Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Buckin' Monk Tripel AleBuckin' Monk Tripel Ale
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Buckin' Monk Tripel AleBuckin' Monk Tripel Ale

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by jhtipton:
Photo of jhtipton
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden, slightly cloudy with a very light fluffy white foam. Some mild lacing at first glance. Smell is a little fruity, maybe pears, and the nice yeasty aroma I was hoping for. Nice for an American Belgian style. Taste is light fruits like pears and apples, yeast, mild hops, and wheats. The alcohol is prevalent and warming. Mouthfeel is carbonated, light to medium bodied, and a little effervescent. Alcohol remains prevalent theme. Drinkability is only good. It is my style, minus the hops, but is quite strong. Only one bottle per day, I believe.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of R_Kole
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened with a resounding pop! & a touch of foam crawling out the bottle. Bottle 2915 of 3000 pours a super effervescent gold with 1 finger of fluffy ivory head & nice noisyness! Fred Eckhardt (sic) would love this beer. Effervescence persists throughout, good lacing & head retention

S: Appleskins & dirt & orchard fruit & raw booze once warm

T: Follows the nose, apricot, pear, & green apple are all there up front along with sweet apple juice. Pineapple, more sweet apple juice, a touch of honey & grainyness as this warms, along with boozeyness finally showing up at the party, along with some green banana & candi sugar. Finishes dry, with green banana, a touch lemon, apple peels & sweetbread

NF: Light/medium bodied, very spritzy, fairly smooth skews too sweet. Beer has a grainy edge once warm, along with boozey warmth

Drinks alright, but the sweetness loses its charm after about 8 ounces. ABV is pronounced but not daunting. A inspired shot at the style that doesn't quite get the results I was expecting

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a semi-hazy bronzed yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Some carbonation was seen rising at a moderate pace. Film of white foamy head dissipated into oblivion. No lace. The aroma had some butterscotch/light caramel, dried floral bits, banana, pear, leather, basement and white bread. The flavor did a decent job of blending but somehow for a Tripel, I was hoping for that Belgian spice which never showed up. Not much of an aftertaste, somewhat malty, but the finish was fairly quick with the floral hop portions. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a semi-sessionable sort of feel along my tongue. Carbonation felt fine. ABV did seem a bit under than what’s projected by the brewer. Overall, the feel is the best thing about this beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #41/3000 .... poured into my Delirium goblet... dull hazy golden brew.. flimsy head doesn't stick around long at all with no lacing.

Nose is really fruity... apple and pear... some banana and lite clove.

Flavor is again very fruity... reminds me a bit of apple cider... is too sweet for my palate.. lingering sweetness on the finish.. a bit of white grape as it warms..

Body is thick for the style and carbonation seems light...

I really don't have alot good to say about this brew, so I'm not going to say much.... Glad I got to try it, but I will only be buying more of this year's for trading... Oh.. and $14 is too expensive for this brew.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with nice streams of carbonation. Half finger white head kept steady by the carbonation. Aroma of sweet bready malt, apple juice, cloves and light Belgian yeast. Flavor follows aroma, sweet bready, slightly biscuit malt, light fruit juice, clove, light citrus. Finishes with interesting peppery and estery fruit and sweet malt, residual cloves. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Not quite a traditional tripel, a bit on the sweet side, but I enjoyed drinking this quite a bit and will look for it again.

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Photo of CWhite
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought recently at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL.

Poured into a St Feuillien goblet. Pours with a big moussy white head and hazy golden body. Head falls within a few minutes leaving about a quarter inch of white foam and lace down the glass.

Aromas of malt, alcohol, and candied fruit.

First sip is of sweet malt, alcohol and "yeast bite." A little sweeter than I'm used to, but still very good. No hops to speak of, but some bittering balance. A little chaulky (not a bad thing) at the finish.

Mouthfeel is full. This beer coats your mouth with sweet malt and lingers. Chaulkiness lasts but isn't obtrusive. I would prefer a tripel that was a little drier, but this isn't cloying.

Drinkability - good for a high alcohol beer. Very good sipper, perfect for a night cap.

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Photo of supercolter
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite Big Sky beer to date. Appearance is very good- has a nice wheaty look to it. Taste is good, hops seem a little odd for a Tripel, but all the usual dark fruit and very nice oaty malt backbone. Mouthfeel is good, medium in body with decent carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic, hardly notice the alcohol.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thefluker
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colored ale with a tall white colored head.

Smells strongly fruity with a big apple aroma. Spicy with an edge of coriander but it isn't overpowering. Slightly medicinal and phenolic. Absolutely no scent of alcohol at all. Faint honeysuckle malt scent but it is restrained and lets the spice do the talking.

Starts out Mild and fruity with a spiced apple taste. Faintly sour after taste. Semi-dry malt levels, it isn't quite without sweetness. Slight black pepper taste. The taste is subtle yet just about perfect.

Mouthfeel is A little light.

Overall the drinkability is super! Tasty ale that doesn't stomp your taste-buds to death. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

Limited Edition 1016 of 3000

A: Cork released with a really loud and forceful pop. No gushing or creeping with this bottle. Pours an ever so slightly hazed pale golden color. Head was pretty fizzy and reached almost five fingers thick. Carbonation was very active at first and then settled down as the head receded. Nice bubbly lace was left behind. Second and third pours showed off a lot of suspended sediment.

S: Very yeast and orchard fruit forward nose. Sweet aromas of banana, pear, apple, peach, alcohol, spices, caramel, and a hint of clove.

T: Loads of sweet and spicy fruit. Maybe a bit too sweet. The sweet flavors combine with the apparent alcohol flavor and add up to a Tripel that could use a lot more hop presence.

M: Despite the overly sweet flavors on parade here, there is a welcome bit of spicy bite. Namely from the 10% lurking within. Finishes a bit on the dry side with a pinch of fruit tang and pepper.

D: A likeable enough Tripel but way too sweet and a tad too boozy. I struggled a bit to finish this.

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Photo of Jameswoody
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TheSarge
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into my Duvel tulip. It produces about three fingers thick worth of off white head. The body is cloudy and is orangish gold in color, with lots of floaties flinging about.

The aroma is very powdery and a little fruity. It lies between peaches with a slight sour funk.

In the taste I'm getting a bubble gum flavor along with a heavy dose of toffee.

MF wise its a little chewy and prickly with a warm finish.

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Photo of beergil
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of calmond72
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Vixie
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold color with about an inch of white head.

Smell is malty at first, followed by citrus. Has just a hint of spice as well, mainly pepper.

A bit fruity at first, there's a few flavors hard to identify, I am guessing the blend of grains used accounts for that. Has quite a spicy back to it, leaves a bit of a pepper aftertaste.

Good solid feel, no complaints about it.

An interesting take on one of my favorite styles. At first I was a bit unsure about it, but as I drank more, more flavors seemed to open up, and I found myself liking it more. Triples seem to be hard for US craft brewers to get right, but while not the best US triple I have tried, this is one of the better ones. Very much worth a try.

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Photo of MichiganderHB
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 63 ratings