Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste | Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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128 Ratings
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
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
27
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
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 PlutonowyManiek
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
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 +3.5%
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 +7.8%
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 Mattymystique
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakeScully
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Beerbom
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 arthurspoor
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of teromous
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +16.1%
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 Duffman79
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrfehon33
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raziel313
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pajfuwen
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 impending
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Allegue04
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 YvesB
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste from Abbaye Mont Des Cats
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