Monk's Uncle Tripel | The Pike Brewing Company

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Monk's Uncle TripelMonk's Uncle Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bodybyadam on 01-04-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
327
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
38
For Trade:
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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 327
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sun-splashed haystack gold with pastel lemon edges and a big bubbly crown of alabaster colored cream. The head is more American than Belgian, but it looks good nonetheless. Thick sheets of BB-shot lace are beginning to appear and look as if they'll stick around.

The nose makes me think that Pike Pub & Brewery just might have brewed a pretty damn good tripel. Every one of the usual olfactory elements are in place, with plenty of golden fruit and clove spiciness emanating from the glass. Coming back to it later... it isn't that impressive.

Monk's Uncle, while not an outstanding version, is a pretty good effort. For starters, the alcohol is too noticeable, something that is never true in the best Belgian tripels. Perhaps things will smooth out once the beer has gained a few degrees.

In the end, this brew is too simplistic, too rough-edged to be considered good. Age might help the latter, but it won't do anything to remedy the former. Flavors include pears and apples soaked in Absolut and sprinkled with ground clove. Dry tripels (like this one) should be light and airy rather than firm and steely.

The mouthfeel, as well, fails to even approach the magnificence of the style's finest. The shortage of residual sugars makes it feel thinner than expected (which isn't necessarily a negative) and the carbonation is... no complaints there.

Monk's Uncle tastes like it was created by an American brewery that has read the book on Belgian tripels, but has never experienced them first-hand. That's a bit harsh, but then so is the beer. My love for this particular style is the only thing keeping the important scores from drifting down to average.

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Photo of smanders
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local beer store here in Virginia just started carrying this west coast brew and I've been on a serious Tripel spell, so I thought I would try it out. At $6.99/22oz., why not?

Looks a bit darker than your average Tripel with a head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no discernible lacing. Maybe it took too long to traverse the country. Anyway, it smells faintly like a Tripel should, although I think the alcohol and candy sugar dominate. The taste is muted Tripel flavors (e.g. biscuits, sugar, and a little spice). Not bad, not fantastic. If you're hankering for an inexpensive Tripel, I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Capital Market, Salem. Golden slightly hazy ale, large bubbly off white head. The aroma is pretty off putting..strong rotten egg at first. Settles down after but never really pleasant.some yeasty barn aromas. Taste is much better more spicyness and phenols..much more "Belgian". Sweet Palte is OK for style, nothing phenomonal. Overall a pretty average take on the style. OK though.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that settles to fine film of tight bubbles on the surface. Cloudy

Very mild aroma for the style--light malt and perceptible alcohol.

Thin, oily body. Pine-like light hop in the swallow. The broth has some Belgian yeast flavor to it. Round, smooth pale malt on the initial sip. High level of carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a moderately foggy medium golden colour, with two fingers of foamy white head, which leaves very sparse lace as it melts away. The aroma is very wheaty, the banana/coriander quite evident, as is some citrus and light yeast. The taste is big wheaty malt, sour white fruit, edgy alcohol, and mild fruity yeast. The bubbles are quite tame, the body big, smooth, and creamy, and it finishes off-dry, and clean, some spicy fruit and booze warming holding court.

A pretty decent effort, the fruitiness evident, the yeastiness on the down low, the alcohol pretty well integrated. Not too shabby.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy wheat colored beer, with sticky lacing.

S- Smells wheaty, bready, buscity, spicy, and other adjectives ending in y.

T- There is a big honey taste to this with a mix of berries. Over all this tastes like a spiced mead with a bread taste to it.

M- It is alright mouth feel, average if anything.

D- Easy to drink, not too bad, but I'll pass.

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Photo of jdense
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Deep gold body, one finger head, quick dissapation, minimal lacing. Some hops prominent in nose, but sweetish malts predominate. Orange peel and coriander on the tastebuds, but not much else, Decent balance between hops and malt. Average carbonation and mouthfeel. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Nice interpretation of the style, but nothing memorable. Given the Pike reputation, actually a bit disappointing. Given my druthers, I won't have this again, a big step down from Allagash and other top-shelf American Belgian-sthle tripels.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/23/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very clear light yellow colored body, with a foamy whitish color head, diminishing. Floral aroma. Fruity and flowery, semi-strong. Floral grainy taste. Spicy taste. Light taste, soft mouthfeel. A little sweet tasting.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monk's Uncle began as a spring seasonal but was soon incorporated as a year-round offering. It is warm yellow-gold with refined clarity and shows a light smattering of head in the tulip glass Pike serves it in. The head quickly rims itself to a total eclipse formation. The body remains undercarbonated.

Belgian yeast esters define the aroma. The taste is spicy, almost piquant, but compressed by terse bittering. It is neither too sharp, nor too hot, but shows generous use of candi sugar with a notable alcohol presence. The aftertaste weighs somewhat heavy on the tongue.

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Photo of DNA
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a little hazy orange-yellow with a medium size white head, and some lacing.

smell of graham cracker, yeast, spice, banana, wheat, and a slight amount of sweet fruits.

taste is creamy, spice, bread dough, a touch of caramel, wheat, peach, pear, banana, and other sweet fruit, and some pepper, ends slightly bitter and a bit sticky.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: slightly opaque pale golden color with a thin white head.

Smell: highly malty aroma with some subtle wheaty notes.

Taste: big and alcoholey; a lot of malt. There are some nice tree-fruit tones buried under all that malt which establish their presence a little more as the beer warms. This is actually quite a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a nice coating ability, but little of the beer-on-lees creaminess which I like so much in other examples of this style.

Drinkability: a good-tasting tripel will always be nicely drinkable in my book; this is one such example.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden amber. Big honey, malt and fruit nose; hints of light white bread yeast and a hint of whisky-nice nose.

Mouthfeel is big, rich and full. Initial flavors of grapefruit/hop and hints of whiskey. Flavors progress to honey and Belgian fruit/candi sugar/malt.

This is a rich and full flavored Belgian style brew that is complex and very appealing. Rich fruit, layers of malt, carmel and light coffee.

A winner; tie for my favorite Pike.

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Photo of Shadman
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big bomber from Eagle Butte Liquor store in Dunmore, Ab

Hazy aprocot gold in colour, not much in the head/lacing dept. A downer so far..

grainy malt, hint of citrus...grapefruit rind. Some sweetness..honey lemon. Noting spectacular here.

Big wave of chewy sweet malts followed up by a similar wave of grapefruit citrus hop bitterness. Not overly spicy, but that hint of bubblegum sweetness from the sugars rides into the sunset @ the finish. Alcohol is present, but only as a faint bite on the tongue towards the end.

Fairly thick and chewy on the palate. Would put the body @ medium-heavy..but more towards the medium end of the spectrum.

A sipping beer for sure. Maybe a bit on the sticky side ( and the strong) side to have more than one, but still nice.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a decently large cap of off-white foam. Retention is good and lacing is minimal.

Smell is of sweet sugar and light malts, very grainy. Not much yeast aroma, or hops for that matter. Pretty straightforward, but decent smelling tripel.

Taste follows suit, as the light, grainy malt is the dominant flavor. Hops show up a bit late for the party, but add a nice balance. Alcohol is smooth and well hidden considering the malt bill. The lack of any perceptible yeasty esters is the biggest downfall of this beer. I dont think it would age well, as there is not much to develop. Would I drink it again? Yea...but not sure if I would buy this again, especially with so many other fine tripels available.

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Photo of box299
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice example of a brewpub triple. I have yet to find a triple that compares to my travels around Belgium. I would go back for another.

The color was cloudy straw and the taste was started out nice but didn't finish all that well. It would pair with a bloody mary quite nicely.

I would not expect this beer to taste this good from a bottle.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is a 9% tripel-style

normally i don't like pike beers, but this was priced right around $4 for the bomber, so i went for it.

see-thru golden pour with adequate carbonation, not much in terms of lasting foam. classic tripel aroma with hints of lemon, honey, and the unibroue factory. very pleasant and familiar nose. nice weight but perhaps a bit undercarbonated on the tongue. slightly toasty malty blonde flavors hit first, with a big spice of belgian yeastiness and surprising (but welcome) bitter closer. warmth brings some peppery goodness, some definite raspberryish flavors as well as a boozy depth to the initial honey note.

the best pike beer i've had, hands down.

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Photo of northaustin
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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

Poured into a large Chimay glass, this beer is a limpid gold with hardly any hint of head other than a filmy white layer on top. The aroma is slight, with sweet lightly fruity notes, and maybe a faint touch of spice. The flavor is hugely phenolic, with lots of clone notes. Fairly high bitterness dries things out a bit. Alcohol makes an appearance at the finish. The body is light, but needs more carbonation--a lot more. It's almost watery.

Tastes like a home-brewed tripel to me, one brewed a first time that has some flaws and needs a lot of work to get the recipe and process right. Another mediocre beer from Pike.

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Photo of beertunes
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a straight pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow-straw color, not as clear as some triples I've had, but still attractive. A relatively small head (less than 1/4 inch) was surprising for the style, but was sharp white and left very lovely lacing.

Those expected spicy, yeasty aromas were certainly present, although muted in comparison to others of the style, delivering their usual joy. The flavors were a little more bold than the scents, but again, softer than expected.

The body was average for the style as was the drinkability, that said however, Tripels are one of my favorite styles so they are always extremely drinkable for me.

Overall a solid example of the style, one I enjoy when available. Not a classic, but not a disappointment, worthy of your time.

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Photo of elricorico
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fairly clear orange gold with a foamy two fingers of head from a relatively fast pour. Some lacing as it recedes. A thin cap lasts as I drink.

Aroma shows a lot of spicy alcohol character, with a citrus mix. A bit yeasty, some melon to the nose as well.

Sweet citrus up front, mandarin orange and some melon, but the dominating flavour is the finish, full of hot alcohol and spice. Sub-par in the flavour department.

Thin and slick mouthfeel, without the usual big Belgian liveliness. Not a great example of a tripel, this one just seems to be a miss.

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Photo of mhatters
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle in a Duvel glass

Pours a straw golden with minimal head and lacing

The nose is somewhat subdued - a bit of fruit and Belgian style notes

A bit too phenolic for me, the fruit come through too, but I mostly get the phenols.

Nicely carbonated, not too alcoholic - in fact, not a real not of alcohol at all.

OK - not a bad beer, I probably won't have another considering what else is there in this style.

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Photo of blackc5
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Monk's Uncle Tripel from The Pike Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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