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Kentucky Monk - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 79
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drgonzo3705 on 08-08-2009

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had two bottles of this from 2012 and decided to sit on one since the first one was so hot. This one is bottle 103/360 from '12.

A: Pours a deep red. Clear, no sediment. Tall, frothy tan head. Head fades slowly, living sparse lacing. Decent retention.

S: Aroma is fairly subtle. Carbonation does not seem high. Heavy bready malt, heavy caramel and a little oak.

T: Sweet initially. Sweet caramel, sweet breads. Like shortbread I guess, that's the best way I can describe it. Bourbon barrel poundcake? Touch of cloves in the middle and finish with more sweetbread. Turns a little dry in the finish with cloves and oak primarily. Light little touch of toffee.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Slightly dry finish.

O: Interesting transition in about two years. It is wayyyy less hot and harsh. However, the bourbon flavors are still strong, just different. Really not much of a tripel presence at all still. Not much in the way of belgian yeast at all other than a pretty subdued spiciness. I actually did not change the scores at all. It's about the same overall. Very different, but equal?

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Original fresh bottling review from 02-25-2012:

A: A nice murky brown pour with a bit of reddish highlights in it. Small/Medium-sized slightly off-white head. Despite the smallish head the retention is surprisingly good. Lacing is pretty solid too.(4)

S: Tons of bourbon. Sweet caramel, molasses and vanilla up front. Touch of oak.(4)

T: Again, tons of bourbon. Lots of sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla. Perhaps some toffee and earthy notes in there. Plenty of oak to go around too. Even has a bit of a bite from all of the bourbon. Not much to mention on the tripel side, maybe a bit of bready yeast and some spices, mainly pepper. (4)

M: Medium-bodied, a touch drying and a little bit of a bourbon sting.(4)

O: Wish I had sat on it a bit to let the bourbon subside. Definitely a beer for the bourbon lover, it's loaded with it. I never would have guessed that there was a tripel under it though. At least it tastes like good bourbon!(4)

Overall 4.0

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, brew3crew!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Dark, burnt gold, with some rubies and fire oranges as well. Very little visible carbonation. Only a small ring of near-white foam tops this beer. Leaves the glass with dotted stick. Only average for the style.

The bourbon and the barrel make up the dominant aromas, along with only a minimal character from the base tripel. There's a bit of a honey sweetness accompanying the distinct bourbon, but there's only a minimal yeast character.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, as the bourbon and the barrel are very dominant. Very little, almost zero, yeast character is present. There's some honey and mild banana sweetness, but the boozy bourbon dominates.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation.

I suppose this sounds good in theory, and beers like Allagash Curieux certainly pull it off. This one isn't anything particularly special though. I'll happily finish the bottle though. It's certainly not bad.

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

medium brown coloured body. Bourbon aroma and boozy, not overpowering. Initially rich and sweet,getting a malt liquor taste not the characteristics of a triple. Acidic at the end of the bottle. Decent drinkability. My first jackie-O, expecting more.Thanks for hooking me up Steve.Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of CaptainRaisin
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Jackie O's. What a line-up on the board. Only 9 or 10 BBA beers, no big deal.

Pours a little dark for the style. Head is all but gone aside from the lacing on the glass.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, cream, wheat.

Woah! It tastes better than it smells, which is saying a lot. I was the Pavlovian dog post-whistle after admiring the nose, but wow. Creamy, rich, hints of bourbon and cream running wild through this triple. I understand why people would take points away from it, but I refuse. So tasty.

The lack of carbonation made this slide right down the ol' gullet. Again, could knock it because of style, but not today folks.

Amazing. Jackie O's flexing it's brewing muscles. Would come back to this beer time and time again.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle #302/360.

Appearance - Deep orange amber. No read head. Light wispy lacing.

Smell - Really interesting. Bourbon and tons of honey. Not a lot of vanilla and oak. I guess there's some tripel back there, but not a lot.

Taste - Whiskey and alcohol up front. No barrel of any sort besides the whiskey. Fruity with wine notes and a tannic finish. Rough and dry in the back.

Mouthfeel - Awful finish, really. Booze, wine, and whiskey finish. Ruins a beer that already needed some depth.

Overall - I don't get much tripel. I don't get any good barrel either. Some good flavors, but not enough to overcome the harshness of it.

Had a 2013 bottle #182/216. Significantly better. Not going to change my numbers though. Vast improvement of the barrel character. The tripel is far more interesting too.

Photo of Tripphop
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. The pour is a glowing amber orange color with quick white foam. The nose is fantastic. Lots of caramel, sweet bourbon and vanilla. The barrel time has tamed the spicy yeast of the base Tripel. The flavor is rich and boozy. Loads of vanilla, bourbon and an old ale quality to the finish. Really complex and interesting beer. The mouthfeel is nice, sweet and lush but not syrupy. Lingering cream and vanilla oak on the finish. Very nice body, the honey adds a lot to the complexity and weight to this beer. Good job with this one Brad.

Photo of CruisaC
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with Kundog18

Pours a dark caramel, darker than a standard Tripel, with a short and fleeting head. The darker color gives a hint that there is more to this beer.

Smells sweet vanilla, some oak and bourbon, pretty refreshing.

Taste is more of the same but there's an almost sour lemon flavor that mixes in actually quite well. I've seen other reviews describe it as green apple as well, but the end result is a pretty complex. Almost no yeastiness I usually associate with Belgian tripels.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium feel. Not over carbonated, and just sticky enough to complement the sweetness and bourbon.

Overall, one of my favorites from Jackie O's out of a few that I've had. Definitely one to check out if you're willing to have an open mind.

Photo of Preismj
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

caramel color, little head or carb rising up. very hazy in appearance. smells of apple and caramel, toffee and butterscotch. very pleasant nose. taste is warming. Nice spices in here and belgian yeast is present. though the flavor of candied apple takes center stage. moderate flavor of sweetness is a good balance and the finish is strong spice. very good feel of syrup in the mouth. Coats well, wish there a slight bit more carb. Flavors are slightly artificial in taste (seems like it is due to the mouthfeel that I get this impression). Overall, nice flavors and the sweet malts go very well with the spicy tripel base.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden in color with a light tint of reddish to it, though that maybe my eyes. Lots of cloudiness in this one for sure though with a huge billowing head of white that rises up to at least three inches before falling back down to a somewhat reasonable level. Not before dropping tons of lacing all over the sides and the bottom of the glass though.

Then I reach in to find out whats going on with the character of this one, holy crap we have a winner. Huge notes of vanilla and woody tones, light buttery malts and droves of fig like notes great me. Vanilla tones just dominate though, really just immense aroma. Warming starts to bring out some more lighter notes, peaches, light citrus tones, hints of grape skin. I cannot resist any more though and I must go in for a taste. Blown away now. I get smacked with tons of vanilla and bourbon notes right off the bat. Just melting my palate and making me sink into the chair. Simply amazing the transformation this beer has undergone in the barrel. Subtle notes of fruit coming through now, pears and plums, light tart like grape flavors, but mostly woody and vanilla just overloading your senses. Again I let it warm to bring out more subtle flavors and hints of light citrus now start popping up, drying the plate and leaving just a touch of tart

Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in a snifter
2012
Bottle 275/360

A - It is peach colored with less than an inch of off-white head.

S - The smell is sweet. I get peaches, pears, and some spicy Belgian yeast. As it warms I smell some bourbon and alcohol.

T - I have a theme going here. I taste peaches. On the finish I get some bourbon and vanilla/oak.

M - It is pretty thin with low carbonation.

O - I know I had that peach thing going on with my senses, but I like it. It drinks really smooth, and I like the flavor and mouthfeel. It is not what I expected out of a tripel, but I enjoy this beer. Thank you Auslander for getting this for me.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Orangey brown in color with a thin head. Lots of lively carbonation. Oily on the swirl, but no legs. The nose is toffee, caramel, vanilla, and some bourbon. On the palate, not much is present aside from the effects of barrel aging. Bourbon, vanilla and a little toffee. White pepper and coriander are fleeting in the dry finish and do remind you that this is a tripel. Almost seems like the beer was made to let the barrel aging shine, as it really doesn't bring much to the party.

Photo of GrowlerGirl
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the contrast of this classy beer and it's fun label.

Appearance - Gorgeous clear reddish amber - classy. The color alone draws you in.

Smell - Cranberry, sweet bourbon, heavy bourbon, blue cheese funk.

Taste - Bourbon, honey, malt, wood. Wish some of that cranberry in the scent came out in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - smooth

Overall - A very classy beer, and a nice break from my usual darks. Try it with the cheese plate!

Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. A huge thanks to Spider889 for sharing this at Fluff.

Appearance: Pours a orange clearish amber with a layer of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet bourbon with vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruit notes.

Taste: Similar to the smell. This is a very smooth beer. Vanilla and caramel join the bourbon along with some sweet, dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was an awesome beer. I love all the flavors that make it up. Very smooth and it tastes like bourbon candy. I would definitely have another if I ever got the chance.

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of acurtis. 2011 release. Bottle 65 of 300 I believe.

Pours a dark golden, light amber color. Looks like honey that's for sure. Minimal head which dissipates rapidly; expected for a barrel-aged beer in my experience.

Aromas of sweet clover honey and bourbon. Smells just like that Wild Turkey American Honey booze that they sell now. Really nothing else just sweet honey and buttery bourbon. Crazy, I don't remember every smelling anything like this in a beer.

Tastes begin with vanilla and woody flavors, light buttery malts and sweet honey and bourbon in the finish. Heavy on the vanilla and oak with a bit of Belgian candy sugar, booze, and brown sugar. Some mild fruit notes are also present as it warms. Definitely a sweet Bourbon bomb.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty sticky on the tongue.

Overall this was a very nice unique experience. I don't think I have ever had a barrel aged Tripel but this was pretty darn tasty. Tons of buttery bourbon throughout which makes this one better to sip, savor and share with others. My main complaint is that I can't taste any of the base beer as the Bourbon trumps all other flavors and aromas here. Recommended for fans of Bourbon barrel beers more than fans of Belgian Tripels because I wouldn't have know this was a Tripel if it didn't say so on the bottle.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #92 of 300.

4.5 A: Opaque dark orange brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is good and lots of lacing is left.

4.5 S: This smells better than I remember. Perhaps it is because the bourbon has died down ever so slightly, allowing more of the tripel to come through. Bourbon adds leather, lots of melon, and light earthy notes. The barrel is equally prominent giving a good bit of oak and a great deal of vanilla. The underlying tripel is spicy with lots of pepper and clove to a lesser extent. Peach and apricot fruitiness with a moderate honey component. Earthy and lightly sugary with all the aromas meshing well.

4.0 T: The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it is still rather good. Bourbon, barrel, and base beer are among equal footing. Bourbon is leather with melon and light fruits. Barrel adds moderate oak and vanilla. The base beer yields a good bit of honey, Belgian yeastiness, pepper and clove spice, and peach fruitiness. Again, earthy overall.

3.5 M: The mouthfeel on the bottled version is significantly worse than on-tap. Medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower than I'd like and it isn't as spritzy as I'd like either. Reasonably creamy though.

4.0 D: For the second time in two days, the bottled version of a JO's beer has been unable to live up to the on-tap version. Strange considering all the other beers I've had have been fine from the bottle. Oh well, still a good beer.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at the Jackie O's release.
A: Almost opaque burnt orange, with a good collar and film and slow creeping carbonation.
S: Honey and a nice bourbon character, sweet alcohol, tangerine or mango with ginger. Strong earthy vanilla.
T: Slightly floral and milky, nice cool bourbon burn, sweet ginger ale and tangering character.
M: Thicker, with not a lot of carbonation.
O: Good.

Photo of boothbeer
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I tried at the Jackie O's 4th Anniversary Extravaganza.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with little head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma on this beer is amazing. I get a ton of butterscotch. A little vanilla and pronounced bourbon. I couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Tastes of vanilla, banana and oak with a powerful bourbon ending that is perfectly balanced.

Medium mouthfeel. Tingles on the tongue.

Surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV. All around delicious beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Brad for hosting this release and putting out another batch of fine beers. Shared at a tasting the other night and served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a mostly-clear moderate brown color with a bit of a crimson hue to it. Good off-white head and a bit of lacing.

The nose carries some bourbon and a bit of the underlying tripel. Light clove and pepper plus a bit of fruit, though that's a bit overwhelmed by the bourbon. The flavor goes a bit further in favor of the spirit, with the bourbon taking over the base beer a bit. As I really enjoyed the Tripel, the bourbon took too much away from that, overwhelming the delicacies of the underlying beer. Nothing bad at all, just a tad too much barrel character for my taste.

Medium body with bourbon, but not much booze. Dryer finish with good carbonation. Pretty solid, but I'd prefer the base.

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish beer that was relatively transparent. Had a nice off-white head and left some stick behind.

S - Bourbon, peat, little earthy, some yeast, smells alright.

T - Bourbon has really overwhelmed the base beer on this, can barely taste any of it. On the plus side, if you like bourbon, it's actually pretty nice tasting. I would have liked the tripel to stand out more, but it's not like this tastes bad. Has some nice peat and earth going for it.

M - Almost full bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O - Not exactly what I was expecting, maybe a little less time in the barrel or a little time to cool would bring out the tripel a little better. That said, it's not a bad beer, and for people who like bourbon it might be something you want to seek out.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 7/2/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

Bottled 2011, 105/300

Dark, browned amber. Some cloudiness. Pours about one finger of foam but it thins rapidly to a skim and a collar. Small specks of lace.

Smells of divinity and bluegrass. Honey, toasted wheat, mild spices, pilsner malt, dense grains, group-think coconut, snippets of vanilla, dry honeycomb and faint wood notions. Bourbon ghost note as it warms. Tastes darn near as good. Not-too-sweet honey, toasted wheat, pilsner malt, coconut and bourbon heat. Perfectly balanced with a slight charred oak finish. Not picking out much, if anything, in the way of Saaz hops. Medium body. Fairly slick with some alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Kentucky Monk is easily one of the best Jackie O's beers.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this beer, Scott.

A: The pour is a clouded orange color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: The bourbon, vanilla, and oak aromas almost completely outshine the base beer on this one. There is some Tripel character to it with candy, light fruits, very mild spices, and some bread and toffee malts.

T: Like the aroma, this beer pretty much tastes like a bourbon barrel. Heavy on the vanilla and oak with a bit of candi sugar, booze, and brown sugar. Some mild banana and fruit notes are also present.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is somewhat low. Pretty sticky on the tongue.

O: I liked this, but mostly because it just tasted like bourbon (a la many Bruery barrel aged beers). The flavor was just a touch boozy.

Photo of Spider889
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this a few times over the last few months. The first batch (the one released in bottles) was slightly different than the more recent batch(s). Brad told me that the first batch was a lot more malty, while the newer batch was tailored to be more of a true tripel - which was at least partially related to GABF and how it would be judged.

Both batches are awesome beers, but after some long thought I think I preferred the first batch.

As far as appearances go the beer is a little hazy, clocking in at a light copper color on B1 and a lighter shade on B2. The head isn't tall, but it is of a nice thickness and produces decent lacing if you manage a whole snifter of it.

The aroma is amazing, and easily the best part of the beer. Rich sweet maltiness rushes forth, piqued by a little (or a lot depending which batch) of spicy estery Belgian yeast. Some banana and clove tries to make itself known, but it is quickly subdued by blatant bourbon. Fresh wet barrel juice is heavenly evidence that not all that comes from the south is bad!

Slight oaky roast adds further complexity to the rich malts in the brew. This is where B1 shines, I think in retrospect that B2 was simply too sweet for my tastes, though both were wonderful beers. Warming bourbon is prickly enough to show that it means business, but goes down very easily. Notes of vanilla work very well with the yeast. All the while luscious honey flavors provide a reminder of how good the base beer is in its own right.

Smooth with medium carbonation. Warm but not boozy. I could comfortably sip this all day.

Overall this is very likely my favorite beer from Jackie O's to date. Rum Oil and Quincedence are not far behind, but the Monk is just pure bliss.

Photo of movingtrain
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to taste this while in Athens this past weekend...and took a growler to go.

This beer is quite astounding.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with little to no head

Smells of whiskey (bourbon), vanilla, oak cocoa nibs, pine, citrus. The smell is tantalizing, truly unique and heavy on the bourbon barrel aroma...it's a Belgian style, aged in oak. And, man, the aroma here is potent and exquisite!

Tastes of Bourbon, vanilla, green peppercorn, Belgian candy sugar, spice, cloves, orchard fruit...very complex and aromatic...

This beer is incredible. One that I would love to come back to again and again. It's powerful, but very, very drinkable. What an excellent blend of malts, hops, and Bourbon/Whiskey flavors. This beer is well made and top notch. If you have the chance to get some of this, drink a glass at the bar and take a growler home. Nicely done.

Photo of pitasoup
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at 6.25 release.

I had a taste of the base Hocking Triple and wasn't very impressed. Going into this with low expectations, I wasn't just surprised, I was knocked of my feet. Best beer of the release, imo.

a: hazy golden brown without much head

s: bourbon, sweet bourbon, then vanilla, honey, caramel malts. as it warms there are hints of fruit, lemon, pear, banana and spice.

t: more bourbon, oak, belgian yeasts, clove spices, a touch of bubblegum. such complex blending, the overall taste is significantly more than its parts.

m: full bodied without being cloying. label and whiteboard says 8%. it tastes like much more. BA says 10.5 - this sounds about right.

o: i want more. DA's got all the attention last weekend but this was the home run for me.

Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a tulip glass.

A- The body of the beer is amber / honey colored. The head was a thin white coloration and resolved into a thin ring.

S- The aroma of the beer is honeyed bourbon almost candy sweet at times somewhat restrained by clove yeastyness.

T- The flavor of the beer is honey sweetened bourbon bread dough and cloves holding the sweetness a bit in check.

M- The body of the beer is medium. Moderate carbonation no alcohol heat.

O- The beer is enjoyable. A few tweaks and this beer would be super. I think a bit of drying out on the sweetness and perhaps dare I suggest a bit of bourbon alcohol heat.

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Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.