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Fish Tale Monkfish Triple (Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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"This classic Belgian Triple was aged in oak wine barrels for two months and then bottle conditioned. Monkfish is the color of nectar, medium bodied, with a sweet malt flavor and subtle hop aroma. Phil says it's good."


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2013
750mL bottle, 2001 vintage. Poured a lovely shade of fiery medium orange with a nice cap of toasty beige head. The aroma picked up toasted, well-aged fruit and biscuity notes joined by tart lighter fruit skins, oak, and honeysuckle.. soft and remarkably well balanced. The flavor found pineapple, vinous notes, oak, and honeysuckle over slightly grainy biscuit and light molasses.. finished tangy with tasty wine barrel over dry, grainy biscuit and pale malts. Medium-bodied with a bit heavier feel than I wanted on the palate.. low carbonation.. good overall feel, but not great. This needs to be made again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6023) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2001 Bottle:   Dirty orange tinted caramel, moderate frothy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing.   Looks like it still has some legs after 10 years.   Mainly an Oakish nose.   Subtle aspects of marmalade and candied citrus peel.   I had one of these many years ago, and I can tell that its soften quite a bit.   Very minor hints of leather and musty barn.   Soft and subtle sweetened woodiness on the tongue, of the Oak variety.   Malty, moderate sweetness that balances well with the woodiness.   Very smooth, actually after 10 years this one has aged very gracefully.   Not as bright as I remember, but instead perhaps a bit smoother and more subdued.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Not like your normal Tripel.   Barrel aging on this is the one thing that seems to have really stood the aging.   While not as complex as I remember this one from years past, it has aged beautifully and still offers a big glimpse of how this was a few years ago.   Probably not best to wait any longer on this one.   One of the better barrel aged beers I have had for a while, considering its 10 years old!   Their 2009 was... lets just say nothing compared to this 2001 bottle.   Nice work Fish Tale!   Why not re-create more of these?


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2011

Bottle 750ml. @ PBF 2011

[ Vintage 2001 ]. ABV: 9.0%. Unclear medium matt orange colour with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide malt, light raisin - plum, wood notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, oxidide, caramel, raisin - plum notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110701]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 Bottled (2001 vintage, thanks after4ever!). Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is wood, some sour notes, mild earth, spices and some acidic. notes. Flavour is rather much the same but also had some slight sugary sweet notes. Mildly pleasantly oxidized slight portwine notes in it.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (11884) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2011
Bottled 750ml (PBF, vintage 2001, alc. 9%)
Amber color, small white head. Oak, vanilla, fruits, raisiny aroma. Medium-bodied. Raisins, fruityness, a bit oxicid flavors. Wineous and cyrapy. Perhaps a bit too old, still drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2010
2001 vintage bottle via trade, shared at andrews today. Pours nice orangey with a tan head. Nose is excellent rich, fruity. Taste is incredibly smooth with great complexity carbonation. Really stupendously incredible.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 1/16/2010 Source:thebeergod) Light carmelized sugar, candi sugar, light peach pear fruitiness. Cloudy amber golden with fine white head. Woody earthy fruitiness. Alchohol warming but not hot. Medium body and mouth feel. Fairly high carbonation Finish is woody with light spicy bitterness. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
03 BA @RichmondX Gathering Thanks TheBeerGod/Mike-750ml bottle-pours a dissipating tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, fruit, wood. Taste is musty, yeast, sweet medium malt-caramel, fruit, wood. Some oxidation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle from Maniac’s Richmond Tenth Gathering. Slightly hazed bronze pour with off white head and lace. Brown sugar, abv, and sweet malt on the nose. Sweet malt, abv, yeastiness and brown sugar on the flavor. A bit too foamy for me and a tad oxidized. A good old beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2010
(on bottle 2001 edit.) hazy orange. Aromas of mould, ribes, caramel and some (belgian) esters. Nice soft mouthfeel. The beer hits with a hard alcoholic warmth, even before the finish. Spicy taste with cloves and muskat. watery finish, too bad for a fine beer.


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