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Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

267 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bodybyadam on 01-04-2007)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Hazed golden-yellow brew is topped with a thick brimming of white head. Papaya, pears, honeydew melon, nutty yeast and freshly cut grass graininess are in the nose. A malty body rides on the smoothness. Grainy malt with suggestions of dried grass and doughy biscuits are among the flavors present in this beer. The alcohol shows its warmth, fruity and peppery. Its phenols are medicinal, minty and herbal, and they all linger hard in the semisweet aftertaste. This beer packs a bit more body than we are used to and is perhaps not as crisp, but certainly the flavor is there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a large tulip glass a slightly hazed medium golden with a decent but quick to fade head for the style,a pretty lackluster look.Aromas of mild spiced phenols,sharp sweet alcohol,and sweet mango and pineapple.A little bready malt at the onset of the palate with clove-like spiced phenols and drunkenfruit rounding out the flavor profile.A pretty subtle flavored tripel but with pretty big alcohol,pretty average.

Photo of RoyalT
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a nice, light, almost glowing orange in color with a cool, pooling, foaming white head that created a lovely foamy bath on top of the liquid.

Smell - There is some really nice orange citrus here, more like the peel of an orange than the flesh, but the alcohol comes over as straight medicine cabinet.

Taste - The malt is surprisingly strong and balanced as I didn't pick this up at the nose and the hops are mostly herbal but again the alcohol ruins the show. The hop depth also is noticeably absent which is a shame coming from a PacNW brewery.

Mouthfeel - This is a good medium-bodied with some decent carbonation and a respectable drying at the finish.

Drinkability - This is not a bad beer but clearly falls short of the style standard. I like this brewery but they bit off more than they could chew with this effort.

Photo of NWer
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.
In spite of aggressive pour, there was little head and what there was, dissipated quickly. Appearance was a foggy golden color that was very appealing to the eye.
I have little experience with Tripels so I don't have a point of comparison but I can say that it was very enjoyable and I had to restrain myself from drinking it too quickly.
A very enjoyable beer with a sneaky kick.

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of thatruth
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my second review, bear with me!

picked up a 22 oz of this at the Safeway near the Junction in West Seattle. poured into a goblet.

Appearance: pours a brilliant orangish gold that tries so hard not to look yellow. one finger head with white foam that quickly dissipates. far from clear, almost hazy.

Smell: floral, evergreen/piney, peaches - maybe nectarines, roasty banana aroma.

Taste: hop-like, fizzy (not like carbonated or a soft-drink, soft fizz/foamy), 9.0% alcohol content hidden very well, quite subtle, but shows up in after taste (which is malty and corn-like).

Mouthfeel: again - sort of fizzy or foamy, fun like a champagne.
goes down with ease, but seems like fruit flavors get stuck to the throat (density?).

Overall: a very drinkable Tripel, my first offering from Pike in my new hometown of Seattle, which I must say is well done for such a "foreign" style.

Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of michaelak
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A lovely beer in colour...A great light ale, clear pale yellowwith a balance of hops and grain in the nose.

The first sip was a bit surprising with not as many floral notes coming as the smell predicted.
NO sense of the alcohol level in the taste or smell (9.0%) and a clear hoppy-grain scent with the hops adding herbal overtones.

The mouth feel was thinner than expected with a coarser carbonation and lighter overall texture.
For an ale, this one rocks the world on effect; a totally unexpected (from taste or smell!) shifting of lucidity. I'll be a monkey's uncle indeed!

I would try this again; it comes across as much lighter than expected in smell/taste and then wallops you with a stool. Pikes Place, keep 'em coming, your creations are brilliant!

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BraveMountie
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a moderately foggy medium golden colour, with two fingers of foamy white head, which leaves very sparse lace as it melts away. The aroma is very wheaty, the banana/coriander quite evident, as is some citrus and light yeast. The taste is big wheaty malt, sour white fruit, edgy alcohol, and mild fruity yeast. The bubbles are quite tame, the body big, smooth, and creamy, and it finishes off-dry, and clean, some spicy fruit and booze warming holding court.

A pretty decent effort, the fruitiness evident, the yeastiness on the down low, the alcohol pretty well integrated. Not too shabby.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy head that reduces rather quickly. Sporadic lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, some banana, faint apple and pear, and a good bit of spices, mostly cloves.

T: Lots of wheat, more banana, and the Belgian yeast comes through with some more cloves.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation. Pretty smooth for 9%.

O: A pretty good tripel, one of the better beers I had at Pike.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty strong haze inside a peachy, sunny yellow/gold color. The head is thin even with a fairly hard pour, and dwindles to a skim very quickly.

More straw and hay and mineral and earth than the alcohol and spices that usually typify a tripel, but it's clearly Belgian, and I'll bet that's the yeast talkin'. Some pear, peach and apple too. Almost saison or Belgian pale ale in aroma, which is fine too.

This would be a pretty nice tripel, and it seems more like one on tongue, if it weren't for an odd medicinal twang in the taste. Somewhat metallic, too. Might even call it "band aid" but not in that good way you might use them same term to describe a delicious Brett-ified ale. There's big juicy sweet peach and pear swirling around, a grassy hop presence, and the soil/earth dirtiness of the yeast...I like these aspects of the beer, but with that strange medicinal twist, and something even sort of burnt tasting (!), it's hard to decipher what's going on, making a mess of what seems like an otherwise perfectly well brewed beer. Surprisingly the 9% alcohol doesn't jump right out at me, and that's odd for any tripel.

Despite reservations about the taste, this sure does feel good. Buoyant and slick, with abundant creaminess and just the right touch of carbonation, it does the trick in this department.

Unfortunately this one doesn't entirely deliver where it should (the Taste category, of course). I like some "strange" in a beer, but this time "the strange" does not equal "kick ass."

Photo of tweeder263
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a gold ,moderately carbonated brew.Seems very "thick". Not a whole lot of head, i poured it pretty hard too. Pretty weak smell, mildly phenolic with a whiff of oranges. Very bold taste,,a little too tart for me. Mouthfeel is slick, ok in this department. Drinkablity is ok at best, an ok beer probably not one i would buy again.Taste is a little too over the top. Alcohol at 9% is well concealed.

Photo of hreb
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer is pale golden in color, not quite translucent, and topped with very little white head. Sweet and fruity on the nose, suggesting ripe peaches or pears. Flavor is highly contrasted, combining the sweetness detected in the armoa with yeasty astringency and a moderate dose of hops. Grain flavors are muddled and fall into the background with everything else going on here. There's also a serious presence of alcohol. At 9%, there are other tripels that hide it a lot better, and with more interesting flavor. The finish is neither sugary nor crisp. Rather, there's a cloying flavor of what I can only describe as stale spices (clove, cinnamon) that have lost their potency and are now bland, dry, and harsh. (I should note that though there's no freshness date, this beer was purchased recently, and locally, so I have no qualms above reviewing it).

Drinkable but would recommend not committing to a large serving.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass, Monk's Uncle delivered a cloudy golden-orange body beneath a massive head of rocky antique-white foam. The head retention is quite good, and it left walls of splattered lace about the glass.

The nose is fresh with a bready, somewhat wheaty malt and a soft, gently peppery spiciness. Fruit (apple, pear, soft melon), grassiness, and dull dreid-herbs (thyme, rosemary) lie in the background.

In the mouth it's medium to medium-full in body with a dextrinous side; balanced by a gently bristling, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor follows the aroma, and it's fairly straightforward. The malt is lightly sweet and bready with a sugary edge, and infused with a very light phenolic note and the spiciness of the yeast. Some fruitiness is present but it's not bold (apple, dried apricot). A firm bitterness helps to balance it, but the spiciness does most of the work. It finishes dry, lingering in the mouth with a whole lot of spiciness, no doubt due at least in part to the 9 % abv.

Overall it's a decent beer that's well-made (the alcohol is well-cloaked) and fairly complex. Worth trying.

Photo of SidewinderX
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kevin73
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy rather dirty gold color with a thin weak head but nice lacing. The smell is a bit of a musty/yeasty citrus and apricot. The first sip was surprisingly malty, much more so than I expected. At first this was a bit off putting. However the second sip the hops came through and it was definitely more well balanced. Despite the thin head it has enough carbonation to let you know it's there without blasting you with fireworks. Nice sour notes on the back end. And nearing the bottom of the glass as my palette adjusted the bitterness of the hops yielded to more sweetness. I like it when a beer can put on a show like that! Generally speaking, Pike Brewery has not impressed me, but kept trying and I finally found one of their beers that I really liked. Monk's Uncle is delightful and definitely worth a try.

Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Dad for picking this up in Seattle. Poured a clear amber with a tall white head and lacing. The aroma is clove-heavy with a hint of bubblegum, though it's a touch rubbery at first. This beer can't get over all the clove phenol and expand into more flavors like a great tripel. As it warms, spicy hops come out in the finish, but it lacks depth. It's still tasty and very drinkable - no hint of booze - but there are better options.

Photo of SIKTRIPP
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head that retains OK. The aroma has fruit and spice upfront, with notes of pineapple, mango, white pepper and corainder, along with candy sugar, and alcohol. The flavor has a honey sweetness upfront, along with some spices (white pepper, clove, corriander), as well as some fruit (apple, pear, white grape), alcohol and fruity esters. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is decent. Pretty solid tripel here, not spectacular but no major flaws.

Photo of Glibber
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, nice straw color with a 1" head on a violent pour and after a few minutes the head was reduced to a thin white halo that didn't really lace the glass. Floral, yeast smell typical of a belgian. A floral alcohol taste with bread, malt, and a little lingering kick at the end. I was worried about some of the earlier reviews, but was plesantly suprised, especially for the price of $4.50 per bomber- a steal in my book.

Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a slightly hazy golden, very small head that dissipated quickly leaving light lacing
S - some of that Belgian yeast funkiness, bready malts, earthly resiny hop notes, and an alcohol tinge
T - the interesting yeast taste is there up front, the malts are pleasant, there is an alcohol bite, and the dank,earthy,resiny hop flavour seems to linger
M - fairly thin, not much carbonation, the high octane alcohol bite builds up the subsides to leave a dry feel
D - the flavours are interesting, it seems like it would be fairly drinkable if it weren't for the 9% ABV which is noticeable, but a pretty good triple overall

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Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.