MN Tan | Lift Bridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States
liftbridgebrewery.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by mothman on 06-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MN Tan

"Rethink pink" is on the tap handle, due to the change-up in coloration from earlier batches. Lingonberries just weren't that easy to find, this time around.

But it definitely looks the part of a tripel, that's for sure. Clouded, golden-hued, full head of snow white foam above. Large and lace-leaving. Lovely.

Aroma: straw, spice, citrus. soft and sensuous.

Flavor: Here's where the flavor comes in, fruity, tart, plump with berries in the mouth. A little lemon, a little lime, mixed up with the berries. Whisper of banana. (Not that familiar with the Swedish fruit, so I'm a little lost on that.) Resembles a softer cranberry, to me.
Full-bodied, and full flavored. Medium finish, hangs lightly on the palate, softly fades away. Gets a little sweet in the end, finishes gracefully and encourages another drink.

I like this better than the pink batch. And it might be my favorite Lift Bridge, yet. Although I need to give Biscotti another try.

This is tasty stuff, indeed.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a tulip glass at the Acadia. I heard this was supposed to be more red, but it was just a clear amber. The lingonberries impart a pleasant tart tang, but overall, this beer could use a little more Belgian character - it's a bit too clean. I'd say the same of Lift Bridge's Farm Girl (not enough yeast character), but this is still a respectable Belgian with a earthy and lightly fruity character. Worth checking out for something different.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some unidentified berry notes. The flavor is similar, with a lot of berry character complimented by the wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing bad about the beer, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale lemon yellow. Quite hazy. Minimal head and no CO2 observed throughout the body. Looks flat. Smells tart, dank, musty and a little bit fruity. Well, it isn't flat and it tastes better than it smells. I notice the fruitiness first. Then the tartness. Then the Belgian tripel aspects (breadiness, yeasty esters, etc...). Overall, it's actually a pretty nice tasting beer. Carbonation could use a little boost, but not much really. Pretty good.

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Photo of jera1350
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A cloudy light golden orange with about a finger of white head that quickly fades into a patchy layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: An interesting sweet and tart aroma of banana, peppers, tropical fruits, berries, yeast, and bready malts.

Taste: Tart and sweet with a mix of tropical fruits, berries, bready malts, banana, clove, spice, and yeast. Pretty tart but not overwhelming. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a tripel.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of yeast, and berries. It is pleasant, but very simple lacking any sort of nuance. The taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some tangerine in the finish. The alcohol is rather prominent too in an unwelcome sort of way. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a rather disappointing beer. I don't dislike it, but i certainly don't like it either. I would most likely pass on drinking it again though.

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Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange brown with very little head, though it maintains a collar. Small spots of lacing are left behind.

S - Tart fruit is prominent in the aroma, along with some Belgian yeast and a bit of banana, spice and bread.

T - Interesting. Again, lots of tart fruit that I am assuming is lingonberry. Also a bit of lemon and banana, with Belgian yeast, bread and faint spice. Definitely a twist on the traditional triple, but actually pretty tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice, dry tartness and a faintly earthy finish.

O - The tartness really made this enjoyable on a hot day. I don't know that I would seek this out, but it is a nice twist on the style and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of argock
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Received as a 20+ beer haul from my brother Greg.

A: A light tinge of pink but mainly a tripel look with thin but steady off-white head and some lace streamers.

S: Strong aroma of tart berries with stout pale maltiness and a mild amount of herbal hoppiness.

T: I really wish this beer was without the lingonberries as I think this would be a stellar tripel without it. The lush pale maltiness is delicious, but the tart berry flavor provides accent to the flavor profile. I think, though, that this brew would be better off without the berries as the tripel base is superb with a complex and delicious Belgian pale maltiness that has he right body and feel. The herbal and light citrus feel of the hops is perfect for a dyed-in-the-wool tripel.

M: The body is medium-full and spot-on for the base tripel style.

O: I would love to try this beer as the base tripel -- I think the berries detract more than help. I honestly think Lift Bridge would be better off with bottling the base tripel and going berry-free. Still, this shows that Lift Bridge has their eyes on the prize. A nice beer with a good chance to be an up-and-coming brewery and parlay a really special beer into many more excellent brews.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acadia in Minneapolis into a tulip.

A: Clear gold body with a finger of fine white head; average retention and light lace.

S: Rich, full aroma of bready malt, spicy yeast, and faintly tart lingonberries. Nice.

T: It has everything from the nose, but with far more tartness from the berries. Well-balanced array of flavors.

M: A little thin with moderate, prickly carbonation.

D: Doesn't show the alcohol at all, but the sweet/sour berry flavor gets a bit overwhelming; still, not at all bad.

Notes: I've had a lot of different fruit beers, but this was definitely my first experience with a lingonberry brew. While not the best-crafted Belgian style beer I've had, I really loved the way the malt, yeast, and fruit all balanced each other out. Unique and enjoyable, and definitely characteristically Minnesotan. Good stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Nile.
Poured with very nice temperature. Very slightest hint of reddish hue intermixed with golden and not perfectly clear body. Smallish head.
With traditional tripel aromas a hint of berry that to me seemed closest to raspberry. Appropriate phenols.
Again with expected tripel flavors and a somewhat more prominent berry flavor similar to aroma. It intermixes quite nicely with the malt and yeast flavors.
Feeling of more carbonation with a light body and mild dryness.
This was a nice drink. Went down well with no sense of excess with fill or richness. I'd definitely get this again.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mhaugo
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of alexgash
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Moderately cloudy apricot gold body. Small, short-lived, ring of off-white head. Not much lacing. Nose is an interesting mix of pepper, tropical fruit malts, banana, and tart cherries (lingonberries?). I like it very much.

Lightly sweetened tropical fruit and cherry flavors up front. Tart cherry/raspberry shows up and adds a nice complement to the growing fruity malt sweetness. The tropical fruit flavors typically found in a tripel are here, but again, the mild tartness adds some interesting depth/contrast. Warming banana liqueur and cherry skins in the finish. Medium-full body with a slick, low-carbonation feel. A nice twist on a traditional style!

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Photo of gatornation
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden yellow color with very little head and very little lacing.. lots of sour tart smells mixed with the berry phenols some yeast ..taste does not follow the smell its so tart and sour patch but not alot of fruit or sweetness of a tripel..yeast is not that present either i pick up a little spice but to much tart..mouth feel is medium but alcohol is present with a real sour patch taste which is ok just not what i expected from a tripel..i will stick with the farm girl from this brewery

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Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

MN Tan pours a reddish color with a very small head. There is a weak dry raspberry aroma, with hints of Belgian candies. Taste has a nice dry natural raspberry flavor, with hints of yeast and Belgian candies. Good body and feel, flavors blend together very well. Overall a very underrated beer, full flavor, good natural raspberry flavors, on a noticeable mellow tripel backbone.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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MN Tan from Lift Bridge Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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