Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste
Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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From:
Abbaye Mont Des Cats
 
France
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #138
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,048
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 10.37%
Ratings:
156
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 29, 2022
Added:
Jul 27, 2011
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  33
SCORE
85
Very Good
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3.69 by Robertas from Lithuania on Mar 29, 2022
 
3.94 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska on Mar 13, 2022
 
4.11 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Feb 19, 2022
 
3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 28, 2022
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by RaulMondesi from California

Well, hell, here we go again… I’m at a family party and I keep hearing my girlfriend’s ex boyfriend’s name (I’m in France and Raul doesn’t speak French). Either way, I’m gonna drain this thing even though it’s pretty much average like one of those Hadid chicks before plastic surgery.

Aug 18, 2021
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared bottle at RBNAG 2011. Golden-brown colour. Spicy and "typically Belgian" aroma. Pleasant and moderately spicy flavour, not too sweet, again "typically Belgian". A decent trappist, but not of the trailblazing kind.

May 09, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by plutonash from Latvia

L: Large head at pour which later dissipates to a one finger head head. Looks hazy copper/brown. Okaish lacing.
S: Caramel, brown burnt sugar, bubblegum, nuts, apricot, pear.
T: Brown/white unrefined sugar, caramel, fruits (bananas, apricots)
F: Med/high carb, light/med body with noticeable bitterness. I would prefer if it would be tad less bitter. Abv is hidden.
O: Nice belgian strong ale.

May 09, 2021
 
4.02 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jan 29, 2021
 
3.92 by DvdP from Netherlands on Sep 17, 2020
 
3.75 by paulish from New York on Apr 23, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a hazy amber color with a big top of white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some sticky lacings on the glass.
Aroma is caramel, ripe pears and apples, yeast, sugar and spices.
The taste is dry and fruity with a strong malty background. Sugary and yeasty spice notes, before it finishes bitter with some herbal hop notes. The flavour is nice but it ends up a little weak in the finish and aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A good enough take on the style, but lacks a little to be among the best ones.

Mar 29, 2020
 
3.94 by igl from Russian Federation on Jan 25, 2020
 
3.77 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Dec 15, 2019
 
3.97 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Dec 02, 2019
 
3.69 by Eltrandos from France on Sep 14, 2019
 
3.74 by Quafftastic from Virginia on May 15, 2019
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Jan 01, 2019
 
4 by jeschaefer from Texas on Sep 23, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

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.

Sep 09, 2018
 
4 by OriolesFan1008 from Maryland on Jul 07, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

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.

May 09, 2018
 
3.5 by qrazvan from Romania on Apr 18, 2018
 
3.75 by bird_soul from Netherlands on Apr 11, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Dope from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 09, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Zet from Netherlands

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.

Aug 27, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Aug 08, 2017
 
3.94 by mishi_d from Romania on Jul 08, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by r-m-kaylor from New York

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...

Jul 02, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Mar 31, 2017
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2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

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.

Jan 29, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StJamesGate from New York

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

Jan 20, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ordybill from Georgia

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.

Jan 10, 2017
 
4 by Mattymystique from Massachusetts on Jan 05, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Shanex from France

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

Sep 07, 2016
 
3.99 by Beerbom from California on Aug 13, 2016
 
3.79 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 17, 2016
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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 4
by Johnct from New York

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.

Jul 13, 2016
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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by arthurspoor from Belgium

Nice beer. Lot of malt flavour, fresh fruits. Good mouthfeel. Not my favorite, but still very nice.

Jun 30, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by teromous from Virginia

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.

Jun 25, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by MrDell from Switzerland

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.

Jun 18, 2016
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