Rockmill Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #434
Ranked #8,331
4.01 | pDev: 11.97%
Rockmill Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Tommo
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a saison, pretty much a belgian dubbel. Kinda malty, very belgian aroma and flavor. Again malty with a bready feel. Way to sweet for a saison. No floral notes, some deep raisin/fig/plum flavors

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rockmill seem to have a lot of good Saisons. This one had a dark hazy golden/brown hue with a very thin head. The grapefruit aroma was pleasant and the taste was good. There's lemon, perhaps a tad too much, some bread and a tad pepper. Unfortunately it did not have much aftertaste.

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Photo of SStein
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright Amber/ orange with slight head which fades quickly. Smells of mutes citrus and a slight musk. The taste is also muted citrus with a peppery finish. The carbonation is low, and the beer goes down smooth. Overall a pleasant beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a Delirium snifter. This fine saison pours a cloudy rustic yellowish orange with a solid head of slowly dissipating white foam that leaves nice lacing and a thick ring. Nose of lemon zest, crackers, orange zest, earthy yeast, and light sweet malts. Citrus notes and light bread are to all sides on the taste. Yeast offers a nice light mouth feel while the malts come through with a light sweet note that fades to a light citrus tart note. Lively mouth feel, smooth, and light dry finish. Crushable while grilling. Complex and delicate. Another great brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of gotweid
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color of a dirty penny. 1-2" head that settles to a small film that sits on top the whole time. The aroma & taste is true to the style, very earthy, malty with a touch of sweetness & a little dry in the finish. Light on hops but a full flavored body of a beer. Rockmill hit the target on this one. Fantastic representation of the style!

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An attractive saison, leaning toward the BPA style vice a rustic saison. It is very sweet, with lots of lemon and a touch of pepper. Huge fluffy head with very good retention.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ohio's Belgian beer makers steps deeper into the farmhouse culture with a rustic, fruity, spicy and effervescent taste that perfectly captures the essence of the southern Belgian and northern French countryside.

Rockmill's saison is a bright golden hue, laced with mild unfiltered haze. The first whiff is earthy with peppers, straw and damp hay but with a simmering citrus, orchard fruitiness underneath. Its light candied taste is pilsner-sweet and sprinkled with a powdered sugar character.

Its bubbly effervescence lightens its body and dissolves the sweetness over the course of the middle palate. While the estery taste of dried lemon, orange and apple are prominent, its the spice character that pulls forth to offer up fresh-cracked peppercorn, cumin, lemongrass and dill.

With a stern bitterness to rise in finish, the ale lifts from the palate effortlessly as its champagne character pops off the tongue. All contributes to its dry and peppery finish with faint alcohol warmth. Its medium-light body trails with fresh-cut grass, lemon pepper and sassafras.

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Photo of pknyc
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: 04/25/14

A: This one pours an attractive apricot color. There is very little head with an aggressive pour, which dissipates into a small white rim. Much less head than typical saison.

S: A lemony funky aggressive nose. Lemon is totally dominant. Little sourness.

T: Funky, lemon, and a little weird. It is unbalanced with the lemon citrus totally in the forefront. It is dry and slightly sour

MF: light and effervescent.

O: I cannot believe this is $9 for a 375ml, when Dupont is in the $5 range. It basically tastes like a pale ale with lemon concentrate.

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Photo of fastrodney
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served from a 750ml bottle into a Mason jar.

A: The first thing I notice about this beer is the massive, thick head; creamy, almost like watching yeast go crazy in a starter. Color is an orange, apricot orange maybe?

S: Fruity, yeasty

T: This beer has a funkiness I didn't expect in a saison - sour and a citrusy fruitiness

M: Medium-high carbonation, thin body

O: This is miles away from what I thought a saison should be - that either makes it way more authentic than any I've had or off in left field. I can't really get past the sourness of this one.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This saison is a lot darker than I am used to seeing. I generally expect saisons to be straw yellow. The sediment looked a little more like little white rocks at the bottom of the glass.

Smell - The funk of the saison has a little sweetness that brings pineapple to mind. There is something akin to bread and caramel in the aroma as well.

Taste - The funk of a sasion begins the taste, but immediately goes in a different direction. Notes of pineapple, bread, and sour fruits hit various points of the tongue. The sourness lingers in the aftertaste creating a dry impression on the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - The stickiness of the mouthfeel is quite real with allowing a dry aftertaste to linger on the roof of the mouth. Immediately, I find myself thirsty for more. I really enjoyed the finish.

Overall - This saison strays from the norm in the style, which is perhaps why I like it. It is not just another funky saison, but has some interesting nuances.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep cloudy amber with a finger of ivory foam, drank fairly clean down the glass

S: citrus with herbal accents, soft orchard fruits, something drying and woodsy

T: sweet spiced orchard fruit, wet grains and drying wood; distant dank funk, forward dark citrus pith

M: medium-bodied, smooth and fuzzy at the same times; soft with a tingle of spice and herb

O: I'm elevating the ranking on this saison - this was the result of some precision craftsmanship, and while my review may not be gushing with descriptors, this is worth your while. It's pricey ($10-15?) but for a saison fan or any experienced BA, I gotta believe its worth the buy. Top-notch stuff.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try stuff from Rockmill for a few years now. And now I have 5 beers out of their lineup. I'm starting with this one.

Kind of an unusually dark color on it. An amber hue with a brown kind of edge on it. Mild sweet flavor on the profile. Just a touch of dark fruit. I was hoping this brewery would have their act together, and I'm very glad that seems to be the case. I'm looking forward to other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/16/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big orange, pear, apple, apricot, lemon zest, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, bread, honey, herbal, floral, grass, straw, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of big fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big orange, pear, apricot, apple, lemon zest, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, honey, bread, herbal, floral, grass, straw, and yeast earthiness. Big earthy/spicy yeast flavors on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pear, apricot, apple, lemon zest, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, straw, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of big fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate malt and hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic saison! All around awesome balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVHillbilly
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an authentic example of a Saison, meeting all the characteristics of the style. The aroma and head were perfect. We served it with Cantonese cuisine for a perfect match to offset the spices. We plan to visit the brewery and search out their other offerings soon.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lat for sending this my way some time ago. enjoyed from a fantome tulip.

a - brew poured a deep opaque honey with a generous frothy head that slowly dissipated leaving bubble bath froth all over the glass.

s - really nice classic saison. good earthiness, but the sweet is the perfect counterpart to keep this from getting too grassy. honey and bubblegum. soft. spring. refreshing.

t - nice lemon tartness. sweet n sour candy, touch of grassiness and then finishes a little bitter. some nectarine notes and overly ripe fruit. pepper.

m - has a bit of a sour thing to it, but it works. body is medium with some sharp heat like notes.

o - overall, an interesting twist with a classic base. carries a lot of classic saison qualities but gives a tart lemon vibe that sets it apart. nice, not mind blowing, but a really clean and well made saison. organic too.

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Photo of Romulos
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery tasting room alongside the bottled version.
Sound: Sprightly carbonation escaping the surface, as if to say "I am ready".
Appearance: Light toffee color, light up from the light behind the glass, but cloudy. Tight head that persisted through the first few sips.
Smell: Orange peel, grapefruit, limoncello,
Taste: sweet but not sugary, malt, orange, lemon, bready
Mouthfeel: smooth and full mouthfeel, but it didn't taste underattenuated. Balanced.
Overall: A saison that stays dry enough to make you want another glass, but sweet enough to convince you you're having dessert. It's a magical little beer, that way. While there's the requisite orange, it's other citrus fruits that surprised me on the nose and the taste. A clean and quenching beer.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful fruit on the nose. Peaches and the tartness of raspberries, bread, tobacco, and leather. It's exotic and enticing.

Purely clear orange color topped by a slightly off-white head. This beer is strangely vibrant with tons of carbonation heading to the surface.

That funk that you get is just dead-on to what a Saison should be. Light flavors of summertime fruits dance on my palate. A heavy dose of carbonation, light-ish body, and incredibly drying - this Saison hits on all points.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison pours a gold color. It’s very cloudy and hazy. Backlighting gives it a bit of an orange look. It’s capped with a very full, foamy head of lace. It stands over two fingers tall and is extremely slow to recede. I’m not sure that it will completely. Lacing was very sticky and thick. Good lookin’ stuff.

The nose is good. It’s very earthy and features some really nice herbal notes up front. It’s a tad musky and grassy. Belgian yeast is very prominent in the mix and smells excellent. It adds some nice spicy notes of white pepper and very faint clove. There are some light fruity notes that are surprising. Maybe a little orange and pineapple. They work pretty well into the mix though. Alcohol is blended pretty and doesn’t seem all that strong.

The flavor is impressive. This is good stuff. It is very earthy, herbal, and grassy throughout. There’s a bit of a musky note that’s noted at times. Seems to come and go. It is fruitier than expected. It has a bit of a sweet side and features nice pineapple and orange flavors. Belgian yeast is definitely in the mix and tastes nice. It is spicy. Pepper and light clove are noted. The blend of citric fruit and spices works really well. It’s tasty. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Finishes earthy, fruity, and spicy. I like it.

Saison has a medium body. It feel s nice and smooth despite its active carbonation. The bubbles are light and soft. It’s enjoyable, smooth, easy drinking. This bottle won’t be much of a challenge.

Rockmill Brewery did a nice job with Saison. This is tasty stuff. I really like the fruity flavors. They seem a bit novel for the style, but it works. It isn’t going to win any wars with the world’s best authentic Belgian Saisons, but it is good. Definitely worth trying at some point.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark golden yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a large head and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the beer definitely tastes unfiltered and has lots of flavors of Belgian yeast, especially as you get to the bottom of the bottom. There are subtle hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy (from the yeast) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice farmhouse ale if you like yeast. It seems like this beer, particularly its finish, could use a little dryness.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "caged and corked" 750ml bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy, burnt apricot in color, with a moderate head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast, subtle fruitiness
Taste-Spicy Belgian yeast note, earthy hops, tart and fruity. Dry finish.
Overall, earthy, rustic, tangy, very flavorfull and lots of character. Hits all the right notes. A saison with substance. Recommended.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange, hazy with a slight yellowish finger of fluffy head. Aroma was slightly bready, with some lemongrass notes, citrus, a very light funk/hay note and a fruity yeasty aroma. The taste had a nice bit of citrus and lemon, bread crust, fruity Belgian yeast, light funk and a faintly tart finish. The feel was a tad creamy, more medium bodied with a modest carbonation. Pretty good, though a crisper more effervescent feel would have been better.

A solid, easy drinking, tasty Saison.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 122, brewed 7-26-11, bottled 8-8-11

A: slight haze, amber color, huge traditional Belgian head, rocky, dense
S: full nose, spicy, yeast, some notable EtOH, clean
T: full taste, deep malt, spritzy, a bit of astringency in finish that I didn't find appealing that fits better with a tripel, slightly cloying in finish, reminded me a bit of a tripel
M: a bit cloying in finish, could be a bit more attenuated and clean instead of cloying

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and caged 750 ml bottle into a chalice. Turbid dark orange beer, with a dense, large head that lingers. Lots of lacing; lots of small bubbles. The aroma is of orange peel, clove, maybe cardamom. These reappear in the flavor, with a vanilla like light toffee note. The finish is very dry. Some alcoholic heat seems present, a bit surprising given that this is not that strong a brew. The mouthfeel is generally light to moderate, but it does coat a bit. Overall, this is a decent enough saison, but a bit more rustic and less refined than some others. I did find it a bit tough to get through the whole bottle.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initial pour gets a finger of white foamy head over an amber-copper body. The head would quickly dissipate to a ring and dust. When I got down closer to the bottom of the bottle, I gave it a good swish before pouring. The resulting look of the body with all that unfiltered sediment goodness was almost a vanilla cappuccino. A little lacing was noted.

Yeast and wheat are strong aromas up front. A nice light, fresh hop quality comes in soon after and is followed up with a good apple cider vinegar aroma.

Crisp and funky, but not as funky as other beers in the style. Wheat, yeast, bitter funky hops and apple cider vinegar. This is all topped off with a nice bit of spice at the end, seemed like light pepper and maybe a bit of clove and coriander.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer feels good going down. Very enjoyable. As earlier stated, not as funky as other farmhouse ales can get, but this is a good litmus test for people who have enjoyed very light saisons and may be looking for the really funky ones. If you enjoy this, you will likely enjoy the ones that are more extreme with that horse blanket quality.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- this one pours a very inviting hazy yellowish orange into my GLBC christmas ale tulip. the foam is of medium density, off-white colored, with a creamy skinned top. a very nice looking beer.

S- lots of belgian yeast in the aroma along with grassy hops and a candy like malt sweetness. barnyard, band-aid, general funk, melon, mango, and strawberry candy, peach candy, clove, nutmeg, and white pepper. spicy, funky, fruity, and good.

T- mineral water on the back side really sells this one for me. odd sustaining bitterness however, does not. slightly tart and fruity up front with plenty of yeast character, but it quickly becomes dry and grainy flavored with resinous and earthy hop notes. acrid bitterness lingers in the throat (a quality a dislike and find in many american made saisons) and takes this one down a notch in my opinion. idk if it's the yeast or the hops.

MF- carbonation is great, body has some weight to it, although i would appreciate something a bit lighter and more thirst quenching, you know, what a saison was intended to be.

D- after the wit and the saison, rockmill brewery is 0/2 with me. it's obvious that their beers are made with integrity, but something's amiss. with the odd rubbery bitterness it's gonna be tough to finish this big'un, but i refuse to dump it out. i still have a bottle each of the dubbel and tripel, and they sure as hell better be amazing.

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Saison from Rockmill Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 111 ratings