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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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BA SCORE
84
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zacharius on 01-17-2003)
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dnichols

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bottle served in a large mug.

Appearance – Beautiful peachish-brown body with a slight head.

Smell – Fresh smell of fruits including a lingering hint of citrus aroma. The odor of alcohol overwhelms the other aromas.

Taste – An orange flavor dominated the initial sips but as I got further into the glass I was somewhat disappointed. The aftertaste of the alcohol and hoppy bitterness lingered creating a sourness that diminished the taste of subsequent draws from the mug.

Mouthfeel – A tad thin leaving me wanting something more to fill the space in my mouth I expect a triple to fill.

Drinkability – This is a tasty beer that falls short of the mark. It is a near miss; but a valiant effort. It's still too uneven and harsh to consider for a second and third round.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 05:07:42 | More by dnichols
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Available here in the 650ml brown bottles. Label is simple but classy, with the fish taking up the front. 9% abv.

The beers pours nice enough, with subtle hazing, a golden sparkle and sizable head that went down quite quickly. Lacing is average. Maybe a little darker than some tripels I've had.

The aroma is first and foremost a big hit of candy sugar, but something doesn't fit the style at all, and I think it's the extreme saccharine sweetness--less like a balanced tripel and more like smelling burnt sugar. It gives a tangy chemical aroma. Otherwise there is nothing much to the aroma...very little malt, although some leafy hops are detectable.

The taste is better than the aroma, with a full mouthfeel. However, the sugar is...off somehow. Also, the hops just don't jell with this beer. Oddly enough, despite the sugary aroma, the hopping is way too high for a tripel. The beer has a great deal of salinity. All in all, it's pretty drinkable. Something just doesn't click, for the style.

It's worth a try, and cheers to Fish Tales for trying the style. It just really falls short of any of the true Belgian tripels.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 00:12:41 | More by Cwrw
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DogFood11

California

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice it forms an eggshell white head that leaves behind sporadic sliding lace. Body has a cloudy Orange unfiltered look to it with carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass.

On the hoppy side for a tripel. Leaves a thin coating on the palate. Fruity tones are understated and more of an afterthought. My first impression of this offering is it has some American strong ale characteristics w/ a hop kicker. A bit dirty overall and needs some refinements.

Notes: Another American attempt at a tripel and another one comes up short. Keep trying fellas and I'll keep sampling as they come along.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 21:00:03 | More by DogFood11
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Jredner

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz from World of Beer in Clearwater.

Has a cloudy orange/yellow appearance that reminds me of peach juice. The white head is about a thumb thick and fades slowly leaving a clingy lace. Aroma is lightly sweet with some vague fruit notes and a mild breadiness. Flavor is fairly narrow with a mix of ripe and unripe apples and other fruit notes...maybe pear or peach. Light yeast notes. Finish is lightly bitter then sweet and fruity. It’s not an easy beer to define as far as picking out distinct flavors..it mostly hints. Not sure I like that. It’s faily still on the tongue as far as mouthfeel goes.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 17:01:18 | More by Jredner
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leedorham

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a Jim's Homebrew in the clearance section. 2004 bottling sitting at room temp. Says "keep refrigerated" on the label but what the hell. After tonight's experience, I think I may go back and buy him out.

Pours a rich honey amber with almost no head. Poured it gently into a snifter so as to avoid the large amount of sediment ending up in my glass. That may have more to do with the head than anything. Probably a full 2mm of sediment on the bottom.

Aroma is floral and fruity. Not very strong.

The taste is dominated by orange peel. There are noticeable hop flavors but the hop bitterness is very much in the background. The improper cellaring doesn't seem to have mattered as it is a very mellow beverage. No sign of skunk which could have something to do with the lack of hop bitterness. The flavors are acute and uncomplicated. It does leave a bit of dry scum with the finish. I am very pleased overall with this find.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 04:32:06 | More by leedorham
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown orange with visible carbonation climbing to the head. The head, despite a relatively aggressive pour, is only a thick ring around the outside and a very thin cap on top.

The aroma has citrus, and peachy fruit, a bit of pepper and a certain dryness. Good smell, but not as full as many of the style.

A touch of mandarin orange opens up the flavour, then the beer opens up with a zesty alcoholic flavour that carries through to the finish. Lingering is a slight sweetness way back on the tongue and dryness on the rest. Fruit flavour impression stays with the beer, almost a tropical mix. Better and better with each taste, may have been just a touch too cold to start.

Light but not watery, and subtle carbonation make a good combination in my opinion. Consistency is something like a sticky fruit juice with a bit of carbonation.

Quite drinkable in the end, an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 02:54:14 | More by elricorico
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a single, purchased at Woodman's West, Madison, Wisconsin.

Poured into a pint glass, looks a lovely dark amber, somewhat darker than I'm used to, for the style. Small head leaves pretty quickly. No lacing.

Not picking up much scent at all. A very tiny hint of citrus, but not much.

Tasted a little yeast, a bit of citrus, and a hint of pepper. Tastes like a tripel, just not much of a taste. Sort of a tripel light I guess. Very weak flavor. Not impressed by this one at all. Mouthfeel was very thin as well, with minimal carbonation.

Overall drinkability for me, would ultimately be low. Not a good representation of the style, in my opinion. I will try this one again, to see if my sample was tainted, and I hope it was, because I did not enjoy this one at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 01:06:54 | More by dancinwillie
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Tbone

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head (a little cloudy but we just got off the plane from Seattle this morning so it might have needed a bit more time to settle from the carry-on experience).

Color is quite amber (meaning like the orangish color that prehistoric creatures are preserved in, not the usual golden brown color that is usually meant when beer is called amber)

Not much of a smell. Slightly sweet promise of bubble gum and white pepper. Then, similar to the nose, bubble gum and pepper come through in the taste. Starts sweet, finishes spicy (peppery) and dry.

Very nice mouthfeel -- creamy yet light.

Fine US made Belgian style tripel -- we did not detect the issues with this beer noted below. Maybe they have worked out the rough edges with this batch.

Purchased at Bottleworks in Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. This is 06 batch, but they also have an aged version available.

BTW Bottleworks was amazing -- many more posts to come from our haul from this place. Great Pac NW micro selection, Belgian and German selections and a nice collection of aged beers. Also, nice beer selection at Blue Star Cafe around the corner. We went for breakfast and had to order beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 03:34:11 | More by Tbone
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber. Probably the newest batch (2006?); there's no date anywhere. Pours a deeper shade of orange than I was expecting, with admirable head that eventually goes away. Fruity nose with some grapefruit hops and floral aroma. The beer has some trademark Fish Tale buttery malts, with herbal, bitter hops and a relatively mild yeast profile. Not especially Belgian in character. The alcohol is abrasive at this young age; it would benefit from some aging. There is some nice malt sweetness tucked away, and a floral hop crispness, but on the whole, the beer does not compel you to drink more. Mouthfeel feels much like an IPA, medium-to-full bodied, with some hop oiliness. The alcohol flavors need time to recede; best wait with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 03:36:37 | More by Thrasher
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Crosling

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Orange Leather. Subtle aroma that is ignited by the swirl of the glass. Distinct Fish barrel aging smell. Light oak, winey fruitiness (probably red wine but possibly a chardonnay or sauv blanc), butterscotch, rum, light & dark fruits and a subtle, herbal hop scent. In taste, the oak character is much less pronounced when compared to their other barrel aged beers. Notes of fruits (apricots, peaches), wine, sweet malts and a touch of noble hops. Poorly hidden alcohol and very light on the palate. Overall, just lacking in both aroma and taste. A cohesive brew that definately improved with oak aging but how terrible would this brew have been without it? I get the feeling that this beer was a little slighted because of Old Woody, Poseidon’s, Leviathan and Detonator. They can do much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 17:51:53 | More by Crosling
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GClarkage

California

4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/22/05- Purcahsed at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 750ml bottle which is capped rather than caged and corked. 2003 Edition poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off golden color, maybe headed towards a light brown. Huge and I mean huge chunks of yeast plop into my glass. Look like gray slate roof tiles dropped into my glass. Stirred it up, but that just made it worse. About a 1/2 inch head and light patchy lacing.

Smell- Apparently this one morphed into some other scents and tastes due to aging. Rather than the tropical fruits I read from other reviews, I got a very vinous smell with some super dark fruits. Dates and prunes to be precise. There was some bubble gum as well as a bit of oak as well.

Taste- Very dark and very malty with a very nice sweetness. Dark plums, prunes and dates explode with a sugary backlash. One of the sweetest tripels I've had. Hints of oak in the flavor round this one out.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, ultra sweet and creamy. Mouth coating with a mid to low carbonation level.

Drinkability- Super smooth drinker that apparently had aged fantastic besides the huge yeasties. Damn tasty and wish I snagged another.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 19:30:15 | More by GClarkage
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chocolate chip-flecked, dark orange. Unfortunately, I let too much beer escape into the glass. Now there's a large number of small, dark floaters and large, dark chunks swimming around, refusing to settle. The head is orangish cream in color and is densely compact. If it wasn't for the still suspended nasty junk, this would be a fine looking tripel. At least it isn't as hideously ugly as a real monkfish. Have you ever seen one of those things? Yeesh!

I wish I knew what causes this smell that I always attribute to organic beer. I was surprised to find it here until I glanced at the label and was reminded that Monkfish is a product of the Fish Brewing Company. Maybe it's just a house aroma (or, rather a house odor) and is due to the yeast that these guys use. Otherwise: pale malty, orange fruity, mildly ethanolic.

Monkfish is still brashly boozy despite its 1+ years of rest. I get the feeling that it would have deteriorated rather than improved with a few more years under its belt, even if that would have broken the 'bucking bronco' nature of the alcohol. There's plenty of sweet malt on hand, as well as an orange-sections-soaked-in-vodka fruitiness and a surprising hoppy bitterness.

The problem is, the various flavors come together like cars at a busy intersection with no stop signs: near misses, side-swipes and full-on, bone-jarring crashes abound. The whole, loud, chaotic, hurly-burly is, unfortunately, steeped in a tongue numbing, grain alcohol stew that doesn't allow it to be appreciated, even if it deserves to be.

As I get into the bottom half of the glass (the bottom inch of the bottle will stay right where it is), I'm feeling a bit better about things, but only slightly. There's a medicinal, almost phenolic aspect to the flavor that is a poor substitute for the wonderful, spicy yeastiness of a true Belgian tripel. I like the mouthfeel. It's closer to medium than to full and is, by far, the most accomplished part of this ale.

Anyone on the lookout for a good American version of the tripel style should look elsewhere because I found nothing of the sort in this bottle. Fish BC got the ABV and the mouthfeel right, but failed in all other areas. Although it isn't as butt ugly as a real monkfish, Monkfish Belgian Style Triple Ale 2004 is no beauty queen, that's for damn sure. Miss Congeniality? Not a chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 15:32:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
This is the '03 oak aged.
Appears a hazy amber with a 1 finger white head and spotty lacing.
Smell is of a heavy dosage of tripel yeast, bready, oak barrels, vanilla, and caramel.
Taste is of caramel, vanilla, with a subtle tropical fruit salad taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with the vanilla and fruitiness coming through and resounding along the palate.
Drinkability...Had this next to the '04 standard and this was darker, richer, and more complex with the Belgian yeast coming through much better with the oak aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 03:01:58 | More by weeare138
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy a orange-amber with a wispy tan colored head. The aroma is spicy and lightly sharp, notes of alcohol, hints of vanilla, orange, cream soda, and a bit of dusty toasted malt in the finish. The palate is fairly full, yet dry up front, but the finish is quite sweet. The beer has a fairly good spiciness to it with notes of orange peel, earthy coriander, clove, and a bit of a cola-like cardamom, perhaps some ginger and a definite spicy pepper note in the finish. I would like this beer to be a tad drier, but it is still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 02:27:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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circuitmonkey

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium white head. Dark orange in color, very cloudy unfiltered appearence with alot of yeast floating around. Has an initial sweet taste and a slightly dry finish. The alcohol certainly isnt hiding... but I would still give this beer a thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 22:47:41 | More by circuitmonkey
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.
Deep orange coloration, high carbonation, thick, fluffy white, long–lasting head.
Aroma: dry, yet fruity, lightly spicy, pungent citrus, orange and lemon and tangerine....peach, too, warm and lovely...a touch of Belgian-style sour, as well...
Taste: nice, smooth, with a kick, though...thick citric flavor, huge hops, abundant fruit on the palate. Delicious, tangy, tasty... matches many a tripel as I've ever encountered.Excellent grit on the tongue, great play in the mouth, ...A bit middling, and nothing amazing, but, does it have to be? This is all the things you want in a tripel, more or less...I propose it may fill in for the confessional as a way to purge one of sins...check your egregriousness at the door....reign it in, fellows...
Delicious flavor, long, citic-fruity finish, very admirable...quite good.
Hooray for my ichthiological namesake!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 12:32:03 | More by feloniousmonk
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 Vintage

A caveat here: I found this in my cellar (er, closet) and realized that I may have laid it down for a little too long. We'll see.

Poured from the 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Color is a murky deep brownish orange with bright apricot highlights. Head is substantial, off-white and bubbly with good retention. Nose is heavy on alcohol, with rich notes of Belgian ale yeast, dark fruit, sweet roasted malt, and treacle. Palate is rich up front, with sweet malt and some fruit, mellowing into a sweet, brown sugary finish with a warming alcohol kick at the end. Mouthfeel is substantial and slightly syrupy, but lacks the ongoing carbonation I like in tripels. With the amount of alcohol in this, it's difficult to drink a lot, but I finished off the bottle more or less by myself over the course of the evening. It's probably a little better when it's fresher, but still pretty good after almost two years.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 03:04:22 | More by ElGordo
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Edition
$3.49 12oz. bottle

Very cool label with, what appears to be, a fossilized monkfish. The initial appearance was nice and hazy golden as it poured, but even after a careful pour, there was a tremendous amount of yeasties floating around. The light head vanished rather quickly, but I have been noticing that with the last few tripels I have tried. The aroma is sweet(candi sugar) but followed with a barnyard smell. I let the pig shit smell clear my mind. The taste is surprisinly nice with a nice crisp dry finish. The alcohol is not hidden very well, but it makes a nice appearance at that throat. Not a bad tripel. It has all the right pieces somewhere, it just needs to put them together.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 01:48:49 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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sponberg

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition, proclaimed in big font on the label. Pours a medium gold-copper with a tight white head that just does not EVER leave completely. Plenty o' chunks floating around in the brew settle quickly to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of tropical fruit (mangoes and pineapples primarily), esters, and fusel alcohol.

This beer defines warming surge of alcohol. Tastes like some Dogfish Head products - that same hot alcohol flavor that permeates Immort Ale when fresh is here in spades. Behind it hides an interesting brew - tropical fruit esters combine with yeastiness, hints of cinnamon and some green apple dipped in tupelo honey to create an intriguing flavor combination. The heat dies down a bit as it warms, allowing the background flavors to bloom a bit - definitely try this brew at cellar, not fridge, temperature for best effect. Sticky and round mouthfeel, bigger and chewier than many tripels. I enjoy this beer, and wonder how good it could be, and how addictive, if the alcohol were just toned down a bit. Lay this one down vertically for a season or two and, if the heat dies down, be prepared to have your taste buds dance.

Many thanks to Marc R. in Syracuse for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 03:18:25 | More by sponberg
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

2004. 12oz.
Sandblasted ocher with a tight beige crowning of foam.
Aromatic of chalkdust, wet basement, and pineapple/vodka mixed drinks.
Begins with a glimpse of crackery pale malt dryness...one that's immediately unseated by phantoms of fruit. Pineapple, pear, and apple. Turns a bit rugged midway, presenting vodka-like booze traits with their sweet, hot, grain emissions. A mildewed sense develops, along with those same chalky traits from the nose. Ends with a citrus-leaning hop burst of lemon rind and orange pulp and a lessening of the ABV sting.
The mouthfeel is firm and full, but (almost) fully carbonated per the style....a feat few American-made tripels pull off. But this carries a but too much weight and appears as Belgian-influence barleywine...a flaw typical of most US versions.
I really did not like this at first, but it has grown on me a little. It's still too uneven and harsh to consider noteworthy...but time may change that.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 06:40:09 | More by cokes
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2003 vintage Monkfish pours a hazy, amber body beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds very well. It eventually drops to a thin surface covering and wide, fluffy collar (which ain't so bad!), and initially leaves creamy rings of lace about the glass. A bready malt that's seemingly drizzled with melted sugar and honey dominates the aroma, while some fruity notes (grape, apple, pear) help to lift it away from becoming too heavy. In the mouth it's creamy and smooth. It's full maltiness is quite dextrinous, and its very fine-bubbled natural carbonation only lightly caresses the tongue. It's certainly not to be argued against, but I wonder if a bit more zest might change the overall character of the beer for the better. The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates, but there are also some darker fruits at work here (raisins, prunes, figs); some peppery spiciness; and a touch of some woody & vanilla-ish notes due to the aging in oak. It's interestingly malty, but as an example I think I'd find it more akin to the Chimay Grand Reserve that I would the Chimay Cinq Cents. It finishes with a flourish of spice (alcohol?, anise?) that helps to dry out the lingering, sticky maltiness. Eventually it does dry and some harsh, wood-like notes evolve; but by that time you're ready for another sip. Hmmm.... an interesting beer that's darker and more malty than most tripels, but also offers a touch more complexity. It's alcohol is noticeably present, but well heeled for a beer of 8%; and it's creamy mouthfeel is welcoming but a tad unexpected. Unburdened by any stylistic constraints, this is a lovely, strong ale that makes for a great apertif or after-dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 03:49:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle-conditioned, amber body, off-white film. Very toasty malty aroma. Roasted pears, mango, grilled malty and vinous grapes. Appealing aroma. In mouth, the stale comes out boring and stale. Not much development at all. Wine character doesn’t marry so well at all with such absence of life (carbonation is extremely low while the body is moderately thick). A bit of mango here and there, nutty aspects. Very warming alcohol for 8%, moderately bitter finish, heavily astringent. Sadly disappointing. Thanks TAR for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 16:55:26 | More by Rastacouere
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking brownish orange. Thin and somewhat fizzy eggshell colored head. Retention is good and lacing is better than average. The aroma is quite fruity and alcoholic. Pears, grapes and mango all doused with a good dose of ethanol. A little winey as well. The taste is quite smooth and enjoyable. Fruitiness really comes out nicely on the palate. Grape skin and green apples...pears...a little pineapple. The alcohol is present, but held in check by the other pleasurable tastes. Bubblegum esters enter the picture. Mouthfeel is nicely fizzy and body is close to medium. This is quite enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 03:58:34 | More by Bighuge
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage: 750ml bottle which is crowned. This triple was aged for two months in oak wine casks....cool. OK, so this one pours out a clear golden colour with a nice big white head that lasts forever, and leaves very intricate lacing patterns on my glass. The smell is sharp and vinous, with some oak notes in there as well. The aromas are very yeasty, with hints of sweet, honey-like malts, weak hops, candy sugar, and more. The taste is sharp up front with a nice acidic smack of hops. The middle is matly, sweet and bready with some oak flavor notes, and some honey notes as well. This is quite a vinous beer, but not nearly as vinous as the De Dolle Oerbier Reserva. The mouthfeel was very full, rich, and creamy, but the drinkability suffered, as this beer is just too damn complex for its own good!

Awesome stuff though...and i'll try it again if the oppurtunity arises!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 20:34:35 | More by francisweizen
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marc77

California

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed titian hue. Topped by a creamy, dense, dogged ivory white head that yields steadfast, coating lace. Darker than most tripels. The aroma is comprised of soft, bready, lightly musty yeast along with hints of ripe pear and minty ethanol. Candyish, honey like wafts arise as the brew breathes. Rather tame, but welcoming aromawise. Incipient in flavor is a combination of sweet, slightly buttery, fig laced dough. Tartens mid palate, with hints of underripe plum and green apple offering contrast to the initial sweetness. Understated, but perceptibly zesty alcohol derived black pepper and warm licorice notes dart in after a deilberation. Comparatively full bodied and underattenuated for style, with a hefty, dextrinous and nearly creamy mouthfeel that lends agreeable richness. Finishes with a firm, but not overbearing, simple, fading sucrose like sweetness accompanied by a brusque, ghostly breeze of hop bitterness. A unique tripel that's soft in overall character and a pleasure to sip. Residual sweetness eventually weighs heavily on the palate, hindering the drinkability a touch. A rich, clean, and enjoyable brew. Vintage 2003, 750 ml.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 01:35:49 | More by marc77
Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.