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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Buckin' Monk Tripel AleBuckin' Monk Tripel Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%


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 jhtipton:
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jhtipton

Spain

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden, slightly cloudy with a very light fluffy white foam. Some mild lacing at first glance. Smell is a little fruity, maybe pears, and the nice yeasty aroma I was hoping for. Nice for an American Belgian style. Taste is light fruits like pears and apples, yeast, mild hops, and wheats. The alcohol is prevalent and warming. Mouthfeel is carbonated, light to medium bodied, and a little effervescent. Alcohol remains prevalent theme. Drinkability is only good. It is my style, minus the hops, but is quite strong. Only one bottle per day, I believe.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 16:50:21 | More by jhtipton
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Vixie

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:16:40 | More by Vixie
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Lane_in_ID

Idaho

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-16-2014 18:38:05 | More by Lane_in_ID
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Zorro

California

4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 02:48:13 | More by Zorro
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

01-24-2014 02:09:10 | More by vinny21bal
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Kerrie

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

01-18-2014 02:24:34 | More by Kerrie
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beergil

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-27-2013 01:08:09 | More by beergil
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

11-23-2013 20:30:25 | More by smartassboiler
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-26-2013 20:38:31 | More by jaydoc
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

10-10-2013 21:56:23 | More by CWhite
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thefluker

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18%

08-31-2013 13:34:02 | More by thefluker
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-01-2013 03:29:43 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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superspak

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:19:30 | More by superspak
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 00:36:46 | More by TheBrewo
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Extreme light yellow, near white with tinted yellow, fast rising and fast falling snappy white soapy head. Moderate clarity,

Tons of white grape, chardonnay on the nose, spicy, raisin. Hidden Banana

A bit weird. Way spicy, missing a bit of Belgian esters. Harsh, ends abruptly, high volume of heat. Awkward sweetness and bitterness, appropriate carbonation.

This one is down the middle... Not the best, but I've certainly had worse. I imagine BS can top this one easily. This is one Uptight Belgian brew!!! Not sure I can recommend @ $13/750ml, more of a $8 brew IMO

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 01:57:15 | More by chugalug06
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Jameswoody

Montana

1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

07-01-2013 03:46:57 | More by Jameswoody
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00chris

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-22-2013 16:09:03 | More by 00chris
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-06-2013 15:01:07 | More by PHBoiler
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-04-2013 11:52:42 | More by MichiganderHB
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-19-2013 16:55:49 | More by Whiskeydeez
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NickThePyro

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-04-2013 02:01:54 | More by NickThePyro
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 03:45:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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Vitacca

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-05-2013 02:30:01 | More by Vitacca
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-29-2012 02:17:23 | More by Iowacraft
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pour is a hazy dark orange with a sparse large bubbles white head. The nose is boozy and sweet. Lemon, banana, candied sugar, and some spicy yeast and sweet malt undertone. The taste is also boozy, some bourbon notes, candied sugar, lemon and banana esters, some peppery spice, sweet malt underneath with a fair bit of heat in the finish. The body is heavy and syrupy, moderate carb, prickly on the back of the throat. Not a super easy drink and tons of sugar and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 14:51:07 | More by cpetrone84
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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.