Tripel Crown - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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Reviews by GreatPondBrewer:
2.55/5 rDev -32.4%
Holy ABV batman. Maybe, my tasting abilities are a bit out of practice, but there is some serious over-assertivness going on in this brew. I popped the cap and poured a deep coppery-orange body with a nice bubbly head. So far so good. Then I got a whiff. I thought maybe I had cracked open a bottle of lighter fluid. Nope, it was the right bottle. I sniffed again. I caught a lot of raw alcohol, and not much else. More than anything it smelled like a underaged barleywine. The taste did not serve much better than the smell. It was sharp, biting very little character besides the alcohol and no belgian qualities. I would say that using Ringwood yeast in a belgian style is not highly recomended. There is none of the subtle floral traits nor the juicy, creamsicle like elements I am accustomed to in a Tripel. Middle Ages makes some tremendous stuff (see:Druid Fluid in cask) but this is pretty far down the list.
05-23-2005 22:39:10 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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4.06/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a orange color with some light golden hue with not to much head to speak of,aroma is of fresh green apples and strong yeasty notes.Taste alot like the aroma was dominated by ripe green apples with a strong yeast flavor in the finish I also noticed a slight medicinal flavor in the aftertaste.A nice multi flavored brew another winner from Middle Ages.
04-01-2004 00:15:55 | More by oberon
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
A nice crystal clear peach pour with a nice bubbly light white head. Nose is a bit subdued with hints of spice, butterscotch and a few hints of caramel and bread. Could use a little more oomph.
First sip comes in with a bread and butter maltiness along with some spicy hops and hints of citrus. Alcohol shows up on the back of the palate and make its presence known. Ringwood yeast is there too, but it's not overwhelming and works into the overall flavor.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but I could use more body, carbonation is nice. Nothing here really jumps out at me and there's a bit too much alcohol in the flavor. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity!
01-26-2005 02:43:30 | More by orbitalr0x
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
Presentaion: From draught, mini-growler bottle -- damn that cap is hard to get off, nearly ripped the skin off my hand -- thankfully a hammer & nail broke it loose, and intact.
Appearance: A dark amber beer with orange hues, crowned with a creamy foam head that settles to a cream lace -- good retention. Slight chill haze.
Smell: Soft aromas. Fruity, leafy, bubble-gum-like. Buttery diacetyl. Vodka. Todd like.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Whoa! This is one smooth and creamy beer, to start. It literally glides off the palate and down the throat. Alcohol is extremely noticeable with a vodka character, kick and spice -- gets right in your nasal passage too. In fact the alcohol tends to mute a lot of the flavour of the beer. Diacetyl flavours pull through, adding some slickness to the burnt sugar / sweet candy-like profile. Peary fruit flavour and feel on the palate. Oily, leafy, earthy, somewhat coarse hop character with lots of hop flavour, little bitterness. Herbal. Yeasty Ringwood flavours are abound.
Finish leaves the palate coarse and dry tannins, more leafy notes and a lingering alcohol spice.
Notes & Drinkability: This is one hell of an interesting beer. UK in character all the way, but with Belgian influences. The 10+% abv is spooks the bah-geezus out of me!! You can notice it, but the beer is so damn drinkable that I feel like I should be signing a waiver.
Drinking beers like this is why I live ... a perfect example of a beer going against the established beer styles of the world. Artisanal.
Thanks to Venom for the sample ... and for the buzz.
11-29-2002 10:27:49 | More by Todd
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
The differences between the cask conditioned version of this brew and the tap version are the expected creamier mouthfeel and a more pronounced sweetness. The sweetness may have something to do with the serving temperature. Still a wonderful brew, but it may be more drinkable on tap than on cask due to the sweetness. I'd strongly recommend drinking this in either form in a Belgian snifter-type glass, rather than a pint glass - the concentrated aroma definitely balances the beer a bit more.
08-01-2002 09:51:51 | More by sponberg
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Nice honey golden with an incredibly thick and creamy head that is light orangey white in color. Decent head retention. Malty with a slight citrusy scent. Medium/thick mouthfeel, very good! Wow, creamy but not heavy at all, it just flows over your tongue! Taste of alcohol, honey, bit of hops in the background. Sweetness is not extreme but it is there. Kinda grand cru like flavors. Good drinkability. Tastes high alcohol which is good, yum!
09-01-2004 03:50:20 | More by shapudding
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
Thanks to Beerguy for the sample. 12 oz brown bottle with a foiled top ... no freshness date.
A- Thick lacing adorns the sides of the glass, crystal clear orangey colored brew.
S- Super fruity with a mild solvent alcohol, pale malt sweetness and spicy hop in the nose.
T- A tad buttery, alcohol is present with a faint flare of fusel. Sweet maltiness is smacked around a bit by the hops and spicy alcohol. A little husky on the palate, finishes a little sweet with a warming alcohol.
M- The mouth feel is all about the creamy smoothness. Moderate body.
D- Light bodied enough to put down, the smoothness helps as well.
An interesting twist on the Belgian Tripel.
08-03-2005 21:06:45 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
10-16-2010 06:27:04 | More by Mora2000
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
As this is my first BA review submission, I selected a current favorite that has many very notable characteristics. Here goes:
Appearance: Deep orange, truly amber in color...with a tightly-bubbled, lush, off-white head. Carbonation is very fine allowing a thick pillowy head, leaving a creamy lacing on the glass. A far above average presentation.
Smell: The high ABV is very apparent in the nose, almost (but not quite) overpowering the rich malty component. This is the closest thing I have to a complaint about this brew.
Taste: First, the fine carbonation embraces the tongue, immediately followed by a soothing warmth of alcohol. Finally the huge malt foundation comes through and fills the mouth with one full, round, rich malt sensation. The build-up is very pleasing. To me a very English strong/scotch ale taste belies the word Belgian in the name. Call it what you will... this is simply a treat.
Mouthfeel: Thick, slick feel with obvious alcohol warmth. This beer is a mouthful. Very satisfying.
Drinkability: I have sampled this ale on numerous ocassions, at beer festivals and at home. It is truly a favorite, however, it's high ABV surely limits you two quality "bottles-worth" per session... at least if you plan on enjoying anything else. Don't be scared off by the ABV, though, it's not at all out of balance.
The folks at Middle Ages have a real winner here and are to be congratulated. Nice job!
10-19-2003 23:44:35 | More by DagFishHead
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-07-2009 19:32:00 | More by mintjellie
3.28/5 rDev -13%
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.
05-05-2008 18:48:32 | More by Metalmonk
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
A misty daffodil crowned with a beige foam that migrates quickly to the edges.
Perplexing aromatics. Toffee hard candies mixed with dried dates and buttered english muffins. White peppers frolicking in a field of lilacs. And a evident Saaz hop snap. Increasingly buttery and toasty as it warms.
Amplify the nose by a factor of ten, and you get an idea of the storm brewing within the mouth.
Delicate up front as the fruity, buttery Ringwood traits mix with a hard candy sweetness and apple cores. Peppery and lively. Fruit perserves on buttered whole grain toast. Big toffee tones below.
So soft and supple up front, that downing this brew seems effortless. But wait...towards the finish, a tsunami of grain-alcohol punishment descends, and washes the other flavors out in the riptide.
Maybe I should sip this mutha...
Post alcoholic devastation, blooms of floral and spicy hops appear.
It rides away sweetened, spiced, and relatively calm.
Soft bodied, yet hard simultaniously.
This is rough at times, but always rewarding. Weird as hell too.
A tour of Europe in a bottle.
05-08-2003 23:59:56 | More by cokes
3.4/5 rDev -9.8%
On tap at the brewery.Filtered triple. Some yeast there, cloves and pepper but not exceptional fruit aroma. Very high alcohol, not well disguised. Medium mouthfeel through some cream there. Some spice and sweet malts. On the pale side. Won't seek out, but OK for a local brew.
11-17-2004 16:27:30 | More by Sammy
3.59/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-18-2013 23:36:52 | More by tdm168
4.47/5 rDev +18.6%
Before pouring this beer I was unsure of what to expect from it stylistically. The label reads "British Style Tripel Crown". There's no abv listed on the label... and the word tripel suggests a belgian ale. But that wouldn't be British style now, would it? Diable est-il ceci? In the end, my conclusion is that it's a hybrid - a Belgian-style tripel done in an English manner. Anyway...
This beautiful, golden-amber ale reveals tiny bubbles drifting speedily upwards beneath its creamy white head. The nose delivers an interesting display of banana, soft red berries, cherries, candy sugar, soft alcohol, sugary-toasted-butter-cookies, and a delicate waft of grassy & floral hops. Surprisingly, although the alcohol is clearly displayed, it's not off-putting, and actually combines well with the fruity and lightly buttery yeast characteristics.
In the mouth it's smooth and lightly creamy with a dextrinous, medium-light body and soft, restrained carbonation.
The flavor is very much as the nose suggests with a bit more biscuity maltiness and a touch more butter. The intriguing banana remains, along with its light summer fruit. More leafy, grassy and floral hops appear in the finish; and once its flash of alcohol passes it vanishes smoothly, leaving behind just a branding of the signature Ringwood yeast character.
07-30-2005 15:09:04 | More by NeroFiddled
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
I generally love most Middle Ages brews, but this one just doesn't do it for me. It has the ingredients of a great tripel without the yeast goodness that brings it all together. It had a nice light caramel malt flavor that is sweet but where the yeast should pick up, it doesn't.
03-25-2007 04:19:03 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
Light orange with a medium bubbly head.
Aroma full of fruit, some alcohol and that Ringwood yeast I've gotten so used to.
Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Very noticable alcohol along with some fruit, sweetness and the yeast. Sweetness becomes more pronounced then finishes with a light alcohol fruitiness.
A very strange type of tripel. Not like anything I've had before. Quite enjoyable though.
09-20-2004 04:52:45 | More by Southernbrew
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Light tan head sits atop this burnt orange colored brew.
Aroma is fruity and doughy. Malt, hops, and alcohol are there. Hint of vinegar.
Taste shows a toasty, caramel malt backbone. Doughy. Hint of fruit. Decent hop balance. Alcohol is there, but I was surprised to see this beer is over 10% ABV. Vinegar is there as well, but not as prevalent as in their other beers I've had thus far.
Solid mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, one of their better beers IMO. Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle!
05-02-2004 03:52:44 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
Odd....had no idea this one was retired...seems still available...
Honey colour, rather hazy, with a less than one finger foamy white head. Head disappears at a quick rate.
Smell is malt, alcohol, and fresh oranges. There's just a bit of hops at the end.
Flavour is big and malty, but hidden behind a medicinal quality that's not the most pleasant. A spicy hop bitterness is pleasant throughout.
Mouthfeel is thick, but not overpowering- with a present carbonation that's just slightly more than I'd like in this one.
Not terribly drinkable to me- the carbonation tends to burn in my throat for a while after it's done, and the medicial quality also removes points.
02-26-2006 03:11:50 | More by UncleFlip
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours a cloudy gold with qaurte inch head...slight lacing and some carbonation bubbles. Smell is sweet, fruity, spicy..excellent. Taste begins witha warming alcohol push (not overbearing, though)fruit rich malt presence then annnounces itself, then becomes tart on the finish.. a very nice transition over the palates. Mouthfeel is mainly dry, but refreshing...the alcohol is there but at 10.2 abv there is no harshness. A definite sipper that has good drinkability for the high abv. One or two for the vening would suffice.
05-19-2006 22:57:21 | More by edchicma
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
Too bad this beer is retired, must have been recently cause I Just picked up a couple at my local store. This offering pours a dark gold and leaves a thick frothy tan lace. The aroma is fruity, wheat, grass, and a little musty. The taste is sharp, starts with a slight alcohal presence up front then moves to a malty sweet fruit taste. There is a small bitter hop aspect in the background and then finishes a bit harsh on the throat. Overall a decent beer.
02-13-2006 17:21:15 | More by Franchise
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
Almost orange color, with a nice white head. Smells of yeast, butterscotch, a surprising amount of nice hops. Taste is rather strange at first, I'm surprised by the amount of hops - I don't know much about them, but seem to be more German/European (Saaz?)varieties than your typical West Coast pine/grapefruit hops. Still a butterscotch sweetness, buttery, and rather fruity, but a little too cloying and sweet for my tastes. Strong alcohol presence, too, but it works with the strength of the flavor and strong mouthfeel/cloying taste.
A sipping beer, I couldn't have more than one of these, even without the higher alcohol content. Well worth a try, but this one is just too sweet for me.
11-05-2004 04:57:42 | More by malthead
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
08-06-2007 03:05:30 | More by tendermorsel
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a foamy head with good retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some faint alcoholic notes. Taste is a mix between sweet malt and some faint spices. Body is extremely full and alcohol does show a little bit but nothing overwhelming. This beer is almost bordering on a barleywine and, while not as good, is kind of similar to the Gouden Carolus Keizer.
07-10-2006 15:18:56 | More by Phyl21ca
Tripel Crown from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.