TPS Report - Trinity Brewing Company

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 75
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rye726 on 10-07-2009

Brewed with flaked oats, flaked wheat, tangerine zest, and lemon zests. Fermented 100% with a very rare variety of Brettanomyces this beer is exceedingly aromatic. Aged on French Oak Chardonnay Barrels and roses petals for complex maturity and sweet earthy notes.
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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by nppeders:
Photo of nppeders
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Got a 750 of this off a trade of some surly and new glarus for ska and tninity!

Aroma: a mixture of funk and a tiny bit of citrus. very intriguing. I've never had a funky wit beer.

Appearance is cloudy like you'd expect. No head to speak of and barely carbonated.

Flavor: mildly sour at the start, kinda empty in the middle, but gushing with citrus,fruity yeast, cherry, a bit of brett funkyness in the finish. mouth waters for more instantly!

Mouthfeel; Mine was extremely under carbonated which I'm assuming wasn't the intention. Without carbonation it's rather light bodied and a little carbonation would really help this beer.

Overall-this is a fantastic beer for drinking on the porch on a 90 degree June day in Minnesota. The funkyness of the brett is strong in the nose, but is very much in the background in the nose.

This beer really works for me. I'd say it's the lawnmower of funk beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, barrel TBB 106, bottle 1283 3/13. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a small dusting.

The aroma is tart and funky with some brett, tropical fruits and flowers.

The flavor is lots of tart acidic sourness with some spices and a bit of iron. The mouthfeel is rather thin and watery with no carbonation.

Overall, an OK sour. Lots of acidic sourness, but very thin, watery, under-carbonated and simple.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of tart, funky lemons with some funny Belgian yeast mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the brett. I get a lot of dry, leather components as some strong barnyard funk. There is also a little bit of lemon in the flavor and some light to medium tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of greglief
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sorry for the neophyte review. In short, I really liked it. :-)

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed straw color with much effervescence. A modicum of head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, sourness, lime zest

T: Follows the nose, lemongrass, white pepper, pears & light grapefruit notes up front. Lovely dryness, delicate spicyness ( Keffir? ) . Finishes tart, with lovely tropical & citrus fruit, plus a little white pepper

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation, dryness

Super drinkability, albeit bloody expensive. Could drink this all summer long , if someone else was buying

Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Bardwashrind for sending this one my way quite awhile back as an extra! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, earth, citrus, lemon zest, lemon rine, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, citrus, orange, lemon rine, lemon zest, earth, and a BIG earthy funk on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really did not know what to expect on this one as I have had it for quite some time. The aroma of this was really quite intense and definitely took me back at first. It was more on the citrus and tart side with the funk adding a nice layer of complexity. The flavor was the opposite however. It led off with a slight funkiness to get you interested, then gave you a kiss of citrus right before bashing your palate with a spiked bat with earthy funk. Upon the first sip, it was almost a little too powerful how it came on. Granted this did not stop me from crushing the entire bottle with ease. Very well done brew that I wish I would have had the opportunity to get more of.

Photo of crankdatank
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Wax dipper 375 into tulip. Pours hazy deep yellow with a white head which fades into a ring around the glass. The smell is oaky, funky, and citrus. Brett is prominent in the taste as well as tangy citrus. Finish is dry with lingering citrus and funk, I'd swear there was lactobacillus in this if it wasn't for the 100% Brett description. Mouthfeel is prickly but not over carbonated. Light refreshing and Very tasty.

Photo of stampfler07
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle, cloudy golden with just a little ring of white head

S- Lemongrass, clove or coriander, yeast tanginess, white wine

T- Sweet and tangy, softens to a white wineish flavor, very noticeable light citrus throughout, aftertaste is slightly dry and a very faint golden malt

M- Moderate-high carbonation, light body, very clean, slightly dry, kind of tingly on the tongue

O- Very refreshing, good balance of flavors, distinct white wine flavor from the barreling, very enjoyable overall

Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml wax capped bottle, no dating on it that I can find. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, floralness/rose petals, wheat/grainy malt, and some tropical fruit and funk. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some tangerine noticeable. It's fruity, funky and a bit tart, and also gets better the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink with moderate carbonation. With Trinity, you know you're going to get an interesting beer! I liked this one, it's enjoyable and easy to drink. $8.49 a bottle.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was very excited to open my Champagne bottle of TPS report.

The smell was quite overwhelming and very sour.

The beer poured yellow with little sparkle and not much carbonation.

TPS report tasted like a sour lemon from a barn full of wool blankets. The barnyard flavors did not blend well with the lemon that is was brewed with.

This was not a beer that I would ever want to have again, and I like to try some crazy stuff.

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart and funky. Earthy with a hint of oak. Getting citrus and big lemon flavors.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Bottle opened 9.20.14

Hints of metal, roses, Brett.

Photo of Hip-Hop
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a taste! Never had anything with such a unique bitter sweet flavor.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in tulip glass

A- Nice fluffy white head, good retention and mild lacing. The beer is a super hazy murky yellow color.

S- Horse blanket, lemon zest, light malt. A hint of biscuit, clementine and nice peppery spice.

T- This is a fairly mild flavored beer that is somewhat sweet with a nice mild spice. Some hay, light sour flavor, clementines and funky flavors all work very nicely together.

M- Very light bodied, little carbonation.

Over all I would say this is a very mild representation of this style. It was lacking a lot of the puckering sour that is generally associated with it but does have a lot of funky complexities going on.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, bright yellow body with visible yeast and a white head.

Lemon, flowers, and fruity, musty brett character.

Citrus upfront, with light floral notes, bitter orange peel, a refreshing acidity, dry oak flavor, and bright brett.

Creamy, smooth, and crisp.

Very drinkable, brett if mildy funky and enjoyable. Barely sour. Remarkably retrained and balanced. Don't know about the other reviews, but I was very impressed. This is one of the best Wits I've tried.

Photo of BgThang
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks a lot like orange juice when poured in to the glass. the nose is funky and asour .
There was virtually no carbonation on the bottle I had, but the sample I tried at epic beerfest did have carbonation. so maybe a bottling issue (maybe hit or miss) I do have several more bottles i will see if those have carbed up when I open them.
The taste is sour but not overwhelming.
Really a well done beer and I too do not understand the low rating on this beer.
I would love to have this available all the time.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to christoj1969 for this one! 750ml bottle, hand labeled with 92-10.

Yellow, lightly waxed bottle cap was easy to pry off. Small fizzy pop on the cap.

Fizz is there for about 2 seconds, then is gone leaving no trace of active carbonation anywhere... Pours a slightly hazy yellow.

The nose smells of funkiness like bleu cheese and stinky gym socks, lemon and some granny smith sourness in it. Smells nice!

The taste reflects the nose, but is much milder. I was expecting a big pouncing of flavor, but it was moderately mild in the taste.

The mouthfeel has high carbonation and was rather thick for this style. Maybe I cracked this one too soon, but I wasn't too impressed.

Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle, batch # 397-9 poured into a couple of snifters. This brew appears a lemony yellow color that is cloudy with a mountainous 3 fingers worth of white head that actively fizzes away to nothing. A swirl revives a finger of large bubbly head that fades to just a few bubbles across the surface.

The smell of this brew is lemony and funky with Brett. Citrus fruits and lots of rind-like character are the dominating aspects of the nose. Some floral component and herbal notes add some depth to the brew.

The taste of this brew is minorly reminiscent of plastic mixed with bretty funk. Its both floral and sweet with a light caramel touch of residual sugar before the onset of rindy bitterness. Lots of lemony flavor and a little bit of nail polish remover aspect comes out as the alcohol becomes more pronounced in the flavor.

This is a light to medium bodied brew that is highly carbonated. No alcohol is noted until the brew reaches room temperature and it has a bit of warmth to the back of the throat. I failed to read the label or do any research about the specific ingredients in this brew prior to giving it a review. After the fact, it makes a lot of sense. Those rinds and zest really come out in this brew. I didn't pick up on the wood addition at all. The wit was an interesting base to play with and funk up. I would like to see trinity do this again and possibly try to sour it.

Photo of HopHead84
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Thanks for sharing, John (wetherel). The beer is hazy lemon yellow with a small fizzy white head. The nose opens with a touch of citrus (lemon), earthy and musty Brett, and a bit of plastic. Yes, there is plastic. The Brett seems dominant. The taste is overwhelmingly of wet leather, with musty hayfields, earth, and plastic. This is quite "Bretted out," as the saying goes. I believe that's a saying.

Photo of Moose90
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz wax sealed bottle poured into snifter.

A – Beautiful packaging, pours bright translucent yellow with a stark thin white head. Minimal lacing.

S – Tart, sour and bright citrus notes. Fresh lemon juice and light floral notes.

T – Tangerine, lemon, wild brett, white wine, light oak, rose petal, vinegar.

M – Crisp, bright, long and lingering finish, not cloying.

O – Quite complex, with notes of wild brett, rose petal, fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was being poured from the bottle at the 2009 GABF and brewer Jason generously shared a bottle last night at Trinity Brewing. Light in color, unfiltered with hardly a head. Light sour aromas of crisp fruits and lambic notes. I believe this is made from a Drie Fontainen yeast and the flavors are of a light lambic/gueuze with slight sweetness. 100% brett brew with oats, barley and wheat malts. Infusion mash beer flavored with lemon, lime and tangerine zests. Aged on rose pedals and bottle conditioned with champagne yeast. Very drinkable now and I'll bet this will just get better with age for the next 10 or more years. Jason was pleasantly surprised it won a gold at the GABF as he feels many of his other beers are better, but this is a fine Belgian style brew.

Photo of bahnfire
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Barrel#: TBB 1-6
Bottle#: 683 3/13
Bottle to HF stemware

A: Hazy golden color. Tiny thin layer of head that dissipates quickly. Minimal ring of head maintains around the glass.

S: Funk and lots of it. Tropical fruits, lots o brett, and some barrel come through. I love the smell!

T: Follows the nose pretty closely. Love the funkiness this beer brings. I get the fruit zest and the the brett and barrel. Nice and tart.

M: Could be more carbonated, but I don't think it minimal carbonation distracts much from the beer. A little thin and watery.

O: I can't understand why this is rated so low. I think this is a great sour and would drink it all the time if I could. A little more carbonation and it would be perfect.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, funk, acidic, citrus zest, and slight rose petal aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, funk, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of alpinebryant
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at CL Rosso Release today 4.16.11. I was excited to see this after drinking a whole bunch of Old Growth. For a wild ale, this was not the best or favorite that I have ever had but it was the first wild Wit.

Poured a slight straw color stale in appearance, slightly hazy and a dusty light white head.

Aroma of barnyard , more appropriately described by an earlier review as mothballed wool sweaters. A light wit presence, light carbonation, and a bunch of oakey funk. Mouthfeel is true to a wit style, light and with a tinge of lemongrass / possibly some light spices.

Photo of mikereaser
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was reviewed blind thanks to quirkzoo and the Blind BIF 7

Bottles 5A & 5B from Quirkzoo, not necessarily a pair but hell, why not.

Both bottles are lightly waxed, red and yellow. good grief, these bottles look beautiful together, and I can smell the aromas already.

5A Pours a dark cherry red with very little foam. There is a ring of bubbles around the glass but no real foam. The aroma is all grape tannin. It smells like a young merlot. Wow, the taste is very grape like. I'm getting a lot of grape skins and bitterness. Its very good and enjoyable,and finishes very tart. I keep going back for another sip. Very tart and slightly acidic. I really have no guess on these. I'm guessing this could be a flanders red, but not sure.

5B Again, a lot of grape skins but a bit sweeter. this beer is like a chardonnay compared to the merlot of 5A. Light bodied, a bit more foam, there is some apple, pear, maybe a bit of coriander, grape skins. I'm picking up some oak as well. Very light bodied and well carbonated. Again, I don't have a guess. Its definitely something I've never had, along with 5A.

5B is way more drinkable, while 5A is definitely more flavorful.
so I guess its time to see what quirkzoo sent me…

I almost don't want to tear off the labels because these beers are so enjoyable that its nice to drink them without knowing what they are…

5A-Trinity The Flavor
5B-Trinity TPS Report

Well excuse my language but holy shit! This is just insane. Quirkzoo you went above and way beyond with these. What I thought was wine flavor was the cherries and oak in The Flavor. I'm really at a loss for what to say after this. To me these were two beers that I thought I'd never get to try and tasting them blind is exactly what this BIF is about. Big wants for sure and all I can say is thank you.

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TPS Report from Trinity Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.