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Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Rockmill Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 10-17-2011)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 07:01:44 | More by BEERchitect
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-09-2013 05:33:35 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 17:52:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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+.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:09:44 | More by MasterSki
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:53:43 | More by Rifugium
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beernads

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-03-2013 09:28:04 | More by beernads
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.43/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 16:45:07 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

12-21-2013 18:42:36 | More by ejimhof
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:45:45 | More by superspak
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 21:20:19 | More by bluejacket74
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

07-30-2013 10:12:10 | More by Cynic-ale
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aasher

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-15-2014 23:35:26 | More by aasher
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-15-2013 13:50:41 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-06-2012 22:25:36 | More by jophish17
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-09-2014 20:25:19 | More by KevinGordon
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Alex.

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 16:15:30 | More by Sean9689
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cosmicevan

New York

3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 01:55:25 | More by cosmicevan
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:42:11 | More by Dope
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mcallister

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:37:07 | More by mcallister
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:46:48 | More by jzeilinger
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 01:20:24 | More by jaasen64
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Spider889

Ohio

1.85/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:26:52 | More by Spider889
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-15-2013 03:34:52 | More by BeerBucks
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jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

05-01-2012 23:40:58 | More by jaidenjb
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-06-2013 23:23:56 | More by thebouch01
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Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.