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Kentucky Monk is a bourbon barrel aged Belgian triple that is crafted with Belgian Pilsen malt, white wheat, Crystal 10, and exclusively Saaz hops. The Cantrell Honey Farm in Athens, Ohio supplies gallons of locally harvested Golden Rod honey for this brew. The honey is added at the end of the boil to give this Belgian style triple an elevation in flavor and alcohol. The interplay of fruit/clove character from our Belgian yeast and the local honey is apparent but not aggressive. After this Belgian style triple is ready for consumption, we age a portion of this heavenly brew in bourbon barrels to create Kentucky Monk. Wonderful vanilla and coconut aromas and flavors penetrate the beer. Hints of bourbon, caramel, and honey take Kentucky Monk to a whole new level. An amazing aperitif that embraces Belgian brewing tradition and American craft brewing creativity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9629) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle @ the rake dungeon obtained from my rotbox. Pours a touch hazy golden orange appearance with a thin off white head. The aroma is full of tannins and a bunch of leather. There’s some whiskey, bourbon, honey, apples, and a bit of spices in the nose as well. Medium body. A little tart and twangy flavor that comes off as tart red grapes. Definitely some bourbon, loads of tannins, leather, grainy wood, and white fruits. A touch boozy. A little strange but sort of fun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5318) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle from grownfool - thanks! Murky bronze, smallish head. Smells a bit boozy and sweet, with a whiff of honey. Some honey in the flavor, too as well a lot sweet, spicy notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
In short: A no-style beer that is a forced mess of muddled flavors. Meh.
How: Bottle shared at post HF FoFA 2013 party.
The look: Dirty dark orange body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is sweet canned fruits, peanuts, honey, bourbon. Not an inviting nose. In mouth the beer offers muddy thick mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste is all over the place. There is caramel cookies and honey awkwardly coexisting with sweet canned fruits. There is a certain tartness that makes it even more awkward. There is some vanilla and bourbon notes that do not belong. A weird clove-like spiciness. They call this a Tripel?!?!? A complete chaotic mess of a beer. Jackie-Os are as bad at making Tripels as I am bad at making metaphors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
From the November 2013 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy yellow-gold color with a medium sized foamy off white head that left moderate lacing. The aroma was sweet and tangy golden fruits, bourbon and honey. The flavor was very sweet and tangy honey, bread, table sugar, oak, bourbon, a hint of coconut and leathery scotch. Long sweet and tangy finish of honey, oak, coconut and leather. Moderately full bodied - almost syrupy. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9423) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2013
22oz bottle. ’12, 269/360. Poured a clear orangish color with a thin sized off whit white head. Bourbon, wood, fruity, vanilla, and citrus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Rusty orange pour. Fast fizzling head. Nose is of mead honey jasmine bourbon. Very light on the bourbon. Initial taste contrast smell with no mead factors but a bunch of spicing contributes by the yeast into a light somewhat tart bourbon dry finish. Good but like most Jackie O’s I’ve had that are over a year of or not cellared properly, it’s tartness is the initial signs of infection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsordr (1325) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle pour from alexsdad06. Color clear yellow with amber hues. Immediate nose of bourbon on opening the bottle. Bourbon, followed by some oak/tannin, then spice and humidor. Taste initially sweet and sour, bourbon, clove, spice, and some fruit. Nice complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
22 oz bottle shared by Richard. Thanks, dude! Pours a richly hazy, a frothy tannish head dies to a film, laces ok. A big earthy spice, dryness, touch of ash. Richer oak, spirit, touch of sourness, lactic elements. Initial is some apple cider, touch of dryness, spirit. Gentle spirit, apple, wood and oak. Middle is oak, apples, gentle spice, and faint citrus. Touches of spirit, bready and grainy malts, touch of fruit and spirit. Awkward, big oaky earthy presence, tannic. Fruit is mellow. Doughy and honey malt elements come into play, the sweeter base beer shows some life. Solid offering, the barrel makes it a bit warm and spirit driven but I think that gives it some character, no longer just a typical American Tripel interpretation. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2444) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours a nice copper color with a finger of fading fizz. On the nose there is some rich sweet honey, bourbon barrel, tart apple and a trace of clove. The palate is rich floral buckwheat honey that has a touch of fermented tartness to it. Round mouthfeel with lingering wet bourbon wood, boozy spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle:   Deep caramel, little off-white head, sparce lacing.   Strong bourbon aroma.   Otherwise a bit of honey, wood, and alcohol.   This one seems hot.   Bright bready start, very woody, bourbony, and warming.   This has some kick to it!   Falls off a little quick, leaving a bit of a tangy finish.   Seems a bit vinous, perhaps in that woody sense.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as big as I would have hoped.   The bourbon drowns out the aroma and flavor as the regular example is a bit fruity.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes tangy, vinous, with a big bourbon flair with slight honey.   Its a bit astringent in that it makes my mouth salivate.   I enjoy the bourbon aspect, but this one seems to have lost and gained from the original making it about even.

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