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Bourbon Barrel Tripel - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged for over 12 weeks in the choicest 15 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Barrels you can find. Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel is not overpowering. It’s sophisticated. Notes of citrus, lemon-lime, honey and coconut are rounded out with the smooth flavor of Kentucky Bourbon. Surprisingly easy to drink at 11.3% ABV and does not have a “hot” flavor.

(Beer added by: blackie on 05-25-2014)
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3.82/5  rDev -12.8%

2014 vintage.

first pour looks like hell. ugly even. a slightly brown murky hue, im assuming from the bourbon barrel aging. head is white with decent retention and good lacing. overall, not what I want ANY beer to look like.

a lot of oak and a lot of vanilla aroma. easily the most prominent aromas.

really not that boozy for how big of a beer it is. flavors similar to the aroma with lots of oak character. lingering oak flavor. some sweetness. definitely not dry or remotely hoppy.

I will say this, I do NOT think that this beer needs any aging. drinks fine now, and I could actually see this deteriorating with time. my opinion is not to age!

Jimmys, Sep 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

canyouspell, Aug 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.5%

ChrisKayler, Aug 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

blbarnett3, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Goodwire80, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Kmlund, Aug 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

RiverCityBeerGuy, Aug 05, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass, a hazy dark golden with a very thin layer of white head. This is almost like 2 beers in one. You get a nice vanilla bourbon flavor up front. Then it flips over to a hop forward Tripel ale. As it's warming, the flavors start to integrate and meld nicely. I think it nails the balance between the two styles. Just a kiss of the bourbon barrel. Was aching for a touch more sweetness. Towards the end, the oak was really coming through and drying my mouth out. Extremely interesting and complex beer. Definitely worth a try.

Davepoolesque, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

dbc5, Jul 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

July2Nov, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Dave_Treat, Jul 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

ThisWangsChung, Jul 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

beernuts, Jul 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -54.3%

yourefragile, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

julielynndubee, Jul 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Heeb66, Jul 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

d3rb, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BeerForHokie, Jul 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

joegard, Jul 08, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: darker than regular, to the color of orange-brown side of golden yellow. Opaque haziness in both. The barrel-aged has less head, barely perceptible on edges, but a swirl of the glass does bring the carbonation up, briefly

S: unsurprisingly, bourbon-but definitely on the woody side vs the alcohol side. 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 bourbon-wood taste comes first, no doubting it's barrel-aged. Then the "strange" taste comes in, which seems much more woody than the smell. Having tasted both side-by-side, the wood mellows out this taste. There is also a light vanilla taste in the end.

M: very smooth, unsurprisingly a slight bit flat considering the appearance, but less so than you would assume from it

O: big points on uniqueness, to me. Slowly enjoyed it more with analysis. 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.

cjgiant, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

jrohrbacher, Jul 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

madtrixter787, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

nmann08, Jun 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

cbradio, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

tclipse, Jun 16, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Tripel from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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