Mont Des Cats Biere Trappiste | Abbaye Mont Des Cats

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3.75/5
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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:
#23,049
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
133
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
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17
Gots:
31
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

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 GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 WillieThreebiers
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at the De Heeren 20th Anniversary party during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in an Orval mini chalice.

Poured a moderate plum-brown color with a thick and foamy off-white head and some pretty good lacing on the way down.

The nose first brought forward quite a bit of brown-sugar-like sweetness without enough yeast character. It's clear from the start that this needed better attenuation. Mild caramel and a faint bit of dark fruit.

Body was too sweet and the finish too full.

On a side note, we had this again later in the week at the abbey cafe. That sample was too dry rather than too sweet, so there may be some inconsistencies at this point. Given that Chimay is brewing it, I imagine it could be recipe changes rather than brewing errors.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is light orange / brown with a decent sized head and a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma offers malt, apples and assorted tree fruits, as well as sweet, sugary yeast. The flavor is a bit harsh and unbalanced. Too sweet, with ripe fruit presence a bit over the top. The newest Trappist ale is also the weakest. Perhaps this beer will improve in subsequent batches. Here's hoping.

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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 Tone
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, hint of hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good aroma and blend, but the appearance is lacking and the body is slightly weak.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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 drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Thorpe, a new Trappist beer. This beer should debunk the idea that just because you believe in God you can make a great beer. The two aren't related people.

Beer is brown and orange with a nice head, mostly clear, moderate carbonation. Eh, looks fine.

Aroma is mildly bready with some yeast, some malt, mild floralness.

Beer is sweet, way way sweet, heavy on the palate, yeast loses to the malt here. It is just too much I think, not horrible but an average beer at best. Oh well.

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Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Zorro
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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 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 Raziel313
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 bark
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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