Kentucky Monk | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drgonzo3705 on 08-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
15.08%
 
 
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79
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of pzymali
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of kscaldef
1.93/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Group tasting on 8/12/2011

This one was a huge bourbon-butter bomb. Didn't really get any subtlety here, just a massive alcohol / solvent assault with a sticky, somewhat artificial-tasting sweet finish. Sorry, but I found this pretty much undrinkable.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.21/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Mike. Thanks!

So look, I'll be honest, I gave this an A+ when I had it on draft the night before the review. I have no idea how reconcile that experience with the bottles of this that I've tried. I guess I was just hammered that night or something. As the previous review states, this just tastes like watered down bourbon with a splash of butter. Trying this next to Hocking Triple is particularly disappointing since that is actually a fairly nice American Triple (though also diverging in my mind from having it on tap) and this is just obliterated by the barrel and is remarkably unenjoyable.

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Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle #302/360.

Appearance - Deep orange amber. No read head. Light wispy lacing.

Smell - Really interesting. Bourbon and tons of honey. Not a lot of vanilla and oak. I guess there's some tripel back there, but not a lot.

Taste - Whiskey and alcohol up front. No barrel of any sort besides the whiskey. Fruity with wine notes and a tannic finish. Rough and dry in the back.

Mouthfeel - Awful finish, really. Booze, wine, and whiskey finish. Ruins a beer that already needed some depth.

Overall - I don't get much tripel. I don't get any good barrel either. Some good flavors, but not enough to overcome the harshness of it.

Had a 2013 bottle #182/216. Significantly better. Not going to change my numbers though. Vast improvement of the barrel character. The tripel is far more interesting too.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is dark amber with very tight lasting white head. The nose is faint, touch of malt sweetness, light lemon, virtually no barrel. The taste is very sweet, lemon, candied sugars, faint barrel. No yeast to it, syrupy smooth feel, low carb not quite balancing.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, brew3crew!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Dark, burnt gold, with some rubies and fire oranges as well. Very little visible carbonation. Only a small ring of near-white foam tops this beer. Leaves the glass with dotted stick. Only average for the style.

The bourbon and the barrel make up the dominant aromas, along with only a minimal character from the base tripel. There's a bit of a honey sweetness accompanying the distinct bourbon, but there's only a minimal yeast character.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, as the bourbon and the barrel are very dominant. Very little, almost zero, yeast character is present. There's some honey and mild banana sweetness, but the boozy bourbon dominates.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation.

I suppose this sounds good in theory, and beers like Allagash Curieux certainly pull it off. This one isn't anything particularly special though. I'll happily finish the bottle though. It's certainly not bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip. #4/300.

Appearance: This is what I think a bourbon barrel tripel would look like, only more transparent. An amber color most of the way through with a small off-white head.

Smell: The aroma is mild, sweet bourbon. A light, sweet, pale and biscuit malt has a honey sweetness are present, but the bourbon really steps all over the base beer.

Taste: I feel compelled to review the bourbon more than the tripel, since that is mostly what I taste throughout. A bit of the tripel flavor begins to form – pale malt, honey sweetness, a bit of bread – but almost totally disappears as sweet bourbon takes over. The flavor is smooth, with notes of vanilla, oak, and a light spice toward the end. The problem is mainly that the flavor tilts to far toward the bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel: For a tripel, this has a medium body with light creamy carbonation. The bourbon brings a lightly dry, oak tannic nature to the end of each sip.

Overall: Whether this is not the type of beer that should be bourbon barrel aged or whether the execution just wasn’t there is up for debate. The one thing that is certain is that this beer just is not that great.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a tulip glass.

A- The body of the beer is amber / honey colored. The head was a thin white coloration and resolved into a thin ring.

S- The aroma of the beer is honeyed bourbon almost candy sweet at times somewhat restrained by clove yeastyness.

T- The flavor of the beer is honey sweetened bourbon bread dough and cloves holding the sweetness a bit in check.

M- The body of the beer is medium. Moderate carbonation no alcohol heat.

O- The beer is enjoyable. A few tweaks and this beer would be super. I think a bit of drying out on the sweetness and perhaps dare I suggest a bit of bourbon alcohol heat.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of kif
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike (Thorpe429) for bringing this bottle to a recent tasting.

A: Has a nice red-orange color with a small ring of head to top it off.

S: Very interesting aroma thats not quite like anything I've had before, seems like Jackie O's is on a roll for making interesting aromas. I definitely get the bourbon but past that the Belgian notes of straw, yeast, and then honey poke through some in an interesting way. There is definitely some alcohol heat in the nose too.

T: The taste is also bourbon dominated and seems to overpower the beer below it. A sweet, savory almost meaty overtone of the barrel covers some of the normally sweet and lighter tripel yeast and malt. Some grain pokes through too. Butter. Good thing I like bourbon or might have done what Michael did two reviews below me...

M: Hot for sure, medium in feel, buttery.

Overall an interesting beer, but I think maybe the bourbon barrel is too strong for the base beer. This gets hard to drink after a while too.

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Photo of Nunya
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish beer that was relatively transparent. Had a nice off-white head and left some stick behind.

S - Bourbon, peat, little earthy, some yeast, smells alright.

T - Bourbon has really overwhelmed the base beer on this, can barely taste any of it. On the plus side, if you like bourbon, it's actually pretty nice tasting. I would have liked the tripel to stand out more, but it's not like this tastes bad. Has some nice peat and earth going for it.

M - Almost full bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O - Not exactly what I was expecting, maybe a little less time in the barrel or a little time to cool would bring out the tripel a little better. That said, it's not a bad beer, and for people who like bourbon it might be something you want to seek out.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Sunset orange body. Moderate off-white head. Slight foamy lacing.

S: Bourbon, coconut, sun tan lotion, vanilla, and spice. A bit odd, but not unpleasant.

T: Lots of bourbon up front--but not much heat. The middle of the flavor profile is dominated by Hawaiian Tropic sun tan lotion. It gets to be a bit off-putting with each successive sip. Back end finishes with more bourbon and oak.

M: Medium carbonation. Medium bodied despite the heavy presence of bourbon. Crisp finish.

O: Wasn't the biggest fan of this, but there were some interesting notes in this beer... worth seeking out but I'd save it for a group tasting situation.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/17/11 notes. Thanks again to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a taster glass.

a - Pours a clear brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, belgian style yeast, bananas, light spice. Good and I like the bourbon, but a bit strong here.

t - Tastes of bourbon, yeast, bananas, spices, bread, and light citrus. Again, bourbon is strong.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit of heat.

o - Overall a nice beer, but pretty strong and dominated by bourbon. I thought the alcohol came through a little in the base beer but was covered up well by the sweetness, whereas in this one the bourbon dominates. Worth trying but might sit on it for a while.

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Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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