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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 tdexterc
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of FickleBeast
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 ikats
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 VtBeerRun
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of grover37
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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 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 BeerNinja007
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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 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 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.

Photo of UA8
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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