Kentucky Monk - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 76
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: drgonzo3705 on 08-08-2009)
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Reviews by radioscooter:
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4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Cam!

Wasn't expecting this one and then wasn't expecting it to be so stellar. Jackie O's is tied for Worst Label and Packaging with Weyerbacher for me. But they consistently blow me away with the beers. This one was no different for me. Ugly, lo-res, poorly designed label. Should it matter? Maybe not. Books. Judging. Covers. All that. But - hey I have a marketing company and the metrics say yes, duh, it freaking matters. But I digress -

Off the bat, mid-copper slightly occluded honey color. Minimal head. Label says "Malt beverage aged in bourbon barrels" and goes on to explain Belgian Tripel, local honey, yadda yadda. I've heard it and read it all before.

Aroma is mild, fragrant, not overly "there".

Taste is just freaking phenomenal. At first blush, you've got the honey, the bourbon (not too much) and a buttery aftertaste that mellows your mood instantly. Mouthfeel is solid, but smooth and fast.

It could all go wrong in the finish, but it of course does NOT. I don't think there's enough candied fruit in the taste or fizz to represent it as a Tripel, but it's better than any Tripel I've ever had and I don't miss it at all. I'd choose it over anything from Belgium.

Someone trade me some more of this one.

Outstanding.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
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 williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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 leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Desaparecido
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -24.2%
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 dtx00
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of CruisaC
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
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 vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev +1%

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
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Jparkanzky
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oline73
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.