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Mont des Cats

Mont des Cats
Brewed at Chimay

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Godewaersvelde, France


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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
Mont Des Cats is a trappist abbey in Northern France, a few kilometres from the Belgian border. They do not have a brewery in their monastery, so their beer cannot show the Authentic Trappist Product logo. But it doesn’t get much closer – they have their beer brewed by the monks of Chimay!
Developed independently to the Chimay range, the beer is a lovely copper colour. The link to Chimay is evident in the distinctive Chimay yeast character, in both the aroma and taste.
A pleasant caramel malt sweetness introduces the beer, being joined by hints of dried fruits, gentle spices and an earthy, herbal hop character. As the beer progresses, the bitterness seems to build toward a nice lingering finish.
The abbey only makes one beer, with no intention for more. The abbey is recognised as a Trappist Monastery, allowing them to use the term on the labeling. But as the beer is not brewed on their own premises, the beer is not a Trappist ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Achel (338) - Ioannina, GREECE - MAY 16, 2016
Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (17461) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle at home in London - sourced from Beermerchants. Aged about two to three years. Pours lightly hazy orange-gold with a frothy, off-white head. Rich Belgian yeast in the nose, candi sugar, fruitcake, brown bread, light banana. Medium sweet flavour with more sugary bread, some toffee, faint earthy bitterness, licks of alcohol, more yeast, toasted sugars, light brown sugar, faint berries. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly chewy, too. Nicely balanced on the finish, with more fruitcake, caramel and toffee, hearty bread, ripe fruits, aged banana, yeast, toasty sugars, faint alcohol, earth, peach, toasted grains. Really good stuff overall. Smooth and nicely layered. Just what you would want out of a Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (3739) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2016
330ml bottle from Mont Des Cats monastery gift shop. Pours deep cloudy amber, white head. Aroma is sweet, yeasty, floral. Taste, I guess, blurs the lines between a good sweet Belgian blonde and a tripel, with a fluffy sweet mouthfeel and light spice, perhaps verges a bit far into the sweet side even for my sweet tooth, but it’s vibrant and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (757) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2016
Bottle at Brewdog Brussels. Clear deep amber with a beige head. Malty body. Banana, raisin, caramel and clove. Semi sweet. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BobyFischer (293) - FRANCE - APR 26, 2016
Une super belge ambrée, super classique mais super maîtrisée.A boire à table, avec du bon fromton : trappiste, ou Cantal, Salers ou encore Gruyère de Montagne.Levures, épices, houblons légers, corps moyen.Nikel et sage ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
susonagger (161) - spain, - APR 23, 2016
Mont des Cats es la nueva cerveza de estilo trapista producida en la Abadía Sainte Marie du Mont des Cats en Godewaersvelde, al norte de Francia. La Abadía fue fundada originalmente en 1650 por una congregación de hermanos Antoninos, posteriormente la abadía fue cerrada en 1792 tras la Revolución Francesa y ocupada de nuevo por la orden trapista en 1826, esta congregación ha venido ocupando la Abadía hasta la fecha. Entre sus productos decidieron en las últimas fechas con la ayuda de la Abadía de Notre Dame de Scourmont, productores de Chimay, elaborar una cerveza de estilo trapista sumándose al exclusivo grupo de cervezas trapistas en la zona, añadiendo la octava cerveza. La Mont des Cats se trata de una cerveza de abadía al estilo trapista, es una cerveza de color ámbar pero algo turbia debido a la levadura , de segunda refermentación en botella, de profundo aroma a levadura, con toques a cítricos y maltas de caramelo, de lúpulos bastante moderados que le dan un amargor medio dejando un final bastante seco.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 19, 2016
0,33l bottle at home. dark brown hazy color, medium big off-white head. smells nutty, marzipan, spices, light sweetness, ripe fruits. decent smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes sweet, some ripe fruits, plums, spices, raisins, nutty, marzipan. finishes lightly sweet with notes of spices, nuts and plums. overall decent stuff, a bit on the sweet side but overall just drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerplace (294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
A small bottle bought in L’Abbaye des Saveurs, Lille. Pours a hazy blonde with a solid white head. Aroma is a little bit spicy, flowery, typical for Belgian blondes. Taste is flowery, slightly sweet, metallic and unpleasantly hoppy bitter. Hope are very aggressive grassy. Same unpleasantly, rough bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ardeo (94) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2016
Je ne savais pas que la France avait aussi sa trappiste. Dorénavant, je ne vais pas l’oublier mais peut-être vais-je oublier le breuvage lui-même. Si l’ensemble n’est pas mal, je crois qu’il y a de nombreuses Belgian Strong Ale qui surpassent celle-ci. Houblons, épices, sucre, biscuit, longueur, carbonatation, levure, ambrée.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rami_pl (1467) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 28, 2016
butelka, warka do 12/2017. wysoka, opadajaca nieco mydlanie piana na bursztynowym piwie. aromaty przyprawowo-owocowe, owoce to glownie przejrzale brzoskwinie i nieco bananow. w ustach wysoko wysycone, slodkie, z pieprzowa, lekka goryczka, niewielka iloscia ciala i dobrze ukrytym alkoholem. sumarycznie: dobre, ale tylko dobre (rozczarowanie zwlaszcza jak na hmmm... semi-trapiste) ;)

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