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Bourbon Barrel Tripel - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 19.76%
Wants: 21
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: blackie on 05-25-2014

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.
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 9
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

$14.99 for a bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Not your typical tripel. A very interesting and certainly complex beer. The spiciness of this beer wants me to say that it was made with rye malt. For me the bourbon comes out too strong as the beer warms, so I would start drink this one colder than recommended for the style. Interesting, complex, but I will probably not buy this one again. 3.25

A – Pours a cloudy/ murky brownish orange with an off-white rocky head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation. 2.5

S – Slightly sweet, some alcohol, fruit (can’t figure it out), bubblegum, a bit of spice with a tinch of vanilla. 4

T – Malty with a subdued spiciness that hides behind the heat of the alcohol. Both creep up on you. There is an herbal bitterness in the finish. Some heat in the finish as well, almost hot pepper-like. 3.75

M – Medium heavy body with a dry, sharp and warming finish, creamy with a little coating on the tongue, even a bit chewy. 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing! Bottle 569

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy peach orange hue with a nice half finger which head that leaves light wisps and bubbles. 4

S - Aromas of yeast, candy sugars, cereal grains, sugared sweet fruits, light pineapple sweetness. Super faint bourbon, light toast barrel and vanilla. 4

T - Taste is not really balanced, loads of bready yeast and wheat, the bourbon is there big time, strong and bold, rather herbal tea, lots of candy sugar. Finish is very grain heavy, light citrus hops. 3.5

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, boozy, sweet, eh. 3.5

O - Overall this beer was a disappointment. Very unbalanced of a beer, loads of barrel notes but that destroys what was probably a mediocre base beer 3.25

Serving Type: Bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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. Surprised how high this rating is. It's just not up to the expectations I had for a Barrel Aged tripel with this high of a rating.

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4.76/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

A - pours a muddiedamber gold with a nice finger of dense caramel head, fantastic retention and lacing 4.5

S - buttery boozey (big time), honey, malty sweet, grainey clove aroma 4.25

T - buttery/boozy up front, slightly spiced, sweet malts, a bit sour, finish is mostly boozy/buttery 4

M - quite watery, which might be a good thing. Light bodied, good carbonation. Pretty drinkable despite the boozy bite 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

smooth, no aftertaste, not too hoppy. Just plain excellent for an 11% beer. AND, the brewery and hosts are terrific.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.82/5  rDev -9%

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!

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5/5  rDev +19%

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Bourbon Barrel Tripel from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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