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Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 292
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.01%
Wants: 10
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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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 292
Photo of vautman110
2.14/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Wow. The first thing that hit me was it was reminiscent of drinking a coors or bud but hoppy like an IPA. the smell was very familiar like that. My first inclination was to dump it in the sink and chalk it up as an experiment gone bad but I couldn't bring myself to waste beer, even something that was as nasty as this. I'm thinking maybe I got a bad one. I could not read the bottling date. Possibly bought it past its prime, but it was just purchased at Costco a few weeks ago.
Obviously I will not be going back here again. Triple is just not my style I guess.

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Photo of aaronbess
2.19/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was hoping for more. Poured a nice inch head. Cloudy like a heffie. Tastes a bit like it was laced with lavender and bubblegum in a bad way.
Overall I would never drink it again. I have had very good beers from Pikes and this was my least favorite.

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Photo of mactrail
2.39/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Clear golden yellow in the tall glass. Ample foam and plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Odor of candy and spoiled fruit.

Taste is really sweet and simple, like sugar. Except there is a really bitter flavor. I won't call it hops since that's not what it tastes like. Something more medicinal. It comes on slow, like with overcooked brussels sprouts, but then it grabs the inside of your mouth and hangs on like a pit bull. There is nothing in the middle between the sugar and the bitterness.

I think this is one of the least drinkable alleged Tripels I've ever had. This is more like bad home brew. Heading for the sink now. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Skagit Valley Food Coop in Mount Vernon.

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Photo of ipa_freely
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Let me start my admitting this is my first Tripel. There's something in the smell and especially taste of this ale screaming "cloves" to me. It has some interesting, spicy notes which hide about 90% of the alcohol taste but I can't get past the clove taste, which overpowers even the hops.

Also, it says Availability: Winter. I just bought it mid-August at Costco. Maybe I got an old one.

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Photo of aubuc1
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bomber of unknown age.

Pours a dark yellow with a nice thick white head.

An odd grapey smell with some malt

Taste is a bit off. Belgiany yeasty, but sort of tart. Not real pleasant

Mouthfeel is good but this is not very drinkable. Sorry pike but this aint it.

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Photo of vtfan77
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep gold with a decent head that leaves some lacing along the sides of the glass on its way down.

S- Lots of grassy hops with maybe a touch of sweet bubblegum and earthy yeast aromas. Not enough of the classic tripel yeast byproduct smells for my liking.

T- Cloying malt melds with the grassy hops to create an altogether unpleasant flavor. This tastes less like a tripel than an under attenuated pilsner. Goes dry at the end with a light bitterness.

M- Slick, medium body with a good dose of carbonation.

Not impressive, to say the least. I got none of the classic tripel flavors from this. It tasted more like a pilsner gone bad than a tripel. It's cheap, so if you want to give it a shot, have at it; it won't cost you more than five bucks. If you want a decent tripel, however, look elsewhere.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of Blake_Thompson
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Ok, halfway through this bear the 9.0% alcohol content has tempered my initial reaction which was none of the orangey clovey business others were euphamistically spouting. The minute this hit my lips I knew that bouquet... 211! This beer tastes like malt liquor. If you want the same experience with better flavor, do yourself a favor and get a good doppelbock. Spaten's Optimator comes to mind. That being said, not terrible; All and all one of the more delicious malt liquors I've ever tried... just not worth the price of admission

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Photo of elricorico
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fairly clear orange gold with a foamy two fingers of head from a relatively fast pour. Some lacing as it recedes. A thin cap lasts as I drink.

Aroma shows a lot of spicy alcohol character, with a citrus mix. A bit yeasty, some melon to the nose as well.

Sweet citrus up front, mandarin orange and some melon, but the dominating flavour is the finish, full of hot alcohol and spice. Sub-par in the flavour department.

Thin and slick mouthfeel, without the usual big Belgian liveliness. Not a great example of a tripel, this one just seems to be a miss.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not quite sure what to make of the Pike series yet. They seem to be a bit hit-and-miss. I am hoping that the Tripel is a hit...let's see:

Appearance: Unfortunately for me, I am underwhelmed so far. The beer barely had any off-gas when I popped the top and poured a pretty cloudy slightly brownish yellow color with practically zero head after an aggressive pour. There is no lace whatsoever and the beer looks like brownish lemonade in my glass...still and just....(blech!)

Aroma: There is some sweet malt in here mixed with a little bit of spice that I think is from hops as much as anything. There really isn't a whole lot going on in the aroma. There is some fruitiness starting to come out as the beer is starting to warm up some, and it is being led by an unusual for the style, green apple.

Taste: The flavor departs from the aroma, thank God. There is some maltyness that is the predominant part of the initial sip, but then the hops set in pretty quickly and lead you into the finish pretty much. There is some spice that is both from alcohol and the hops, but the alcohol is a big player in the later part of the finish. The body is medium with pretty much zero carbonation, so it comes across the palate quite lame for this style...to say the least.

Opinion: I don't really know what to say about this beer except that the HUGE lack of carbonation really hurt this beer. It isn't ANYTHING like the style as a result. The high carbonation is essential for this style. It may be better if it was lighter on the palate. I'm sorry, but I have to slam this beer for the style because it really doesn't hit any of the crucial marks.

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Photo of gshak
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottling date on the 22 oz bottle. Poured into my goblet:
A - pours flat and no discernible head...highly unusual for a belgian beer of any kind.
S - this is where it is coming undone for me. Smells like wet hay, cloves, and some musty dank earth. Even for a saison this would only be passable, and for a tripel, nearly damning. Where are the aromas of bananas, coriander, bubblegum, spices? Unclear whether it's just my bottle or if it's the beer - but this sure is unimpressive.
T - saison-like funk and earth.
M - medium bodied with minimal carbonation.
O - worth a shot if only for the price. There are better pours even at this price point...

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Photo of BrewnZ
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool to see Pike coming out with new brews. I am so glad that Charlie & Rose are back in ownership and turning things around!

Had this on draft at the brewery:

A: Hazy pale straw, no foam stand, low CO2.

S: Soft malt, perfume, phenols.

T: Perfume, malt, soft phenols, alcohol, then phenols (plastic) after taste that distracts from the malt.

D: Medium due to high phenols. May have tried the American trick of fermenting warm (75-85F) but failed to start out cool (65 - 70F) for the 1st few days. . .

Rumor has it they are using the Westmalle yeast strain for this beer and Tandem Abbey double.

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Photo of brentk56
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color; not a particularly impressive head for the style, but it works, I guess, and delivers a smattering of lace

Smell: Wheat bread, candi sugar and some fusel alcohol; has a hint of yeasty funk that was not particularly enticing

Taste: Wheat bread and mostly tropical fruit (papaya, apple and melon), with a building candi sugar aspect; after the swallow, the fusel alcohol hits and brings a harshness that overwhelms

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; has a more American feel than a Belgian

Overall: Well, the price is right, but this beer does not play to Pike's strengths - a rather clumsy attempt at the style

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Photo of RoyalT
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of jacamp16
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a 22 oz. bottle a couple of weeks ago and last night had a reason to break it out.

On the pour, a brief head was lifted a finger, or so, high. This quickly dropped to a thin film on the top of the beer. Carbonation seemed very light and the beer was very clear, bordering on bright.

The beer smelled produced to me, as opposed to crafted. If I were forced to guess, I would say that it came out of a lab more so than a brewery. Scents of apple in the forefront, which were ok. A little bit of spice which would have been nice, if it weren't for the very strong plastic aromas coming over the top of them.

The taste was fine. I'm not saying that like it's a good thing. There was a solid malt backbone, but little else. The beer seemed to disappear on the mid palate.

The mouthfeel somehow went from fairly full, on the initial attack, to very thin and watery near the end of the taste.

I do think the alcohol was well integrated. In one sense, this is good for drinkability, on the other, not so much.

Not great, not terrible, just not what I'd look for out of a tripel.

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Photo of n2185
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky yellow-gold with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: Subtle spices up front followed by lots of sweet bubblegum with some candy sugar as well. The finish smells of chalky yeast.

T: Light spice notes at first followed by strong flavors of candy and bubblegum sweetness. The finish is yeasty with a decent bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium body with cola-like carbonation, this beer is a bit thick and underattenuated for the style.

O: While this tripel is not bad, it's not particularly good, either. Even decanted the yeast flavors are too strong and overly bitter. The beer is also thicker and sweeter than I like for the style. Still, it's drinkable.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a chill haze, minimal lacing and no head, it still looks nice in the glass. Poured from bottle with no date. Clove, bubblegum, banna, and citrus peel on the nose, or as i call them the usual suspects for a tripel. The same on the taste with the familiar yeast qualities. Slightly watery but alcohol not as strong as i was expecting. Good entry level tripel.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin but creamy and frothy head. Hazed apricot-hued body.

Fairly thin aroma, wheat, spice and alcohol warmth.

Flavour is on the thin side as well, the basic premise is there, it just tastes muted. Spicy yeasty esters, wheat, warming alcohol, even an herbal hoppy presence on the finish, but seriously lacking in ooomph.

Mouthfeel parallels the flavour, it's not watery, but still on the thin side.

Perhaps a stepping stone ale for the style, for the uninitiated to ease them in to this sort of flavour profile, however it really doesn't stand out at all for a tripel.

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Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Quite the golden goose when it pours, but that is where it peaks. . . Smell is almost a high note. Very prominent in its fragrant tart flavors. . . Too bad it overwhelms in the same sense for the taste. . . Borderline sour with hints of grapefruit and melon. . .

A wealthier man's poor beer to its own right when you get down to the nitty gritty of it all. . .

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very little head is formed on top as the beer is poured into a wide mouth goblet, yet there's still some lacing hanging around the edges of the glass. As for its color, it looks apricot colored. The aroma is agreeable, showing me aromas of toasted sugar, decent white pepper, hints of candied apricot. It brings hope for the taste, however I discover that the taste is not anything special. The hope of a good taste is there; white pepper and apricot skins driving the hope, as does the alcohol being hidden. A few flaws are noted; there's a vegetal note, the taste of off-flavored cereals, and an unpleasant bitterness in its aftertaste. Meld it together and the taste is just "okay". Compared to other tripels, it's disappointing.

If this beer were made from the uncle of a monk, then I would lose the uncle.

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Photo of smanders
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local beer store here in Virginia just started carrying this west coast brew and I've been on a serious Tripel spell, so I thought I would try it out. At $6.99/22oz., why not?

Looks a bit darker than your average Tripel with a head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no discernible lacing. Maybe it took too long to traverse the country. Anyway, it smells faintly like a Tripel should, although I think the alcohol and candy sugar dominate. The taste is muted Tripel flavors (e.g. biscuits, sugar, and a little spice). Not bad, not fantastic. If you're hankering for an inexpensive Tripel, I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice from the bottle, head of white dissipates rather quickly, very small lacing, oddly clear for a tripel looking more like a lager with large bubbles from top to bottom elevator music going on. Tiny head. Golden amber body, good color.

The bouquet lends itself to a grain front which seems to me like barley, faint baked bread smell. Highly unexpected in a tripel, but I don't mind it. Cereal grain behind it with at first a yeast smell. It smells like barley to me.

Taste is very underplayed. Virtually no flavor going on, but a barley grain taste does come out in the afterfinish with a standard hop bitterness. Is there barley in this thing? Sure seems like it... Wet body, bread on the nose does not translate on to taste. But it is pleasant, just a very odd taste for the style

Alcohol content seems masked, but this really doesn't taste like a tripel. I do like it in that way but it's a very odd one.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monk's Uncle began as a spring seasonal but was soon incorporated as a year-round offering. It is warm yellow-gold with refined clarity and shows a light smattering of head in the tulip glass Pike serves it in. The head quickly rims itself to a total eclipse formation. The body remains undercarbonated.

Belgian yeast esters define the aroma. The taste is spicy, almost piquant, but compressed by terse bittering. It is neither too sharp, nor too hot, but shows generous use of candi sugar with a notable alcohol presence. The aftertaste weighs somewhat heavy on the tongue.

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Photo of hreb
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.