Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste | Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye Mont Des Cats
France | website

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:
37
Ratings:
122
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
20.81%
 
 
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Reviews by Cavery:
Photo of Cavery
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks to be about a 12oz bottle shared with Klym, a neat little pick up during his time in France.

Poured into small tulips.

A: Modest ¾ finger head rises like alka-seltzer foam in a violently carbonated fashion. The body is of a honey-orange hue, and is actually fairly hard to see through. No obvious floaties in the body, but there are trillions of bubbles. Seriously, the bubbles hold on to the sides of the glass like a homemade soda-pop. This is like volcanic activity status carbonation.

S: Lightly bready coriander with some mellow honeydew melon. The faintest note of yellow raisins gives a bit of flavor to the breads, but otherwise fairly simple. The beer really comes off as chimay like, but with a very mild yeast character. It's smelling like an in between offering of familiar chimays. Breadyness is merely a suggestion in the nose, and honestly that with the yeast is most all of what I get. A tad bit of lemon/honey/tea alcohol in the finish of the nose.

T: The beer isn't sour or tart in any fashion, just a clean drinking bread dough beverage. The mild presence of yeast seems to bitter the doughs in a way, almost in a witbier like fashion. I appreciate its presence as this would otherwise be a very bland bready offering, but the slight twist of yeast takes a generally bready beer and makes it at least flirting with some complexity. Otherwise pretty monotone. Lots of breads and some familiar flavors, but no real pep from citrus or fruits. Drying melon flesh (with some melony rinds included in the yeast twist) that makes its way in bread doughs.

M: This is probably the strongest point in the beer for me. I think there's a really fine bubble feeling to the brew that saves it from being sub-par. The feel definitely elevates it from the lows of the former categories, but ultimately doesn't quite save it from mediocrity. A fine-feeling brightly carbonated brew with some pep from the feel, but nowhere else.

O: This really feels quite average, with the flavors really being a bit cliche. I'll give it the benefit of saying that this isn't sloppy, but it's also not very interesting. It comes off in such a light way that I can't help but think "diet-Chimay". I appreciate the execution, but I would hope they might tinker around with the recipe a bit to give it more of a signature flavor. I am by no means a brewmaster, but it seems like that would be important to the cultural significance of a brewery that is trying to assert themselves as the 8th trappiste. A respectable decent offering, but not something I would taste and immediately identify as Abbey Monts Des Cats.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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 atomeyes
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this at De Struise brewery a year ago. Some locals drove over the border and brought a bottle for the room to share.

To be honest, it was good, but not amazing. it was a relatively clean, light ale. Nothing overly memorable, but i wouldn't kick it out of bed in the morning.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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 justme
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BierMeJohn
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Antyk
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crosenkrantz
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of user785335
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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 metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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 UniversitateaDeBere
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eric5bellies
2.57/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a murky orange colour with a large bubbled off white head that reduces quickly.

S - A little yeast and spices malts

T - A little spivey malt and a slight dry finish

M - light to medium body with medium carbonation, a bit thin.

O - Very average for a beer brewed by Chimay

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Photo of Rohkey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JackNip
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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