Millenium Tripel
Church Brew Works

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #149
Ranked #17,694
3.9 | pDev: 12.56%
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 69 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by psinderson:
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4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle served at the brewpub. Poured into wine-type glass.

Appearance: Dark golden color and cloudy. Thin head dissipated quickly.

Smell: Nice and spicy. Some yeast character and fruits all around - Prunes, raisins, plums. A touch of brown sugar in the background.

Taste: Very complex. Sugary prunes and molasses with yeast. Spicy, peppery undertones. This beer supresses the alcohol very well. Finishes extemely smooth. One of the smoothest Tripels I've had.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability: This Tripel is superbly drinkable. The smooth and clean feel combined with the well-brewed, hidden alcohol character really allows this beer to go down well.

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psinderson from Pennsylvania, Feb 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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WVbeergeek from West Virginia, Aug 16, 2004
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2.57/5  rDev -34.1%
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)

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RBorsato from Virginia, Aug 22, 2005
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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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crookedhalo from Pennsylvania, Dec 28, 2004
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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weeare138 from Pennsylvania, Jan 30, 2006
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4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania, Aug 14, 2004
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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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Boto from Connecticut, Sep 26, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2004 Bottling, Sampled December 2004.
The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of banana being apparent as I pour this into my glass. The beer is a hazy copper-orange color and is topped by a full cream colored head. The aroma has herbal notes as well, but the banana seems to dominate, though it is in no way overpowering. As I stick my schnozz in a bit more I also get notes of lemon (almost in a sprite kind of way).

The taste is smooth and creamy up front, but finishes with a bit of sharpness. The banana is in the taste as well, it is in fact the dominant character of this beer, almost like this is an über Hefeweisen. There are also notes of lemon, a bit of grass/ hay, and ginger among other things. This beer has an astringent, sharp finish which I find typical of more complex Trippels. This beer perhaps has a bit more body than is typical (seems they have the typical American phobia to adding extra fermentables to a beer), but it is tasty, and I find the focus on the banana esters quite interesting.

This beer is an interesting interpretation of the style, and given the body of this I would think that this would age quite interestingly. Thank you Santa for delivering this early, tasty present to my stocking.

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Gueuzedude from Arizona, Dec 19, 2004
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3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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watermelonman from California, Feb 21, 2006
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4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Mar 20, 2005
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ramrod666 from Pennsylvania, May 05, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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santoslhalper from Pennsylvania, May 15, 2005
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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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hopdog from Pennsylvania, Jan 27, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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bigdeuce from Pennsylvania, Feb 24, 2007
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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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bdupree from North Carolina, Mar 28, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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dwarvenspirits from Pennsylvania, May 26, 2006
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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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ccrida from Oregon, Sep 29, 2008
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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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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania, Oct 21, 2012
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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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DIM from Pennsylvania, Nov 30, 2008
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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BeerForMuscle from New Jersey, Nov 05, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Served at CBW in a flute glass. Body is densely foggy with no head or lacing. Cloudiness is translucent and uniform throughout. Very little carbonation can be seen rising to the top of my glass.

S- Wow. This one has heavenly aromas. Lots of sweet, bready, Belgian yeast and fruit like esters rise and have a perfect balance.

T- Fruity esters upfront with a heavy sweet bready yeast background. The taste intensifies for the swallow and adds a hint of spiciness. The large amount of bready yeast lingers on the palate wrapped in a soft warm alcohol blanket long after the swallow.

M-Carbonation is medium and this does not have the champagne-like characteristic of most tripels-but that's ok with me. Body light and smooth with an emphasis on they yeast.

T- This is an excellent batch of Millenium that CBW has out right now. . It may, however, fall more into the category of BSPA rather than a tripel. Anyway, I will get this whenever they have it because it was excellent.

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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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botham from New York, Jun 06, 2009
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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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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania, Feb 12, 2011
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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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webmanspidey from Michigan, Nov 29, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

vwbus7 from North Carolina, Jun 26, 2014
Millenium Tripel from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 69 ratings