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Kentucky Monk - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 75
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drgonzo3705 on 08-08-2009)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

07-21-2011 00:58:59 | More by Ryan011235
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

11-18-2011 20:56:59 | More by orbitalr0x
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ehammond1


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

11-22-2012 03:18:50 | More by ehammond1
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

03-06-2013 20:33:07 | More by williamjbauer
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

12-18-2011 15:54:28 | More by acurtis
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

04-29-2013 01:51:19 | More by weonfire
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

06-10-2012 03:46:10 | More by Sammy
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CaptainRaisin

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

03-08-2013 20:22:00 | More by CaptainRaisin
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-24-2012 23:37:48 | More by leschkie
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-17-2011 23:42:05 | More by Photekut
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Desaparecido

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

11-18-2011 02:27:50 | More by Desaparecido
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

11-22-2012 16:32:04 | More by Alieniloquium
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Tripphop

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

06-28-2011 19:51:59 | More by Tripphop
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-24-2011 06:09:01 | More by dtx00
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CruisaC

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

05-12-2012 12:20:04 | More by CruisaC
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

03-14-2013 04:49:17 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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Preismj

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

08-28-2011 14:18:00 | More by Preismj
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%

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

07-31-2011 05:47:40 | More by mikesgroove
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

06-04-2012 04:44:00 | More by vrbulldog22
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

02-24-2013 21:11:25 | More by buschbeer
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

11-23-2011 23:50:19 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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GrowlerGirl

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

06-30-2011 19:00:50 | More by GrowlerGirl
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

01-22-2012 22:41:59 | More by Jparkanzky
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oline73

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

12-05-2011 00:48:40 | More by oline73
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claspada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

08-13-2011 14:56:29 | More by claspada
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Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.