Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery
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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
4.23/5 rDev +6%
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.
01-27-2014 22:45:45 | More by superspak
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
4.03/5 rDev +1%
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
12-02-2013 23:46:38 | More by ONUMello
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
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
07-22-2013 03:42:11 | More by Dope
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
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.)
04-14-2013 01:46:48 | More by jzeilinger
Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.