St. Vrain | Left Hand Brewing Company

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St. VrainSt. Vrain

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: 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: 267 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a typical tripel. Light, pale gold color with good clarity. Smells mostly clean with hints of yeast and clove. Similar notes of yeast, banana and clove on the palate. Distinct menthol cough drop notes are slightly off putting. Medium bodied, well carbonated and slightly sticky from the sugar. It's ok. Won't be buying again.

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Photo of AGoodStout
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!
This decent American tripel pours a nice chill hazed amber tinged straw color
with a decent head of white foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin light wafting
pool, and light spotty lacing. Nose of phenol laden breaded malts with banana
and light coriander notes with subtle booze. Flavors follow the nose but showcase
more deft on flavors with subtle banana and light coriander mingling with subtle herbal
notes with fresh lightly yeasty rolls pale sugar malts with a touch of clove on the rear and a
subtle herbal hop note. Decent mouth feel; medium light body, medium light carbonation,
and a lightly sweet and warming booze touched finish that is lightly dry.

Overall this is a decent tripel made in America that could be award winning
with a few tweaks to the recipe. Still solid and one I have enjoyed over the
years that only suffers from comparison to other brews of the same general
locale IE America which the map seems to be now peppered with in heavy doses.


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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chippo33
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. 2017 vintage bottle, which expires in 2020. Sampled on May 24, 2017.

It pours a slightly cloudy (or is it a chill haze) pale yellow under a small and short-lived white fizzy head.

The aroma does have some character including vague banana, white bread, herbs such as coriander,clove, grass, and a little booze,

About a medium body that is semi-smooth.

The alcohol is a little more evident in the taste but I also get the same herbal, banana, and white bread characters of the aroma. It ends fairly bitter or that might just be an alcohol burn that really lingers on.

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Photo of DBosco
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2017 vintage best by 2020. Pours a mostly clear gold with about a finger of foamy head that settles to a white film. Smells a little boozy and sweet. Tastes a little sweet, with light notes of clove, spice, and pepper. Feel is smooth and creamy, with some alcohol heat and a little carbonation bite. Overall a pretty good tripel, but at this young age it doesn't have a lot of complexity. On the bright side, it doesn't have any major flaws.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: clove and lemon;

T; balanced between lemon and clove through the middle; clove is predominant on the finish; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; light carbonation;

O: this had been on tap for about 10 days, which may account for any carbonation short comings;

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akolb
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage, best buy 2020... which seems a little ambitious for a tripel. Pours a brilliantly clear straw-gold. Nice aroma! Soft grains, mild coriander and yeast, pepper. Aroma is subdued but inviting. Taste has crackery malts, banana, coriander, cloves, peppery spice, caramel aftertaste. A bit more earthy and sweet than the typical tripel. Very lively and crisp, dancng on the tongue. The long aftertaste has pepper, alcohol, and malts. Medium bodied. This is an underrated tripel in my opinion. Balanced and very drinkable with enough spicy and malty flavors to keep things interesting.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PrimustheOne
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow. Head is thin and dissipates quickly.
Aroma: bready
Taste: banana, bready with light pepper in the finish

This beer isn't bad, but taste like a light weight version of other tripels I've had. If a friend handed me a bottle, I would gladly drink it, but I will not seek it out at a bottle shop again.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne with white film. 3.75
Grainy with some lemony yeasty rubber. 3.75
Soft crackery grain, lemon zest, herbal hint, and very gentle clove phenols. 4
Cream cracker end and citrus creme linger.
Halfway to medium, round, smooth. 4

Soft and easy. Very gentle tripel notes, but no off flavors. Missing the spice, and any hops - that’s probably 3 years of age. Nice take. 4

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Photo of BEER88
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of target88
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 Jadjunk
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The usually peaceful St. Vrain River snakes out of the Rocky Mountains winding mischievously towards our Brewery. Named after Ceran St. Vrain, an 1800's trapper and trader in the valley, St. Vrain is our version of a classic Belgian Tripel. Light in color and lightly hopped using celeia hops, a touch of malt sweetness contrasts the warm spiciness hidden within, what at first appears benevolent can manifest into a mighty serpent in waiting. Things are not always what they seem." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel, released annually as a fall release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Left Hand Brewing tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam had of a golden white hue over a mildly hazy golden amber body with moderate carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Cracker and pale malts with a moderate sweetness, some mild graininess, and soft aromas of honey, clove and peppery spice. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Pale and grain malts with a moderate sweetness and viscosity, undertones of malted wheat and fermented honey, fruity and juicy yeast strain that retains much of the sweetness of the body and keeps the finish lightly dry, very low ethanol and shallow phenols altogether for the style, arguably a bit simplistic, but overall very accessible. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly viscous, syrupy and modestly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over grainy, hoppy bitter or phenolic. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) An easy-going Tripel by Left Hand, with a malt body that comes close to being syrupy sweet without much balance from the yeast profile to round it out. Alcohol, phenols and esters are all very low in this highly clean-drinking beer, with a touch of graininess being the strongest contender for balance. While it isn't terrible nor even very bad, it doesn't fall comfortably within the guidelines for the style, like a very easy drinking, but heavily bodied Belgian blonde, the subtleties of the yeast profile don't come through strong enough to justify the alcohol content in this beer. 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company's
St. Vrain Tripel Ale

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