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Tripel Crown - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 07-04-2002

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Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Right about the median in color for the style, Tripel Crown is pale orange with a dark golden glow, shining and clear. The lightly tinted head is more spritzy than foamy or creamy but tightens up to half a finger and leaves pretty good lacing.
The nose proffers some fruits, a little dryness, heat, and some cleaner sorts of grains, pale malts light and crackery.
The flavor is heavy on booze-soaked pale fruits and honeyed biscuits. It is fairly hot, but the heat isn't so much in the taste as in a rush to the head. There's a light woodiness that's soft, more balsa than oak and not particularly dry.
It's lighter in body than expected and doesn't have that nuanced dryness of the best Tripels. It's too sweet to capture the subtlety or depth that it could, and it goes a little flat off the end of the sip. There's some fluff to it thanks to a strong carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 %

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Psydrith
3.94/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery.

The 12oz bottle pours with a half finger head over hazy golden orange body into my Chimay goblet. Head fades fast to a thin covering over the body, eventually disappearing completely.

Sweet, almost candy-like. Toffee. Fruit. Apple. Butterscotch. Alcohol in the background that slowly comes to the fore as the beer warms.

Fruit scent carries over into the way it tastes. Fruit is orangey. Buttery and moderately boozy. Sweet with a mild tea-like bitterness in the finish. As mild as the bitterness is, it lingers.

Lightly carbonated, body on the light side of medium. Slick. Very smooth, very easy to drink. Easy to drink one or two, but the high alcohol limits how many you can have.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy gold with a weak head. Nose is very sweet and floral with apple and alcohol. Flavour is very sweet but with a heavy balancing bitterness. Body is slick. Lots of apple and fruitiness and a herbal hop. Seems to grow on me a little bit from an cloying first impression. A bit boozy as well and not really a subtle brew. Takes some time to get used to.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stroing, inviting aroma is more like cider than beer, being mainly of apple but having a hoppy undertone. Pours a nice orangy-golden amber with a fairly thick cream-colored head. Lively flavor is strongly fruity - one can hardly taste the alcohol - and has a bit of malt and a bit of hops. Smooth, tingly texture helps it gallop down the pipes.

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a hazy dull orange with yellow-tinged edges. Pours with very minimal head, and what little is present dissipates quickly.

S - A nice mixture of hoppy grapefruit, pale bready malt, light estery notes and a slight phenolic aroma.

T - The spiciness last throughout the sip, only on the tongue however. A mix of general estery notes, hops, yeasty sweet malt and alcohol. The combo of the sweet malt and spiciness from the hops and carbonation play well off of each other.

MF - Light-bodied with a higher amount of carbonation.

D - Relatively drinkable due to the nice mix of spicy and sweet, although the high ABV drops this down a notch.

Notes - A very interesting brew considering the phenolic aspect (that I hadn't encountered until now). Overall I liked the opposing flavors that brought the brew together and created a bit of depth for this beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this beer based on what I had heard from some folks at the brewery. I was unfortunately I disappointed when I actually drank the beer.

The beer poured with literally no head and no explosion of carbonation within the beer. It looked totally flat. I need to make this clear, not that there was little to no head. None whatsoever! The beer was clear and amber in color. No lacing at all.

Aroma was slightly medicinal and a bit sweet. Didn't smell like the beer had gone bad. Just didn't smell too nice.

The flavor was a little better than I had feared based upon the appearance and aroma, but still a disappointment. Mostly sweet flavors were present. Bubble gum, fruit and general sweetness. Not much of a hop presence at all.

Mouth feel was light and FLAT. Again the complete lack of carbonation was disconcerting.

Not very drinkable at all. Really felt like I was drinking a flat English Bitter.

Next time I'm in Syracuse, I'll try one more bottle to see if it's any different. But as a normal rule I would not recommend this beer or try it again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery/golden color with a small head, though bubbles perpetually rise to keep the thin head in place.

Aroma isn't anything like a Belgian tripel. It's got that vinous, musty malt typical of many English ales, mixed with a nip of boozy vapor. Almost like a white wine with caramel flavor dissolved inside of it. Unusual and quite nice.

Flavor gets even further away from a Belgian tripel. While it does have some lingering spiciness, that's where any resemblance to a tripel ends. The personality of the malt tips it almost completely over to an English-type thing, like a strong/old ale...with way too much alcohol heat. The booziness engulfs any flavor subtleties that exist, and while it's an unusual hybrid, the heat is just too cloying. A syrupy sweetness joins the hotness in the finish, and the syrupy yet somehow crisp texture is kinda nice. Adds to its eccentricity anyway...

In some way, I couldn't help making some comparisons to a Belgian tripel, but the brewery itself states this is a Belgian/English style hybrid, so don't take the tripel classification too seriously. Drinkability suffers not necessarily because it's a big alcohol beer, but because you can taste every bit of that 10.2% ABV. Unique, and definitely worth trying, but beyond that? I'm not dying for more after my 4-pack is history.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The aromas of apple cider, horse blanket, oak, vinous malts, and bread start this beer off. This beer is still a little too cold, but should come around nicely.
The flavors are transferred from the aromas, and make it a little more astringent to taste. Flavors of fresh cut apples, slight butter, dominate the middle. The wine and alcohol come out in the end.The mouth feel is bitter and carbonated up front, a little slick maybe in the middle and dry and crisp in the finish.
As for the drinkability of this beer for me...is very high. I like this flavor. The obvious open fermentation of this beer really lends itself to a unique flavor among other triples. I like it.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure this is the only Middle Ages beer I have yet to try. Let's give it a go.

12 oz. foil topped bottle poured into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a clear extremely light copper hue with a one finger fluffy white head that stays around for a while. Great stickiness that holds on and won't let go. The aroma is the expected Middle Ages ringwood yeast, a bit too much, with a sweet candy corn like sugar. Some floral hops seem to arise with a bit of pepper and a hint of caramel malt as well. Taste is a creamy butter flavor with, yup you guessed it, ringwood yeast. A warming alcohol flavor midway through with some sweet caramel and a peppery spice bite. Soapy dry aftertaste that is pretty unenjoyable. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with a whole lot of carbonation goin' on. I really don't detect the 10.2% abv that much, but the flavor just isn't there for me. Maybe I'll give this one a try if I see it on tap downtown, otherwise I probably won't drink this one again.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy apricot brownish with a thin white head.

S - Perfumey, sweet with boozy alcohol and candi sugar.

T - Candi sugar, caramel apples, cooked corn, slightly boozy but not as much as aroma. Very sweet and borderline cloying.

M - On the full side of medium and slightly syrupy.

D - Very sweet which would make it tough to drink more than one. Might make a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a bit of orange to it. About one finger of pure white head sits on top and shows no signs of wanting to go anywhere any time soon (and doesn't), and a ton of bubbles rise to the top with an apparently superactive carbonation.

Smell is fruity and sweet, with a candy like bubble gum sweetness to it. There's some alcohol in there, as well. Interesting and smells good.

Taste is sweet yet dry, with a drying bitterness that dominates midway through and into the finish. Not as sweet as it smells and the sweetness is gone as the bitterness creeps in. There are some fruity notes to it and some spice, as well.

Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied and very crisply carbonated. A toned down carbonation would make this smoother.

This is an interesting brew, and it's pretty good. I'd have this again when I'm in the mood for something a little different, but if it were a tripel I was after then this isn't a standard take on it. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.

This was a surprisingly good beer. It poured a copper color. I'm was not sure if I would classify this as a tripel. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Seemed more like a strong British ale to me. Very bubbly and fresh tasting. Quite a sweet beer with notes of banana (ok maybe it is a tripel) . Unbelievably easy to drink for a beer this strong.

I am very interested how well this will age. I have the rest of the three pack in my cellar now.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look is a hazy but shining dark orange. Bubbles float upward as if in slow motion. Light amount of head, but very appealing.

The smell is spicy. Fragrant like a perfume. Smells like an ale but with quite a bit of extra sharp floweryness. There is a dry smell of malt, and a tiny Belgian tripel kick.

The taste is very spicy and a sharp tripel flavor. There is a dry undercurrent of malt, but with a top-heavy blast of pungent spice. Heavy alcohol flavor. There is then a second wave of flavor as it warms up: cherry comes out of nowhere. The malt/cherry emerges as the temperature inches upward.

The feel is bubbly, thicker than an ale. A bit chunky. Leaves an aftertaste behind for later. Smoother as it warms up. It's a strong, spicy drink, bubbly and nuanced. Sweeter as it gets warmer.

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Tripel Crown from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.