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Monks' Tripel | Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)

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Monks' TripelMonks' Tripel

Brewed by:
Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
New Mexico, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Stinkypuss on 03-27-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by Hunter:
Photo of Hunter
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

appearance: Rich gold color ale, zero carbonation. It took a vigorous pour to produce a couple of fingers of white foam. I guessed that it would fade quickly, but managed to stay for a decent amount of time. Minimal lacing.

smell: Nearly non-existent. Repeated passes with the nose give rise to ginger-ale, florals, grassy undertones.

taste: Different. Someone one here said it tasted like a mix of corn adjunct pilsners and Belgian style ale, and that's not a bad description. Almost get a sugary impression, as if the yeast was unable to complete the fermentation process.

mouthfeel: Watery, with a sweet cloying aftertaste. Not wholly unpleasant, but it's not the spicy bracing finish I've come to expect from the style.

overall: Disappointing. I'm willing to accept that the brothers at Abiqui need time to settle into their new profession, and given that their monks? A little grace is in order. This is a good effort. Just needs time to perfect.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monk’s Tripel has a thin, white head, a sort of hazy, gold-yellow appearance, some murky-ness, and a thin amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, bright citrus, white bread, alcohol, and an overall champagne smell. Taste is of sweet, bright fruits, citrus, champagne, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, prickly, and a bit slick, and Monk’s Tripel finishes crisp, boozy, and interesting. Overall, I think it is worth a try.


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Photo of rkcrozier
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of asinghania
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of Benh777
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of hops, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight spices, alcohol, hint of dark citrus, slight hops, hint of earthy malt, and slight pale malt. Overall, a smooth Tripel, that is not hurt by the alcohol. A great blend, possibly the best blended Tripel I've ever had, but the body is a little weak.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Monks' Tripel
Abbey Beverage CO.

Pours a light perfectly clear gold. Bone white head forms and recedes away to a wisp. Aromas of Belgian yeast, mild floral notes and malt sweetness. In the taste, mildly fruity and pear like Belgian yeast, candi sugar, moderately sweet with a fairly strong presence of alcohol. Definitely a tripel in style, with mildly spicy yeast notes, pale malt sweetness, and some kick to it. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly thin. Overall, not a bad beverage definitely worth trying, nice to see some new product from Abbey Bev.

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a clear golden color, moderately carbonated, with a medium white head. The aroma is malty, with a bit of Belgian yeast. The beer is earthy, sweet, and has some fruit in the front. Nice warmth and enjoyable.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Poured into a new Belgium chalice, color is gold, clear, head is bright white and leaves some lacing.

aroma is mild booze, subtle malt, and light bread, some yeast off flavors

taste is a touch maltier, then some lighter booze than the aroma, then some yeast phenols, touch of apricot and citrus like fruitiness

mouthfeel is very neutral for such a strong ale, nice lingering malt flavor and drying presence from the fermentation

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Photo of zeff80
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of BigLittleHokis
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Swtorvape
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, dried citrus peel, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, fruit, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a solid American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass light golden with light head.
Aroma is esters & fruits
Flavor is sweetly bitter bananas. Lemon?
Plenty of carbonation.
Overall a better than average Tripel.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, heavy and some spice. Alcohol plays a role in the flavor in the not the most subtle of way. Decent but nothing special.

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Photo of M_chav
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Peyton5410
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Monks' Tripel from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
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