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Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Pencible

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

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).

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

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

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

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

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

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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

Iowa

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
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smanders

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

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

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

04-10-2010 14:13:39 | More by Reidrover
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MOB210SA

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

02-08-2010 01:13:29 | More by MOB210SA
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

11-26-2009 04:56:23 | More by Wetpaperbag
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jdense

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

22 oz bottle poured into Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Deep gold body, one finger head, quick dissapation, minimal lacing. Some hops prominent in nose, but sweetish malts predominate. Orange peel and coriander on the tastebuds, but not much else, Decent balance between hops and malt. Average carbonation and mouthfeel. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Nice interpretation of the style, but nothing memorable. Given the Pike reputation, actually a bit disappointing. Given my druthers, I won't have this again, a big step down from Allagash and other top-shelf American Belgian-sthle tripels.

11-21-2009 02:46:30 | More by jdense
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Spineypanda

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Golden in color with an unfiltered look to it, a nice billowing head that resides for some time.
Smells of alcohol and Belgian yeasts.
Tastes a bit like a wheat beer, but with Belgian yeasts to it. more than I expected flavor-wise, a bit of banana hint to it but mostly the alcohol flavor.
A great Tripel and worth giving a try especially if you enjoy a good Belgian Tripel.

11-12-2009 21:50:16 | More by Spineypanda
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Reviewed 7/23/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very clear light yellow colored body, with a foamy whitish color head, diminishing. Floral aroma. Fruity and flowery, semi-strong. Floral grainy taste. Spicy taste. Light taste, soft mouthfeel. A little sweet tasting.

11-01-2009 13:47:31 | More by jujubeast6000
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Monk's Uncle began as a spring seasonal but was soon incorporated as a year-round offering. It is warm yellow-gold with refined clarity and shows a light smattering of head in the tulip glass Pike serves it in. The head quickly rims itself to a total eclipse formation. The body remains undercarbonated.

Belgian yeast esters define the aroma. The taste is spicy, almost piquant, but compressed by terse bittering. It is neither too sharp, nor too hot, but shows generous use of candi sugar with a notable alcohol presence. The aftertaste weighs somewhat heavy on the tongue.

10-19-2009 02:02:31 | More by RedDiamond
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DNA

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Exceptionally clear, light golden color with a small (< 1 finger) head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of lace.
The aroma is a spicy clove and fruity (slight banana). A little bit of vanilla as well.
The taste is good but a little too hoppy for this style. I would expect a little more malt character to come through and dominate.
Nothing special about the mouthfeel. It seems a little on the light side for a tripel. Seems less viscous than other tripels I've had.
Overall, quite drinkable. Perhaps too bitter for a tripel but not bad.

10-02-2009 02:59:25 | More by DNA
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froghop

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

pours a little hazy orange-yellow with a medium size white head, and some lacing.

smell of graham cracker, yeast, spice, banana, wheat, and a slight amount of sweet fruits.

taste is creamy, spice, bread dough, a touch of caramel, wheat, peach, pear, banana, and other sweet fruit, and some pepper, ends slightly bitter and a bit sticky.

09-25-2009 23:20:31 | More by froghop
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flagmantho

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: slightly opaque pale golden color with a thin white head.

Smell: highly malty aroma with some subtle wheaty notes.

Taste: big and alcoholey; a lot of malt. There are some nice tree-fruit tones buried under all that malt which establish their presence a little more as the beer warms. This is actually quite a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a nice coating ability, but little of the beer-on-lees creaminess which I like so much in other examples of this style.

Drinkability: a good-tasting tripel will always be nicely drinkable in my book; this is one such example.

09-12-2009 01:57:30 | More by flagmantho
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GRG1313

California

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
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Big bomber from Eagle Butte Liquor store in Dunmore, Ab

Hazy aprocot gold in colour, not much in the head/lacing dept. A downer so far..

grainy malt, hint of citrus...grapefruit rind. Some sweetness..honey lemon. Noting spectacular here.

Big wave of chewy sweet malts followed up by a similar wave of grapefruit citrus hop bitterness. Not overly spicy, but that hint of bubblegum sweetness from the sugars rides into the sunset @ the finish. Alcohol is present, but only as a faint bite on the tongue towards the end.

Fairly thick and chewy on the palate. Would put the body @ medium-heavy..but more towards the medium end of the spectrum.

A sipping beer for sure. Maybe a bit on the sticky side ( and the strong) side to have more than one, but still nice.

08-04-2009 00:26:35 | More by Shadman
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a decently large cap of off-white foam. Retention is good and lacing is minimal.

Smell is of sweet sugar and light malts, very grainy. Not much yeast aroma, or hops for that matter. Pretty straightforward, but decent smelling tripel.

Taste follows suit, as the light, grainy malt is the dominant flavor. Hops show up a bit late for the party, but add a nice balance. Alcohol is smooth and well hidden considering the malt bill. The lack of any perceptible yeasty esters is the biggest downfall of this beer. I dont think it would age well, as there is not much to develop. Would I drink it again? Yea...but not sure if I would buy this again, especially with so many other fine tripels available.

08-02-2009 12:31:03 | More by twiggamortis420
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box299

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Nice example of a brewpub triple. I have yet to find a triple that compares to my travels around Belgium. I would go back for another.

The color was cloudy straw and the taste was started out nice but didn't finish all that well. It would pair with a bloody mary quite nicely.

I would not expect this beer to taste this good from a bottle.

07-20-2009 13:41:17 | More by box299
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

this is a 9% tripel-style

normally i don't like pike beers, but this was priced right around $4 for the bomber, so i went for it.

see-thru golden pour with adequate carbonation, not much in terms of lasting foam. classic tripel aroma with hints of lemon, honey, and the unibroue factory. very pleasant and familiar nose. nice weight but perhaps a bit undercarbonated on the tongue. slightly toasty malty blonde flavors hit first, with a big spice of belgian yeastiness and surprising (but welcome) bitter closer. warmth brings some peppery goodness, some definite raspberryish flavors as well as a boozy depth to the initial honey note.

the best pike beer i've had, hands down.

07-16-2009 04:08:09 | More by goodbyeohio
Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.