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MN Tan - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 76
Photo of pdoran10
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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 -9.4%
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 +14.8%
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 -1.3%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +19.1%
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 -20.2%
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 -19.9%
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 +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 35 ratings.