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Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style TripleFish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zacharius on 01-17-2003

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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 73
Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 21/1/12

A golden liquid with lots of tiny particles being moved around by lots of tiny slow bubbles, two fingers of foam falls rather quickly but even the thin film left behind leaves several thin rings of lace

S yeasty clove, with some gum, tropical fruit, and dry cereal

T much like the nose but no gum and I'm not sure where the booze is hiding, pretty straight forward but pretty good

M those tiny bubbles give it some life, its fairly thick for the color and a yeasty fruity aftertaste, still no booze

O I liked this one, its well rounded not lacking in any areas but no one part blows me away either

well concealed booze and its easy too drink, Its a little expensive though hard too buy a second bottle with La Fin Du Monde on the shelf for almost half the price (810 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a fair amount over the years, but never reviewed it before... 22 picked up today at the Boise COOP. Poured into my little Cigar City snifter... short lasting white head... okay lacing... the brew is clear golden.

Nose is fruity and boozy... apricot and mild orange... hints of spicy phenols...

Flavor has an odd astringent bite up front that lingers almost all the way through the sip.... just enough sweetness begins mid palate to pull out some fruity esters... again mild phenols on the finish... good body and carbonation... but overall it seems pretty pedestrian.... I remember liking this one a lot more.

all 3.5's (636 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed bright golden hue, thin creamy white head.

Clean grains, some sharp spicy yeast, papaya and dried apricots, plus some dry leafy hops on the nose.

Dry biscuity grains, dry yeasty spice, orchard fruit, some citrus peel in the flavour. Leafy hops on the finish, with a fairly clean aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, with a dry texture and brisk carbonation.

This may sound a bit off but I find this a nice easy-drinking Tripel--while it's not very complex for the style, it's not watered down or one-dimensional either. An enjoyable sipper that quenches, while it hides its alcohol content very well. (659 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled Sept 2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light cream colored head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of huge black pepper, clove, lemon, orange peel, biscuit, candi sugar, and spicy yeast. Great aromas here with good balance and strength. Taste of lemon, clove, biscuit, pepper, citrus peel, light candi sugar, and spicy yeast. No bitterness noticed; with lingering notes of pepper, lemon, clove, citrus peel, bread, and spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavor in this, with pretty much no alcohol presence at 9%; but is still quite a sipper. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is definitely one of the better Tripels I have ever had. Great balance and drinkability for the level of alcohol. (908 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, with the relatively new Reel Ales branding, but they still kept that fugly-ass fish, the one with a face only its mother could (debatably) love - go figure - all things great and small, I suppose. Oh, and at least the new incarnation gets the spelling of the beer style right.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden yellow hue, with one thin finger of soapy and weakly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy rain cloud lace around one side of the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of bready, almost sourdough-like malt, candy sugar, a soft clove/coriander spiciness, a touch of muted citrus pith, mild Belgian yeast, and rather tame leafy hops. The taste is crisp, biscuity and grainy pale malt, a soft indistinct orchard fruitiness, ethereal earthy yeast, leafy, grassy hops, and a certain understated in appearance, but hardly so in essence, booze warming.

The carbonation is moderate, not too big, not too small, the body an adequate medium weight, and fairly smooth, nothing really ready to get off its keister to muck about here. It finishes off-dry, with warm bready malt notes, a fading generic fruitiness, and leafy, somewhat musty hops.

Belgian-style, sure, but in a very unassuming manner - the usual Low Country suspects are beholden here to the big, bad malts, which remind me more of a decent German helles or even altbier, at least in their ambiguity. Anyways, this is a New World offering, from one of the farthest geographical reaches - quaint, sleepy, and fresh southern Puget Sound (I visited last summer), and this beer most definitely reflects that conceptual distance. What isn't immediately apparent, however, is the 18-proof ABV, which is as deftly integrated and obfuscated as the standards to which this one aspires. (1,777 characters)

Photo of rstone57
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass at Friday beer tastings at the Jug Shop.

Pours golden with a fingers thick foamy head.

Smell is sweet fruit.

Taste is a mild sweetness with super sweet fruit~ fig and grapes.

Overall this is great and super devious with the 9% ABV given the fruity, sweetness of this guy. (316 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to purplehops for bringing this one along to or regular tasting. The bottle had about three years of age on it. The first thing that amazed about this brew was it’s color which was a nice shade of amber. We poured the brew into snifters and receive a nice finger worth of white head that fizzled out rather quickly to a slight ring around the glass. The aroma was what expected from a triple your typical Belgian yeast but the good thing was it was not that huge banana note but rather subdued which is a plus in my book. You also got a few notes of vanilla and spice to balance it out. The flavor was almost the same sweet and spicy with some nice fruit flavors as well. The feel in my mouth was medium and it was a bit syrupy. I liked the brew not what I pictured appearance wise from a triple but the flavor was great. (830 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle for about 4 years and the cellaring has done wonders. The beer is now smooth and luscious with not only flavours of old fruit but also the vanilla of the barrel aging. I loved the long finish and the way it all tied together which in the younger version was not always there. Worth waiting for awhile for this beer to hit its peak (353 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009
A: Poured a glowing, deep yellow color with good carbonation and a nice hite head

S: Some candy sugar and fruits

T: Candy sugar, some belgian yeast, bananas, light booze sting

M: carbonation ok, sweet

D: Ok overall but was prbably better in 2009 (263 characters)

Photo of katelovesbeer
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - true deep amber, a tiny bit cloudy, and a mere 1" thin head that dissipated quickly

Smell - Predominantly very sweet malt scent; classic yeasty scents in the background; a tiny bit of fruit in the smell but not as much as expected. In fact, most of the fruit scent is a lingering ester/alcohol scent.

Taste - My first thought was "green apples!". The sweetness from this beer tastes like its all from malts as opposed to fruits and/or spices. Definite sweet fruit profiles as well like the above mentioned green apple, cherries, and maybe a little bit of banana. There is a definite ester-y taste at the back which lingers a tiny bit.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slick with a medium weight, I can almost feel the sugars on my tongue.

Drinkability - Eh, I'm undecided. A tasty and fascinating beer, for sure. Its unlike any other triple I've had. I don't think I'd recommend it to hardcore Belgian beer fans. It's not a bad beer! Just... odd. Sweet :) (962 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage 22 ounce bottle. Saw a floor stackout of these at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, and immediately wanted to stock up, having remember the enjoyable oak aged Fish beers I had back in the early 90s. After trying this one, I'm glad I only bought the one.

Pours a nice copper color, with a fairly decent head. I took a sniff, expecting some bourbon, but all I get is white zinfandel, and maybe green apples. On the palate, I get a little oak, a hint of vanilla and a lot more cheap wine. Alcohol is quite present, as this one is pretty hot. Crisp and nicely carbonated, but not all that drinkable after a while. A decent effort, but certainly nothing special. (672 characters)

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Semi cloudy copper color with a sticky lacing and a very little head that is gone quick.

S - Smells of Sour Cherries, Strawberries, Mangos, Alcohol, and Rose wine.

T - Tastes of Sour Cherries, Tangerines, Peach, sweet malts and Acidic like a Rose wine.

M - Medium carbonation with a syrupy feel.

D - Drinkability is nice but I couldn't drink more than 1 unless there was food available but with the sweetness and the alcohol it is even less so. (452 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear orange-ruby with a thin off-white head, and some lacing.

smell of dark fruit, some caramel, and sour malt.

taste is a little tart, prunes, grapes, some bread yeast, and some sour malt, ends on the dry side and just a little bitter.

overall a nice tripel. (271 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle split into two giant snifters

Pours a ruby-amber with no head and no visible carbonation, no lacing. Smell is sour and malty.

Taste is sweet and very sour, almost tart (but not a sour ale -- it's a less fruity sour).

Mouthfeel is light and surprisingly not flat (considering the beer looks quite flat). Fairly drinkable -- once you have enough, I'm sure you can have more. (388 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the " Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
 
Appearance - Poured a big golden color, about what you would expect given the style with a light haziness to it that sat very well I have to say. Nice puffy white broken up head again just about right with a nice retention to it and a smooth look.
 
Smell - Aroma of breadiness at first gives way to light apricots, hints of grain. A touch of light grapes and a candy like brown sugar note that seems to come up stronger as it gets warmer, again, very nicely done.
 
Taste - Very smooth, lighter on the palate then I thought it would have been, but very nice. Light banana notes, hints of light grains. A touch of grapes and light fruit as well. Very satisfying. Smooth light bitter finish capped it off rather well.
 
Feel - Very nice again, just about right, smooth even carbonation light to medium feel and not too cloying.
 
Drinkability - ABV hidden very well and the light hoppiness in the finish kicked in enough dryness to really make this one quite interesting.
 
Overall - Very solid offering here that I would have no issues with enjoying again. I would love to get another bottle as it really seems to have some legs. (1,369 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Older 22 oz/650 ml bottle, (not the champagne-style bottle in the picture), 8.5% ABV. Poured with a huge foamy head, clear bronze color with a small off white head. Foam slowly settles to a short, solid cap. Smell is very sweet, lots of sugar and yeast, banana notes. Taste has lots going on, sharp spices, sweet fruits, quite bitter finish. Lots of malt base, then lots of sugary sweetness. Almost too much, left a coating feeling on the tongue. Good drinkability, if you like the style. (488 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased from Red Carpet Wine in Glendale for about four dollars a few years back, 2004 vintage, wanted to try this version before opening my barrel aged version, drank a few nights ago, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is closest to a golden amber, there is quite a bit of orange in it too though, 3/4 inch clumpy white head that left some minor lacing, decent retention too, smell was pretty sweet overall and full of malts, there was caramel, toffee, plums, berries, and a very limited amount of spices, taste was sweet up front with both toffee and caramel, also some brown sugar, finish has strange with a bit of a musty presence, later on as it warmed there was lots of alcohol and yeasty flavors, a little too sweet but enjoyable at times, sweet, fruity, and yeasty mouthfeel, medium bodied, decent level of carbonation, could not drink much more than this little bottle, heavy from the sweet presence, not smooth and needs some dryness to balance the fruit and malt, not a bad tripel, aged well with sweetness and malt complexity, other than that it is just a little above average, hope its oaked counterpart outshines this one, would drink again regardless, recommended (1,205 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, unusually dark brownish orange peach with a good white head. Nose is kind of buttery and maltier than I would have expected for a triple. Taste follows with an unusually large sweetness. Some light pepper and belgian yeast make their presence known. Mouthfeel is thick and undercarbonated, but ok. Drinkability is good, but nothing special, as it is a bit thick. Overall an ok tripel, but probably one I won't buy, but certainly dont mind consuming. ok beer. (472 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is a hazy bronze almost orange with a head that I would say is somewhere between a cream color and a tan.

Smell- It is sweet and roasty. It smells of honey infused malt

Taste- Sweet wheat like taste with a chocolaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and full bodied.

Drinkability- A great evening sipper. (327 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an older 22 oz bottle, I picked it up at least 8+ months ago, and found it all alone in the back of the store cooler, where it looked like it had been for a while, labeled 8.5% ABV. Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Monkfish is a clear dark bronze with a small off white head that quickly settles to a tight collar and lotus root slice shaped skim, leaving light, scattered lace. Nice steady crackle on the ear, which I can thank Fred for recently pointing out the virtues of observing. I don't really care for amber trippels, the paler the better in my book. Furthermore, I look for a large, rocky, long lasting head and Brussels lace. 0 for 3.

Smell is very sweet, lots of sugar and esters, strikingly similar to banana taffy. I really like it, but I have a sweet tooth with beer, and recognize some would find this to be too much.

Taste is spicy, fruity, sweet and smooth, with a nice light wisp of alcohol. It seems a bit to malty though, maybe it's just the color that has me thinking they used too much specialty malt. The color and smell had me fear this would miss the mark, but I think it has the appropriate amount of spiciness, even if it is a bit on the sugary side. Pretty clean, with light phenols and slight tininess.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick, again a victim of what I reckon to be a heavy handed malt bill, leaving a sugary coating on the teeth and gums.

Drinkability is pretty good, and while the taste is within the parameters for the style, it lacks the Belgian digestibility, and would undoubtedly be identified as an American version in blind tasting. I'm glad I aged this a bit, and assume more time would help it lighten up some, but overall, it was a bit of a disappointment. (1,729 characters)

Photo of faernt
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2003 vintage. I've cellared it since May 2003 I think. I bought it at Bottleworks in Seattle. It opens carbonated. It pours into a chalice with a small head that remains around for a few minutes. I'm about 5 minutes into this now and have a robust skim remaining. Great label by the way.

The color is clear copper without much red in it. The aroma is big. It presented itself upon opening and increased at the pour. It was a definite invitation.

The taste is balanced and complex. No flavor component stands out over another. This is a very together beer. I've been drinking aged beer lately and the joy of blended and beguiling taste is the reward. I regret that this is all I have, but this one is a slow pleasure. I hope Fish has (or is) brewing this again. It's a good job of high brewing craft. (811 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m not sure if Fish still bottles Monkfish. I haven’t seen those big green magnums in awhile, not even at the pub. But it was good to get a schooner on draught and remind myself that northwest brewers can at times brew a credible Belgian replica.

Monkfish (which, by the way, is one of my favorite seafoods) is warm bronze or apricot color. Fish serves it only in tall 10-oz pilsner glasses that accent its unclouded body. Its clarity is somewhat surprising given that the bottled version is rife with gobs of floating yeasties. My glass arrived with a soft soapy head, tossing a gentle air of Belgian spice. The taste was a focused array of cinnamon, peppercorn, and candi sugar with showings of heather and green apple. Of these, the candi-sugar element was most prominent though not too harsh for casual appreciation.

It’s rare to find a northwest Belgian-style ale that really works magic and Monkfish isn’t magical. But it is very nice and finishes with a slight puckering close. Recommended. (1,006 characters)

Photo of zassenhausen
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Fish Brewpub

Pours light amber and a little cloudy. Light head that fades quickly.

Smells sweet and a little malty. Some spice

Taste varies with temperature. Sweeter & more alcohol taste as it warms. Little to no hop taste.

Stays fresh in unopened growler for 2 days. Good drinker. Maybe too good! (320 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a peachy cloudy body with good white head. Yeasty and fruit sweet aroma. Medium plus creamy mouthfeel. Tasty, nice beer though have had superior tripels it is smooth drinking. A little spiciness, generously malted for drinkability, carbonation on the fizzy side which doesn't harm the greats-this may be better on tap. On the sweet side of aftertaste but satisfying. (372 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale muted orange with a smallish light capping of slightly stained white foam. The foam slips awya quickly to leave some bubbles and thin collaring. Some looped strings of lace stick about the glass.

Aroma is dullish caramel and orange candy mixed into a blend of malty richness. some peach, pear, and fig notes appear as it warms as does a bit of heat.

Taste is about the same, persay; mostly malty, darkly sweet and deep orange tinted flavors of candy, pith, and peels mix with a bit of caramel. A smidgeon dry off the back end and has a fairly open finish without much happening.

Feel is soft, smooth, and creamy with about a mediumish body, has a bit of an emptyness about its character overall both in taste and body thats not quite fulfilling my expections for a "Triple".

Nothing really bad or wrong with this, it just comes up short I'm afraid. Good drinker though. No problems there. A good example of the style that could be used as an intro to said style. (972 characters)

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Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.