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Formerly brewed at Monteiths Brewing Co.
Style: Abbey Tripel
Greymouth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Monteith’s Tripel has a beautiful orange/amber colour topped by a creamy white head that looks utterly appetising in the glass. The fruity aroma that wafts from the bottle derives from the complex blend of rich malts used and provides a sweetish, mango and Christmas cake character. The texture is firm with a silky feel that makes this a very drinkable beer with a lingering finish. On the palate an ale/yeast fruitiness comes through, initially sweet, with soft caramel and orange skin flavours that together result in a character reminiscent of a quality fortified wine. Its’ higher than usual alcohol never overpowers but provides a vehicle for the full, rich flavours to fill the mouth, warming every tastebud as it flows over the palate. The late addition of hops provides an initially lively spice note that mellows as you swallow.


Filthmuppet's rating

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Filthmuppet (33) - Newtown, - AUG 27, 2006
You just have to give it up for Montheiths having a crack at this style of ale. I learnt recently that Monthieths managed to fight off an aggressive bid to overtake its operations by a big NZ brewing company. I really rate this brewing company for its adventerous attitude and putting some relatively interesting beers on mainstream cellar shelves. I loved this beer for its flavour and price. Sure it’s a bit cheeky calling it a Tripel but I was remindeed of its european counterparts. Could have done with some more heat on the palate and better head retention. But seriously , 8% decent ale for 10$ aussie a 4 pack, thats the goods.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2007
Sweet malt nose. Pours amber gold with a quickly dissipating head. Flavour is rich and lightly spiced with a long finish. Underpinning all of this is a somewhat amateurish approach to the abbey style (as you would expect), and so the lingering palate is cloying and a little astringent, and the sweetness lacks the expected spicy, raisiny notes. Still, points for effort.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1610) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2007
A good take on this style of beer and I like the late hopping of this one. Eminently drinkable and a good one to finish off the night (you’ll either finish it, or it will finish you).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2381) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2006
Strange!!! Tasted from the bottle into a Monteith’s tulip at just on cool. Though it took a bit of work pouring it, it did froth up a nice inch of foam before receding back to a white film that clung firmly to the glass. The body of beer a very bright, thinnish looking, ruddy gold with a single eddy of bubbles rising from the base of the glass. Very subtle, watery vapoured, lemon and lime cordial, sourdough, peppery alcohol and fresh mowed grass aroma. Nothing too enticing there. Nutty, earthy and very woody in the mouth, quite a nice dry feel of blended malts that harbour the alcohol with a little success. Light metallic tinge and a bite of raspy hops show both on the palate and in the aftertaste. Finish is very dry, warming and again assertively malty. The body fills out only slightly, so I’d imagine if it was chilled it would be very thin and overly charged. I wouldn’t call this a Tripel at all. More a strong ale, virtually classless on its own. I must say though, it tastes a lot better than Squire’s strong ale. Pleasant, but more England than Belgium. (33cL, BBE 03/07, International Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2006
Looks great, tastes average. Not bad for a lager dressed up as an ale. Tastes of banana and booze. Medium carbonation and a thin head. This might be the most exotic beer on the shelves of many supermarkets and corner stores in NZ so good on Monteiths for having a go.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2006
Amber/honey coloured body with a short lasting head. Some spices(cinnamon) on the nose as well as the alcohol. Nice rounded malt flavour, caramel and a little spice, medium body that seems to fall away on the finish. Not a bad drop, seems that you could have a few of these in a row, but just lacking a little.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
markas101 (1833) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2006
Tasted May 26 2006, Regional Wines & Spirits ’Muscle Brews’ Tasting, Wellington, New Zealand. Bubble gum aroma, weak amber colour. Sweet, overly alcoholic flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2006
Brewers should always be congratulated for doing a style like this when it is so much of a departure from the norm. For Monteiths to do this is a surprise indeed. Also, to expect a clone of a Belgian tripel is perhaps too much of a leap of faith, so rather than compare why it is not as good as the original it is far better to accept this on its own merits. And there are merits. It is more amber than plummy dark and the head is a little sparse. The nose is muted with touches of cinnamon and toffee but not as estery as some of the style can be. The mouthfeel is significant but not as could be expected with a beer of 8%. Pleasant fruit and acceptable levels of diacetyl. Overall this is a pleasant experience and one that should encourage other antipodean brewers to follow suit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2006
Tropical banana aroma. Bright orange colour with no head, warm alcholic mouthfeel with a little spice.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LeopardMan (53) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2006
Poured into a flute glass. Aroma of some carmel or chocolate. Some considerable bubbling follows the pour. An unusually thin white head rapidly dissolves to be followed by the first, surprisingly warming sips of sweet spice and caramel. The remainder of the drink becomes more noticeably buttery/chewy as well as bitter, only for the "bite" to begin to give way towards the end to the so-called orange skin flavour (which actually does taste more like some sort of candy with a little wine). My first Tripel and quite nice.


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