St. Vrain Tripel | Left Hand Brewing Company

St. Vrain TripelSt. Vrain Tripel
BA SCORE
61.8%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 262 ratings
St. Vrain TripelSt. Vrain Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cbl2 on 10-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,890
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
262
Liked:
162
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
12.23%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
30
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunny yellow with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, white head. Aroma is fairly strong, fruity and yeasty with a malty undertone and a hint of butterscotch. Flavor fills the mouth with mainly fruity and yeasty tones, a firm hint of malt, just a touch of sweetness and a little hop bitterness. Texture is smooth as silk and leaves a nice tingle on the tongue.

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Photo of blackc5
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light yellowish gold with minimal head and lacing.

S - Pleasant aromas of expected yeasty and clove spice, some banana and apple, and a hint of earthy hops.

T - Starts off with the yeast and clove, some very mild banana that lingers, and then a bit of the alcohol. Just a bit of grass as well. Sweetens as it warms - fruit also becomes more noticeable.

M - Fairly light and thin for a tripel. Carbonation is low to moderate. Warming finish.

D - Not the best tripel Ive had but a reasonable effort and generally pleasant. If you lean towards fruitiness it will likely please, especially as it warms.

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Photo of wmaldridge
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the most part I really like the offerings from Left Hand. I really wasn't impressed with this one. St. Vrain was poured into a New Belgium Globe and the appearance was very thin looking and had very little head to speak of. The beer had almost a musty smell to it with hints of banana and coriander. The taste was very weak in flavor and had an alcohol aftertaste. This beer was very thin and wasn't the best that I have had, but I made it through the bottle and probably won't purchase this one again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/12/09. Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden year with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, yeast, melon rind. Flavor is mostly yeasty with lots of bready malt and a touch of light apple, pear, peach. A decent tripel and thankfully not too sweet like so many American tripels. Overall, quite a nice tripel.

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Photo of THORN
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber 2009 bottle conditioned. Poured into Westmalle goblet. Bottom of bottle has visible thick sediment. Served 40-45 F.
A: Honey colored, No lace, and no CO2 bubbles.
S: Sweet honey, spice, and bananas.
T: Initially very sweet intense malt, banana and apples weep, finishes with a lingering chalky spice.
M: Somewhat lifting, Somewhat carbonated, and the alcohol sweeps across mouth pleasantly.
D: I appreciate the flavor, it could cover the alcohol better, but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer a lot. My only strike against it is that it's a little strong tasting. However, this is one of the better American-made tripels I've had. Still not up there with the best Belgian versions of this style but a great one to get...especialy on tap. Darker than typical Tripels, but great aroma.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Rayek
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chalice.

A: Cloudy straw, with a soapy head that doesn't retain well. Leaves no lace. The weakest part of the beer.

S: Very sweet in the nose. Apples, green grapes and pears interplay nicely. A light dose of clove balances the sweetness.

T: The fruit notes from the nose find their way seemlessly into the flavor. As the beer warms, a biting, yet moderate clove bitterness comes on. An alcohol warmth joins in. The beer finishes tart, dry and slightly sour.

M: The body is fairly light. The carbonation feels way too low for this style.

D: This is an OK tripel, is not a great one. Appearance and mouthfeel are what let this one down in the end. But the overall aroma and flavor is nice.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice yellow color, kinda like pear. Some white bubbles on top, but no real head to speak of.

S:Citrus and strawberries. A hint of grass in there as well, I presume from hops.

T: Came out sour.. but as I get more into it, that fades a bit. Slightly sharp, but with a nice fruity mellow flavor. I am picking up some apple and mellon hints.

M: Slightly thick and syrupy, but only slightly. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Good, but there are a lot of other belgian styles out there, and this one isn't so far above the others that it would merit buying it on a more consistent basis.

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

This is a fairly decent Tripel- but I don't think the Belgians are really the specialty of this brewery. Nice color with good tight lacing and carbonation. Great mix of citrus and dark fruits with some very slights and alcohol on the backend. Not real complex, but it gets the job done. Quite Drinkable, especially given the alcohol content.

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

22 ounce bomber poured into a Piraat glass.

Pours a light, relatively clear straw color with some decent carbonation throughout. The head has quickly dissipated and is now loosely clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smells of candy sugar, bread/biscuits, malts, straw, green peppercorns, sage, alcohol. There is some sweetness in the nose here, with some underlying bitterness...perhaps slightly hoppy. The alcohol and sweet sugar aroma come through the strongest here.

Tastes of caramel, sugar, spice (cinnamon?), banana on the edges of the tongue...the banana actually lingers for quite a while. Peppery spice, and an earthy flavor here, as well. The alcohol is hidden well behind a decent bouquet of flavor.

Mouthfeel is light...lighter than expected. That is not to say it is not complex...because it is...to a degree. The beer starts off quite bright, with that Belgian-esque funk, then finishes quietly. I can't get over how much the banana flavor is lingering...I was not expecting that.

This beer is decent, but not one I would return to time and time again. A good shot at a very exquisite style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft Sample @ 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2009
This beer arrives from the tap with a n apparent brisk carbonation yet no head to speak of. The beer is a light gold color and is stunningly brilliantly clear; the lack of carbonation and the color make it look like cider. The beer somehow smells dry with some light fruitiness up front, an earthy / spicy note (coriander'ish) and some dry pear aromas. AS it warms up some tart green apple notes, a touch of pickled ginger, ample clove notes and estery higher alcohols become more noticeable.

The beer tastes sweeter than the aroma suggested, though it is certainly not overly sweet; the sweetness is certainly accentuated by notes of higher alcohols and a clove like spiciness in the finish. There is lots of earthy spiciness to this brew that makes me think it was fermented with a Chimay derived strain of yeast; this always reminds me of dirty coriander and not in a good way. The beer is actually quite dry (the sweetness is more of an accent of the esters than of actual malt sweetness, but there are still some apparent fruit notes to this beer; lightly tart, floral pear notes and some green apple towards the finish are noticeable. A light, but prickly carbonation accentuates the spicy notes found in this beer; peppery notes mix with the phenolics and the turpene like notes really linger on the tongue, even numbing it a bit. Maybe a hint of orange zest becomes noticeable as this beer warms up. This has very little malt character to it, even for a Tripel; it is so clean it almost seems more like a Duvel inspired beer (though the dirty Chimay yeast makes this a definite deviation). This is light bodied and highly quaffable, which I do usually prefer in my Belgian inspired beers.

This beer is not bad, but it is fairly forgettable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into two giant snifters

Pours a clear brilliant golden yellow, slightly heady but no lacing. Smells of clove and banana. Sweet and bright.

Taste is surprisingly sour, not overwhelmingly sweet like some tripels, very clovey with a little banana and citrus flavor. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light and almost thin. Pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very appealing straw yellow mostly transparent appearance with much fizzing and a fast fleeting head of bubbles leaving absolutely no lace.

Smells like a well brewed Belgian style Triple Ale. Malty and sweet.

A very sweet taste to this Triple. Malty and enjoyable with a small over presence of sugars.

It feels lighter than other Triples yet holds its own.

A well deserved beer to be named Triple.

Cheers,
Jordan.

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Photo of Gmann
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, straw-hued body with a thinnish, white head. Very thin streaks of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish, pilsner malt-laden nose with plenty of fruity notes to be had and as well as a flash of alcohol and crisp graininess.

Taste: Pale and pilsener malts with a fair amount of candy-like, honeyish sweetness and a faint background graininess. Enter in a rich, full mix of fruit flavors: peaches, apples, pears, and, upon warming, a touch of tart lemon. Spicy, lightly earthy hop character with a mild bitterness. Slight yeastiness. Traces of warming peppery alcohol throughout. Semi-dry, warming finish with a lingering taste of spiced apple juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, fairly enjoyable tripel and a nice beer overall. While I would say there are better tripels to be had, I will also say this one is still worth taking a look at.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap, poured into a snifter

Appearance: Bright, shockingly clear dark gold beer with a thin stark white cap which soon fades to a big thick white ring

Taste: Lots of sweet and sharp peach and citrus flavors...alcohol actually comes through pretty strongly around the middle, there is also a bit of light spice on the end

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied and crisp

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nice spicy, fruity tripel...even if there's nothing crazy complex going on here, this is quite solid

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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy yellow with a thin white head, and some lacing.

smell of pear, some peach, white grape, a touch of malt, and a little spice.

taste is thick, sweet, pear, grape, some spice, and a little bread yeast, ends on the oily side.

overall an above average tripel.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took this instead of wine to a friends house we were visiting in the wife's hometown. It went over well.

A: other than lacking and real head, it was pretty good. A good amount of carbonation and just slightly hazy.

S: This was pretty weak, but had some Belgian funk and a hint of spice. no hops, no malt.

T: Again, weak, too weak. And again, no hops or malt, just the funk and spice, it really wasn't great. It wasn't nearly sweet enough in my opinion.

M: Smooth, but a little bubbly, very agreeable.

D: Pretty drinkable, but I would want more for a tripel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Goldopelgt
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden color with a thin, vanishing head...minimal lacing...

S- Slightly spicy, faint light fruits (nothing in particular stands out)...some malts...and the ever slight presence of hops...

T- Sweet...a little spice...somewhat yeasty...overall, kind of simple...not bad, just simple...

M- Slightly thin for a tripel, very little alcohol (not a bad thing, but I was just expecting more...)

D- Very drinkable, but just not as complex as I was hoping for...I would still recommend this beer, but just know there are better (american or otherwise) tripel's out there...

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Photo of Tolnik
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This yellowish golden beer pours with a fair amount of foam. The foam reduces down to a light lacing a top the beer. The beer has the aroma of coriander, wheat, fruit tones and slight malts. The taste of the beer follows suit with slight differences stronger coriander and banana tones. Overall a great beer to enjoy during summer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand doing a Tripel seems kind of odd, but I'm stoked. Pours an almost clear gold with a frail head that should skip the contact sports and go straight to band camp. A few tiny spots of lacing speckle the snifter. Smells of phenols and malts. Some fleeting florals exist in the background. Tastes of spice and big sweet malts up front with a sweet bready yeast toward the end. Some bubblegum and candy become apparent as it warms. There's very little alcohol heat to speak of, despite the abv. Not a bad Tripel, but a few limitations keep it from taking full advantage of this grand style.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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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St. Vrain Tripel from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 61.8% out of 100 with 262 ratings
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