Mont des Cats
Brewed at Chimay

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Godewaersvelde, France


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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ysok02 (1047) - MOns, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2015
Robe ambrée, mousse crémeuse. Nez levure, malt, fruit, assez classique. Bouche fraîche et digeste mais qui manque un peu d’ampleur et de complexité. Agréable sans plus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2015
appearance: clear copper, a finger of creamy light tan head, persistent cling. aroma: strong aroma of apple and pear juice, warming to candi sugar and caramel. taste: caramel, candi sugar, stone fruit, aspirin, yeast. finish: lingering sharp yeast and caramel. notes: Almost like an Orval meets a light dubbel. OK. Bottle from Sarah for Beerdvent 2015.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chromeotaphor (148) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2015
Fris carmal nougat aroma met hinten van citrus. Mooi caramal achtig uiterlijk met een bubbelachtige schuimkraag. Vol karamel hout achtig met een kruidigs pittige bite. Niet geheel samenhangend als andere trappisten maar meer in lagen opgebouwd. Iets minder krachtig en wateriger.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ippopotamo36 (1771) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 17, 2015
0,33 bottle purchased in Rome and consumed in Kosovo. Pours avery dark amber color, tick ivory head with some retention. Nose: a bit earthy, dirty dishwater, ripe fruit. Not pleasant. Mouth: crazy carbo, a bit peppery, far too sugary, some syrupy feel. Non my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (2211) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 17, 2015
dark amber colour, moderte sized off-white head; aroma of grains, some caramel, floral notes, hints of dried fruits (figs and raisin), and wine cellar notes; taste is similar to a (less bodied) tripel with hints of honey and fruity notes; good ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3861) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Exceptionally high carbonation with large bubbles rising up to feed a poofy off-white head atop a hazy orange-tinged amber body. The nose is an uneasy mix of melanoidin maltyness and skunked hops with some rawhide thrown in. Similarly, the body is of skunky hops, melanoidin maltyness and rawhide notes. Medium-bodied with fizzy mouthfeel. Aged malt quality with a stale, crusty bread finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maarten1993 (1007) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
Drank at Brams 20-11 before the tasting. Okay triple-like taste, but a bit watery throughout with a thin body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rulymel (278) - SPAIN - NOV 13, 2015
Brown colour with a thin head. Sweet toasted malts, typical tapist yeast. Taste is not so intese as I spected. Worse than the classic trapist beer. Not happy with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2015
Bottle at Matt’s
Hazy amber color with large head. The aroma first comes with Belgian yeast, then it shows some puke and vegetables, and honey; weird. Smooth mouthfeel; nice flavor of Belgian beer with honey accent; low bitterness.
Not too exciting, but at least it has a true Belgian character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2015
330mL bottle, pours a cloudy dark orange amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out bubblegum, dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Flavour brings out complex Belgian yeast, a little bubblegum, and dark fruits. Quite complex in the yeast department. Much better than the average ratings suggest. Very nice.

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