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Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: bodybyadam on 01-04-2007

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Ratings: 272 | Reviews: 129
Photo of Metalmonk
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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."

Photo of smakawhat
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Derranged
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of loren01
3.59/5  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.

Photo of devilben02
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of ZSimon
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of evilkalla
3.34/5  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.

Photo of mralphabet
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of EJNibs
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 $.

Photo of chickenflea
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Elimination
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  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.

Photo of dstc
3.8/5  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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of aubuc1
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of atsprings
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of philbertk
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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!!!

Photo of NWer
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
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