Monk's Uncle Tripel | The Pike Brewing Company

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Monk's Uncle TripelMonk's Uncle Tripel

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got a 22 oz. bottle of this at the brewery in Seattle when my wife and I went to Seattle on vacation back in mid March. Been hanging onto this ever since. Poured into by oversized wind glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden/copper color with a few streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Head eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a fairly big cluster swirl of foam floating in the middle of the beer's surface. Has a slightly bready, just slightly toasted, caramel malt aroma that gives way to bits of clove, banana, citrus, and Belgian candy sugars. Has a fairly sweet, slightly bready, caramel malt flavor that gives way to the aforementioned fruity flavors of bananas and citrus, and some Belgian candy sugar sweetness that's rounded out with peppery spices and clove that give this a bit of a bite. Has a fairly crisp, slightly prickly, somewhat smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer at all, but I feel this is lacking something I can't quite put my finger on at this time.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This tripel from Pike has some of the the smell and taste you expect from a tripel, but little of the look, or especially, the complexity that you expect. Too much like orange Fanta.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On the "1001", but many better American renditions of the triple are not on that list. I probably will not taste this again.

2/10/17. Well.... I did taste it again. And I agree even more with myself that this is a below average American rendition of the tripel. While it gets dry enough to go well with food, they really do not seem like they have can isolate a flavorful yeast.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of gandres
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance:amber, medium foam
Strong aroma of alcohol, good aroma
medium bitterness, balance
long follow through
Very good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with average to medium head, golden cloudy body. Aroma of sourdough, and spice, coriander. Taste is butter, light tangy hops. Palate is again hops, overall slick mouthfeel. Decent effort.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a chill haze, minimal lacing and no head, it still looks nice in the glass. Poured from bottle with no date. Clove, bubblegum, banna, and citrus peel on the nose, or as i call them the usual suspects for a tripel. The same on the taste with the familiar yeast qualities. Slightly watery but alcohol not as strong as i was expecting. Good entry level tripel.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a bomber, in Seattle, poured into a plastic Oregon Brewer's Festival tulip (uh?) glass. Pours hazy orange with minimal but long lasting white head. The nose is boozy with a bit of Belgian sugar and ripe fruit. The taste shares the ripe fruit with the nose and is boozy as well. The body is light, with a dry finish. Overall, a bit thin and boozy but for the price, I'd have it again. Cheers!

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Photo of macpapi
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow color with a decent-sized white head and a good deal of bubble cloying to the edge of my tulip glass.

Smell is dominated by pepper and cloves. There is also quite a bit of fruit sweetness, mostly pears and a bit of lemon. There are also hints of grass and a decent malt pull on the nose. Not a bad aroma.

Taste is somewhat flat and lacks the crisp, sharp kick typical for the style. All tones of pepper, spice, and fruit are a bit muted. Malt backbone is definitely present, though. I'm also getting hints of banana in the swallow--though it is probably something else that I am tasting. Not much like most tripels I've tried.

In the mouth, this beer has a surprisingly full body. It is moderately carbonated and has the somewhat stinging presence of its 9% a.b.v.

On the whole, this is a pretty meh attempt at a tripel. It has some nicer attributes, like it's pretty full aroma. Taste, however, is lacking. There are so many better examples of the style that I will probably pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of dabone
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Orange and cloudy, with a creamy white head. Faint aroma of fruit, orange comes to mind. Fruity and sweet taste with a bitter and sharp aftertaste. Good texture. A good American made triple.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange color, the head was smallish and faded quickly. Overall, this was a decently flavored malt but the alcohol is definitely up front and noticeable. Mouth feel was smooth as silk though, so props on that for sure.

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Photo of Blake_Thompson
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Ok, halfway through this bear the 9.0% alcohol content has tempered my initial reaction which was none of the orangey clovey business others were euphamistically spouting. The minute this hit my lips I knew that bouquet... 211! This beer tastes like malt liquor. If you want the same experience with better flavor, do yourself a favor and get a good doppelbock. Spaten's Optimator comes to mind. That being said, not terrible; All and all one of the more delicious malt liquors I've ever tried... just not worth the price of admission

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Photo of ipa_freely
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Let me start my admitting this is my first Tripel. There's something in the smell and especially taste of this ale screaming "cloves" to me. It has some interesting, spicy notes which hide about 90% of the alcohol taste but I can't get past the clove taste, which overpowers even the hops.

Also, it says Availability: Winter. I just bought it mid-August at Costco. Maybe I got an old one.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a bomber into a schooner. The label states "brewed with organic ingredients". The head is short-lived but does leave a sticky layer of lace. The color is a pale, hazy golden.

Grassy hops, funk and herbal characters dominate. The hops are more apparent than others of this style that I've sampled. The alcohol adds spiciness and warmth but is otherwise well hidden. The funk is corralled somewhat, and the aftertaste is dry and pretty clean for the style. It's perhaps a little viscous compared to Belgian examples.

This beer borders on excellent, and was priced very reasonably at around 6 bucks for the bomber.

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Photo of BWED
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Hazy pale orange/gold. Delicate white head, lays low, but retains well.

S- Boozy fruit, grain, and some Belgian spice.

T- Raisins, spice, booze, and grainy notes.

M- Boozy, light body. Pretty dry finish.

O- Okay. The grain flavor and aroma were a little too much. The booze flavor and aroma aspects could have been subdued some, too.

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Photo of arizcards
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a bomber in late March from Total Wine for $3.99.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head on the initial pour.

Nose is malty with hints of fruity esters.

Taste is sweet with a big malt base and no remarkable side characteristics.

Mouthfeel is heavier than normal for the style, feels more like an imperial stout than a tripel.

Overall this beer really does not fit the true tripel style but it does make a decent drinking strong ale.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although it did have a head and a bit of lace, average is as best I can score it on appearance. Tripels are usually highly carbonated with a giant head, this one is merely average.

Flavor and aroma are more in line with what I'd expect from a tripel. spicy yeasty flavors and notes of clove and banana, black pepper.

Carbonation is smooth and medium, a bit under what I'd expect for a tripel, but in this case it's not a huge liability as the beer still drinks pretty well, and troof be told, the mouthfeel is pretty good.

Overall in the world of tripels, it's not a big stand-out. There are a lot of really badass tripels, and this one ain't really badass. But it's not bad, and honestly failing to stand out in a category that's full of whales isn't a horrible sin. For the price I'm happy with this beer and I'd drink it again when I'm in the mood for a tripel but don't feel like going whaling.

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Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Quite the golden goose when it pours, but that is where it peaks. . . Smell is almost a high note. Very prominent in its fragrant tart flavors. . . Too bad it overwhelms in the same sense for the taste. . . Borderline sour with hints of grapefruit and melon. . .

A wealthier man's poor beer to its own right when you get down to the nitty gritty of it all. . .

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Photo of vautman110
2.14/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Wow. The first thing that hit me was it was reminiscent of drinking a coors or bud but hoppy like an IPA. the smell was very familiar like that. My first inclination was to dump it in the sink and chalk it up as an experiment gone bad but I couldn't bring myself to waste beer, even something that was as nasty as this. I'm thinking maybe I got a bad one. I could not read the bottling date. Possibly bought it past its prime, but it was just purchased at Costco a few weeks ago.
Obviously I will not be going back here again. Triple is just not my style I guess.

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Photo of hreb
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer is pale golden in color, not quite translucent, and topped with very little white head. Sweet and fruity on the nose, suggesting ripe peaches or pears. Flavor is highly contrasted, combining the sweetness detected in the armoa with yeasty astringency and a moderate dose of hops. Grain flavors are muddled and fall into the background with everything else going on here. There's also a serious presence of alcohol. At 9%, there are other tripels that hide it a lot better, and with more interesting flavor. The finish is neither sugary nor crisp. Rather, there's a cloying flavor of what I can only describe as stale spices (clove, cinnamon) that have lost their potency and are now bland, dry, and harsh. (I should note that though there's no freshness date, this beer was purchased recently, and locally, so I have no qualms above reviewing it).

Drinkable but would recommend not committing to a large serving.

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Photo of brurevu
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The aroma had all the classic Tripel notes of bubblegum and Belgian yeast followed by the same classic notes in the taste with a bit of the clove spiciness and candy sweetness. The biggest disappointment was the finish. Every sip ended with a bitter back-end that was not good. Don’t get me wrong, I can take bitter as I love the hoppy IPA’s, but this bitter ending is not what I look for in a tripel. With the high alcohol content, I took my time, and as it warmed the taste and aroma remained consistent as did that bitter finish. In the end it left me a little underwhelmed as I expect a lot out of a Belgian style Tripel. It was definitely worth a try, but I will probably grab a different Tripel in the future

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very little head is formed on top as the beer is poured into a wide mouth goblet, yet there's still some lacing hanging around the edges of the glass. As for its color, it looks apricot colored. The aroma is agreeable, showing me aromas of toasted sugar, decent white pepper, hints of candied apricot. It brings hope for the taste, however I discover that the taste is not anything special. The hope of a good taste is there; white pepper and apricot skins driving the hope, as does the alcohol being hidden. A few flaws are noted; there's a vegetal note, the taste of off-flavored cereals, and an unpleasant bitterness in its aftertaste. Meld it together and the taste is just "okay". Compared to other tripels, it's disappointing.

If this beer were made from the uncle of a monk, then I would lose the uncle.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What, a full bodied Ale, did this Beer come from Germany?, nope...Seattle. I was not sure but I really like this Beer, it is an all occasion beer and good for America, I thought only Germans could brew an ale like this one. Be sure to let your mom taste one and see what she thinks.

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Photo of mactrail
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Monk's Uncle Tripel from The Pike Brewing Company
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