Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
1.78/5 rDev -55.4%
Completely flat. Dense body. Honestly I'm not talking normal flat, I'm talking this is utopia flat. Bubbles compare to water.
Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oaK, bright fruits,
Intense flavors of vanilla, oak, some fruit esters, really sweet. A lot of hot alcohol. This is a messy of over the top sugar, alcohol, and perhaps pear, but again so much over the top sugars.
Flat beer needs to be really special and this isn't there. It's just drinkable and it's too alcoholic.
This mess was 21 bucks and as much as I want to justify what I paid, this is just awful. If you had a bottle with carbonation, that could honestly make a world of difference.
10-20-2013 02:07:42 | More by bobhits
1.85/5 rDev -53.6%
Grasciously shared at Jackie O's. I was excited to try this because I was avoiding it in stores due to the price.
This beer wound up being fairly disappointing, especially because the base beer is quite excellent.
Cask Aged Tripel is an exercise in char. The barreling was not kind to this beer. Burnt oak and heavy ashiness was overpowering.
Boozy and sweet, with notions of honey fighting to stand up to the brash blackened oak. Gritty ashy mouthfeel.
Not sure what type of barrel was used, but it was the wrong choice for so delicate a beer. Sadly, I was nonplused about how this turned out to say the least.
There are two possible solutions to my -rdev... either there is some extreme Homerism going on here, or else there is some extreme bottle variation. I'm inclined to assume the latter, though that isn't helping to persuade me to pony up for this bottle to try again. Should it present itself at another tasting though I will happily revisit this review.
01-26-2012 02:26:52 | More by Spider889
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.43/5 rDev -39.1%
Pours a little fizzy beige head. Color is a hazed golden yellow.
Aroma: Very fruity with oak. Yeasty. Very muted nose. I don't get hardly anything here.
Taste: Too much whiskey mixed with some yeast, bready malts, and spice. Not a good combination in my opinion.
Mouthfeel: Warming, hot, and dry. Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends dry.
Overall, I wasn't a very good tripel. Whiskey wasn't a good barrel for this beer. Way too dominate.
06-10-2012 16:45:07 | More by mothman
2.75/5 rDev -31.1%
Thanks for the second time tonight to fiver29 for this, an extra in a recent trade. 375ML bottle split with my wife as we warm up our livers for the Great Taste.
The pour is orange pulp orange with widely scattered bubbles that number less than three score & five. The nose is bouncing around on me, elusive as an ugly redhead. Bubblegum? Belgian sugar? Tons of sweetness, but in & out. Strange.
Cask Aged Tripel is drier than Charlton Heston's powder. My mouth, my palms, my armpits, the carpet, & the toilet are all air-dried in the instant this hits my inner skin. Beyond that, it's strange. Belgian yeast, dehydrated candied sweetness form the base, but that's it for the tripel. Flippant remark of vanilla arrives late. Heavy from the lack of carbonation: half the small serving will be enough for me.
Feels like this beer has had the volume turned down to 4. Other than the dryness, it's muted, the flavors flat. My first taste of Rockmill has left me cool & indifferent. Not bad, but mediocre is a reach.
08-08-2014 03:27:57 | More by maximum12
2.9/5 rDev -27.3%
Bottle courtesy of Eric (TurdFurgison). Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet.
A - Finger-plus of white foam that settles to a solid cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Hazy golden body.
S - Intense oak, whiskey, fusels, and vanilla, with some stone fruits in the periphery. The base beer seems largely overwhelmed by the barrel-aging at first, but as this warms up it gets increasingly cloying. In any case, sickening sweetness and harsh whiskey is not a particularly compelling combo.
T - The taste is better, with more of the base beer coming through. Still, it's a weird Tripel, with notes of caramel and brown sugar in addition to the stone fruits - combined with the whiskey and barrel flavors it creates a Bananas Foster kind of vibe.
M - Medium-low, yet somehow zesty, carbonation, super dry, oaky, and tannic. Medium body that seems a tad undersized considering the massive alcohol burn that lingers indefinitely on the back of the throat.
D - Well, it was better than the flat bottle of the base beer (which appeared to have a defective cork). It was pretty challenging to choke down more than a few ounces of this due to the harsh alcohol and overly saccharine flavor profile. Perhaps the first batch had more balance, because what I tried didn't really match the descriptions found in the first few reviews. Unfortunately my bottle was much closer to Spider889's F than mcallister's A+.
05-15-2012 00:09:44 | More by MasterSki
3.05/5 rDev -23.6%
A - Pours a mirky orange color, off-white head, spotty lace.
S - Big whiskey nose, oak, some of the base Tripel sweetness. Pretty big and boozy, and if you like whiskey with a bit of beer, then you'd like this nose.
T - Less whiskey then the nose, but it's still def there. Oak, candied sugar sweetness (not as sweet as the regular version...thank you Lord), whisky booze, and some fruit in there as well. Alcohol is there, no doubt about it. Finish is sweet whiskey booze.
M - Medium, good carbonation, sweet creamy finish.
O - Well, this was a step up from the regular Tripel, which is good. That said, it's so damn boozy I couldn't get through my pour. If you like whiskey and sweets, then you might like this. I didn't care for it all that much.
06-07-2012 16:15:30 | More by Sean9689
3.15/5 rDev -21.1%
With the Belgian spirit at hand, the brewers of Rockmill brewery tinkers with the tired and true Belgian Tripel style but with an American whisky kick. Its culmination gives the palate and the mind a lot to think about.
As it opens flat, the beer's still demeanor releases a tone of sugary dough and orchard fruit upon the the nose and initial taste. Sweetened with fructose and saccharin, the estery balance comes with apricot and pear with a backdrop of apple, orange and peach.
While the flat and rusty orange beer crosses the middle, the alcohol tones form and prick right through the sweetness with is boozy spice but also with wood spices, caramel and a hearty butterscotch tone. Lightly floral early , its honey-dipped upstart develops into dry straw earthiness just before closure.
That's as the winy ale lays heavily on the tongue and palate with its absent carbonation. This allows for full saturation of boozy sweetness and gravity onto the tongue, promoting a sweeter and more savory tone, but diminishing its aromas, acidity and its lively body. Those sweet textures couple with a dense body to make the beer a sipper, and cloying at times.
Rockmill's Cask Aged Tripel is by and large a well made beer. But is utter defiance of carbonation makes its aromas heavily muted, its taste is dense and oily and its texture dull and flat. Much of that's a shame because I see the real potential in the ale through fruit, spice and vinous complexity.
05-17-2014 07:01:44 | More by BEERchitect
3.26/5 rDev -18.3%
Appearance: Pours with the thinnest layer of head which instantly dissipated and was in no way present while drinking. A sparse bubble of active carbonation shows up occasionally. The color is a muddy orange/brown, looks like a glass of apple cider.
Smell: Orange peel and booze hit on the front. Vanilla, earthy spices, and coriander comprise the body. Cloves, banana, and medium bodied fruits show up on the back end. In the end though a rather untamed alcohol heat wins out in the end.
Taste: Pears, cinnamon, toffee, and oak all greet the drinker. Plenty of boozy heat on the body drowns out some banana and cloves accents. Vanilla and some dark fruits shine on the back end with round herbal spices. The boozy punch of the body fades some on the back end to a low roar.
Mouthfeel: Lots of boozy sting. Some pleasant whiskey dryness is left behind. Carbonation of this brew just killed me, being completely non-existent.
Overall: I really do not know what to do with this brew. Red flags flew as a got a barely audible *pop* as I opened the bottle. No carbonation throughout is so odd, especially for the style. Some interesting whiskey flavors shine but there is so much booziness it burns through. This is a new brewery to my area so I'll give them another do, but this is an odd one for sure.
08-14-2014 05:12:50 | More by KFBR392
3.29/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
07-04-2014 01:55:25 | More by cosmicevan
3.4/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
06-23-2014 03:24:18 | More by zhivago373
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
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!
07-08-2012 01:20:24 | More by jaasen64
3.64/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
01-22-2014 00:53:43 | More by Rifugium
Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.