St. Vrain Tripel | Left Hand Brewing Company

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St. Vrain TripelSt. Vrain Tripel

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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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 250
Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.2%
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.


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Photo of Gmann
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +6.4%
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%
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 -4.6%
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 +11.8%
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 +1.9%
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 +15.8%
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 -1.9%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/16/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked and tighly twisted wire, making it a bitch to open. Didn't really see any freshness info and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden in color. Cloudy with some larger yeast chunks and particles floating around. 3/4 inch head on pour, vanishes pretty quickly. Leaves some light lace spotting.

Smell- Sweet confectioiers sugar, caramel malt base, corriander and a bit of pepperey spices.

Taste- Traditional american tripel. Over sweetened. Too much belgian-like sugar in the mix as well as a bit too much corriander. Malt base is nice and rich. Lightly hopped as well.

Mouthfeel- Seemed on the lower carbonation end. Kinda cloying, smooth though. Also, no real aftertaste.

Drinkability- As put before...the norm for an american made tripel. Overkill on the sweetness. This is no Tripel Karmeliet or St. Bernardus Tripel. It is perfectly fine for an American tripel though.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/16/2007 (750mL bottle):

Pours a huge white foamy head, lasting. Cloudy yellowish color. Nice floral taste, some grapefruit, sweet. Inhaling deeply, some dry. Good smelling. Light floral taste, hops, tiny alcohol. A good Belgian ale taste. Warming up..a little skunky aroma, maybe in the taste too?

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 Bottle Conditioned.

Nose is nicely sour and fruity. Soft malt and a little zesty. Slightly nutty. Smells pretty good. Notes of pineapple, maybe apricot.

Pours a medium yellow peach-flesh color, moderate clarity, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Moderately sweet with a good tart push. A little medicinal, but not a lot. Earthy and kind of musky. Fruity - ripe mealy melon, ripe strawberry. A little tangy with the mouthfeel and bitterness of lemongrass. Dry and powdery. No alcohol notable. Finishes kind of dry and yeasty. Tastes pretty good.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"2006 bottle conditioned"--poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Nice pale golden color. Slight cloud. 1/2 bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Typical belgian fruit and spice. Strong citrus hop note.
T: Belgian candi is a little strong. It overpowers the fruit and spice...not terribly, but enough to be distracting.
M: Soft and mellow on the tongue. Coats and matures nicely.
D: I'll put this in the category of a decently complex quencher. Easy to drink, but better with food than on its own. And don't wait for this to warm...better when cool to cold. Not quite up to most tripel's standards, but still a decent brew. A good effort by quality brewers.

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Photo of Derek
2.62/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2006 vintage.

A: Hazy yellow, floaties, no head.

S: Pineapple, alcohol, spice, wheat.

T: Alcohol up front, light spicing, tropical fruit, slightly herbal/minty.

M: Some residual sweetness, dry alcohol finish.

D: It's drinkable, but it's below average for a tripel.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a vibrant golden-amber with a moderate bright white head. There was about a half inch of sediment lying on bottom of bottle. Peppery colored floaties swirled and danced in the glass.

S: a spicy fruitiness (pineapple, candi sugar, apples and and a lemony hopping.

T: The flavor was yeasty and true to style with pears, apples and some citrusy tones. The overall beer had a sweet spicy and sour character bursting with typical triple fruitiness and finishing with a peppery spicing.

M: There was a noticeable alcohol tinger and warming in the mouthful which was medium bodied, with a lively carbonation factor with warm fruit.

D: Overall a spicy/sour Belgian that drank fairly well with only a slight awarness of the 9.0%abv.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle with a half-finger of loose sediment in the bottom, decanted into a chalice yields a hazy ('hazy' as in, 'it contains a gozillion little floaties') amber body capped with a creamy white head that reduces to a sheet and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

Smell is yeasty, fruity, and mild with just a whiff of a medicinal character.

The flavors of the drink are laid down upon a crisply sugar-sweet and (a tad) malty backbone with fruity notes of fresh peaches, ripe yellow apples, and a soft mellow essence of banana. Wow! Potent warming... I just got up to turn the AC down a notch! Sure, there's a clove note, Hello! An unidentified spicy note lurks as well.... Hmm. Whatever it is, it fits right in! A little flavor and aroma of canteloupe comes forth as the drink warms a bit.

The drinkability is easy and the feel of the drink is superb with spot-on carbonation.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a small bright white head with some lace. The aroma is at first sweet with hints of orange peel and citrus coming in behind. As it warms a peppery hop note is evident. The sweetness and the alcohol don't allow the citrus or hop notes to make their presence felt in the taste. A bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Gary's in Madison for $12.75...
Out of the four Big Mo' Series Beers from Left Hand that I've sampled, this was undoubtedly the weakest one in terms of style representation, and flavor...
Pours a hazy and cloudy, straw-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded leaving only slight lacing around the top of the glass...
Rather faint aroma with noticeable sweet candied sugars, light caramel, honey, florals, and ripe fruits...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with an overly dominating sweet taste that included melon and canteloupe, and that was slightly cloying and left something to be desired...
After sampling so many high-quality Tripels, I have to say that although I wasn't completely dissapointed by this one, I still believe that Left Hand could have done much better with this Belgian depiction...
Mouthfeel was good, although really sweet, and not too thick, but more mellow and soft...
Drinkability was likewise equal, not bursting with any strong and noticeable flavors, but more sweet and sugared-down...
Not the worst representation of the style I've sampled, but not the best either, and for the hefty price, can't say it was worth it...

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Vrain Tripel pours a hazy orange with bits of yeast floating with a white head from a brown 750 ml corked and caged bottle. I can smell some pear and apple like fruits. The flavor also has pear and apple, and a bit of clove. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but I feel it. I would like it a little fruitier, but not bad.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle-conditioned - 750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours golden with a white head that flattens to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of orange/lemon peel with herbal notes and some graininess.

The taste is of grainy malt with herbal, somewhat medicinal notes. Orange peel lends a fruitiness. Candy sugar and alcohol impart a sweetness that is balanced by the herbal notes from a gentle touch of hops (Styrian Golding). Drying, peppery alcohol is in the finish.

The feel is light-to-medium bodied, with some effervescent carbonation, especially in the first half.

Something about it made the first half better than the second. I do recommend gentle decanting to leave brewer's yeast in the bottle.

A nice interpretation of the style, with quite a bit of complexity to it.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with chunks of yeast that eventually settle to the bottom of my tulip glass. Spicy and a bit fruity yeastiness and candied sugars work well together and just about completely cover the alcohol. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable for 9%.

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St. Vrain Tripel from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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