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Mont des Cats
Brewed at Chimay

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Godewaersvelde, France

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 476   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bewyder (479) - FRANCE - NOV 24, 2016
Ambre claire orange voile, notes malt et caramel lger, une bonne amertume et une petite pointe sche agrable, bien quilibre. Bouteille 33cl bue au bar La Tte lenvers, Vincennes, France, le 23/11/2016.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
inbirraveritas (1545) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 21, 2016
Bottled, 0.33 l. Hazy amber colour, medium sized creamy off-white head with average duration. Nose of malts, cheese... Aroma has mild caramel, bread, cheese and hints of sugar, mouthfeel is slick, somewhat creamy. Gently warming, mild citrus fruity, earthy finish. Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2016
A steady pour produces a three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, pale tan colored head. The beer is a lightly concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of oxidized malt, cider, caramelized nutty notes, and fruity raisin and prune notes, as well as a touch of tin-like notes. Clove aromatics boost a perceived sweetness here.

The beer is well carbonated, a touch fizzy at first, and has a medium-light body that is not heavy, but has a touch of viscosity to it. Flavors of cider, a touch of hop bitterness in the finish, a lingering phenolic spice that leans towards clove, toasted grain notes with a caramelized edge, lingering toasted nutty flavors, a certain metallic edge to the caramelized malt, a bit of grape / raisin, as well as a date like flavor.

It is unfortunate this has no bottle date, as I have no idea how old this is; it does seem to have taken on some age & oxidation character, and at this point it doesnt detract, but I get the sense it is at least different than a fresh sample, but am not sure if it is better or worse. For me this is pretty tasty as is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
didierlewallon (286) - ponferrada, SPAIN - NOV 7, 2016
Cerveza de color mbar oscuro con una cabeza de color beige, cremosa de alta persistencia. Aroma dulce con notas de caramelo, toffee y presencia de frutas, frutos secos y especias. Sabor afrutado y dulce, notas tostadas con un final suave y un amargor seco. Cerveza muy agradable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (1165) - Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Shared 33cl bottle. Hazy amber with an eggshell-colored head. Aroma of malt, bread, a little sweet. Taste is malt, bread, yeast, spice, caramel, fruit. A very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humpah (212) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2016
0,33l bottle from Beergium. Pours brown amberish colour with slight head. Aroma of yeast, caramel, syrupy sugar, malts, some dried fruits. Mediumish body. Good belgian ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kittenbieer (141) - LYON, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2016
Belle robe orange avec une paisse mousse blanche bien are et persistante. Le nez nous offre des armes de houblon avec peu peu des notes florales et dalcool.La bouche nous amne et nous laisse sur une bonne amertume dominant lensemble.Une bonne bire trappiste mais sans la finesse de sa "cousine" Chimay!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
appiantiqua (141) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2016
Gote dans un verre Maredsous. Belle robe cuivre/ambre avec une mousse blanc cass fine mais tenace et une bonne carbonatation. Nez discret sur la levure et les malts. Le got apporte des notes houblonnes mais aussi de fruits secs(figues). La finale est sur lamertume mais aussi sur le sucre. Une trappiste "ambre" surprenante.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jybi (203) - FRANCE - SEP 21, 2016
Une bire belge, dabbaye trappiste franaise, et de surcrot ambre! Il y a de quoi en perdre son latin! Labbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont se rappelle, avec la Mont des Cats ses bon souvenirs de brasseur qui dbutrent en 1848 avec, lpoque, une bire brune peu alcoolise. Les loi anti clricales de 1907 stopprent la production sur le sol franais. Pour des besoins financiers, la volont de relancer la tradition brassicole ressurgit (et grand bien leur en fasse). Devant les difficults investir, quoi de mieux que de demander aux proches cousins de Chimay de les aider en ce sens. De cette collaboration, la Mont des Cats naquit le 16 juin 2011. Il serait possible en dfinitive de considrer cette bire comme une Chimay ambre commercialise par labbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont (en esprant que cette dernire pourra moyen terme se doter dune vritable brasserie et de sa propre signature). Dans cette Mont des Cats, nous retrouvons toute la rigueur et la matrise de lart brassicole trappiste. Sa robe est dun bel ambr fonc, lgrement trouble, parseme de trs fines bulles et dune belle mousse blanc casse bien structure de 2 cm dpaisseur (celle-ci sestompant trs lentement au cours de la dgustation). Le nez est tout la fois rond et puissant sur le caramel au beurre sal, le malt et pointes de pruneaux. Petite dception sur lattaque, discrte, se portant sur des armes doux de malt et de miel. En deuxime bouche la Mont des Cats se rvle, tout en caractre et sur une homognit caractristique des Chimay. Lamertume,bien matrise, laisse sexprimer des armes de malt whisky tout en conservant une certaine rondeur et des notes de caramel. La longueur est trs apprciable avec un final, sur des pointes poivres et laissant davantage la place lalcool. En conclusion, avec cette Mont des Cats Labbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont a donn loccasion labbaye de Chimay de dvoiler un opus ambr dont elle laisse sa marque de qualit. Mais si la Mont des Cats a du caractre, celle-ci pche toutefois par un lger manque de finesse et de dlicatesse. Pas certain que les cousins de Chimay aient dvoil tous leurs secrets....

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darbeer75 (789) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Aroma: spicy and yeasty, but not as good as other belgians; almost getting a ham or salami undertone; Appearance: clear amber pour with medium white head that dissipates very slowly; Taste: better than aroma; a little more bitter than usual belgian but still nicely balanced; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: may not be the first belgian I reach for, but still quite good. Would drink again.


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