Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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4/5 rDev +7.8%
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
01-22-2012 02:16:39 | More by wordemupg
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
12-25-2011 04:04:23 | More by JohnGalt1
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
12-23-2011 23:37:18 | More by IronDjinn
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
12-21-2011 04:41:31 | More by superspak
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
12-16-2011 03:21:19 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
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.
11-13-2011 05:54:20 | More by rstone57
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-23-2011 23:24:54 | More by joepais
British Columbia (Canada)
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
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
03-07-2011 06:43:49 | More by canucklehead
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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
07-18-2010 17:04:52 | More by barleywinefiend
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
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 :)
06-04-2010 05:31:36 | More by katelovesbeer
Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.