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Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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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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
Photo of aubuc1
2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

aubuc1, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

silver0rlead, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

atsprings, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of philbertk
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

philbertk, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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

joemcgrath27, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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!!!

CJfromPhilly, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of NWer
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

NWer, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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).

Pencible, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Beejay, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Cyberkedi, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Bookseeb, May 25, 2010
Photo of tweeder263
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

tweeder263, May 20, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

CampusCrew, May 17, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 15, 2010
Photo of smanders
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

smanders, May 12, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Reidrover, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I cant help but notice a Pentagram on the cap.

2 fingers of Light and bubbly slightly frothy head, maintaiing nicely. I was careful with the pour but its cloudy. a darkish golden daffodil. Equal gold and yellow. The color is interesting.

The smell.. there is just something I did not find pleasant. Its slightly sour I guess. Belgian yeasts, some dark fruit and a herby/clove. This has the smell like a tripple but I think its just lacking good essences. Upon warming some the alcohol starts to come through. Slightly citrusy.

I really like triples but I have to say this is one that Im really not too fond of. Its mostly a overripe fruit, and a lot of clove. I cant explain what this beer is lacking besides good flavors. Cant even compare to the greats. I guess its an alright effort, just not for me. Sadly, Im thinking you get what you pay for. Bitter, sour over-ripe fruits but its alright.

Medium body with the usual bottle conditioned bubbliness.

MOB210SA, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

smcolw, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy wheat colored beer, with sticky lacing.

S- Smells wheaty, bready, buscity, spicy, and other adjectives ending in y.

T- There is a big honey taste to this with a mix of berries. Over all this tastes like a spiced mead with a bread taste to it.

M- It is alright mouth feel, average if anything.

D- Easy to drink, not too bad, but I'll pass.

Wetpaperbag, Nov 26, 2009
Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.