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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Thanks to Photekut for sending this my way. Shared with PALMEJ1. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with hazelnut hues and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Sweet, slight smokey aroma with a nice barrel presence that adds another dimension to the tripel characteristics.  Slightly toasted oak with vanilla and bourbon booziness but the barrel is well integrated, never overpowering the other notes or becoming too hot.  Underneath the barrel, there are hints of zesty spice, light fruit and pale malt.  Smells really good. Fuller bodied with a subtle barrel presence countered by estery yeast, light fruit, spice and sweet malt.  I was expecting a stronger bourbon presence but its pretty tame compared to the aroma.  More barrel than bourbon with dry oak and vanilla followed by peppery spice as well as hints of apple, pear and candy sugar.  Underneath, there is some bready yeast and pale biscuit malt.  Faint boozy heat but abv is relatively well masked.  A bit too sweet perhaps but still flavorful with a nicely integrated barrel character that doesn’t overpower the base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottled. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Decent head retention. Aroma of earth, spice, honey and sweet malts. The taste is tart citrus, bready notes and spice. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2012
medium brown coloured body. Bourbon aroma and boozy, though not overpowering. Initially rich and sweet,getting a malt liquor taste not the characteristics of a triple. Acidic at the end of the bottle. Decent drinkability. My first jackie-O, expecting more.Thanks for hooking me up FlandersNed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks, Blake! 2011 vintage, bottle 164/300. Pours a mostly clear orange-hued amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves spots. Aroma of sweet malts, honey, apricot, peach, and vanilla- sweet, boozy, and a little tart from the fruitiness. Same goes for the flavor, which hits all the same notes. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, juicy mouthfeel. Cool barrel aging of the Hocking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Fusel and phenolic nose, boozy bourbon. Sugary sweet, messy, boozy, cider, vanilla. Gross.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
75cl bottle. Minimal white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, light spice. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon/Chardonnay. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2012
Pours hazy amber. Nose is intense hot bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel, some citrus fruits, and spices. Flavor is more on the fruity, citrus, and spicy belgian side than the bourbon. The bourbon is still there but lacking the intensity that the nose leads you to anticipate. Sweet at first then a dry and nearly tart finish. Carbonation seems appropriate. Different but enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
pour is dark amber with very tight lasting white head. The nose is faint, touch of malt sweetness, light lemon, virtually no barrel. The taste is very sweet, lemon, candied sugars, faint barrel. No yeast to it, syrupy smooth feel, low carb not quite balancing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12406) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2012
Draft. Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex wood, citrus, bourbon and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Medium to heavy citrus bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy bourbon sweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Handsome deep orange in a snifter, no light through this bad boy and a hefty, creamy head. Nose is quite overpoweringly boozy, with a slight tart note. Very pleasant mouthfeel, anything but the boozy assault I’d feared. And indeed, the aroma backs off fairly quickly. Taste is rich and potent, with the bourbon quite mild and some tart notes coming forward fairly assertively. There’s also a pleasant, wheat wine-ish quality to the brew. Not getting a whole lot of tripel characteristics (and I haven’t had the base) but it was enjoyable as is.

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