Kentucky Monk - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 127
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 79
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of kscaldef
1.93/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Group tasting on 8/12/2011

This one was a huge bourbon-butter bomb. Didn't really get any subtlety here, just a massive alcohol / solvent assault with a sticky, somewhat artificial-tasting sweet finish. Sorry, but I found this pretty much undrinkable. (252 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
2.21/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Mike. Thanks!

So look, I'll be honest, I gave this an A+ when I had it on draft the night before the review. I have no idea how reconcile that experience with the bottles of this that I've tried. I guess I was just hammered that night or something. As the previous review states, this just tastes like watered down bourbon with a splash of butter. Trying this next to Hocking Triple is particularly disappointing since that is actually a fairly nice American Triple (though also diverging in my mind from having it on tap) and this is just obliterated by the barrel and is remarkably unenjoyable. (614 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -24%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is dark amber with very tight lasting white head. The nose is faint, touch of malt sweetness, light lemon, virtually no barrel. The taste is very sweet, lemon, candied sugars, faint barrel. No yeast to it, syrupy smooth feel, low carb not quite balancing. (260 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip. #4/300.

Appearance: This is what I think a bourbon barrel tripel would look like, only more transparent. An amber color most of the way through with a small off-white head.

Smell: The aroma is mild, sweet bourbon. A light, sweet, pale and biscuit malt has a honey sweetness are present, but the bourbon really steps all over the base beer.

Taste: I feel compelled to review the bourbon more than the tripel, since that is mostly what I taste throughout. A bit of the tripel flavor begins to form – pale malt, honey sweetness, a bit of bread – but almost totally disappears as sweet bourbon takes over. The flavor is smooth, with notes of vanilla, oak, and a light spice toward the end. The problem is mainly that the flavor tilts to far toward the bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel: For a tripel, this has a medium body with light creamy carbonation. The bourbon brings a lightly dry, oak tannic nature to the end of each sip.

Overall: Whether this is not the type of beer that should be bourbon barrel aged or whether the execution just wasn’t there is up for debate. The one thing that is certain is that this beer just is not that great. (1,177 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike (Thorpe429) for bringing this bottle to a recent tasting.

A: Has a nice red-orange color with a small ring of head to top it off.

S: Very interesting aroma thats not quite like anything I've had before, seems like Jackie O's is on a roll for making interesting aromas. I definitely get the bourbon but past that the Belgian notes of straw, yeast, and then honey poke through some in an interesting way. There is definitely some alcohol heat in the nose too.

T: The taste is also bourbon dominated and seems to overpower the beer below it. A sweet, savory almost meaty overtone of the barrel covers some of the normally sweet and lighter tripel yeast and malt. Some grain pokes through too. Butter. Good thing I like bourbon or might have done what Michael did two reviews below me...

M: Hot for sure, medium in feel, buttery.

Overall an interesting beer, but I think maybe the bourbon barrel is too strong for the base beer. This gets hard to drink after a while too. (989 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Sunset orange body. Moderate off-white head. Slight foamy lacing.

S: Bourbon, coconut, sun tan lotion, vanilla, and spice. A bit odd, but not unpleasant.

T: Lots of bourbon up front--but not much heat. The middle of the flavor profile is dominated by Hawaiian Tropic sun tan lotion. It gets to be a bit off-putting with each successive sip. Back end finishes with more bourbon and oak.

M: Medium carbonation. Medium bodied despite the heavy presence of bourbon. Crisp finish.

O: Wasn't the biggest fan of this, but there were some interesting notes in this beer... worth seeking out but I'd save it for a group tasting situation. (636 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/17/11 notes. Thanks again to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a taster glass.

a - Pours a clear brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, belgian style yeast, bananas, light spice. Good and I like the bourbon, but a bit strong here.

t - Tastes of bourbon, yeast, bananas, spices, bread, and light citrus. Again, bourbon is strong.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit of heat.

o - Overall a nice beer, but pretty strong and dominated by bourbon. I thought the alcohol came through a little in the base beer but was covered up well by the sweetness, whereas in this one the bourbon dominates. Worth trying but might sit on it for a while. (770 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 148/360.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart quality on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but I think this one smells better than it tastes. (583 characters)

Photo of Brez07
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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! (1,331 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into matching Jackie O’s snifter. Bottle number 96/300, 2011. A huge thank you to HosP for sending me both the beer and the glass.

A: Pours a burnt orange with a sticky off-white head that left some decent lacing down the glass.
S: Big notes of bourbon mixed with tripel-esque spices. I get a note or two of vanilla as well.
T: Follows the nose with notes of bourbon, spices, vanilla and a touch of fruit. I can definitely pick out the tripel backbone that lies beneath the barrel ageing.
M: Warming alcohol, medium body with low carbonation and a bit of a watery mouthfeel.
O: This was a bit of a confusing beer to me, but definitely unique. I didn’t love it, but it was good and I’m glad I got to try it. Thanks again for sending it to me, Mark! (771 characters)

Photo of zachary80
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in an in person trade at Dark Lord Day 2012. '12 368/360

Golden orange body with a white head, good lacing, good retention. A little darker than expected for a tripel.

Aroma is lightly tart, some belgian yeast influence, maybe a little hint of the barrel used.

Complex flavor - lots of layers on top of a basic tripel. Fruity, oaky, not much sweetness or hoppiness.

Lighter bodied as a tripel should be, moderate carbonation, light alcohol burn, but Stronger than expected for 8%.

Really impressed with this one. (527 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev 0%
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 (2,070 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of Preismj
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (393 characters)

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Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.