Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste | Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye Mont Des Cats
France
abbaye-montdescats.fr

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#26,736
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50
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141
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 141
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle on New Year's Day 2019.

The beer has a lovely, clear, copper-colored body topped by a moderately good off-white head.

The Belgian link is evident in the distinctive yeast character that resembles corresponding ales from Westmalle and Chimay in both the aroma and the flavor. Speaking of the flavor, it has a relatively large dynamic range, beginning quite sweet but ending with moderate+ bitterness. Caramel malts dominate but are joined by hints of raisins and other dried fruits, light spices and mild earthy-herbal hops. This is much more like a dubbel than a typical Belgian Pale Ale.

Medium+ body with lively carbonation.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A hybrid of a belgian pale and a dubbel. Has the pale hops and floral elements of a pale, but has caramel malt and a brown sugar sweetness and syrupy like a dubbel. Full bodied for a bpa with plenty of carbonation brining out the bitter elements on the finish.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper, slightly amber and pretty hazy. Lots of carbonation and 5 fingers of off white, creamy head.

Smells of toasted malts, pear skins, plastic and caramel.

The taste follows the nose. Its slightly sweet, toasted malts, and a hint of bitterness on the end.

Medium body, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Albany several months back and I'm having it in Toronto, May 9th, 2018. I wanted to try it ever since hearing about it, after visiting all the Trappist breweries in Belgium and Netherlands in 2013.

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Photo of Dope
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/2018 date, I assume bottled 12/2017? Who knows. Breweries that use "best by" dates should all burn in a fire

A: Pours a medium brown with a big tall and fizzy light brown head. Decent head retention but no real lacing.

S: Hmmm this is supposed to be a BPA? Smells and looks like a dubbel to me. Bottle lists it as an "amber beer". Light caramel sweetness and heavy breadiness. Little bit of dark fruits and some belgian yeast spices.

T: All malt in this one. Bready with caramel sweetness. Lots of earth and belgian spices in the middle and finish. Decent bit of bitterness on the back end as well. Plain finish with very little in the aftertaste, just some lingering spices.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Not bad, tastes like a pretty standard dubbel to me. Malty with a lot of belgian yeast flavors. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of Zet
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber haze with a solid head of foam. Smell of belgian yeast, apricot, malt, bubblegum, cloves and spices. The taste has its share of fruity esters like orange, fig and red grape. There is also spice like cinnamon, liquorice and cloves. It maintains a malty caramel profile. Though there are a lot of flavours in bot smell and taste and the balance is good, the intensity could have been higher in my opinion. Flavours are a tad weak and the mouth feel is a little watery. A higher malt to water ratio might do this beer some good.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear amber color with slightly beige head. Aroma has the classic belgian yeast and sugar combo. Taste is sweet, malty and sugary at first, yeast esters coming along, some earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Aftertaste has grassy hops with some hay and dry wood notes. Medium body with medium plus carbonation. A well made, classic style belgian ale.

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Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Chimay goblet, apropos methinks, as this is brewed by the brothers at Chimay.

Pours a nice brown/red/copper with a solid tightly packed head which retains its integrity throughout.

On the nose, Belgian candi sugar, strong malt backbone and the archetypical Chimay yeast.

The mouth follows the nose with the added benefit of pallet cleansing carbonation up front, through the middle and back.

Overall, an excellent representation of the style - a solid Patersbier - or Trappiste table beer.

Thanks for reading...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With a regal, refined and also rustic charm, the beer of Mont des Cats Abbaye comes in a form that's bolder than the typical Belgian pale ale but slightly shier than abbey dubbel at the same time.

Their Trappist Amber Ale billows to the rim with a bright eggshell, tightly knit meringue. Rusty and hazy, the beer underneath simmers with stone fruit, candied sweetness, delicate spice and a slim rose wine perfume that resonates in the nose. Hard candy, steely caramels and a kiss of brown sugar decorate the front of the tongue as the beer's introductions are malty sweet at first.

As the expressive carbonation allows for a creamy middle palate, it also lifts the malts gently from the tastebuds and allows the radiant fruit and spice tanner to play out on the tongue. Red grape, cherry and apple play a duet with peppercorn, hints of allspice, white pepper and faint clove for a clever balance that largely frames the bulk of the beer's overall taste. Light bitterness is delicately woodsy and herbal, trending like black tea playing softly in the backdrop of balance.

Medium bodied from start to finish, the malts seem to suggest a beer of grandeur while its moderate alcohol, yeast spices and bitterness works to lighten the beer's profile. Classic digestibility that gives trappist ale their intangible greatness satisfies the senses but without undue aftertaste, palate fatigue, nor weight on the palate or stomach.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color of brown copper, very cloudy. Foam ecru, high..
There is nothing in the aroma, yeast, soft etch, grapes.
The first sip it does not bring relief, is similarly bland. Although you can feel grapes, plums, cherries and yeast are all so without the "emotions".
Unfortunately, there are also touches of alcohol, "stinking". High saturation.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loose lacy taupe over amber with big floaties. 3.75
Cola, clove, cherry stone and wood spice. 3.75
Sticky caramel malts, some mint, butterscotch, baked apples, hazelnuts and cherry, then sandalwood end.
Soft toffee comeback and numbing linger. 4
Linger, almost medium, lots of chew. 3.75

A dubbel in cartoon proportions. Only big carb keeps heavy malts from cloying. Pepper + earth yeast over any esters which make this pretty aggressive. Opens into some nice notes, but still too noisy - no balance. Also a touch of dark honey oxidation, 2 years past BBD. All put together, not much of a sipper. Done with wannabe Trappists. 3.75

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Photo of ordybill
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a cloudy amber brown color with a medium sized white head.dull gold colored cap.

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Photo of Shanex
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only French trappist, at least to my knowledge.. and I liked it, served preferably in a chalice.. I dig the style and the caramel aroma. Not expensive in Europe, Americans can safely buy this one! Cheers

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Photo of Johnct
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 4

I have to write a review just to comment on the remarkably bizarre mouthfeel. This is one of the creamiest non-nitro beers I've had. It feels like a Guinness. It's creamier than Tree House. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but just feels wrong with a Belgian ale.

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Photo of teromous
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The back label says "L13-776"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a murky orange brown with a short creamy textured white head. The head starts out short but off of the surface of the beer and then fades out to a film.

Aroma: It has a nice bright aroma that smells a bit like minerals and has a flowery hop aroma. The aroma is nice but very subdued. The more I smell it the more I start to pick up notes of caramel and a hint of alcohol with just a minor touch of Belgian yeast.

Taste: It has a wonderful sweet flavor of brown sugar, dates, a bit of cinnamon, and sweet toffy. It kind of reminds me of a Werther's Original but not as buttery.

Mouthfeel: It's perfect. It has a wonderful medium-light body and it finishes clean. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: First off this beer is more like a Dubbel so I would recommend it as such. If you are looking for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale look elsewhere. This beer is outstanding. If you love Abby or Abby style beers then do yourself a favor and pick this up. The highlight of this beer is the delicate yet spicy caramel flavor that delivers a sweet brown sugar flavor and cleans up effortlessly at the end. I would buy it again.

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Photo of MrDell
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

18.06.2016

Mont Des Cats
Belgian Strong Pale Ale- 7.6% - 330ml Bottle - Best before 12.2017

From ratebeer.com:
Mont Des Cats is a trappist abbey in Northern France, a few kilometres from the Belgian border. They do not have a brewery in their monastery, so their beer cannot show the Authentic Trappist Product logo. But it doesn’t get much closer – they have their beer brewed by the monks of Chimay!
Developed independently to the Chimay range, the beer is a lovely copper colour. The link to Chimay is evident in the distinctive Chimay yeast character, in both the aroma and taste.
A pleasant caramel malt sweetness introduces the beer, being joined by hints of dried fruits, gentle spices and an earthy, herbal hop character. As the beer progresses, the bitterness seems to build toward a nice lingering finish.
The abbey only makes one beer, with no intention for more. The abbey is recognised as a Trappist Monastery, allowing them to use the term on the labelling, but as the beer is not brewed on their own premises, the beer is not classed an Authentic Trappist Product.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber colour, much darker than I was expecting. Has a big, fluffy, two finger, white head. A lovely big jet of fast moving bubbles rising up the centre of the Chimay glass from the nucleation site. Good head retention with some lacing.

Aroma: There is no mistaking that Chimay yeast strain on the nose. Lots of apples and fruity/herbal aromas from the yeast. Sweet malt in the background.

Taste: The aroma translates very well into the taste. It's got that nice Chimay yeast and all of the fruitiness of the Chimay Tripel but where the Tripel is dry and bitter in the middle and finish, this one is a little sweeter. With a nice malty middle and then a fairly long lasting, complex finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a very slight prickle from the carbonation, but the liquid itself is velvety smooth.

Overall: I was surprised this one, it really exceeded my expectations. Extremely well balanced, very nice indeed.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown color. Lots of suspended yeast. Small tight head, not much retention.

The aroma is yeasty with dark fruit phenols. Candied plum, raisin and honey. Sweet and musty.

The taste is similar to the nose. Prune candi sugar and honey. Not overly strong but dominates the flavor. Some clove from the yeast.

The feel is moderate with very fizzy carbonation, burns a bit. Sweet on the palate but finishes quite dry.

Drinks like a light Quad. Fruity yeast flavors. Nothing pops though.

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Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drinking from a 750 cl botte, poured into tulip glass. Initial towering head fades to creamy sking. Color is murky amber/copper. Aroma of hay and grass, taste has some hints of butterscotch and caramel. Very smooth considering ABV%. Let’s see if these French monks can give their Belgian brothers a run for their money....

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with quite a bit a floating particulates and 2 plus solid fingers of head that settles after a bit to a lasting cap. Scent of slightly sour apple. Taste follows smell...fairly malty nice feel. Really enjoyed this with dinner.

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Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mild chill hazed copper colored ale with a tall off-white colored head.

Powerful level of carbonation. Smells of apples and caramel. Faint scent of lemon. Mild honeysuckle flower scent.

Starts out mildly sweet and spicy with a cinnamon taste. Taste of coriander and flowers with the taste of apple butter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good mild Belgian style ale.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 750ml bottle brought back from Cassel in Northern France. Pours a cloudy brown colour with a beige head that lingers. Aromas of caramel, spice & malt. Tastes of caramel, spice, apple & malt with quite a alcoholic aftertaste. Overall a decent beer without standing out from the crowd.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new favorite Belgian beer. A beautiful brown color, a smell like chocolate chip banana nut muffins, a flavor that's like that plus refreshing notes of citrus. An amazing beer. These monks really know what they are doing.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ripe, Yeast, Biscuity, Spicy

The new Trappist Ale on the block. This French abbey sought out help from fellow Trappist monks from Chimay to get their beer brand up and running. Fallen apple, faint clove, and crackers come to mind. A bit bold and in your face with the slightly higher level of alcohol, fruitiness, and yeast character though there is a lot of other inner workings of complexity and finesse that make this brew a treat.

STYLE: Trappist Amber Ale | ABV: 7.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian and fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of fruity yeast—apples seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of earthy yeast and grainy malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little more fruity and malty compared to other beers in the style. It's more like a fuller-bodied version of a farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium orange amber with some light particulates floating around. Bottle popped so robustly, I thought this might be a gusher, but it was well behaved. Nice big four finger ivory head with good retention and tons of pillowy lacing. Aroma of bready malt, pear and apple, light stone fruit, clove; slight mineral. Flavor follows aroma, with bready malt, mixed light stone and apple family fruit, clove, a little caramel developing in the finish, which is sweet fruit, clove and mild hops. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess from the fine, active carbonation. A nicely made Belgian pale. The flavor is not as intense as the quite promising aroma, but it well balanced and covers the expected flavor profile. The carbonation is excellent. Brewed by Chimay, and although it won't knock Blue of its pedestal, still a flavorful, pleasing Belgain pale. I'll get this again.

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Photo of janubio
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour, thin head with lace and ring. Smell of dark fruits, citrus, candy, honey. Medium body, sticky palate. Normal carbonation. Taste is like the smell: dark fruits specially, with hints of caramel, honey and citrus.

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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste from Abbaye Mont Des Cats
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 141 ratings