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RATINGS: 302   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2007
750 bottle from Sam’s Durham. A deep copper with modest head, there’s not much of a nose to this one. But it’s got the kind of effervescence of a good American tripel, it brightness and liveliness in mouthfeel combined with a dry spice character. Not much pepper to my tastebuds, and a slightly too-sweet malt presence. But basically this is a solid entry, a kind of lesser version of Allagash’s fine tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8172) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle from DRE. Pours hazy bright golden with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of floral, dry spices, citrus, hops, funky yeast. The taste is on the sweet side, with candi sugary malt, yeasty funk, citrus, floral peppery spices, and some apricotty and hoppy hints at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Draft sample at the brewery. ..Spicy aroma with citusry hints. .. Clear, light yellow, white head. .. Spicy, citusry, light sweet notes. .. Light body, med/high fizz. .. Good trippel. Not as estery as other belgians, but nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2007
(bomber) poured into a tulip. pours a golden clear with large frothy white head. very bubbly. the aroma is strong, sweet and fruity. taste is light in the front, sweet in the middle, yeasty on the finish. has a very yeasty pressence thruought. light on the palate and a good aftertaste. this is a good beer, and a good tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2007
bottled in 2006. unfiltered apple cider colored body. large pillowy white head. the aroma is very appley with some soapy notes mixed in also. not too terribly complex. the flavor is a bit better, though there is some rough alcohol around the edges. fruity and sweet. the palate is soft and medium full with some alcohol burn. overall decent thought not world class (see Allagash or Tripel Karmeliet)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2007
This is an ok Abbey Triple. Yeasty, fruit, and candy flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2007
(750ml) Dark yellow colored, cloudy appearance with little white head. Sweetness, spices, orange, caramel, honey and strong fruitiness in aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor is more spiced with orange and medium alcohol, fruits and some hops also there. Aftertaste is hopped with some alcohol. Too much alcohol in afterttaste. Somehow essency version Belgian tripels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 2007-11-30, Papsø’s Blind Tasting, corked bottle, 6-3-6-3-13=31
Hazy blond color, thin creamy head. Light aroma, typical of a Belgian Ale. Smooth mouthfeel, some sweet malt, a special character given by the yeast (like dryness and astringency), a bit spicy. Not too bad.

2006-12-18, corked bottle, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Hazy blond color. A Tripel brewed to style, with a delicate aroma including coriander and light citrus, medium body strength, some sweetness, spicy and malty dry taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2007
Bottled (9.6%). Hazy pale orange colour, small white head. Aroma is honey, hops, some wheat and fruity. Flavour is fruity, honeyish and hoppy. A trippel indeed, but feels quite empty somehow. Hides it’s alcohol quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2007
(Bottled, 0.75l) Hazy yellow with a smallish, but lasting head. Sweetish-grainy aroma with grassy hops and quite evident alcohol. Very fruity, sweetish flavor with lots of (grainy)malt, and Duvelish, sweet maltiness. Smooth, but still alcoholic with yeast. A nice and enjoyable - although somewhat alcoholic brew.

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