Rugged Monk Trappist Ale | Bent River Brewing Company

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Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rayek on 07-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by nightcrawler:
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I expected more "funk" with Trappists than when I got with this brew. It had the Belgian smell and the dark straw color I was expecting.

But it tastes great otherwise. For a tripel, it is very smooth. But the taste fell in line with Saisons than with a traditional Trappist. I mark it as a "3" due to this. Otherwise, I would rate it much higher.

And be careful because I found it very easy to sip away a pint, followed by another, followed by another until the growler was done - and me along with it.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap, 16oz pint glass

Appearance: Dark golden hazy brew with a small ivory cap from light pour

Smell: Big yeasty banana and clove up front...simple but nice

Taste: Pretty much dead on from the aroma, with the addition of a bit of sweet, sugary bubblegum

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: While this doesn't come close to the complexities of the authentic Trappist or Abbey beers of Belgium, it is a quite tasty, drinkable local Belgian-style brew...something not often found in downstate IL.

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Photo of Rayek
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy apricot with a wispy head that doesn't retain well. Leaves no lace. The weakest part of the beer.

S: Very sweet in the nose. Raisins, apples and pears interplay nicely. A strong dose of clove balances the sweetness.

T: Very vinous initially. The fruit notes from the nose find their way seemlessly into the flavor. A biting clove bitterness comes on quickly. An alcohol warmth joins in. The beer finishes tart, dry and slightly sour.

M: The body is heavy and slightly syrupy. The carbonation feels a bit high.

D: This is a nice offering from Bent River. The strength makes this more of a night cap.

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Rugged Monk Trappist Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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