Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 17
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
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Rockmill Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 10-17-2011

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 36
Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle into a tasting glass as the tripel in a double, tripel, quad tasting at Ale, Wine and Spirits in Powell, OH. (Thanks, Kevin!)

A - Pour was a hazy yellow/orange with a decent frothy head (more an issue with the glass than the beer).

S - There's no mistaking the whiskey aging; which in my opinion is never a bad thing!. Once the whiskey aroma passes, you get the hints of fruits like oranges, pears and some peaches.

T - Again, the whiskey definitely comes on first, but passes quickly. There's no heat from the whiskey, but you can't misinterpret the taste. The finish is sweet from the different combos of fruits. This is an insanely well balanced beer.

M - Like other whiskey or bourbon barrel-aged brews, this one is syrupy. I know the bottle calls it a tripel, but it's unlike any other tripel I've had. So smooth and syrupy.

O - Best tripel I've had, hands down. This guy is in my top 5 beers. Such a great surprise, and to make it even better, it's a local brew. There's no doubt this is an A+. Keep up the great work, Rockmill!

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.84/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a snifter at Greenhouse Tavern

A- Poured a hazy orange color with creamy head that left a little lace

S- Huge aroma of tangerine, peach, tropical fruit, whiskey, viognier wine aroma. This smells amazing.

T- Huge flavors, tangerine, viognier, whiskey, peach, tropical fruit, and orange citrus

M- More syrupy, fuller bodied, soft mouthfeel, not as carbonated as the regular tripel

O- An amazing tasting tripel with great wine and whiskey characteristics. So complex, aromatic, and delicious. An amazing beer that tasted very different than their excellent regular tripel.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a very cloudy golden/orange color with a huge frothy off-white head. There's also a good amount of lacing. The bottle was a slow gusher when I opened it, and the head on this brew continued to grow after first pouring it into the glass. It took a little while for the brew to settle down before I started drinking it. Aroma is mostly fruity, the brew smells like pears, peaches, whiskey, peppery spice, honey, and some tropical fruit. It tastes like pears, yeast, peppery spice, whiskey, honey, and a bit of apple and toasted coconut. The whiskey flavor is quite smooth and works well with this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and syrupy, and it has high but soft carbonation. It's also easy enough to drink. The barrel aging sure hasn't hurt the Tripel at all. I'm a big fan of the regular Tripel, and I really like this Cask Aged version too! Hopefully Rockmill will decide to make another batch of this sometime in the future.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 750mL bottle of this one.
A: Unstoppable white head. Nice cloudy amber body. Great.
S: Apples. Just like juicy mild apples with yeast, honey, and overall fruity character (distant cranberry). I've had the whiskey this is aged in, but it plays such a subtle, congealed role in the beer that it is hard to really describe.
T: Great apple and bread character, nice mild whiskey FLAVOR. Not burning heat, but just a really mellow character in the finish. "Cask" is the right word on the label; it does taste like "cask" aged and not "barrel" aged. It has that subtle aged wood character to it. Overall, it's really intricate in a really good way. It reminds me a lot of an ice wine or sweeter white wine.
M: It starts off simple, slowly developing a strong creamy carbonation and then crisps with the alcohol, leaving a bubbly sensation.
O: This goes above and beyond my expectations.

Edit: Thinking about it, it is kind of like biting a fresh pear. Especially in the taste and mouth feel. By the way, I think this will be the best under-the-RADAR beer I will have, period.

Photo of mcallister
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really as good as head can get (in beer thinking that is). Deep amber and unfiltered, completely opaque. The head is rich, silky, thick, holds great retention and leaves thick sticky cascading lace behind.

Nice aromas. Honey suckle, clove, bubblegum, fruity yeasty esters, oak with a hint of whiskey. Earthy with an almost chardonnay like aroma. Pear, apple, butterscotch. Very nice.

Wow this is a killer beer. Mouthfeel is superb, rich, creamy, viscous texture and very soft on the palate.

Clover honey, bubblegum, plantain, the barrel aging ads a great woodsy character, wood tannins, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, fig, apple, pear, quince, hints of fig. Light nutmeg, and tarragon. Lots going on. Too bad is so damned expensive.

Photo of Romulos
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in the brewery tasting room alongside the bottled version.
Sound: I could hear the CO2 forming bubbles and the head falling.
Appearance: Tawny, slightly darker than its base beer, and more red hues. Some light came through beer. The head didn't persist very long, but it was white and rocky on first pour.
Smell: Vanilla, caramel, whisky, plums, figs, burnt toast, hard candy, cream
Taste: Plums, apricots, vanilla, sweet bread, rock candy, homemade ice cream, toffee
Mouthfeel: It had a full mouthfeel without feeling syrupy or cloying. The carbonation was restrained, but appropriate for the style.
Overall: This beer matched well with the OYO whisky barrel. It was immediately evident that it was barrel aged, but the whisky and oak were complements, rather than the focus. Between the bottled and draft, the biggest difference was a creamier mouthfeel in the draft, and a more pronounced vanilla flavor and finish.

Photo of Beersnake1
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge to Rockmill tulip. Warmed over an hour.

Look - hazy golden brown. Almost no carbonation.

Smell - whiskey comes through very nicely. Smells of citrus and funk are also there.

Taste - Smooth, mellow, whiskey, and some citrus. Lemon seems to come through.

Overall, this is exceptional. Very different, but outstanding. Highly recommended.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber thickly clouded and opaque; incredible foaming produced a massive head, and even the bit in the bottle foamed up considerably

S: sweet orchard fruits dried on wood; bright and perky and floral

T: sweet fruits delivered along the lines of peach and pear; subtle wood and vanilla; whiskey toast-points in a dense canopy of lush fruits and booze

F: fuzzy and smooth, tingles of spice and booze; lively and full-bodied

O: I really enjoyed this, but I tend to be a fan of barrel-aged pales, like tripels, so there's probably some bias. The tripel base for the beer shows excellent craftsmanship in the Belgian tradition, and the whiskey-barrel wood elevates the ale, lending dryness, woodsy-ness, and the hint of whiskey to this deeply rewarding beer.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$22.49 for a 750 ml bottle.

Batch # 95*/92 Brew Date: *6-1-11
Barrel Date: 6/16/11
Bottled on: 8-14-11

A: clear, amber color with intense rocky head that is incredibly dense and thick and kept it all the way
S: pronounced oak but not over-bearing, slightly cloying and yeasty
T: WOW!, this beer is incredibly intense, deep tripel qualities, cloying with malt and yeast, balanced by a strong taste of oak, a bit dialed back on oak would bring out the tripel qualities a bit more, amazing beer, and there is really none like it
M: rounded, full, cloying, oak adds an amazing element, a bit hot in finish

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: unfiltered bronze/murky yellow with a 2 inch rolling soft white head

Nose: Candy sugar, bubblegum, whisky and oak

Taste: Whiskey and oak, slightly malty with a slight taste of smoke

Mouth: Very bubbly and forward, dancing on the palate.

Overall: This is very well done, I would have liked to have seen a bit less carbonation and a bit more in the nose but other than that it was excellent.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/18/2012. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, grape, apple, lemon, peach, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, bread, herbal, oak, light vanilla, light whiskey, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes with light-moderate barrel presence; and good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, apricot, grape, peach, vanilla, toffee, candi sugar, oak, clove, whiskey, pepper, light honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, lemon, peach, vanilla, toffee, oak, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, bread, whiskey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and whiskey barrel flavors; with great balance of malt/yeast/barrel flavors and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, smooth, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged tripel. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and whiskey barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Instant gusher, overflowing two glasses that I tried to save it into. Hate that. Very very cloudy orange pour - can see mists of yeast floating around. Enormous fluffy and fizzy white head(s) since it was poured into two glasses. ;) Head fizzes out surprisingly quickly but leaves very thick and heavy chunks of lacing everywhere.

S: Heavy whiskey aroma. Sweet with lots of toffee and oak, very fragrant. Vanilla too.

T: Like the aroma, whiskey-heavy. Heavy boozy caramel and toffee. Light fruitiness, some citrus primarily I would say. A bit of spice from cloves and pepper but not much, mainly muted by the whiskey I think. Lots of oak and vanilla, especially in the finish. A little bit of lingering drying oak and spices in the aftertaste. Big and boozy and sweet in general.

M: Pretty heavy, higher carbonation and whiskey cuts it a bit but it's still hard to ignore. Pretty boozy to boot.

O: Whiskey aged tripel, a surprisingly good combination. Big malty and sweet beer for sure, not much in the way of belgian influence since the whiskey is quite strong. It works though. Quite complex and decently balanced.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pears and slight apples on the nose on this one, big fruit - very nice aroma.

This beer pours out a nice dark honey, with some haze and little head. Carbonation looks to be on the low side, lacing is spotty but present.

The taste is where this beer comes to life. Immediately I get that oaken whisky flavor that the beer picked up from the barrel. All the flavor is there, but there is no alcohol burn that normally comes with it. Mid-palate all that fruit from the nose comes into play in full force and dominates the palate with pear, apple, strawberry, and other summer fruits. Honestly, I would liken it to a fruit salad. It doesn't taste like a tripel, but it's delicious!

Very low carbonation, probably due to the cask aging process, and a nice medium body. Smooth, and surprisingly not dry.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I wish it was slightly more carbonated though. Drinkability, well.. it's a sipper, something to enjoy over an hour or two at night. This beer is boasted as a Tripel, yet it has no qualities that I normally find in a tripel, and still it works very well.

Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown color with a one-finger head and light carbonation
S: Sweet with tropical fruit, light caramel, whiskey & spice
T: Matches the nose with the whiskey notes a bit more forward; doesn't quite share the depth of the nose & is a touch boozy
M: Medium+ bodied, a touch boozy, light carbonation
O: I love the local collaboration and overall this is definitely worth a try but I like the regular tripel better

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale golden yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apricots and peaches are present in the smell; these become stronger as the beer warms up and some whiskey also becomes perceptible.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of golden fruit but toasted oak and vanilla from the barrel aging become noticeable,and particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer starts off smelling like a tripel but really gains complexity in the taste as you start getting the whiskey barrel aging. It is a lot more interesting to drink compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden amber with basically no head. A touch of a vanilla nose. I get clear barrel influence throughout. Not a lot of whiskey to speak of really, but mild hints of it. Same degree of fruits; barely an accent. Almost a soft kind of feel to it, as if it were a liquefied fabric. I've noticed this on several other barrel aged beers as well. Anyways, this is a nice beer. A bit pricey, but well worth trying. Another good one from this brewery. Looking forward to trying the 3 others I have of theirs.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass. Vintage bottle (bottle date is unreadable).

Appearance: A deep gold [slight haziness], very light to no bubbles on the body which unfortunately made no head and I poured this brew pretty vigorously. I am factoring the age of the beer which I'm guessing is three years old.

Smell: Light scotch scent and that's about it.

Taste: Alright it's complex with a unique sweetness to it that makes you think of agave and scotch.

Mouth: Sticky but the carbonation is pretty much gone. Hardcore whiskey makes you think it's infused with scotch...little sweet but the flatness hinders it a bit. Granted this bottle might be slightly old so I factor that in.

Overall: Good brew, little flat which might change your mind if you can actually find a bottle. Great gift nonetheless, feels like the brew was distilled...salud!

Photo of Treebs
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip. Let's hope this tick from Alex (Masterski) is better than the base.

A: Pours a hazy gold peach with a thin white head forming on the pour. It leaves some soapy lace behind.

S: Very fruity esters in the nose and they are very sweet as well, almost like a fruit roll-up. Sweet cherry and heavy whiskey finish out the nose.

T: The whiskey is a touch harsh, but I don't mind it. It's a little hot, but the sweet caramel flavor from the barrel and the slight yeast counter acts this a little bit. The fruit smells from the nose didn't really transition to the taste.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and nice carbonation. The finish is a little hot.

O: Much better than the base beer. It still needs some time to mellow, but it was pretty solid.

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours extremely hazy, orange. The head is out of control; the cork shot out & hit our vaulted ceiling. It took a while for it to settle down enough to drink it.
Smells earthy, whisky, a little belgian yeast, hints of citrus.
Taste is very complex. Almost bready with vanilla, citrus, honey. The booze is impossible to miss, a little too present for me (in alcohol taste, not the whisky taste itself).
Not super smooth, but very rich feel, kind of reminded me of eating a pear. Lots of sediment by the end.
Overall it was enjoyable, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to pick up another one (especially with that price tag on it).

Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice huge, sticky, rocky white head and a clear, bright medium gold color.

S - Earthy funk, pears, oak, vanilla, light colored fruit, and some candy sweetness. Overall, the nose isn't that strong.

T - Whiskey, oak, pears, vanilla, slightly fruity, Belgian spice, a warming boozy finish, and a lingering oak Belgian spice and whiskey finish.

M - Vibrant but gentle carbonation and medium body.

O - A nice blend of Belgian Tripel meets whiskey oak barrel without one nuance overpowering the other. One thing about many Tripels I've had is the sweetness, this one didn't have much and I'm assuming it's due to the barrel aging that takes some of that sweet edge off. I enjoy barrel aged beers but a Belgian beer aged in whiskey barrels is an odd combo. (But it works.)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally opened a my bottle of cask aged Tripel from rockmill. Was able to avoid the large settlement that caked the bottom of the bottle. The nose is subtle but there are hints of bourbon/whiskey. The taste is twangy on the front but settles into a nice bourbon/whiskey finish. This is a big one.....sipping only for me.

Photo of Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviews seem polarized on this one, and there seems to be some batch variation, so I was skeptical to try it, but I seem to have gotten a good bottle of this.

There have been reports of gushers and totally flat bottles, so I held this one over the sink in anticipation. Fortunately, neither fate befell me, and I carefully decanted the beer into a Rockmill stemless snifter (one hell of a fragile glass). A cloudy honey-amber-colored liquid, with a finger of beige foam that receded to a thin but well-retaining layer of bubbles, leaving random coats of lacing on the glass. Tripels are not my favorite style of beer, in fact they may be my least favorite, so the nose wasn't coming off too appealing to me. Belgian yeast, fruity esters, toasted grains. Once I took a sip, the beer won me over a bit more. The whiskey was blatantly obvious, though actually quite mellow and smooth, oaky, sweet with vanilla, notes of caramel, dried fruits, honeyed bread, and a slightly herbal element. Pretty good, to my surprise. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, moderate boozy heat, and appropriate carbonation. A good and interesting brew overall.

Photo of jaasen64
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of RyanMcFly1985, thanks Ryan! Poured into Jackie O's snifter also from RyanMcFly1985! According to sticker on bottom of bottle- Barrel Date: 10-23-11, Bottled on: 2/13/12 (barreled for ~4 months, in bottle for ~5months)

A- Pours a translucent slightly hazy brownish godlen with about a finger of frothy bubbly head that dissipates to about a quarter finger of head. Above average carbonation of quickly rising small carbonation bubbles. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, oak, all blended together for a very pleasant smell. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Sweet Bourbon, vanilla, booze, caramel, some light malts + spices, and a little bit of wood. Bourbon definitely dominates the taste. Lightly sweet and definitely boozey. Sweet bourbon vanilla aftertaste that lingers for a little while.

M- Slight alcoholic burn, average carbonation, fairly smooth despite the slight alcoholic burn (which I guess isn't too bad considering the 10.5% abv).

O- This was a decent tripel, however it was dominated too much by the whiskey and wasn't balanced enough with other flavors. It had some nice vanilla notes, but the overpowering whiskey provided too much heat and an slightly overpowering sweetness. It was an interesting try, I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks again Ryan!

Photo of zhivago373
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a bomber onto tulip glass.

the first glasses with a semi-aggresive pour yield only a momentary, thin head that dissipates into nothing. beer is crystal clear straw yellow. when i killed the bottle, the beer was hazy orange - my guess is that the bottle-conditioning settled at the bottom.

smells of whiskey character, maybe some oak, slight alcohol esters, some crisp apple scent mixed with perhaps a bit of lemon? not a strong belgian smell.

tastes of whiskey, slight oak, alcohol esters, slight crisp apple, maybe some pale malts but very very faint. mouthfeel is thin and watery.

i'm not super familiar with tripels, but this beer does not stand out to me, and at 21$ a bomber, i certainly wouldn't go for it again. the whiskey flavor is overpowering here, and the 10.5%abv is pretty prominent as well. plus the mouthfeel is nearly like watery. i consider this beer pretty forgettable.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle extrad my way from a recentish trade....and since then, it has actually hit local distro. Enjoyed from an oversized wine glass.

a - brew pours a rich orange with a thin oily yet bubbly head that dissipates quickly leaving decent lace on the glass.

s - nose is nice leading with a zesty apple bubblegum with some alcohol phenols tickling.

t/m - taste is fairly boozy and the body is rather thin. Alcohol soaked apples with whiskey.

o - overall fairly meh. I am a fan of tripels and this just misses the mark. Seems like the wrong marriage of a beer and a barrel. Drinkable, but not my thing.

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Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.