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Mont des Cats
Brewed at Chimay

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Godewaersvelde, France

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RATINGS: 483   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 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.

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3.2
Werckmeister (3377) - 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.

3
beerplace (2045) - 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.

3.2
ardeo (547) - 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.

3
rami_pl (4468) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 28, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2017 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) ;)

Ocena potraktowana skryptem do przeliczania ocen (uzgodnienie UT/RB).

3.5
sjorsvdg (589) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2016
Een amberkleurig bier met tonen van rozenbottel, honing en hop. Een mooie witte schuimlaag. Aroma is wat flauw. Het bier is niet complex, maar wel lekker.

4
GuideDogSaint (1752) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAR 9, 2016
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy orange brown with a white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spice. Bittersweet finish.

3
Bierridder_S (1120) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
27/02/2016 @home - 33cl bottle brought by a friend. Amber brown colour with fast fading head. Dark malts, spices, some caramel. Reminds a bit of Chimay but just a bit..

3.3
alex_leit (5156) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle 33 cl. Yellow-amber color. Aroma: fruits (pear, yellow plum, apricot), malt and candy. Taste: very sparkling, fruity acidity, pear, apricot, peach, hops and alcohol.

3.3
ZodiacM (1290) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2016
De Franse trappist die geen officiële trappist genoemd mag worden (wordt niet in het klooster/abdij gebrouwen, maar bij Chimay). Aroma is vooral mout en gedroogd fruit. In de mond krijg je een flinke dosis carbonatie, waarna de smaak ook hier vooral mout en gedroogd fruit is, maar ook caramel. De afdronk is prettig bitter met een zoetje. Herkenbare smaak voor een ’trappist’, niet slecht, maar niets bijzonders.

3.6
BlackHaddock (7696) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2016
Hard to believe (for me) that I have never rated this beer before. Anyway I had a 33cl bottle relaxing in De Bierboom on Sunday 7th Feb 2016 and most delightful it was. Slightly hazy orange pour with a white head. Malts and grains lead the way in both the nose and taste, some fruit hints in the flavour and a yeasty background comes through along with a mild herbal trace or two. A very easy drinking beer with hidden hops and a good malty base.


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