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The Fighting Bishop - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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The Fighting Bishop
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Burnt Hickory Brewery visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Killed just about a mile from the brewery, Leonidas Polk , an ordained bishop and Confederate general, was nicknamed “The Fighting Bishop”. Our Bishop is a Belgian Trippel spiced with green peppercorns. With a higher power on his side, The Bishop sits as a melding of a style 500 years old mixed with a fresh flavor.

(Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 06-10-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

KG710, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

pgrenvicz, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kushlash23, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jayfarley3, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BuckTuckian, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of RavenForBeer
1.6/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Clear and golden in nature with only a hint of cloudiness.

I was very excited to try this brewery, until the smell, taste, and huge line for tasting. It was excellent to see that they were attempting to quench the thirst of those in the line through dispensing pitchers to those in line.

S: Difficult to assess the smell from the over-powering musty smell from the brewery itself. To be fair it was a very damp, humid and somewhat cold day for the Atlanta area.

T: overpowering metallic taste hitting the back of the throat and along the the 'bitter' area of the back of the tongue.

M: again difficult to assess as the overpowering initial taste, can tell that there could be more carbonation.

O: I will have to try it again at a later date, but I have beers to drink and many miles of beers before I sleep. Must have been an off day for the brewery and could have been attributed to the weather.

RavenForBeer, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jshari1, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Genx, Jan 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

sendbeer, Jan 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Fender616, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ramblinwreck101, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Zach136, Jan 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jlove5, Mar 27, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy straw gold. However the white head is bright white but lacks retention.

The smell is very complex. Very Belgian, however the heat does distinguish itself, which may hide some of the even more interesting scents.

Taste is even more complex than smell. Great sweetness at te front that works into some bubble gum/clove and phenol flavor. However instead of the finish being balanced it is overwhelmed by the heat of the beer.

The mouthfeel was average. It was not overwhelmingly, so the beer could stand out. Although some more carbonation would probably help mask the alcohol heat, and make it feel more like other Tripels.

Overall this is a beer worth a try, especially since it is hard to find. It shows what small breweries can do, and is not the no brainer IPA. It's interesting, complex, and well brewed.

DrinkinBoy, Nov 28, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brilliantly clear, deep golden to light amber (maybe a little darker than I expected. Thin white head, almost nitro looking.

S - fairly non-descript, not sure if they use sugar or not, but I feel like I'm hit immediately with a sugar-fermentation-sweetness. Unfortunately, not much of that pilsner aroma I was hoping for and not much to speak of in hops either.

T - Same as the nose, no hot alcohol though. Not really malty or spicy enough. The black pepper builds as a "heat blanket", but fails to provide that lively spice I'm used to...

M - A little lacking in carbonation. In general, I'm not a fan of tripels (or Belgians, in general) on draft as they seem to lack the effervesence I crave with the styles.

O - a pass for me... too many better tripels out there.

GrizzlyBrew, Jun 25, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly hazed, deep golden body. Creamyish, lasting layer of foam.

Smell: Aromatic traces of pilsner maltiness with touches of 'nanas, ground spice, chewing gum, orchard fruit, and, of course, the green peppercorns.

Taste: A start of pilsner malts seemingly followed by a flash of candi sugar. A notable morsel of pears, a nibble of green bananas. Light coriander, clove accents, then, some peppercorn spiciness manifests itself after the midway point that rides out into the dry, lightly malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very slight creaminess present in the mouthfeel.

Overall: Ahhh, just the right amount of peppercorn character. Enough to swing by to say "hi" but not so much to cut your tongue in two like the artillery shell that took Leonidas Polk's life. However, I would just nudge the carbonation up a hair to keep things bright and lively.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2012
The Fighting Bishop from Burnt Hickory Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.