The Fighting Bishop | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Killed just about a mile from the brewery, Leonidas Polk , an ordained bishop and Confederate general, was nicknamed “The Fighting Bishop”. Our Bishop is a Belgian Trippel spiced with green peppercorns. With a higher power on his side, The Bishop sits as a melding of a style 500 years old mixed with a fresh flavor.

Added by ChainGangGuy on 06-10-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 40
Photo of SuperBrewThru
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

aged bottle found at Sherlocks on barrett. greeppeppercorn tripel really holding up after a year on the shelf. very belgian and clean. can't wait to try this fresh.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There were two different versions of this beer listed on beer Advocate. One of them was listed at 8.5% alcohol and the other was listed at 9.4% alcohol. This is a 12 ounce bottle which lists the alcohol 9%. The color of this beer is a burnt orange murkiness and hoes a short half-inch light beige head that fades quickly leaving a skin of lace around the edges. The nose is very sweet and includes banana taffy overly ripe white fruits and a graham cracker like maltiness. The taste is a little shallow for a triple in my opinion. It is sweet and silky but overall lacks the dynamics that Belgian yeast usually brings to the table. The peppercorns do add something for the sweetness to kind of bounce off of on the palete. Overall it's not bad but a little bit of a letdown.

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Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, hand-written bottled on "2/12" (2016?), into nonic pint (only glass available at hotel). A lot going on with this excellent beer, but the peppercorns (I think) ultimately deprive it of the balance expected in a Tripel.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Snifter. Bottle dated 2-11-15.

Appearance: pours a hazy gold with I finger white head, dissipates quickly. Suspended tiny sediment.

Aroma: smells Belgian. Mild yeastiness. No pepper on the nose. No alcohol either.

Taste: really nice; light sweet arrival; turns complex; apricot, red grape; Belgian fruitiness; there's the pepper! Not overwhelming; quite a nice, soothing burn. Finishes very clean. Hides 8.6 exceptionally well.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly slick; no carbonation.

Overall: very enjoyable. I think this has made me a convert to tripels. Mild pepperyness adds a lot.

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma is spicy, fruity, orange, spicy banana

The flavor follows with that sweet fruit character up front with spicy pepper throughout. Then the beer controls that sweetness with some spicy character and then the beer lingers with the green pepper and hits of spice on the back of the throat with some kick of prickly character and heat.

I'm generally unsure of what the pepper does for the beer, but the base is very much fruity like La Fin du Monde.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Atlanta. Revisted in January 2016 from a bottle.

Aroma: very nice, Moderately complex with floral and fruity notes and a fair amount of appealing spiciness.

Fairly complex flavor with notes of apricot, light pepper, and yeast over a biscuit malt base.

O:Good but not great.

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Photo of RavenForBeer
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%

A: Clear and golden in nature with only a hint of cloudiness.

I was very excited to try this brewery, until the smell, taste, and huge line for tasting. It was excellent to see that they were attempting to quench the thirst of those in the line through dispensing pitchers to those in line.

S: Difficult to assess the smell from the over-powering musty smell from the brewery itself. To be fair it was a very damp, humid and somewhat cold day for the Atlanta area.

T: overpowering metallic taste hitting the back of the throat and along the the 'bitter' area of the back of the tongue.

M: again difficult to assess as the overpowering initial taste, can tell that there could be more carbonation.

O: I will have to try it again at a later date, but I have beers to drink and many miles of beers before I sleep. Must have been an off day for the brewery and could have been attributed to the weather.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy straw gold. However the white head is bright white but lacks retention.

The smell is very complex. Very Belgian, however the heat does distinguish itself, which may hide some of the even more interesting scents.

Taste is even more complex than smell. Great sweetness at te front that works into some bubble gum/clove and phenol flavor. However instead of the finish being balanced it is overwhelmed by the heat of the beer.

The mouthfeel was average. It was not overwhelmingly, so the beer could stand out. Although some more carbonation would probably help mask the alcohol heat, and make it feel more like other Tripels.

Overall this is a beer worth a try, especially since it is hard to find. It shows what small breweries can do, and is not the no brainer IPA. It's interesting, complex, and well brewed.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brilliantly clear, deep golden to light amber (maybe a little darker than I expected. Thin white head, almost nitro looking.

S - fairly non-descript, not sure if they use sugar or not, but I feel like I'm hit immediately with a sugar-fermentation-sweetness. Unfortunately, not much of that pilsner aroma I was hoping for and not much to speak of in hops either.

T - Same as the nose, no hot alcohol though. Not really malty or spicy enough. The black pepper builds as a "heat blanket", but fails to provide that lively spice I'm used to...

M - A little lacking in carbonation. In general, I'm not a fan of tripels (or Belgians, in general) on draft as they seem to lack the effervesence I crave with the styles.

O - a pass for me... too many better tripels out there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly hazed, deep golden body. Creamyish, lasting layer of foam.

Smell: Aromatic traces of pilsner maltiness with touches of 'nanas, ground spice, chewing gum, orchard fruit, and, of course, the green peppercorns.

Taste: A start of pilsner malts seemingly followed by a flash of candi sugar. A notable morsel of pears, a nibble of green bananas. Light coriander, clove accents, then, some peppercorn spiciness manifests itself after the midway point that rides out into the dry, lightly malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very slight creaminess present in the mouthfeel.

Overall: Ahhh, just the right amount of peppercorn character. Enough to swing by to say "hi" but not so much to cut your tongue in two like the artillery shell that took Leonidas Polk's life. However, I would just nudge the carbonation up a hair to keep things bright and lively.

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The Fighting Bishop from Burnt Hickory Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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