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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: 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 Jameswoody
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of Kerrie
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.52/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pour is a hazy dark orange with a sparse large bubbles white head. The nose is boozy and sweet. Lemon, banana, candied sugar, and some spicy yeast and sweet malt undertone. The taste is also boozy, some bourbon notes, candied sugar, lemon and banana esters, some peppery spice, sweet malt underneath with a fair bit of heat in the finish. The body is heavy and syrupy, moderate carb, prickly on the back of the throat. Not a super easy drink and tons of sugar and sweetness.

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Photo of UtahJonnyMontana
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance was good, a bright yellow. Aroma was very complex, spicy, pungent. Flavor was just a mass of confusion. Sasion? Triple? Wit? Sour? WTF?
The reason this "Triple is so hard to nail down is absolutely flabbergasting. The brewer was very proud to tell us that 9 different strains of yeast were use to ferment this concoction. Why 9? What was there about each that he hoped to add to his beer? He didn't know. Just experimentation I guess. He also didn't know why a triple was called a triple. Kid you not. He suggested that it had to do with the alcohol content. The real answer is that for a triple, you triple the malt bill.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.12/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chugalug06
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Extreme light yellow, near white with tinted yellow, fast rising and fast falling snappy white soapy head. Moderate clarity,

Tons of white grape, chardonnay on the nose, spicy, raisin. Hidden Banana

A bit weird. Way spicy, missing a bit of Belgian esters. Harsh, ends abruptly, high volume of heat. Awkward sweetness and bitterness, appropriate carbonation.

This one is down the middle... Not the best, but I've certainly had worse. I imagine BS can top this one easily. This is one Uptight Belgian brew!!! Not sure I can recommend @ $13/750ml, more of a $8 brew IMO

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of superspak
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of zhanson88
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2009 version, bottle number 279 of 3000.

Appearance: Buckin' Monk Tripel pours out a hazy golden color with quite a bit of carbonation. A good solid 2 fingers of eggshell-white head form. Retention is good, and lacing is decent.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, alcoholic esters, and a touch of peppery spice in there too. I definitely smell a lot of sugary sweetness on the nose as well. I hope this beer isn't as sweet as it smells; if there's one thing that really turns me off to a tripel, it's too much sweetness.

Taste: The smell is very indicative of what the taste brings to the table. Bananas, cloves, maybe a hint of citrus, and very light peppery spices. All of that is overlayed with quite a good bit of sugary sweetness. Once again, it's a turn-off for me. By no means is this a bad example of the style, but it definitely won't become my go-to tripel.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is definitely medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. It's kind of weird for me, because initially it feels a bit syrupy and then all sudden the carbonation hits on the back end. Still, not bad my any stretch. The sweetness hides the relatively high ABV well, but it's still a fairly slow drinker.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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 JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of TheSarge
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -3.3%

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of 00chris
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Buckin' Monk Tripel Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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