RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
The usually peaceful St. Vrain River snakes out of the Rocky Mountains, winding mischievously towards our brewery. Named after Ceran St. Vrain, an 1800s 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23886) - Tyres, 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. Doesnt really take off, and feels somewhat one-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Pours yellow-orange, with a thin head. Strong aroma of banana, citrus, hops. Very smooth mouth feel. Flavors of vanilla, banana, spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stine (1765) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 On tap at the Happy Gnome. Too many of these American triples fail to achieve much resemblance to the sweet, spicy subtleties of the Belgian style. Pale straw yellow in color and perfectly clear. Sourdough and orange rind aromas with tastes of flowers, white grapes, cat piss and alcohol its a marginally malty and very sweet champagne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Poured a hazy yellow golden color with a medium white head. The aroma was yeasty and spicey with some banana notes. The flavor is a lightly sweet malt to start. Yeasty notes with a good belgian character. Nice fruity esters and mild spicey phenols. Medium bodied with a lively mouthfell. Very dry on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a slightly hazed, yellowish chestnut color w/ a full, semi creamy froth that reduces to a satin canopy of brewers lace. Aroma is mild w/ banana gum spice. Strongly flavored and well balanced. This version has a little more banana gum than I would want in a tripel. The finish is bitterd w/ peachpit. Pour in the yeast and the brew turns grey. I am a little concerned with the color. Not diggin it at all. Not a pretty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2007
750ml bottle pours beautiful sparkling golden with a large creamy white head that seems to stay forever and laces the trappist glass well. Aromas of nice apple, floral notes, lemon, and some corriander, along with a good dose of belgian yeast. Flavor is floral, lemon, corriander, a good amount of yeast and some good grainy notes with a kiss of honey. All of it seems to balance together nicely. Rather dry throughout but well carbonated. Light in the mouth.. Alcohol is well covered.. Pretty nice American interpretation of a belgian style... Left hand has been impressing me a little more with the last 2 Ive tried...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3637) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 2/09/2007: Tasted from 750 mL bottle at Rivers Bend on during the weekly Friday night beer and wine tasting... Cloudy golden orange color. It has a nice blend of fruit, citrus, and delicate spice flavors. Well balanced. Generously carbonated and slightly dry overall. Overall this is a good Tripel, but somewhat average and nothing truly unique or memorable really grabbed my attention. Rating: 7 3 7 3 14 = 3.4

8/07/2007: Left Hand St. Vrain Tripel is yellow with a foamy white head. It isnt really cloudy, but more like just opaque in general. The aroma contains wheat, banana, citrus, spice, and a very slight hint of alcohol. Soft and fruity Belgian-like malt with a slight spice create the flavor. The 9% ABV is well hidden. This beer is medium to medium-ful in body and smooth on the palate. St. Vrain Tripel is better on draught than from a bottle.

Draught (250 mL glass) at The Brew Kettle in Stongsville, Ohio. Rating: 7 4 7 3 15 = 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - FEB 15, 2007
hazy yellow with smallish white head, the nose is sweet with hint of grapefruit and coriander. sweet and thick.

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