Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
04-05-2010 05:27:18 | More by emmasdad
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
02-23-2010 05:45:55 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-14-2009 01:31:27 | More by froghop
3.23/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
08-01-2009 02:31:47 | More by snaotheus
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
07-23-2009 20:42:01 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-08-2009 13:47:21 | More by BigBry
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
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
03-01-2009 22:33:35 | More by Floydster
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-21-2008 06:29:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-01-2008 12:57:08 | More by MTNboy
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
05-02-2008 02:56:29 | More by ccrida
4.43/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
03-02-2008 22:33:06 | More by faernt
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
Im not sure if Fish still bottles Monkfish. I havent 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.
Its rare to find a northwest Belgian-style ale that really works magic and Monkfish isnt magical. But it is very nice and finishes with a slight puckering close. Recommended.
01-17-2008 03:38:21 | More by RedDiamond
4.43/5 rDev +19.4%
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!
12-26-2007 16:52:44 | More by zassenhausen
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-23-2007 23:12:02 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-28-2007 02:00:41 | More by tavernjef
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-20-2007 05:07:42 | More by dnichols
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
03-21-2007 00:12:41 | More by Cwrw
3.23/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
01-02-2007 21:00:03 | More by DogFood11
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
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. Its not an easy beer to define as far as picking out distinct flavors..it mostly hints. Not sure I like that. Its faily still on the tongue as far as mouthfeel goes.
12-18-2006 17:01:18 | More by Jredner
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
11-05-2006 04:32:06 | More by leedorham
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-13-2006 02:54:14 | More by elricorico
2.3/5 rDev -38%
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.
08-09-2006 01:06:54 | More by dancinwillie
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
08-02-2006 03:34:11 | More by Tbone
3.08/5 rDev -17%
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.
05-03-2006 03:36:37 | More by Thrasher
3.05/5 rDev -17.8%
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, Poseidons, Leviathan and Detonator. They can do much better.
03-27-2006 17:51:53 | More by Crosling
Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.