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Mont des Cats
Brewed at Chimay

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Godewaersvelde, France

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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 doesnt 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.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (3586) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle from The Beerhive. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head. Faint lacing. Aroma of bread, yeast and toffee. Flavour of apples and stewed pear. Thin to medium body with a frothy, fizzy mouthfeel. Milder than I was expecting, based on the ABV and previous ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
elosop (331) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
Ljusrd med fint vitt skum. Doftar torkad frukt, lite aprikos. Smaken balanserad med lite karamellstma. Eftersmaken tmligen kort med fin maltstma.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pongauer (74) - Maassluis, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2016
An okay ale. The Chimay monks made sure that it dies not surpass their brews.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (454) - Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle by the pool. Caramel malt aroma. Dried fruit, caramel, malt. Mild bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goofy34 (76) - Saint jean de vedas, FRANCE - JUL 5, 2016
Pas trs belle il faut le dire, mais tes bon got de pain, de biscuit...pas si complexe que a, un peu du quand mme.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (3068) - NORWAY - JUN 24, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2016 From bottle at Moskus in Trondheim with KL 24.06.16. Hazy orange. Persistent off-white head and lacing. Fruity Aroma of pineapple flamb, banana, English marmalade, dark syrup and caramel. Similar taste. Well-balanced and enjoyable!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Achel (391) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19176) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4616) - 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 its vibrant and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (1047) - 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.


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