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TPS Report - Trinity Brewing Company

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very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 213
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 24.41%
Wants: 75
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 213
Photo of nppeders
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 331-10. Lightly waxed capped 750

Pale, cloudy straw golden color with a quickly fading white head.

Aroma and flavor both clash between fruity and sour lemon with strong Brett and barnyard funk. Refreshing and light, but not well balanced. Body is medium thick with fine carbonation and a watery finish.

A pleasant lemon and Brett table beer, but lacking depth or balance.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of mothman. Bottle number 522-9. Pours a very light yellow almost green tinged color with a slight coastered head. The aroma is of a mix of barnyard, fruit, and horseblanket. All in all a very frunky nose coming from this mixed with fruit like cherry. Way more Brett flavors in the taste than the nose, floral type notes in the aftertaste. Very clean upfront flavors followed by funk. Medicinal notes as well. This is the kind of beer that you wish it tasted like it smelled. Light mouthfeel. Not bad but not really a killer sour either.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 522-9

Poured into Lost Abbey Stemware.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear light golden yellow. Good retention, no lace.

Aroma: Farmhouse funk, lemons, citrus, sour notes. Pretty basic for a sour, but what is here is nice.

Taste: Way different than the nose. Herbal notes. Huge medicinal flavors with brett funk. Barnyard notes with hay. Light citric acid, lemon zest, yeast. More funk than sour.

Overall, a funk wild. Not to sour. Decent drinkability because it isn't overly sour. It's okay, but nothing off the wall.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/24/2010

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy/murky ripe banana yellowish orange color with a one finger frothy white head that has decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing.

Funky, bretty earthy aroma with some champagne like effervescence. Slightly oaky tannis and subtle cirsp light fruit notes, namely apple and pear. The brett character is very prominent in the nose.

Very dry bretty, funky medium body that's on the lighter end of medium body with crisp light fruit notes and bone dry finish. The brett character is dominent, too much so infact, overpowering the subtleties of the other flavors. Very one dimensional.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber to snifter

A: Pours a bright yellow with a small white head which fades quickly. The only positive about the appearance is the bright body.

S: Yum! wild yeast with strong lemony citrus and some earthy dull earthy tones. Very strong appealing scent.

T: very surprising, the taste is no where near the intensity of the smell. lemon and yeast come out the most, with small amounts of earthiness. The taste is very dull compared to the smell. The funkiness is still there, but not what you expect. As this beer gets warmer it the funky flavor come out a lot as does the sour. Serve this just below room temp.

M&D: Mouthfeel is thin and decently carbonated. Drinkability is very high, since the taste is mild a person could do a bomber easily.

Thanks Natasharai for the engagement drink!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color, thinnish pour with a small white head. Nose is like anotherreviewer said "horse balnket" sourness, like citus, lemon. Taste is not overly hitting me. Citrus, light and thin on body and taste. Mouthfeel is tart and light, not very drinkable and a few of us were rather let down. Worth a shot I suppose but not for me.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a capped 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with almost no head retention.

Sour, lemon citrus, yeast, and saltiness in the nose. Pleasant and confusing at the same time.

Tastes of sour citrus. Very earthy, but saison is the backbone. Picked up slight oak as it warmed. Grassiness through out. Very little carbonation.

Very drinkable for the style. Was hoping for more tartness and heat from the alcohol(4.8abv).
Overall, it was a unique and likeable beer. A little expensive at twenty dollars. It would be interesting to see how this beer ages.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of rye726
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden straw with a silky white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has manure, horse blanket, oak, citrus and tart yeast.

Flavor has soft fruity malts, sour yeast, oak and barnyard funk.

Crisp body is delicately carbonated. Well made ale from Trinity.

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TPS Report from Trinity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.