Merry Monks | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry MonksMerry Monks

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!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a pale straw yellow with a thin white head, moderate carbonation swiftly rises to the top

S - i love how this smells, sweet and wheaty all at once, a nice sweet lemon with other sugary esthers, kind of like twizzlers

T - what a great balance!, a sharp sugariness up front, almost like bubble gum, then the aftertaste finishes with a ginger-like spiciness, very nice

M - sharp at first and kind of fizzy, but that mellows out and is very good

D - like all weyerbacher stuff ive had, this is very drinkable, an impressive american belgian tripel

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Photo of Hautacam
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep gold with a foamy head that doesn't last...drops to a film.
Smells of fruit...banana....unknown spices and Saaz-like hops. A bit of funk in the background.
Taste is pretty complex. This is a sweet one....lots of fruit..banana, pear ....a hint of bubblegum....some spices, yeast and mild phenol.Hops are present , but not prominent. Alcohol is well hidden behind the sugar and fruits.
Medium ..a little syrupy with low carbonation.
Pretty drinkable...this is a good one , but you must like your tripels sweet.

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Photo of trep
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy but very clear golden with a 2-finger head that eventually becomes a thin layer of bubbles. Consistent carbonation rising to the top. Wow, this looks like Miller High Life.

Aromas of rich golden malt, some spices, and a very faint alcohol presence.

Smooth as a baby's ass considering the amount of alcohol in this one. Very spicy with subtle hints of light gold malt. Some light fruits, perhaps a bit of pear. Finishes sweet with a hint of the fruit sweetness.

Fairly light in body, a lot of carbonation though not too much. Something about Belgian tripel's limits my drinkability of them, however, although it isn't stunningly brilliant, the Merry Monk is a solid take on the style.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

As I eagerly await the kick-off of the U.S. debut, I kick-off another fine day of beautiful Coupe du Monde action and beer drinking with a Merry Monks.

This one poured out a bubbly, effervescent, golden orange bottom with thin foamy lacing on top. Weak and unimpressive head.

Very smoky qualities upfront in the nose with warm alcohol and phenols rising. Sweet smelling, pale malts with some spicy/herbal notes that I can't quite identify. Dry and muddy, with a small hint of banana and diacetyl.

Heavy carbonation in the mouth, with a definite medium body and a very dry, champagne-like finish. Caramel, and bananas in the taste, with the medicinal and herbal phenols blending together. Slight hint of spice, very low bitterness, dry and sticky. Easy to drink and enjoyable, as the alcohol is well masked.

I'm not quite sure how this one fares as a 'Tripel', but it is an enjoyable beer nonetheless and an interesting Belgian style. Cheers, and here's too all of the teams in the World Cup! Enjoy this month.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour yields a slightly hazy golden body with a nice off-white head. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, yeast, bread dough, fruits (pear, apple, white grape) and some alcohol. The flavor is yeasty, with fruit notes (apple and pear), some candy sugar, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and drinkability is descent. An ok tripel, might get better with some age.

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Photo of crwills
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad American Belgian-style, but this didn't really taste like a tripel to me -- more like a Belgian Pale.

Pours a fizzy golden yellow with a decent head that fades quickly, even when poured at proper temperature. The beer itself is slightly cloudy, but not too much.

Aroma reminds me a lot of Fin du Monde. Bananas, yeast or bread, some lemon or citrus.

Taste is caramel and banana, with some citrus as well. A little sweet, and very carbonated for the style.

Another decent offering from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with a hazed clarity and lots of rapidly rising tiny bubbles. Dense soap bubble head of two fingers and decent retention. Scarce and spotty lacing. Mild Belgian phenolic nose of banana and plastic with a weak pale malt aroma. Sweet pale malt flavor with a nice candi sugar alcohol spice. Crisp pilsener and yeast in the aftertaste with a flash of alcohol and mild golding hop bitterness. Tame in every way except the fusel burn. Medium body and carbonation but a fine crispyness allows the big flavor without being too residual sweet. Faint hop bitterness and mild yeast bite in the finish, and the alcohol is perhaps a little more evident than appropriate. This drinks easy, but I wouldn't want more than a bomber.

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Photo of scooter231
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like strawberry juice. A bit of head, a hint of lacing. Smells lemony and hoppy. Bready, definitely bready. Tastes a bit alcoholic, a bit yeasty, and fruity- peachy, apricoty, that kind of thing. Strong. Mouthfeel is oily and wet. For a 9% beer- this is damn drinkable. This will knock you on your bum. Not my favorite tripel, but by no means shabby.

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

Poured a golden raisin color with a cloudy body leaving a thick white head that disappears but leaves a small lace. The aroma is sweet, yeasty and earthy. The flavor starts fruity on the palate, sweet ripened grapes, banana, mango, and a slight alcohal presence but @ 9% it is very faint. The finish is smooth and coats the throat, very complex and delicious. This is a beer I will go back to again.

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Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden color, partly transparent. Very small head disappeared quickly. Mediocre lacing. A constant stream co carbonation rose from the center of my snifter glass throughout the duration of the beer.

Smell: My first thoughts were yeasty, white bread and 'oh it orange'. Seems to be quite fruity. With apple, white grape and a hint of tart, (maybe granny smith tart). Substantial sugars show through the aroma but there is very little of that 9.30% ABV in the nose.

Taste: Oh sweetness. This is a juicy drink and not very much like what I would think of as a typical beer. It seemed like candied fruits all juiced and ready for a spring picnic. A bit of apple and pear, with a touch of orange. The is a very light bread character but the depth here is quite shallow. This beer seems to be sugary and straight forward. I like it but it definitely drinks like a juice. It does have a very pleasant sweet, almost powdered sugar, aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light, a bit thin in body but quite easy to swallow.

Drinkability: Impressive beer, but not what I expected. I had a very big day today. As exhausted as I am this no thinker simple sweet beer really hit the spot and went down quite easily. Obviously not a session beer but what a great nightcap.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma wafting from this semi-golden ale is tart -- green apple? -- with just a hint of funk. If anything, perhaps the aroma is a little on the mild side. The flavors are instantly tart, with fleeting acidity. Malt enters mid-palate and dissolves into a revisiting of this tartness in the finish. This is a pleasing, quality entry.

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle provided by Thaichile.

Pours a clear golden ale with an OK but momentary white head.

Smell is sweet and strongly of bananas and malt. Under the sweetness is some spiciness and a little coriander but this is very much a sweet fruity smelling beer. Aromas of vanilla and a slight amount of mint are detectable.

Taste is fairly sweet and malty at the start with a good amount of bready banana flavor. The banana is joined by a general fruity flavor that I can only describe as tutti fruity. There is a detectable amount of coriander in the taste but this is very much a fruity beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is quite a pleasant beer but it isn't going to make Belgian Tripels jealous. If you love the flavor of banana and I do then you are going to love this. This might not be a world class beer of the style but it is a quite nice drinker. Tasty and fruity this would be fantastic with a dessert featuring fruit and bananas or strawberries in particular. Would also be great with chocolate.

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Photo of xtacyturbo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pulled from my aging collection after being aged for 14 months.

Appearance is a bright golden color with thin frothy white head. A nice looking color, but head is lacking for a beer of this style.
Smell is fruity and yeasty. Smells of apple and just a hint of banana. Very sweet.
Taste- Sugary sweetness comes on strong at first, with a dominant pear flavor and that hint of banana I picked up in the smell. Apple flavors then blend with a bit of a yeasty finish, and a slight sourness as it goes down, much like a granny smith apple. It's still very good, but I think this one was on the verge of being aged too long- I don't remember the sourness at all when drinking a fresh one. It still complements the flavor of the beer very well, but any more sour and I think I wouldn't be enjoying it so much.
Mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. No surprises here.
Drinkability- This one goes down smoothly as many Tripels do. Due to the alcohol content and warming effects, this one is most pleasantly enjoyed as a sipping beer. Quite drinkable, but one to be respected.

Overall, a decent representation of the style. Not the best, but this one won't let you down either.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass, this is a clear glowing gold with a thin ring of off-white head. Nose is very fruity, citrus and tropical fruits, with a faint whiff of alcohol and a bit of spiciness. Taste starts out with a sweet doughy malt which quickly gives way to very sweet fruitiness, citrus, apple, pineapple. Finish is peppery and somewhat alcoholic, leaving a lingering warmth in the throat. Medium bodied and slightly syrupy, this is definitely a sipping beer. Couldn't drink too many at once, but this is a pretty solid local tripel.

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Photo of Naes
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is a bit hazy and has a very pale golden color. The head is a small layer of white foam that delivers almost no lacing.
The aroma is fruity with a strong yeast presence.
The flavor is candy sweet. It’s like a cherry and apple flavored wine.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.

The sweetness of this ale is just a bit over the top for my likings.

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Photo of Crosling
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color. Cidery, plastic and glue laden nose, with hints of apple and pear. Pretty vibrant, but not exactly nice smelling. Sweet tasting, with an undeniable plastic feel in both the flavor and aroma. Mostly apple and pear flavors, with well hidden alcohol. But, this is a typical American Belgian creation, not that good.

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Photo of KFaulkner
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher continues to not disappoint me. This Tripel was purchased as part of a variety case (as I live in PA where beer cannot be purchased in any other fashion). As a novice craft beer lover, I have only had one other Tripel and that was Victory's Golden Monkey. This beer, I believe, is better.

I've always enjoyed Weyerbacher's beer, considering I'm in PA and I try to buy local. Their variety never ceases to impress me. I have read that this beer is best enjoyed aged, but I couldn't help but jump right in (not to mention the fact that I lack a good beer aging cellar).

It pours a nice golden color and smells strong, as I assume a good high alc. content brew should. The taste is surprising sweet and smooth, but the alcohol is clearly evident after swallowing. I'm most impressed by the drinkability of this beer at over 9% ABV. It is clearly the type of beer best enjoyed with a hearty meal or at the end of a VERY long day.

I really liked this beer and I am convinced to continue trying tripels whenever I have the opportunity. I like Weyerbacher's plain and unassuming label; they clearly want the beer to speak for itself. This label features monks tying one on in the cellar of their monastary by candle-light. I have to say that I can't blame them.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this one in the cellar for almost a year. Pours a dark golden color. No head at all on this one, but it's not flat, there is a steady stream of bubbles coming from the bottom of the goblet. Smell is very fruity, my first impression was appricot. Other smells that come through are the high alcohol and a candy sweetness. The taste gives you a big blast of sweetness up front. Eventually some yeast spicyness comes through and it finishes with some alcohol burning notes. This is definately a sipper, which fits the style. An OK attempt at the style but i can't whole heartedly recomend this one.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of this one was over a year ago, and it was excellent, though due to conditions beyond my control (a friend of mine not having anything but plastic cups) I grudgingly drank it out of the bottle. This time it was poured into my favorite goblet (Moinette), so here goes:

Golden-yellow body under a weak head that disappears quickly, nothing amazing visually.

I think of red lollipops on the first smell...not necessarily cherry but something semi-sour, sweet and candy-like. Bready malts arrive next, and finally a yeasty aroma waves through.

The drink delivers a cherry/apple flavor, with a complex spice array, and even the known ingredients (malts, hops, yeast) are present and well-balanced. Mild cinnamon bitterness in the aftertaste. Mildly tangy and tart, but full-bodied enough to feel like beer. Creamy with just a slight bite in the effervesence.

So refreshing that I can't consider it anything but highly drinkable. That lively and complex flavor and overall refreshing personality will keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of taez555
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a slightly opaque orange/yellow body with a small white head that died almost immediately.

Nose consisted of strong alcohol notes, tropical fruits and yeast. Sort of a muted triple smell that almost slightly borders on american macro.

Taste is medium bodied and has an odd carbonation. It's so fine that if you take a quick sip and swallow it tastes flat, but if you hold it in your mouth it has this huge tiny bubbled carbonation. Taste is yeast, phenols, alcohol, herbal and very medicinal. Sort of tastes like cough syrup that's gone bad. Strong tart and sour tastes that border on lambic Pears, tart granny smith apples, rhubarb even. A mild bitterness that hides in the back with just enough to add some subtle balance.

The more Weyerbacher I try, the more I don't want to try anything else they make. It's an OK triple, but just misses the key points. I'm not sure if it's the yeast strain or what, but it's sort of like looking at pictures negative. It's sort of a triple in reverse. All the flavors you want to taste are subtle, then the subtle balancing flavors are in the forefront. It's definatly a unique beer, but it basically tastes, imo, like a poor american attempt at a Belgian.

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

I dunno about this one. I sampled this one from on tap and I recall that being delicious...I really enjoyed Prophecy...
Requires further investigation.
Everything about this seemed muddled to me. The look, the smell, the taste, the feel... stuff was out of place. This does taste like a logical progression between a dubbel and quadrupel, but/and it tastes unfinished in that way. Malty sweet without some of the tartness or dryness I've gotten out of the better tripels out there.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle : Poured a shiny yellow color ale with a medium white foamy head with great retention. Aroma is quite sweet but I could not find any trace of yeast. Taste is also very candy-like sweet with a thinner body then expected. Seems like this was filtered and it is a shame because it leaves the beer a bit one-dimensional. So overall, not a bad beer but definitely lacking complexity.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one grew on me quickly. This poured a nice hazy orange color with a very small head, nice lacing. There was lots of crap floating around inside.The aroma punches you in the face and at first was not very pleasant(It kinda of smelled like wood stain). But the sweet fruityness saves the day; very nice and aromatic. Medium body here. If I had to make up a word to describe the flavor i would use "wood-berry". Because it tastes woody and has some berry flavor. There is even a hint of snapple tea! Nutty also. The flavors are kinda weird at first and I haven't had a tripel quite like this before but it is probably the most drinkable one I have had. Just give it a good amount of sippage and it will grow on you and feel right at home in your mouth. Nice and complex.

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Photo of Toocls2h8
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was part of a Weyerbacher 'Big Beers' Sampler pack.

Given the high ABV of this and all of the 'Big Beers', i recommend laying them down for a while after you've purchased them. Im not sure if their flavors have grown on me, or if they've really matured in the three months since I drank the first bunch of these beers, but it seems to make a difference.

Appearance is hazy golden maize color, with suspended particles and some fallout at the bottom. The head doesnt last long on this one.

Smell is strong, the yeast and malt really come out.

Taste is fairly consistent from the time it hits your tounge til the time you swallow it. A wine-like tartness and frutiness pervades the flavor with a strong malt support, though tart is the key word with this beer. Aftertaste reminiscent of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel smooth, effervescent.

Drinkability is limited by the alcohol content, although I could easily drink three over a couple hours.

Not bad. Typical Wyerbacher.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, with 3 monks in red robes on the label, looking very Merry!, this poured a hazy golden, thin creamy collar, all the way down, lots of bubbles.
aroma reminded me of a Hefe-weizen kinda sweet and slight vanilla fragrance.
taste was smooth rich and tangycitrusy/spicy. A little too tangy for my taste.
good mouthfeel, not as watery as some of these tend to be, slight dryness on the finish, creamy coating, on the tongue.
drinkability, I'd say is high, not in the league of Rochefort, or Westy, but nice never the less, worth a go, although this has a high abv, you don't really detect a strong alcohol presence.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 2,343 ratings.
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