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St. Vrain Tripel - Left Hand Brewing Company

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very good

225 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cbl2 on 10-15-2006)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

dunlap926, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of msquared36
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden hue. Not as cloudy as other triples. Light carbonation with barely-there head. Bread-like smell that comes through in the taste. Refreshing taste with a slightly sweet finish. Very clean and crisp. Not too strong for a triple. Doesn't compare to the Trappist triples but a quality beer that ranks in the top tier of other US and Belgium triples.

msquared36, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jakea, Jan 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

frankflores, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear rich yellow color in the Kasteel chalice. Nicely carbonated with a pure white head and lots of zing in the mouth, but not much lacing in the glass. Fragrant nose of apples and pears. Some cider notes in the flavor as well. This is quite a tart Tripel, with less sugar and mellowness than you often find in this style.

There seems to be a touch of hops though the bitterness at the finish is more yeasty. This doesn't start out very sweet, and it heads toward the dry side as you sip. The Belgian character is restrained, though there is just a whiff of the barnyard to add a little complexity. Light bodied but powerful.

A zingy and very sippable Tripel. It makes me think of a dry Sherry. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

mactrail, Jan 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

ChainChompsky, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

2013beer101, Jan 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

valkyre65, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

swgwilt, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

crbnfbr, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

crhea89, Jan 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

DenverBigRed, Dec 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

kylemckinnis, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

vcoggins, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jason, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Mattias, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

aztraz, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with colorful vibrant label art and branded white/red pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery, whose milk stout I quite enjoy. 2013 Vintage. Best by: 05/20/16. 9.3% ABV according to my bottle/ "Enjoy at 45-50 degrees F in a goblet." , Reviewed as a tripel because it clearly identifies as such.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Subpar creaminess. Head retention is poor - about 40 seconds, unless you count the floater ring, which lingers maybe a minute longer. No lacing forms naturally, but I can get some to stick to the sides of the glass by tilting it.

Body colour is a transparent translucent yellow of high vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. It's lighter in colour than most beers I've seen in the style, and may be one of the lightest tripels I've ever seen.

Overall, there are no egregious flaws. It's not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Hmm - surprisingly appealing, actually. Soft (maybe clove) honey, Belgian pale malts, clean barley, straw, herbal notes I can't quite place (actual herbs, not hop-derived herb notes) - maybe something in the mint family?, floral hops, clove, pear fruit, nectar, assorted vague orchard fruits, and cidery character. Plenty of sweetness here. Some spice.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I'm surprised; even ~8% ABV (American-brewed) tripels often seem boozy.

Some might criticize it for seeming too cidery - or at least too redolent of apple juice - but I find it appealing, if nontraditional. A pleasant aroma of average strength for the style.

T/Mf: Orchard fruit: luscious orchard green and yellow apples along with accompanying cidery notes and esters. Hints of peach and pear. The body is refreshingly light and crisp on the palate, with clean smacky Belgian pale malts joining with spritzy crystal malts and sweet clove honey for an interesting mix. Has a kiss of white pepper as well as some clove, but I have trouble identifying the other spices here. Honeysuckle. Hints of lemon. Clean barley. A bit more acidic than I expected, but the effect is nice. As it warms, more of the clean high attenuation yeast begins to come through, evoking some banana but little else; I'm not convinced the yeast used was Belgian (or tripel, for that matter). Digging a bit deeper, I begin to trick myself I'm picking up some white grape grapeskin. Plenty of golden malts. It's certainly on the sweeter side; there's no real hop bitterness at all, and what modest hop character there is here is almost entirely floral, with some complementary fruity hops as well.

It has a warmth which is hardly noticeable, and which I'd call pleasant. I don't find any of the mint which I picked up in the aroma, and I think that's a good thing. There are no off-flavours.

In fairness, it's one of the more complex American brewed tripels I can remember having in quite some time. The dryness and refined crispness of a more intricate tripel is missing here, but the smooth wet mouthfeel here is just fine. It does dry towards the climax in a more traditional manner, which really helps the texture. It's highly carbonated; bottle conditioning would really help this. I like the cidery crispness even if it isn't quite up to par for a tripel.

The beer could use more subtlety. It's nicely balanced for how much is happening, but the best tripels definitely have a better balance. It's very cohesive, but not gestalt. An interesting build for a tripel which flirts with cider, Belgian pale ale, and even hefeweizen profiles.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Traditional Belgian & Trappist offerings certainly have more depth, but this is pretty decent for an American tripel.

Good presence on the palate for what it is. Nice body. Kind of refreshing. Texture suits the flavour profile nicely, but is by no means custom-tailored to the taste.

Not oily, creamy, astringent, harsh, boozy, gushed, or rough. Unrefreshing.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV, which is pretty decently hidden. It's not a world class tripel by any means, but it's pretty nice stuff for an American-brewed offering. I wouldn't get it again, but my meagre expectations were exceeded. I'll have to give Left Hand a bit more attention going forward. Maybe they aren't a one-trick pony. I wouldn't recommend it to friends explicitly, but as I'm from Colorado I'd probably tell local friends it's one of the better tripels in the state.


kojevergas, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

LightnerLiquorKS, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

oxfordmini, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

tfkirk1, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear, light cold color with an ample cap of white head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is a pretty nice traditional take on a tripel....plenty of phenolic Belgian yeast, light crackery malt and a fair amount of grassy hops. Impressed.

Taste throws down some more yeasty phenols and edges on too much clove. Not enough hop backing here, gets a little sweet and flabby in the middle. Malts are light and well done, they just need a little more grassy bitterness to keep it crisp. Mouthfeel is amply carbonated but the sweetness pulls in the wrong direction. Hmmm, not a bad attempt by any means, and thankfully - no spices added! I just had an excellent domestic (Community) Tripel 2 nights ago and that blows this out of the water. Not bad, but likely wont be a repeat purchase.

twiggamortis420, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

kushlash23, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

seavercm, Oct 21, 2013
St. Vrain Tripel from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.