1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Monk's Uncle Tripel - Pike Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Monk's Uncle TripelMonk's Uncle Tripel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

254 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 254
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Monk's Uncle Tripel Alström Bros
Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 128 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of froghop
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.

froghop, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Shadman
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.

Shadman, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of box299
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.

box299, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of goodbyeohio
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.

goodbyeohio, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

i find myself enjoying monks uncle more and more every time i drink it.

poured from a 22oz into a schnifter. a light amberish gold color that has a generous head that disappears very quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

the aroma is basically whats expected from the style, a sweet and malty smell all the way through.

i cant identify what makes the taste special, which might be a part of its allure. strong, sweet and not too overpowering. the booze shows up a fair bit in the aftertaste but is nothing too out of control.

mouthfeel is the typical sticky mouthed, cheek raising, palate blast that i usually expect from the style.

drinkability is very high for me as i live on a small budget. the pike beers are very affordable for the quality of beer contained within. this is fast becoming one of my go-to bombers. a must try for tripel fans

northaustin, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a large Chimay glass, this beer is a limpid gold with hardly any hint of head other than a filmy white layer on top. The aroma is slight, with sweet lightly fruity notes, and maybe a faint touch of spice. The flavor is hugely phenolic, with lots of clone notes. Fairly high bitterness dries things out a bit. Alcohol makes an appearance at the finish. The body is light, but needs more carbonation--a lot more. It's almost watery.

Tastes like a home-brewed tripel to me, one brewed a first time that has some flaws and needs a lot of work to get the recipe and process right. Another mediocre beer from Pike.

allengarvin, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Served in a straight pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow-straw color, not as clear as some triples I've had, but still attractive. A relatively small head (less than 1/4 inch) was surprising for the style, but was sharp white and left very lovely lacing.

Those expected spicy, yeasty aromas were certainly present, although muted in comparison to others of the style, delivering their usual joy. The flavors were a little more bold than the scents, but again, softer than expected.

The body was average for the style as was the drinkability, that said however, Tripels are one of my favorite styles so they are always extremely drinkable for me.

Overall a solid example of the style, one I enjoy when available. Not a classic, but not a disappointment, worthy of your time.

beertunes, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of elricorico
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Fairly clear orange gold with a foamy two fingers of head from a relatively fast pour. Some lacing as it recedes. A thin cap lasts as I drink.

Aroma shows a lot of spicy alcohol character, with a citrus mix. A bit yeasty, some melon to the nose as well.

Sweet citrus up front, mandarin orange and some melon, but the dominating flavour is the finish, full of hot alcohol and spice. Sub-par in the flavour department.

Thin and slick mouthfeel, without the usual big Belgian liveliness. Not a great example of a tripel, this one just seems to be a miss.

elricorico, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of mhatters
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle in a Duvel glass

Pours a straw golden with minimal head and lacing

The nose is somewhat subdued - a bit of fruit and Belgian style notes

A bit too phenolic for me, the fruit come through too, but I mostly get the phenols.

Nicely carbonated, not too alcoholic - in fact, not a real not of alcohol at all.

OK - not a bad beer, I probably won't have another considering what else is there in this style.

mhatters, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of blackc5
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a light golden peach color with a medium head. Medium lacing as well. Not a real strong nose on this one, but I detect the expected sweet malts and fruitiness. Taste is quite good. Underhopped perhaps, but overall it is still quite tasty. Lots of fruit and cloves. Definitely can taste the yeast. Overall, pretty good, but not top rate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my preference, but acceptable. Drinkability is high though thanks to the good overall flavors and fairly low ABV.

blackc5, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Wanted something hoppy... but went to the fridge and found nothing that looked appealing.. I picked this one up at the Boise COOP.. Paid about $5 for the 22... poured into my New Belgium snifter..

Aggressive pour produced only a 3/4" head that died back really quickly with only touches of lace as the glass went down.. the cap was pretty much only big bubbles left from the pour.... the brew is a very hazy honey lite gold... unimpressive.

This brew is an only okay attempt at the style at cellar temperature... I am gonna go fuck around in the yard for a bit and hope it get's better.. I really hope.

Nose has almost no expected phenols or esters... instead it reminds me of a really "REALLY" lite Belgian single.. very lite clove and even less peppery components.. a little bit of "band-aid" as it hits room temperature.

Flavor is better... pale malt dominated with only lite pepper and clove... an estery citrus element is there too.. but again.. it is lite .. good body.... but the overall brew is apathetic at best... I would only buy it again if asked in trade.. or if I was brewing a Tripel and wanted a domestic example for inspiration.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly good and the overall drinkability is nice too.. but not in the style.

3/3/3.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

22oz bomber into a Corsendonk tulip.

Monk's Uncle pours a crisp, pale golden hue with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Some moderate bubbling action from below, but the tiny wisp of foam is lackluster at best. Aroma is nice and Belgian-y, with sweet candied malts leading the way. Spices, cornstarch, and some floral hops balance the sweetness.

The flavor takes the tongue for a ride, kicking things off with a crisp, resinous hop note that puts me in the mindset of a West Coast IPA. Quickly, Belgian candy malts and intense tropical fruit esters take hold and land blows of pineapple, sweet pear, and mango-infused vodka. Need I say the finish is boozy? Every bit of the 9% ABV is apparent as the medium, slightly-syrupy body finishes with a dryness that only flames the alcoholic fires. Not the best example of the Tripel style, and the booziness definitely makes the drinkability suffer, but it does have its merits. Still, Pike makes several better brews than this...

wagenvolks, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Hazy peach color with a nice bright white head.
Aroma of biscuits, banana, orange blossom honey, clove with a twinge of hot phenol.
Hotness detected upfront with a yeasty biscuity malt presence. Pretty spicy with corrainder, clove, and some banana. Nice bitterness in the back, but a little too harsh for me across the board. Tastes like a Golden Monkey.

RustyDiamond, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Thin but creamy and frothy head. Hazed apricot-hued body.

Fairly thin aroma, wheat, spice and alcohol warmth.

Flavour is on the thin side as well, the basic premise is there, it just tastes muted. Spicy yeasty esters, wheat, warming alcohol, even an herbal hoppy presence on the finish, but seriously lacking in ooomph.

Mouthfeel parallels the flavour, it's not watery, but still on the thin side.

Perhaps a stepping stone ale for the style, for the uninitiated to ease them in to this sort of flavour profile, however it really doesn't stand out at all for a tripel.

IronDjinn, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear light golden color with a medium thin white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of malt, spices and tart fruit. Medium body with flavors of yeast, peppery hops and fruit. Some sweet malt is present at times too. The finish is tart fruit and spices with a bit of banana lingering behind. Above average overall.

Dogbrick, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of hoser
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

A little bubble gummy and syrup like, definitely a sipper for sure. A little disappointed in the amount of head on this beer and not a Tripel Karlimet of a St Bernardus, heck not even a La Fin du Monde. Will I buy this again probably not, would I refuse it if given to me probably not. Enjoyable yes out of this world no.

hoser, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Thanks to my Dad for picking this up in Seattle. Poured a clear amber with a tall white head and lacing. The aroma is clove-heavy with a hint of bubblegum, though it's a touch rubbery at first. This beer can't get over all the clove phenol and expand into more flavors like a great tripel. As it warms, spicy hops come out in the finish, but it lacks depth. It's still tasty and very drinkable - no hint of booze - but there are better options.

tempest, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

I had this on on-tap in a tulip glass at The Pike Brewing Co.

Appearance: light hay with a little haze, some head

Smell: flowery, complex and spicy, malty

Taste: fruity, hides its alcohol content very well, it went down very smooth, malty with almost no hop bite

I really liked this one. It is my favorite so far from Pikes.

ClavisAurea, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.33/5  rDev -8%

A: It poured a hazy amber body with a slight half finger white head. The head receded slowly leaving a leggy lacing down hte side of the glass.

S: It had a sticky sweet lightly toasted malt aroma with a complement of yeasty doughy spices and white hoppy spices.

T: It had a creamy, smooth front with a malty and yeasty profile. It was spicy and hoppy on the back side (reminiscent of Golden Monkey).

M: It had a nice medium body with a creamy rich flavor and spicy backside. It finished clean with little aftertaste.

D: It is a very enjoyable Tripel but a bit heavy and high ABV for a session drink. However, its unique flavors make it a taste treat worth trying.

dnichols, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of jacamp16
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

I got this beer in a 22 oz. bottle a couple of weeks ago and last night had a reason to break it out.

On the pour, a brief head was lifted a finger, or so, high. This quickly dropped to a thin film on the top of the beer. Carbonation seemed very light and the beer was very clear, bordering on bright.

The beer smelled produced to me, as opposed to crafted. If I were forced to guess, I would say that it came out of a lab more so than a brewery. Scents of apple in the forefront, which were ok. A little bit of spice which would have been nice, if it weren't for the very strong plastic aromas coming over the top of them.

The taste was fine. I'm not saying that like it's a good thing. There was a solid malt backbone, but little else. The beer seemed to disappear on the mid palate.

The mouthfeel somehow went from fairly full, on the initial attack, to very thin and watery near the end of the taste.

I do think the alcohol was well integrated. In one sense, this is good for drinkability, on the other, not so much.

Not great, not terrible, just not what I'd look for out of a tripel.

jacamp16, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of BrewnZ
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Cool to see Pike coming out with new brews. I am so glad that Charlie & Rose are back in ownership and turning things around!

Had this on draft at the brewery:

A: Hazy pale straw, no foam stand, low CO2.

S: Soft malt, perfume, phenols.

T: Perfume, malt, soft phenols, alcohol, then phenols (plastic) after taste that distracts from the malt.

D: Medium due to high phenols. May have tried the American trick of fermenting warm (75-85F) but failed to start out cool (65 - 70F) for the 1st few days. . .

Rumor has it they are using the Westmalle yeast strain for this beer and Tandem Abbey double.

BrewnZ, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of beals
3.33/5  rDev -8%

A: Pale golden... light head.

S: Slightly spicy/phenolic with strong fruity/estery nose. Apple and apricot.

T: Like a belgian saison. Spicy. Aftertaste is thin and slightly astringent, leaves something to be desired.

M: Non-impressive mouthfeel, with low carbonation, which is odd given the nods in flavor to the saison.

D: Moderately drinkable, though the strength of the ale probably pushes it outside the realm of having more than one in a session.

beals, Sep 02, 2007
Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.