St. Vrain
Left Hand Brewing Company

St. VrainSt. Vrain
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #331
ABV:
9%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,199
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 12.17%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
271
From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  9
Gots
  31
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by pat61:
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MDHopster
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyanStelzner
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of DATMEM9194
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Fuzzycat787
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of MIchael_D_Larkin
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wattersmike90
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer, poured from a thick, Belgian-style bomber, is a yellow-gold color with plenty of floaties. Not a lot of haze, but lots of suspended particles. The head is slim and clingy. The aroma is sweet, with Belgian esters and phenols, and very approachable. The taste is a little sweet for my tastes, but it is backed with some solid bitterness. Full in body, engaging, and drinkable. Approachable.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle(room temp) a cloudy straw gold with a huge head of foam that shrank slowly leaving a solid layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is all yeasty and has strong notes of dark fruit like plum and fig as well as lemony citrus. A nice nose overall.

The taste has that sweet dark fruit and malt up front but the candi sugar mentioned on the label is what I'm noticing the most...that and a side note of banana that works its way in about midway through and adds some good depth. The finish is a nice mix of sweet and sour that leaves me smacking my mouth in an attempt to keep the flavours going. And..as far as the high abv goes, there's certainly a bit of warming but it's not present in the tasting at all. This is a Tripel that I'd buy again without hesitation!

Bottom line: This is a very good effort and worth trying if you see it in a store near you. My hat's off to Left Hand!

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Photo of LutherBrau
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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.

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Photo of JB62
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of iMiah
1.12/5  rDev -70.4%

Photo of cbl2
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/17/2006 $12.99 750 mL 9.00% 2006 Bottle Conditioned.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy peach/brown with a thin film of white wisp on top.

Aroma:

Hints of sweet pineapple, black pepper and just a touch of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Fresh tropical fruit with Belgian candied sugar sweetness apparent, as well as the spicyness of black pepper. A hint of hot alcohol in the finish.

A very nice representation of the style. Part of Left Hand's "Big Mo' Beers" series, named after the St. Vrain River, located to the west of their brewery.

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Photo of TapDat
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Tripel! Left Hand wins again!

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades out. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of pear, peach, pineapple, light melon, dough, and orange.
Taste is of the tropical mix mentioned in the aromas with a touch of vanilla and spice coming through with the yeast to make for some interesting flavors.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, sweet up front, yeasty with tropical flavors and pear hanging on to the semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gavage
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: fairly clear yellowish orange in color sporting a spotty surface foam, even with a vigorous pour.

Smell: yeast, candy sweetness, and hints of pepper.

Taste: yeast is quite noticeable here. Pears, green grapes, hints of tart citrus, sweet sugar, mild bitterness, pepper, and touch of alcohol make up an average tatsting belgian styled tripel. Very dry overall. The flavor components just aren't tied together here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and dry at the start, smoooth and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the candy sweetness and yeast tones.

Drinkability: so-so beer and a bit of a disappointment. You can pass on this one and not miss anything.

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St. Vrain from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 271 ratings