Monk's Uncle Tripel
Pike Brewing Company

Monk's Uncle TripelMonk's Uncle Tripel
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Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Ranked #256
Ranked #26,035
3.64 | pDev: 14.56%
Dec 19, 2022
Jan 04, 2007
Monk's Uncle TripelMonk's Uncle Tripel
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Reviewed by industrialswill from Washington

4.71/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A thoroughly enjoyable beer that I think many if not most AAL drinkers would enjoy, too.
The ABV is well hidden.
A 12 oz can of this 9.9% brew is about all I can handle before downshifting into the 4.5% lagers the rest of the night.
I plan on buying more Monk's Uncle..!
Dec 19, 2022
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Reviewed by mounceyboy from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Over-at Beer Connoisseur a reviewer said the mark of a good Tripel is how they hide the alcohol. Monk's Uncle doesn't do that as well as New Belgium Trippel or some of the finer brews I've had on tap around Seattle. Still, Pike Brewery does a good job and I agree that all it needs is a little finesse. If you're looking for high ABV then definitely choose this over the chemical brews like Steel Reserve, and I found it comparable to New Belgium's Voodoo Ranger at 9% ABV. A really fine Tripel, like Westmalle, almost tastes like a mellow wine that you don't need to sip, but do enjoy the fragrance! Had to shop Whole Foods and this was a decent deal at $10.49/6-pack. (I can only drink two a day so that works-out well - my preferred New Belgium is 13.99 at whole paycheck.) PS - a good Tripel is best closer to room temp than ice cold!
Dec 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Light head, orange body. Smell is sweat— banana, bubble gum, a hint of coriander, and caramel. Taste follows. Bubble gum and a bit of banana balanced by piney hops with floral notes, some citrus too, and quite a bit of malt for that matter. High carbonation, quite dry, very crisp. The alcohol isn’t very hidden. Good, not great.
Mar 03, 2022
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Rated by enzotheMFbaker

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A personal favourite & frequent go-to.
Has a very unique character that is hard to describe, best enjoyed ice cold.
Sep 20, 2021
Rated: 2.83 by Ajlvt from Washington

Jun 28, 2020
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can (!) served in a tulip. Gift from a friend. Dated 09/06/19.

Pours moderately hazy straw yellow with a medium to small head medium to low carbonation. Smell is farmhouse, straw, light banana, maybe more than slight.

Taste is pretty classic tripel. Lots of banana, some clove, something spicy about it that's a little unusual but actually quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is dry, light. Overall, it's a solid tripel.
Feb 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Six pack of cans picked up at QFC in Bothell, Washington.
PKG 09/16/19. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy bright golden color, solid off-white head with good retention, a fair amount of lacing. Ample carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Bready/sugary malts, light candied stone fruits (primarily dried plums and figs), pizza dough, some corn, light spicy hops and oily metallic notes.

Taste- Much like the nose but a bit more palatable. Sweet malt liquor and candy stone fruits. Alcohol heat in the finish.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, pretty smooth, fairly well balanced. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- This one really isn't worth visiting. If you want a high ABV buzz, go ahead and go with Steel Reserve or Hurricane and save a few bucks.
Nov 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Draft: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with sweet Belgian malt notes and light sweet ester. Taste is also dominated by sweet ester with some candi sugar notes and sweet Belgian malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Enjoy bale Triple but maybe a tad too sweet.
Oct 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Mrbob558 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I am not sure if the beer I had is the same aslisted. The menu just called it Pikes Place Belgium Trippel while the receipt called it Frosty Monk's Trippel.
In any event, I loved the taste, smooth and strong, consistent. Easy to finish, good color and mouth feel. I would definitely have another if I saw this microbrew again
Sep 18, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by DMarlinJ from Michigan

Jun 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 10, 2019
Rated: 2.68 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 09, 2019
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Shared bomber bottle (about $5) in and from Melbourne, FL.
Pours golden-amber, clear, with a large, frothy white head.
Spicy and boozy aroma that's typical for style; suggests something very sweet.
Flavor: moderate bitterness, a bit higher than optimal, with otherwise fairly well balanced flavor
Overall: a fine choice for style at this price point.
Mar 26, 2019
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From notes 2/23/12: Pours an opaque ocher producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, white head that leaves little lace. Aroma is bread, banana, clove, peach, vanilla with a hint of funk. Taste is similar with candy sugar, lemon and honey notes joining the bubblegum; the honey is most prominent in the finish where there is also a slight hop bite. Finish is dry bitter, spicy and boozy. Aftertaste is similar with increasing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, smooth and warm with a little prickle and a lingering dryness. Complex.
Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Noahjedpad from Washington

2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Alcohol. Thats what you taste with this beer. It is like drinking a light beer with a splash of some higher proof stuff. If you like your bud light but want to get drunk fast this is the beer for you. I now understand why it was on sale where I bought it.
Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by ghasting from Washington

Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 1.81 by Bach_And_Beer97 from Washington

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada

Jul 06, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Kdouble from Tennessee

Jun 17, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap. Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled spicy with yeast and hay. It was sweet with a spicy presence.
Jun 01, 2018
Rated: 3.19 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

May 21, 2018
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Reviewed by ckornmannn from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a bottle. Yellow and clear, lacy head with excellent retention. Grassy and floral on the nose. Light to medium body. It's an easy drinker,be careful! An excellent trippel.
May 17, 2018
Rated: 3.33 by TheCrowsEye from California

May 03, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by Rivarol from Washington

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 3.35 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 2.94 by Oldkasilof from Alaska

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 3.47 by mltobin from Connecticut

Nov 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a chalice, the appearance was a dark bronzed golden murky orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Slight sticky lace.
The aroma had some sweet grain/husk, some sweet grass, light lemon, red delicious apples, bubblegum and a light boozy sweet heat at the end.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the prior mentioned aromas. The husk and the lemon seemed to meld a bit more and settle in on the aftertaste through all of those aromas.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and coming across nicely as a sipper because of that boozy heat which I don't mind so much but I can see how many people aren't going to like this. ABV seemed as projected by the brewer. Carbonation felt fine. Mild astringency yet acceptable.
Overall, it's decent as a Tripel, I could see some others on the American market that I'd probably rather have, but fans of this style might like this one.
Aug 12, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by Redscot from New York

Jun 07, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Aisha from Massachusetts

May 27, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by Satorn from Florida

Apr 28, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by JohnTurano from Florida

Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by rarigney from Washington

Jan 26, 2017
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22 oz. bottle - poured into a glass chalice:

Pours bright, clear golden with a thin head that eventually becomes a bubbly cover. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of grain with grass and a floral touch. Slight, subtle bubblegum comes through. Phenolic.

The taste is of grass, grain, bubblegum. It has a dry, tannic finish. Alcohol is noticeable but not too sharp or hot.

It is smooth despite noticeable alcohol. It has a nice lingering dryness. It's somewhat effervescent.

Hits the style well overall. A solid example of an American take on the Belgian style, especially for a brewery that does not specialize in Belgian-style brews.

A very good purchase - bought it for only about $5 at Safeway in (west) Bremerton, WA.
Jan 25, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Jan 04, 2017
Rated: 2.83 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Sep 09, 2016
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Rated by EASiverly from Washington

4.99/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love this beer. One of the most clean and refreshing craft beers I have had..ever.
Aug 11, 2016
Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Brewing Company
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