Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Buckin' Monk Tripel AleBuckin' Monk Tripel Ale

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by supercolter on 09-14-2009

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of loren01
4.84/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a straw/orangish color, with lots of sediment, huge head with nice lacing down the glass
S: Smell is awesome. Smells of apple cider, pear, belgian style yeast as well as spices
T: Apple cider up front with a nice spicy/peppery aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied beer, a little on the overcarbonated side but thats probably to style actually.
D: This is an amazing beer, one of the best Tripel ales I've ever had...glad I got this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of jhtipton
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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 flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: light golden-yellow hue with a touch of haze and a nice but restrained effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy white foam. I like it.

Smell: subtle but quality malt base with some big tart apple and sweet pear aroma. Just what I look for in a tripel.

Taste: very good malty flavor, if a bit on the sweet side. Fruit flavors are pared back from the stronger aroma, which works well here. This may not be the perfect tripel, but it is damn good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and resulting bodacious creaminess. Bam! I rarely see this quality of texture in a tripel made outside of Belgium.

Overall: this beer is more than the sum of its parts. The flavor is damn good, and the mouthfeel is great. In many ways this beer reminds me of Tripel Karmeliet, which is no small compliment.

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Photo of supercolter
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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 jheezee
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handwritten 908 of 3000.


Pours a mostly clear banana peel and hay color with mabe a little haze and some nice bubbling.The head is bi frothy right afte rthe pour, but recedes to nothing very quckly.

Candi sugar and honey moderatley drizzled in wet wheat and toasted pilsner malts. Maybe some very faint musty hops to balance, but very nice aroma.

Taste starts syrupy sweet texture with some sugary toasted malts. Lots of honey flavors in the middle of this beer flavo profile, along with a more grainy palate. The finis is yeast and sugar sweet flavor that linger slong after each sip. The abv. also lingers for a little bit after each sip once this beer warms up. A nice flavorful sipping beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, #759 of 3000.

Pours pale gold with a three inch head of rocky white that was slow to retreat. Plenty of frothy suds on the walls of the glass for the duration along with a thickish skim coat.

Aromatics are dripping with honey, apples, cloves, bubblegum, biscuity malt, and spicey phenols. Hints of pear and rock candy follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Sticky and a bit chewy.

The palate leads off with sweet honey, grassy overtones, husky malt, and cane sugar. Apples, bubblegum, cloves, and corn syrup follow through.

Finishes with a lingering sweetness, light malt, and some mild heat on the throat.

Tasty enough, but too sweet for my 'buds, and the heat is a little surprising for the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of wheat, apples, citrus, and spices. Light fruity malts as well. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, alcohol, fruity malts, wheat, and spices. A step down from the nose due to the heat of the alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice tripel. Would like to try again.
Update: had it again on 09/04/11. At this point my review was pretty similiar; I gave it the same exact score. The alcohol is definitely still there a bit in the taste, but it is fading. I thought bananas came through a lot in the nose and taste. Still pretty nice.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this in a trade a few months ago, can't remember who from exactly, but thanks for whoever you are! Also, I'd like to say that this is my first experience with having a cork blow -- the second I got that cage loosened this sucker blew. I think I peed a little. Review is from notes taken on 5/17/2011 and poured from the bottle (2047/3000 from 2009) to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a rich golden, yellowish/coppery color and starts with a big 3 and 1/2 finger white and frothy head; body has a little bit of haze to it, but is fairly clear and shows super strong and fast carbonation bubbling up from the bottom; head fades slowly to a full and frothy cap with strands of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice, very sweet maltiness that has a bit of a flowery and honey-like candy (Bit-O-Honey?) aspect to it; a fair spiciness and a slightly biscuit-like yeast to it; a slight presence of alcohol, which I thought would be a little bit more prominent for being near 11% ABV.

Taste: Wow, this sucker is sweet -- like honey and hard tack candy melted and swirled together with a touch of spiciness to it from the various Belgian yeasts; the alcohol is more present in the mouth, and it adds a bit of a childhood medicine-like aspect (not in a bad way like it sounds, it's actually pretty good, just a little sweet); while the sweetness tastes good, I do feel it becomes a bit cloying after a bit and takes something away from the beer; a slightly grainy and biscuity flavor lies underneath it all, and the aftertaste is very sweet Belgian Candi.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight, and it feels a little slick while in the mouth, but the ABV warms and dries the palate to a thick and semi-dry coating; belly is left quite warm.

Overall: I enjoy this one, but it is a tad cloying and the ABV is a bit high; this would be a nice after dinner treat, but I feel the bottle should be shared amongst friends.

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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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