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St. Vrain Tripel - Left Hand Brewing Company

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St. Vrain TripelSt. Vrain Tripel

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BA SCORE
84
good

212 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
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 jordanmills:
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jordanmills

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured from a 750 into a large snifter. Comes out golden and opaque, thick with yeast even after letting it settle, not much carbonation or foam. It smells sweet and yeasty, almost like fresh bread. It tastes sweet with a little bit of spice and a lot of malt. Like a tripel should, imagine that. Feels fairly light on the tongue, but has a lasting smooth finish. It's a great beer, but I'd go for variety.

03-12-2007 01:48:34 | More by jordanmills
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Cuvie62

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +27%

08-07-2013 00:56:54 | More by Cuvie62
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-26-2013 04:27:19 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

07-17-2009 01:18:36 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

11-17-2009 14:02:37 | More by tigg924
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

07-31-2013 17:22:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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valkyre65

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-12-2014 18:48:27 | More by valkyre65
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seavercm

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-21-2013 13:10:36 | More by seavercm
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-12-2013 18:02:16 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

08-08-2008 23:17:49 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

01-03-2007 00:46:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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Photekut

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.8%

05-19-2013 16:41:28 | More by Photekut
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

06-26-2009 12:58:23 | More by tempest
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DenverBigRed

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-18-2013 23:52:03 | More by DenverBigRed
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

11-16-2013 19:17:34 | More by aztraz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -7%

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

08-21-2009 04:23:58 | More by russpowell
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Chuck_25

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

08-08-2013 05:30:51 | More by Chuck_25
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dumptruck81

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

05-10-2012 18:27:21 | More by dumptruck81
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Gmann

New York

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

08-15-2009 03:40:16 | More by Gmann
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DrIPA

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-16-2013 15:12:52 | More by DrIPA
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-01-2013 02:12:37 | More by trevorpost
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

08-07-2008 23:06:15 | More by beerthulhu
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DBoone

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

04-28-2011 23:36:22 | More by DBoone
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milkstoutmama

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

03-18-2010 00:47:02 | More by milkstoutmama
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Tolnik

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

This yellowish golden beer pours with a fair amount of foam. The foam reduces down to a light lacing a top the beer. The beer has the aroma of coriander, wheat, fruit tones and slight malts. The taste of the beer follows suit with slight differences stronger coriander and banana tones. Overall a great beer to enjoy during summer.

07-07-2009 06:23:05 | More by Tolnik
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St. Vrain Tripel from Left Hand Brewing Company
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