carbonation and the dryness that is present in the flavor, I would say the active yeast has been working on this one for some time. The smell is sweet and fruity with some noticeable alcohol, and faintly floral. The taste is of pear, candied fruit (reminiscent of those used Christmas baked goods), florals, white wine, mild spices, and mild banana with a noticeable, but far from overpowering alcohol presence. The body is medium and the finish is semi-dry. This triple is very complex, which is a characteristic that any good triple should have. Similar to this brewery’s barley wine, Blithering Idiot, the flavors are very bold. Once again though they come off a bit heavy handed, albeit to a lesser degree than the barley wine. I have had some of the best triples in the world and this certainly doesn’t live up to them, but I am someone that appreciates boldness, so I would say that this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty

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Photo of AmitC
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, straw gold coloring, with a foamy, fluffy, white head. Aromas of banana, berry esters, a subtle spice of nutmeg, clove, coriander, and cinnamon, and a bready backbone. Flavors are spiced forward, heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon, but the coriander, clove, grains of paradise, and all spice come through as you drink. Solid banana bread backbone, with highlights throughout of berries, cherries, apple, and some subtle richer sweet notes of date and fig. Smooth bodied, but kept light by the increased carbonation. The aftertaste is more fruity than anything, almost like a fruitcake with that heavy bready character. The finish is effervesced and fairly clean, with a subtle fruity linger. Solid beer.

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Photo of Talonhawk
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 2,354 ratings.
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