Rockmill Brewery

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #56
Ranked #19,001
3.88 | pDev: 14.18%
Rockmill Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 67 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of zimm421
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with ruby hues and a fluffy off-white head. The nose is dark fruits, caramel malts and a touch of spicy yeast. The taste follows suit with loads of sweetness from the caramel malts leading the way. The dark fruits are more hidden here, sitting towards the back end. The finish is a touch spicy, and then slightly bitter. Overall, it's a decent dubbel; very straightforward and enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Their stuff has always worked well enough for me. Not mind blowing but not terrible. Dark fruits and caramel are there with a light peppery Belgian spice and some herbal grape.

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Photo of tempest
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn, it's like they made a better version of Chimay dubbel. The flavor has creamy vanilla and slightly tart cherry and earthy caramel. The aroma has more bread crust and cola, a touch of apple. Very drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Quick notes:

Decent Dubbel aroma, with dark fruit and some spices. A bit of caramel malt aroma.

Flavor is a little hard to pin down. There's some dark fruit (prunes and plums), some more bread-like malt, and a fair amount of dryness and spice. Decent yeast presence. Balance is lacking, as is any aspect of the profile that really grabs my attention and makes me want to take another sip.

A little thin on the feel, while also being pretty hot for 8%. Dubbels aren't typically a style that hide ABV well, so I'm not holding it against this beer too much, but it isn't making the overall experience any better.

Ultimately, not a great beer, and not a particularly good Dubbel. Very few American brewers have managed to pin down this style. Definitely a drinkable beer, but certainly not something I'd seek out, especially if I'm actually in the mood for a Dubbel.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruits are present in the nose—pears and plums seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of candi sugar and Belgian yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapes, pears and plums along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of candi sugar. Only a slight amount of sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was rather easy to drink for a dubbel because any traces of alcohol were well hidden from the taste and it didn't have that heavy of a body since the carbonation helps to lighten things up.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KFBR392
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: Pours a rusty dark brown color with accents of red. Rich, decadent slightly off white head of a finger and a half is produced on the pour and is present while drinking. Active carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Airy white pepper and dried peppercorns greet the drinker on the nose. Biting spices, tart green apples, and boozy dark fruits warm up on the body and really open up this aroma. Touches of brown sugar and candied sugars really pop on the body. Earth, pine, and grass are subtle on the back end.

Taste: Dark fruits hit the palate immediately. As the booze and fruits pull you in, herbal, earthy spices begin to grow and dominate the mid palate. Plenty of candied brown sugar, tart green apples, and some slightly soapy flavors blast on to the scene. Wheat, barley, and prairie grass all bring some flavor full circle, with a touch of lingering tart sugars.

Mouthfeel: Highly drinkable. Spices are noticeable but balanced on the palate. Only a touch of the 8% abv is noticeable and even that takes nothing away from this brew.

Overall: I was all in on the aroma but some of the tart, soapy flavors on the body are a little disappointing. That being said this is still a very well done dubbel which is worth a shot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whoever said that fantastically brewed, complex and digestible Belgian ale must come from the Trappist abbey has obviously not drank in Ohio. The Rockmill brewers are quietly putting out some of the best Belgian flavors in the U.S. One sip of their Dubbel shows why!

Its pours with the high and rocky foamstance to nearly topple the chalice. Its malty-sweet scent starts with succulent brown sugar and maple but turn peppery and vinous ahead of the first sip. Its steely caramel taste has the essence of of maple and toffee but without such sweetness.

The beer's complexity blooms across the middle where it seems that rum-soaken fig, raisin, date apple and grape bring out the beer's sweetness while a balance of black peppercorn, pecan husk, fennel and merlot-type acidity offset the beer's malty tone.

Its high effervescence lifts the malt sweetness with ease and forces a quick finish, relegating much of its complexity to be appreciated in aftertaste and texture. Champagne bubby highlights its peppery bite, woodish hop bitterness, and tangy vinous acidity, and brandyish warmth.

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Photo of Maltenbach
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a two-finger, rocky, beige head that slowly dissipates to a quarter-inch head. Aromas of malt, fruity esters, spicy fruit. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, plum, and spice. Finish is orange peel, dried fruit, and caramel, with a noticeable alcohol burn. Medium to heavy on the palate. Overall, a very nice beer. Complex, but malty and smooth. Very well made. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 222, bottled 25 February 2012. Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the bottle. Tasted 31 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium brownish amber with orange highlights. Clear on the first pour, cloudy on later ones as the yeast rises. Half finger of tannish head, okay retention, decent lacing.

Smell is sweet and sugary, with a few more interesting things going on. Brown sugar is the first one that hits me, and plums, too, but there's an airy bubble-gum-like aroma around it. It's nice, but on the simple side.

Taste is fine. Sweet, brown sugar again, a mild alcoholic bend. It's got that characteristic dubbel "I'm sweet! Oh, no, I'm not. OK, maybe I am." But that's about all there is. It's tasty enough, but lacking complexity. Finishes mildly bitter, becoming a little more interesting as it fades out; some spice comes through, combining nicely with the sweet and bitter.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation that flares up instantly and slowly drifts back down, stirring up the flavors and adding markedly to my enjoyment of the beer.

A decent dubbel, sweet in the right way, and pleasantly tasty. No complaints, really; just falls on the simple side.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/25/2012. Pours very hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass, wit ha fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of cherry, raisin, pear, apple, molasses, pepper, clove, herbal, earth, dark candi sugar, toast, biscuit, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big raisin, pear, apple, molasses, dark candi sugar, pepper, clove, herbal, earth, toast, and yeast spices. Lightly tart yeast esters on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, molasses, herbal, dark candi sugar, pepper, clove, earth, toast, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity, and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after this finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel. Great flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. Very well done and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, brownish-copper color, poured with a good tan head that dissipated to spotty veil
S: medium nose, roasted malt, candi sugar, a bit cloying
T: full bodied, roasted malt with good candi sugar hints, yeasty traditional Belgium dubbel, sweeter, roasted plum taste hinted in finish
M: full bodied, well-balanced, traditional, lively, shied away from being overly cloying

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Subtlety reigns supreme on this beer. I first had this at the brewery and loved it. On the nose I get those classic Dubbel notes of big dark fruits: raisin, currants, plum, and fig.

Rockmill's Dubbel pours out a slightly hazy dark dark amber (I wouldn't call it brown). No head to speak of, as well as no visible carbonation. Lacing is nonexistent, but it could be due to the fact that I just rinsed these glasses before use.

Flavors are amazing! All those dark fruits come back from the aroma and dominate the flavor just as well as they did on the nose. These plums, raisins, and figs are even more prominent on the palate as well, boasting big flavor from first sip well through the finish. Just a slight amount of alcohol on the back-end of the beer brings it to a close.

Just like the Cask Aged Tripel, Rockmill's Dubbel is lightly carbonated and has a body that is more on the robust side. Again, it's strange for a Belgian beer but it works quite well. I find I can taste the beer better without getting that signature carbonation bite.

Overall I really really like this beer, in fact, I love it. BA's rating system probably won't show it, but I really love this beer. It's super drinkable, but defiantly not a session beer. I just wish it was available within driving distance to me.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice looking dubbel. A dark brown muddled look with a dark tan color when held to the light. A lot of carbonation creates a tan head with great retention.
Smell is very clean. A bit of Belgian sugars and a nice molasses type smell too.
Taste is very clean as well. Belgian sugars are more subdued than I am used to. Nice taste to this though and a nice hoppy taste for a Belgian.
Mouthfeel is very nice. A good smoothness along with a slight crispness in the carbonation that makes this a very refreshing Belgian.
Drinkability is very nice for a Belgian. Not all the great tastes or alcohol vapors I am used to in a Belgian, but more sessionable. Not the best tasting, but a very nice Belgian.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a sticker indicating it is from batch #145, brewed 9-18-11, bottled 10-21-11. Served in a belgian-style chalice/goblet. The cork was exceptionally difficult to pull out, to the point where I almost resorted to a bottle opener. This inspires definite confidence in the integrity of the ale inside.

Pours a muddy garnet color, cloudy with ruddy highlights and a 1/2" off-white frothy head that slowly reduces.

Has plenty of berry fruit aromas, including strawberry and raspberry, honey, and creamy malt. Smells clean and fresh, with hints of mild acidity.

Has a grassy, earthy taste to it, with punky yeast, dandelion greens and floral sweet combining up front, before a slightly tart and acidic finish kicks in. Taste is much lighter than one would expect with an 8% alcohol ABV.

Medium bodied, with soft, bubbly feel that gives way to a dry tart finish. Not sour, to be sure, but definitely on the tarter side.

A decent brew, and certainly the first I've had from Lancaster Ohio. I bought this at a specialy alcohol shop in Columbus for $22, and while I'm enjoying this ale, it is not a $22 bottle of beer. I've since seen it for much less in the Cleveland area ($14-$16), which I think is more reasonable, particularly if obtaining a fully organic ale is important to you (this one is certified by both the USDA and the OEFFA).

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Photo of TheBeerologist
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sent one of these out in a trade and figured I should try one as well so here it goes.

750ml bottle from batch #120 bottled on 8-17-11 - poured into a New Belgium Globe glass

Pours a nice dark amber with reddish hue to it with a two finger thick head which fades slowly. The smell was sweet and a bit malty with a slightly yeasty component, a touch of cherry as well. The flavor was very strong of cherry with some pleasant malts, but seemed very strong on the fruitiness. This beer was nicely carbonated with a full and creamy mouthfeel leaving the flavors lingering for a long time.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely get it again. I will also be picking up the Tripel and Saison before too long. It may be a little bit pricey but for a vary small brewery that is certified organic I think it is definitely worth the couple bucks to support them.

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Photo of stewart124
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown with reddish hues. Light pillowy head that yields to a nice lace.

Nose has plenty of Belgian character with caramel and plenty of dark candied fruits.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Loads of character from raisins, figs, currants and prunes to finish it off. The candied sugars come through and really give this a candy feel throughout. Not too sweet but pushing the edge. Quite dry in the finish with a lingering fruit character on the tongue.

I am really not too sure what to make of this. Overall I felt like this was drinkable but not my favorite dubbel out there. The price was fairly high at $15 per bottle. I will have to try out the other styles to see how I feel about the brewery overall.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

fingers definitely crossed

A- pours a mostly clear reddish brown which turns to bright ruby red when held up to incandescent light. tan foam is light and airy and settles quickly to a loose disk leaving no lace behind.

S- sweet, fruity and yeasty. fig, date, banana, plum, raisin, cookies, chocolate, clove, nutmeg, brown sugary malt, sandalwood, and some berry like tartness. very nice.

T- same odd bitterness as in the wit and the saison. what kind of hops are they using? is it from the yeast or something? dude, i gotta say i don't like it. i still have a bottle of the tripel yet to try and i think i'll cellar it for a few years. some spicy yeast flavors remain behind but nearly every trace of malt flavor is wiped away by this acrid bitterness. again, very disappointed.

MF- nice body with carbonation that expands on the palate giving it a larger than life creamy feel.

D- i now officially feel that i wasted $60 on these four bottles from rockmill. something needs to be done with this weird bitterness.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. By far the most difficult cork that I've ever dealt with. That thing was in there pretty good...

A- Pours a nice cola brown color with a thick slightly off white head that leaves good lacing.

S- Very sweet caramel malt aromas with some spice and lots of dark fruit scents as well. Belgian yeast and toasted bread.

T- Dark and light fruits lead the way initially with very strong notes of banana and raisins. Caramel, figs, tobacco, and some brown sugar round out the flavors. The yeast plays a major role in the flavor here and adds some delicate spices and complexity. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Even with the spritzy carbonation the mouthfeel is actually much fuller than I was expecting. Smooth and creamy with a very nice lingering sweetness.

O- This is my first of the Rockmill brews but I must say that I am impressed. I'll definitely be heading back to the store to pick up the others.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a snifter at the Greenhouse Tavern

A- Poured a murky brown off-white head that left no lace

S- Molasses and alcohol

T- Raisin, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and vinous quality. Some alcohol coming through. Really nice, complex flavor

M- Chewy, little syrupy, fuller bodied, not much carbonation, some alcohol came through in the taste and some warming

O- Very drinkable and complex tasting dubbel.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 70 (3/17/11; bottled 4/28/11), poured into a goblet.
A: Mahogany colored; one-finger light brown head that lingers and lingers.
S: Prune, cherry, toffee, a whiff of citrus... complex and inviting.
T: Fig, nutty, and something else I can't place. There's also something somewhat bitter/off-putting on the finish.
M: Smooth and creramy, but very filling.
O: This is very well made and worth a try, just not quite for my palate.

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Photo of mcallister
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany, opaque with a tan head of a half inch that fades quickly into a foamy, bubbling topper. Poured into the Rockmill chalice, bad ass.

Earthy with sweet tobacco, and dried fruits and a bit of Belgian yeast and tang. Prune, plum, fig, raisin, leather, light caramel and hints of toffee.

Well I must say this is one of the best if not the best American made Dubbel I've tried. Layers of complexity with perfect carbonation, a bit spritzy on the finish. (Less carbonation than Westmalle which I think has to much and hurts mouthfeel). Layered dried fruits of fig, raisin, rum soaked raisin, caramel, leather, tobacco, milk chocolate, and more. Finish is medium and leaves a hint of sweetness but not cloying whatsoever. Light bittering hops keep things at bay. Finish leaves dark bready flavors lingering as well. Great beer.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from MbpBugeye in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Seth!

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy deep brown with orange highlights. Huge, light tan head that is like meringue. Head is very slow to drop, leaves a good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aromas of chewy malt, dark fruits, raisins, figs. Spicy belgian yeast, and a touch musty.

Flavors of dark fruits, raisins and figs, dark cherries, some caramel malt. Tobacco. Enough bitterness for balance, but no real hop flavor that can be called out. Some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, good level of carbonation. Mouthcoating with a nice layer of carbonic bite around the edges.

Overall, a very nice american version of a belgian abbey dubbel. Missing a nuance that would make it a true "belgian dubbel" but a great beer on its own. One of the best American versions of the style. Seek it out.

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Photo of mexikrainian
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

720ml poured into a Stone tulip.

Appearance: amber with light tan head and patchy lacing that fades quickly.

Aroma: nutty, malty, hazelnut, and raisins.

Flavor: vanilla, nutty, caramel.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: simple taste for a dubbel. lacking in dry finish. worth a try.

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Photo of movingtrain
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is exciting...a Belgian-style brewery in Ohio! I love the idea behind Rockmill, and can't wait to get over to Lancaster for a visit.

In the meantime, here is a review of my first beer from Rockmill. I found this while visiting a good friend up in Columbus.

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. The bottle describes the beer as being certified organic, bottle-conditioned, and unfiltered. Sampled from a Bornem glass.

Pours a hazy/cloudy brown. Man, this truly is unfiltered...the body of this is very clouded, and lots of yeast floating around. There is a small white head floating on top. Looking at the bottle, there is a thick layer of yeast that has settled on the bottom, and most likely contributing to the cloudy appearance of this beer.

The aroma of this dubbel actually kind of smells like wort. It has a very sweet smell, and very yeasty. There is some spice in there--cinnamon, clove, wet grass/hay, honey, wildflowers, and some bitterness in the nose.

The taste is very sweet, somewhat citrusy like an orange juice, or more likely a cider. The finish offers a burnt chocolate flavor and crusty bread. It is very dry, almost salty. There are elements of dark fruit, too. The alcohol lingers quite a long time, a bit pungent. The beer is overwhelmingly yeasty.

This is a chewy brew. Lots of sediment gives it an interesting mouthfeel, earthy and dry.

I feel like this beer is young yet. The sweet flavors remind me so much of tasting wort where yeast has just been pitched. I would like to see where this beer is in a year. Right now, the beer tastes immature and in need of age. That said, I can see good things coming from Rockmill in the future.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, purchased a couple weeks ago at a tasting event at the brewery. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a cloudy cola brown color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stick around for too long. Not much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is dark fruit, herbal and spicy hops, toffee and a little bit of cola. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's dark fruit, spicy hops, bready malt, and some herbal and toffee flavors noticable. I can also pick up a bit of a smoky flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good brew, just like all the other Rockmill beers I've tried. Definitely worth trying.

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