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MN Tan - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 76
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 76
Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= This is the new 4 pack bottles from the guys at LB. The bottle reads Minnesota Tan. The pour yeilds a great yellow tripel color with a slight pinkish color from the lingonberries but not much of a pink. I actually feel like when I watched it coming out of the bottle it looked more pink. The head is a beautiful two fingers of nice white head holding awesome lacing and retention on it.

S= Smells like a really bready delicious tripel. The tripel is my favorite Belgian style and this baby is great. There is a good Lingonberry sourness to the smell that just makes itself present without taking from the tripel breadyness. Not much of a Belgian yeast smell to it. Calm in the esters and hops area.

T= The esters come through a little more in the taste than the nose. The taste on this beer is tripel to a tee with just a little lingonberry added to it. The lingonberry adds the perfect complement to the sort of peachy esters that come through in the taste. The breadyness comes through prefectly as well and the hops are still minimal.

M= A little light on the carbonation for a tripel but still pretty good. I actually like the lower carb on this one.

D= This is the best beer I've had from LB so far and that's saying quite a bit. They are just knockin beers out of the park with the things they are doing. This beer is just wow. A tripel with a little extra fun in it that doesn't stand out as odd but actually adds some good complements to the beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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.


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Photo of alexgash
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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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.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of CraigP83
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange in color slight pinkish hue. Smell is straight up strawberry hill boons farm. Taste is also very white wine with tons of strawberry. Alcohol is definitely perceived. Surprisingly my wife the wine drinker does not like it

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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!

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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!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of cmannes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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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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.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into 12oz. glass pint.


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.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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MN Tan from Lift Bridge Brewery
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