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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Buckin' Monk Tripel AleBuckin' Monk Tripel Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: supercolter on 09-14-2009)
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Reviews by TheSarge:
Photo of TheSarge
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into my Duvel tulip. It produces about three fingers thick worth of off white head. The body is cloudy and is orangish gold in color, with lots of floaties flinging about.

The aroma is very powdery and a little fruity. It lies between peaches with a slight sour funk.

In the taste I'm getting a bubble gum flavor along with a heavy dose of toffee.

MF wise its a little chewy and prickly with a warm finish.

TheSarge, Aug 19, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +9.9%

jheezee, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened with a resounding pop! & a touch of foam crawling out the bottle. Bottle 2915 of 3000 pours a super effervescent gold with 1 finger of fluffy ivory head & nice noisyness! Fred Eckhardt (sic) would love this beer. Effervescence persists throughout, good lacing & head retention

S: Appleskins & dirt & orchard fruit & raw booze once warm

T: Follows the nose, apricot, pear, & green apple are all there up front along with sweet apple juice. Pineapple, more sweet apple juice, a touch of honey & grainyness as this warms, along with boozeyness finally showing up at the party, along with some green banana & candi sugar. Finishes dry, with green banana, a touch lemon, apple peels & sweetbread

NF: Light/medium bodied, very spritzy, fairly smooth skews too sweet. Beer has a grainy edge once warm, along with boozey warmth

Drinks alright, but the sweetness loses its charm after about 8 ounces. ABV is pronounced but not daunting. A inspired shot at the style that doesn't quite get the results I was expecting

russpowell, May 26, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #41/3000 .... poured into my Delirium goblet... dull hazy golden brew.. flimsy head doesn't stick around long at all with no lacing.

Nose is really fruity... apple and pear... some banana and lite clove.

Flavor is again very fruity... reminds me a bit of apple cider... is too sweet for my palate.. lingering sweetness on the finish.. a bit of white grape as it warms..

Body is thick for the style and carbonation seems light...

I really don't have alot good to say about this brew, so I'm not going to say much.... Glad I got to try it, but I will only be buying more of this year's for trading... Oh.. and $14 is too expensive for this brew.

3/4/3.5/3.5/3

JohnGalt1, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with nice streams of carbonation. Half finger white head kept steady by the carbonation. Aroma of sweet bready malt, apple juice, cloves and light Belgian yeast. Flavor follows aroma, sweet bready, slightly biscuit malt, light fruit juice, clove, light citrus. Finishes with interesting peppery and estery fruit and sweet malt, residual cloves. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Not quite a traditional tripel, a bit on the sweet side, but I enjoyed drinking this quite a bit and will look for it again.

LiquidAmber, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of CWhite
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

CWhite, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought recently at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL.

Poured into a St Feuillien goblet. Pours with a big moussy white head and hazy golden body. Head falls within a few minutes leaving about a quarter inch of white foam and lace down the glass.

Aromas of malt, alcohol, and candied fruit.

First sip is of sweet malt, alcohol and "yeast bite." A little sweeter than I'm used to, but still very good. No hops to speak of, but some bittering balance. A little chaulky (not a bad thing) at the finish.

Mouthfeel is full. This beer coats your mouth with sweet malt and lingers. Chaulkiness lasts but isn't obtrusive. I would prefer a tripel that was a little drier, but this isn't cloying.

Drinkability - good for a high alcohol beer. Very good sipper, perfect for a night cap.

JamnesCameron, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of supercolter
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite Big Sky beer to date. Appearance is very good- has a nice wheaty look to it. Taste is good, hops seem a little odd for a Tripel, but all the usual dark fruit and very nice oaty malt backbone. Mouthfeel is good, medium in body with decent carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic, hardly notice the alcohol.

supercolter, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of thefluker
3/5  rDev -17.6%

thefluker, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Zorro
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colored ale with a tall white colored head.

Smells strongly fruity with a big apple aroma. Spicy with an edge of coriander but it isn't overpowering. Slightly medicinal and phenolic. Absolutely no scent of alcohol at all. Faint honeysuckle malt scent but it is restrained and lets the spice do the talking.

Starts out Mild and fruity with a spiced apple taste. Faintly sour after taste. Semi-dry malt levels, it isn't quite without sweetness. Slight black pepper taste. The taste is subtle yet just about perfect.

Mouthfeel is A little light.

Overall the drinkability is super! Tasty ale that doesn't stomp your taste-buds to death. Very highly recommended.

Zorro, Jan 28, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

Limited Edition 1016 of 3000
2009

A: Cork released with a really loud and forceful pop. No gushing or creeping with this bottle. Pours an ever so slightly hazed pale golden color. Head was pretty fizzy and reached almost five fingers thick. Carbonation was very active at first and then settled down as the head receded. Nice bubbly lace was left behind. Second and third pours showed off a lot of suspended sediment.

S: Very yeast and orchard fruit forward nose. Sweet aromas of banana, pear, apple, peach, alcohol, spices, caramel, and a hint of clove.

T: Loads of sweet and spicy fruit. Maybe a bit too sweet. The sweet flavors combine with the apparent alcohol flavor and add up to a Tripel that could use a lot more hop presence.

M: Despite the overly sweet flavors on parade here, there is a welcome bit of spicy bite. Namely from the 10% lurking within. Finishes a bit on the dry side with a pinch of fruit tang and pepper.

D: A likeable enough Tripel but way too sweet and a tad too boozy. I struggled a bit to finish this.

GbVDave, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Jameswoody
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

Jameswoody, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

beergil, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

smartassboiler, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of calmond72
4/5  rDev +9.9%

calmond72, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Vixie
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold color with about an inch of white head.

Smell is malty at first, followed by citrus. Has just a hint of spice as well, mainly pepper.

A bit fruity at first, there's a few flavors hard to identify, I am guessing the blend of grains used accounts for that. Has quite a spicy back to it, leaves a bit of a pepper aftertaste.

Good solid feel, no complaints about it.

An interesting take on one of my favorite styles. At first I was a bit unsure about it, but as I drank more, more flavors seemed to open up, and I found myself liking it more. Triples seem to be hard for US craft brewers to get right, but while not the best US triple I have tried, this is one of the better ones. Very much worth a try.

Vixie, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of MichiganderHB
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MichiganderHB, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

We crack the cage and cork off a 750mL 2012 bottle labeled with “1018 of 3240” pouring a brew of pale golden sunrise yellow into our tasting snifters. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of tiny, creamy white bubbles. This retains decently, leaving specks and rings of lacing around the glass asymmetrically. Haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The nose offers sweet notes of banana esters, champagne grape, sugary booziness, and faint butters to sit against the base grain of stark wheatiness, soft oat, raw barley, and what are seemingly pale malts. Burning plastics, tinny metallics, lemon rind, bacon meatiness, vanilla extract, more fusel booze, corny adjuncts, and bittered yeast come out with warmth. Our first impression is that while there is bright sweetness up front, the sip concludes quite bitterly, with strong plastics and acetaldehydes. As we sip, the begins with red apple sweetness, those aromatic white champagne grapes, glassy metallics, black pepper and booze, flashes of fading floral and grassy hops, sea saltiness, cinnamon stick, and white sugars. Moving to the peak are notes of enhanced booziness, dirty wheat, adjuncty pales, darkened fruits of plum and fig, cornmeal, plastic phenols, and continued pear and apple fruitiness. The ending wash comes with robust ethanol, chlorine chemicals, phenolic clove, biting metallics, dry baker’s yeast, bittered oat and wheat, lemon flesh and rind, and tart boysenberry fruitiness. The aftertaste breathes of white grape wine-qualities, biting yeast, juicy red apple fruitiness, chalky wheatiness, white flour, browned bananas, brown breadiness, soy sauce saltiness, and, of course, big alcohol presence. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with what little coating there is to be had drying into streaks of astringent chalkiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips on the slower side.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the evolution of its aroma. At first we were given standard graininess and nice complementary sweetness to match. With warmth, however, it really began to flourish, with biting notes of booze, fruit, meatiness, and a curious champagne grape quality. The taste saw most of this through, but where the warmth gave the aroma more life, it seemed to take it away from the flavoring. Booze and plastics dominated through the end, only partially saved by heartiness of grain, vanillas, esters, and fruitiness. Otherwise the drink was pretty standard, and sipped decently enough.

TheBrewo, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Hellpop65, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle into chalice; 2012 vintage, bottle 1099 of 3240. Pours hazy golden amber color with a small white head with poor retention, that reduces to a minimal lace cap. Minimal glass lacing, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, clove, herbal, pepper, floral, wheat, bread, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with decent balance and complexity of malt and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, floral, bread, wheat, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid balance and complexity of yeast and malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid Tripel style. Decent balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with bready malts; and fairly smooth to sip on. A fairly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 25, 2013
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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.