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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste - Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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83
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye Mont Des Cats visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Klym on 07-27-2011)
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Reviews by roblowther:
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3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Woody for the beer score. The style says strong dark ale but it looks more like a translucent quad. It is a copper color with a frothy light tan head that, unlike my grandmother, knows no lace. It smells of oranges , bread, and maybe currant? The taste is bready. Just bready. Straightforward, simple, but nice. The aftertaste is a bit dry, a bit leathery. The mouthfeel is carbonated and a tad thin. Overall, a decent beer. Maybe not worth the effort it takes to get it here, but if Woody offers you a bottle, don't turn him down!

roblowther, Aug 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of atomeyes
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this at De Struise brewery a year ago. Some locals drove over the border and brought a bottle for the room to share.

To be honest, it was good, but not amazing. it was a relatively clean, light ale. Nothing overly memorable, but i wouldn't kick it out of bed in the morning.

atomeyes, May 06, 2012
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Marius, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

A trappist beer brewed by the monks who brew Chimay (Abbaye de Scourmont ) for the monks at Abbaye du Mont des Cats.
Nose: fruit, dark dried fruit, spice, bubble gum
Pours brilliant copper brown under a persistent moussey 1" off-white foam cap, lacy.
Palate: Big candy and bubble gum on the front that gradually gives way to hints of dried fruit, soft caramel, faint cola, and a hint of anise by the finish. A light hop accent joins with the malt to provide balance to this yeast driven beer.
The body is very creamy supported by above average fine soft carbonation. Slight warming.

pat61, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jheezee, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of BierMeJohn
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

BierMeJohn, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

GRG1313, May 05, 2014
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +9.6%

ManforallSaisons, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -17.8%

desint, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Mont des Cats has a thin-to-medium, off-white, spongy head, very tight, fast bubble streams, a murky, orange appearance, and not much lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of mellow, sweet, spiced bread, bread crust, and possibleysome sugar. Taste is of those elements, with some yeast and light fruits, such as dates or figs. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Mont des Cats finishes crisp, easy going, and not at all boozy.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of eric5bellies
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a murky orange colour with a large bubbled off white head that reduces quickly.

S - A little yeast and spices malts

T - A little spivey malt and a slight dry finish

M - light to medium body with medium carbonation, a bit thin.

O - Very average for a beer brewed by Chimay

eric5bellies, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jneiswender, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Absumaster
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A dark amber, brown beer with a frothy big head. The carbonation appears to be medium high.

The smell is fruity and has some ripe bananas, it almost seems like a weizen or witbier. I know the Chimay strain is able to produce these esters as well. The malts add a bready sweet dextrine maltiness.

The taste is like drinking a Chimay ambree, a yeast oriented beer with ripe bananas and some light clove, combined with a sweet and dextrinous maltiness. There is a growng bitterness which is quite bitter after a few sips. It balances the sweet body of the beer. The beer's mouthfeel is quite light for a 7,6% alcohol beer.

Absumaster, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at the De Heeren 20th Anniversary party during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in an Orval mini chalice.

Poured a moderate plum-brown color with a thick and foamy off-white head and some pretty good lacing on the way down.

The nose first brought forward quite a bit of brown-sugar-like sweetness without enough yeast character. It's clear from the start that this needed better attenuation. Mild caramel and a faint bit of dark fruit.

Body was too sweet and the finish too full.

On a side note, we had this again later in the week at the abbey cafe. That sample was too dry rather than too sweet, so there may be some inconsistencies at this point. Given that Chimay is brewing it, I imagine it could be recipe changes rather than brewing errors.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

cfalovo97, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a proper Mont des Cats chalice. As with mostly all trappist beers, this one looked tremendous: a surprisingly clear amber-brown liquid topped with an inch of firm, khaki head that reduced about halfway in size but otherwise retained until the end, coating the glass with lacing. There's something about trappist beer in a chalice that just seems so right. Aroma was, well, Belgian, notes of yeast, fruity esters, clove, bubblegum. Taste and aroma were a little too close to tripel territory for me, and I am not a huge fan of said style. The nose was reflected on the palate for the most part, bready malts, yeast, banana, rum raisin sweetness, cloves and bubblegum, with some dry herbal hoppiness. Actually seemed a little hot, despite the alcohol not being that high. Medium in body, appropriately carbonated. Not bad overall, and decent for the style, but not really my thing. I'd like the opportunity to try it on tap.

Rifugium, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Maillard, May 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

mskline1, May 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

jmtpi, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

WynnO, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, hint of hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good aroma and blend, but the appearance is lacking and the body is slightly weak.

Tone, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Cavery
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks to be about a 12oz bottle shared with Klym, a neat little pick up during his time in France.

Poured into small tulips.

A: Modest ¾ finger head rises like alka-seltzer foam in a violently carbonated fashion. The body is of a honey-orange hue, and is actually fairly hard to see through. No obvious floaties in the body, but there are trillions of bubbles. Seriously, the bubbles hold on to the sides of the glass like a homemade soda-pop. This is like volcanic activity status carbonation.

S: Lightly bready coriander with some mellow honeydew melon. The faintest note of yellow raisins gives a bit of flavor to the breads, but otherwise fairly simple. The beer really comes off as chimay like, but with a very mild yeast character. It's smelling like an in between offering of familiar chimays. Breadyness is merely a suggestion in the nose, and honestly that with the yeast is most all of what I get. A tad bit of lemon/honey/tea alcohol in the finish of the nose.

T: The beer isn't sour or tart in any fashion, just a clean drinking bread dough beverage. The mild presence of yeast seems to bitter the doughs in a way, almost in a witbier like fashion. I appreciate its presence as this would otherwise be a very bland bready offering, but the slight twist of yeast takes a generally bready beer and makes it at least flirting with some complexity. Otherwise pretty monotone. Lots of breads and some familiar flavors, but no real pep from citrus or fruits. Drying melon flesh (with some melony rinds included in the yeast twist) that makes its way in bread doughs.

M: This is probably the strongest point in the beer for me. I think there's a really fine bubble feeling to the brew that saves it from being sub-par. The feel definitely elevates it from the lows of the former categories, but ultimately doesn't quite save it from mediocrity. A fine-feeling brightly carbonated brew with some pep from the feel, but nowhere else.

O: This really feels quite average, with the flavors really being a bit cliche. I'll give it the benefit of saying that this isn't sloppy, but it's also not very interesting. It comes off in such a light way that I can't help but think "diet-Chimay". I appreciate the execution, but I would hope they might tinker around with the recipe a bit to give it more of a signature flavor. I am by no means a brewmaster, but it seems like that would be important to the cultural significance of a brewery that is trying to assert themselves as the 8th trappiste. A respectable decent offering, but not something I would taste and immediately identify as Abbey Monts Des Cats.

Cavery, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at Binny's - bottle code L13-776 - poured into a balloon)

A: cloudy copper liquid... very nice, tight, sudsy off-white foam with tiny bubbles - easily identifiable as a bottle-conditioned (perhaps infected) Belgian ale... good length of head retention, but no lace of note

S: medium-dark, bready melanoidins... dark grape, perhaps a touch of baked apple... faint dusting of cinnamon and sugar spice... almost a lager-like graininess... sort of a dying leaf aroma reminiscent of autumn in full swing... mist of spicy alcohol in the back... overall, pleasant smells, just not terribly vibrant, almost zapped out

T: (not so) surprisingly toasty, with a hint of an almost bacony smokiness in the distance, plus a light swell of caramelized grain and a dull, lingering (unsweet) dried apple and rose petal in the finish... naked malt flavors quite up front and arguably balanced with some familiar spicy yeast phenolics... strange, herbal, almost za'atar-like spectre in the aftertaste... nice punchy attacks, but not much underneath to give it some depth - guessing this bottle has been sitting around to the point of over-attenuation from the conditioning yeast, perhaps poorly handled at some point

M: about what one would expect considering some of the observations about handling and yeast: light-medium bodied, expanding carbonation sensation on the palate upon sipping, flat-dry, a bit sharp, with a dull, medicinal heat that keeps at the back of the roof of the mouth

O: this is an intriguing beer, one having been brewed by Chimay - I thought I read somewhere that the monastery was once a Trappist brewery - they are currently producing Trappist cheese, and I would imagine this beer goes fairly well with it... there's certainly some dynamic, uncommon flavors in this and it's a beer I would certainly revisit again if I were to come across a bottle in Europe

Bouleboubier, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

NOLANDMAN, May 18, 2014
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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste from Abbaye Mont Des Cats
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