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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste | Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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3.75/5
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133 Ratings
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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:
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Added by Klym on 07-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,694
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
133
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
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17
Gots:
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of John_Beeryman
5/5  rDev +33.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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 shick1
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of Vylo
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
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 RochefortChris
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDell
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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 stephens101
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
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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4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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 mskline1
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jmtpi
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jibjib513
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of quentinlegrain
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Hugues
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed by Chimay (the French abbey is a cheese procucer, only), a very worthy beer that ranges between the Blue and the Red - Absolutely love it

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Duffman79
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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 YvesB
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Antyk
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste from Abbaye Mont Des Cats
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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