Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
2,362 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:
2,362
Reviews:
812
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
593
For Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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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

Photo of Matthowland
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KGilmour
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Ned57
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drink too much Monde and love it so. Occasionally I try other tripels not expecting much. This at least exceeds my meager expectations. Pours a slightly cloudy and highly effervescent golden with small, disappearing white top. Aroma is banana, clove, bubblegum - pretty nice. Flavor is more malty with spice and banana in the background. A little rough on the palate and not exactly smooth. Decent.

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Photo of sirzekel
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher is becoming one of those brewers I am keeping an eye out. When I saw this Merry Monks offering, I snapped it up - I am sure glad I did.

Though there is no lacing or true head to speak of, the brew has a very nice yellowish hue with distinct highlights, in and out of the sun. The smell is very specific to its Tripel nature as well as the mouthfeel. Though the feel has a high carbonation at the front end, but smooths out nicely on the back, very nice actually. The taste was absolutely amazing, the tripel with hints of spice, citrus, and something else I just couldn't identify. It was all so, so, very good. I wish I had more than the one I picked up as part of a "pick-your-own-sixer". I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for this one, for sure.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of horshamguy
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A--Orange & hazy. Thick head that left very nice lacing throughout the drink.

S--Fruity, malty, with a chunk of cloves. Excellent.

T--Wow, this is the real deal as far as Belgian imitations go. Tart, sweet, fruity. I can't recommend any higher.

M--Full & creamy. Can feel the alcohol content here.

O--Excellent all around. Victory is my favorite Pennsylvania brewery, but Merry Monks makes me think about that.

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Photo of Nihilistic
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dogfishbrawler
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Wingnut93
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 2,362 ratings.
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