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: 61 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of CFL
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Kamui_2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big yeasty aroma with a phenolic touch. Sudsy with a pleasant prickly mothfeel. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish color in the tall glass.

Malty and sweet with a cake batter taste. Lots of fruit with pineapple and pears in the front. Barely a whiff of hops though the label claims this is brewed with Hallertau Tradition. The flavor is sweet Hawaiian bread or maybe Challah. Appley with some alcohol taste in the finish. This is like some kind of pastry with the sweet crust.

Overall, this is an interesting sweet sort of Tripel that gives some kick and fruity pleasure. Crazy sweet and definitely a desert beverage. Purchased at QFC in Seattle for ten bucks for the 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Vixie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 Lane_in_ID
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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 vinny21bal
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Kerrie
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of CWhite
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of thefluker
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of superspak
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle into chalice; 2012 vintage, bottle 1099 of 3240. Pours hazy golden amber color with a small white head with poor retention, that reduces to a minimal lace cap. Minimal glass lacing, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, clove, herbal, pepper, floral, wheat, bread, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with decent balance and complexity of malt and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, floral, bread, wheat, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid balance and complexity of yeast and malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid Tripel style. Decent balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with bready malts; and fairly smooth to sip on. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

We crack the cage and cork off a 750mL 2012 bottle labeled with “1018 of 3240” pouring a brew of pale golden sunrise yellow into our tasting snifters. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of tiny, creamy white bubbles. This retains decently, leaving specks and rings of lacing around the glass asymmetrically. Haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The nose offers sweet notes of banana esters, champagne grape, sugary booziness, and faint butters to sit against the base grain of stark wheatiness, soft oat, raw barley, and what are seemingly pale malts. Burning plastics, tinny metallics, lemon rind, bacon meatiness, vanilla extract, more fusel booze, corny adjuncts, and bittered yeast come out with warmth. Our first impression is that while there is bright sweetness up front, the sip concludes quite bitterly, with strong plastics and acetaldehydes. As we sip, the begins with red apple sweetness, those aromatic white champagne grapes, glassy metallics, black pepper and booze, flashes of fading floral and grassy hops, sea saltiness, cinnamon stick, and white sugars. Moving to the peak are notes of enhanced booziness, dirty wheat, adjuncty pales, darkened fruits of plum and fig, cornmeal, plastic phenols, and continued pear and apple fruitiness. The ending wash comes with robust ethanol, chlorine chemicals, phenolic clove, biting metallics, dry baker’s yeast, bittered oat and wheat, lemon flesh and rind, and tart boysenberry fruitiness. The aftertaste breathes of white grape wine-qualities, biting yeast, juicy red apple fruitiness, chalky wheatiness, white flour, browned bananas, brown breadiness, soy sauce saltiness, and, of course, big alcohol presence. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with what little coating there is to be had drying into streaks of astringent chalkiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips on the slower side.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the evolution of its aroma. At first we were given standard graininess and nice complementary sweetness to match. With warmth, however, it really began to flourish, with biting notes of booze, fruit, meatiness, and a curious champagne grape quality. The taste saw most of this through, but where the warmth gave the aroma more life, it seemed to take it away from the flavoring. Booze and plastics dominated through the end, only partially saved by heartiness of grain, vanillas, esters, and fruitiness. Otherwise the drink was pretty standard, and sipped decently enough.

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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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