The Fighting Bishop | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by DrinkinBoy:
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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 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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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 thatoneguymike
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 KG710
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 TKEEET
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jshari1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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