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Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 22:08:57 | More by BeerNinja007
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EJNibs

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy gold-orange. Not quite half an inch of head that dissipates quickly. There's some lacing, but could be more prominent.

Yeast comes through a bit in the nose with some toned down wildflower hop notes. Smells "almost sort of like a tripel," but to me it falls a little short.

The taste is, well, similar to the smell. Almost like a wonderful, sweet hops, yeasty dry bready tripel...but not quite. That said, in a word it tastes GOOD. But for the style, it's no substitute for a Trappist, or even other American brewed tripels.

In the last analysis, if you want just "something good and new," go for it, but if you're really hankering for a Tripel that epitomizes the style, I'd look elsewhere, maybe a La Fin Du Monde if you're looking for a great tripel this side of the atlantic for a little less $.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 02:04:15 | More by EJNibs
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chickenflea

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden coloured body with a thin dense off-white head. Aroma of nice yeast and light spices (coriander seed and allspice) with a touch of wheat and curacao.

Medium to Full-bodied; Strong yeast flavor with a strong wheat backbone, a touch of light hops, strong alcohol and a big spicey bite to the beer.

Aftertaste shows a good wheat character, subtle sweetness from honey and bubblegum and a spicy character at the end with some dryness.

Overall, a good beer, definitely showing the good characteristics of a tripel, but a metallic aftertaste takes this one down a couple notches.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 21:52:04 | More by chickenflea
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:45:15 | More by beerthulhu
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Elimination

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a very golden yellow pretty Brits and vibrant

Smell is high booze, sweet, fruity, has a certain gang to it.

Taste is buttery, strong yeast funk to it, a fruity sugary up front.

Mouth is pretty good carb bit of a sting to it

Drink is ok but would get old after quite a few of these

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 04:33:16 | More by Elimination
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Seanibus

California

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly good effort from what I have generally found to be a mediocre producer.

Pours a hazy golden with a slight head (a real problem with Pike, I have found - very poor head retention). The aroma is sharp and phenolic, like a fermenting apricot. The flavor is grainy, with apricot and wheat, with a little burn of alcohol on the back to warn you that this is not a weak beer. The mouthfeel is slick and not as prickly as many Pike beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 23:16:53 | More by Seanibus
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 22:36:03 | More by TMoney2591
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dstc

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/orange color with a full white head that falls slow. Sticky lace.

Mild aroma. Bit sweet with hints of banana.

Interesting taste. "Triple" is not the first thing that comes to mind. At least not in the Belgian sense. Full malt and plenty sweet. Bit of alcohol and a bit of citrus.

Full and smooth in the mouth with a bit of an alcohol bite.

Easy enough to drink and enjoyable. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 13:43:10 | More by dstc
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The body of this beer is a dark golden color that is very hazy. With a white, sticky head, it diminishes over time leaving just a pin stripe along the edge of the glass.

S: I smell a lot of fruits (pears and apples) & yeast.

T: A complex blends of yeast, spices, malts, & fruits. A bold and intense flavors. A hoppy aftertaste.

M: Crisp, instense, medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: It's an average beer for me. Not my favorite. Would have been better with food, otherwise, a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 22:59:55 | More by BrewCrew2010
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aubuc1

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 21:37:33 | More by aubuc1
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 06:16:30 | More by silver0rlead
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new brewery available in North Carolina! 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin off white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves a small bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon, sweet malts and mild clove spice. The taste is loads of sweet malts, lemon, and pepper. The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol, but it is still a bit sticky. This is a decent American brewed Tripel, certainly worth the $4.99 price for a bomber, but not one I'd have again otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:11:52 | More by atsprings
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philbertk

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 02:57:58 | More by philbertk
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 04:39:23 | More by joemcgrath27
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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22 oz. bottle a pretty dark yellowish-amber with a small (half finger) head that settles into a heavy collar. As you might expect from a Tripel, carbonation is abundant & powerful...there's a torrent of bubbles rising in the glass. Aroma is of fruit (orange, banana, some lemon), soft malt, and spicy yeast. 1st sip brings a peppery spice balanced by a fruity sweetness. There are definetly some citrus notes going on that are quite pronounced on the swallow, with a lingering spicy aftertaste. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden for a 9% abv beer! The mouthfeel is light, but not watery, with a slight sparkle from the carbonation. Drinkability is very good, in fact maybe TOO good. These go down WAY too smoothly & easily to be this potent! Overeall, a rather fine domestic tripel that can hold it's own with anything coming over from Belgium. I'll be picking up quite a bit more of this real soon!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 23:45:35 | More by CJfromPhilly
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NWer

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 03:31:45 | More by NWer
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Pencible

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like wild yeast and grassy and lemon hops, with some light bready and caramel malts.
T: It tasted like sour waxy and lemon hops, as well as wild yeast and sweet caramel malt and powdered sugar, and a bit of earthy grassiness. It had a sour waxy aftertaste.
M: It had decent mouthfeel - oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a decent beer that hid the alcohol well, so it wasn't difficult to drink. I'm not a fan of the aftertaste, but otherwise it had an enjoyable scent, taste, and body. One of the better Pike beers (but still not great).

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 19:00:53 | More by Pencible
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Beejay

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:17:08 | More by Beejay
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 01:39:12 | More by Cyberkedi
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a misty golden color with a very thin head and no lace. I can smell the belgian yeast with spice. Taste also has the belgian yeast with sweet spiced clove and a dose of alchohol. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. This seems a bit rough around the edges for this triple, but for the price it's a good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 03:08:41 | More by Bookseeb
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 00:15:17 | More by tweeder263
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 4 oz taste sample in greenville, sc Total Wine
Appearance: golden-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: fruity cereal on the nose and some belgian yeast aromas

Taste: had some sweetness but not the typical candy taste and unsure if I picked up any banana as tripels have. probably my least favorite of their line up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: probably won;t try again. but it was an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 13:39:03 | More by CampusCrew
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 14:34:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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smanders

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 20:56:28 | More by smanders
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Capital Market, Salem. Golden slightly hazy ale, large bubbly off white head. The aroma is pretty off putting..strong rotten egg at first. Settles down after but never really pleasant.some yeasty barn aromas. Taste is much better more spicyness and phenols..much more "Belgian". Sweet Palte is OK for style, nothing phenomonal. Overall a pretty average take on the style. OK though.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 14:13:39 | More by Reidrover
Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.