Mill Street Betelgeuse - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bobsy on 12-31-2008

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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a solid two fingers of head that certainly stayed a while, but not much in the way of lace. The body is surprisingly clear for a tripel. Steady slow carbonation in the body.

Smell: Dry peppery yeast sit atop a background of white bread like malt. Fruity notes in the background, specfically grape and pear. It's just not doing enough for me.

Taste: A little bit too bread like, and not quite enough yeast as it starts up the beer with an almost sweet shortbread taste that carries on in the background. It turns to peppery yeast with only the barest notes of fruit which rises and falls to round out the beer. A bit simpler then I'd expect, but

Mouthfeel: It has a very subtle smoothness, as the carbonation is masterfully done. It does a superb job of hiding the alcohol content. The peppery taste knows when to stay and when to go and nothing lingers. Only complaint, that sweet bread taste is like a mule in the road, it stands out and won't move.

Drinkability: Refreshing but still classy and certainly something I'd expect to find at a restaurant. Still, I kind of expected a bit more complexity with the beer. This really needs to be partnered with a meal.

Final Thoughts: Mill St doesn't typically disappoint and this was no exception. I think they might want to vary the yeast a bit more but it was nice to find a simpler type of Belgian. Give it a shot.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice glass. A fine peach coloured brew, with sporadic releases of carbonation. A thin head doesn't linger for very long; a minute after pouring and there's no head or lacing to speak of. Pity.

Nose is crystallized fruit (pear, peach, banana), sugar and light alcohol. Smells more like a Belgian strong blonde ale to me; reminds me very much of Leffe blonde.

Taste is incredibly sweet, almost cloying. Fruit notes are certainly there (pear, apple, banana, orange), with a backing of lemon and bubblegum. Slugging through the saccharine character proved difficult. Alcohol to the finish is warming; not unpleasant.

Undercarbonated and syrupy. I imagine this would work a lot better on draught; in bottled form, I can't say I'm impressed.

An underperforming tripel; not nearly as good as I know Mill St. is capable of. I'll trust other reviewers who've had this on draught and thought better of it. On bottle it's far too sweet and not on par for the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear pale golden colour, with two fingers of soapy, creamy white head, which leaves a coating of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of banana, coriander, and white grain. The taste is sweet white grain, banana, mild cloves, and a bit of alcohol edge. The carbonation is moderate, the body smooth, a bit oily, and a little cloying after a spell, and it finishes sweet, fruity, and a tad yeasty.

A pretty good tripel, the booze adequately integrated.

Photo of mintjellie
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Deep golden colour with a small and fizzy white head that doesn't lace or stick around very long. It has a very fruity and candy-like aroma. I find the bubblegum and strong banana esters in the nose surprising, something I enjoy a lot but associate more with hefeweissbiers. I've found this quality in other Belgian-style ales as well, but never to this extent. It's mildly phenolic in an antiseptic sort of way, something I find very pleasant in the various strong Belgian styles. It has a richly sweet biscuit malt flavour, some vanilla, fruity esters reminiscent of banana and peaches, and a touch of clove. Warming, spicy alcohol is very well integrated behind it all.

Medium-bodied with low carbonation for the style. Has a very creamy mouthfeel that isn't unpleasant, but I think a bit more bubbles could lift it a little. No one else seems to be complaining, but all the other reviews are draught. All nitpicking aside, I loved how easy and approachable the flavours of this beer are. I don't think it's terribly complex, but that candy-like flavour is rich to the point of decadence. This is some dangerously drinkable beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo. Pours a bunch of white foam on medium yellow. The aroma is grapefruit rind indication of hops, geuzy, and malt. The taste, with medium plus mouthfeel,is complex geuzy with malt and yeast. Satisfies and drinkable. A pint seemed like not enough. Make this a Belgian strong, it's a cross-style.

I had this in bottle and it was fairly poor (November 210) for something claiming to be a Belgian. Poor drinkability, a sourness to it. Fresh bottle.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark peach, almost tangerine. Nice big creamy head, but it quickly fades away to nothing. Bubbles are slow moving, hinting at some very laid-back carbonation. A bit off-style.

Yikes, alcohol phenols just jump out at you. A little bit of light fruit in there, but it's like you'd expect from some flavoured vodka.

Very sweet. Lots of fruit, but it's hard to nail down given the almost overpowering alcohol. Pear and candy sugar combine to leave an almost cloying taste. Where I'd usually expect a nice soft spice and yeast finish, I just get another hit of sugar.

Carbonation is off. The lack of carbonation just accentuates the almost unpleasant sweetness.

A rare miss from Mill Street. Goes overboard on the sugars and misses the other flavours.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The presence of this in a new Mill St. 6 Mixer intrigued me enough to pick it up
A - crystal clear straw, short white head was gone quickly
S - ripe pear, cloves, corn bread, and some grassy hops
T - a more sour fruit taste and some clove spice, corn tasting malt is strong, with a bubble gum note
M - thin with a nice carbonation kick, finishing dry
D - the alcohol is very well hidden, but the belgian flavours are very subtle and dominated by the corn malt flavour, i love when a brewer tries something new, and this is a very drinkable beer but not a great tripel

Photo of paxkey
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours golden champagnelike with small white head that is gone when you blink.

smells of yeast similar to an abbey or trappist beer but has an underlying sickly sweetness.

so far seems like a beer trying real hard to copy an abby beer with some huge flaws right out the gate.

surprisingly smooth start but then leaves you with a sweet alochol taste at the end that goes away quickly and leaves you asking why you started drinking this stuff.

im finding the taste of alcohol overpowers any attempt at a balance between malt and hops.

very dissapointing overall.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle from the LCBO, states an ABV of 9.1%.

Pours a crystal clear, coppery golden orange with a finger of big bubble head. Not sure if it's the temperature (heat wave) but large bubbles attach themselves to the sides of the glass and then drift aimlessly upwards - never seen anything like it. Once this is done, the glass is placid.

Some fruits, pear, peach, apple, in the nose along with quite biscuity caramel sweet malt which seems slightly out of place - too assertive.

This is all sweet and behind that, pear and apple fruit notes though not all that estery, bit of cloves and cinnamon, solventy alcohol in the finish, light bitter dryness in the finish as well though it's an afterthought, slick but slightly under carbonated mouthfeel. Yeast is quite subdued, all giving way to the sweet maltiness.

Certainly not one of Mill St's best, but not all together undrinkable. Much too sweet, lack of any real depth or deftness - Not a great tripel by anyone's standards, can't say I would get any more.

Photo of SebD
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear yellow/golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of yeast, spices, fruity and citrusy notes and some grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet fruity and malty taste to it with yeast, spice and light hops in the balance. Flavors could have been more intense.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice sweet overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never had a tripel before; but I've been saving this one for a while and I'm pretty eager to try it. Pours a beautiful translucent golden-orange colour with a one-inch white head; poor retention and no cap with some lacing. The smell is complex; lots of fruits but peaches and pears were the dominant ones for me, along with yeast and a lot of sweet malts. Definitely a bubble gum thing going on when they all blend together.

Taste is weird but overall I kinda like it. Peaches and pears are less prominent than in the odour but still present; also some yeast, cloves and strawberry. Intensely malt-forward; combined with the booze it's a bit much. The overall flavour still has a bubble gum/cotton candy thing going on. You can tell there is extra booze here but it's not a serious issue. The finish has a weird taste that I can only compare to aspartame or Splenda.

If someone handed this to me without telling me the ABV, I probably would have guessed 6.5%, not the 8.5% it actually is. Carbonation level is rather low; average body and slightly chewy.

This is definitely a slow sipper. It's ok, but I'm not especially enthusiastic about it - it may just not be my thing, or it may be that this is entirely the wrong time of year to be drinking it. Something I might pick up next winter to see if it suits me better then, but probably not a priority.

Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one thanks to grub.

Pours a nice larger fizzy and bubbly head that fades semi quickly with quite a bit of lacing, over crystal clear honey piss yellow colored beer.

Nose has some Belgian pale malts, light sweet malts, plenty of spices, touch of citrus, a sweet malty like aroma, a bit of bright fruits.

Taste starts with a slight sweet smooth malt, light wheat and some Belgian pale malts, plenty of spices, orange peel, coriander, and plenty of other spices, light bitterness that gets stronger on the finish, a bit of booze warms throughout, some fruit with a slight citrus and apricot, little oxidized, finishes slightly sweet and sticky, some lingering fruits and citrus, and spices, as well as malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, a little syrupy, and lower carbonation.

Overall kinda meh, low carbonation, weird fruit flavors, spices are OK but not great, syrupy, bitterness is not much.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo.

Pours a clear yellow, some golden hues, thick white head forms, and drops some big sheets of lacing while settling down to a medium sized ring and layer, looks okay. Smell is interesting, more like a big witbier than a tripel, alcohol hits first, sweet malt, light bit of biscuit, wheat, orange peel and spice, touch of vanilla, some banana, not totally tripel like but pleasant enough. Taste is similar, alcohol is up front, nice biscuity malt and candi sugar sweetness through the middle, some vanilla and banana, light spiciness, orange peel and more spice in the finish, lightly toasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some alcohol warmth but goes down easy enough. Wouldn't really call this a bang on tripel but its a pretty solid beer all around.

Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a A burnished gold color...small cap, light lacing, light carbonation.

Aroma is a cacophony of yeast phenols and esters; banana, vanilla, spice, succulent fruits, some citrus peel, earthy undertone.

Taste is lush...big on fruit; Banana-lemon-pear-peach, vanilla and spice all balanced off with sweet muffin dough maltiness...continues on like this into the finish where some more bittering and light alcohol tones come out at the very end.

Fruity,sweet doughy light bittering and warming....pretty much what a triple is supposed to do isn't it?

Photo of korguy123
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into DFH Signature Glass.
Part of the Mill Street summer release at the LCBO.

A- Dark golden color. Half inch white head, disappears in seconds. Carbonation is minimal. Lacing is almost non-existent.

S- The label talks of cloves, fruits and bubble gum? Well they are very correct. Sweet fruits (strawberries, pineapple, mango) cloves and faint ginger. Yeasty and bready. Of course, for some strange reason... bubble gum. Almost like cotton candy when you put them all together.

T- Cotton candy and bubble gum right off the bat. Quite sweet liked dried pineapple and strawberry and peach candies. The spices take a back seat to the fruit notes. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste. Very delicious!!

M- Minimum carb means that this is a creamy feeling creation. The candy like taste mixed with the texture and feel make this a very pleasant experience.

D- While it is very pleasant tasting and feeling, the 9% will eventually slow me down and the feeling of candy will make this a slower sipper.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer for the first time over the holidays and thought quite well of it; now, with an opportunity to review it, I'm not all that convinced. That aside, this golden beer assumes a brilliance I can only describe as neon-orange. The head that rose and fell quickly was not so impressive, there was nothing sticky here, just a thin wisp left at centre glass and a feint ring. Carbonation lacking.

Smell is sweet mandarin orange and tangerine with a distinctive peppery nose feel takes away from citrus undertones. It's a little boozy with rotted fruit, some citrus, lemon. The finish is quite dry and abrupt. Body a bit thin for the style. Not a great example of the style overall. Still, this is certainly worth a try, not too many other breweries around here take on that style. Thanks to Mill St., it's great to have a variety of beer styles available from one brewery, it makes me want to try them all!

Photo of MattyV
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep golden colour into a Duvel tulip. I turn around for a second and poof -- the 1 finger off-white head that was there originally has disappeared and left only soapy remains and very little lacing. In sum, looks more like a macro lager than Belgian-style tripel.

Yeast is what's most apparent in the nose, followed by some fruit, hint of sweet vanilla and a good dose of alcohol

Very sweet, bits of spice, maybe some clove, yeast, and what I can best describe as vanilla-flavoured vodka? Overall, lacking the balance and intensity of flavours and complexity of other tripels

Light-bodied, seemed a little undercarbonated to me, the sweetness gave it a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel.

Given the sweetness and ABV, drinkability is not all that high. Refreshing on a warm August afternoon, but will likely opt for other tripels (ie. LFDM) over this one in the future. A bit of a disappointment for me -- I generally enjoy most offerings from Mill St.

Photo of kwjd
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper-orange type colour with a small white head. Some lacing, but it is a bit spotty. The smell starts off quite sweet, then I get a hint of the Belgian yeast. Taste is just an outright sweetness assault of candied bananas and pears. It isn't that it tastes bad, it is just way too sweet. I've had this on tap couple times a few months ago and it was much better.

Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Betelgeuse (pronounced like 'Beetlejuice') may sound like an odd beer but I assure you it looks perfectly fine. The body radiates a scintillating golden that is perfectly clear. Its head, unfortunately for the style, took only seconds to disassemble. Despite the slim garland that remains, a lack of puffy, sticky head on a Tripel is an unpardonable offense.

Any concerns about the beer not looking glossy enough or about its complexion being just a little *too* clear and crisp for the style are all put aside by the fact that it boasts an accomplished bouquet. This yeast harbors all the pungency of a foot odour problem and it stuffs the nostrils full of peppery phenols and esters of rotting and festering fruits.

For its part, the flavour doesn't miss a beat neither. It has the customary tray of fruits (pear, apple, bruised banana) as well as a wonderfully sharp lemony zest. Although the spice is quite subdued, hints of clove manage, aided perhaps by a faint but appreciable hop flavour that is both earthy and herbal. Vanilla and bubblegum is also tasted in no small part.

Each sip is accentuated by a rather confident alcohol. While it cleverly blends into the already spicy, zesty personality of the yeast, it most definitely does not go entirely unnoticed. It can sometimes border on being solventy, something that might have been remedied by a more effervescent carbonation or even a snippet more malt.

The lack of a more rounded malt profile leads me to think of this more as a Golden Strong Ale than Tripel, a style that I feel it more closely resembles. Although the difference between the two can be quite fine, I feel this compares favorably with some of the benchmark Golden Strongs where as it falls pitifully short of matching my favourite Tripels.

That said, few North American brewers have ever succeeded in doing so (and that's an opinion, I believe, that is shared with most of the beer community). And despite that it may not threaten the monks in Belgium, Betelgeuse is an absolutely lovely beer, with its confident flavour and bouquet it is a pleasure to drink and I'd be happy to do so again.

Photo of tbeckett
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - White head. Thin and disapears fast. Golden amber colour.

S - Yeast. Bubblegum aroma. It seems to smell chewy to me and sort of sweet. I pick up some fruitiness too.

T - Chewy taste. Bubblegum comes through alot. Not too sweet which is nice but nothing really stands out.

M - Medium to full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Nothing offputting.

D - Alcohol is very well masked. Nice bubblegum flavour would keep me interested for a while. Could drink quite a few.

Photo of Ralphus
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well this was a surprise. I poured and no head. I read the label again, it did say tripel. Ok.

The smell was light grass and yeast initially.. but digging deeper there was lots of alcohol. Vodka or strong liquor.

Initially upon tasting it I said, ok... unmistakable triple. Fruit, alcohol and lots of yeast. But as I drank more I lost much of it in the sweet fruit. It doesn't taste bad.. but it's also so one sided you need to chase it with an IPA.

Mouthfeel is hindered by the lack of carbonation. It's sticky sweet with no refreshing dryness.

Drinkability is just so so.. I'd probably not have another unless it was all that I had on hand.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've had this on tap a number of times in the past year or more at C'est What?, Rhino and the Mill St pub, and enjoyed it muchly and was thrilled to see it in bottles. I mean, an Ontario brewed tripel at the LCBO. If it's happened before I for one missed it!

Pours a clear, radiant, golden orange topped by a modest head that dies down to an outer ring of thin foam.

The aroma is about right for the style, maybe a tad fruity with lots of mashed ripe banana and caramel.

The taste is a little saddle leather, caramel with pears and the same ripe banana, but with not quite enough bitterness to balance things out. Definitely has a Belgian funk to it. Maybe a little fresh sweet pink bubblegum.

The mouthfeel falls flat a little, being a little under attenuated and lacking much carbonation. Slightly dry after a second.

It's sweeter than I remember it and a shadow of its former self. I can only wonder if it's the bottling that's changed things..or maybe the recipe was tweaked to the sweet side to appeal to a wider audience. Or I don't know what, but something seems amiss.

I may seek this out again on tap, but I'll pass on the bottled version.

Photo of Converge
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with a light tan, one finger head. Darkish golden-yellow in color. Looks really good. The foamy head really doesn't die down and left some great lacing behind.

S - Sweet malt and clove upfront. Definitely a host of different light fruits here, along with a nice yeasty aroma. Citrus and coriander remind me of a Hoegaarden.

T - Tons of tasty malt, dark fruits, and some light hops in the finish. Definitely some pear and apricot flavors in here. Alcohol is masked incredibly well. It really tastes like a authentic Belgian beer to me. Some notes of grapefruit in the finish as well. Overall, this tastes complex and fantastic.

M - Creamy and rich. Not a ton of carbonation, but it's still there. Finish is dry, but not too dry. Really well done.

D - Everything is here. This brew was executed really well. I didn't really know what to expect coming in, but I didn't expect this. Surprisingly great beer!

Photo of bobsy
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Edit: This beer has now been bottled by Mill Street, and seems much the worse for it. Where there was complexity, now there is only sweetness. Perhaps time will smooth this out, but as it stands its a mediocre tripel, and nothing in comparioson to the beer I had on a beautiful new years eve back in 2008.

Earlier review: This is a brand new offering from Mill Street, and probably only available on draft at their brewpub if past experience shows anything.

Radiant golden pour with a nice domed white head that left some attractive lace as it faded to a tidy cap. Slightly funky aroma with some cider notes. Excellent flavour - dry, again with the cider, a kickass dose of bitterness, floral hops and well-integrated alcohol. Spritzy carb and medium body.

Mill Street have absolutely nailed this one. As far as I know, the first Ontario brewer to produce a tripel, and they've done it so convincingly I wouldn't be able to pick it out of a lineup of the best Belgian offerings. Awesome job, guys!

Photo of Mit
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a-pours a clear golden colour with a nice sizeable head. Nice lacing down the glass.

s-Nice sweet malt smell...notes of dark fruits or prunes/plums...quite sweet especially as it warms.

t-pretty typical belgian flavours. The sweet flavors really shine through. Does become cloying as it warms up.

m-Def thicker in keeping with an 8.5 beer.

d-Pretty drinkable when it's cooler. I found it very sweet as it warmed.

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Mill Street Betelgeuse from Mill Street Brew Pub
79 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.