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The Fighting Bishop - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 32
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Burnt Hickory Brewery visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 06-10-2012

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.
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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 32
Reviews by DrinkinBoy:
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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Atlanta.

Aroma: very nice, Moderately complex with floral and fruity notes and a fair amount of appealing spiciness.

Fairly complex flavor with notes of apricot, light pepper, and yeast over a biscuit malt base.

O:Good but not great.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Snifter. Bottle dated 2-11-15.

Appearance: pours a hazy gold with I finger white head, dissipates quickly. Suspended tiny sediment.

Aroma: smells Belgian. Mild yeastiness. No pepper on the nose. No alcohol either.

Taste: really nice; light sweet arrival; turns complex; apricot, red grape; Belgian fruitiness; there's the pepper! Not overwhelming; quite a nice, soothing burn. Finishes very clean. Hides 8.6 exceptionally well.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly slick; no carbonation.

Overall: very enjoyable. I think this has made me a convert to tripels. Mild pepperyness adds a lot.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma is spicy, fruity, orange, spicy banana

The flavor follows with that sweet fruit character up front with spicy pepper throughout. Then the beer controls that sweetness with some spicy character and then the beer lingers with the green pepper and hits of spice on the back of the throat with some kick of prickly character and heat.

I'm generally unsure of what the pepper does for the beer, but the base is very much fruity like La Fin du Monde.

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4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewser_Lewser
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yinz11
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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The Fighting Bishop from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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