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Tripel Crown - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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115 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 07-04-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains apples, citrus, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, apples and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it might not be the best in the style but it’s a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of nasboy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

nasboy, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Durge
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fairly clear, orange-iced tea colored ale this stuff produces a modest white cover that largely settles quickly to a ring with solid lacing. The aroma suggests a pleasant orange citrus-malt mix with some cider qualities. Pleasant enough. The flavor brings a sweet pear and caramel malt blend that's not too bad. Tempered by a touch of alcohol presence. There's hints of licorice and leafy bitterness. It's medium bodied with a mildly stinging carbonation that disappears quickly to a somewhat watery feel. The alchohol seems to become more prominent as you go. This is pretty good but not something I'm compelled to revisit.

Durge, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - bright golden orange with a thin, white, fizzy head that fades quickly

S - fruity esters, apples, white grapes, pears

T - grainy, apples, pears, alcohol

M - warm, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather disappointing beer. This beer is one-dimensional. The fruity esters are really all that come through besides the sweet, grainy base malt. I think a bit of spice would be a welcomed touch here. Though this is disappointing, it's not a complete loss. It still has decent drinkability and would probably please most.

tdm168, May 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Huffs, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

SLeffler27, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With unusually elevated levels of fruit and sweetness, the hybrid Belgian-style tripel/English-ish ale is about as Dr. Jekyll n' Mr. Hyde as furniture polish and "Fruit Loops".

The eye is drawn to the beer's caramel appearance and creamy froth in a most English ale kinda light. Though the beer may exhibit some Belgianesque character in taste and scent, there's nothing that points in that direction based on the beer's aesthetics. Light yeasty haze, simple head formation, retention, and lacing all portray a nondescript amber ale appearance.

Serious fruit notes leap out of the glass with a vivid display of sweet fruit notes just like that of children's "Fruit Loops" cereal. Apple, pear, strawberries, raspberry jam, cherry, apricots, and mangoes may even allow for a nostalgic stray into "Fruit Roll-Ups". Engulfed in a whiff of butterscotch, the estery and rich taste further say "English" to me. Think citronella and furniture polish.

And the rich sweetness continues in taste as well. Much of the fruit notes in aroma translates to familiar taste in Belgian tripel ales. Except the level of sweetness and semi-artificial fruit notes rise to near-cloying levels. Any balance from dry malt, hops, or spice is timid and leaves the beer decidedly sided with candied malt sweetness. Cloves, pepper, and alcohol offer slight reprieve from the sugars and fruit notions, but only lightly.

Heavy on the tongue, the beer's light carbonation keeps it Englishy but it also causes the full brunt of sweetness to be felt and limits its drinkability. Its long fruity middle palate closes with strong alcohol warmth and mild peppery heat.

This schizophrenic ale doesn't know what it wants to be- either a drier and earthier Belgian ale or a sturdier maltier English ale. In trying to do both, it doesn't do either all that well.

BEERchitect, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

RyanGoodman, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

asafarc2, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

blackened1339, Dec 22, 2011
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jmdrpi, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +6.1%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a yellowish gold color with a minimal head on it. There wasn't any lacing really. The smell of the beer was a bit sweet, some sugars and fruits on the nose. The taste had a decent usage of Belgian yeast and some spice in the mix. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side which was interesting. Overall I didn't think this was the best example of a Tripel but that just my opinion.

Knapp85, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pry-off 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

Appearance (4.0): deep, hazy orange, moderate head (~1 finger), almost no lacing

Smell (3.5): a little of that meaty Belgian yeastiness, a little sweet, definitely biscuity, with just a light bit of grassy hops

Taste (4.0): I do enjoy that “meaty” Belgian yeast character (always been the best word to describe it, for me – tastes alive). There’s a lightly medicinal aftertaste, which doesn’t detract too much for me, but it’s an interesting combo. The English hops, maybe? The alcohol shows its face, but very subtly – doesn’t taste like 10%. Very bright, bready character with that smoothly bitter (definitely not biting) aftertaste, wedded by the Belgian yeast. As it warms, it gets even creamier and breadier. The grassiness of the English hops become more pronounced, too, and now I’m sure that’s where the smoothly bitter finish comes from.

Mouthfeel (4.0): very moderate carbonation, making it smooth and just a bit creamy – pretty nice and light for something as strong as this

Overall (4.0): Generally enjoy this beer quite a bit! It may not be the truest to its style, but I enjoy this plenty and am quite glad I tried it. It's nice and round, with two faces: Belgian body with English hops.

This is a very interesting beer, definitely worth trying if you’re open to this kind of cross-over style. I love the fact that Middle Ages decided to interpret a tripel in an English sort of way. And it’s pretty smooth for something so strong – did a double take after seeing it was 10% or so. Check this beer out, enjoyable and very interesting.

fmccormi, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had during a middle ages tasting.
A-hazy yellow with a white head that sticks around
S-fruitness comes through. Definetly smells like a belgian
T-way more flavorful warmed up. Nice fruity overtones
M-medium body and goes down so smooth.
D-awesome. Would have guessed way lower on the abv

brew3crew, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A bit of head that disappears

Smell- fruity yeast smells on the nose.

Taste- Fruity flavors and some light citrus and yeast on the tongue. Can taste slight booziness on the tongue

Mouthfeel- light but still full bodied

Drinkability- fairly drinkable at 10 %

Urbancaver, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got got this one in a trade with shrek806.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Dark golden color with a bit of haziness to it, with a nice foamy off-white head. Head has good consistency. There are also bits of splotchy lacing.

S- Nose is malty and fruity. Lots of sweet orange coming through with some floral hops and citrus notes in the background.

T- Taste is very sweet up front. Sweet apricots and oranges mainly. Its balanced out nicely with citrus notes coming in towards the finish to give it a slight bitterness.

M- Mouth feel is soft and the beer goes down very smooth. Carbonation is just right on this one.

D/N- I would say this is a very drinkable Tripel. Well balanced and very flavorful and aromatic. I might try and get some more.

depechemode1983, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity with some yeast and grassy hops. The flavor is yeast, cherries, apples. raisins, tropical fruit and biscuit malt. A very fruity beer that also has a fair amount of spice in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Psydrith
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Golden to Amber color, one finger head with some lacing and lightly carbonated


T:Very flavorful head with sweet malts and piney hops with floral and citrus easily detected as well.

M:Medium mouthfeel presence and smooth.

D:Very drinkable, hides the ABV well

This beer is very well balanced across the board and doesn't have the distinctness that some beers have but is complex enough to be tasteful and it's attributes mesh well.
Succinct in delivering it's flavor profile to your tongue.

I can see it pleasing a wide variety of palettes.

It's biggest fault is poor head retention.

Very flavorful I will be drinking this again.

Psydrith, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, amber-hued body with a scant, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose of pale, lightly bready malts with a strong waft of a concoction made from juiced Red Delicious apples and distilled alcohol. A bit discouraging, really.

Taste: Sugary sweet maltiness with a minor breadiness and taste of caramel. Fruity flavors of green raisins, but, mostly notably, it's straight-up apples. The high alcohol content, as was the case with the aroma, is quite obvious. The taste of apples alternately pairs up with the alcohol to give an impression of apple schnapps or the high sweetness for a flavor of caramel apples. Either way, it's kind of wearying. Plenty of peppery alcohol precedes the sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A sugary sweet, alcoholic mess without the charm to help me look beyond its glaring faults. At first, I found the idea of a Belgian Tripel with a British twist to be interesting, but this is just a reckless beer. Pass.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 09, 2009
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Tripel Crown from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.