Tripel Crown
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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3.81 | pDev: 12.86%
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce ‘run-of-the–mill’ looking brown glass bottle which has an above standard overall presentation. Thin gold foil covers a crown cap which has the ‘Middle Ages Brewing Co. Ltd.’ Logo on it. Main red label has a Jack-Queen-King threesome pictured on the front over a banner that has the words ‘Middle Ages’ on it. Labeled as ‘British Style Tripel Crown Ale’, whatever that means. No other description, strength or Best Before date.

Appearance: Softly clouded golden-orange which shines like a jar of Robertson’s Golden Shred Marmalade when placed in front of my desk lamp. White forms slowly and only in the last third of the bottle pour, it rises, looks great – momentarily – then settles and quickly breaks to leave a flat surface and a thin halo-like ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal carbonation.

Nose: Very strange, not appealing but not bad either. Toasted malts that have a slick buttery feel and some sweet skinned fruits, of some kind, sharp damp acidic hops in the background and a mild whiff of alcohol float past at times. Quite weird.

Taste: Lots of sweet alcohol in this one, fusel and fruity, toasted malts and a raw alcohol stamp breaks through in the finish. Belgiumesque middle with an English style start, of sorts, yet it has a finish that is raw alcohol with a cloaked spicy twang. Dry and bread laden with some twists and turns along the way. Like a P&O Ferry, at times it has me wondering which side of the English Channel I am supposed to be on.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Suffers a little from the low carbonation which allows the alcohol to take a lead role in the mouth at times. The sharp spicy hop tingle only comes through in the finish to balance things out. Dry alcohol in the end. The 12 ounces were not a problem at all though; I can only imagine how drinkable this must be with a little more life.

Overall: A very Siamese ‘Bel-Ang-lo’ brew that nevertheless has a distinctive feel, and is most probably my first ever English Style Tripel.

A big thanks to ericaweizen for the gift of my first ever bottle of Middle Ages… day I hope that it will be the legendary Dragonslayer ;-)

Jul 13, 2005
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Todd from California

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Nov 29, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Aug 03, 2005
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Brent from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A British-style tripel? Great, sweet nose - Belgian to be sure. Tawny gold color. Very bold - a rush of flavors - sweet malt, ringwood yeast and peppery alcohol. Hefty, without being heavy. Unique, well crafted and a bit schizophrenic but a very interesting beer.

Mar 24, 2003
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frank4sail from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach, slight green hop , and yeast in the nose. Hazy orange color with lots of bubbles in the goblet. sticky lacing bubbly white head. Fruity upfront taste with strong abv, yeast, and corriander. The tongue and taste is dry and crusty through the finish. There is alot going on with this brew. Very funky for the style. Thicker coating mouth. Very interesting beer. It is different.. and very interesting... It will make you think..

Apr 28, 2004
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Light cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation. Nose is malty with hints of alcohol. Medium bodied. Starts sweet, very smooth, the high ABV is not noticable. $3.55 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

Oct 25, 2004
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Distinctly British malt quality to the aroma. This is preceded by a brief, but nice fresh sweet fruit and candy like whiff. The candy sweetness returns and runs the course for the remainder. Also seems hints of English hops as well (grassy, earthy).
Pours with a bright, but dark gold color with window clarity. Nice dense off-white head, that unfortunately leaves a little too quickly, however it does remind of it presence in drippy lacing.
Flavor holds qualities similar to the aroma. distinctive malt character with the light flavors of more traditional tripels (sweetness, candy, subtle light fruitiness).
Warmth shows presence in the core rather quickly, so I don't doubt the elevated abv. Alcohol shows some heat on taste as well, approaching hot, but not to burning. Feel is sufficiently light, but leans to moderate body. Carbonation is soft. There is a bit of a sticky quality on the tongue which allows the flavors to linger some.
I'm kinda' liking this. Nice quite as light and effervescent as some, but nice flavor profile with unique tastes. Alcohol pushes to biting and burn which takes away from the drinkability. Good ideas and nicely done.
Thanks JB.

Mar 09, 2007
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John from New York

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe what we have here is a beer that some will love...others may not. What I found was a clear golden brew, little to no head (as many big beers often do not). Aroma...heavy on alcohol, yikes did I just singe my nose hair? Some biscuity malt manages to peek through along with some apricot fruitiness. The Ringwood yeast is very noticeable. Flavors are similar to aroma with the addition of a sugary sweetness that's rather cloying, and did I mention alcohol? No discernible hop. This is a big beer that IMHO, just doesn't mesh well...except maybe in very small quantities as a nightcap.

Jul 25, 2002
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ZAP from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first M.A. beer, and a good one to start with....First impression on the nose is slightly skunked...then spicy hops and alcohol...pours a deep gold with a creamy white head....looks charged up, but has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel...Very little alcohol evident on the buds at first skunkiness either...rather buttery smooth maltiness..finishes with spicy hops and alcohol....A very good and unique beer...As it warms and the more I sip, the more evident the alcohol becomes...still very drinkable and very tasty...almost barley wine-ish but lacking the overall thickness..

Feb 28, 2003
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a hazy glowing orange appearance. A nice, compact, creamy, ivory-white head sits on top and sticks around for awhile. Aroma is buttery and sweet. Lace coats the glass as a nice primer would coat your wall. This beer is just bursting with character. The ethanol flame is noteable, but very acceptable within the context of this beer. Some Ringwood fruitiness and butterscotch flavors are prominent. But the belgian slant to this beer takes notice with an estery, alcoholic qualtiy. The mouthfeel is quite slick and smooth. A bit of carbonation is noted, but it does not hinder drinkability. For a beer of 10+% a/v, I would say the drinkability is good.

I don't think my description does this beer justice, but it's truly an original.

Thank you to Davo for my first B & B cross dressed beer. One of British substance, yet cloaked in Belgian apparel.

Feb 11, 2003
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A British Tripel you say? Well, let's see. This sucka has a bright orange/golden color, and it's relatively clear. Hard-pour didn't arouse much of a head...I just have a thin, white ring circling my snifter. I'm trying to figure out what I'm sniffing... Seems a bit toasty, and a slight bit peppery, though nothing seems to distinguish itself. The body of this bier is about medium, and it has a carbonation-induced foamy/creamy feel on the tongue. As with the aroma, I'm trying to pinpoint exactly what I'm tasting here. Again, perhaps toasty/crackery somewhat. A little bit peppery, along with some hop action producing a subtle fruitiness. Not quite what I was hoping for, though all-in-all, not bad. Skol!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Feb 05, 2003
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inebrius from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hmmm, so you say your a Belgian trapped in an Englishman's body. Interesting. Indeed! Pours a light amber under a thin but clingy bonnet. Nose of cinnamon toast and canned fruit cocktail. A draught is smooth, buttery, earthy, balanced, essentially tasty. 10% I can't hardly believe. A light-bodied barley-wine? Call it what you will, but this brew defies categorization. Alarmingly drinkable, and oh-so-delish!

Thanks Venom!

Feb 21, 2003
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oberon from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +6%
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.

Apr 01, 2004
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sponberg from New York

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Aug 01, 2002
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

May 09, 2003
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StevieW from Florida

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had me baffled like a Wakefield knuckler. You can see it coming right at you, but you don't know where it's going to go. The label states Tripel Crown-British Style Ale. I guess when they were handing out brains, I thought they were saying "trains" and asked for a slow one to Cleveland. What ? I thought this was going to be an British Ale, like a Old Thumper or something. Not so. It's a Tripel Dummy !
Hazy dull orange to amber in color. Rocky, fizzy, beige head. Stayed about as long I would at a quilting contest, not very ! The Smell is the first thing that tipped me off, deep musty, earthy, yeast smells. Hints of sweet bananas, esters, and sweet candy. This is no longer a British Ale ya dummy. First taste is full of sweet belgian flavors. Lots of yeasty goodness, bananas and carmel malt. Super smooth goodness. Is there a hint of Old Thumper taste in there, or do I have the Thumper on my head ? Nicely balanced, and medium bodied. Just a touch thin toward the end, not watery just a touch thin. Very easy going down. No idea of the 10.2 abv, that goes by like a Pedro fastball on the corner. Na couldn't be, yep it sure was. An excellent beer, all around.
Tip of my imaginary hat to my ba friend JohnnyP for the sample. He's beer kharma personified.

Jul 25, 2003
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aracauna from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer here. The body is a slightly hazy pale orange amber that seems to glow in even the dimmest light. The head is puffy and large (although it completely, but slowly, dissipates) and looks like it's been buttered. The aroma is definitely fruity, slight cloves. Body is underpinned by alcohol, but is nicely malty. The belgian character is present and subdued and really does fulfill the Commercial description listed here with a some of the buttery, malty flavors of a good English bitter. I really enjoyed this. After the first half of the pint, I started eating a banana and the two flavors went amazingly well together. Seems to me this would pair nicely with a lot of desserts. Stuff like bananas foster and I think it'd go nicely with the bread pudding with whiskey sauce at the Fox and Hound pub in Atlanta.

Jun 25, 2003
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IrishRedRock from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first bottle of Middle Ages (had the Wailing Wench on cask), and like I said with that one, these guys aren't screwin' around. Yet another beer with some serious kick to it. Pours a hazy gold, like carbonated, cloudy apple juice. I bring up the apples because that is the most dominant aroma in the nose, like fresh Granny Smith apples. That, and notes of butter and alcohol. Mouthfeel is not as biting as I expected, and not as carbonated either. Just enough, just right. Fruity, peppery flavors come through, with a subtle but decent smack of hops towards the finish. Then you feel that 10+ ABV warm you right up. Very good, and pretty drinkable despite the alcohol.

Apr 01, 2004
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CharlesRiver from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First I have to thank JohnnyP for this great beer. He dropped this bottle off at the house last week and I can't believe I waited this long.

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a small head that seemed to last. The smell is malty with hints of citrus and some alcohol. The body of this beer seems heavy and full, not in a bad way. The taste starts out sweet and then seems to mellow out in the middle. The ending is alcohol and pure warming. The aftertaste has more citrus and hints of comething spicy, like pepper.

Overall I would have to say that I enjoy this beer a lot. Very smooth and drinkable yet still contains enough complexity to keep you interested. I feel honored that I have sampled this beer.

Jun 17, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Jul 30, 2005
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edchicma from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

May 19, 2006
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putnam from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It says "British Style TRIPEL...etc." Is that like Peruvian Beaujolais Type?
Smells like candied bitterin' hops to me y'all. On the palate it is crystalized globs of honey, butterscotch and caramel with a core of licorice bitterness. Perfectly balanced and polished, it is, nevertheless, enormous. The wife approves. She's a practical person.
Very clean, pure, straightforward beer with a sense of purpose. The bitter finiah is shot through with streaks of noble-rot grapes, honey and sap.

Thanks Todd!

Dec 19, 2003
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Shiredave from New York

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewing in the style of a Belgian Triple, but using all British ingredients and yeast makes for a terriffic Barleywine.
Malty, caramel aroma, hints of appropriate diacytal and alcohol mingle with grassy hops. Stark white, Duvel-like head to start, but shrinking to a creamy cap, bright golden color with a slight haze. While cold, this 10+ %er is unbelievably drinkable. Alcohol is masked by a complex assault of malty flavors of caramel apples, honey and nutty grains with earthy hops fighting thier way through. As it warms, the bittering and alcohol come marching forward warming you from tip of togue to bottom of belly. Very clean, bitter aftertaste but sticky malt coats your mouth, leaving the whole specrum of flavors to be enjoyed after swallowing. IMHO the finest product I've ever had from Middle Ages. If it is available in bottles, I've never seen one. I think bottle conditioning can improve the "roughness" of it. The keg I sampled was limited release and available only in small quantities outside the Syracuse NY area. Seek it out and enjoy.... but be carefull ... very drinkable BIG beer.

Oct 20, 2002
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UnionMade from New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber. A short ivory foam tops the brew, very even bubbled, dropping out to a thin, patchy mist.
The aroma is an immediate blast of diacetyl butterscotch, mixed with a fusel alcohol tang. Biscuity, toasty malt, with a touch of floral goldings hopping. Slight honey-ish notes, with a bit of pear and flowery esters.
The flavor starts with an immediate biscuity sweetness, bolstered by a soft candi suger sweetness. Very fruity, with heaps of banana, pear and some fig. A big butterscotch presence throughout, almost honeylike. The sweetness continues into the finish, meeting a soft, floral goldings hopping, as well as a big blast of fusel, fruity alcohol. A big honey-ish diacetyl and alcohol finish, leaving off with a sweet, buttery slickness. The stuff goes down extremely smooth. A lingering honey and butterscotch flavor, with banana and alcohol clinging to the top of the tongue. Medium bodied, with a smooth, fine bubbled carbonation. The carbonation is sort of english styled, with a bit of an underlying belgian bounce. A slick, very easy drinking mouthfeel. Dangerous!
A really unusual brew. I've never tasted anything quite like it. I aged my sample for almost a year before opening. An interesting ringwood british feel to a belgian style tripel. I think it works, and the butterscotch blends nicely with the belgian-y flavors. Very cool.

Jun 08, 2004
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Blind Tiger, NY.

This tripel poured a hazy, amber color with good, white foam. The smell was modest: no fruit, just malt. The taste was sweet and malty with a hint of fruit (apples). The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, with medium body and medium carbonation. There was a nice lingering flavor. This tripel was very smooth and drinkable.

Apr 15, 2003
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