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Golden Tripple | Rock Art Brewery

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Golden TrippleGolden Tripple

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden hue and malty body thinned a bit by the 8% ABV. In the background is a light handed kettle addition of fresh sliced ginger root.

27 IBU

Added by Brad007 on 12-27-2007

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Photo of BeerGodz
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look: Orange amber, cloudy, decent head that dissipated quickly, with decent lacing

Smell: Orange, yeast, ginger

Taste: Up Front: Orange - lots of it, with slight ginger. Finish: Malt, and then a very astringent, bitter ending

Mouthfeel: Medium body, short crisp carbonation, dry finish

Drinkability: Unbalanced flavor, and the bitter finish was disappointing

Overall Impression: There are many much better Tripel's on the market, but this one would do if you can't find anything new to try

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Photo of cfleisher
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden with a touch of copper. Fluffy head quickly dissipates. Not much lacing on the glass.

Smells odd... some ginger spice, coconut, cardamom.

Tastes thin, slight alcohol burn and finishes dry. Very little residual sweetness.

Overall, I'm less than impressed with this beer. I appreciate what Rock Art is trying to do, but this one just doesn't work for me. The Belgian yeast strain and candi sugar should provide enough spice and complexity. Why bring in ginger? I don't get it.

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Photo of grover37
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Bought in Burlington, bottled in May '09 but not drank until December '10. Very large layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Pretty clear, light copper color. One inch of head which dissipates to a thin layer of light mocha larger bubbles covering half the surface. A few patches of lacing at the top, but none further down.

Aroma: Orange or grapefruit citrus, followed by spicy phenols you would expect from a Tripel. Maybe some ginger but I wouldn't have placed it had I not known that were an adjunct.

Taste: A bit sweet with the fruity esters in the aroma followed by the spicy phenols. The finish is slightly dry and the spiciness sticks around. Once again, the ginger isn't that prominent, but becomes a bit more noticeable in the finish as it warms. No boozy presence for the most part.

Feel: Medium carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Not that drinkable though, struggling to finish just half the bomber. Not crazy about this beer, although it's not bad by any means. I would imagine the aging helped mellow some of the ginger flavor and any alcohol presence.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured out a nice golden color with a one finger head. Although the head died down quickly, it left lacing on the glass. As I got to the second pour, the floaters appeared.

Aroma was spicy, with bready notes and a little bit of light apples. Not bad at all.

Taste was disappointing. Spicy and bready, but with some fusel character in the middle. Finish was a bit yeasty, but too much of an alcohol character. This beer does not hide the ABV well at all.

Mouthfeel was OK for a tripel, even though the flavors were warring for attention. Not too thin, well carbonated.

Drinkability... not great. I was able to finish the beer, with difficulty - no way I am going to sink pour an 8% ABV when I'm looking for a buzz and am able to manage it. But this is listed as a year-round offering... I think they should nip it in the bud, make it a one-off, and try again fresh.

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Photo of VtBeerRun
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like Rock Art, but this is just an average beer all around. Don't get me wrong this is not a bad beer. It is drinkable, and given a free one I would drink it, however nothing stands out about it. There is only very very slight hint of ginger. I recommend other Rock Art Beers before this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice rocky white head, creamy a little bit but some big shampoo bubbles. Sits on a nearly golden orange amber body. Opaque but a little dull too, looking for some glow but not seeing it. A good column of middle carbonation, rising slowly in the middle.

Nose is a bit muted. Yeast punch, doughy malts and classic tripel sweetness. Ginger on this, not really. Some small honey in there. But nothing offensive.

Wet mouthfeel and pale ale body. Quite hoppy strangely too, almost like a hoppy IPA of sorts. No rich malt sweetness or creamy sugars. Mid palate is watery and fleeting to get anything of any flavor. Aftertaste provides a little bit of what is on the nose, but it's very fleeting on the swallow. Hop angle comes forth but with little density behind it, and really throws me off.

Drinkable, but compared to other tripels this is not really giving it justice. Weak.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bomber worth another try. This beer was a cloudy deep gold color with some orange highlights. The head was two fingers thick, laced well and retained well too. The aroma was very sweet and a little spicy, some ginger and yeast. The flavors were at first sweet followed by a rush of spices, coriander, white pepper etc. The flavors are muddled and masked by the candy sugar which is also keeping the alcohol in check. Medium bodied and soft carbonation but it's a little too clumsy to be considered drinkable.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased for $3.99 at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT. Chilled and poured into a standard pint glass.

Hazy golden honey brew with 1/2" of bubbly thick off-white foam. Head settles to a thin layer and a few clusters of larger bubbles. Nose is thick honey and biscuit, candy sugar, citrus and pine hops, some earthy tones and warm spices. Taste follows directly from the smell, though hoppier than I expected (but not inappropriate). There's a slight styrofoam note that's really putting me off. Mouthfeel is viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes with ginger, hops, and a metallic bite. Alcohol not apparent.

Overall the styrene note and metallic finish throws it for me. Beyond that, I agree with other reviewers that the ginger seems unnecessary and out of place.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a watery, burnt straw in color beneath a pillowy, white foam of a head. Condensed lacing down half of the tumbler.

Sweet, Belgian-candied sugar with notes of tropical fruit: pineapple, honeydew, pear. Ginger, saffron, and licorice spices that attempt to mask a solvent-filled wheat astringency.

Sweet candied sugar with a bit of intensity from beginning to end. Bland, malted wheat base; rice. Peppered spice with notes of clove prior to an airy middle. The finish has a touch of slickness due to the rum-like alcohol character.

Medium bodied; mostly smooth despite some dryness and slickness. Pretty typical mouthfeel for the style.

An artificial, standard take on a Tripel. Credit to Rock Art for attempting this style; unfortunately, this one falls short.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ew. Sharp. A blend of rinds and peels offensively attacking. A tangerine bitter river. The water ain't right, don't come in. Follow the same suggestion that was given to me; hold that gasoline sour sucker in your mouth until it looses it's satanic grip and fades slowly into the void. The forest of cloves is haunting. Hooch made the same mistake around christmas time. New category suggested; American Tripple/Undecided. Go for the Riverhorse or the Golden Monkey.

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Photo of scottum
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a VERY cloudy tan amber with a big white headskie. I poured out a glass from the 22, then proceeded to pour a small wine glass for a friend, all the while being careful not to stir up the brew too much, but alas the small wine glass was an almost gray color even though another inch of beer was left in the bottle. The yeast which was so apparent in the beer's appearance does come through in the flavor. This is a well balanced beer, slightly sweet on the nose, but the hops do well to cut that short. Plenty of spice notes of various origins to add interest. I do like the "kiss of ginger" very much. Well drinkable- I'm glad I tried this one though it doesn't rank high up on my personal beer list from this style.

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Photo of deanhead
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice Golden color with a head that reduced to nothing, no real lace to speak of.

Aroma of pears, ginger, and yeast, bananas

Gingery, lemony taste. almost sweet and tangy. Pears really take the forefront here with this beer.
Candy lingers on the tongue.

Dank, tart, dry finish, somewhat astringent and mothy tasting at the end.

It's a decent beer. It's a fair example of the style. It's got an above average drinkablity. This beer finished beer when it was cold, as it warmed it became somewhat lackluster.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy and murky dirty orange with a 1 finger soft, creamy head that was bone-ivory in color and laced well leaving a thin rim lacing. Retention was very good lasting for several minutes. There was a heavy turbidity nature of yeast particles as well a moderatly strong visible carbonation.

S: tart oranges with light hints of dry toasted malting. Dried apples, and spicy cider alcohol notes were also noticeable. I failed to detect the touch of ginger as advertised on the bottle.

T: The initial flavor was dry, musky oranges with a light peppery spicing. There was a moderate showing of acidity as well dried lemon peels and a heavy dose of alcohol fusels. Sour oranges with a spicy nature that finishes dry with a strong showing of alcohol. Once again I failed to detect the ginger while the overall flavor lacked in complexity.

M: light in body, with a slick and oily texture. A very soft carbonation is detected while a bittering sour orange and alcohol fade lingers around for a second or two.

D: average due to the excessive alcohol which hindered the flavor while the enjoyment suffered due to the limited complexity. Good for a try but not necessarily warrants a repeat.

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Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head that covers the beer but not by much, fades fairly quickly, semi clear golden orange like color.

Nose is candy like, orange peel candy, light candied ginger, hint of chlorine, minerals, light esters and typical phenols, hint of booze, actually the chlorine comes out more the more I nose it, a light wheat like aroma, and some light amber malts.

Taste starts with biscuit and toasty malts, reddish amber malts, a little sweet but not much, candy flavors with light caramel and toffee, light candy syrup, and candied orange peel, as well as light candied ginger. Light bitterness and rind flavors, little gritty and earthy with a light earthy spicy but slightly rancid oily hops, a touch of booze with light phenols and esters again, luckily no chlorine this time, but a hint of minerals. Finish is semi sweet and sticky, a weird rind bitterness and earthiness, long lingering sweet syrupy flavors and candied orange peel and ginger.

Mouth is med bodied, decent enough small bubbled carb, some warming booze.

Overall meh, very light on tripel flavors, esters, phenols, spices, although there was plenty of sweet syrupy candy, orange peel, ginger, citrus etc, and terrible chlorine aroma. again like a lot of Rock Art beers it's nothing very special and kinda meh.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy amber with lots of suspended yeast and a nice head that left almost no lacing on the glass. The smell was much like most Tripels I've had, that wonderful malt and yeast combination.
The taste, well, that's a story. The bottle says "Kissed with Ginger". On my first taste or two, I really didn;t get the ginger, but as I progressed through the 1st of two glasses (bomber), the ginger really came through. About midway through this 1st glass, I was thinking this was an awesome flavor, the classic Tripel and ginger combo. Then I poured the rest of the bomber, and the ginger began to become too much, just mushroomed into too much on the palate. I couldn't wait to finish it. Stick to one glass.
Mouthfeel was average. Drinkablity I would say is low as talked about above; great first glass, but stop there.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the cloudy tarnished gold brew. Pillowy head falls gradually, with excellent lacing. Aroma is sweetness with bubble gum and spices. Taste starts sweet, gets a bit messy in the middle some fusel character mixed in with the spicing, and then gets harsh again at the moderately boozy close. Mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good. Just doesn't come together as well as I had hoped.

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Photo of u2carew
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Consumed 2/25/10
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Creamy and tight. Lacing is sticky. Body is opaque - would be golden but the haze and sediment create a golden brown color.
S) Banana. Hints of ginger. Orange. Yeasty.
T) Banana. Wheaty/grainy. Hints of caramel and ginger. Towards the finish a slight hop bite arises along with alcohol effervescence.
M) Medium body. Gritty. Light fizz. Fairly smooth with a bit of tannin feel.
D) A nicely crafted Belgian brew, not a standout but I'd have another.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some orange and copper highlights. The beer has a little more than a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium thin patch of moderate sized bubbles, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and toasted malts with some light to moderate aromas of candi sugar and some honey sweetness. There are some spicy notes of ginger and white pepper along with some light notes of light fruits - maybe apple and orange peel.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of pale malts with some notes of toasted malts and some honey sweetness. After that, there are some notes of candi sugar with some candied ginger and white pepper spiciness. There are some light fruit notes including orange peel and apple. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly along with some light alcohol notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and just a touch of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as complex as I have come to expect for the style and probably not one of the strongest examples either - also, the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would like. The addition of ginger is interesting but not sure I would grab another one of these.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle, courtesy of Matt of Rock Art, at the Oct '07 Belgian Beer Fest. Thnx, Bro!

Poured into the pint glass, it is slightly cloudy, with the color being deeper than straw yet not yet golden. Head is thin, mostly being just a rim-clinger. Hue is marshamallow white, for what there is of it. Some nice lace rings are left behind. Nose is mild and has some bready, toasty notes with a smidge of candy-like aromas and subtle tropical fruit. Body is your standard medium; no more, no less. Has some light prickliness on the tongue, being fair in feel, all-in-all.

Tasting the bier, it has a light sweetness lurking in the background, with breadiness also present. Fruitiness comes into play, with some pear, green apple, a touch of ginger and perhaps some mango appearing here. A faint spicy aspect rears its' head at the finish, which is a tad chalky and dry. Not bad.... but nothing to seek out, imo. A middle of the pack Tripel, at best, for me.


overall: 3.6
appearance:4 | smell:3.5 | taste:3.5 | mouthfeel:3.5 | drinkability:3.5


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Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from BeerTruth. Thanks buddy.

Pours a very attractive deep golden color, like a sunrise in a glass, topped by about an inch and a half of near white head. Head retention is ok, as it keeps a thin lacce and leaves some stick.

Smell is also quite good, with a very assertive sweet aroma of belgian candi sugar, along with some yeast and spice. Also a good dose of booze.

Taste doesn't quite meet up with the nose, as it's decidedly less sweet and more spicy. Not a bad thing necessarily, but it doesn't hit my palate quite right. I do taste the ginger that the label says it's brewed with, and that is quite interesting. The alcohol is also too aggressive as a flavor component. There is an odd fruitiness, too, that lingers into the finish and is slightly sweet although also somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is quite chewy, a pretty full body and has a nice creaminess. It's a little dry in the finish and the lingering booze flavor detracts a bit.

This is a pretty decent tripel and actually it's better than I expected based on prior experiences with Rock Art brews. The alcohol is too much and takes away from the flavor, which is what brings the drinkability down for me. Still, a decent tripel and worth a try.

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Photo of ikats
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautiful light orange in color, very clear, with a fluffy white head. Aroma is excellent - spicy and playful. I can sense some clove notes, ginger, may be a touch of pepper. At first sip taste was a bit of a letdown, but I think as the beer warmed up a bit, it opened up and taste is much more interesting and pleasant now. It is spicy with some dryness. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it does not linger. There is a warming alcohol effect. The body is not full, but noticeable. A bit of sweetness lingers on the lips. As I'm writing this review, I keep going back for a sip again and again. Ginger is becoming more pronounced as I drink this ale. Very enjoyable. Pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Gold colors with orange hues and a massive sticky bight white head. Big clove and banana bread nose. Some hops come through as well which is a nice change of pace.

Head is seriously stellar. Little dark for a tripel though and a little cloudier than others i've had too.

Big bold tripel like flavors with a big up front body but gets a little watery on the finish. Hop presence is slightly noticeable as well as the alcohol which balances the beer pretty well. The ginger flavor is there but actually doesnt work that great in the beer in my opinion.

Starts to wear out your tongue pretty quickly. Alcohol is kind of low for a tripel as well (In my own personal opinion)

However considering the price of this beer, it is good. Half the price of merry monks but not half the flavor.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Peachy golden – just a tad dark for style, barely less than clear, fair number of bubbles rising to small white head that falls fast. Poor retention and nothing really for lace.

S: Fair Belgian notes – okay phenolics & a hint of earthy funk on a mostly nutty yeast. Stone fruits with some ghost hints of mango and citrus. Honey sweetness on background doughy malts. Quite faint ginger almost blends into yeast notes. Perhaps some herbal hops, but you have to hunt. No alcohol found. Okay, but barely. Alright but faint. Both floral honey and phenolics grow a bit as it warms.

T: Opens with honey sweetness on a distinctly doughy malt base – hints of floral and fresh yeast. Sweetness takes on a candi edge in the middle. Malts get a touch toasty. Yeast stays throughout as a background note. Spice joins in the middle – mostly clove and then more earthy as you go. Ginger is initially muted, but it grows towards the end and progressively as the glass is emptied. Herbal and grassy hops do not really arrive until the end, but come in with fair strength and character. Finish is a mix of earthy yeast / hops with a touch of resin & a hint of a snap from ginger.

M: Just a hair under medium body with CO2 a touch over average – lively, yet cushiony & softly expansive. Hint of sticky sugars, a fair amount of hop tannins, & a bit of a spicy bite (from alcohol and ginger both?). Starts soft at first, a bit of texture, and then a mice drying end and finish. Pretty good, and refreshing.

D: It bumps against the boundaries of the style a bit, but is quite well done and very drinkable. The ginger struggles a bit to make its point. But, in part, that is because other nice & interesting things are happening. Solid malt base, nice floral honey sweetness, decent Belgian notes, and a touch of fruit notes. Creative, yet a reasonable take on the style. Mouthfeel is the highlight.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose. Flavor is sweet malt and ginger. Smooth but not as smooth as a Belgian triple. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

One finger bone white head that falls as I write this. Amber body with soft carbonation flowing up slowly, bubbly head. Smell is sweet at first then you get a slap from the ginger thrown in, wow, I'm placing this in the holiday catagory. Spices are overkill on the tongue though. Carbonation is a bit heavy on the body and over the tongue, head is almost gone after about two minutes, bubbles remain. Actually malts are poking through as I continue, with the aftertaste of carbonated water after it leaves my mouth. Ginger becomes more apparent in the flavors as it warms up. Nice seawater lacing on the glass is constant throughout the drink. Alcohol is almost hidden in the sweet malts.

Thanks to Jwale73 for the brew.

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Golden Tripple from Rock Art Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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