Golden Tripple | Rock Art Brewery

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Golden TrippleGolden Tripple
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Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
13.54%
 
 
Wants:
4
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11
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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden with head. Smells pleasant ginger yeasty. Above average mouthfeel and carbonation. Ginger snap, bold ginger flavour, with yeast and caramel cushioning the finish. Good flavour though not overtly drinkable or complex.Not really the style but worth a try if you like ginger.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot nectar color with a foamy white head; persistence is good and the head leaves strands of lace

Smell: Candi sugar, honey-infused malt, ginger, passion fruit, white pepper and fusel alcohol

Taste: Fruity malt flavors, up front, with passion fruit and hints of mango; by mid-palate, the ginger, white pepper and fusel alcohol flavors start to dominate and, after the swallow, the trend continues, though there is also a herbacious, grassy element to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: While the ginger adds an interesting twist, I am not sure that I appreciate the impact on this beer; to my palate, the ginger and the fusel alcohol make this a rather "hot" offering, and I don't think that is necessarily a good thing

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma was totally dominated by ginger which is not an ingredient often found in tripel but it was still enjoyable. Taste was also dominated by loads of ginger with some coriander and a sweet Belgian style malt profile. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was detectable. Definitely not close too the style but nonetheless very enjoyable.

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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 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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, floral notes, and light fruit malts and citrus.

t - Tastes of tea, bready malts, fruity malts, and a hint of alcohol

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good tripel. Would try again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is spicy - ginger - with bready notes.

The taste is of sweet grainy maltiness, some candy sugar, and ginger. Ginger is not overpowering, but noticeable. There is a fruitiness that is peach-like and mango-like (with pineapple?). Sweetness balanced by a touch of sour, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Some peppery alcohol comes through.

Light-to-medium-bodied. Carbonation is mild - a bit more effervescence would make it better for both drinkability and as an accompaniment to food.

Nicely balanced all-round - ginger is, as noted, noticeable, but not overpowering. As far as style - well...it fits into it in a very broad sense, but that's probably what they were going for. An "interesting" and "unique" sipper with nice, subtle complexities.

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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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, purchased in Vermont during a recent visit. No freshness/bottling date info.
A- Pours lightly hazed medium tangerine, quickly departing off white head, that leaves a minor collar and slippery low hanging and minor lacing.
S- Ginger and tropical fruit in the nose
T- A load of ginger picked up early, complexity assisted by notes of pepper, lime, tropical fruit and herbal and citric hops in the finish. Different take on the classic style. Tasty and enjoyable brew from R.A.B.

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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 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 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 Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden blond color with some cloudiness and a thick white head. Aroma is spicy and I detect coriander among the spices. Nice and floral as well. Nothing overpowering. Similar to a witbier in regards to the spicing (coriander of course). Taste is light and fruity upfront with the coriander at the beginning of the tongue, alcohol and maltiness in the middle and a touch of coriander at the back of the throat. Aftertaste is lightly dry and smooth.

Not too sweet, bitter or spicy. Alcohol is well hidden. Malt feels balanced as well.

Of course, with the 8%, I remember reading that this beer would be somewhat "confined" but I don't detect that there. It doesn't need more than 8% in my opinion.

A decent, drinkable ale that is pretty close if not exact for the style.

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Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz of this in some small grocery store in Stowe, Vermont.

Upon being poured into a Duvel glass, the appearance is a light golden color with a two finger head.

The smell is of caramel, walnuts, and other faint scents.

The taste is slightly sweet, kinda yeasty, but certainly not bitter.

The mouthfeel is slightly above average, but lacks character and is most definately not the best attribute of this beer.

Drinkability is solid overall, just remember it is 8% ABV, so pace yourself.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a tulip glass. Hazy orange color with a small white head.

Fruity, spicy aroma. Not that much going on in the aroma.

More comes through in the taste, however. Orange/fruity at the front, with late spice. I guess that is the ginger that shows up late.

Nice finish, on the dry side.

A good, not great, tripel.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Great to see a brewery pay attention to the market and the consumers that drink their beer--they get what is going on and dig the whole Extreme Beer thing. Golden is their version of a Tripel with ginger.

Pours with a beautiful crown of off-white lace, a bit dark than we're used to for the Triple, but the clarity is stunning. Clean, warming ginger, apricot fruitiness from the alcohol and a raw honey-like malt sweetness in the nose. So damn smooth, velvety and lush on the palate. Medium bodied. Flavors are very easy to pick out, yet they meld together very well. Malt jumps toward bready then exhibits more of a nougat flavor. Alcohol brings some warmth and a big handful of fruitiness. Ginger is present but subtle for the most part. Mild hop bitterness, though a bit of herbal flavor becomes noticeable middle to end. Finishes semidry.

Without a doubt, this one sets itself away from other Tripels with the unique flavor of ginger, yet stays well within the style's boundaries at the same time. It's great to see another American brewer get the whole Belgian thing right!

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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.

Prosit!

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

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SFLpunk for sending me this one as an extra

Look: Orange in color and opaque with no head at all. Interesting

Smell: Some nice citrus notes orange peel and lemon zest are present with a bit of funky yeast

Taste: Citrus, mango, and pineapple are all present in the flavor with again the funky yeast finishing off the beer

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Good american triple. Recommended and will drink again if I get the chance

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange with a gold hue. A dense, three inch head settled slowly to a rocky cap and plenty of clingy lacework. Looking real nice.

Aromatics lead off with yeasty spice and light malt, with earthy overtones.
Cloves, ginger, coriander, bubblegum, bannanas, peppercorns, and cardamon.

Light bodied with a soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Crisp and creamy.

The pallet starts with a blast of pungent spice. Bitter ginger, cloves, and candied coriander. An intense and somewhat harsh bitterness follows through along with lingering peppery spice and husky malt,

Finishes with spice-spiked yeast, and an almost astringent bitterness.

The beer was very promising until it hit the palate. Overspiced, very bitter, and a bit harsh. Maybe a year or two in the cellar would mellow this one out.

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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 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 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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A darker shade of amber with golden hues, much darker than most Triple's i've ever had. Plenty of active bubbles, fizzy life with a minimal white head, thin and depleated, it simply does not rise enough with not much retention.

Candy apple malt aroma with citric lemmon, slight earthy yeastiness, raw ginger, floral whiff's, red fruits, passion fruit...rather unique aroma.

A snappy Sugaree malt upfront followed by a dry and complex yeast flavor. soft pepper and dry herbs. A tart, bitter hop edge with a complex earthiness that is usually not in the true Belgian abbey versions. The ginger adds a tart snap wich also goes with the heat very well, adding something different. I usually look for the yeasat complexity which is very good for an American version, but it doesn't touch the complexity of most Abbey versions. Fruity effects with pineapple and immature raspberries and the feel is crisp, light and snappy with a sharp-dry finish.

Me like.

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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 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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Golden Tripple from Rock Art Brewery
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