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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
BBB63 (6557) - 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.

3.8
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.

3.5
5000 (6862) - 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.


3.8
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

3.9
jefcon (1884) - 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.

3.7
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.

3.4
Kinz (3786) - 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.

3.5
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. pours hazy straw color. nose of coriander and orange peel. pretty balanced pepper, orange, candy sugar. tasty.

2.9
omhper (25256) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2007
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Cloudy glden, lively head. Estery aroma of ripe banana and paper. Sweet with some coriander and very soft Full bodied with some molases and honey as well as pineapple. Doesn’t really take off, and feels somewhat one-dimensional.

3.7
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Dark Cloudy Yellow Coloring with White Ring. Yeasty, Banana and Clove Aroma...Sweet, Yet Not Syrapy Mouthfeel...Just Enough Dryness to Hold This One in Check...Flavor Notes Similiar to the Nose...Alot of Yeast, and Spices...Very Notably Banana and Clove.. Overall Just a Really Nice American Tripel.


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