The Stumbling Monk
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
4.88/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
An incredible bar that seems to have been wholly underlooked by the Beer Advocate faithful.
I was just there tonight and the current on tap selection was as follows.
St. Bernardus 12
Duchesse De Bourgogne
Foret Organic Saison
Monkfish Belgian Triple
Far West Dubble
Dick's Silk Lady
Unbelievable selection of Belgians AND Maudite all on tap and all, unbelievably, for $5 or less a glass in proper brewery glassware. This place is mecca for belgian beer lovers in Seattle. They also have about 30 different bottled beers (on hand, 80% of which are belgian including all five of the six belgian trappist brews (no Westvleteren, big surprise) and much more. Nearly all bottled beers are $6 except for the few domestic offerings and La Fin Du Monde which is a steal at $2.50. For the record there's no kitchen but outside food is welcome (and commonly seen), it opens at 6pm daily.
5/23/06 Edit: all taps are rotating (and frequently so) except for the following: Stella (they have to have one lager..), Hoegaarden & Chimay Triple. Besides those three there are two brewery specific rotating taps for Unibroue & A'Chouffe. Monkfish triple has also been there a damn long time, but doesn't have permanent status.. though may soon. (Side note Last time I was there they had Unibroue's new Chambly Noire on tap and it is an incredible experience and about 5x's better than the bottled version, maybe Unibroues best effort ever when on draft, go now quick!)
10-11-2005 05:37:43 | More by deeplennon
4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I found this place on a recent visit to the area. I went in open minded and was happy with my experience.
It was around the holiday blizzard, so it wasn't very busy. The draft selection was small, but a good list of Belgians & Belgian styled ales. The bottle list wasn't huge, but again a very good list.
The place was kinda hole in the wall but kitschy...in a good way. The neighborhood kinda seemed like a college area, lots of Chachi bars in the surrounding blocks.
The bartender was attentive and easy to talk to. Again we were his only guests, but he made the effort to engage!
01-09-2009 15:15:01 | More by gboyd
5/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This has to be my favorite place in Seattle to go and grab a brew.
I am a bit biased here, since my beer tastes fall towards that of the Belgian ales, so this place is absolutely perfect for a guy like myself.
The bar itself is dimly lit with adequate seating in booths and tables. There are a variety of board games (chess, checkers, battleship, crib. etc) available to make your own as you sip your brew.
The selection of beers, as I alluded to earlier, are mainly of the Belgian variety. The tap list is split two ways, between Belgian ales and more often than not, Belgian "style" ales. There is also a hefty selection of bottled beers as well.
As mentioned in previous reviews, there is no food offered at this establishment aside from bags of chips. This is fine by me, since you can bring your own food in if that's what you're looking for. I am usually fine with just sipping on some select ales.
Again, probably my favorite local place in Seattle to grab a tasty brew. Another nice touch, is the glassware that compliments the beer that you happen to be drinking.
I would highly recommend checking this place out if you're interested in Belgian beers.
01-04-2010 09:08:07 | More by mrunseen
4.64/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A bar any Belgian fan in Seattle needs to go to. Every beer is top notch, always finding new beers I love. Atmosphere is very minimal, just bring friends and enjoy the best beers you can find. No food served, but you are free to bring anything or order delivery from the menus they have. Staff is super knowledgeable and you never have to wait for a beer.
04-13-2013 07:25:40 | More by fsck
4.46/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is amazing. As a capitol hill native, I find my self stumbling home from this great taphouse at least 2 days a week. The two bartenders are also the owners, they are polite and extrememly knowledgable, they're clearly beer geeks as well.
Great selection of Belgian and North American beers. 10 or so great beers rotate regularly on tap, and theres about 30 bottles to chose from. All beers come in their proper glassware. There's even a pile of back issues of Beer Advocate that you can read while enjoying some delicious beer.
Prices are great for the quality. Sometimes there's some killer bargains. For example, they served pints of New Belgium's La Folie for $4. I went there EVERY DAY until that keg was gone, lol.
The beauty of this place is in its simplicity. It's a taphouse, nothing more. If you're not a beer nut this place isn't for you, don't go if ur a frat guy looking to buy a pitcher of pabst. But if you love good beer, you MUST visit this place.
12-19-2007 20:50:05 | More by GAPit
4.8/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I live about 4 blocks from the Stumbling Monk and work about 100 feet away. Approximately 30 feet east is a much more lively place, with 25 cent PBR happy hour. I didn't know the Monk was even there for the first 6 months I was working where I was, until a fellow beer drinker introduced me to it.
The owners/bartenders are great, very knowledgeable and easy going, will converse without talking your ear off if you like. One night I was walking the dog and stopped by and they insisted I brought her in with me and she sat on the booth with me.
The selection for a bar is very nice, I can always walk in and see something new, as they change their taps out a couple times a month and the bottles change pretty often as well. They have the proper glassware for each beer, and charge the same price you will pay at the store for a beer, so it is very reasonable.
I am quite fortunate to live so close (and in Seattle I'm also neither up nor downhill from it so it's a flat commute), and can't imagine going anywhere else as I have no worries about designating drivers etc.
01-10-2008 21:26:59 | More by boognish523
4.56/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A little hidden Belgian bar in plain site. No big flashy sign out front ... just some steamed up windows.
Great chill place to hang out and grab a great Belgian brew at very reasonable prices. $1-2 less than other bars around the area. They specialize in Belgian brews as well as some local NW stuff. Very decent selection, wonderful atmosphere... no blaring music (no music at all actually), games to play, nice ppl.
Way more chill than Brouwers and not as pretentious, this might be my new favorite place.
01-25-2009 00:02:27 | More by LilMatrix
4.74/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Stumbling Monk is the quintessential beer bar: all beer, no pretension. They have a great selection of bottled and draft beer, with 10-12 rotating beers on tap and probably 50 more in bottles. It's mostly Belgian-style ales, though they have decent domestic offerings too; everything from what you expect (Chimay, Dogfish Head, etc) to some of the smaller local guys.The atmosphere is no frills: no food (but you can bring your own), dim lights, low music, but it's clean, reliable and a good place to talk with friends or play a board game. Even if it wasn't just around the corner from where I live, I'd probably still drink at the Stumbling Monk.
08-21-2009 01:00:09 | More by hpitlick
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Monk has the perfect atmosphere for me. No loud music, no TVs (probably the only bar in Seattle I can think of without one) and really good beer. Taps are always rotating, and every time I come in there is something new I want to try- even if its only been a couple days. The pricing for beers is always great- well within reason.
The bartenders are usually a little quiet, but they are all real good guys and extremely knowledgeable if they open up a little bit.
They don't have food for sale except some potato chips, but you are free to order delivery or bring your own.
My favorite place to go out to in Seattle, hands down.
12-24-2010 19:17:48 | More by robertfulwiler
The Stumbling Monk in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.