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Millenium Tripel - Church Brew Works

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Millenium Tripel
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: watermelonman on 02-21-2006)
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Reviews by CrellMoset:
Photo of CrellMoset
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped bottle courtesy of my girlfriend on her last trip up to Pittsburgh. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden amber, really a radiant, beautiful hue, at least on the front end (the second pour is a muddy, turgid, yeast-hazed goldenrod). A pristine white head about one finger in height surges to the fore and fades just as quickly, spitting and fizzing ephemeral. No carbonation is evident or visible, nor is any lace or surface markings of any sort. Really nice looking, though lacking in some of those peripheral attributes that make one particularly thirsty looking at a glass.

Aroma: Heavy spice, deep citrus and tropical fruit, and semi-dry but bready, golden malts dominate the nose on this one. Not even a whiff of alcohol, which is nice at 9.0%, this one showcases a lot of good things. Coriander, cloves, and faint cardamom mingle with juicy oranges and surprisingly authentic mango and guava notes. The juiciness and authenticity of the fruit notes evoke a sense of sweetness in the nose, but the malts themselves are crisp, light, and not overly saccharine. A very nice nose on this one.

Taste: An excellent flavor profile too. The semi-sweetness holds solid, which is nice, balancing expertly and delicately the warming spices and the fat, luscious fruity notes, all wrapped up in golden clover honey. Coriander and clove are prominent, as is more neutral white pepper, mingling with the same aforementioned mango, orange, pineapple, and even banana sweetness. Again, no hint of alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: No visible carbonation, but don't let that fool you - like any good light, golden, Belgian ale, this one has plenty of action beneath. Well-embedded, even spritz makes for a perfect complement to the balanced attenuation.

Drinkability: Ah, how I love a good Tripel. I'm inclined to say this beer is a little underrated, and that's good, because the cherry quadrupel I had from Churchkey the other week was severely overrrated, in my opinion. The name of the game here is balance - no alcohol, nothing too sweet, nothing too dry, nothing too fruity or spicy. There's something here for everyone, and this is one I'd gladly try again.

CrellMoset, Jan 31, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale vibrant golden yellow thin white head leaves fine Belgian style lacing. Aroma: Fruity highlights candi sugar sweetness very nice tropical fruit undertones a nice touch of biscuit pale malts. Taste: Very sweet subtle hops with tropical fruits nice rich flavor in total I like it. Mouthfeel: Medium body even carbonation slightly syrupy nice texture. Drinkability: Easy to consume pretty much dangerous a well made trippel I look forward to trying this one again very nice.

WVbeergeek, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This arrived as a pale and somewhat thick yellow and gold, with a small head. Lace is minor.

The smell lets out a hint of alcohol and a good amount of esthers. The taste starts off good with pale malts and esthers, but there's a bunch of wheat character in there too, and it doesn't really belong. Alcohol flavor is minimal. The mouthfeel is a bit too light, while drinkability is good.

watermelonman, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just got a 5L of this the other day (5-26-06), so it's been aging for a while. I can't say I was thoroughly impressed with this beer. It's not a bad beer. The head, when poured, had a decent retention for the first minute or so. The smell was just like a tripel, smells of spice, pepper, some fruity smells as well. The taste was ok, nothing to blow me away with but it was good. Fruity flavors like pineapple. Pepper flavor as well, but not over powering. The color was a nice golden color, a little hazy but not too bad.

dwarvenspirits, May 26, 2006
Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +3.4%

tommy5, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of santoslhalper
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a very clear, completely uncarbonated copper with a thin head that fades quickly.

Smell: The smell is wonderfully bready and malty, with lucious spicy notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is creamy and malty, with strong bread and cream notes. The spiciness is appropriate, and not too in your face. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a wonderful tripel. This was from a 5L keg they just put out. Be careful though, my keg fucked up at the top and went flat within 2 days or cracking it. Other than that, this is a killer brew.

santoslhalper, May 15, 2005
Photo of marykw
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%

marykw, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of jnolan
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

jnolan, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of lisahope27
4/5  rDev +3.4%

lisahope27, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 L mini keg, courtesy of John Strelecki...
Appears a slightly hazy gold with a 1 finger creamy white head that retains nicely. Scattered lacing left around the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the top.
Smell is of Belgian yeast, slight sourdough break, peaches, and fruit cocktail, with a touch of orange peel.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, bready, sweet, filling out the palate with low levels of carbonation.
My suggestion...let it warm, it gets better.

weeare138, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jonesy24, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rand_ale_Thor, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Off to a bad start with virtually no cork pop and pretty much downhill from there. Orange-ish brown with virtually no head; a small white ring if anything at all... Sickly sweet malty orange rind aroma and flavor. Full bodied, creamy and smooth ala a flat American Barleywine.

Assuming this has Aged past it's prime.

Label States: "Bottle Conditioned" & "This beer can be aged" (word of advice: don't bother aging - drink fresh!)

Aged approx 6 years
Tasted: 08/18/05

(750 ml / 25.4 oz brown champagne style bottle corked with a plastic cork, caged, and wrapped with silver foil)

RBorsato, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased two bottles the first year that Bryan made this beer, while I was still an undergrad at Pitt. I brought them home to Lancaster, PA and cellared them, awaiting graduation or some other momentous event to pop the plastic champagne cork. That moment finally came on F, 25 Feb 2005 on the occasion of my fortieth birthday.
The nose gave off vanilla and almond, but also an underlying musty odor. It poured with a good, fluffy white head. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy. I noted an apple taste in the mouth, along with a slightly hot mouthfeel. The finish tasted of apples, honey and mead. This is a very good beer and I feel fortunate to have one more still sitting in the basement.

woodychandler, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Poured a pale golden-yellow, a bit of haze, a wispy white head that left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of biscuity malts, Belgian yeast, light fruit esters. The taste followed the aroma: biscuity pale malts, yeasty spice, ubiquitous alcohol presence, with light notes of peach and citrus zest. Nice, but a little bland in the finish I thought. Pretty easily drinkable, though the alcohol detracts a bit from the drinkability. Reminded me a bit of Golden Monkey, though better (I'm not a fan of said beer). Clone attempt?

Rifugium, May 23, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared by RLB (thanks!).

Poured a light to medium golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of yeastiness, fruits and lightly spicey. Tastes were fruity sweet (sweet apples) and lightly spiced, with some lemons.

Notes from: 12/12/05

hopdog, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry candy sugar. In the taste, dry candy sugar and a bit yeasty, and a small presence of alcohol. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry sugary aftertaste. Tons of sugar and alcohol presence. A bit abrasive, but eh.

OWSLEY069, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes during my visit Fall 2010: On tap poured into a pint glass. A-pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin off white head. S-huge malt presence, very unlike a tripel, tons of caramel and sugar, toasted malt, light grain and wheat characteristic, lemon, clove, peppery spice. T-huge malt body and very syrupy flavors, caramel and carmelized sugar dominate, roasted toasty bread, hints of wheat and banana, light clove, the spice is faint but present. M-medium to light body, thinner, syrupy feel thin body, light carbonation, fairly dry finish, body doesn't hold in back. D-very different, huge malt presence with a light estery backbone and yeasty/wheat characteristic.

CuriousMonk, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of srw
4/5  rDev +3.4%

srw, May 28, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Millenium Tripel, served ontap and poured into a tulip. Appears light orange and cloudy. Solid bone white head and some spotty lacing.

Smell is fruity and malty, just a hint of alcohol lurking. The aroma of the beer stood up to the omnipresent scent of sweet wort which is found throughout the brewpub/bar area of the restraunt.

Tastes very good! A nice mixture of light fruits, citrus and some clean alcohol. Vague spiciness. Clocking in at 9% you would hardly notice it, but this beer packs a punch and is fun to drink. Sugary, low bitterness, this one is more mellow and boasts a different array of fruity esters.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is low, a tad too low for my liking.

Drinkability? Yes. This beer was quite enjoyable and made for a good sipper. It was served in the CBW bar and was at cellar temperature.

Stinkypuss, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, with white foil on the neck, picked up at Giant Eagle the day after Thanksgiving. Poured into a cervoise...

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow color. A very thin, eggshell white head forms and dissipates as quickly as it formed. Small white cap thereafter.

S - Smell is more malty than I would've imagined. Estery as expected with some nice, lighter fruit aromas coming out as well. Some honeydew melon, apples, grapes, and some apricot.

T - Taste is better than the nose because the fruity flavors come out some more and stand up to the malt presence. Spices like clove come out a bit more on the palate. Ever so slight alcohol comes out on the backend.

M - Light to medium bodied beer. A bit thinner with a slightly syrupy feel (as many have noted before). Carbonation is pretty low.

O - Not too bad, but nothing spectacular either. Was nice to try. Church Brew Works has yet to really knock me out.

KAP1356, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ramrod666
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ramrod666, May 05, 2014
Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2000, I'm pretty sure this was head brewer Bryan Pearson's first crack in bottling the Church Brew Works' beer. It says on the label to let it age and be patient, So I guess 4 years of aging will do. Plastic champagne cork and caged. Decanted carefully to leave the lees behind. Pours a hazed orangey golden color with a light beige head that forms a thin layer of foam that lasts throughout the duration of the beer. Rich in banana and bubblegummy esters and a solid pale malt backbone evident. Some wheat notes to the malt, too, and a touch of hops make this one enticing U.S. brewed tripel. All those esters in the aroma transpire into an astrincency higher than most tripels, and meld nicely with the hops. A little bit sweet, and a little bit dry. I had this 2000 in bottled form 2 years ago, and I recall it being a lot sweeter. I suppose being patient and aging has mellowed quite nicely. CBW's finest beer to date.

crookedhalo, Dec 28, 2004
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Millenium Tripel from Church Brew Works
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.