Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 117
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
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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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 117
Photo of Treebs
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of Spider889
1.91/5  rDev -48.7%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
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 (603 characters)

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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). (635 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
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. (1,088 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.79/5  rDev +28.8%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +34.4%
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! (1,061 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.84/5  rDev +30.1%
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. (602 characters)

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Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.