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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUN 27, 2007
750 ml brown Belgian style bottle. Corked & caged. No freshness date noted. Poured out a hazy straw yellow color, with a sticky white head. Aromas are of fresh cut hay, some citrus notes, along with lime peel. Wildflower honey in the aromas as well. Tastes are of honeysuckle vines, along with a citrus zing. Big malt backbone, with a floral hops finish. Decent body, decent mouthfeel. A pretty good triple from Colorado? Jeez, what will these guys do next?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Draft. Aroma: Sweet bready malt, orange zest, peppery spiciness. Some light floral and yeasty notes. Appearance: Medium golden in color and slightly hazed. White head was small and frothy with poor retention. Not much lacing. Flavor: Sweet bready malt with notes of candi sugar, orange zest, peppery spice. Some light floral and herbal notes into the finish. Alcohol comes forward into the finish, as well. Dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: Decent enough Trippel. Could have used a bit more ’oomph’ throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11726) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2007
(22oz bottle, 2006) Cloudy, particulate-filled apple cider body topped by large white head. Aroma is medium sweet, apple, candi sugar, some orange, coriander. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, coriander, some candi sugar, alcohol, light earthy/herbal. Medium-full body, fairly smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6204) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Corked bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a hazy golden hue with a fading fizzy head and almost no lace. The aroma has notes of apricot, orange zest, coriander, spicy hops, sugar and honey along with a dusty yeast ester. The taste mirrors the nose with sweet fruits and sugar in addition to a light left handed smack of Goldings hops. There is a hint of bready and yeasty gummy flavors throughout prior to a mostly dry finish. The mouth feel is a bit sprite and lush, middle of the road body. A good brew with a slight nod to the traditional versions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Wonderful Tripel! Pours a dark straw color. Aroma of yeast, bread, white grapes. Nice little sting to the carbonation. Slick moutfeel with some bready malts and some mild banana notes. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Dirty straw, loads of sediment about, moderate to large foamy white head, fairly sticky lacing.   Pale bready nose, yeasty, slight floral aspect.   Soft breadiness on the tongue, a little floral but moreso a bit of heat.   Not really hot, but very warming.   Not as bready as most American examples, but certainly a bit more warming than most.   As it warms the floral aspect gives way to more and more of the alcohol.   However, its not as heavy as other examples, American examples that is.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Alcoholic finish, very warming, somewhat thick bready malts, very slight floral aspect.   Not as heavy, thankfully, but also a bit more alcoholic than most.   I enjoyed it, even if it wasn’t quite Belgianesque.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle sampled on 3/3/07: Pours a hazy golden with some suspended yeast and a pillowy, frothy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet, slightly biscuity pale maltiness and a touch of mild citrus. Body starts with a slightly sugary biscuity pale maltiness with a touch of light fruit flavor toward a crisp, slightly thinner bittersweet finish that hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1434) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2007
Draft. Hazy orange. Cold-looking, with little head and small carbonation. Aromas of honey, coriander, hay and strawberry/cherry fruit. The flavors are more mellowed and less sweet, with a smooth, floral character. Dry finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2007
750ml - Aroma is pungent yeast, banana, white pepper, bubblegum, clove and alcohol. Pours transparent gold with small bubbley head and good lacing. Flavor is a thin version of aroma. Sticky palate. Not a bad American tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2007
Medium gold, nice compact head. Lightly peppery spice aroma. Flavor is of honey, a touch of apricot, and some candy sugar, but not cloying. Faint hay hoppiness in the finish on the back. Not a bad try, but not great.

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