St. Vrain Tripel - Left Hand Brewing Company

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St. Vrain TripelSt. Vrain Tripel

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BA SCORE
85
very good

232 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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:
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(Beer added by: cbl2 on 10-15-2006)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy St Valentines Day to me as I celebrate with this 750ml bottle of St Vrain, for which I heaped out $16. After de-corking the nice painted bottle, I poured a textbook Tripel. Golden orange with a medium activity level, the tiny carbonation rising to an ever present if thin foam topping. I can get a whiff of the aroma from 2 feet away as I type ... yeasty and bready. As I sip it here at my desk, I revel in the nice honey-nectar sweetness that’s countered with just a hint of dry finish. This hits the spot tonight. (#2702, 2/14/2007)

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4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 3/4" white head over the clear dark golden brew. Head holds on valiantly, with moderate delicate white lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malts with spicy yeast character. Taste follows along, being remarkably evenly balanced between the sweet and the spicy, offsetting each other nicely. Close shows glints of those flavors, as well as light warmth and a glimpse of alcohol. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent as well. Worth your time and money.

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4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resplendent clover honey with sprinklings of yeast falling slowly in a downward direction and fine bubbles racing rapidly in an upward direction. I keep hoping that some American brewer will figure out how to create a Belgian-style head on their Belgian-style beer. This one comes closer than most. The cap is rich ivory in color and has a surface that looks like torn French bread. Unfortunately, some of that initial magic is lost on subsequent pours.

The nose pretty much nails the style. There's an abundant amount of pear nectar and spicy clove, neither one overpowering the other. Another great feature is that alcohol is virtually absent; quite a feat for such a high-ABV beer. My hopes are rising by the minute.

One of my first thoughts is that Left Hand has done a more than credible job with St. Vrain Tripel. Outside of the mighty Allagash (who I'd put in the same category with Belgium's best), there aren't a lot of outstanding tripels floating around out there in the U.S. of A. I'm not ready to bestow greatness on this one, but at least it tastes authentic.

A prodigious amount of pale malt and a hefty amount of candi sugar give the beer the rock solid backbone that is essential whenever a tripel is being constructed. Given the delicious sun-ripened fruitiness (golden apples, buttery pears, ripe bananas... bubble gum) and the warm spiciness of ground clove, I have to believe the brewery got ahold of a true Belgian yeast strain. I'm not a brewer, but I'm guessing that it's next to impossible to brew a good tripel without kick-ass yeast.

As in the nose, alcohol is superbly masked. So much so that I'm gulping faster than I should be if I intend to make any sense from here on out. The mouthfeel probably won't remind anyone of Tripel Karmeliet, but it's plenty good in its own right. A healthy number of bubbles work behind the scenes (thank goodness) to lighten what might have been an overly sticky beer.

I'm impressed and am becoming more impressed as the ounces pass. I have no idea if Left Hand plans to release any of the 'Big Mo' beers again, but I vote for Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter and St. Vrain Tripel to be regular releases. Seasonal releases at the very least. Nice job guys. Keep 'em coming.

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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Chimay snifter. The front label (painted) had a cool design and the back label (also painted) had a story on who St. Vrain was and what went into the beer. Label also noted that was 2006 Bottle Conditioned. The color was a light golden/brass. The head was a foamy 1/4 inch that turned into a consistent thin top that remained throughout and was feed by a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. The aroma was nice and malty with a spicy sweetness in there as well. It's listed at 9% ABV but it does not taste alcoholish unlike some Tripels that I've had recently - pretty well balanced. The taste is very good but not overpoweringly awesome like Allagash which is still my favorite and top rated Tripel. With that said, this is still top 3 for Tripels. As it warms the flavors develop even more and go nicely with the warming from the alcohol. Good creamy, bubbly mouthfeel as well. Highly recommend especially if you like the style. Another excellent offering from a great brewery. Will cellar a couple and try again as they age. (4.5, RR, T, Y)

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St. Vrain Tripel from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.