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

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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 74
Photo of woemad
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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 beerguy101
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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 RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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 drewbage
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 14oz Belgian Tulip at the Stumbling Monk (Seattle WA)

Appearance: A hazy cherry orange in the glass.

Aroma: Soapy cinnamon sweet with a candied orange peel aroma. A sticky white head that clings in patches to the glass.

Flavor: A sweet ripe strawberry wine with a light ginger and bublegum sweetness and a full intense alcohol warmth.

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Photo of zacharius
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light Belgian lace head that lasts throughout the drink. On first sip a warm blast of alcohol slaps you in the face followed by the flavor of hops, bitter orange and spice. The alcohol flavor is strong like a coctktail. Flavor changes over the course of several seconds and is an enjoyable an intresting experience. This beer lacks the strong fruity esters that some tripels exibit. Drinkability is much better than most beers of this style but you still don't want to drink more than a pint or two in a sitting.

Note that in the name of this beer "triple" is what their menu said, this is not a typo.

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