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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste - Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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THE BROS
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye Mont Des Cats visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Klym on 07-27-2011

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.57/5  rDev -29.2%
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 (314 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is light orange / brown with a decent sized head and a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma offers malt, apples and assorted tree fruits, as well as sweet, sugary yeast. The flavor is a bit harsh and unbalanced. Too sweet, with ripe fruit presence a bit over the top. The newest Trappist ale is also the weakest. Perhaps this beer will improve in subsequent batches. Here's hoping. (446 characters)

Photo of Tinfang
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle poured into a Sint Bernardus goblet at 45°F per directions on the label. I normally do not cool anything this much. No obvious best by date, but the code I did find started with 13.

Smell - hops
Appearance - slightly cloudy, slightly reddish tan with an inch of fine bubbles forming a pale tan head. Little lacing but the head persisted to the end of the glass. Looked good in the goblet.
Taste - Belgian yeast, a bit of candy sugar, a hint of Brett and nice hops. A few sips had a slight metallic tang but not annoying. Taste did not develop much as it warmed.
Mouthfeel - seemed a bit thin for the style. Perhaps I could have made an effort to conserve the carbonation but I did make a careful pour. Slightly coated the tongue which is a minus for me.
Overall - good but not a lot of distinguishing character. It's as if someone set out to brew a generic Trappist. I would drink this again but don't feel compelled to buy more. (943 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 vintage brought back from Belgium, courtesy of Mathieu. Thanks!

A: Rapidly forming head that caves in on itself as it fades. Copper tone with gold trimmings.

N: Deep rich malt. Pecan and walnut. Toffee. Scents of pear and apple. Some wine grape to round out a rather rich profile. Cloves and yeast. This is very inviting without ever risking overindulgence.

T: Can't match the richness of the nose, and is quite the letdown. Ample maltiness and prune. Has a very bitter earthy component to complement the base, but it's too forceful.

M: Quite light, really, but it's not quite a distraction.

O: I enjoyed this, but, considering the better options available on the shelf, it's merely something nice to try. Too many other contenders, though it does look I avoided some of the bad bottles that are out there. (820 characters)

Photo of atomeyes
3.31/5  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. (283 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Thorpe, a new Trappist beer. This beer should debunk the idea that just because you believe in God you can make a great beer. The two aren't related people.

Beer is brown and orange with a nice head, mostly clear, moderate carbonation. Eh, looks fine.

Aroma is mildly bready with some yeast, some malt, mild floralness.

Beer is sweet, way way sweet, heavy on the palate, yeast loses to the malt here. It is just too much I think, not horrible but an average beer at best. Oh well. (490 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour, thin head with lace and ring. Smell of dark fruits, citrus, candy, honey. Medium body, sticky palate. Normal carbonation. Taste is like the smell: dark fruits specially, with hints of caramel, honey and citrus. (224 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Cavery
3.52/5  rDev -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. (2,614 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle yesterday in the Mont Cats shop when Matt (CRooney5787) and i were at Mont Cats. I have heard this beer is not very spectacular so it was time to try it.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks quit OK. Nice big head and a dark yellow to lightbrown fluid with nice tiny carbonation bubbles. Good start!

The smell is difficult to determine for me, at first i smelled some caramel and yeast.

Taste is not very spectacular, a bit sweet with a lightbitter twist at the end of each sip. Not gonnan buy a crate of this beer but i am glad i had it. (568 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Simon from La Cave a Bulles for providing me a bottle of this during my recent trip to Paris. Poured into a tulip and shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a jurassic park amber with a one-finger microbubble whitehead that retains for a while but eventually leaves a small continent of white foam in the middle of the beer and a ring of thin bubbles. Lacing is minimal but not terrible.

S: Some hop character, yeast, breads, corn tortilla, and some mild cinnamon-like spicyness. Not too interesting of a smell, and not surprisingly reminds me much of a chimay.

T: Pretty much exactly the nose with some surprisingly powerful bitterness to the hops and a very mellowed bready, yeasty finish with lingering hop bitterness. Again, not bad but not interesting and very reminiscent of Chimay, especially Chimay red.

M: Medium bodied with plenty of prickling carbonation. Slides well throughout the mouth and leaves some tingling on the roof of the mouth along with a mild burn from the hops. I get some heat in the mouthfeel but little was present in the taste.

O: I was interested to try this beer and am still glad I did, but it's hard to get too excited about it. Tastes are simple, and Chimay's hand in the process of this beer's creation is so evident it really might as well just be Chimay Orange. I'll be happy to see what else Abbaye Mont Des Cats might produce, but this beer doesn't have much going for it other than the novelty of where it was produced. (1,478 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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! (541 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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. (622 characters)

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 (1,881 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian and fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of fruity yeast—apples seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of earthy yeast and grainy malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little more fruity and malty compared to other beers in the style. It's more like a fuller-bodied version of a farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle (762 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doopie surprised me with this one for Sinter Klaas. I guess I was a good boy this year. Cheers man! This was contract brewed at Chimay.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a two finger, looser, fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Head slowly fades to a thick, frothy cap and coats the sides of the glass. Opaque chestnut brown with higher levels of carbonation. A good cap remains and leaves lots of foamy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits, raisins and dates mostly, some spices and caramel notes as well. Bubble gum in there, with some yeast and clove notes. Aromatic and nice.

TASTE: Caramel malts, dark fruits, raisins, and some spicy yeast notes at the swallow. Milder in flavor, but well balanced and plenty drinkable. Aftertaste is a little more forthcoming with spicy yeast, cloves and coriander, raisins and other dark fruits, as well as a hint of floral bitterness. A touch of alcohol as well. Balanced and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, though not quite as creamy as hoped, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. No bite.

OVERALL: This is a solid effort. Contract brewed trappiste beer works as well I guess. This is a plenty enjoyable and drinkable dark ale that I would gladly drink again. Thanks again for the gifts Doopie. The Sint was good to me this year. (1,396 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl, label date 2013, purchased in Belgium.

The beer from the new French "Trappist brewery" is actually brewed by an old Trappist brewery, Chimay. No official "Authentic Trappist" logo on the label.

Pours a lightly cloudy reddish amber with a brilliant, voluminous off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

The aroma is bready, malty and yeasty, with some hops and spice.

The flavor is simple, with dry, toasted malts complemented by a lightly fruity Belgian yeast character. The finish is dry and pretty bitter. Slightest bit of plum and raisin. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and somewhat creamy. Fine bubbles. Pretty easy to drink for a 7.6% ABV brew.

Is this really a Dubbel? Seems a little light body- and malt-wise for the style. I think Belgian Amber Ale might be more appropriate. Not bad. (809 characters)

Photo of Fux
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber, dark orange ale. Large head which disappears slowly into thin lacings.

S: Nice, fuity (citruses), some esters, typical Chimay yeasts.

T: Not as booming as other trappist ales, but quite well balanced between malty sweetness from caramel malts, fruity notes and yeasty taste. Light bitter aftertaste with quite a long finish.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Not too light. Just nice.

O: Not the best Trappist ale, for sure, but a well done, good , with its own particularities, refreshing beer. (515 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt and caramel, spicy notes leading to a dry bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Trappist (brewed by Chimay for Abbaye Mont des Cats). (340 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, earth, caramel, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, toast, caramel, earth, and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of malt, caramel, and spice characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle. (598 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ripe, Yeast, Biscuity, Spicy

The new Trappist Ale on the block. This French abbey sought out help from fellow Trappist monks from Chimay to get their beer brand up and running. Fallen apple, faint clove, and crackers come to mind. A bit bold and in your face with the slightly higher level of alcohol, fruitiness, and yeast character though there is a lot of other inner workings of complexity and finesse that make this brew a treat.

STYLE: Trappist Amber Ale | ABV: 7.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014) (559 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium orange amber with some light particulates floating around. Bottle popped so robustly, I thought this might be a gusher, but it was well behaved. Nice big four finger ivory head with good retention and tons of pillowy lacing. Aroma of bready malt, pear and apple, light stone fruit, clove; slight mineral. Flavor follows aroma, with bready malt, mixed light stone and apple family fruit, clove, a little caramel developing in the finish, which is sweet fruit, clove and mild hops. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess from the fine, active carbonation. A nicely made Belgian pale. The flavor is not as intense as the quite promising aroma, but it well balanced and covers the expected flavor profile. The carbonation is excellent. Brewed by Chimay, and although it won't knock Blue of its pedestal, still a flavorful, pleasing Belgain pale. I'll get this again. (918 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour is all beige compact and thick head at first. After a while the head dissipates as the murky brown liquid rises. Fantastic lacings.

S: Malt, sweet and roasted. Lots of yeast. Fruits and berries; pears, apples, raspberries. Cloves. A kernel bitterness.

T: RIch, deep malt, almost vineous. Complex. Dark dried fruits together with fresh fruits; apples, pears, ripe oranges and some rasberries. Spices and hops.

M: Long warming sweet aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation low.

O: An interesting Trappist from France, my first. (539 characters)

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