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RATINGS: 284   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokephibroke (291) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2013
big yeasty, gummy, candy aroma on a crystal yellow pour. Warming, spicy mouth full of cloves and malt. really taking the style to the limits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Aroma: Ripe bananas, sulfur, apples
Appearance: Clear, straw with lots of carbonation and a foamy white head. Some lacing.
Taste: Light fruit, green apples, slightly sweet, bit of spiceness
Palate: Light body, fairly lively on the tongue, warming alcohol sensation in the mouth.
Overall: The complexity in this beer is subtle; notes of spice, fruit, and well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2013
22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2013 vintage. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon, banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, floral, herbal, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Awesome aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate malts; and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, candi sugar, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, lemon, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, honey, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with light-moderate malt presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Tripel style! All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderate malts; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (663) - Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Cloudy yellow appearance with very little, tightly bubbled head. Fairly strong sour, lemon, yeasty, clove, band-aid aromas often found in this style. Flavor is spicy, then sour in the finish, though not as astringent as I was expecting. Fairly smooth, all things considered. Decent - not outstanding or awful - example of a tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3872) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Aroma is spices, citrus and mild doughy sweetness. The flavor is citrus, spices, malts, a very small hint of heat and a tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5424) - Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks decent; a little thin though. A completely transparent light gold with white lacing. Smells sweet, spicy, and yeasty with a touch of clove and hops. Tastes like it smells with an average (and slightly hot mouthfeel). Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2013
22oz bomber from Spriits Middletown. Poured an unassuming slightly hazed light gold body with a smaller to average sized frothy white head. Aroma is grassy and grains with some notes of candi sugars, honey combs, white grapes, yeast, bread crusts, dough. Medium to fuller bodied with stronger carbonation that is stingy and a good amount of heat from the higher ABV that lingers. Flavors of yeast, sugars, dry breads, grapes, spices, very slight white pepper, dry tropical fruits. This is drinkable but forgettable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stevesie (323) - - JUL 20, 2013
From bomber. Pours a moderately light gold with a finger-and-a-half of off-white head. Fair bit of carbonation and activity. Nose is bubble gum and dough. Watery finish with a little kick late. Sweet with some spice. The 9.3% will make sure it gets finished; otherwise forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3711) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2013
650 ml. Clear golden with a lasting film of cream. Aroma of finely spun honey, evergreen resin and light white wine. Tastes of bees wax, white grape must, clove-spiced pear, an indeterminate faux-citrus hard candy, resin and booze. Near-medium body is balanced and has a smooth, low-average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1251) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bomber bottle, this tripel had a clear yellow-gold pour and made a white one finger head that receded to a cover of bubbles and ring (as I poured towards the bottom of the bottle, the beer got hazy from the sediment), the glass had a good flowing center stream with a few stray bubbles, the glass had nice spots and fingers of lacing on the sides, the bottom of the bottle had a loose layer of light brown colored sediment, there were aromas of banana and orange fruit, light malt, some pepper with faint grass and spice, faint fruit sweetness, it had flavors of pear, orange and faint apple, spice, very light malt and bread, some fruit sweetness and faint lemon citrus, the finish had a bit of spiciness that ends on the tongue, the mouth feel was light with a bit of creaminess and average carbonation, I thought this ale felt a little fuller (heavier) than the better tripel ales I had sampled, a good tripel beer.

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