The Pike Brewing // Monk's Uncle Tripel Ale // Seattle, WA 9.00% ABV // 38 IBU
The Pike Brewing is a local Seattle favorite. The pub is located in Post Alley, an offshoot of the famous Pike Place Market. In case you aren't family with a "tripel"- it is a reference to the brewing process in which triple the amount of malts are added This is a very popular winter ale but I managed to snag the last 22oz Monk's Uncle at the grocery down the street from me for a review!
Color: Burnt orange, light amber.
Smell: Malty, berries, & licorice.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation & smooth.
Taste: The smoothest! Very malty with a light hop finish. Berry sweetness. The sweet maltiness rests on your tongue and then slowly warms the back of your throat.
Overall: Tripels are known for having a high ABV and masking it by the sweet smoothness of malts. At 9%, this was dangerously drinkable and pleasantly sweet for a cold Pacific Northwest night!
*Recommendation* Have the Monk's Uncle with some lightly salted almonds! The fat from the nuts cuts through the bitterness and high alcohol level. And the salt is a nice contrast to the malts especially if you're struggling to finish an entire 22.