Mill Street Betelgeuse | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street BetelgeuseMill Street Betelgeuse
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Mill Street BetelgeuseMill Street Betelgeuse

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Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bobsy on 12-31-2008

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 30
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.

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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.

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Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz snifter at the brew pub in Toronto's Distillery District.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet soapy off-white head, which leaves a coating of lace around the glass as it recedes.

It smells of zingy and somewhat spicy wheat grain, a touch of bready pale malt, banana chips, white pepper and coriander spice, kind of edgy and bordering on phenolic yeast, and an indistinct citrusy bitterness. The taste is rather sweet wheat and pale malt graininess, banana pudding, middling clove and coriander spice, still hard to pin down fruity 'n tart citrus, and a bit of a metallic alcohol warming.

The carbonation is moderate in its down-home frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and quite smooth, if a tad oily, and with a growing airy creaminess as things warm up. It finishes sweet - fruity, faintly spicy, and still more than a bit yeasty.

Overall, not a bad Tripel, all the prescribed metrics well hit upon - big malt, bright body, spice, and an adequately integrated and duly elevated ABV. Not something to drink all evening, I would imagine, but suitable enough as a nightcap, before I make that easy (if long) stroll back to my downtown hotel.

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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.
Even worse on tap 7 years later version.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Hoagie
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

[Updated Nov 17 2015]

I finally found another 355 mL bottle of Betelgeuse (bottled Oct 29 2015) - again included in a winter seasonal sampler, and the first time I've seen this beer since 2011. Same unimpressive appearance, with a moderately sweet flavour profile that includes lots of overripe orchard fruit and banana/bubble gum esters. Finishes with an assertively spicy note of clove and some ethanol heat. With many more tripel reviews now under my belt, I feel confident standing by my original review of this beer: it's a tolerable approximation of a Belgian-style sipper, but it lacks the finesse and complexity of the top examples of this style. I don't mind this beer, but it's not one I have a lot of enthusiasm for.

Final Grade: 3.39, a B-.

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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.

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Photo of Watershed
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of hockeybarbie
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into chalice, no can dating. Pours clear deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian tripel style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Mill Street Betelgeuse from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 53 ratings