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MN Tan - Lift Bridge Brewery

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%


Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mothman on 06-22-2009)
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warnerry

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange brown with very little head, though it maintains a collar. Small spots of lacing are left behind.

S - Tart fruit is prominent in the aroma, along with some Belgian yeast and a bit of banana, spice and bread.

T - Interesting. Again, lots of tart fruit that I am assuming is lingonberry. Also a bit of lemon and banana, with Belgian yeast, bread and faint spice. Definitely a twist on the traditional triple, but actually pretty tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice, dry tartness and a faintly earthy finish.

O - The tartness really made this enjoyable on a hot day. I don't know that I would seek this out, but it is a nice twist on the style and I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 02:43:31 | More by warnerry
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4balance


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Yamar68, pours a cloudy golden orange color with a small white head that quickly recedes to a small white ring, tiny bubble lacing.

Smell is immediate citrus, lemony, yeast, spicy.

Tastes tart up front (lingonberries?), sweet tart berry, some toasty bread, slight maltiness to balance the tartness, not picking up any alcohol for an 8.5%

Mouthfeel is tart dryness with a silky finish, medium bodied, crisp bite.

Overall really digging this, out of the Belgian Tripels I've had, this one is right at the top…better than I could have imagined. This is a must try. Thanks again Bennett!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:14:10 | More by 4balance
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pokal:

Pours a bright, glowing gold with constant beading. A short lived white head swells briefly with the pour, sinking back to a thin cap.

Lots of smooth, fresh tartness. Sour grapes, yeast and clean grain.

Very unique beer. Sort of drinks like a berry infused Belgian golden. Unavoidable tart finish.

Nice summer beer. Much enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 01:18:06 | More by yamar68
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happygnome

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden orange color with a pinkish hue to it. There is about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a trace of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer

S: Sweet berry aroma, banana, tart aroma with breadiness and yeastiness

T: sweet berry flavor with breadiness and tartness

m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, I really enjoyed this brew. Another good beer from Liftbridge!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 20:33:15 | More by happygnome
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argock

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Received as a 20+ beer haul from my brother Greg.

A: A light tinge of pink but mainly a tripel look with thin but steady off-white head and some lace streamers.

S: Strong aroma of tart berries with stout pale maltiness and a mild amount of herbal hoppiness.

T: I really wish this beer was without the lingonberries as I think this would be a stellar tripel without it. The lush pale maltiness is delicious, but the tart berry flavor provides accent to the flavor profile. I think, though, that this brew would be better off without the berries as the tripel base is superb with a complex and delicious Belgian pale maltiness that has he right body and feel. The herbal and light citrus feel of the hops is perfect for a dyed-in-the-wool tripel.

M: The body is medium-full and spot-on for the base tripel style.

O: I would love to try this beer as the base tripel -- I think the berries detract more than help. I honestly think Lift Bridge would be better off with bottling the base tripel and going berry-free. Still, this shows that Lift Bridge has their eyes on the prize. A nice beer with a good chance to be an up-and-coming brewery and parlay a really special beer into many more excellent brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:37:09 | More by argock
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose on this is quite “socky” like cheap champagne.

The color was very reminiscent of a New Glarus - Spotted Cow. Little, then no head retention with a slight haze in it’s golden & pinkish body.

I started this tasting with very little enthusiasm, but as I drank it unveiled itself to me. Tangy with a boozy tart berry flavor. I never ended up in love, but I was temporarily satisfied nonetheless.

By the time I was finished with just one bottle I was tipsy and a bit flushed. I guess that’s why they call it a Minnesota Tan - because those of us northerners of northern-european decent don’t go brown - we take on various shades of pink & red.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 17:59:25 | More by burnheartsMKE
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A cloudy light golden orange with about a finger of white head that quickly fades into a patchy layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: An interesting sweet and tart aroma of banana, peppers, tropical fruits, berries, yeast, and bready malts.

Taste: Tart and sweet with a mix of tropical fruits, berries, bready malts, banana, clove, spice, and yeast. Pretty tart but not overwhelming. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:10:08 | More by MattyG85
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msjacilynn

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from old notes: 7/21/10

A: hazy yellow with a tint of orange/pink.

S: tart fruit and sugars.

T: whoa...could not get beyond the tart.

M: medium and overly carbonated.

D: sorry, but this was not for me. way too tart would not pick up again. gave the 3 extras away.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 16:32:54 | More by msjacilynn
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cmannes

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a Stella Tulip

Appearance: Almost clear amber color, hint of pink. White head faded fast.

Aroma: Belgian Yeast, Wheat, a hint of the lingonberry.

Taste: Tart, a little of the lingon, wheat finish. Some of the high ABV creeping in.

Mouthfeel: Not as thin as it looks. Little fizzy.

Overall: Not bad. But I think it could have gone "more" either way. Either a stronger tripel, or a stronger lingonberry flavor. Right now, it's in kind of a bland spot in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:48:41 | More by cmannes
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Nile.
Poured with very nice temperature. Very slightest hint of reddish hue intermixed with golden and not perfectly clear body. Smallish head.
With traditional tripel aromas a hint of berry that to me seemed closest to raspberry. Appropriate phenols.
Again with expected tripel flavors and a somewhat more prominent berry flavor similar to aroma. It intermixes quite nicely with the malt and yeast flavors.
Feeling of more carbonation with a light body and mild dryness.
This was a nice drink. Went down well with no sense of excess with fill or richness. I'd definitely get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 15:17:46 | More by garymuchow
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PurpleCloud

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden color, lacking head, slight white ring around glass from carbonation.

S: Fruity nose, little hops, some wheat as well.

T: A fruity, berry taste, a bit tart though, followed by a medium level wheat taste that is alright.

M: Smooth, but with a dry.

D: Sweet, but not too bad, ABV is kind of high more than a couple.

Overall: Minnesota Tan is a good Belgian Tripel worth trying. I liked the color and appearance and smell. The taste was a bit tart, perhaps too much berry flavor, but the wheat followed nicely. Not bad at all, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:08:52 | More by PurpleCloud
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Lukafer

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to MilwaukeeCrusher for this one!

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, one finger of white head that quickly leaves no trace of it ever existing. Smells like yeast, berries, slight alcohol, some banana and a little peppery, smells good. Taste is banana, spices, cloves and yeast and a slightly tart berry finish. Pretty good, although the fruit finish makes it a little tarter than it should be, IMO. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is great, I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 04:19:37 | More by Lukafer
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Moderately cloudy apricot gold body. Small, short-lived, ring of off-white head. Not much lacing. Nose is an interesting mix of pepper, tropical fruit malts, banana, and tart cherries (lingonberries?). I like it very much.

Lightly sweetened tropical fruit and cherry flavors up front. Tart cherry/raspberry shows up and adds a nice complement to the growing fruity malt sweetness. The tropical fruit flavors typically found in a tripel are here, but again, the mild tartness adds some interesting depth/contrast. Warming banana liqueur and cherry skins in the finish. Medium-full body with a slick, low-carbonation feel. A nice twist on a traditional style!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:10:56 | More by alexgash
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shadow1961

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lift Bridge Minnesota Tan pours no head to speak of over a cloudy deep golden brew. Carbonation is active and steady, however, with an interesting vinous, funky, cidery nose. The flavor is likewise tart and cidery up front, with notes of clove and light barley, with just a touch of herbal hop and alcohol tang off the back. Mouthfeel is light, finishing dry- this stuff is yet another example of a beer you could pull out for your wine loving cronies- think of it as a rough analogue of a dry white wine. I love a brewer who's willing to experiment with these flavors! Really outstanding, in my opinion, especially considering Liftbridge hasn't even existed for more than a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:53:59 | More by shadow1961
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MN Tan

"Rethink pink" is on the tap handle, due to the change-up in coloration from earlier batches. Lingonberries just weren't that easy to find, this time around.

But it definitely looks the part of a tripel, that's for sure. Clouded, golden-hued, full head of snow white foam above. Large and lace-leaving. Lovely.

Aroma: straw, spice, citrus. soft and sensuous.

Flavor: Here's where the flavor comes in, fruity, tart, plump with berries in the mouth. A little lemon, a little lime, mixed up with the berries. Whisper of banana. (Not that familiar with the Swedish fruit, so I'm a little lost on that.) Resembles a softer cranberry, to me.
Full-bodied, and full flavored. Medium finish, hangs lightly on the palate, softly fades away. Gets a little sweet in the end, finishes gracefully and encourages another drink.

I like this better than the pink batch. And it might be my favorite Lift Bridge, yet. Although I need to give Biscotti another try.

This is tasty stuff, indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 23:00:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acadia in Minneapolis into a tulip.

A: Clear gold body with a finger of fine white head; average retention and light lace.

S: Rich, full aroma of bready malt, spicy yeast, and faintly tart lingonberries. Nice.

T: It has everything from the nose, but with far more tartness from the berries. Well-balanced array of flavors.

M: A little thin with moderate, prickly carbonation.

D: Doesn't show the alcohol at all, but the sweet/sour berry flavor gets a bit overwhelming; still, not at all bad.

Notes: I've had a lot of different fruit beers, but this was definitely my first experience with a lingonberry brew. While not the best-crafted Belgian style beer I've had, I really loved the way the malt, yeast, and fruit all balanced each other out. Unique and enjoyable, and definitely characteristically Minnesotan. Good stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 21:50:34 | More by woosterbill
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some unidentified berry notes. The flavor is similar, with a lot of berry character complimented by the wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing bad about the beer, but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 03:17:09 | More by Mora2000
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale lemon yellow. Quite hazy. Minimal head and no CO2 observed throughout the body. Looks flat. Smells tart, dank, musty and a little bit fruity. Well, it isn't flat and it tastes better than it smells. I notice the fruitiness first. Then the tartness. Then the Belgian tripel aspects (breadiness, yeasty esters, etc...). Overall, it's actually a pretty nice tasting beer. Carbonation could use a little boost, but not much really. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 03:50:04 | More by Bighuge
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CPeterson

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A -- Pours a golden nondescript golden that wouldn't be indicative of the lingonberry that the beer is brewed with...interesting. A nice head that breaks into a a thin skim and almost no lacing.

S -- Smells of sweet malt, yeast and fruit.

T -- A nice sweet / sour pair that reflects the fruit and the malt nicely, fading into a dryness that would reflect a traditional tripel. Not terribly complex, but decently tasty.

M -- Light, airy and slightly resinous. Not as cloyingly sweet as most trips.

D -- As far as tripels are concerned, I would weigh this as being very drinkable for the style as the sourness of the fruit balances the sweetness. However, not anything I would race back to the store for to buy it by the case.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:35:39 | More by CPeterson
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden yellow color with very little head and very little lacing.. lots of sour tart smells mixed with the berry phenols some yeast ..taste does not follow the smell its so tart and sour patch but not alot of fruit or sweetness of a tripel..yeast is not that present either i pick up a little spice but to much tart..mouth feel is medium but alcohol is present with a real sour patch taste which is ok just not what i expected from a tripel..i will stick with the farm girl from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 22:29:55 | More by gatornation
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a tulip glass at the Acadia. I heard this was supposed to be more red, but it was just a clear amber. The lingonberries impart a pleasant tart tang, but overall, this beer could use a little more Belgian character - it's a bit too clean. I'd say the same of Lift Bridge's Farm Girl (not enough yeast character), but this is still a respectable Belgian with a earthy and lightly fruity character. Worth checking out for something different.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 14:50:19 | More by tempest
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden tan color with a slight pink hue, very slight though, less than I expected from what was implied. Small head that dissipates quickly.

I really enjoy the berry notes from the lingonberries added to this beer. Very nice smell, an interesting spin on a tripel.

Taste has a belgian yeast notes upfront followed by a sweet and also tart flavor from the lingonberry additions. Very nice tripel, maybe a little one dimensional but I am a fan.

Mouthfeel is just average, the carbonation is much too low for a tripel.

Good drinkability, very tasty and interesting beer I'd recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 05:03:09 | More by pmccallum86
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of yeast, and berries. It is pleasant, but very simple lacking any sort of nuance. The taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some tangerine in the finish. The alcohol is rather prominent too in an unwelcome sort of way. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a rather disappointing beer. I don't dislike it, but i certainly don't like it either. I would most likely pass on drinking it again though.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 20:02:17 | More by KarlHungus
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold, fading head.

Smell: Yeasty, cloves, hint of berries.

Taste: Tangy berry flavor dominates, some bready-yeasty flavors.

Drinkability: Too tart and not enough sweetness for a tripel.

Picked up a single to give this one a try, I like tripels and I want to support local brewing. Unfortunately this reminded me way too much of the fruit-infused wheat beers that Samuel Adams comes out with every year. I liked some of those, but am not a fan of lingonberries.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 23:55:32 | More by Mdog
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear golden orange color with very little head at all. Smells of acidic fruit a hint of belgian yeast. smell is subdued. flavor is acidic lingenberries (think really tart unripened raspberries) up front with a very slight belgian yeast and spice qualty finishing up. seems like the base ingredients for this tripel are lacking in amount and taste. mouthfeel is fine, a smooth triple, refreshing in your mouth. very quaffable. could drink a lot of these, but their flavor isnt excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:55:24 | More by pdoran10
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MN Tan from Lift Bridge Brewery
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