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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste | Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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Mont Des Cats Biere TrappisteMont Des Cats Biere Trappiste
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Klym on 07-27-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
123
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
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Photo of JakeScully
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -7.5%
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 +11.1%
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 +16.4%
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 -5.7%
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 -7.5%
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 -0.3%
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 -7.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +34.8%
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 +4%
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 -0.8%
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 +5.9%
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 -6.5%
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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

A trappist beer brewed by the monks who brew Chimay (Abbaye de Scourmont ) for the monks at Abbaye du Mont des Cats.
Nose: fruit, dark dried fruit, spice, bubble gum
Pours brilliant copper brown under a persistent moussey 1" off-white foam cap, lacy.
Palate: Big candy and bubble gum on the front that gradually gives way to hints of dried fruit, soft caramel, faint cola, and a hint of anise by the finish. A light hop accent joins with the malt to provide balance to this yeast driven beer.
The body is very creamy supported by above average fine soft carbonation. Slight warming.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Mont des Cats has a thin-to-medium, off-white, spongy head, very tight, fast bubble streams, a murky, orange appearance, and not much lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of mellow, sweet, spiced bread, bread crust, and possibleysome sugar. Taste is of those elements, with some yeast and light fruits, such as dates or figs. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Mont des Cats finishes crisp, easy going, and not at all boozy.

RJT

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, earth, caramel, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, toast, caramel, earth, and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of malt, caramel, and spice characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at Binny's - bottle code L13-776 - poured into a balloon)

A: cloudy copper liquid... very nice, tight, sudsy off-white foam with tiny bubbles - easily identifiable as a bottle-conditioned (perhaps infected) Belgian ale... good length of head retention, but no lace of note

S: medium-dark, bready melanoidins... dark grape, perhaps a touch of baked apple... faint dusting of cinnamon and sugar spice... almost a lager-like graininess... sort of a dying leaf aroma reminiscent of autumn in full swing... mist of spicy alcohol in the back... overall, pleasant smells, just not terribly vibrant, almost zapped out

T: (not so) surprisingly toasty, with a hint of an almost bacony smokiness in the distance, plus a light swell of caramelized grain and a dull, lingering (unsweet) dried apple and rose petal in the finish... naked malt flavors quite up front and arguably balanced with some familiar spicy yeast phenolics... strange, herbal, almost za'atar-like spectre in the aftertaste... nice punchy attacks, but not much underneath to give it some depth - guessing this bottle has been sitting around to the point of over-attenuation from the conditioning yeast, perhaps poorly handled at some point

M: about what one would expect considering some of the observations about handling and yeast: light-medium bodied, expanding carbonation sensation on the palate upon sipping, flat-dry, a bit sharp, with a dull, medicinal heat that keeps at the back of the roof of the mouth

O: this is an intriguing beer, one having been brewed by Chimay - I thought I read somewhere that the monastery was once a Trappist brewery - they are currently producing Trappist cheese, and I would imagine this beer goes fairly well with it... there's certainly some dynamic, uncommon flavors in this and it's a beer I would certainly revisit again if I were to come across a bottle in Europe

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Photo of stephens101
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A soft, tan head rests atop this amber brew. Aroma of pear, peach, yeast and sugar. Tastes creamy with persimmon, ripened pear, a squirt of orange, a hint of brett, Belgian yeast and an appropriate hop backdrop. Medium bodied with enough heat to start the party. Totally surprised by this excellent find!

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Photo of Tinfang
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle poured into a Sint Bernardus goblet at 45°F per directions on the label. I normally do not cool anything this much. No obvious best by date, but the code I did find started with 13.

Smell - hops
Appearance - slightly cloudy, slightly reddish tan with an inch of fine bubbles forming a pale tan head. Little lacing but the head persisted to the end of the glass. Looked good in the goblet.
Taste - Belgian yeast, a bit of candy sugar, a hint of Brett and nice hops. A few sips had a slight metallic tang but not annoying. Taste did not develop much as it warmed.
Mouthfeel - seemed a bit thin for the style. Perhaps I could have made an effort to conserve the carbonation but I did make a careful pour. Slightly coated the tongue which is a minus for me.
Overall - good but not a lot of distinguishing character. It's as if someone set out to brew a generic Trappist. I would drink this again but don't feel compelled to buy more.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A dark amber, brown beer with a frothy big head. The carbonation appears to be medium high.

The smell is fruity and has some ripe bananas, it almost seems like a weizen or witbier. I know the Chimay strain is able to produce these esters as well. The malts add a bready sweet dextrine maltiness.

The taste is like drinking a Chimay ambree, a yeast oriented beer with ripe bananas and some light clove, combined with a sweet and dextrinous maltiness. There is a growng bitterness which is quite bitter after a few sips. It balances the sweet body of the beer. The beer's mouthfeel is quite light for a 7,6% alcohol beer.

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Photo of roblowther
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Woody for the beer score. The style says strong dark ale but it looks more like a translucent quad. It is a copper color with a frothy light tan head that, unlike my grandmother, knows no lace. It smells of oranges , bread, and maybe currant? The taste is bready. Just bready. Straightforward, simple, but nice. The aftertaste is a bit dry, a bit leathery. The mouthfeel is carbonated and a tad thin. Overall, a decent beer. Maybe not worth the effort it takes to get it here, but if Woody offers you a bottle, don't turn him down!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt and caramel, spicy notes leading to a dry bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Trappist (brewed by Chimay for Abbaye Mont des Cats).

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour is all beige compact and thick head at first. After a while the head dissipates as the murky brown liquid rises. Fantastic lacings.

S: Malt, sweet and roasted. Lots of yeast. Fruits and berries; pears, apples, raspberries. Cloves. A kernel bitterness.

T: RIch, deep malt, almost vineous. Complex. Dark dried fruits together with fresh fruits; apples, pears, ripe oranges and some rasberries. Spices and hops.

M: Long warming sweet aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation low.

O: An interesting Trappist from France, my first.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a proper Mont des Cats chalice. As with mostly all trappist beers, this one looked tremendous: a surprisingly clear amber-brown liquid topped with an inch of firm, khaki head that reduced about halfway in size but otherwise retained until the end, coating the glass with lacing. There's something about trappist beer in a chalice that just seems so right. Aroma was, well, Belgian, notes of yeast, fruity esters, clove, bubblegum. Taste and aroma were a little too close to tripel territory for me, and I am not a huge fan of said style. The nose was reflected on the palate for the most part, bready malts, yeast, banana, rum raisin sweetness, cloves and bubblegum, with some dry herbal hoppiness. Actually seemed a little hot, despite the alcohol not being that high. Medium in body, appropriately carbonated. Not bad overall, and decent for the style, but not really my thing. I'd like the opportunity to try it on tap.

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