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Kentucky Monk - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 75
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drgonzo3705 on 08-08-2009)
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 00:36:22 | More by radioscooter
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 04:16:43 | More by Dope
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-05-2014 12:37:51 | More by djrn2
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-31-2014 11:53:41 | More by zestar
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sendsilk

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

10-21-2013 01:07:07 | More by sendsilk
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kif

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

10-11-2013 07:48:40 | More by kif
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zbodnar1

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-30-2013 18:01:40 | More by zbodnar1
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-23-2013 15:39:35 | More by dfhhead25
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

09-22-2013 19:29:41 | More by BMart
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

08-15-2013 01:34:10 | More by DonFrap
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottling, bottle 155/360, from an old BA friend (thanks Steve!) into my Jackie O's tulip...interestingly enough, received from the same guy!

A: Bright, slightly hazy orange; lots of fizzy white head but it retains and laces fairly well.

S: Big fruity sweetness, with vanilla and oak, brown sugar and caramel. Bready malt backbone, with enough of a yeasty undertone to remind you its Belgian. Slight mandarin orange and orange peel and lemon zest in the fruity esters, with a hint of spice and faint bourbon & booze...pretty floral as well.

T: Lightly spiced orange and caramel/brown sugar...the bourbon, vanilla and oak are all there, but not in-your-face. Bready Belgian notes and minimal heat, this seems to be a good age for this one.

MF: Medium bodied and thinner at that, with enough carbonation for me. Alcohol heat is negligible. No complaints here, and I have read lots of negative reviews regarding this aspect.

O: Pretty fun little Tripel, with a good barrel character. My first bourbon barrel Tripel but the flavors meld together pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 15:45:19 | More by Scotchboy
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Brez07

Maine

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF. 22oz poured into a snifter

Burnt orange color. Slightly hazy, with 1/2 inch white head upon initial pour. Mostly sticks around the edge of the glass. Scant lacing

Notes of citrus but certainly not a dominating scent. It might be an off night for the sniffer but I swear I'm getting a faint amount of something like peanut or pecan. Definitely a nut. A little oak and vanilla in there also. An odd nose for sure, but not off putting in any way. It's a Belgian style of some sort, maybe. Triple?

Starts off with a nice tartness, some floral with accompanying stone fruit in the background. A little peppery, so I guess this could be a saison. Shit, I am helping myself narrow this down. Finish takes a different turn, smoothing out with a caramel-esque flavor. I am so confused right now

Medium bodied, fairly carbonated with a smooth creamy finish

Easily the most lost I have been on a blind beer. The beer is an odd ball and I'm all but certain my guess will be well off. Final answer will be an oak aged triple from an American brewery

Reveal: Jackie Os Kentucky Monk. I am honestly surprised I was that close. I guess the sweet finish was the honey added. Obviously didn't get any bourbon but at least thought it had some barrel aspect. Such a fun beer to try blind. Thanks nlmartin!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 12:45:25 | More by Brez07
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pyite

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-02-2013 15:37:20 | More by pyite
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Amberluvsbeer

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-21-2013 23:55:40 | More by Amberluvsbeer
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

06-14-2013 00:26:41 | More by chippo33
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Wade5614

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

05-17-2013 23:28:56 | More by Wade5614
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

05-10-2013 02:06:38 | More by DarthKostrizer
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

03-31-2013 17:19:30 | More by spycow
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

A- pours a dark golden with a 1 finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S- honey, caramel, toffee, spices, and bourbon.

T- sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, and dark fruits.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter with a slightly syrupy feel.

O- good beer. Very different.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:16:47 | More by kawilliams81
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pzymali

Illinois

1/5  rDev -74.7%

03-16-2013 01:16:36 | More by pzymali
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

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

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

03-07-2013 23:26:20 | More by EliSpitzner
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

03-06-2013 20:33:07 | More by williamjbauer
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Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.