Monk's Uncle Tripel
Pike Brewing Company

Monk's Uncle TripelMonk's Uncle Tripel
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3.67 | pDev: 14.44%
Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Monk's Uncle TripelMonk's Uncle Tripel
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jnjander from Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Oct 01, 2012
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wattoclone from California

4/5  rDev +9%

Sep 12, 2012
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NWer from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.
In spite of aggressive pour, there was little head and what there was, dissipated quickly. Appearance was a foggy golden color that was very appealing to the eye.
I have little experience with Tripels so I don't have a point of comparison but I can say that it was very enjoyable and I had to restrain myself from drinking it too quickly.
A very enjoyable beer with a sneaky kick.

Jul 05, 2010
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northaustin from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

Jul 14, 2009
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MOB210SA from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I cant help but notice a Pentagram on the cap.

2 fingers of Light and bubbly slightly frothy head, maintaiing nicely. I was careful with the pour but its cloudy. a darkish golden daffodil. Equal gold and yellow. The color is interesting.

The smell.. there is just something I did not find pleasant. Its slightly sour I guess. Belgian yeasts, some dark fruit and a herby/clove. This has the smell like a tripple but I think its just lacking good essences. Upon warming some the alcohol starts to come through. Slightly citrusy.

I really like triples but I have to say this is one that Im really not too fond of. Its mostly a overripe fruit, and a lot of clove. I cant explain what this beer is lacking besides good flavors. Cant even compare to the greats. I guess its an alright effort, just not for me. Sadly, Im thinking you get what you pay for. Bitter, sour over-ripe fruits but its alright.

Medium body with the usual bottle conditioned bubbliness.

Feb 08, 2010
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mactrail from Washington

2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Clear golden yellow in the tall glass. Ample foam and plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Odor of candy and spoiled fruit.

Taste is really sweet and simple, like sugar. Except there is a really bitter flavor. I won't call it hops since that's not what it tastes like. Something more medicinal. It comes on slow, like with overcooked brussels sprouts, but then it grabs the inside of your mouth and hangs on like a pit bull. There is nothing in the middle between the sugar and the bitterness.

I think this is one of the least drinkable alleged Tripels I've ever had. This is more like bad home brew. Heading for the sink now. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Skagit Valley Food Coop in Mount Vernon.

Sep 08, 2013
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Adamostella from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

May 12, 2013
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 09, 2019
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wrightst from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Oct 25, 2014
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stercomm from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Tulip glass.

A - Burnt light orange in color,slight haze, poured a finger frothy white head that receded quickly leaving medium lacing onthe sides of the glass.

S - Some spices,getting some nice orange with a bread backbone, a bit light scent wise.

T - Malty taste with some orange and gylcerol, maybe a bit medicinal, finihses with a bread taste.

M - Medium bodiws with light carbonation

D - The more I drink this there seems to be some aspects of an English Pale Ale, I was expecting a bit more zest in the flavors.

May 25, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Conventional wisdom holds that a monk may not consider that monkey his uncle. Just sayin'. This brew pours a clear (there's a very slight haze, but not much to really speak of) golden-amber-straw topped by a half-finger (at best) of white foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast spiciness, nutmeg, pepper, clove, banana bread, ginger, and a twist of lemon. The taste is nearly identical, amping up the lemon a bit and adding a healthy bit of orange-rind bitterness. The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a semi-chalky, grainy feel. Overall, a solid tripel, but nothing really all that special. God for a nice Belgian-style quaff.

Aug 20, 2010
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is grain, barn musty and a little lemon.
The taste is watery, boozy and dry grain.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Not great.

Feb 05, 2016
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Elimination from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a very golden yellow pretty Brits and vibrant

Smell is high booze, sweet, fruity, has a certain gang to it.

Taste is buttery, strong yeast funk to it, a fruity sugary up front.

Mouth is pretty good carb bit of a sting to it

Drink is ok but would get old after quite a few of these

Sep 01, 2010
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blackc5 from Washington

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jun 17, 2009
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruits, malts, yeast.Taste is boozy, fruits, some malts, alcohol well pronounced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but a bit boozy and less flavorful than other Tripels I have had.

Dec 18, 2012
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Mrbob558 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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
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Yoonisaykul from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Aug 07, 2012
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hickmancase from California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Sep 08, 2013
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PhatAtUT from Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

Dec 05, 2011
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bumchilly25 from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Apr 17, 2014
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DNA from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Exceptionally clear, light golden color with a small (< 1 finger) head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of lace.
The aroma is a spicy clove and fruity (slight banana). A little bit of vanilla as well.
The taste is good but a little too hoppy for this style. I would expect a little more malt character to come through and dominate.
Nothing special about the mouthfeel. It seems a little on the light side for a tripel. Seems less viscous than other tripels I've had.
Overall, quite drinkable. Perhaps too bitter for a tripel but not bad.

Oct 02, 2009
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evilkalla from Alabama

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving: Bomber into a chalice.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow. Barely any head to speak of. I was expecting more fizziness.

S: Begian yeast and pale malts. Definitely smells like a tripel.

T: Somewhat dry, reasonably bitter and some hints of malt breadiness and tripel yeast flavor. Not bad.

M: This is barely carbonated, and that bubbliness is something I've grown to expect from the tripel style. Not impressed.

D: This beer is almost flat. Were it not as flat it would be much more enjoyable. I would not buy this one again.

Nov 19, 2010
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EJNibs from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy gold-orange. Not quite half an inch of head that dissipates quickly. There's some lacing, but could be more prominent.

Yeast comes through a bit in the nose with some toned down wildflower hop notes. Smells "almost sort of like a tripel," but to me it falls a little short.

The taste is, well, similar to the smell. Almost like a wonderful, sweet hops, yeasty dry bready tripel...but not quite. That said, in a word it tastes GOOD. But for the style, it's no substitute for a Trappist, or even other American brewed tripels.

In the last analysis, if you want just "something good and new," go for it, but if you're really hankering for a Tripel that epitomizes the style, I'd look elsewhere, maybe a La Fin Du Monde if you're looking for a great tripel this side of the atlantic for a little less $.

Sep 27, 2010
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Spineypanda from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden in color with an unfiltered look to it, a nice billowing head that resides for some time.
Smells of alcohol and Belgian yeasts.
Tastes a bit like a wheat beer, but with Belgian yeasts to it. more than I expected flavor-wise, a bit of banana hint to it but mostly the alcohol flavor.
A great Tripel and worth giving a try especially if you enjoy a good Belgian Tripel.

Nov 12, 2009
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taigor from New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured hazy golden orange color with big white head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly citrus, apple and earthy spices.

T - Sweet brown sugar, honey with apple fruitness followed by malts and yeast with citrus bitterness and slightly spicy finish. Alcohol is not masked at all.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Good representative of tripel from US brewery but ABV is not hidden at all and this tripel comes through as too boozy.

Nov 08, 2011
Monk's Uncle Tripel from Pike Brewing Company
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