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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste - Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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BA SCORE
83
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Klym on 07-27-2011)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

GRG1313, May 05, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 bark
3.75/5  rDev +3%

bark, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Evil_Pidde, May 31, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Jeffo, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jheezee, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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).

thierrynantes, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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 cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -45.1%

cfalovo97, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of brotherloco
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

brotherloco, May 21, 2014
Photo of Absumaster
3.64/5  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.

Absumaster, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev +3%

uturn, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +3%

samEBC, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +9.9%

WynnO, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Brabander
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Brabander, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev +3%

lillitnn92, Tuesday at 04:33 PM
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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
Photo of JoeMans
3.75/5  rDev +3%

JoeMans, Apr 29, 2014
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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste from Abbaye Mont Des Cats
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