Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste - Abbaye Mont Des Cats
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2.55/5 rDev -29.6%
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
09-29-2012 18:53:04 | More by eric5bellies
District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
09-21-2011 01:55:44 | More by Huhzubendah
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
05-26-2014 20:47:01 | More by Tinfang
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
01-01-2013 21:21:22 | More by writerLJBerg
3.33/5 rDev -8%
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.
05-06-2012 21:37:33 | More by atomeyes
3.34/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
04-28-2013 20:18:41 | More by Rifugium
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
09-23-2011 20:52:20 | More by drabmuh
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
09-15-2011 11:06:41 | More by Thorpe429
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
07-27-2011 02:30:27 | More by Cavery
Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste from Abbaye Mont Des Cats
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