Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style TripleFish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple
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Fish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style TripleFish Tale Monkfish Belgian-Style Triple

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by zacharius on 01-17-2003

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of BAbrica
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of woemad
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $10.95. I think this is the most I've ever paid for one bottle of beer (albeit a huge one). I've been saving this one since September. I figured this would make a nice New Year's eve beer to drink at midnight.

This poured cloudy, with a color somewhere between orange and brown. The head was big, white and fluffy. A very nice sight in my Chimay goblet.

The smell was of sweet malts, fruit and cinammon. The most dominant fruit flavor was peach, although there was a bit of orange in there as well.

The taste of this is dominated by sweet malts and fruit flavors. Peach and orange flavors dominate, along with a nice dollop of cinnamon. There is very little hoppiness to be discerned, just a little twinge at the swallow. There is a warming alcohol sensation just as the swallow shoots down the throat.

This is not too heavily carbonated, and has a rather full mouthfeel.

This is very drinkable, probably too drinkable when you consider the abv. It goes down smoothly, and is sweet enough that a drinker might be tempted to drink a lot of it in the course of an evening.

I haven't had enough Tripels to consider myself an expert, but I think this is a pretty damn good one. I very much enjoyed drinking this while watching the firework display in Riverfront Park from the parking lot of my apartment building. The 9%abv kept me warm in the 20 degree midnight air.

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Photo of rstone57
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass at Friday beer tastings at the Jug Shop.

Pours golden with a fingers thick foamy head.

Smell is sweet fruit.

Taste is a mild sweetness with super sweet fruit~ fig and grapes.

Overall this is great and super devious with the 9% ABV given the fruity, sweetness of this guy.

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Photo of faernt
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2003 vintage. I've cellared it since May 2003 I think. I bought it at Bottleworks in Seattle. It opens carbonated. It pours into a chalice with a small head that remains around for a few minutes. I'm about 5 minutes into this now and have a robust skim remaining. Great label by the way.

The color is clear copper without much red in it. The aroma is big. It presented itself upon opening and increased at the pour. It was a definite invitation.

The taste is balanced and complex. No flavor component stands out over another. This is a very together beer. I've been drinking aged beer lately and the joy of blended and beguiling taste is the reward. I regret that this is all I have, but this one is a slow pleasure. I hope Fish has (or is) brewing this again. It's a good job of high brewing craft.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/22/05- Purcahsed at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 750ml bottle which is capped rather than caged and corked. 2003 Edition poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off golden color, maybe headed towards a light brown. Huge and I mean huge chunks of yeast plop into my glass. Look like gray slate roof tiles dropped into my glass. Stirred it up, but that just made it worse. About a 1/2 inch head and light patchy lacing.

Smell- Apparently this one morphed into some other scents and tastes due to aging. Rather than the tropical fruits I read from other reviews, I got a very vinous smell with some super dark fruits. Dates and prunes to be precise. There was some bubble gum as well as a bit of oak as well.

Taste- Very dark and very malty with a very nice sweetness. Dark plums, prunes and dates explode with a sugary backlash. One of the sweetest tripels I've had. Hints of oak in the flavor round this one out.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, ultra sweet and creamy. Mouth coating with a mid to low carbonation level.

Drinkability- Super smooth drinker that apparently had aged fantastic besides the huge yeasties. Damn tasty and wish I snagged another.

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Photo of zassenhausen
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Fish Brewpub

Pours light amber and a little cloudy. Light head that fades quickly.

Smells sweet and a little malty. Some spice

Taste varies with temperature. Sweeter & more alcohol taste as it warms. Little to no hop taste.

Stays fresh in unopened growler for 2 days. Good drinker. Maybe too good!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful orangish-brown body with a good head. This one looked awesome in my Chimay glass.

Smell – The orange and cherry juice aroma lead this one off followed by some very light spicing. I can pick up a faint scent of cinnamon. There’s also some bready yeast undertones, but this one is all about oranges and cherries.

Taste – The cherry and orange flavors come out big at the taste as well. The wheat body shows up subdued, and the finish again displays the spicing. There’s actually more spicing at the tongue. I’m starting to pick up something dark and powdery, like maybe allspice. The fruity flavors also include some peach. The orange is coming out more like a tangerine and now some apple is showing up.

The alcohol kicks it up a notch as well. It almost tastes like applejack. I took this out of the fridge and let it warm up before pouring, but even so, each sip introduces different flavoring. There’s some light sugars coming out as well as some sort of berry flavor, although not like any that I have tried.

Mouthfeel – This is lightly carbonated and borders on full in the body.

Drinkability – This made for a terrific experience. It’s tasty, it feels good, and it is very interesting to drink.

Comments – I sampled the Vintage 2003 and I think it may be a good candidate for cellaring. I’ll pick up another bottle and re-review in six months.

This ale is extremely complex. This is the 61st Belgian offering that I have sampled and rated on this site, and it is by far the most complex. I learned a lot from this Fish Tale offering, and appreciate the experience.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking brownish orange. Thin and somewhat fizzy eggshell colored head. Retention is good and lacing is better than average. The aroma is quite fruity and alcoholic. Pears, grapes and mango all doused with a good dose of ethanol. A little winey as well. The taste is quite smooth and enjoyable. Fruitiness really comes out nicely on the palate. Grape skin and green apples...pears...a little pineapple. The alcohol is present, but held in check by the other pleasurable tastes. Bubblegum esters enter the picture. Mouthfeel is nicely fizzy and body is close to medium. This is quite enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage: 750ml bottle which is crowned. This triple was aged for two months in oak wine OK, so this one pours out a clear golden colour with a nice big white head that lasts forever, and leaves very intricate lacing patterns on my glass. The smell is sharp and vinous, with some oak notes in there as well. The aromas are very yeasty, with hints of sweet, honey-like malts, weak hops, candy sugar, and more. The taste is sharp up front with a nice acidic smack of hops. The middle is matly, sweet and bready with some oak flavor notes, and some honey notes as well. This is quite a vinous beer, but not nearly as vinous as the De Dolle Oerbier Reserva. The mouthfeel was very full, rich, and creamy, but the drinkability suffered, as this beer is just too damn complex for its own good!

Awesome stuff though...and i'll try it again if the oppurtunity arises!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2003 vintage Monkfish pours a hazy, amber body beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds very well. It eventually drops to a thin surface covering and wide, fluffy collar (which ain't so bad!), and initially leaves creamy rings of lace about the glass. A bready malt that's seemingly drizzled with melted sugar and honey dominates the aroma, while some fruity notes (grape, apple, pear) help to lift it away from becoming too heavy. In the mouth it's creamy and smooth. It's full maltiness is quite dextrinous, and its very fine-bubbled natural carbonation only lightly caresses the tongue. It's certainly not to be argued against, but I wonder if a bit more zest might change the overall character of the beer for the better. The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates, but there are also some darker fruits at work here (raisins, prunes, figs); some peppery spiciness; and a touch of some woody & vanilla-ish notes due to the aging in oak. It's interestingly malty, but as an example I think I'd find it more akin to the Chimay Grand Reserve that I would the Chimay Cinq Cents. It finishes with a flourish of spice (alcohol?, anise?) that helps to dry out the lingering, sticky maltiness. Eventually it does dry and some harsh, wood-like notes evolve; but by that time you're ready for another sip. Hmmm.... an interesting beer that's darker and more malty than most tripels, but also offers a touch more complexity. It's alcohol is noticeably present, but well heeled for a beer of 8%; and it's creamy mouthfeel is welcoming but a tad unexpected. Unburdened by any stylistic constraints, this is a lovely, strong ale that makes for a great apertif or after-dinner drink.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle for about 4 years and the cellaring has done wonders. The beer is now smooth and luscious with not only flavours of old fruit but also the vanilla of the barrel aging. I loved the long finish and the way it all tied together which in the younger version was not always there. Worth waiting for awhile for this beer to hit its peak

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled Sept 2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light cream colored head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of huge black pepper, clove, lemon, orange peel, biscuit, candi sugar, and spicy yeast. Great aromas here with good balance and strength. Taste of lemon, clove, biscuit, pepper, citrus peel, light candi sugar, and spicy yeast. No bitterness noticed; with lingering notes of pepper, lemon, clove, citrus peel, bread, and spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavor in this, with pretty much no alcohol presence at 9%; but is still quite a sipper. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is definitely one of the better Tripels I have ever had. Great balance and drinkability for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of Tmarlatt
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leedorham
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a Jim's Homebrew in the clearance section. 2004 bottling sitting at room temp. Says "keep refrigerated" on the label but what the hell. After tonight's experience, I think I may go back and buy him out.

Pours a rich honey amber with almost no head. Poured it gently into a snifter so as to avoid the large amount of sediment ending up in my glass. That may have more to do with the head than anything. Probably a full 2mm of sediment on the bottom.

Aroma is floral and fruity. Not very strong.

The taste is dominated by orange peel. There are noticeable hop flavors but the hop bitterness is very much in the background. The improper cellaring doesn't seem to have mattered as it is a very mellow beverage. No sign of skunk which could have something to do with the lack of hop bitterness. The flavors are acute and uncomplicated. It does leave a bit of dry scum with the finish. I am very pleased overall with this find.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
This is the '03 oak aged.
Appears a hazy amber with a 1 finger white head and spotty lacing.
Smell is of a heavy dosage of tripel yeast, bready, oak barrels, vanilla, and caramel.
Taste is of caramel, vanilla, with a subtle tropical fruit salad taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with the vanilla and fruitiness coming through and resounding along the palate.
Drinkability...Had this next to the '04 standard and this was darker, richer, and more complex with the Belgian yeast coming through much better with the oak aging.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber gold color, slightly cloudy. Medium white frothy head. Aroma is malt, toast, fruit and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Triple. Malts are fruity, bready and slightly sweet. Touches of pineapple, orange, peaches and apricots mix with some nice bready toasted malts. Nicely spicy and yeasty. A little touch of oak with some mustiness. Full complex flavor. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.
Deep orange coloration, high carbonation, thick, fluffy white, long–lasting head.
Aroma: dry, yet fruity, lightly spicy, pungent citrus, orange and lemon and tangerine....peach, too, warm and lovely...a touch of Belgian-style sour, as well...
Taste: nice, smooth, with a kick, though...thick citric flavor, huge hops, abundant fruit on the palate. Delicious, tangy, tasty... matches many a tripel as I've ever encountered.Excellent grit on the tongue, great play in the mouth, ...A bit middling, and nothing amazing, but, does it have to be? This is all the things you want in a tripel, more or less...I propose it may fill in for the confessional as a way to purge one of sins...check your egregriousness at the door....reign it in, fellows...
Delicious flavor, long, citic-fruity finish, very admirable...quite good.
Hooray for my ichthiological namesake!!!

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Photo of Tbone
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head (a little cloudy but we just got off the plane from Seattle this morning so it might have needed a bit more time to settle from the carry-on experience).

Color is quite amber (meaning like the orangish color that prehistoric creatures are preserved in, not the usual golden brown color that is usually meant when beer is called amber)

Not much of a smell. Slightly sweet promise of bubble gum and white pepper. Then, similar to the nose, bubble gum and pepper come through in the taste. Starts sweet, finishes spicy (peppery) and dry.

Very nice mouthfeel -- creamy yet light.

Fine US made Belgian style tripel -- we did not detect the issues with this beer noted below. Maybe they have worked out the rough edges with this batch.

Purchased at Bottleworks in Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. This is 06 batch, but they also have an aged version available.

BTW Bottleworks was amazing -- many more posts to come from our haul from this place. Great Pac NW micro selection, Belgian and German selections and a nice collection of aged beers. Also, nice beer selection at Blue Star Cafe around the corner. We went for breakfast and had to order beer.

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Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown orange with visible carbonation climbing to the head. The head, despite a relatively aggressive pour, is only a thick ring around the outside and a very thin cap on top.

The aroma has citrus, and peachy fruit, a bit of pepper and a certain dryness. Good smell, but not as full as many of the style.

A touch of mandarin orange opens up the flavour, then the beer opens up with a zesty alcoholic flavour that carries through to the finish. Lingering is a slight sweetness way back on the tongue and dryness on the rest. Fruit flavour impression stays with the beer, almost a tropical mix. Better and better with each taste, may have been just a touch too cold to start.

Light but not watery, and subtle carbonation make a good combination in my opinion. Consistency is something like a sticky fruit juice with a bit of carbonation.

Quite drinkable in the end, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, with the relatively new Reel Ales branding, but they still kept that fugly-ass fish, the one with a face only its mother could (debatably) love - go figure - all things great and small, I suppose. Oh, and at least the new incarnation gets the spelling of the beer style right.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden yellow hue, with one thin finger of soapy and weakly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy rain cloud lace around one side of the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of bready, almost sourdough-like malt, candy sugar, a soft clove/coriander spiciness, a touch of muted citrus pith, mild Belgian yeast, and rather tame leafy hops. The taste is crisp, biscuity and grainy pale malt, a soft indistinct orchard fruitiness, ethereal earthy yeast, leafy, grassy hops, and a certain understated in appearance, but hardly so in essence, booze warming.

The carbonation is moderate, not too big, not too small, the body an adequate medium weight, and fairly smooth, nothing really ready to get off its keister to muck about here. It finishes off-dry, with warm bready malt notes, a fading generic fruitiness, and leafy, somewhat musty hops.

Belgian-style, sure, but in a very unassuming manner - the usual Low Country suspects are beholden here to the big, bad malts, which remind me more of a decent German helles or even altbier, at least in their ambiguity. Anyways, this is a New World offering, from one of the farthest geographical reaches - quaint, sleepy, and fresh southern Puget Sound (I visited last summer), and this beer most definitely reflects that conceptual distance. What isn't immediately apparent, however, is the 18-proof ABV, which is as deftly integrated and obfuscated as the standards to which this one aspires.

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Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of evilkorova
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the " Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
Appearance - Poured a big golden color, about what you would expect given the style with a light haziness to it that sat very well I have to say. Nice puffy white broken up head again just about right with a nice retention to it and a smooth look.
Smell - Aroma of breadiness at first gives way to light apricots, hints of grain. A touch of light grapes and a candy like brown sugar note that seems to come up stronger as it gets warmer, again, very nicely done.
Taste - Very smooth, lighter on the palate then I thought it would have been, but very nice. Light banana notes, hints of light grains. A touch of grapes and light fruit as well. Very satisfying. Smooth light bitter finish capped it off rather well.
Feel - Very nice again, just about right, smooth even carbonation light to medium feel and not too cloying.
Drinkability - ABV hidden very well and the light hoppiness in the finish kicked in enough dryness to really make this one quite interesting.
Overall - Very solid offering here that I would have no issues with enjoying again. I would love to get another bottle as it really seems to have some legs.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 21/1/12

A golden liquid with lots of tiny particles being moved around by lots of tiny slow bubbles, two fingers of foam falls rather quickly but even the thin film left behind leaves several thin rings of lace

S yeasty clove, with some gum, tropical fruit, and dry cereal

T much like the nose but no gum and I'm not sure where the booze is hiding, pretty straight forward but pretty good

M those tiny bubbles give it some life, its fairly thick for the color and a yeasty fruity aftertaste, still no booze

O I liked this one, its well rounded not lacking in any areas but no one part blows me away either

well concealed booze and its easy too drink, Its a little expensive though hard too buy a second bottle with La Fin Du Monde on the shelf for almost half the price

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