Merry Monks

Tripel Weyerbacher Brewing Co.


Merry Monks, a Belgian-style Tripel by Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Merry Monks is a Belgian-style Tripel brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this review, the ale was served in a snifter from bottle.


Pours a hazy orange with a half-inch cap of white foam that dissipates rapidly and leaves no lacing.


The aroma is pleasant with a scent of banana and spices.


The palate is fruity with pear, banana, and spiced with clove and pepper. Its finish is somewhat syrupy with a taste of booze.


Effervescent mouthfeel features ample carbonation and is somewhat fuller body than expected. Finishes dryly.


The Belgian yeast is used nicely in the Merry Monks but the alcohol is overly aggressive.

Recommended Pairings

Weyerbacher recommends the following food pairings with their Merry Monks: poultry, fish, shellfish, paella, vegetable and light pasta dishes.

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About the Tripel

The Belgian Tripel originated at the Trappist monastery Westmalle. Its color ranges from deep gold to copper with good clarity and effervescence. Its feel should be around medium with high carbonation and high attenuation for a seemingly dry finish. Though high in alcohol, the booze should be masked well. Its palate and aroma are spicy, fruity, with a well-rounded malt character and moderate bitterness. Comparatively, the Tripel is darker and fuller than the Belgian Strong Pale Ale with more pronounced phenols than esters. And it’s not as strong or full as the Belgian Strong Dark Ale or Quadrupel.