Tripel - Rockmill Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
This beer pours out a cloudy dark amber-orange, a bit light for the typical tripel, with an eggshell white head that grows to a finger tall, displays decent retention, and falls to a sturdy foam that leaves a mixture of spots and patches of lacing.
While sweet, having the candi sugars element a tripel ought to, it's not cloying. The Belgian yeast is here, though not as exceptionally as many monk-crafted Belgians. The dark fruits I expect are here, raisin and plum along with some lighter fruits more of the white flesh variety. There's also a bit of a honey element to this beer. A bit of spiciness mixes things up and just a bit of floral hops add balance. It's actually quite well done if not a bit unusual.
The feel is pretty good, though not on the level of what takes certain Belgians to the next level. Generally it's both crisp and smooth, but doesn't have that exceptional creaminess and flow to it that makes the great ones great.
Overall, this is a very nice beer that allows for no hesitation to try the others from Rockmill that have popped up recently.
07-09-2012 21:27:33 | More by Brenden
4.63/5 rDev +17.2%
Having attended the grand opening , this is my first full beer from Rockmill. Picked this up at Whole Foods in Dublin. Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a Rockmill chalice. The label is the standard Rockmill label of a single horse standing in a field, but shaded blue with the name tripel embossed on the front. A sticker on the punt area of the bottle indicates that this was bottled 080710.
Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles slowly, dropping to a thin yet complete coating of foam and leaving behind nice, spotty lacing. The beer itself is the color of honey with an increasing yeast cloudiness as I get further into the bottle. Some sediment remains in the bottle.
Smell: A honeyed floral aroma upfront with a distinct wheat tang and underlying biscuity malt. Residual sweetness in the finish. A very "big" aroma on this one.
Taste: Plenty of carbonation bite upfront, as expected for the style. This helps to deliver the strong flavor of honey sweet malt with underlying tones of caramel and bubblegum phenolics. Mild hop bitterness in the finish, with some associated spiciness. Lingers well after the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is higher than average, expected for the style, and displays the very tight bubbles of bottle conditioning. Body is good, slightly slick and viscous.
Drinkability: Happy to have a brewery in my town and even happier that they are putting beer like this out. Potent and flavorful with all the characteristics I have come to love so much in Belgians.
10-17-2010 01:39:12 | More by beveritt
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
750 ml caged and corked bottle, bought at the brewery yesterday after a fun tasting event there! Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, with a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is just excellent, the fruityness and spicyness stands out. The brew smells like bananas, peppery spice, floral hops, yeast and some bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some coriander. Great fruity and spicy taste! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. The carbonation is soft, which works well for this beer. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and goes down very easy. I have to say that this is a very good overall brew, it's easily one of if not the best tripels I've ever had. A pretty impressive brew from a new local brewery. Hopefully Rockmill will be around for years to come!
12-05-2010 23:28:30 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +1.3%
375 ml bottle
Served in a snifter
A - It pours hazy and orange/yellow in color. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.
S - I get some pear and spices from the yeast.
T - The taste is similar to the smell. It starts out spicy with some pear. The finish has some orange.
M - Medium with lots of carbonation.
O - It is an enjoyable beer. I am not typically a tripel fan. I enjoy the fruity flavors on a warm Memorial Day after moving and mowing. I am glad Rockmill has this size of bottle now. I walked past it several times in the $16 for 750ml range. Nine dollars for a 375ml bottle was easier to pull the trigger on.
05-26-2014 21:26:00 | More by buschbeer
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
Received in my April Birthday BIF box from normyk. Thanks Rob!
Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Which wasn't easy to do, this one was a gusher. Had to use a plastic champagne cork to stop the flow. Pours a hazy honey gold with a huge rocky white head that is very slow to drop.
Aromas of sweet malt, yeast, lemon, honey. A light earthiness.
Flavors of honey and lemon, yeasty, peppery, slight alcohol burn. Finish is medium with warming alcohol, lemon and honey on the fade.
Mouthfeel is light, dry, heat from peppery yeast and alcohol. Good level of carbonation leaves a mouthcoating prickliness.
Overall a very good tripel. Disappointing at the gusher, but nothing really to detract from an excellant beer. Outside of my locals, Rockmill is my new favorite brewery.
04-10-2011 02:38:02 | More by JamnesCameron
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
12/13/10- Had a 750 mL bottle of this at 3rd and Hollywood.
A: Cloudy golden, with a white head that dies to a decent film and collar.
S: Sweet coffee cake, orange citrus and orange blossoms, musty notes overall, floral, creamy, with white grape and a slight vodka alcohol.
T: Creamy coriander with herbal hops... is there a slight barnyard brett. to this? It is very slightly tart with a little funk, and if it is brett. then it is well-integrated with a finish slightly reminiscent of apple core. Nice... very nice. The smell didn't sell me, but the flavor definitely did.
M: Creamy, but thicker, which is off for the style. It still goes well with the tea-like presence of the beer.
This one comes off a bit like a strong saison.
12-17-2010 02:43:17 | More by ne0m00re
2.6/5 rDev -34.2%
the last of their 4 beers... i hope this one suits me better than the others...
A- very nice hazy apricot color with a white head that fizzles away quickly and noisily leaving nothing but a thin ring and no lacing down the goblet.
S- funky, rubbery, fruity, and sweet. melon, pear, white grape and apple dominate along with a bit of peppery yeast. sweet candy like malt with some honey and vanilla and floral hops.
T- damn you, weird bitterness! it has to has to HAS to be from the yeast. pronounced alcohol has a pineapple vodka essence. fruit flavors are lost behind rubbery bitterness. finishes peppery and numb. the best thing is the fresh spring water taste i get when i hold the beer in my mouth for a few seconds. hops taste green and vinous.
MF- invigorating carbonation is always good in a beer of this style... however with the rubbery bitterness derp and the smack of alcohol added to it, it really does numb the palate. alcohol gives things a definite spirit feel but doesn't lend any softness to the body. malt has a nectar-juice-syrup type quality but ultimately the brew ends up dry.
D- not good dude. not drinkable for me. nothing else to say.
01-04-2012 01:31:28 | More by hustlesworth
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Heightened creaminess, fruit-forward with a spicy balance, earthen grain and hops; all with a winelike undertow. Perhaps brewed in Ohio, but their heart is clearly in the Belgian abbey.
Rockmill's Tripel opens with a hazy golden austere that frothens the rim with a tall column of foam. The pop of those racing bubble fill the nose and brighten the palate with candied lemon, apple and mild pear. A firm banana and papaya character provides a tropical whimsy and a creamy texture to balance its sparkling white wine acidity.
The middle blooms as the beer's spiciness and vinous tang cuts through the bready sweetness and fruity demeanor to open up a drier and crisper finish. Clove, white pepper, mint and hay develop just before the beer closes.
Warm and pleasantly spicy, the ale favors a peppery taste and feel to offset its upstart of fruit and sweetness. Leaving the palate refreshed and the tastebuds satisfied, its complex taste lays down a thin layer of vanilla and wheat as its short aftertaste concludes.
07-01-2014 16:11:54 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 1/26/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, lemon, pear, apricot, pineapple, orange, honey, pepper, floral, candi sugar, wheat, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of malt and fruity/spicy ester notes; with decent spicy yeast ester balance with malt/fruitiness. Taste of lemon, peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, orange, honey, candi sugar, pepper, floral, bread, and spicy yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus and tropical fruits, honey, floral, candi sugar, pepper, bread, and spicy yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; with a stronger balance of malt and fruitiness over spiciness; with no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel style. Great complexity of fruity esters and malt flavors with moderate yeast spiciness balance; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
04-03-2013 04:37:20 | More by superspak
Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.