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RATINGS: 311   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 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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3.5
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.7
   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...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3722) - 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
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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

3.5
   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?

3.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Happy St Valentines Day to me as I celebrate with this 750ml bottle of St Vrain, for which I heaped out $16. After de-corking the nice painted bottle, I poured a textbook Tripel. Golden orange with a medium activity level, the tiny carbonation rising to an ever present if thin foam topping. I can get a whiff of the aroma from 2 feet away as I type ... yeasty and bready. As I sip it here at my desk, I revel in the nice honey-nectar sweetness thats countered with just a hint of dry finish. This hits the spot tonight. (#2702, 2/14/2007)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Corked and ready to pour, the St. Vrain pours a cloudy light yellow and settles into a medium/dark yellow color. It is very hazy with a small off white fizzy head with fair lacing. The nose detected a strong presence of malts with hints of grapefruit, cloves and sweet alcohol nectar from the gods. Sean was excited to taste this Belgian triple. The initially heavy sweet taste was followed by a light acidic finish for a long duration. This is an very tasty treat for the buds of the tasting variety. With a light to medium body, the palate was left slightly oily with lively carbonation. Reviewed on December 22nd, 2006 with Hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Dry and spicy with a blanaced alcohol finish. Satisfactory tripel, needs something more to make it stand out.

3.5
   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 Sams Durham. A deep copper with modest head, theres not much of a nose to this one. But its 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 Allagashs fine tripel.


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