St. Vrain | Left Hand Brewing Company

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St. VrainSt. Vrain

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by cbl2 on 10-15-2006

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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 109
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A just purchased 2013 vintage bottle – best by 5/2016 – poured into a tulip glass.
L: The beer lets off a loud hiss upon popping the cap. It pours hazy straw gold under a 1” white foam cap that takes 3 minuted to reduce to a thick, lacy film.
S: Citrus, fruit, over ripe fruit, light grains.
T: Tropical fruit, some peach, apricot, marmalade like bitter finish with citrus rind, tropical fruit, melon and traces of cantalope.
F: Creamy, some pleasant warming, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink tripel.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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'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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy white gold color. Lively stream of bubbles, creating a short, rather thin white crown. A bit of lacing hangs on after foam recedes. Not much left after only a short duration.

The nose shows off the Belgian -style yeast qualities most, with a big, sour effect. Sour wheat and grains, tangy fruits with definite banana and clove aroma.

The flavor is of a classic Americanized version of the classic Belgian Tripel style. A viciously crisp and sharp malt bite, slightly honey-sweet hits first. Big sour and tangy fruity flavor's roll around a very spicy, herbal complexity. Subtle grains in the malt, mostly wheat and sweet corn. The malt is much sweeter than the classic style usual offers, with a low complexity yeast. The real charm to these Belgian style's is the unique complexity and wild effect from the yeast. Usually with a sharp bite snd filled with earthy flavor's, this one has sour and tangy fruits mostly. The banana and clove, herbal taste to the yeast is classically American. The malt is very bold and sweet, maybe just a bit too sweet for my palate. At 9.3% abv. There is a nice, long heat tingle going down.

The feel is very jazzy with a monsterous crisp bite. The Natural Colorodo spring water certainly makes for an ultra crisp and clean feel. This one never really becomes dry with a crisp but long malty finish.

My favorite aspects of this beer is the extra heady, honey sweet malt, although beyond the limits of the style, it is still very enjoyable. The feel is very clean, could be better with a dry finish however. Although the yeast taste is not as "wild" or unique as I would like, it too has it's subtle charms.

Overall, not bad for an American brewery, although very much like most versions of this style NOT directly from Belgium.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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1.12/5  rDev -70.1%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of russpowell
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

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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St. Vrain from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 271 ratings