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Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 289
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bodybyadam on 01-04-2007

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.7/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite tripel!

This had everything I look for in a tripel. Some bubble-gummy sweetness, a hoppy dryness, good carbonation, and a color that's not too light. So maybe I lean toward the American-style tripel, but to be honest, I've enjoyed American tripels better than most Belgian tripels, with a few exceptions. (But maybe that could be said for most beer styles, at least for me.)

Some tripels leave me wondering... sometimes they're a bit wheaty, or too hoppy, or just a bit bland ("golden" in my mind), but this one left no wonder. It was a tripel, without a doubt, the whole package. I liked it a lot, and was left wanting more than the 22 oz I had. It reminded me why I had enjoyed my past visits to the Pike so much. (733 characters)

Photo of MAB
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this from a bottle, but the stuff that I had last night, from a keg, was spectacular!

Slightly hazy appearance, but not distractingly so. Lovely amber color.
Smelled terrific. Mostly yeast, but some sweeter notes as well.
The taste was out of this world! A party in my mouth. Candy sweet, followed by a yeast burst, followed by a touch of bitterness.
The brew was on the thick side, and it worked well with the alcohol level and the style.
Overall it was a near perfect brew, losing only a few points on appearance and smell but that's a subjective thing.

Highly recommended by me! (591 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with a thick, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail and persistent lace.

S: Belgian yeast aroma with a fruity background.

T: Sweet Belgian candi and yeast flavor. Fruity background with hints of honey.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: One of the best tripels I’ve ever had. Worth a try and then some. (411 characters)

Photo of Chyren
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an attractive cloudy pale straw color with an off-white head then settles to a pleasant thin foam.

S: powerful and I mean powerful fruit scent comes off this thing and it is a clean fruitiness, apricot, spice, yeast, fresh bread, banana, raisin, winter holidays... it goes on. A beautiful and warm aroma.

T: immediate spiciness and brown sugar, dark caramel, banana, heavy baked good like scones or biscuits, with a bitter punch that sneaks up on you in the end.

M: very comforting. A low end level of carbo makes it more real, and the liquid is just thick enough to have the body to stand up to its potent flavors and yet it is not sticky. Superb.

O: What can be said? This ale is a winner. Pike has done a fantastic take on this traditional style. It's got a bit more muscle and a little less grace than many higher end European varieties, but that is keeping with the American style. (899 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden amber. Big honey, malt and fruit nose; hints of light white bread yeast and a hint of whisky-nice nose.

Mouthfeel is big, rich and full. Initial flavors of grapefruit/hop and hints of whiskey. Flavors progress to honey and Belgian fruit/candi sugar/malt.

This is a rich and full flavored Belgian style brew that is complex and very appealing. Rich fruit, layers of malt, carmel and light coffee.

A winner; tie for my favorite Pike. (457 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Photozombies
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber

Appearance - Slightly hazy, deep golden color. Light head, nice retention.

Smell - Floral notes, fruity, banana aroma. Slight malty smell.

Taste - Sweet in the front, slightly bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel - good.

A fine American made example of the style. For a 9% ABV, the alcohol taste in not really noticeable. (326 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is a 9% tripel-style

normally i don't like pike beers, but this was priced right around $4 for the bomber, so i went for it.

see-thru golden pour with adequate carbonation, not much in terms of lasting foam. classic tripel aroma with hints of lemon, honey, and the unibroue factory. very pleasant and familiar nose. nice weight but perhaps a bit undercarbonated on the tongue. slightly toasty malty blonde flavors hit first, with a big spice of belgian yeastiness and surprising (but welcome) bitter closer. warmth brings some peppery goodness, some definite raspberryish flavors as well as a boozy depth to the initial honey note.

the best pike beer i've had, hands down. (681 characters)

Photo of philbertk
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Monk's Uncle Tripel Ale--2007 Release--22 oz. Bottle--9.00% ABV--38 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Trippel--No sediment. Hazy bright golden color. Mild thin lacy head. Mellow malty Belgain coriander hop spice front. Cloying sweet malty Belgian wheat ester body. Tangy coriander hop spice very smooth mellow end. Sampled 5/26/2007.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Monk's Uncle Tripel Ale--Brewed With Organic Ingredients--2009--22 oz. Bottle--9.00% ABV--34 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Tripel--Thin lacy head. Clear bright thin gold color. Rich Belgian fruit ester mild hop front. Rich Belgian dry sweet big ester pale malt body. Dry mild hop spice lingering mild earthy sweet Belgian ester end. Rich smooth very Belgian Tripel. Sampled 5/2/2009. $4.49 Each.

Monk's Uncle Tripel Cask. 9.00% ABV. 34 IBU's. Sweet smooth mellow Belgian Rich Malty Tripel. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Pike Brewing Company @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010.

Monk's Uncle Tripel. 9.00% ABV. 34 IBU's. Zesty CO2 crisp rich smooth Belgian Tripel. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Pike Brewing Company @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010. (1,152 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip, this beer is a hazy, almost opaque, yellow-gold coloring with a thin ring of head. Citrus, bready, and slightly spiced (coriander and cinnamon) aromas while you pour. The beer has smooth oat/cereal flavors, with nutty sweet highlights, tart citrus characteristics, and some light spicing. The aftertaste is sour, and again slightly spiced. The beer is creamy, yet effervescently carbonated. Spiced and sour finish lingers in mouth, transitioning to just sour after a little while. The booze notes are well balanced, also, making the beer smooth and tasty. An easier drink than most brews at this ABV, this one can get you into trouble. (670 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a nice golden color, clear with visible streaming carbonation, a frothy white head that left minimal lace

S- Big bubblegum, citrus, grape, white wine, and pilsner malt aroma. Pretty strong aroma with lots of belgian yeast character.

T- Big bubblegum, grape, white wine, citrus, pepper, pilsner malt flavor, and some alcohol flavor on the finish

M- Very dry, high carbonation, very effervescent, some nice alcohol warming

O- Very solid belgian-style tripel with high drinkability. (543 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am excited to drink this one. We did their IPA a few months ago, and I am excited to try their tripel. Especially after reading those tasting notes! I haven't been to Seattle, but Sheryl has. She went out there last year (or was it this year) and stayed in Pike Place. That is where they toss the fish and where Starbucks poured their first cup of coffee. We will be going out there in 2013 and plan to stay in Pike Place. This beer actually went from the brewery to Indiana and from Indiana to Arizona. I hope it still tastes good! Regardless, I am on a tear right now with Belgian beers, and am excited to try this Belgian-style tripel from a brewery that knows how to make good beer. Let's drink, people!

In the Glass: I was worried this wouldn't be good since it traveled from Indiana. We have lost a few beers in the move. Speaking of the move, it is weird to think we have been here over 6 months now. I still don't feel like I live in Arizona. At any rate, this beer looks nice and cloudy in the glass. It has a thick head, and a lace that seems to hang on for dear life. If someone handed me this, I would think it was a hefeweizen before a tripel.

Nose: It smells sweet and somewhat yeasty. As with all the beers we drink, this one is right from the fridge. I am sure I am losing some aroma with it being cold. It is funny to see American breweries trying to make Belgian beers. In Belgium, one brewery might use one set of ingredients in their tripel while another brewery uses a totally different number of ingredients. To breweries in Belgium, whatever they want to make their tripel taste like is how they make it… and no two breweries must use the same recipe. Keeps things interesting, I suppose! Let's see what this brew tastes like.

Flavor: Oh yeah, that's nice. Smooth and almost super sweet on the palate leading to a wicked aftertaste. That is what a tripel is supposed to taste like! There are a lot of flavors going on here, too. At first it exposed on the tongue and has a somewhat flat flavor to it. Then it slides back, and as you swallow the sweetness really comes to the surface. The aftertaste, which we will get to, lingers on and is getting dry as I sit here. The flavor is well balanced, and has a nice overall consistency. It is a little too thin to be a Belgian tripel from Belgium, but for someone that is new to craft beer, and is new to Belgian beers, he or she would never know the difference.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really nice. At first, it is smooth, weak, and somewhat flat. Then, as you swallow, the flavors explode on the tongue leading to a polished and consistent aftertaste. You would never know this was 9% ABV, either. Considering they have only been making this since 2006, I am impressed with this attempt to replicate a Belgian beer. Good work, Pike!

Aftertaste: This might be my favorite part of the beer. I like dry flavors, which is why I have been getting into gin lately. This doesn't taste like gin, but the aftertaste is very dry and reminds me of what I experience when drinking a nice load gin. The dryness doesn't wear off, either and just sits there for five minutes (or more) as I type. Every swallow the taste changes just a little bit making me excited to see what is next.

Like I said, I haven't been to Seattle. I am planning on going next year. When I do, I will definitely be checking this brewery out. I wonder what else they have available. They impressed me with their IPA, and they have impressed me with their tripel… I am sure they will continue to impress me with their other offerings. Keep up the good work, Pike! Bottoms up. (3,620 characters)

Photo of ZSimon
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber from Total Wine in Richmond, VA.

Pours dirty blonde and hazy, with a lively carbonation and a fine white cap. Plenty of spice and yeast in the nose. The taste follows with floral hops, a dash of fruit, and lots of spiciness. Decidedly American interpretation of the classic Belgian triple, Monk's Uncle trades a bit of complexity for straight-up enjoyability. No one will mistake this for a great Belgian, but no one will turn their nose up at it either. (469 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bomber at The Wine Thief in New Haven CT for $6.00. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Cloudy lemon colored brew gives a modest but fairly stable 1/2" of bubbly white head that leaves a fair amount of lace. The aroma is thick and malty sweet like fresh wort with a little lemony hop. The taste leads off with a pungent mix of clove and sour lemon hop that's fortified by a bit of spicy alcohol. The body is heavy with a ton of light malt and starchy rolled barley. As it warms the peppery alcohol intensifies; the 9% ABV becomes fairly apparent but is tempered sufficiently by the other aspects. (610 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a fairly thick white head - not inspiring, but appearance is far from everything. Aroma is fairly strong, malty, yeasty and a little fruity with just a whisper of sweetness. Mouth-filling flavor is mainly malty with a fruity undertone, hints of yeast, and WOW! Quite the alcohol bite! There is also just a touch of hops. Texture is rough and edgy, grinding its way down the pipes. This one is not for the faint of heart! (445 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +13%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a bomber into a schooner. The label states "brewed with organic ingredients". The head is short-lived but does leave a sticky layer of lace. The color is a pale, hazy golden.

Grassy hops, funk and herbal characters dominate. The hops are more apparent than others of this style that I've sampled. The alcohol adds spiciness and warmth but is otherwise well hidden. The funk is corralled somewhat, and the aftertaste is dry and pretty clean for the style. It's perhaps a little viscous compared to Belgian examples.

This beer borders on excellent, and was priced very reasonably at around 6 bucks for the bomber. (631 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a hazed yellow colour, with a very firm and full head of white. Body is surprisingly thick and weighty: certainly bigger than usual for even a big Belgian beer as this is. Lots of carbonation streaming through however. Looks good overall.

Stacks of bubblegum on the nose: cheap trading card bubblegum at that. Slight hints of lemon and banana, along with, yes, a touch of spice. Overall, it's impressive in its power, and really quite good stylistically overall.

Taste is smooth, with yet more bubblegum and banana, but also with a bunch of spicy esters and phenols giving a touch of wintergreen and biting pepper on the back palate. Again, it's good stuff stylistically. Feel is smooth, but chewy.

Good work. A genuinely solid tripel. My only hesitation is the excess phenolics and the wintergreen character—it'd make it super smooth all over. And that would make it a pretty spectacularly drinkable brew. (952 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got home from a tasting tonight and have decided to hit the stash and drink a tripel. This beer reminds of my trip to Washington State and Pike Brewery in Seattle. 22 oz. beer was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: The beer poured a 1.5 finger head that has reduced quickly and left some lacing along the glass. Pours a nice hazy/foggy yellow color with slight signs of carbonation

Smell: bananas, raisins, sweet malts, grains, honey, app;es, and spices like cloves. Can't wait to try a sip.

Taste: Same as smell. Delicious. Alcohol is hidden very well in this beer. Got to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely carbonated, easy on the palate, and I just want more to dirnk. Bomber is almost done.

Overall: Even though I am not going to Pike Street anytime soon in Seattle a few blocks from the Public Market, at least I can get some of their beers at local places to remind me of the awesome trip around the Olympic Peninsula and ferry ride into Seattle. A good tripel worth the money. Can't wait to get another bottle. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Glibber
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden amber. Slightly Hazy with some nice off white head which seems to really be hanging around.

S: Sweet at first, perhaps a little orange peel. A bit of spice and maybe clove. Fruity with a hint of yeast.

T: Yeasty at first. Berries come in next with a touch of spice, and something in the back that I can't quite figure out. Perhaps just a little clove in the finish. There is the slightest hint of booze in this, but it is fairly well hidden.

M: Very highly carbonated with a medium body. There is a little bit of a coating that lingers for a little bit.

D: Tasty. Not the best tripel that I have ever had, but very drinkable. And at 4-5 bucks for a 9% Bomber it's a great deal. (699 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What, a full bodied Ale, did this Beer come from Germany?, nope...Seattle. I was not sure but I really like this Beer, it is an all occasion beer and good for America, I thought only Germans could brew an ale like this one. Be sure to let your mom taste one and see what she thinks. (282 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden in color with an unfiltered look to it, a nice billowing head that resides for some time.
Smells of alcohol and Belgian yeasts.
Tastes a bit like a wheat beer, but with Belgian yeasts to it. more than I expected flavor-wise, a bit of banana hint to it but mostly the alcohol flavor.
A great Tripel and worth giving a try especially if you enjoy a good Belgian Tripel. (375 characters)

Photo of blackc5
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden peach color with a medium head. Medium lacing as well. Not a real strong nose on this one, but I detect the expected sweet malts and fruitiness. Taste is quite good. Underhopped perhaps, but overall it is still quite tasty. Lots of fruit and cloves. Definitely can taste the yeast. Overall, pretty good, but not top rate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my preference, but acceptable. Drinkability is high though thanks to the good overall flavors and fairly low ABV. (485 characters)

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Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
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