MN Tan - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: mothman on 06-22-2009

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a snifter this beer yielded a pale pinkish to red body with no foam. Aroma was tart citrus fruit. Light bodied mouthfeel with tart fruit flavors. Not bad for a fruit beer, but not my favorite style.

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Pale yellow-orange with just a hint of pink. Head foamed up but then disappeared.

Smell: Sweet and tart berries and citrus, light bready malts, with an underlying clove-like dryness.

Taste: Somewhat like a classic Tripel - with light bready malts lightened by sugar, cloves, citrus and the tiniest touch of banana. Of course, the lingonberries add a whole new dimension with some nice tartness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Despite a somewhat sweet beginning, it ends more tart and dry.

Drinkability: Very refreshing summer beer with just the right degree of tartness. Considering the abv, this is a dangerous beer because it begs to be consumed in vast quantities.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of msjacilynn
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a very small head that did not hold for very long. Just a few specks of lacing is left on the glass. I do not see any pink that the people who had this on draft have reported. Has many of the elements of a tripel in aroma, the fruity esters play a lesser role than the sweet, bready malt. I do not pick up the Lingonberries. No sign of alcohol. The flavor is more what I look for in a Tripel. Solid malty base with some candied sugar and fruity esters. I did not pick out the Lingonberry until the finish where there is a slight tartness. A nice Scandanavian twist to the Belgian style. Has a medium body and nice carbonation. Quite drinkable and interesting with the added twist. This is like the rest of the Lift Bridge beers. It comes very close to being great, but just falls short.

Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of happygnome
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Photo of gatornation
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of 4balance
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Photo of PurpleCloud
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into 12oz. glass pint.

50°F

A: Hazy amber. Almost looked like apple cider. No pink, no idea where the pink thing comes from. No head, and no lacing. Could use a bit of work on this end, but nothing that would discourage me from enjoying it.

S: Belgian yeast. Nothing out of the ordinary. Phenolic, and a hind of fruit sweetness.

T: I really enjoyed this beer. It had an obvious Belgian vibe, but the sour was more on par with a wild ale than your typical tripel. I have no idea what a lingonberry is supposed to taste like, but it had a nice fruity presence. Malt was subdued, and hop bitterness was essentially nonexistent. Well masked alcohol.

M: Light body, much lighter than I would expect from a tripel. Medium carbonation.

D: Very refreshing beer. The sweetness is not cloying, and is offset nicely by the sour character. This is not for someone who is opposed to tart flavor, or looking for any sort of hop.

O: Odd interpretation of a tripel to say the least. They would have been better served to avoid this label.

Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review on iPod so please forgive. On tap at The Muddy Pig. Pours a light red color with no head or lacing. Aroma is fruity, lightly tart. Flavor has a nice berryness to it a touch of strawberry and cherry. Very refreshing. I can't believe this is 8.5%! Very drinkable. Good stuff.

Photo of shadow1961
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Lukafer
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Style: Infused Belgian Triple Ale

Had this on tap at Indulge(multiple servings to get the full experience of the beer). Served into my mini-over-sized wine type glass.

Due to the small pour, it really didn't have much head. Color is a clear cherry pink. Very appealing. The brewers said no artificial coloring was used.

Aroma: They made this beer with lingonberries, and I can definitely smell them. Cloves, some random spices, pears. Very great smelling tripel. Unique.

Taste: The lingonberries are well blended into this beer, as they are not overpowering. Cloves, pears, bready malts. Very fruity, almost tarty.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Very tart and sweet. Leaves a nice fruity aftertaste. Makes the lips pucker.

Overall, this was a great tripel. Love the berries in here. I will have to find more of it, but I know it will be hard to. Great brew and I see that it was a great candidate for best in show, as it took the 'gold' home.

Photo of argock
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of CPeterson
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of cmannes
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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MN Tan from Lift Bridge Brewery
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