MN Tan - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 75
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 7.55%
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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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. (561 characters)

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. (481 characters)

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! (674 characters)

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. (688 characters)

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. (987 characters)

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.

Cheers! (848 characters)

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. (343 characters)

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. (445 characters)

Photo of CPeterson
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (728 characters)

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 (499 characters)

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. (443 characters)

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. (613 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of pdoran10
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazed golden beer, just a bit of a darker "tan" hue. Head didn't really produce out of the bottle.

S-Lots of berry tartness over a bit of yeasty, Belgian-esque aroma.

T-Tart berry, slightly vegetal, is dominating over the rest of the beer's character. This somewhat detracts from this beer, but I also realize that this is what the brewer intended when using such a tart berry. Going on, the beer underneath displays yeasty, clovey flavors, with a hint of something sweet. However, as I stated, these traditionally tripel characteristics are largely overshadowed by the berry tartness.

M-Lighter-medium body carries this beery-ful summer beer well. Carbonation is somewhat higher level, but quite smooth.

D-This category is difficult for this one. It's an intriguing beer, but it's main intriguing characteristic, the tartness of the lingonberries, proves to make this one a little bit less "drinkable." Still, I give it props for what it accomplishes. (999 characters)

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. (758 characters)

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.

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. (1,037 characters)

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. (817 characters)

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. (1,464 characters)

Photo of blackearth
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of jera1350
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at The Happy Gnome.

No head or lacing at all. Ruby red color.

Grainy with light fruity lingonberries.

Bitter fruit from the lingonberries. Tart and uncomplex. Styrafoam taste here. Not sure if it's from the berries, but it's not that great. This isn't what I had in mind from a triple.

Thin and flat. No carbonation at all. Less than medium bodied. Very dry finish.

My first beer from Lift Bridge and I'm very disappointed. Reminded me of a non-carbonated wine cooler. Maybe I had a bad glass, but I'll stay away from this one for now. (551 characters)

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. (280 characters)

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. (973 characters)

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MN Tan from Lift Bridge Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.