Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt TripelBourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel
BA SCORE
4.12/5
98 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt TripelBourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
lickingholecreek.com

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.

Added by blackie on 05-25-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,482
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
98
pDev:
16.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
23
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a thin amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A fair aroma of bourbon, Belgian style yeast, light fruit, and some honey.

T: Tasted of a little bit of Belgian yeast (not as much as expected), a tinge of honey, some citrus fruit (lemon), a bit of bourbon (again, not as much as expected), and coconut. An uneven flavor for the most part, in that it doesn't seem to push its ingredients far enough. Not bad, but needs a push.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its good qualities, but it's not entirely successful. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of DeathByPuppy
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +5.6%
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 Casey3236
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BergBeer
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cubatobaco
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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.


Recommended.

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Photo of SlothB77
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reebtaerG
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmartinger
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldn00b
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -4.6%
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 msscott1973
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Haqtastic
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -3.9%
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 BEER88
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
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 waddellc2
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +1.5%
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 -2.9%
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 -5.3%
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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Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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