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Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 18.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

BeerBucks, Jul 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Lynn, Jul 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of OB1
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

OB1, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.)

jzeilinger, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

ZachRusk, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Romulos
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in the brewery tasting room alongside the bottled version.
Sound: I could hear the CO2 forming bubbles and the head falling.
Appearance: Tawny, slightly darker than its base beer, and more red hues. Some light came through beer. The head didn't persist very long, but it was white and rocky on first pour.
Smell: Vanilla, caramel, whisky, plums, figs, burnt toast, hard candy, cream
Taste: Plums, apricots, vanilla, sweet bread, rock candy, homemade ice cream, toffee
Mouthfeel: It had a full mouthfeel without feeling syrupy or cloying. The carbonation was restrained, but appropriate for the style.
Overall: This beer matched well with the OYO whisky barrel. It was immediately evident that it was barrel aged, but the whisky and oak were complements, rather than the focus. Between the bottled and draft, the biggest difference was a creamier mouthfeel in the draft, and a more pronounced vanilla flavor and finish.

Romulos, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

thebouch01, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

dtx00, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of nollie77
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

nollie77, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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!

jaasen64, Jul 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

csustar001, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of mothman
2.43/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

mothman, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Sean9689, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
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+.

MasterSki, May 15, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Treebs, May 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

tylermains, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

JamnesCameron, May 12, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -0.2%

jaidenjb, May 02, 2012
Photo of lpotter
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

lpotter, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

2378GCGTG, Apr 03, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

MFB, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

tlazaroff, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Spider889
1.85/5  rDev -53.9%
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.

Spider889, Jan 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

falcon1, Jan 24, 2012
Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.