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MN Tan - Lift Bridge Brewery

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

MattyG85, May 22, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

blackearth, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DaftPatrick, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

warnerry, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

bsp77, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

sgttibbs, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of 4four4
4/5  rDev +7.8%

4four4, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of msjacilynn
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

msjacilynn, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Bunuelian, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

morimech, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of mkf629
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

mkf629, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of dav2080
4/5  rDev +7.8%

dav2080, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

yamar68, May 21, 2012
Photo of HopheadMort
4/5  rDev +7.8%

HopheadMort, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Lionhearted1987
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Lionhearted1987, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev +7.8%

CCutch, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of happygnome
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

happygnome, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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

gatornation, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Cramerican, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of 4balance
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

4balance, May 23, 2012
Photo of PurpleCloud
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

PurpleCloud, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

dpnelson1978, Jul 02, 2010
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MN Tan from Lift Bridge Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.