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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
Reviews by jzeilinger:
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
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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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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Bourbon Barrel Tripel from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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