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Tripel Crown | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Tripel CrownTripel Crown

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 07-04-2002

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Reviews by BrewMan13:
Photo of BrewMan13
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been visiting this site for awhile (mainly the forum), but this is my 1st review :)

Bought a 4-pack straight from the brewery for $8.99. Drinking the last one now. Pours a pale orange. Slight head forms then quickly fades. No lacing. Small amount of head survives for nearly the whole duration around the edges.
I'll start by saying that I have a horrible sense of smell, so it would take a mighty fine aroma to get me to notice. I pick up some malty scotch ale-type aroma along with some alcohol.
Taste follows the nose, except the alcohol is more noticeable in the taste, mainly the finish. I think the description of a "british-style tripel" on the bottle is fairly fitting. I find it borders between a scotch ale and a belgian tripel in taste. Much less yeast presence then one might expect from belgian-style ale, however. I also pick up on some buttery notes.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, with very little carbonation.
If the alcohol were less noticeable it would easily get a 4+ on drinkability, but as it is, its mainly a sipping beer. But a fairly good one at that. I liked it better then some of the other brews of theirs when I visited the brewery, as most of their samples were high in hops (which I dont enjoy as much as some).

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of Todd
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sponberg
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of shapudding
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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 DagFishHead
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ABokononist
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A gold hued amber color, a quick froth of white settles down rather fast.
A sweet and sour malty aroma, with red and dark fruits, sweet and spicy yeast and hop combo with signifigant heat tinge round it out.
The flavor is much more malt driven than any other Tripel version i've ever had. I suppose a "British" Tripel is going to have some serious differances from the traditional Belgian and American versions. A very sweet and heady malt dominates with classic English malt flavir's of toffee and honey. The body is surprisingly soft, flat-ish but also ling and heavy. A flat, long mouthfeel is unlike any other i've ever. A bit of a let down for sure, from the tradional style versions.
Overall, I cant say I love the English version of this style, it's interesting and unique but just not anywhere near the Belgian classic.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
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 cokes
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Be well

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Photo of richj1970
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edchicma
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Franchise
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Tripel Crown from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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