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

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

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%


Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zacharius on 01-17-2003)
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2008 03:38:21 | More by RedDiamond
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drewbage

California

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 14oz Belgian Tulip at the Stumbling Monk (Seattle WA)

Appearance: A hazy cherry orange in the glass.

Aroma: Soapy cinnamon sweet with a candied orange peel aroma. A sticky white head that clings in patches to the glass.

Flavor: A sweet ripe strawberry wine with a light ginger and bublegum sweetness and a full intense alcohol warmth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2003 01:20:21 | More by drewbage
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:16:39 | More by wordemupg
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 04:04:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 23:37:18 | More by IronDjinn
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 04:41:31 | More by superspak
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, with the relatively new Reel Ales branding, but they still kept that fugly-ass fish. All things great and small, I suppose.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden yellow hue, with one thin finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves some splotchy rain cloud lace around one side of the glass as it recedes. It smells of bready, almost sourdough-like malt, candy sugar, and mild Belgian yeast. The taste is crisp, biscuity, grainy pale malt, a soft orchard fruitiness, ethereal yeast, and leafy, grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, not too big, not too small, the body an adequate medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, with warm bready malt notes, 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. Anyways, this is a New World offering, from one of the farthest geographical reaches - quaint, sleepy, fresh south, south, south 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 as the standards to which this aspires.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:21:19 | More by biboergosum
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rstone57

California

4.5/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 05:54:20 | More by rstone57
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joepais

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 23:24:54 | More by joepais
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 06:43:49 | More by canucklehead
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 17:04:52 | More by barleywinefiend
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katelovesbeer

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 05:31:36 | More by katelovesbeer
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 05:27:18 | More by emmasdad
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 05:45:55 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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froghop

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 01:31:27 | More by froghop
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snaotheus

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 02:31:47 | More by snaotheus
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 20:42:01 | More by mikesgroove
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 13:47:21 | More by BigBry
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Floydster

California

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:33:35 | More by Floydster
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.83/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 06:29:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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MTNboy

Germany

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 12:57:08 | More by MTNboy
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ccrida

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:56:29 | More by ccrida
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faernt

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:33:06 | More by faernt
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zassenhausen

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-26-2007 16:52:44 | More by zassenhausen
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 23:12:02 | More by Sammy
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Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.