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Kentucky Monk | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drgonzo3705 on 08-08-2009

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 55
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Photo of movingtrain
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to taste this while in Athens this past weekend...and took a growler to go.

This beer is quite astounding.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with little to no head

Smells of whiskey (bourbon), vanilla, oak cocoa nibs, pine, citrus. The smell is tantalizing, truly unique and heavy on the bourbon barrel aroma...it's a Belgian style, aged in oak. And, man, the aroma here is potent and exquisite!

Tastes of Bourbon, vanilla, green peppercorn, Belgian candy sugar, spice, cloves, orchard fruit...very complex and aromatic...

This beer is incredible. One that I would love to come back to again and again. It's powerful, but very, very drinkable. What an excellent blend of malts, hops, and Bourbon/Whiskey flavors. This beer is well made and top notch. If you have the chance to get some of this, drink a glass at the bar and take a growler home. Nicely done.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jackie os

Pours a cloudy yellowed brown. Almost no head.very thick. The nose is top notch. Bourbon and sweetness. A nice touch of yeasty smell with a floral hint. Sweet and thick on the tongue tons of bourbon. Vanilla and oak overwhelm the otherwise boring triple the yeastiness comes through in the background. Overall, thick, sweet, bourbon, amazing

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Photo of pitasoup
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at 6.25 release.

I had a taste of the base Hocking Triple and wasn't very impressed. Going into this with low expectations, I wasn't just surprised, I was knocked of my feet. Best beer of the release, imo.

a: hazy golden brown without much head

s: bourbon, sweet bourbon, then vanilla, honey, caramel malts. as it warms there are hints of fruit, lemon, pear, banana and spice.

t: more bourbon, oak, belgian yeasts, clove spices, a touch of bubblegum. such complex blending, the overall taste is significantly more than its parts.

m: full bodied without being cloying. label and whiteboard says 8%. it tastes like much more. BA says 10.5 - this sounds about right.

o: i want more. DA's got all the attention last weekend but this was the home run for me.

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Photo of Spider889
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this a few times over the last few months. The first batch (the one released in bottles) was slightly different than the more recent batch(s). Brad told me that the first batch was a lot more malty, while the newer batch was tailored to be more of a true tripel - which was at least partially related to GABF and how it would be judged.

Both batches are awesome beers, but after some long thought I think I preferred the first batch.

As far as appearances go the beer is a little hazy, clocking in at a light copper color on B1 and a lighter shade on B2. The head isn't tall, but it is of a nice thickness and produces decent lacing if you manage a whole snifter of it.

The aroma is amazing, and easily the best part of the beer. Rich sweet maltiness rushes forth, piqued by a little (or a lot depending which batch) of spicy estery Belgian yeast. Some banana and clove tries to make itself known, but it is quickly subdued by blatant bourbon. Fresh wet barrel juice is heavenly evidence that not all that comes from the south is bad!

Slight oaky roast adds further complexity to the rich malts in the brew. This is where B1 shines, I think in retrospect that B2 was simply too sweet for my tastes, though both were wonderful beers. Warming bourbon is prickly enough to show that it means business, but goes down very easily. Notes of vanilla work very well with the yeast. All the while luscious honey flavors provide a reminder of how good the base beer is in its own right.

Smooth with medium carbonation. Warm but not boozy. I could comfortably sip this all day.

Overall this is very likely my favorite beer from Jackie O's to date. Rum Oil and Quincedence are not far behind, but the Monk is just pure bliss.

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4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep straw color with a thin yet bubbly head that manages to stick around for the haul.

S: Light but pleasant banana and bubblegum hiding underneath a big pleasantly sweet vanilla and bourbon nose.

T: Nice banana and bubblegum maltiness hit the palate as the aroma of the bourbon fills the rest of your mouth.

M: Medium body with just enough carbonation. Pretty clean finish for such a big brew.

D: They hide the alcohol very well in this beer. Works for me as I could easily drink a few of these.

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4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden in color with a light tint of reddish to it, though that maybe my eyes. Lots of cloudiness in this one for sure though with a huge billowing head of white that rises up to at least three inches before falling back down to a somewhat reasonable level. Not before dropping tons of lacing all over the sides and the bottom of the glass though.

Then I reach in to find out whats going on with the character of this one, holy crap we have a winner. Huge notes of vanilla and woody tones, light buttery malts and droves of fig like notes great me. Vanilla tones just dominate though, really just immense aroma. Warming starts to bring out some more lighter notes, peaches, light citrus tones, hints of grape skin. I cannot resist any more though and I must go in for a taste. Blown away now. I get smacked with tons of vanilla and bourbon notes right off the bat. Just melting my palate and making me sink into the chair. Simply amazing the transformation this beer has undergone in the barrel. Subtle notes of fruit coming through now, pears and plums, light tart like grape flavors, but mostly woody and vanilla just overloading your senses. Again I let it warm to bring out more subtle flavors and hints of light citrus now start popping up, drying the plate and leaving just a touch of tart

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4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle #213/300

A - cloudy copper, minimal white head, a thick ring.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, sweet fruity aroma, very delicious

T - Wood, bourbon, sweet cherry notes, vanilla. super smooth

M - Very smooth, full body. It's just about right.

O - a great beer. Wish I had more.

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4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a slightly hazy rich honey color with a white head. Head becomes a layer of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Wow this is a great smelling brew and is has quite a bit going on here. I love the smell of the honey that just seems to jump right out at me. I'm also picking up a great deal of bourbon, vanilla, carmel, and a hint of melons.

T- This beer is so freaking smooth going down its sick. Caramel, vanilla, woody, and sweet bourbon. Again I'm digging the honey taste. Alcohol makes itself known here along with a touch of melon and a bit of something that seems toasted (Seth said coconut, I'm not sure but I like it and that's what matters.)

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

O- Wow this beer is totally awesome. I hope that this one pops up again and again. Very nice work and highly recommended. Thanks again Seth.

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Photo of Kshock
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Chris, really enjoyed this...

A- Hazy red orangey color, but nice and bright. Head recedes quickly into a white ring around the glass, some lacing.

S- Smells like a caramel covered apple. No joke, it smells like a caramel fucking apple. To pick it apart, lots of bourbon notes and booze up front followed by a malt sweetness/ yeast character. Truly awesome.

T- Wow, lot going on here in a good way. Even taste like a caramel apple at first then it finishes like a belgian tripel; tangy and sweet.

M- Nice but a bit heavy. Not a bad thing because its not syrupy.

O- Amazing beer wish i could have more.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer I went for when I got to Jackie O's the night before the June release. I ordered up a whole snifter of this which, unfortunately, was fulled to the brim.

The beer is a coppery orange that has about a medium haze. There wasn't really a head, but I did see other people's pours looking quite stacked with off white froth.

Very, very smooth. This one is loaded with nice bourbon notes that are all interwoven with soft wood notes. Delicate vanilla teams up with caramel to give me an aroma that makes me think of Worther's Originals and my grandma's candy dish. Caramel apple, lots of toasted coconut and more smooth bourbon. Some toasted grains also quickly become apparent. It does retain a little bit of that classic Jackie O's barrel character. A little bit of must, damp wood. Really good smelling stuff.

Man, this one is packed with lovely bourbon flavor but none of the bourbon harshness. Velvety a caramel and vanilla combo is the strongest part of this beer. Toasted coconut is also intense and a very interesting part. It seems to work well with the fruitiness of caramel apple notes that run in and out. Alcohol flavors build as the beer warms, but remain a welcome part of this complex brew. The finish is quite woody with a good deal of nuttiness with a spike of spicy alcohol.

This has the typical low carbonation, but that keeps this beer feeling as smooth as it tastes. Its very silky and rich.

So far this is the best Jackie O's beer. I was really excited for it and my expectations were met. I guess its a good thing that all the trade nerds are more interested in the Dark App variations.

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Photo of radioscooter
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Cam!

Wasn't expecting this one and then wasn't expecting it to be so stellar. Jackie O's is tied for Worst Label and Packaging with Weyerbacher for me. But they consistently blow me away with the beers. This one was no different for me. Ugly, lo-res, poorly designed label. Should it matter? Maybe not. Books. Judging. Covers. All that. But - hey I have a marketing company and the metrics say yes, duh, it freaking matters. But I digress -

Off the bat, mid-copper slightly occluded honey color. Minimal head. Label says "Malt beverage aged in bourbon barrels" and goes on to explain Belgian Tripel, local honey, yadda yadda. I've heard it and read it all before.

Aroma is mild, fragrant, not overly "there".

Taste is just freaking phenomenal. At first blush, you've got the honey, the bourbon (not too much) and a buttery aftertaste that mellows your mood instantly. Mouthfeel is solid, but smooth and fast.

It could all go wrong in the finish, but it of course does NOT. I don't think there's enough candied fruit in the taste or fizz to represent it as a Tripel, but it's better than any Tripel I've ever had and I don't miss it at all. I'd choose it over anything from Belgium.

Someone trade me some more of this one.


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Photo of boothbeer
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I tried at the Jackie O's 4th Anniversary Extravaganza.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with little head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma on this beer is amazing. I get a ton of butterscotch. A little vanilla and pronounced bourbon. I couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Tastes of vanilla, banana and oak with a powerful bourbon ending that is perfectly balanced.

Medium mouthfeel. Tingles on the tongue.

Surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV. All around delicious beer.

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4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 7/2/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

Bottled 2011, 105/300

Dark, browned amber. Some cloudiness. Pours about one finger of foam but it thins rapidly to a skim and a collar. Small specks of lace.

Smells of divinity and bluegrass. Honey, toasted wheat, mild spices, pilsner malt, dense grains, group-think coconut, snippets of vanilla, dry honeycomb and faint wood notions. Bourbon ghost note as it warms. Tastes darn near as good. Not-too-sweet honey, toasted wheat, pilsner malt, coconut and bourbon heat. Perfectly balanced with a slight charred oak finish. Not picking out much, if anything, in the way of Saaz hops. Medium body. Fairly slick with some alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Kentucky Monk is easily one of the best Jackie O's beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. The pour is a glowing amber orange color with quick white foam. The nose is fantastic. Lots of caramel, sweet bourbon and vanilla. The barrel time has tamed the spicy yeast of the base Tripel. The flavor is rich and boozy. Loads of vanilla, bourbon and an old ale quality to the finish. Really complex and interesting beer. The mouthfeel is nice, sweet and lush but not syrupy. Lingering cream and vanilla oak on the finish. Very nice body, the honey adds a lot to the complexity and weight to this beer. Good job with this one Brad.

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Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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