Golden Tripple - Rock Art Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A golden hue and malty body thinned a bit by the 8% ABV. In the background is a light handed kettle addition of fresh sliced ginger root.

27 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 12-27-2007)
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Reviews by cfleisher:
Photo of cfleisher
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden with a touch of copper. Fluffy head quickly dissipates. Not much lacing on the glass.

Smells odd... some ginger spice, coconut, cardamom.

Tastes thin, slight alcohol burn and finishes dry. Very little residual sweetness.

Overall, I'm less than impressed with this beer. I appreciate what Rock Art is trying to do, but this one just doesn't work for me. The Belgian yeast strain and candi sugar should provide enough spice and complexity. Why bring in ginger? I don't get it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Great to see a brewery pay attention to the market and the consumers that drink their beer--they get what is going on and dig the whole Extreme Beer thing. Golden is their version of a Tripel with ginger.

Pours with a beautiful crown of off-white lace, a bit dark than we're used to for the Triple, but the clarity is stunning. Clean, warming ginger, apricot fruitiness from the alcohol and a raw honey-like malt sweetness in the nose. So damn smooth, velvety and lush on the palate. Medium bodied. Flavors are very easy to pick out, yet they meld together very well. Malt jumps toward bready then exhibits more of a nougat flavor. Alcohol brings some warmth and a big handful of fruitiness. Ginger is present but subtle for the most part. Mild hop bitterness, though a bit of herbal flavor becomes noticeable middle to end. Finishes semidry.

Without a doubt, this one sets itself away from other Tripels with the unique flavor of ginger, yet stays well within the style's boundaries at the same time. It's great to see another American brewer get the whole Belgian thing right!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a tulip glass. Hazy orange color with a small white head.

Fruity, spicy aroma. Not that much going on in the aroma.

More comes through in the taste, however. Orange/fruity at the front, with late spice. I guess that is the ginger that shows up late.

Nice finish, on the dry side.

A good, not great, tripel.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, purchased in Vermont during a recent visit. No freshness/bottling date info.
A- Pours lightly hazed medium tangerine, quickly departing off white head, that leaves a minor collar and slippery low hanging and minor lacing.
S- Ginger and tropical fruit in the nose
T- A load of ginger picked up early, complexity assisted by notes of pepper, lime, tropical fruit and herbal and citric hops in the finish. Different take on the classic style. Tasty and enjoyable brew from R.A.B.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A darker shade of amber with golden hues, much darker than most Triple's i've ever had. Plenty of active bubbles, fizzy life with a minimal white head, thin and depleated, it simply does not rise enough with not much retention.

Candy apple malt aroma with citric lemmon, slight earthy yeastiness, raw ginger, floral whiff's, red fruits, passion fruit...rather unique aroma.

A snappy Sugaree malt upfront followed by a dry and complex yeast flavor. soft pepper and dry herbs. A tart, bitter hop edge with a complex earthiness that is usually not in the true Belgian abbey versions. The ginger adds a tart snap wich also goes with the heat very well, adding something different. I usually look for the yeasat complexity which is very good for an American version, but it doesn't touch the complexity of most Abbey versions. Fruity effects with pineapple and immature raspberries and the feel is crisp, light and snappy with a sharp-dry finish.

Me like.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden with head. Smells pleasant ginger yeasty. Above average mouthfeel and carbonation. Ginger snap, bold ginger flavour, with yeast and caramel cushioning the finish. Good flavour though not overtly drinkable or complex.Not really the style but worth a try if you like ginger.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Gold colors with orange hues and a massive sticky bight white head. Big clove and banana bread nose. Some hops come through as well which is a nice change of pace.

Head is seriously stellar. Little dark for a tripel though and a little cloudier than others i've had too.

Big bold tripel like flavors with a big up front body but gets a little watery on the finish. Hop presence is slightly noticeable as well as the alcohol which balances the beer pretty well. The ginger flavor is there but actually doesnt work that great in the beer in my opinion.

Starts to wear out your tongue pretty quickly. Alcohol is kind of low for a tripel as well (In my own personal opinion)

However considering the price of this beer, it is good. Half the price of merry monks but not half the flavor.

Photo of garrisonp
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy and murky dirty orange with a 1 finger soft, creamy head that was bone-ivory in color and laced well leaving a thin rim lacing. Retention was very good lasting for several minutes. There was a heavy turbidity nature of yeast particles as well a moderatly strong visible carbonation.

S: tart oranges with light hints of dry toasted malting. Dried apples, and spicy cider alcohol notes were also noticeable. I failed to detect the touch of ginger as advertised on the bottle.

T: The initial flavor was dry, musky oranges with a light peppery spicing. There was a moderate showing of acidity as well dried lemon peels and a heavy dose of alcohol fusels. Sour oranges with a spicy nature that finishes dry with a strong showing of alcohol. Once again I failed to detect the ginger while the overall flavor lacked in complexity.

M: light in body, with a slick and oily texture. A very soft carbonation is detected while a bittering sour orange and alcohol fade lingers around for a second or two.

D: average due to the excessive alcohol which hindered the flavor while the enjoyment suffered due to the limited complexity. Good for a try but not necessarily warrants a repeat.

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of SickGnar
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Peachy golden – just a tad dark for style, barely less than clear, fair number of bubbles rising to small white head that falls fast. Poor retention and nothing really for lace.

S: Fair Belgian notes – okay phenolics & a hint of earthy funk on a mostly nutty yeast. Stone fruits with some ghost hints of mango and citrus. Honey sweetness on background doughy malts. Quite faint ginger almost blends into yeast notes. Perhaps some herbal hops, but you have to hunt. No alcohol found. Okay, but barely. Alright but faint. Both floral honey and phenolics grow a bit as it warms.

T: Opens with honey sweetness on a distinctly doughy malt base – hints of floral and fresh yeast. Sweetness takes on a candi edge in the middle. Malts get a touch toasty. Yeast stays throughout as a background note. Spice joins in the middle – mostly clove and then more earthy as you go. Ginger is initially muted, but it grows towards the end and progressively as the glass is emptied. Herbal and grassy hops do not really arrive until the end, but come in with fair strength and character. Finish is a mix of earthy yeast / hops with a touch of resin & a hint of a snap from ginger.

M: Just a hair under medium body with CO2 a touch over average – lively, yet cushiony & softly expansive. Hint of sticky sugars, a fair amount of hop tannins, & a bit of a spicy bite (from alcohol and ginger both?). Starts soft at first, a bit of texture, and then a mice drying end and finish. Pretty good, and refreshing.

D: It bumps against the boundaries of the style a bit, but is quite well done and very drinkable. The ginger struggles a bit to make its point. But, in part, that is because other nice & interesting things are happening. Solid malt base, nice floral honey sweetness, decent Belgian notes, and a touch of fruit notes. Creative, yet a reasonable take on the style. Mouthfeel is the highlight.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma was totally dominated by ginger which is not an ingredient often found in tripel but it was still enjoyable. Taste was also dominated by loads of ginger with some coriander and a sweet Belgian style malt profile. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was detectable. Definitely not close too the style but nonetheless very enjoyable.

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Consumed 2/25/10
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Creamy and tight. Lacing is sticky. Body is opaque - would be golden but the haze and sediment create a golden brown color.
S) Banana. Hints of ginger. Orange. Yeasty.
T) Banana. Wheaty/grainy. Hints of caramel and ginger. Towards the finish a slight hop bite arises along with alcohol effervescence.
M) Medium body. Gritty. Light fizz. Fairly smooth with a bit of tannin feel.
D) A nicely crafted Belgian brew, not a standout but I'd have another.

Photo of smakawhat
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice rocky white head, creamy a little bit but some big shampoo bubbles. Sits on a nearly golden orange amber body. Opaque but a little dull too, looking for some glow but not seeing it. A good column of middle carbonation, rising slowly in the middle.

Nose is a bit muted. Yeast punch, doughy malts and classic tripel sweetness. Ginger on this, not really. Some small honey in there. But nothing offensive.

Wet mouthfeel and pale ale body. Quite hoppy strangely too, almost like a hoppy IPA of sorts. No rich malt sweetness or creamy sugars. Mid palate is watery and fleeting to get anything of any flavor. Aftertaste provides a little bit of what is on the nose, but it's very fleeting on the swallow. Hop angle comes forth but with little density behind it, and really throws me off.

Drinkable, but compared to other tripels this is not really giving it justice. Weak.

Photo of BeerGodz
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look: Orange amber, cloudy, decent head that dissipated quickly, with decent lacing

Smell: Orange, yeast, ginger

Taste: Up Front: Orange - lots of it, with slight ginger. Finish: Malt, and then a very astringent, bitter ending

Mouthfeel: Medium body, short crisp carbonation, dry finish

Drinkability: Unbalanced flavor, and the bitter finish was disappointing

Overall Impression: There are many much better Tripel's on the market, but this one would do if you can't find anything new to try

Photo of SamO13
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BeTheBall
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy amber with lots of suspended yeast and a nice head that left almost no lacing on the glass. The smell was much like most Tripels I've had, that wonderful malt and yeast combination.
The taste, well, that's a story. The bottle says "Kissed with Ginger". On my first taste or two, I really didn;t get the ginger, but as I progressed through the 1st of two glasses (bomber), the ginger really came through. About midway through this 1st glass, I was thinking this was an awesome flavor, the classic Tripel and ginger combo. Then I poured the rest of the bomber, and the ginger began to become too much, just mushroomed into too much on the palate. I couldn't wait to finish it. Stick to one glass.
Mouthfeel was average. Drinkablity I would say is low as talked about above; great first glass, but stop there.

Photo of bespin15
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SFLpunk for sending me this one as an extra

Look: Orange in color and opaque with no head at all. Interesting

Smell: Some nice citrus notes orange peel and lemon zest are present with a bit of funky yeast

Taste: Citrus, mango, and pineapple are all present in the flavor with again the funky yeast finishing off the beer

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Good american triple. Recommended and will drink again if I get the chance

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is spicy - ginger - with bready notes.

The taste is of sweet grainy maltiness, some candy sugar, and ginger. Ginger is not overpowering, but noticeable. There is a fruitiness that is peach-like and mango-like (with pineapple?). Sweetness balanced by a touch of sour, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Some peppery alcohol comes through.

Light-to-medium-bodied. Carbonation is mild - a bit more effervescence would make it better for both drinkability and as an accompaniment to food.

Nicely balanced all-round - ginger is, as noted, noticeable, but not overpowering. As far as style - well...it fits into it in a very broad sense, but that's probably what they were going for. An "interesting" and "unique" sipper with nice, subtle complexities.

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured out a nice golden color with a one finger head. Although the head died down quickly, it left lacing on the glass. As I got to the second pour, the floaters appeared.

Aroma was spicy, with bready notes and a little bit of light apples. Not bad at all.

Taste was disappointing. Spicy and bready, but with some fusel character in the middle. Finish was a bit yeasty, but too much of an alcohol character. This beer does not hide the ABV well at all.

Mouthfeel was OK for a tripel, even though the flavors were warring for attention. Not too thin, well carbonated.

Drinkability... not great. I was able to finish the beer, with difficulty - no way I am going to sink pour an 8% ABV when I'm looking for a buzz and am able to manage it. But this is listed as a year-round offering... I think they should nip it in the bud, make it a one-off, and try again fresh.

Photo of ppoitras
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the cloudy tarnished gold brew. Pillowy head falls gradually, with excellent lacing. Aroma is sweetness with bubble gum and spices. Taste starts sweet, gets a bit messy in the middle some fusel character mixed in with the spicing, and then gets harsh again at the moderately boozy close. Mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good. Just doesn't come together as well as I had hoped.

Photo of nafredet1
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Golden Tripple from Rock Art Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.