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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11555) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1434) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10712) - 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.

3.7
   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 Iíd 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. Thereís also a pleasant, wheat wine-ish quality to the brew. Not getting a whole lot of tripel characteristics (and I havenít had the base) but it was enjoyable as is.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6471) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2012
On tap at the brewpub, served in a goblet. Hazy sort of brown-orange-red color. Thin, sort of creamy-thick off-white head. Bourbon nose, but an awesome creamy flavor, pretty decent lace. Light carbonation, dry and creamy texture. Some alcohol taste, but itís an appropriate amount to go with the bourbon aromas. A balanced, well-done brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3011) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured on draft. Appearance is a darker, hazy gold. Think a dubbel. White head of foam with good retention. Aroma is a tad boozy, but still able to pick up on a few subtleties of dough, citrus, and toffee. You really have to dig through the bourbon to find those, though. Taste is a lot more subdued than I figured it would be. The bourbon really takes a back seat to the doughiness of this beer. I wanna say itís popcorny, but without the butter or salt taste. I like this beer a good bit more than I had expected to like it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/7/2011. 22 oz. bottle served in a tulip. #4/300. This is what I think a bourbon barrel tripel would look like, only more transparent. An amber color most of the way through with a small off-white head. The aroma is mild, sweet bourbon. A light, sweet, pale and biscuit malt has a honey sweetness are present, but the bourbon really steps all over the base beer. I feel compelled to review the bourbon more than the tripel, since that is mostly what I taste throughout. A bit of the tripel flavor begins to form - pale malt, honey sweetness, a bit of bread - but almost totally disappears as sweet bourbon takes over. The flavor is smooth, with notes of vanilla, oak, and a light spice toward the end. The problem is mainly that the flavor tilts to far toward the bourbon barrel. For a tripel, this has a medium body with light creamy carbonation. The bourbon brings a lightly dry, oak tannic nature to the end of each sip. Whether this is not the type of beer that should be bourbon barrel aged or whether the execution just was not there is up for debate. The one thing that is certain is that this beer just is not that great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
22 ounce bomber. Copper color with a light head. Bourbon in the nose. Nice sweet bourbon taste. Light oak and slightly fruity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11952) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
(Draught) Pours a cloudy golden body with a medium cream head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, raisins, toffee, and butterscotch. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, citrus, maple, oak, and raisins.


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