Millenium Tripel - Church Brew Works

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beergeek279 on 08-14-2004

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of watermelonman
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.14/5  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.

Photo of Jeph222
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer that introduced me to tripels. It was wonderful to drink. But beware the lack of alcohol taste can really sneak up on you. They should have named it The Deacon of Sneakin'

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick creamy off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, cloves, bready malts, wheat, banana and light coriander.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, cloves, coriander, banana, wheat and bready malts.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of RBorsato
2.57/5  rDev -33.8%
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)

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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?

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle reads 2000 Trippel.

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. seems to balance out pretty nicely and i enjoy this one!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this before. Going to do (another) proper review. It's funny to come back to beers like this so many years later.

Kind of a one dimensional tripel. Bready, mildly sweet. Not much variation really. Also a bit too sweet. It's decent, but not really putting wind up my pant's leg. Nice to be able to smell beer being made at the same time as drinking it though.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this not to be a true tripel, but more of an "imperial wit" beer. Nice smelling, with taste of corriander, wheat and banana. A little sweet and not a session beer. Some head, not much lacing. A decent beer, just a little off style, which is fine. This beer makes it's own claim.

Photo of AMiz602
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head on the beer was miniscule, if not non-existent (though it could just be a crappy pour job by the bartender). You can't see through the beer, and is an orange, golden color. For a Tripel, this was a weird color, almost as if it was mixed up with the Christmas beers.

It was much heavier then what my friends got, and struck a nice balance between hoppy and sweet. It had a creamy texture and taste, that allowed the strength of the hops to really come through towards the end. It is a good starter beer at Church Brew Works, and coming from a guy who is not particularly fond of Tripels, it was done right. It resides in a happy medium of not overly hopped or completely sweet, and is a great beer is enjoy if one is not sure what to order.

Photo of bdupree
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served at the Church Brew Works at the bar in a nice logo fluted glass. Very little foam, hazy golden color. Consistent color through the glass.

S - Sweet, yeasty aroma. Pick up a lot of melons... honeydew and cantaloupe.

T - The melons picked up through aroma come over in the background. There is a hint of sweetness, but very good balance.

M - This has a light feel, and the higher alcohol does not linger on your palate. Not a lot of carbonation, like most tripels.

D - Due to the light body and lack of alcohol after-burn, this is a very drinkable tripel. It tastes even better if you have one at the bar, and you can look at the old confessional used now for storage!

Photo of angelmonster
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Won this beer in a LIF from JohnTravolta21, thanks again

Pours a 2 finger white head. Body is golden honey in color with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention and lacing were great through out

Smell is very sweet, reminds me of welchs grape juice. According to style there isnt much hops detected. Alcohol isnt in the nose either

First taste is of some straw malts and something like hay or grass. There is also some fruity yeast taste, like dried raisin or prunes. Alcohol is masked nicely for being 9 percent. Again hops not really present here

Mouth feel is good, carbonation is a bit on the aggressive side but not too much. Body is silky smooth with some creaminess in the head

This beer was great. Very high drink ability especially for being 9 percent. I could prolly go through this 750 ml bottle pretty fast but i think i'd rather share some.

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml champagne bottle (with a plastic cork that was a bitch to remove, and finally did with a nice pop) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the 2000 Trippel is a dark, murky burnt gold with a large white head that is pretty slow settling, leaving light, scattered foamy lace.

Smell is fruity citrus, lime, and rubbing alcohol.

Taste is has a sharpness, metallic, there are some rubbery phenols and noticeable, if clean alcohol. Very yeasty, and the strong citrus I assume is from coriander. Eh.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but thicker, with a dry finish that leaves the tongue prickly.

Drinkability is ok, nothing too exiting though, and the yeastiness and strong alcohol characteristics are turn-offs.
I don't think this bottle is actually from the year 2000, it's just the fancy bottling of their Millennium Trippel, for which it was first created. I alwas loved going to Church Brew when I lived in PGH, but ironically it was for the food and atmosphere more then the beer, which never wowed me. This one is no different.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.9 L bottle that I've kept cellared for roughly a year. Extremely well carbonated and fizzy that overflowed when popped. Smell is sweet and spicy: citrus, apples, peaches, and peppers. The taste is a combination of apple juice, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, orange peel, and several other spices. Only a slight alcohol burn, but for the most part very drinkable. This is a great tripel.

Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler into a chalice. The color is a hazy golden with a wisp of white head. The smell is a nice mix of candi sugar and esters. The taste is has a strong flowery character, a good bit of banana and a nice touch of candi sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is well-carbed. As for drinkability, wouldn't be bad to have quite a few of.

A fantastic tripel from Bryan Pearson and Church Brew Works. This beer has the nice mix of sweetness and esters that a good tripel should have, and for those who prefer a nice balance in their tripel, you'll enjoy this. This is one I'll be looking forward to next year!!

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Millenium Tripel from Church Brew Works
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