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St. Vrain Tripel - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

220 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cbl2 on 10-15-2006)
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Reviews by cheers2beers:
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: From a 750ml bottle this beer poured a very murky apple juice shade with a bright white head that stacked up roughly about two fingers high. Many columns of bead can be found within my glass floating vigorously to the top.

Smell: The aromas are filled with lots of aromatic fruits and a fresh baked bread. Lemons play a great role in the aroma as well. This beer produces a typical Belgian yeasty aroma that I tend to find in Tripels and Quads.

Taste: A sweetness at first, from the nonagressive fruits and a slight alcohol sting settles you in for a delightfull bready middle and finish. The alcohol almost seems masked but then again you know it is there. This brew in my opinion is quite quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation. Smooth bubblely feel throughout. Leaves a small film on the back of the tongue, not a bad thing perhaps something to say " forget me not".

Drinkability: I think in my opinion it is a little too sweet to be hardcore quaffable, but I could put down a few of them. what do you think? Go get one to try i'm sure you will like it.


Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, Jan 22, 2007
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Jason, Nov 26, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, $10.99 @ DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. No feshness info offered. Pours lighter golden wheat, slightly hazed, a large yeast deposit is on the bottom of the bottle and the second pour adds this further cloudy inducing substance to the mix. Moderate, fine near white head. Leaves fine patterns of light lacing. Lacks the long lasting voluminous head thats so common amoung the all stars of the style. Tropical fruits, light bubble gum and slight pepper in the nose. Yummy brew, more light pepper, ripe fruit, bubble gum, gin and lime flavor notes picked up. 9% no where in sight. Fine tripel. Delicate and well crafted. Belgian lovers go get some and enjoy.

Billolick, Jul 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright yellow in color, cloudy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: alcohol, banana, and Belgian spices

Taste: alcohol, banana, grass, apple, Belgian spices, and a sweet honey end

Mouthfeel: sweet, smooth, minimal carbonation, sticky

Drinkability: A nice and malty tripel. The spices are not as in your face as the sugar. I would buy this again as a treat.

tigg924, Nov 17, 2009
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4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden body with a full upright white head leaving fine speckled lacing behind. Aroma is honey biscuit malts with a barrage of earthiness, delicate floral, and spice notes....it's amazing it literally makes women want to stop shaving their armpits. A hippie pleasure in glass form excellent beer if you ask anybody especially women. Flavor consists of bready yeast and abundant spice notes excellent across multiple sources, filled with spicy honey rich biscuit malts sweeter than most but again it's great tasting. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied higher carbonation with flowing sweet barley that raises the brows without difficulty. Overall it's a beer many will enjoy but few find as pleasure full as this beer is. God bless St. Vrain and her story behind her sainthood.

WVbeergeek, Jul 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

valkyre65, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

LXIXME, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

seavercm, Oct 21, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A way too sweet Belgian, thanks Jon for bringing. Sweetish smell, tons of malts. Triple gone too sweet. Sweet tupello honey, abve average mouthfeel. Not very complex. A little too sweet for palate and drinkbility.There is a drop of hops there, its Styrian Golding, but you need to get past this mounatin of cloying sweetness.

Sammy, Aug 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand's St. Vrain Tripel pours a clear, golden-brass colored body beneath a short but creamy head of bright white foam. The retention is very good, bolstered by steadily teeming bubbles from beneath, and the lacing is quite nice with mostly solid walls of creamy white lace.

In the nose it's malty with a fruity side that gathers together soft summer berries and freshly sliced apples (hmmm,... La Chouffe yeast?). There's a light maltiness to it, and it's softly sweet with a mild edge of fruit and vanilla.

In the mouth it's lightly tingly and then moderately creamy-smooth with a medium body and gently effervescent carbonation.

The flavor expresses delicate fruit upfront, surrounded by soft malt with a vanilla-cream side. As it warms the malt becomes more prominent, but some spicy alcohol also steps in. It doesn't linger, but it immediately scrubs away the malty/fruity sweetness into a dry and (alcohol) spicy finish. Suddenly refreshed, the palate is again ready for another sip!

Overall, it's very nice, refreshing, and, to at least some extent interesting. But it lacks depth of flavor and complexity in comparison with the best from Belgium and America. Certainly worthy of trying, and very enjoyable, but not stunning.

NeroFiddled, Jan 03, 2007
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3/5  rDev -20%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. A wine glass was $6. It appeared a surprisingly brilliant, clear amber with a short white head. I'd call this a classic example of an American tripel. It's on the spicy end of the Belgian style spectrum like a tripel should be, but overall the flavor is far too clean. Sure, it's dry and drinkable as all hell, but it lacks the delicate complexity of a great Belgian tripel. The flavors were limited here to white pepper, a hint of clove, and hot (alcoholic) bready malts. It reminded me of Tripel Crown made by Middle Ages in upstate NY.

tempest, Jun 26, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

DenverBigRed, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

aztraz, Nov 16, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Joplin in early spring, 2009 batch (Capped bomber)

Pours an effervescent & chill-hazed honey color with a finger of pearl white head. Stays hazy, above average head retention & good lacing

S: Mown grass & faint green apple

T: Golden delicious apples, grassyness, lemons & juicyfruit up front. More of the same as this warms, with some booze lurking in the background, along with some grapefruit, but a bit too much juicyfruit for me, plus a bit of tartness & peach. Finishes semi-dry & sweet, with bits of lemon, banana, candi sugar, pink grapefruit, peach, & tartness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit of irritating chalkiness too

Drinks alright, but not a shining example of the style IMO. At least the ABV is well hidden, this just lacks depth & complexity

russpowell, Aug 21, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Chuck_25, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

dumptruck81, May 10, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear toasted straw color with a very small head that quickly disipated into the lightest of rings. Very thin looking for a tripel. Nice yeasty aromas, some banana and bubble gum scents. The banana and bubble gum yeast flavors are there but seem to be derailed by the sugar presence. The flavor is quite sweet and has a berry like fruitiness with the slightest touch of hops in the end. The feel is abnormally light and watery for the style and has fairly soft carbonation. The ABV pops its head in every so often. A very disappointing tripel, the body and feel seem way off. The flavors aren't bad but lack the depth of a good tripel. A rare miss for Left Hand.

Gmann, Aug 15, 2009
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DrIPA, Oct 16, 2013
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trevorpost, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a vibrant golden-amber with a moderate bright white head. There was about a half inch of sediment lying on bottom of bottle. Peppery colored floaties swirled and danced in the glass.

S: a spicy fruitiness (pineapple, candi sugar, apples and and a lemony hopping.

T: The flavor was yeasty and true to style with pears, apples and some citrusy tones. The overall beer had a sweet spicy and sour character bursting with typical triple fruitiness and finishing with a peppery spicing.

M: There was a noticeable alcohol tinger and warming in the mouthful which was medium bodied, with a lively carbonation factor with warm fruit.

D: Overall a spicy/sour Belgian that drank fairly well with only a slight awarness of the 9.0%abv.

beerthulhu, Aug 08, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled in 2009, poured into Duvel tulip.
A Hazy straw color, poured straight, fluffy, slightly off white head, 1/2 in faded quickly to thin layer.
S Candy sugar, banana, biscuity
T Banana, candy sugar, & some other light colored fruit, .
M Very light on tongue and cheeks, and smooth.
O Solid triple you should try if you have the opportunity, I would buy again.

DBoone, Apr 29, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Keg. First thought, home brew? Benefits: Bright straw color and excellent clarity. Honey-caramel nose, sweet turnip and bitter peony flavors in a light-bodied, crisp style. Deceivingly high ABV, yet so soft! Detriments: Slightly sour, will affect prolonged enjoyment. 1/4" head; dies out after 5-7 minutes.

milkstoutmama, Mar 18, 2010
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St. Vrain Tripel from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.