The Stumbling Monk
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sprucetip:
4.44/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I had a long layover at Sea-Tac. Like get a room and hit the town long. So after heading out to Brouwers in Green Lake, I returned to downtown and walked up toward Capitol hill and the Stumbling Monk. If I lived in Seatle, the Stumbling Monk would be my bar. The atmosphere is reminiscent of local a neighborhood pub in Belgium, to some extent. Dim lighting. spacious when I was there, late on a Thursday. Not pretentious or fancy in any way. Books and board games stacked here and there. I believe there are two owners, who are also the barkeeps. Only one, Rob, was there the night I was. There were about 12 taps and an extensive if not prodigious bottle list. Everything was very high quality, and all taps were either Belgian or Belgain style. There was one local-ish cask beer, Dick's IPA for 3.50 a pint or 10 per pitcher. Where I live in Alaska you can't get a pint for less then $5. An approximately 12 oz pour of St. Bernardus Christmas Ale was $6.50. The same was $10 at Brouwers, for comparison of value. Rob indulged in my beer geeky conversation and questions. Ask him to tell you his story about riding a motorcycle through Germany and coming upon a town called Ayinger. There is no food served, but plenty of options within a stones throw of the place. For the beer geek visiting Seattle, this place is a must. And if you live in Seattle and haven't been there, you are missing out.
12-06-2008 16:51:15 | More by sprucetip
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Kind of out of the way, not a real attractive place. The selection is mostly Belgium style beers, so not a big variety, but they do have a consistent line up of great beers. Bottle list is nothing special. Honestly, some of the stuff I’ve found here is awesome. Great place.
05-30-2013 16:54:03 | More by Smurf2055
4.64/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A bar any Belgian fan in Seattle needs to go to. Every beer is top notch, always finding new beers I love. Atmosphere is very minimal, just bring friends and enjoy the best beers you can find. No food served, but you are free to bring anything or order delivery from the menus they have. Staff is super knowledgeable and you never have to wait for a beer.
04-13-2013 07:25:40 | More by fsck
4.62/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Atmosphere: A small corner bar, seems ancient, vinyl seats have long ago shredded, Mostly clean hard wood table lacquered and aged supported our enthusiastic choices.
Quality: All beers in fresh good working order. Taps seemed clean and well rotated.
Service: The good man tending the bar was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful with suggestions and information. Didn't allow us to have a sample before making our order, but an understandable policy.
Selection: This is a Belgian bar, a wormhole between Seattle and Brussels. I had Gregorius, the 8th Trappist brewery from Austria. There's aged Rochefort 8 from 06 on the menu. While the offerings are very heavy on Belgian styles, there are a few hometown offerings.
I had cask Elysian Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout on cask which was most enjoyable. You would be hard pressed to find many bars in Belgian with this kind of selection of Belgian offerings.
A great bar!
02-16-2013 03:00:00 | More by HardTarget
The Stumbling Monk in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.