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 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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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 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 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 - 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 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 SRFeldman79
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange color into an American pint glass. A half inch head rose up at the end of the pour, but very quickly settled back into the beer, leaving a light ring of bubbles that lasted throughout the glass. Not the rocky mountain of head I expected, though there was plenty of lacing.

Slightly sweet aroma, with hints of alcohol, yeasty spiciness, and perhaps I can pick out some ginger - smells like someone homebrewed a tripel.

I enjoyed the way this beer tasted. I was worried that "kissed with ginger" on the side of the bottle would mean too much ginger flavor, or that I would taste ginger where it wasn't. The ginger flavor was not overwhelming to me at all - mostly it made this beer more bitter than the IBU # on the side suggested. Taste was of light belgian yeast esters, almost a peach-like fruitiness, maybe some actual spice, alcohol, candi sugar.

The carbonation danced across my tongue, but was light and pleasant. There was definitely a dry, powdery feel to the aftertaste, which I wasn't crazy about (dry good, powdery, that's going to far for me), and a lingering spicey heat, perhaps from the ginger or the alcohol.

Definitely a very easy drinking belgian beer, that though the alcohol was a component of the flavor, did not make this beer feel overwhelming. I could drink a pint or two on a belgian-style night.

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

Light amber color and sweet aroma let you know that this is a conniving Tripel. When the brew is held in the mouth for a few seconds the taste is quite complex: sweet fruit notes initially with an alcoholic kick at the end. This beer changes midway through from sweet and simple to bitter and rough. Tasting this brew on various parts of the tongue help get the full range of flavors that come out of it; there is quite a variety. This is a great Fall season beer, perfect for still feeling like a sweet, light summer and heading toward a more bitter, amber time. So sit outside with this one and watch the falling leaves and plan ahead for the cold winter that awaits.

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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 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 JMScowcroft
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Look - Very golden artwork, nothing extraordinary but cool nonetheless. Pours pale yellow and settles light brown in the glass. Cloudy, light on the fizz. Decent, frothy, head.

Smell - Nice fruity, malty aroma. Overtones of ginger.

Taste - Strong, spices and ginger, malt comes in after.

Mouthfeel - Spices, a bit overpowering but smooths out rather quickly, average here.

Drinkability - Rock Art's specialty is somehow making every beer, no matter how strong, easily drinkable. This beer is exceptionally drinkable despite its 8.0% alcohol content.

Decent beer, a bit overpowering with the spices, but good just the same.

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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 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 HiroProtagonist
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring into my Mirror Mirror tulip, Rock Art's Golden Tripple is a attractive hazy deep golden color, topped with a weak fine white head. The nose is very enticing...wonderful ginger notes dominate but integrate well with light notes of black pepper, perhaps peppery mesculin greens, and a touch of sweetness. Taste reflects the nose...very nice ginger-laced mandarin-spicy notes meld very well with a tasty malt base, which is braced with an appropriate Belgian-style hoppiness in the pleasant lingering ginger-kissed finish. I would have liked about 25% more carbonation though, considering the style. Overall though, this beer does good job of satisfying my Belgian beer flavor craving. Another quality offering in Rock Art's excellent "Extreme" series.

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