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Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of kjussel
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yup, from Seattle, but still had never really seen this on tap... So I jumped on it. Initially, I was a little bit miffed because it was served in Pike's ultra tulip style glass, and the server was expounding on how the good people over at Pike (I really do like their beer) made the glass to enhance the aroma and head of the beer. The problem--it amounts to MAYBE a 10 ounce pour. He justified that because of the high alcohol content. I am an adult, give me a damned beer.

With that said, here are some thoughts:

Appearance: Extremely clear, burnt orange/hay color. Thick white head. I read that some people who had poured out of bottles had more of a hazy appearance, but mine was clear as day out of the tap.

Smell: I thought the aroma lacked a bit, but the two notes I got were primarily oranges and bread. Typical of the style, but nothing that bowled me over.

Taste: Really easy to drink, if that is what you are going for. This seemed like the Tripel you would want on a hot summer day... Cool, refreshing, but nothing to make you sit and ponder.

Overall: I thought this was just average. I could have had four/five/six more just because of how easy it was to drink... But I would not classify this as an overly complicated beer/flavor.

kjussel, May 06, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

RoyalT, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Post exam celebratory beer!!

Poured a light tangerine, hazy, with a moderate white head of 1" that gave a few columns of lace in my Gulden Draak tulip. Retained as a thin cap with islands of froth. Light aromas of apricots, wildflowers, hint of clove, honey, and a distinct Euro-hop earthiness. Alcohol is lightly present in the nose, but not offputting.

The flavors mirror the aromas. A sweet, grainy, and light biscuit malt is present throughout and helps to support the delicate fruit profile. Again, dried apricots, pears, and orange zest carry the majority of the experience, rounded out with a hearty earthy bitterness in the finish.

Texture is pretty sweet and lacks the prototypical dryness associated with a tripel. Moderate carbonation, could definitely use more in this department. Alcohol warmth is appreciated. However, this is still a very drinkable and tasty beer. I would recommend a try for those interested in tasting more Belgian style tripels.

Overall, I feel that the bitterness is a bit overbearing and the apricot flavor is dominant during each sip. My biggest qualm with this beer is the mouthfeel. It should be quite a bit drier and more carbonated.

DmanGTR, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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."

Metalmonk, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Derranged
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A- Hazy golden color with thick white head

S- Apples, spices, citrus, standard tripel smell.

T- Same as the nose.. Sweet maltiness with a white grape after taste, alcohol and mild bitterness.

M- Thick with little carbonation.

D- The high abv and thickness would make it hard to drink a lot of it.

Good beer.

Derranged, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of loren01
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color, not too much head at all.
S: Smells of Belgian yeast and sweet malts
T: Sweet maltiness up front, nice Belgian yeast flavor. Finishes kindof dry. Lots of esters in there.
M: Light to medium bodied, finishes dry.
D: I like to grab this beer every so often...maybe a couple times a year, if i drank it any more than that I'd probably be sick of it...im not a huge fan of the style but I think this is pretty true to the style and worth a shot if Belgian Tripel's are your thing.

loren01, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of devilben02
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am not a lover of the style, but this is one of the more enjoyable versions that I have tried. Standard looking pour for a tripel, with a hazy pale yellow color and only a thin foamy head. The aroma is bright with an almost citrusy acidity. The flavor is much more expected, with notes of banana, yeast, and quite a bit of pepper. The texture is nice but unexceptional. Overall, this one is a well-crafted and easy-drinking tripel that is better than most of the others I have sampled in this style.

devilben02, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of ZSimon
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

ZSimon, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of evilkalla
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving: Bomber into a chalice.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow. Barely any head to speak of. I was expecting more fizziness.

S: Begian yeast and pale malts. Definitely smells like a tripel.

T: Somewhat dry, reasonably bitter and some hints of malt breadiness and tripel yeast flavor. Not bad.

M: This is barely carbonated, and that bubbliness is something I've grown to expect from the tripel style. Not impressed.

D: This beer is almost flat. Were it not as flat it would be much more enjoyable. I would not buy this one again.

evilkalla, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pale golden in color, less than a fingers worth of yellowish head, with wonderful lacing.

S: Aromas of wheat, citrus fruit and yeast.

T: Strong wheat and citrus, with a strong alcohol burn in the finish. There is also some yeast mixed in the after taste. Very Tripel like.

M: Medium bodied. At first a little on the sharp side but gets creamier as it warms up. Alcohol burn is there from start to finish.

D: This is a one will do you kind of brew.... Sit back and enjoy. Pretty solid Tripel... The alcohol burn was a little more than I can for but a pretty solid Tripel.

mralphabet, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow wihh a small wispy white head with very little retention or lacing.

Aroma is pretty unimpressive with some spent grain and very light earthy hops. Some fruity esters with bananas and tangerines. Little bit of peppery spice.

Taste is a slight improvement as the fruit esters come out more with none of the grainy character. The spices are there in the finish with some white pepper and allspice. Sweet sugary finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweet with less spice and dryness than most tripels.

The nose on this one threw me off but it ended up being a decent tripel. Nothing too memorable but good.

gford217, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

BeerNinja007, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of EJNibs
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 $.

EJNibs, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

chickenflea, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Elimination
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Elimination, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev +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.

Seanibus, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

dstc, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 16, 2010
Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.