Golden Tripple | Rock Art Brewery

BA SCORE
83
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76 Ratings
Golden TrippleGolden Tripple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

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
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Beeradelphia
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 halo913
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Maseitz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 tdexterc
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of FickleBeast
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Golden Tripple from Rock Art Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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