Three Chopt Tripel - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KurtBinVA on 10-02-2013

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by macrosmatic:
Photo of macrosmatic
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter.

A: Pours an orangish amber, very hazy, with a half-finger of white head and low visible carbonation.

S: Not a lot of aroma overall. When you really dig in, there's nice sweet fruity yeast esters (apple, and banana to a lesser extent) and a bready malt background. But it sure doesn't punch you in the face.

T: Fruity Belgian yeast esters (apple and banana, with hints of strawberry and bubblegum), yeast and bready malts, and some ethanol sweetness right before the swallow. Sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, especially given the relatively tame ABV (for style) that's listed.

O: The alcohol presence detracts here - it ends up taking away from the other flavors. It's not an offensive beer, and perhaps worth a try, but honestly I didn't find it to be a particularly good tripel.

More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

An opaque an interesting real nice peach colored orange and yellow. Looks like a big peach and apricot fruit bowl, but a little murky with barely any carbonation, but kind of looks like graperfruit juice. Pours very lifeless, virtually no head formation except towards the end where a pencil thin puck manages to reside. Collar still remains to get populated but fairly thin. A mix of bad and good qualities appearance wise.

Real nice fruit tones on this, does hint at some peach and a little bit of citrus zest. Slightly peppery a bit too, almost some saison like character hiding around. Not much malt or sweetness or hints of Belgian like tripel quality, but smells like a thick saison to some degree. Interesting, not sure where this is going.

Very odd animal. Palate comes off a little thick, sludgy, but really flat. Big fruit tones and flavors in the middle but with a thick syrup like quality. Peach and apricot finish and more of that almost peppery saison quality that comes out larger than on the nose, but also with large amounts of hop unexpected fruity bitterness. Juiced hop body, which comes off kind of weird for a Belgian, and hinting towards some non traditional fruit flavors, but with some mixed sugars to complete.

It's an interesting take but it's really odd to style. Not really what I look for in this style, but drinkable and things could be far worse. Some better body to this would really improve things overall.

Photo of obywan59
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown to slightly orange brown or rosy brown in color with a 3 finger full white head that leaves light lacing. It's translucent and resembles a tropical punch when held up to a bright light.

Fruit (from the lime zest and Motueka hops) and spice (from the Sterling) on the aroma. Definite lime, and maybe lemon, with other tropical fruit as well. Mango, and perhaps a hint of pineapple. The oak barrel comes through with just a hint of tequila.

Lime is even more clear in the taste as are both the tequila and the oak. Spectacular spice from the Sterling, but the tropical aspects of the Motueka are not as evident here as in the aroma. An overlying bitterness from the hops and the lime zest is matched by the sweet caramelly malts. The taste of alcohol is pronounced but not ovewhelming.

Moderate in body with a light sting of carbonation. Slightly drying with a bit of sticky syrup on tongue and lip, and a bit warming.

The aroma was amazing from the start, and the taste matured as the beer warmed. I like everything I've tried from Lickinghole, but this is definitely the best so far.

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Craft_Compulsive (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Light fizzy head barely covers bit fades semi slowly very little lacing decent legs, super hazy dark peach.

Nose strange, a big candy aroma, husky wheat and grainy dusty malt, cereal grain yeasty kinda thing, but a nice citrus fruit marmalade candy, light pineapple candy, little candied stone fruit, orange apricot marmalade, very light barrel, toasty barrel and light vanilla, very little if any bourbon.

Taste brings lots if grist and cereal grains, little yeasty, wheat and straw, bready wheat but not doughy. Then big barrel, vanilla and toasty barrel, into the hops. Hops bring grassy and fruity flavours, mild tropical note and stone fruit, little herbal tea and earthy terrior notes. Fair bitterness, esp ramping on the background. Plenty of candy too, candi sugar perhaps, with candied apricots and light citrus, etc. Finish is quite bitter, more grist and grainy straw malt, very light barrel and candied fruit.

Mouth is med bod, light syrupy, not a ton of carb.

Overall very unbalanced and not very enjoyable, decent parts but mixed together doesn't blend well.

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good American take on a Tripel. Pours a dull gold hazy color into my Chimay goblet. Average size bubbly white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma has the traditional Tripel aromas - Light fruit (apples and pears) and Belgian yeast. The aroma isn't that strong but contains the "goods".

Flavor is very good. The fruit and yeast are prominent but there is a citrus hoppy element that separates it from a standard Tripel. The hops are somewhat understated in that they don't take from the Tripel elements, but they are noticeable. There is also a touch more alcohol presence than you would find in the best Tripels. Mouthfeel is rich, without much of the peppery spicing found in most Tripels. Alcohol presence is a bit more that usual in Tripels. An enjoyable, slightly hoppy Tripel.

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lickinghole Creek Three Chopt Tripel Ale. 

Poured from 750ml bottle into my Mad Fox snifter (thanks again, cjgiant!).

A: A beautiful golden color, very cloudy. Quick, active head of white foam that dissipates quickly.

S: Not very strong, but very appetizing. Sweet fruit, citrus (lemon), hops, all very well balanced. I can tell I'm going to like this, I'm already pouring a glass for my girl because she's going to dig it, too.

T: Wow. Beautiful. Fresh fruit explodes on the tongue. Citrus upfront, but a more tropical, peachy note takes over quickly. It's not very sweet, but rather satisfyingly sour/bitter. Hops shine in as well, and it all finishes super cleanly. A lot happens quickly, but this is simply fantastic.

F: Light and refreshing, very active carbonation. A feel that lends itself perfectly to this beers other qualities. 

O: To say I loved this is an understatement. It presents itself beautifully and hits all the right notes. This bottle never stood a chance, my girl and I can't put our glasses down right now. This is one that I would love to have more of.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to OlavZipser for this bottle and the properglassware to go with.

a - brew poured a murky yellow orange with nary any head. hardly any bubbling either...looks to be flat, but sipping the beer reveals it is carbbed,.

s - nose is subtle, but classic to style with bubblegum and candy and banana. clove and an almost oak smell tickle the nose as well.

t - really nice and crisp. feels very organic. lush flavors or bubblegum and banana. really nice candied sugar.

m - the water on these brews is the highlight. they all have such a fresh organic vibe to the feel...really enjoyable and crisp. feels like really quality ingredients.

o - and thus ends my trip around the world with lickinghole creek craft brewery. i watched them build the brewery on instagram and made some friends locally who helped me check out all 4 bottles they had for sale, this being the last. i have to say, i'm impressed. lots of promise, not a bad beer in the bunch, this one being one of my favs...maybe short pump was better? they all carry a very natrual organic feel and use what feels like super tasty water...similar to HF (but not at all). this is a great tripel. a bit on the candied sweet side, but super enjoyable and an easy drinker. i'm a fan and look forward to trying more from this brewery (and even revisiting some of these)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy, golden-orange, with a fat finger of off-white head. Lacing was minimal. There was a small amount of sediment.

S: Sweet and tart fruit notes. Spicy, citrus hops appear with the second whiff.

T: Malt is overwhelmingly sweet, even strong by tripel standards. There's a bit of fruitiness, especially starfruit, plus some pineapple. The label mentioned citrus, but the bitterness of citrus rind is all I tasted. The finish was long and very bitter, but with a little spiciness.

M: Moist, with fair carbonation.

O: Hoppy for a tripel, but more bitter than the tangy I was hoping for based on the label's description. OK overall, but I've certainly had better. I'll stick to more traditional tripels in the future.

Photo of Ngntjp
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Bottle notes ABV as 11.3%
A: This is the single ugliest tripel I have ever seen. A kind of murky, somewhat brown added to what you picture a tripel looking like. Not very attractive to say the least and slightly off-putting.
S: smells like a lime margarita. Some light sweet notes, but I definitely feel like I'm smelling a tequila shot with a lime wedge.
T: lime margarita up front. Some caramel maltyness comes in after with possibly a muted strawberry (?) and an (unfortunately) pretty hidden Belgian yeast effervescence. As odd as this sounds, the more this warms, the more the sweetness reminds me of a carrot type of sweet. I get too much hoppyness lingering here, personally, for a tripel. The alcohol is noticeable. I got it as a nose burn first, but it was definitely noticeable in the flavor.
M: Not what I expect of a tripel. Not one bit. Not nearly as carbonated or as big as you want. It feels like this was poured hours ago.
O: Interesting, but ultimately lacking. I keep drinking it though, which I suppose says something. I personally find Belgians to be the best beers for barrel aging as the yeast imparts so many flavors that can be pulled in equally as many different ways depending on adjuncts and barrel aging etc., but this started with what seems to be a mediocre tripel at best, and went too far with the barrel and lime flavors. Very happy to have tried something like this, but I was disappointed in it overall. I love the concept and can absolutely see this working, it just needs to be refined quite a bit.
I will note that this was the first "Interesting..."/"I dunno about this one." from LCCB so far, and I went into this expecting that. Happy to have had this, though I don't intend to revisit it. If you dig a margarita, this is your tripel through and through.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the label. Hopefully the beer follows suit.

Pours a foggy golden yellow. Nose is mild, but the flavor is really bringing it. This is one of the better tripels I have had in quite some time. Nice mellow sweet tone with some yeasty earth tones. Aged fruits as an accent. Great balance. And, most importantly, none of that pathetic homebrew-esqe character that way too many Belgian-inspired ales seem to have.

I highly suggest this beer. This one beer will keep them on my radar for any potential future purchases. Probably could use some age on it, but it's still nice right now.

Photo of ctjoumas
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Cloudy in appearance almost like a Hefeweizen. Smells of citrusy lemon. Taste mirrors the smell with a bit of hoppiness. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy with a pine feel. Decent beer but not quite what was expected.

Photo of kevanb
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into an Off Color cervoise.

The beer pours a hazy golden, straw color, a few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass where a thick two fingers of white head that has nice retention that yields a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of strong candi sugar, pale grain, citrusy hops that are lightly bitter, a bit herbal and floral, strong Belgian yeast mingles throughout. The flavors mirror the nose, strong candi sugar, citric fruit, pale grain, spicy Belgian yeast, floral notes that come across as herbal, like in the nose, although there is a bit of licorice that lingers. The mouthfeel is very nice, it coats very well, feels gentle and smooth but with assertive carbonation that is lively more so than prickly and abrasive and finishes smoothly with light dryness and a bit of an alcohol burn.

Verdict: A decent tripel from Lickinghole Creek, a bit heavy and sugary and the licorice flavor felt a bit unnecessary as was the blatant alcohol at the finish. That being said, this made for a nice sipping beer and for someone who is really into tripels, I'm sure this would hit the spot.

Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a pale golden body with good head and lace retention.
Tartness in aroma along with citric hops and some tropical fruit which is I where I think I get this subtle sweetness from and possible spices.
Interesting beer (these guys might not make the best beers (not a backhanded complement) but the beers of this brewery are always interesting and something I haven't come across before) as I get this fuller, fluffy body from the yeast and there is this tropical fruit (I'm getting pineapple and mango) sweetness that balances with dry, bitter citric hops (in background) and some spices.
Simple and sweet with notes of dryness and bitterness as well and well built (not sure why I picked up a little tartness in aroma b/c none in the beer itself).

Photo of BillRoth
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was on Beer Safari in SW VA. Stopped at Barrel Chest Wine and Beer in Roanoke to pick up a few bottles, and grabbed a bottle of Three Chopt Tripel after a recommendation.
First Impression was that it poured a bit cloudy beer and a thick creamy head...Tripel? but it was just beautiful...and descended into an 1/2 inch ring after about 2-3 minutes. The cloudiness may have been my pour as it was bottle conditioned.
The nose was very good, but not necessarily distinguished from other well made tripels. of course my 62 year old nose may not be close to what it used to be.
Taste was spot on and clearly addressed the balance between yeast, malt and hops. Very pleasant.
OK... here's where we go down a different road...
Normally I expect a Tripel to be bright, carbonated/effervescent and bit sparkling on the tongue. Natural carbonation of course will mute this, but you still expect some "brightness".
However, I enjoy something smoother and decadent. No matter the style.
This beer was magnificent. It was so well crafted, smooth and delicious.
It may not be a classic Tripel, and understand if other reviews reflect this. But it is a wonderful beer.
I believe these guys are artists and are refining their style,
While you may not seek this out as a Tripel (which frankly you still should) is a special beer from a young brewery and you should seek it out.
Keep an eye on LCCB. They are the real deal.


Photo of argock
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a clear glass tulip at Sedona Tap House (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy lemon-gold with tightly bubbled cap of white head that left a few lace scraps at the top of the glass.

S: Very lemony, heavy citrus hops with some herbal notes in there too but an overwhelming blast of hot alcohols as well. The pislner malt doesn't really have a chance to get through -- the malt component is totally masked in the aroma.

T: The flavor is also very tangy lemony citrus, overhopped in my opinion, to the point that this beer does not have many tripel qualities -- the stout pilsner maltiness with the clean herbal and floral hopping with a clean light-medium finish with a bit of dryness. The maltiness in this beer continues to stay hidden behind the boozy alcohol and lemony hopping. Not every tripel needs to be Westmalle, but the pilsner maltiness is critical to how this beer comes off -- it doesn't come off at all in this beer.

M: Mouthfeel was average-to-good with the lemony character carrying a lot of acidity and thus a fairly dry finish, but the heavy citrus character made this a little tough to finish.

O: Pretty disappointing and makes me glad I didn't slap down $17 for the bourbon barrel tripel. I think some acidity would be fine in a tripel, but Three Chopt goes too far in that direction, masking the pilsner maltiness that's needed.

Photo of Lesli581
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Fruity and refreshing!

Photo of dino213aa
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy, honey-hued appearance. Absolutely no lacing.

S: The first thing I notice are apples and sweetness followed by a slight cereal aroma.

T&M: Tender upfront. Faint fruitiness that is quickly replaced by the Sterling and Motucka hops. Absolutely zero carbonation- to bad this isn't a cask ale. The complete lack of head or lacing is a disappointment

O: Overall I am disappointed with this brew. Whenever I pour a beer and it comes out flat, that always leaves me sad. As for the flavor, it seems unbalanced: faint sweetness and then a block of under-hopped finish. But it kind of makes sense because tropical fruit isn't always distinctive and the wrong balance of hops just ends up bitter and bland. Lickinghole Creek is on the right track with the bottle-conditioning, premium ingredients, and brewery setup. However the end result of this tripel feels shoddy: flatness, lack of cork-and-cage, overpriced for being brand new, unbalanced flavor. Hopefully LHC can go back to the drawing board on this one, spend less time worrying about their label, and more time worrying about their product.

Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: had this alongside a barrel-aged version for comparison.

A: pretty much on point, light-yellow hefe-like coloring versus the darker barrel-aged. Opaque haziness in both. This has a dissipating head that clings to the edges. A swirl of the glass brings a film back to the top, which fades to the edge again fairly quickly.

S: definitely get a grain profile, but not barley, wheat or oat scents, although no idea if there's a reason to sense this. I can also sense what both me and my girlfriend call a "funkiness" that I notice more in the non-BA version. I think it's a coconut-lime kind of feel, but I can also say banana-orange (with a LOT less conviction).

T: if you let the beer warm a bit, it is very close to the nose. The beer starts fairly standard, but to me has the smoothness of an added adjunct (oats, for instance), which is independent of said adjunct actually being a part of the beer (since I do not know). I also get the coco-lime "funkiness" in the taste, which works for me. The fruity side of this sense is more prevalent than in the BA version. There is also a light vanilla taste in the end, and as a fairly big stretch, could be have a pseudo-creamsicle vibe.

M: very smooth, but maybe a slight bit flat (took me a while to tastes this one, so no confidence in that statement).

O: this one is unique to me. Not sure it fits with anyone's straightforward definition of a style. If you're on the adventurous side at all, give it a try.

Three Chopt Tripel from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.