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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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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
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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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
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 mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big yeasty aroma with a phenolic touch. Sudsy with a pleasant prickly mothfeel. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish color in the tall glass.

Malty and sweet with a cake batter taste. Lots of fruit with pineapple and pears in the front. Barely a whiff of hops though the label claims this is brewed with Hallertau Tradition. The flavor is sweet Hawaiian bread or maybe Challah. Appley with some alcohol taste in the finish. This is like some kind of pastry with the sweet crust.

Overall, this is an interesting sweet sort of Tripel that gives some kick and fruity pleasure. Crazy sweet and definitely a desert beverage. Purchased at QFC in Seattle for ten bucks for the 750 ml bottle.

mactrail, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of wheat, apples, citrus, and spices. Light fruity malts as well. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, alcohol, fruity malts, wheat, and spices. A step down from the nose due to the heat of the alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice tripel. Would like to try again.
Update: had it again on 09/04/11. At this point my review was pretty similiar; I gave it the same exact score. The alcohol is definitely still there a bit in the taste, but it is fading. I thought bananas came through a lot in the nose and taste. Still pretty nice.

mdfb79, Sep 17, 2010
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
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
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Mebuzzard, Jul 16, 2014
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.


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 flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: light golden-yellow hue with a touch of haze and a nice but restrained effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy white foam. I like it.

Smell: subtle but quality malt base with some big tart apple and sweet pear aroma. Just what I look for in a tripel.

Taste: very good malty flavor, if a bit on the sweet side. Fruit flavors are pared back from the stronger aroma, which works well here. This may not be the perfect tripel, but it is damn good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and resulting bodacious creaminess. Bam! I rarely see this quality of texture in a tripel made outside of Belgium.

Overall: this beer is more than the sum of its parts. The flavor is damn good, and the mouthfeel is great. In many ways this beer reminds me of Tripel Karmeliet, which is no small compliment.

flagmantho, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handwritten 908 of 3000.


Pours a mostly clear banana peel and hay color with mabe a little haze and some nice bubbling.The head is bi frothy right afte rthe pour, but recedes to nothing very quckly.

Candi sugar and honey moderatley drizzled in wet wheat and toasted pilsner malts. Maybe some very faint musty hops to balance, but very nice aroma.

Taste starts syrupy sweet texture with some sugary toasted malts. Lots of honey flavors in the middle of this beer flavo profile, along with a more grainy palate. The finis is yeast and sugar sweet flavor that linger slong after each sip. The abv. also lingers for a little bit after each sip once this beer warms up. A nice flavorful sipping beer.

scruffwhor, May 27, 2010
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good. Lively cork pop. Poured with a huge foamy frothy off white head and good lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma was yeasty, musty, some malt, hops. Flavor is a little bland up front although relatively a traditional tripel. Vineous candy sugar flavs develop in the middle and finishes that way augmented by the alcohol. Body is good and so is carbonation. Alcohol comes on strong at the end to the beer detriment. Not a session.

drpimento, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -17.6%

smartassboiler, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

cpetrone84, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks jcwattsrugger

A: Pale yellow with a small white head.

S: Aromas of apples, pears, and light blend of spices.

T: Light sweet fruits, yeast, bread, mild spice.

M: Fairly light in body for the style.

D: An okay tripel but not one I would seek out.

tpd975, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Whiskeydeez, May 19, 2013
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
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

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 jheezee
4/5  rDev +9.9%

jheezee, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +3%

a77cj7, Tuesday at 08:40 PM
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Hellpop65, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of brewandbbq
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, #759 of 3000.

Pours pale gold with a three inch head of rocky white that was slow to retreat. Plenty of frothy suds on the walls of the glass for the duration along with a thickish skim coat.

Aromatics are dripping with honey, apples, cloves, bubblegum, biscuity malt, and spicey phenols. Hints of pear and rock candy follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Sticky and a bit chewy.

The palate leads off with sweet honey, grassy overtones, husky malt, and cane sugar. Apples, bubblegum, cloves, and corn syrup follow through.

Finishes with a lingering sweetness, light malt, and some mild heat on the throat.

Tasty enough, but too sweet for my 'buds, and the heat is a little surprising for the style.

brewandbbq, Sep 25, 2010
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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.