Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt TripelBourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel

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Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 98
Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent version of the style. I think this compares very favorably with Curieux. The bourbon barrel is evident, but not overpowering. Wil definitely seek out again.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another stellar VA Craft brew. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a slight white head that quickly goes away but leaves lacing on the sides of the glass. Notes of vanilla, caramel and citrus on the nose. Upon tasting, you get the caramel, vanilla, toffee and the glorious bourbon. Goes down real smooth.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy burnt orange with an average white head. Moderate activity.
Smell: Sticky sweet malt, honey, toffee, light floral, mild bourbon, oaky, with a sweet vanilla. Finish os notes of hay and big fruity Belgian yeast.
Taste: Toffee, figs, dates, caramelized raisins, fruity Belgian yeast, lemon zest, bright citrus cuts into the sweet malt, honey, huge vanilla, bourbon, and a spot on oak. Mild booze with a surprisingly spicy hop finish.
Feel: Amazingly light given the ABV. Drinks sweet but medium bodied. Booze is apparent on the back of the throat with a pleasant warmth. Mild carbonation fitting the style.
Overall: A wild ride of complex flavors. It doesn't quite come together cohesively as the Tripel and bourbon don't meld seamlessly but it's tasty and quite a fun puzzle to crack

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared 750 ml bottle. Revisited in December 2016.
A slightly funky tripel with enough barrel aging to have about as much impact as the base beer. Lots of yeast and bourbon notes. Very sweet aroma.


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Photo of oldn00b
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rust with a frothy tan head. Decent lacing.

Nose is big on vanilla and oak - the bourbon isn't so much forward.

Flavor profile is solid - vanilla, oak, molasses, hops and toffee. Really nice.

Feel is a bit more brash/bitter/biting than I'd expect with the barrel hopefully mellowing that out a touch more but not in any way bad or off. Just not quite as much to my liking.

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Photo of stortore
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Honey colored pour, cloudy, with a one finger head and some soapy cling. Smell brings Belgian yeast, light malt, some bourbon and oak, caramel, a little apple. Taste gives up more malt and bourbon than the nose, yeast, vanilla, caramel, some oak. Light hop bitterness throughout. Very smooth for the ABV, well carbonated, maybe a bit too light bodied.

Solid effort, the bourbon integrates well with the style and doesn't overwhelm. The lighter body makes it seem a little thin, but this is certainly worth a purchase.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from ThatCracker (thanks!). Bottle #1003, no bottling date. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a bright, opaque, golden orange with a finger and a half white head. A surface haze remains behind, along with a healthy halo. A single broad curtain and ancillary dashes of lace decorate the glass.

Aromas of limey citrus, honey, banana, bourbon and a little caramel. Nice.

Flavors of honey, oak, key lime, bourbon, toffee, pear, vague soft spice and a little subtle alcohol. The play between yeast, hops and barrel works much better than I expected. This is delicious.

Creamy, medium full feel with gentle carbonation. Aftertaste combines honey, soft oaky bourbon and vague semitropical fruit.

Lickinghole Creek has masterfully blended styles to create a unique and worthy beer. We can call Three Chopt Tripel a barrel aged, hopped up American tripel and would even while correct we'd be missing the point that this defies succinct description. Whatever you choose to call it this is one you should check out if you can.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/14/15 notes. 750ml bottle gifted to me by BigSexy410; thanks Ben! Poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a murky, muddy brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of bourbon in the nose, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, figs, roasted malts, and dark fruit. Taste is lighter than the nose. Lighter body and low to moderate carbonation, a little hot.

Overall interested and great nose, thought the taste is much lighter. Not a style I'd normally like but this was pretty good.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle No. 839.

Deep muddy brown and rust orange body color, with a small half collar presented off white in color, a bit big bubbled but manages a thin puck while drinking. Looks like mud with lots of fine streaming carbonation going through it.

Very nice mix of barrel aromas and some tripel fruit quality and esters. Spicy phenols of slightly hot clove but with a thick caramel softness and sweetness mixing in. Barrel notes and hints of brown sugar, apricots and a little bit of peach skin. Slightly zesty, a bit of thick oak as well, making for an interesting mix.

Palate makes a bit of a kiltered mess and missing a lot of depth. Very wet body, and also very flat, with almost no mouthfeel except for some washing wet fruit flavors an zesty oils. Mid palate seems to go towards a bit of apricot and peach bitterness, but then is slammed by a lot of boozy caramel quality. Strangely no aftertaste in this beer at all. The sweetness doesn't even hint of any Belgian sensibility.

Comes off more of as a fruit beer that's been shortly sitting in a barrel. Some neat flavors but as a tripel it falls flat, not even a barrel is helping this.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a cloudy dark amber color that looks nothing what you would expect from a tripel. In fact, it's quite darker than what you would expect. However, once the beer warms up a bit, it has a nice and clear deep amber appearance. The look isn't super appealing if you're looking for a traditional look but not bad considering that it was aged.

The smell and taste are very interesting and have really intense notes. The grapefruit citrus and lemon and lime notes really shine through the malt and bourbon notes. The bourbon notes are exceptionally strong with some light coconut that smells like real coconut and not like crappy Jim Bean barrels. Unfortunately, the coconut taste is a bit lighter than the smell. Also, some sweet light malt notes. As the beer wamrs up, the notes blend in together much better than when it's colder. The lemon and lime add a nice twist to the bourbon and make it absolutely fantastic to drink.

The feel is very easy drinking for something made with bourbon barrels. The beer is quite smooth and obviously heavy bodied with some biting carbonation. There is also a very light warmth as well.

Overall, a very good beer and an interesting take on the Tripel worth getting. The nice tropical notes will get you through the winter or make the summer all much better. Go for it.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL capped bottle poured in stemmed glasses.

An unfiltered, dark copper appearance, and notes of bourbon on the nose. The bourbon barrel aging comes through relatively strong. An outstanding beer, and I agree, easy to drink at 11.3%.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, caramel gold coloring with a foamy, light, fluffy, clingy, white head. Aromas of vanilla, cream, tangy honey, apple, caramel, subtle nutmeg and cinnamon, and hints of woody and earthy notes. Flavors are bourbon and vanilla forward, smooth and rich sweetness followed immediately by wood and booze spice, with a solid dose of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and coriander spices, a solid dose of citrus sweet, and subtle floral notes. The body is bold, smooth, and slightly chewy, with a spiced and heavily bourbon aftertaste, with distinct notes of vanilla and booze. The finish is smooth, robust, and slow, with a building booze warmth, and notes of spice and vanilla. Very tasty.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body with two finger head that quickly died and some lace. Aroma mixes this hop presence that seems to be light and dirty, even a touch of sourness, then there's a boozy woodiness and maltiness to beer's aroma. Taste is balanced between vanilla sweetness, brash booziness and wood notes along with a dirty citric and spicy hop/taste bite, albeit the tripel characteristics one might be familiar with (yeast, candi sugar, tropical fruit notes) are barely or not at all there. An enjoyable beer and the barrel aging seems to have added sweetness and a boozy bite but slightly overpowers the tripel itself.

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Photo of Ejavage
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew! Last years batch was amazing! This years batch wasn't nearly as good though. Great beer but they changed up the recipe and was very disappointed this time around.

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Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The label has "Bottle No. 1148" marked on it.

Appearance: The body has a darker tea color to it. Possibly picked up from the bourbon barrels? The head is huge and billowy, white, and sticks to the glass quite well.

Aroma: It has a very strong spicy wood aroma. It probably sounds odd but it immediately reminds me of walking into an old wood floored building where you can just smell the wood in the place. It's very strong. I don't get anything else on the nose.

Taste: Up front I'm quickly met with this semi-sweet flavor which is punched in the face by a very strong oak woody, earthy, and bitter flavor. There's no question in my mind that this thing was in an oak barrel. There is also a strong herbal mint-like quality from the beer. I want to point out that I did not taste alcohol at any point while drinking this and I was shocked to find out that it was 11.3%.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit rough to drink if you are looking for something that drinks like a tripel. Even discounting the fact that it is a tripel it has a good deal of bitterness that rubs the palate. It is flavorful in that it is a very full flavored beer, so that also hampers the drinkability a bit.

Overall: I think that this is one of those beers that you really shouldn't approach it for its style. It really...really does step outside of the box quite a bit when it comes to a tripel. The beer itself is really well done. It appears to have soaked flavor and character from every step of the brewing process. Nothing in this beer goes unnoticed from the oaky wood flavor to the herbaceous hoppy character. Every now and then a sweet bit of the tripel pops its head out. I would say to give it a try (share it, it's a big bottle of 11.3%).

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

$14.99 for a bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Not your typical tripel. A very interesting and certainly complex beer. The spiciness of this beer wants me to say that it was made with rye malt. For me the bourbon comes out too strong as the beer warms, so I would start drink this one colder than recommended for the style. Interesting, complex, but I will probably not buy this one again. 3.25

A – Pours a cloudy/ murky brownish orange with an off-white rocky head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation. 2.5

S – Slightly sweet, some alcohol, fruit (can’t figure it out), bubblegum, a bit of spice with a tinch of vanilla. 4

T – Malty with a subdued spiciness that hides behind the heat of the alcohol. Both creep up on you. There is an herbal bitterness in the finish. Some heat in the finish as well, almost hot pepper-like. 3.75

M – Medium heavy body with a dry, sharp and warming finish, creamy with a little coating on the tongue, even a bit chewy. 4.25

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Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A - pours a muddiedamber gold with a nice finger of dense caramel head, fantastic retention and lacing 4.5

S - buttery boozey (big time), honey, malty sweet, grainey clove aroma 4.25

T - buttery/boozy up front, slightly spiced, sweet malts, a bit sour, finish is mostly boozy/buttery 4

M - quite watery, which might be a good thing. Light bodied, good carbonation. Pretty drinkable despite the boozy bite 4.25

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Photo of Jimmys
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%

2014 vintage.

first pour looks like hell. ugly even. a slightly brown murky hue, im assuming from the bourbon barrel aging. head is white with decent retention and good lacing. overall, not what I want ANY beer to look like.

a lot of oak and a lot of vanilla aroma. easily the most prominent aromas.

really not that boozy for how big of a beer it is. flavors similar to the aroma with lots of oak character. lingering oak flavor. some sweetness. definitely not dry or remotely hoppy.

I will say this, I do NOT think that this beer needs any aging. drinks fine now, and I could actually see this deteriorating with time. my opinion is not to age!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of cjgiant
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Note: had this alongside a non-barrel-aged version for comparison.
Revisit on bottle by itself and after having another try at the brewery a couple months ago.

A: darker than regular, to the color of orange-brown side of golden yellow. Opaque haziness in both. The barrel-aged has less head, barely perceptible on edges, but a swirl of the glass does bring the carbonation up, briefly
Revisit: head was a little better on this pour, but still a fairly in appealingly looking beer body

S: unsurprisingly, bourbon-but definitely on the woody side vs the alcohol side. I can also sense what both me and my girlfriend call a "funkiness" that I notice more in the non-BA version. I think it's a coconut-lime kind of feel, but I can also say banana-orange (with a LOT less conviction)
Revisit: heavier bourbon notes but still quite woody; with warmth I can see what my original review stated - coconut and citrus.

T: if you let the beer warm a bit, it is very close to the nose. The bourbon-wood taste comes first, no doubting it's barrel-aged. Then the "strange" taste comes in, which seems much more woody than the smell. Having tasted both side-by-side, the wood mellows out this taste. There is also a light vanilla taste in the end.

M: very smooth, unsurprisingly a slight bit flat considering the appearance, but less so than you would assume from it
Revisit: not as smooth and a little more alcohol burn early in the pour.

O: big points on uniqueness, to me. Slowly enjoyed it more with analysis. Not sure it fits with anyone's straightforward definition of a style. If you're on the adventurous side at all, give it a try.

Having had more barrel-aged options since my original review, I see this working for me less and less. I am coming to the realization bourbon with light Belgian styles don't work for me.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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