Golden Tripple - Rock Art Brewery

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 12-27-2007

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
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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 73
Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy caramel color with a small white head that fades pretty quickly. Probably the least lively tripel I've head. On the nose you get strong notes of caramel malt, belgian candi sugar, some of that bubblegum belgian ester, and some ginger. The taste is where the ginger and spices become more pronounced, very good. Interesting twist on the Belgian Tripel, I'd like to get another bottle and age for a bit more time to see if it improves carbonation. (470 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some orange and copper highlights. The beer has a little more than a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium thin patch of moderate sized bubbles, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and toasted malts with some light to moderate aromas of candi sugar and some honey sweetness. There are some spicy notes of ginger and white pepper along with some light notes of light fruits - maybe apple and orange peel.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of pale malts with some notes of toasted malts and some honey sweetness. After that, there are some notes of candi sugar with some candied ginger and white pepper spiciness. There are some light fruit notes including orange peel and apple. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly along with some light alcohol notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and just a touch of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as complex as I have come to expect for the style and probably not one of the strongest examples either - also, the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would like. The addition of ginger is interesting but not sure I would grab another one of these. (1,489 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head that covers the beer but not by much, fades fairly quickly, semi clear golden orange like color.

Nose is candy like, orange peel candy, light candied ginger, hint of chlorine, minerals, light esters and typical phenols, hint of booze, actually the chlorine comes out more the more I nose it, a light wheat like aroma, and some light amber malts.

Taste starts with biscuit and toasty malts, reddish amber malts, a little sweet but not much, candy flavors with light caramel and toffee, light candy syrup, and candied orange peel, as well as light candied ginger. Light bitterness and rind flavors, little gritty and earthy with a light earthy spicy but slightly rancid oily hops, a touch of booze with light phenols and esters again, luckily no chlorine this time, but a hint of minerals. Finish is semi sweet and sticky, a weird rind bitterness and earthiness, long lingering sweet syrupy flavors and candied orange peel and ginger.

Mouth is med bodied, decent enough small bubbled carb, some warming booze.

Overall meh, very light on tripel flavors, esters, phenols, spices, although there was plenty of sweet syrupy candy, orange peel, ginger, citrus etc, and terrible chlorine aroma. again like a lot of Rock Art beers it's nothing very special and kinda meh. (1,292 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured it would be a nice night to try this golden tripple from Rock Art.

A- pours an orange copper body that has massive carbonation along with a fluffy white head that latches to the sides of my stemless tulip from the alchemist. Very sticky lacing that is analogous to white frosting

S- A little fruity with a slight Belgian presence that could be slightly stronger. Very dry on the scent

T- Good save! The tropical aspects are meshed well with a stronger Belgian presence. Very lively and uplifting with a smooth yet dry flavor. Good flavors for a tripel

M- smooth and good coating flavor

O- really enjoyed as a tripel that while it may not burst with flavors, there is still a taste profile that works out great. I'll buy more next time im in VT (758 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,893 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (477 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of ikats
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautiful light orange in color, very clear, with a fluffy white head. Aroma is excellent - spicy and playful. I can sense some clove notes, ginger, may be a touch of pepper. At first sip taste was a bit of a letdown, but I think as the beer warmed up a bit, it opened up and taste is much more interesting and pleasant now. It is spicy with some dryness. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it does not linger. There is a warming alcohol effect. The body is not full, but noticeable. A bit of sweetness lingers on the lips. As I'm writing this review, I keep going back for a sip again and again. Ginger is becoming more pronounced as I drink this ale. Very enjoyable. Pleasant mouthfeel. (702 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of VtBeerRun
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like Rock Art, but this is just an average beer all around. Don't get me wrong this is not a bad beer. It is drinkable, and given a free one I would drink it, however nothing stands out about it. There is only very very slight hint of ginger. I recommend other Rock Art Beers before this one. (294 characters)

Photo of grover37
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Bought in Burlington, bottled in May '09 but not drank until December '10. Very large layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Pretty clear, light copper color. One inch of head which dissipates to a thin layer of light mocha larger bubbles covering half the surface. A few patches of lacing at the top, but none further down.

Aroma: Orange or grapefruit citrus, followed by spicy phenols you would expect from a Tripel. Maybe some ginger but I wouldn't have placed it had I not known that were an adjunct.

Taste: A bit sweet with the fruity esters in the aroma followed by the spicy phenols. The finish is slightly dry and the spiciness sticks around. Once again, the ginger isn't that prominent, but becomes a bit more noticeable in the finish as it warms. No boozy presence for the most part.

Feel: Medium carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Not that drinkable though, struggling to finish just half the bomber. Not crazy about this beer, although it's not bad by any means. I would imagine the aging helped mellow some of the ginger flavor and any alcohol presence. (1,131 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, floral notes, and light fruit malts and citrus.

t - Tastes of tea, bready malts, fruity malts, and a hint of alcohol

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good tripel. Would try again. (360 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
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! (1,134 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased for $3.99 at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT. Chilled and poured into a standard pint glass.

Hazy golden honey brew with 1/2" of bubbly thick off-white foam. Head settles to a thin layer and a few clusters of larger bubbles. Nose is thick honey and biscuit, candy sugar, citrus and pine hops, some earthy tones and warm spices. Taste follows directly from the smell, though hoppier than I expected (but not inappropriate). There's a slight styrofoam note that's really putting me off. Mouthfeel is viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes with ginger, hops, and a metallic bite. Alcohol not apparent.

Overall the styrene note and metallic finish throws it for me. Beyond that, I agree with other reviewers that the ginger seems unnecessary and out of place. (782 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of BeerGodz
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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 (495 characters)

Photo of cfleisher
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of UA8
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really nice looking orangey amber with a nice sized coffee tan head.

S- Honey, golden raisin, yeast, grains, a touch of sweet citrus.

T- Leads with sweet lightly roasted grain flavors, midpalate has some peach, apricot, pear, and maybe a touch of grape. Finishes with a bit of a yeast tartness and a touch of nice mineral/ medicinal flavors. Oh yeah and there are some spice notes through out which I'm not sure why I didn't think of till after I posted the review.

M- Lighter bodied with a big yet soft carbonation that make the body feel thicker than it is.

D- This a really nice easy drinking effort in this style for an American brewery. I would say this easily run with almost any other American tripel I've had. Definitely worth $4. (753 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot nectar color with a foamy white head; persistence is good and the head leaves strands of lace

Smell: Candi sugar, honey-infused malt, ginger, passion fruit, white pepper and fusel alcohol

Taste: Fruity malt flavors, up front, with passion fruit and hints of mango; by mid-palate, the ginger, white pepper and fusel alcohol flavors start to dominate and, after the swallow, the trend continues, though there is also a herbacious, grassy element to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: While the ginger adds an interesting twist, I am not sure that I appreciate the impact on this beer; to my palate, the ginger and the fusel alcohol make this a rather "hot" offering, and I don't think that is necessarily a good thing (817 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose. Flavor is sweet malt and ginger. Smooth but not as smooth as a Belgian triple. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. (277 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of deanhead
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice Golden color with a head that reduced to nothing, no real lace to speak of.

Aroma of pears, ginger, and yeast, bananas

Gingery, lemony taste. almost sweet and tangy. Pears really take the forefront here with this beer.
Candy lingers on the tongue.

Dank, tart, dry finish, somewhat astringent and mothy tasting at the end.

It's a decent beer. It's a fair example of the style. It's got an above average drinkablity. This beer finished beer when it was cold, as it warmed it became somewhat lackluster. (520 characters)

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Golden Tripple from Rock Art Brewery
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