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 quasimoto
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a clean golden color with no head, and no lace. The aromas were of bananas, cloves, and a background fishy smell. The taste is definitely belgian sweet with the aformentioned bananas, cloves and a salty malt kind of taste. The mouthfeel is smooth at first, but then leaves a gummy, residue on the tounge. The drinkability of this beer is that one can easily drink this if you can get past some of the odd little flavors it has.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this golden special at Jungle Jims in Cincinnati. Merry Monks pours a perfect off golden yellow that is cloudy with decent hear retention but no lacing at all. The smell is complex but definitely Belgian sweet. Banana and cloves comes to mind. Some phenol smells to tell you that you that it cares.

The taste is much sweeter then typical Triples, but considering this is closer to a Strong Golden Ale, its pretty good. A big fizzy flavor mixes with the sweet candi to give it almost a tart quality to it. Like eating a granny apple. A real citrus reminisce mixes with spices of coriander and strong pepper. As the beer warms the spices comes out more and balances the zing flavor down. The high alcohol taste is noticeable but not bad. I mixes well with the tart taste.

Noted by other reviews, I would have to agree that this is a boarder line siason. The malt bill is second to the spice/hop/phenol taste. And at 9.5%, I know why the Monks are so Merry.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small white foam covered the vague golden haze. The head didn't last long, dissapated rather quickly.
Smelled like my wifes chardonney at first. Odd noted of honey and butter with a little white grape.
Good taste. Peach, hops, and malt. In that orderAlcohol bite was present but nothing like a normal tripel, hidden well. Peppery bites cleaned out nicely after a bit. Although thick with malt and spice this beer finished clean and smooth. I could have this again.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/22/05- Received in trade with Connecticutpoet and Steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Nice golden clear and crisp pour. Only 1/4 inch head, but excellent lacing. Was expecting a bit more of a cloudy pour.

Smell- Has a bit of tripel scents, but also some saison scent and some belgian pale ale scents. A bit of funk going one and some definite saison/wit spices in the air. Corriander and maybe lemon rind.

Taste- Yep, even tastes like a saison/belgian pale. Some corranider, lots of lemon and maybe a few other spices as well. Not detecting much alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium range carbonation. Pretty smooth as well.

Drinkability- My ass this is 9% It only feels like about 4% I'm sure it's at least 6%, but I literally felt nothing after drinking this brew. The abv is incredibly well hidden if it's correct. I'm still not buying it. At any rate, it's a great tasting brew nonetheless even though it tastes overall more like a Belgian Pale Ale to me.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beauty clear amber gold, almost honey in appearance. 3/4 inch white head, sticky and falls to a 1/4 inch and stayed put. Slightly candi-ish nose with a grainy hint. Taste is heavy on the citrus zest and a not pleasant corny flavor. Bubbles and Belgian yeast attempt to bring it back. The mouthfeel is full at first and then moves on to unpleasantly astringent territory, not helped at all by the extensive zest/citrus peel flavors. It can be drunk fairly easily, but there are more enjoyable tripels available. This was $1.69 for a single at Once Upon a Vine.

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Photo of Burninhell
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was something that caught me completely by surprise. in a very good way, from the first sip to the last hand wrung-drop. when the beer hits your tounge, you fist realize that you havent mmade your will, and by the time your half-way through, im wondering if therell br enough time to make love to my wife, this beer is a distraction!!!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Golden orange color. Not too much head.

Smell: Fruity esters mostly

Taste: To me this has an almost tripel flavor, slightly peppery. But much blander than other tripels.

Notes: Prefer Golden Monkey for an American Tripel.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out a clear yellow with a one finger head that dissipated in about a minute. No lacing.

Aroma was fruity, mainly bananas, with a whiff of white wine and a touch of acetic acid. Unusual.

Taste was slightly spicy, slightly floral, with definite honey. Hints of white wine came in. Touch of phenols mid-sip, that didn't impress me much.

Mouthfeel was OK for a beer of this high alcohol content, but not stupendous. Drinkability... only slightly better than average. Not the best tripel I have had... I certainly prefer St. Bernardus Tripel. However, I am eager to try the bottle of Prophecy I have in my basement to see what bourbon cask aging will do to it.

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Photo of necoadam
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a light golden/orange color with a decent size head that setlled down after some time. Smell consisted of spices and tropical fruit. Very sweet and spicy with a whiff of alcohol in the background. Quite a good nose. Taste was good. Starts out spicy with some bubblegum like flavors. Big carbonation moves right into the middle, but in a welcoming way. Floral, still stays sweet with an underlying of spiciness still hanging around. Finishes on the dry side. Not a bad tripel. Not something I would go out of my way to find, but not bad to have once in a while.

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Photo of robertp1024
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saying this beer is an excellent tripel does not do it justive. This brightly yellow, fruity refreshing beer has an amazing taste. This is quite a high level of carbonation, however, you will not get much of a head off of this beer. The sweetness is quite intense and feels great on your pallate. The alcohol level gives it that extra kick as if goes down, giving you a fun experience. I would recommend this to anyone sitting around the house on a warm day, especially those who don't have to drive anywhere.

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Photo of Suds
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cellar temperature in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This beer is crystal clear, golden-orange in color, with a soda-pop head. Poor head stability. There’s a pronounced fruit aroma, with a background of medicinal phenols. It’s sweet smelling, with a little alcohol in there as well. The taste is peppery with a little tangy, spiciness. Alcohol warming is notable. The brew is not very malty, and neither is it yeasty…I’d like to see a little more of these traits in the brew. Light in body for the style. Very low carbonation, and just a little slick on the tongue. I could take it or leave it…it certainly wasn’t inspiring.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this one on a couple of occasions on tap, I picked up a couple of bottles to bring home on my recent visit to the brewery.

Pouring the bottle into my goblet, the brew appears hazy, with an orange-marmalade hue. Whatevery little tiny head was present quickly disappates. Some sediment (yeast) settles to the bottom of the goblet. The aroma isn't as good as I remember... sort of yeasty and medicinal.

The taste initially is that of sweet fruit... white grapes, plums and apples mostly. There's a little spice on the finish, and some flavors in there that remind me of wine and cider. This one has a medium amount of carbonation (you feel more than what little is visible in the glass) which works nicely with the slightly thick and syrupy mouthfeel.

What threw me off, however, and made me not like the bottled version as much as I did the tap, is a slightly medicinal and metalic mild aftertaste that I began to notice more the more I drank. For a beer truly impressed me on tap, the bottled version was a relative disappointment. However, still quite a nice beer, though I wouldn't classify the taste as that of a tripel. This one is far sweeter, less spicy, and a little thicker in the mouthfeel. Overall, well worth trying... but if you have the choice, go for the tap rather than the bottle.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured brown bottle into a chalice. No head during pour, not much carbonation and little lacing, but "clean" looking with a nice bright golden honey color.

Smell: Mostly sweet and spicy, but also the yeast aroma which I expected from a tripel and a little flowery.

Taste: Spicy with a good bit of the alcohol coming through. As it warms it tends to get sweeter (and better).

Mouthfeel: Smooth and definitely less thin than I expected (due to the appearance).

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink, but the alcohol would probably catch up with you quickly.

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Photo of weeare138
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, glowing orange with a 1/4" white head that soon dissapears. Small, spotty lacing is left throughout the glass.
Smells great. Smell is earthy and yeasty with tropical fruit. Taste is of viscous yeast, citrus, and tropical fruit with a fresh bread finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly sugary with some sourness and smooth citrus that seems to be slick on the tongue but well balanced and appealing.
Drinkability...whoa. ABV is evident here and you'll notice it half way through the bottle.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of Higravity
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid triple, but not quite outstanding. It starts off with a nice straw gold color and a big white cloud when poured into my Delerium glass. Nice smells of fruity-sweet malt with hints of hops. It has a strong complex malt flavor and is slightly under corbonated IMO. It is a good beer and might get better with some aging.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. Pours a golden-orange that is very clear with lots of carbonation. The head is white, fizzy, 1 finger, and leaves some lacing. Smells of pepper, lemon, grapes, medicine, pineapple? - lots of malts and phenols. It has a medium body with a big alcohol kick. Phenols all over the palate - cloves, medicine, pepper, maybe a bit of banana. It is fairly bitter with tingly carbonation and the alcohol is too noticeable in the taste. Decent... I think it's better with food than by itself.

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Photo of BCMan
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep honey color that foamed slightly upon pouring but it faded to a weather pattern thinly covering the top. Light citrus nose is a good indication of the flavor. Taste is fruity, of lemon. Not much of an after tatse. Mouthfeel is thin which suits the crisp flavor. Overall, a decend version of the Belgian style golden ale. I would recommend. Another good beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to pezoids, my secret santa for this offering.
Aroma is slightly sweet and fruity, but also presenting clovey phenols of a spicy nature. Nice.
A rather pale golden color with a slight layer of white bubbles (not enough to call a head). Bubbles that hang around and shows a cloudiness with stationary setiment.
Good combination of flavors,but dryness really stands out. Also includes fruity malts, spiciness a little banana from the phenols.
Somewhat oily slick coating, but very short-lived. Moderately heavy, but that seems quick too. Nice feel from carbonation, giving a light overall feel.
This is nice and good, but it seems to be lacking something (boldness? sharpness of flavors?) that keep if from being great. Having said that I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it, it's worth it.

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Photo of krberg
2.14/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Certainly golden. Cloudy with very little head. I expected a large, fluffy, white head to grace my new La Fin du Monde glass.

Smells sweet and medicinal. Berry notes.

Malty sweetness followed by a brief biscuit flavor. Typical Belgian yeast spiciness. Too sweet. Reminds me of Lunacy or Golden Monkey, both of which I also find to be sickly sweet.

High carbonation to style. Dead average.

Too sweet to be drinkable for me. I may not be able to get through this one.

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Photo of mjc410
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Your standard bar pint glass

Appearance: Definitely an over-pour. The 'tender allowed no head to race the top of this beer. Hazy yellow, with yeast and/or other things floating about.

Smell: Medicinal alcohol, fruity yeast smell. A little tougher on the nose than other tripels.

Taste: Again virtually the same as the smell, just with more potency. Leaves you with an alcoholic, spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road in thickness.

Too young! I am now aging my other bottles for a year or more before I revisit this one. The alcohol is a knockout punch, covering up the full expression of the other flavors.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent attempt at a tripel/strong golden ale. Pours golden, slightly murky. Smell is sorta yeasty, spicy, not bad. Taste has waaay too much alcohol up front. Not very well balanced. Still, it has some nice yeasty spicyness and some hints of apples, etc. Not very drinkable due to its unbalanced characteristics. I'm not the biggest fan of Weyerbacher's beers, they all seem to have balance problems.

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

split a bottle with fellow BA mtanji. Poured an attractive golden color, with a moderate head. Beautiful nose with nice scents of spices (cloves). The taste was good without being overpowering and got better as it warmed. This was a very drinkable beer and I recommend it

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quintessential amber, clear and bright. The beer is crowed by a large cap of eggshell colored foam that is soft and rather nondescript. A lazy deflation leads to very little lace; a miniature collar is about it. It isn't a bad look, but it isn't an overly compelling one either.

The nose is definitely Belgian-like and is as much BSPA as tripel. It's also as aromatic as any you're likely to find. I smell sweetened golden fruits (apple, pear and peach) along with a firm smack of clove spice. Whatever else the brewers accomplished in the brewing of this beer, they got the aroma right; credit to the yeast, no doubt.

While the flavor is good, it lacks the immediacy of the nose. Things start out well, but begin to lose steam at the midway point and finish on a subdued note. The taste score will have to be a compromise between the initial 'wow' and the 'less than wow' that takes place within each mouthful.

As in the nose, sticky ripe fruit is the flavor focus and clove and cardamom spice is the accent. This beer isn't as clove-like as some Belgian tripels, but it's no wilting flower in that department either. The body/mouthfeel is medium (to slightly more full) with a pleasingly syrupy, lightly mouthcoating finish.

Merry Monks' Ale hews pretty closely to the Belgian tripel blueprint and is a more than respectable American version. It's close to being very good and its faults are minor at best. Bottom line: this is good beer. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

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Photo of vitesse
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from 12 oz. bottle...

pours a bright tan color with lots of cloudiness. whoo, there's A LOT of yeast sediment in the bottle. i leave it out of the glass -- the beer is already plenty cloudy as is.
anyway, this is a phenol monster. delicious herbal, grassy flavor gives way to monster clove/nutmeg/coriander flavors from the yeast. there's a very slight tartness at the back of all the phenols that i really do like. nice mouthfeel -- not too slick or chunky. very crisp and lively, even though it didn't have a huge head.
overall, a very good example of a belgian tripel. very solid and traditional -- nothing wacky or unexpected, but a well-made beer.

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

Pours an off-hazy, golden hue with a small, whitish head. Strong phenolic scents, much like a good hefeweizen.

A somewhat interesting American interpretation of a Belgian tripel. I say interesting because it is somewhat a cross between the tripel style and a hefeweizen in smell and flavor. It's a nice, sweet, vamped-up banana flavor with rich, ripe fruit undertones. Somewhat syrupy, but also crisp in mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. A slight tang in the finish that tapers off with a mild dryness. Approachable.

I'd like to think this is a good transitional Belgian-style for newbies. It's not the best, but it functions and is a solid brew.

A great beer to start off a hearty meal.

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Merry Monks from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 2,341 ratings.
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