Millenium Tripel
Church Brew Works

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #147
Ranked #17,183
3.9 | pDev: 12.56%
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 17/750 mL bottle at brewery
Undated bottle at 35 degrees (Siberian Express dropped my cellar temp) into snifter; both allowed to warm to 50 degrees before reviewing
Aroma faint, some banana, clove
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – many tiny islands of tiny bubbles which only make the glass look dirty
Body gold, some initial chill haze which disappears as it warms, light effervescence at all temperatures
Flavor moderately sweet, no yeast phenolics detected, some non-specific fruity esters present; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Jeph222
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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'

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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?

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of AMiz602
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
1.86/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to one of BAs finest for this extra amongst the massive flow of beer hither & yon. Crap, now that I think about it, I owe him a box. Better get on that!

Pour is unfiltered orange. No head, & almost no evident carbonation beyond a few bubbles that appear to be solely due to a pour from six feet above the glass, nothing else. sour? Very young green apples, along with waxy sugar & marginal fruitiness. Ung. Not the way I wanted this to start.

Strangely, 2000 Trippel doesn't taste very sour, but it's not very good either. I feel forehead creases coming on. More like a sub-par homebrew. The components of a trippel are here - fruity, sugar, Belgian yeast, but all of the tastes are off. This is clearly a weird period in its aging, that the hops are turning to crud & nothing good has come from the sludge to take its place. The utter lack of carbonation weighs the beer down & further inhibits my ability to enjoy it. The crease grows.

Weird tasting. Uncarbonated. Smells foul. My second encounter with Church Breworks & I have to say that their stuff is not to my liking. This is a bad beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as clear as a mcro lager with thin white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Malty sweet aroma with a belgian yeast aroma coming through at the end.

T - Taste has a strong yeast flavor with light spice flavors. The beer gives a kick on the tongue from the alcohol at the end which remains in the aftertaste.

M/D - the beer fills the mouth nicely and teases the tongue. This is a very drinkable trippel that would certainly sneak up on you with the abv.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of bdupree
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/05/2009. Sampled from a mini keg at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma is very yeasty with some bready malt and sweet fruit. Flavor is just kind of bland--more yeast and some vegetal notes. Yep, not a good beer.

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Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into a goblet at the brewpub in Pittsburgh. pours a medium apricot orange color with light amber highlights and a half finger of tight white head. a solid tripel in the glass.

aroma is rich in fruit notes of apple, grape and apricot. a yeasty base imparts a bready quality that plays off the fruit. overall there is a distinct belgian character to the brew.

taste follows the nose with a touch of pale and caramel malts as well, creating a full profile and a tasty tripel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bready texture. goes down smooth with a bit of residual fruit in the aftertaste.

drinkability is great. very drinkable tripel with great fruit characteristics. cheers!

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Photo of grayburn
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a bit dark for a tripel, a little coppery. There is almost no head to speak of, no lacing. There are some legs of alcohol that run back down the glass, but thats about it.

The smell and taste are both dominated by clove. I was expecting a little more depth. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in both the nose and mouth, but I was looking for a little more.

The mouthfeel is nice, crisp, decent carbonation. I could drink a few of these, but Church Brew Works has some much better taps.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of DIM
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was very dark for a tripel, it was a hazy apple cider color. It poured from a 5 liter mini-keg with a smallish, short lived white head.

s: This had strong aromas of yeasty cloves and bananas along with a distinct cherry aroma. There was a little heat to be found, but not all that much.

t: This was very different from other tripels I've tried. Wheaty banana and spicy cherry flavors dominated. There was toffee-like candied sugar sweetness and a little warmth as well.

m: Very nice silky body on this one. The carbonation wasn't very visible, but it was very apparent in the mouthfeel.

d: This was a little on the sweet side, but I had no problem asking for seconds. This was pretty far removed from the genuine article as far as I can tell. I just enjoyed it for what it is, not what it isn't.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This was called the "2000 Trippel". The bottle was undated, but probably from 2004 or 2005. This one pours a very cloudy, dark golden color. Mine had a very small head on it that dropped away rather quickly and left almost no lacing. The aroma is a bit lighter than I would have expected, but still nice. Bananas, yeast, breadiness as well as some spices to the nose. The taste is somewhat bready, with some banana, citrus, pepper and clove. Not bad at all.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a mini-keg of Millenium Trippel on a recent trip to Pittsburgh. It was light and sweet and you could taste the alcohol a little bit more than you would normally expect for a good trippel. I shared this with a few friends who had never tasted a decent Belgian Trippel and most of them enjoyed it. I wish the Church Brew Works wasn't a 6 hour drive for me as I think I would be a regular a this place. The beers are not spectacular, but they are better than average and the whole atmosphere is something that can't be matched.

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Millenium Tripel from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 69 ratings