Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery
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3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Sun-splashed haystack gold with pastel lemon edges and a big bubbly crown of alabaster colored cream. The head is more American than Belgian, but it looks good nonetheless. Thick sheets of BB-shot lace are beginning to appear and look as if they'll stick around.
The nose makes me think that Pike Pub & Brewery just might have brewed a pretty damn good tripel. Every one of the usual olfactory elements are in place, with plenty of golden fruit and clove spiciness emanating from the glass. Coming back to it later... it isn't that impressive.
Monk's Uncle, while not an outstanding version, is a pretty good effort. For starters, the alcohol is too noticeable, something that is never true in the best Belgian tripels. Perhaps things will smooth out once the beer has gained a few degrees.
In the end, this brew is too simplistic, too rough-edged to be considered good. Age might help the latter, but it won't do anything to remedy the former. Flavors include pears and apples soaked in Absolut and sprinkled with ground clove. Dry tripels (like this one) should be light and airy rather than firm and steely.
The mouthfeel, as well, fails to even approach the magnificence of the style's finest. The shortage of residual sugars makes it feel thinner than expected (which isn't necessarily a negative) and the carbonation is... no complaints there.
Monk's Uncle tastes like it was created by an American brewery that has read the book on Belgian tripels, but has never experienced them first-hand. That's a bit harsh, but then so is the beer. My love for this particular style is the only thing keeping the important scores from drifting down to average.
05-15-2010 14:34:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.03/5 rDev -16.3%
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
06-11-2012 22:07:10 | More by brentk56
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, tarnished gold body with a near-tall, foaming, near white head.
Smell: A sweetish, faintly grainy, faintly tangy nose of pilsner malt and malted wheat. A somewhat heavy helping of clove-like spiciness, and a fair inclusion of alcohol on the nose. Fruity elements in the back of pears, apples, and 'nanas.
Taste: A blend of pils, pale, and wheat malt with a medium level of honeyesque sweetness and hint of baked loaf bread. Sip of banana, Golden Delicious apple, and tart pear juice that's been well (over) spiced with finely-ground cloves and cinnamon and given an extra spicy boost from the hops. Splash of spirits noticed. Drying, spicy finish with a hint of booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: It's decent, acceptable, but in some ways distant from being a truly noteworthy American-bred tripel (though the cost is relatively competitive, I will say that).
09-07-2011 20:09:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
09-05-2009 20:52:32 | More by GRG1313
3.36/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-03-2013 20:11:44 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.
Conventional wisdom holds that a monk may not consider that monkey his uncle. Just sayin'. This brew pours a clear (there's a very slight haze, but not much to really speak of) golden-amber-straw topped by a half-finger (at best) of white foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast spiciness, nutmeg, pepper, clove, banana bread, ginger, and a twist of lemon. The taste is nearly identical, amping up the lemon a bit and adding a healthy bit of orange-rind bitterness. The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a semi-chalky, grainy feel. Overall, a solid tripel, but nothing really all that special. God for a nice Belgian-style quaff.
08-20-2010 22:36:03 | More by TMoney2591
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-29-2009 05:26:51 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-24-2011 17:05:09 | More by NeroFiddled
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A -A hazed amber w/ a small white head. Sticky lace clings to the snifter's sides.
S - A noble hop aroma w/ candy sugar and strong aromas of yeasty spice.
M - Lots of spice and hops adding noticeable bitterness. A gentle creamy sweetness w/ ever-so-light nutty flavor that develops later. A very mild amount carbonation for the style.
T - A real smooth but vibrant spiced character immediately manifests itself. Hop bitterness is a little aggressive for the style, but adds a unique flavor.Nice nuttiness and candy sugar compliment the malt flavors. The strength doesn't show until very late: see drinkability. The hops get a tad bitter as it increases in temperature, which is a little distracting. The sweetness seems downplayed in the finish.
D - A real easy drinking Tripel, almost thin in the feel. It gets more assertive as it warms, but still remains quaffable. It is slightly deceptive, you wouldn't think you were drinking a 9% ale. I would love to spend more time w/ a Monk's Uncle, in fact anytime would be alright.
07-11-2007 18:52:54 | More by Slatetank
2.35/5 rDev -35.1%
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.
09-08-2013 06:43:38 | More by mactrail
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
Moderate head that settles to fine film of tight bubbles on the surface. Cloudy
Very mild aroma for the style--light malt and perceptible alcohol.
Thin, oily body. Pine-like light hop in the swallow. The broth has some Belgian yeast flavor to it. Round, smooth pale malt on the initial sip. High level of carbonation.
01-24-2010 20:32:30 | More by smcolw
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
07-17-2012 05:12:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
12-23-2008 17:48:03 | More by tempest
3.14/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
12-09-2013 07:04:58 | More by DoubleJ
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
12-08-2010 00:51:20 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Poured a dull brassy yellow with a medium strong effervesce factor. The head was slight, eggshell in color, and briefly retained but still left a respectable amount of coverage for lacing.
S: Spicy hops exist upfront, kinda reminds me of goldings. Pale grains with some grainy sweetness comes through in moderate strength. All in all limited in complexity for a tripel, with a more grainy character.
T: Grainy with some sweetness followed by dry lemony peels and a bit of alcohol warmth. Spicy hops and some dry candy sweetness is displayed but still lacks in depth, taste wise. The palate overall is fairly clean with a nice graininess while finishing up with some spicy hops mixed in with some dry alcohol. Overall much like the nose, lacked complexity and the spiciness that I come to expect from finer examples, yet the grain base was nicely down and had little support from the extras that could of made this much more enjoyable.
M: Body is light as should it be, oily in texture and feel, and softly carbonated. Warming and spicy finish on the swallow with dry lemony after-thoughts.
D: Grainy with some alcohol, worthy of its 9.0%abv nature where a bomber is certainly plenty. Moderate by example, just needs some spiciness and fine tuning, the grain base is perhaps the best feature while drinkability is moderate by example, and by enjoyment.
09-05-2010 18:45:15 | More by beerthulhu
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-20-2012 19:14:25 | More by mdaschaf
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Wanted something hoppy... but went to the fridge and found nothing that looked appealing.. I picked this one up at the Boise COOP.. Paid about $5 for the 22... poured into my New Belgium snifter..
Aggressive pour produced only a 3/4" head that died back really quickly with only touches of lace as the glass went down.. the cap was pretty much only big bubbles left from the pour.... the brew is a very hazy honey lite gold... unimpressive.
This brew is an only okay attempt at the style at cellar temperature... I am gonna go fuck around in the yard for a bit and hope it get's better.. I really hope.
Nose has almost no expected phenols or esters... instead it reminds me of a really "REALLY" lite Belgian single.. very lite clove and even less peppery components.. a little bit of "band-aid" as it hits room temperature.
Flavor is better... pale malt dominated with only lite pepper and clove... an estery citrus element is there too.. but again.. it is lite .. good body.... but the overall brew is apathetic at best... I would only buy it again if asked in trade.. or if I was brewing a Tripel and wanted a domestic example for inspiration.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly good and the overall drinkability is nice too.. but not in the style.
06-13-2009 08:17:50 | More by JohnGalt1
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
Served in a straight pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow-straw color, not as clear as some triples I've had, but still attractive. A relatively small head (less than 1/4 inch) was surprising for the style, but was sharp white and left very lovely lacing.
Those expected spicy, yeasty aromas were certainly present, although muted in comparison to others of the style, delivering their usual joy. The flavors were a little more bold than the scents, but again, softer than expected.
The body was average for the style as was the drinkability, that said however, Tripels are one of my favorite styles so they are always extremely drinkable for me.
Overall a solid example of the style, one I enjoy when available. Not a classic, but not a disappointment, worthy of your time.
06-25-2009 10:15:57 | More by beertunes
Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.