July 30th

Mill Street will always hold a special place in my heart for being the brewery that turned me onto craft beer, but their seasonal and specialty releases have really been lacking lately. They’ve been brewing intriguing styles (imperial stout! roggenbier! tripel!), but the quality has not been there. I can understand their Organic Lager from a business standpoint, but why make a bunch of lackluster beers? Beer drinkers will probably buy them because of the Mill Street brand, but people will probably stop supporting you as time goes on.

And now it is no surprise to say that I don’t like the Mill Street Betelgeuse, their boring attempt at a Belgian tripel. It pours a clear gold with a little white head. Huge candi sugar aroma with a little breadiness. Crisp green apple flavour, but not much else at first. Warms up to bready and a hint of drying hops in the finish. Little to no spiciness. The complexity of a good tripel is lacking, leaving just the sweet nothings. Put live yeast in the bottle, add lots of hops to the boil and maybe you’d get something closer to a tripel.

And because you need to know these sort of things, I had a Black Oak Pale Ale with some pizza for dinner and it was delicious. That is all.

Black Oak Pale Ale on Ratebeer

Mill Street Betelgeuse on Ratebeer

Today: 500mL. Year-to-date: 144.33L.

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