On a business trip last year, I had the chance to sample one of the many microbreweries in Seattle. Located next to the famed Pike Place Market, the Pike Brewing Company is an cool space that overlooks the water and offers a number of excellent beers. The night I was there, I sampled several, but one stood out for me, the Monk’s Uncle Tripel Ale. After having it at the brewpub, I figured I wouldn’t get a chance to drink a Monk’s Uncle again unless I was back in Seattle.
On a recent trip to Total Wine in Virginia, however, I found out that Pike Brewing Company bottles their beers in 22 ounce bottles for $4.99! I bought a Monk’s Uncle, and it is just as good as I remember it. An almost golden color in the glass, Monk’s Uncle has a subtle almost light raisin nose. It taste of apricot and yeast (somewhat bready) with virtually no aftertaste. At 9% alcohol, it is a surprisingly smooth beer and deceptively light. If you have a chance to buy it, you won’t regret it. (Rating ****1/2).
You can read more about Monk’s Uncle and other Pike Brewing Company beers at: http://www.PikeBrewing.com.