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Old Growth - Trinity Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 22.95%


Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Flemish-inspired Brown Ale aged in French oak barrels.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 10-07-2009)
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Reviews by bamadog:
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bamadog

Kentucky

2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Got this one in a trade quite some time ago. Based upon some of the earlier reviews, I was a little nervous to try this one as I thought it might rip the enamel straight off my teeth... Review is from notes taken on 12/2/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a deep, mahogany, near red -- looks quite a bit like a deep red wine; no head to speak of, no carbonation bubbling up, me thinks it may be a tad bit flat... Nothing left on the sides except a slight oily residue. Normally with sours I expect a huge, lasting and frothy head, but nothing here... disappointed.

Smell: Smells like a sour should, but due to the lack of carbonation, nothing is really coming up in a robust manner; heavily tart, acidic and a bit like malt vinegar. I would think would carbonation, it would be very appetizing, but alas, and again, disappointed.

Taste: Heavy acidity and tartness, and it definitely makes me pucker; dark and overripe fruit and a touch of vinegar.

Mouthfeel: With no carbonation, the only thing giving the body any dimension is the heavy tartness that makes me pucker a bit. The acidity leaves the mouth salivating and the belly is left warm for the same reason.

Overall: Let down, big time. I've had typically pretty good luck with cellared beers, but I'm beginning to think my luck may have changed a wee bit. I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this and I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to a challenging beer. At least the bottle has a cool label.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:14:23 | More by bamadog
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3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

surprised this is rated as low as it is, thought there was a lot of hype about it? anyways, the beer is darn good, yet not adding much to the genre, despite the addition of toasted almonds to the brew, which i wanted to taste a lot more than i do. while there is a distinct nuttiness amongst all the lactic sour intensity and acidic chocolate malt, that earthy vanilla milky complex never arrives. not much head or real carbonation to this, it could use about 25% more of these than it has, but other than that, the beer is great. nice acidity, some simplicity too for trinity, who is known for bizarre recipes, clay aging and the like. this is a bit more straight forward, very much in the oud bruin style, with all the sourness coming on the tail end. mild malt body, almonds flash in for just a second mid palate when i search for them, but a higher dose of that would set this beer apart.

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look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bottle Number: 1116-11, Barrel Number: SBB2, NBB3 (maybe a 9 vice 3 at the end), SBB4

Brownish red body with absolutely no head or lacing. Smell is a strong, red wine vinegar and cheap red wine. An intense, tongue-twisting acidic and tart flavor; brutally intense fermented cherries. Heavy body; glass smooth; very dry.

Jesus Christ! I don't know if a fresher version would have been better (the label states it can be cellared indefinitely), but unless extremely intense vinegar and sourness is your thing, this beer has very little going for it. It certainly hasn't aged well. This is a tongue ripper with an abysmal feel to it. The aroma is the best thing and almost seems promising for a wild ale, but the taste just slams you with a mouth cringing twang.

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4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rated Appearance a 1, but added a point for having a cool label...

Zero head. Brew is slightly dirty looking and way dark purple in color.

Tons of green apple and nuttyness on the nose. Way tart vinegar aroma. Whew!

The favors in this beer are mind numbing. Hands-down one of the most tart and mouth drying beers I've ever had. Tons of green apple, not so much lemon... Lots of deep dark cherry, nuts, bready vinegar. Carbonation is nearly nonexistent, but it's not such a bad thing, IMO. Sweetness is level and well done. Dryness replaces bitterness and is nicely done.

Is this beer over done, yes. Is it amazingly delicious, yes. I highly recommend this beer for any true sour lover. Trinity nailed this blend, even-though I prefer batch #1 more.

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12-19-2013 02:21:57 | More by chugalug06
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This is obviously an extreme beer, extreme in the acid department for sure, especially in the nose. Thanks to Colin for sharing this 2009 bottle.

THe look is a nice brown color that is almost clear and has little head or lacing, reminds me cognac in the glass.

The smell is kind of ridiculous in the acid department, reminds me of nail polish remover and paint thinner, although in some ways I don't mind it in an weird way. Really acid and tart smelling, maybe the slightest bright unripe fruits as well.

The taste is better, it hits the acid notes at the back of the palate big time, but the front is actually somewhat elegant in its fruit and funk. It's a tale of two parts of the tongue, the back lights up with sour and the front has a nice mixed bag of flavors.

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Old Growth from Trinity Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.