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Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rockmill Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 10-17-2011)
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Photo of joelburns717
5/5  rDev +25.3%

joelburns717, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of BrewStarr
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BrewStarr, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

cosmicevan, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of zhivago373
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

zhivago373, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of cjf007
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

cjf007, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of timdetman
5/5  rDev +25.3%

timdetman, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of osupuck19
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

osupuck19, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

Greywulfken, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of alex_hart
3.75/5  rDev -6%

alex_hart, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Jmitchell3
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Jmitchell3, May 19, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

BEERchitect, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

DoubleSimcoe, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

masterofsparks, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of aasher
4.75/5  rDev +19%

aasher, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Gregvg
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Gregvg, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

KevinGordon, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

elkinbrown, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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.

superspak, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

rcjennings, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +0.3%

ejimhof, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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

ONUMello, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Knapp85, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of bobhits
1.78/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

bobhits, Oct 20, 2013
Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.