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Bourbon Barrel Tripel - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Bourbon Barrel TripelBourbon Barrel Tripel

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very good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 81
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 45.43%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 81
Reviews by jzeilinger:
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thx to Knapp85 for sharing this bottle #455 in the batch!

A - Pours a very clear amber orange color with a thick, creamy, white frothy head that's very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Light lavender, herbal, subtle coconut, light bourbon, and oak.

T - The first sip is very bourbon forward and into the glass it starts to subside a little bit. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, honey, alcohol effervescence, and no warming on the way down.

M - Heavy medium body, slick, slippery, very light carbonation on the tongue.

O - This one is a sleeper, seek it out if you can.

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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smakawhat
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle No. 839.

Deep muddy brown and rust orange body color, with a small half collar presented off white in color, a bit big bubbled but manages a thin puck while drinking. Looks like mud with lots of fine streaming carbonation going through it.

Very nice mix of barrel aromas and some tripel fruit quality and esters. Spicy phenols of slightly hot clove but with a thick caramel softness and sweetness mixing in. Barrel notes and hints of brown sugar, apricots and a little bit of peach skin. Slightly zesty, a bit of thick oak as well, making for an interesting mix.

Palate makes a bit of a kiltered mess and missing a lot of depth. Very wet body, and also very flat, with almost no mouthfeel except for some washing wet fruit flavors an zesty oils. Mid palate seems to go towards a bit of apricot and peach bitterness, but then is slammed by a lot of boozy caramel quality. Strangely no aftertaste in this beer at all. The sweetness doesn't even hint of any Belgian sensibility.

Comes off more of as a fruit beer that's been shortly sitting in a barrel. Some neat flavors but as a tripel it falls flat, not even a barrel is helping this.

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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a cloudy dark amber color that looks nothing what you would expect from a tripel. In fact, it's quite darker than what you would expect. However, once the beer warms up a bit, it has a nice and clear deep amber appearance. The look isn't super appealing if you're looking for a traditional look but not bad considering that it was aged.

The smell and taste are very interesting and have really intense notes. The grapefruit citrus and lemon and lime notes really shine through the malt and bourbon notes. The bourbon notes are exceptionally strong with some light coconut that smells like real coconut and not like crappy Jim Bean barrels. Unfortunately, the coconut taste is a bit lighter than the smell. Also, some sweet light malt notes. As the beer wamrs up, the notes blend in together much better than when it's colder. The lemon and lime add a nice twist to the bourbon and make it absolutely fantastic to drink.

The feel is very easy drinking for something made with bourbon barrels. The beer is quite smooth and obviously heavy bodied with some biting carbonation. There is also a very light warmth as well.

Overall, a very good beer and an interesting take on the Tripel worth getting. The nice tropical notes will get you through the winter or make the summer all much better. Go for it.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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Bourbon Barrel Tripel from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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