The Stumbling Monk
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
4.64/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love Seattle, plain and simple. Seattle is like a good well worn pair of jeans you can't wait to put back on. I get this feeling from The Stumbling Monk. This small place has Belgian and Belgian-style breweriana covering the well worn walls. It has low mood music and no TVs. Gives a good atmosphere to have real conversations within. They mainly serve Belgian and "Belgian-styled" beers (only of the highest quality). Speaking of quality, watch how well they clean the glassware. The bartenders I spoke with had top-notch knowledge of the brews they serve - very impressive. Out of all the bars I went to on my Seattle trip, I enjoyed this one more than any. Mostly locals and that is all for the better. The prices were very reasonable. I highly recommend this place.
04-19-2006 21:53:37 | More by TheEclecticGent
4.62/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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
4.59/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here after our second Elysian trip. It was dark and we literally almost walked right past.
Coolest atmosphere of anywhere we visited while in Seattle. Very neighborhood bar feel, with cozy seating and friendly clientele.
All the beers were very fresh and served in appropriate glassware.
Prompt service, though a bit unenthusiastic.
The selection isn't huge here. Something like ten beers on tap. Mostly Belgian themed beers. The really great part is that you can tell someone took the time to carefully pick out the beers and put together a limited, but excellent draft list.
04-06-2007 20:47:38 | More by nortmand
4.56/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A little hidden Belgian bar in plain site. No big flashy sign out front ... just some steamed up windows.
Great chill place to hang out and grab a great Belgian brew at very reasonable prices. $1-2 less than other bars around the area. They specialize in Belgian brews as well as some local NW stuff. Very decent selection, wonderful atmosphere... no blaring music (no music at all actually), games to play, nice ppl.
Way more chill than Brouwers and not as pretentious, this might be my new favorite place.
01-25-2009 00:02:27 | More by LilMatrix
4.56/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Went to to this place last night and was not dissapointed.
It is a bit of a hole in the wall, its dark and kind of dirty, but its quiet as they don't play music, and they don't have a TV. This bar has a very laid back atmosphere which is really nice.
The service was alright not great but not bad.
Now to the beer. The selection here was excellent with lots of Belgians on tap or in bottles plus it was all served in correct glassware.
The prices seemed reasonable for what you were ordering.
Overall I really liked this place. It is really quiet place whither great beer where one can spend a few hours relaxing with great beer.
07-04-2011 16:48:03 | More by beerandcycling88
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Now this is my type of drinking establishment! Small place with sparse breweriana covering the walls. Low music, so you could hear what the other people at your table had to say. If you like Belgian beer this the Spot to go in Seattle. Brouwer's has nothing on this place. The Monk is cheaper and a more friendly place. It only has about ten or so taps, but everything on them is exceptional. If for some reason you can't find anything on tap the bottle selection shouldn't pose the same problem. It was the kind of placce that you could bring some of your school books and study while having a refreshment. They've got lots of boardgames and the like, which is a nice change from darts and a pool table. The waiter was more than willing to answer any of my questions, and the regulars seemed to know a thing or two as well. Tucked away in a non-touristy area keeps the rif-raf to a minimum. Enjoy!
03-18-2006 23:42:03 | More by fourohstudent
4.46/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Most places where you can find Belgian beer, its far more expensive than here. Each time I have visited they've had great stuff on tap. Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru, La Chouffe, Gouden Carolus Noel, N'ice Chouffe, and many others. Each time I have ordered, I get a rinsed glass that is also the proper glassware for the drink. If one of the 10 or so taps don't suit you, there seems to be a wealth of bottles to choose from, the majority of which are Belgians. The bottles can be a bit pricey (but then when aren't belgians expensive in or out of a bar?) but they even offer non belgian fare, such as Fish Tale Leviathon and many others. No food is offered but the area is rich with places that are within walking distance to fill the ol' belly after downing some quality beers.
03-07-2006 01:48:36 | More by TheBungyo
The Stumbling Monk in Seattle, WA
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