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Old Growth - Trinity Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 19.45%
Wants: 101
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Flemish-inspired Brown Ale aged in French oak barrels.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by craytonic:
Photo of craytonic
2.19/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

In short: Battery acid

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown, decent tinted-white head

Smell: Very harsh, vinegar, lactic acid, heavy oak, vanilla.

Taste: Possibly the most sour beer I have tried, it was tough getting through a few ounces. Heavy vinegar and acid, with some dark fruits as well. Heavy oak and vanilla also. Oh it burns.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, it probably stripped off my taste buds

Overall: A few ounces was too much, taste with a thimble.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged! I'd been wanting to try this for a while to confirm reports.

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of vinegar and tart currants. Also present are hints of vanilla from the oak and even lighter hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but much more intense. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by tart currant and dark cherry flavors. Midway through the sip hints of vanilla and funk make a brief appearance, before fading out to let the intensely tart fruit carry through to an ineffably tart ending. Up there with Vigneronne as one of the most tart beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great. I had a tough time finishing my glass and could not have another - the tartness is too much.

Overall this beer was just as billed, it's one of the most tart beers I've ever had. If you have a bottle find some friends with whom to share it otherwise you'll be in for a long night.

Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small off-white head.

The aroma is a big sour wild yeast punch, with leather, oak, dark fruits, and lots of funk.

The flavor starts out rather sour with brett, lacto, pedio, and maybe even aceto. Red wine vinegar, sour cherries, oak, and leather. On the finish, the sourness really ramps up, and it keeps going for a LOOONG time.

Big-time acidity on the palate that just keeps going and going. Rather low carbonation, but this beer doesn't really need it.

Crazy sour ale. Just insane. You probably can't handle this one, so leave it to world-renowned tickers like myself.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours orange/chestnut with a sliver of tan head. Never clears, no head retention or lacing

S: Sourness & aged hops, fades a bit as it warms

T: Tartness, sourness, choke cherry, acidic notes & crazy oaky dryness up front. Sourness/tartness, raspberries, tart cherries, & tongue stripping dryness, a little almond sweetness/dryness shows up as this warms. Finishes tart, tart, tart with puckery sourness & just a little too much acidity for my liking, but only just

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, enamel being stripped on teeth...

A tough one to drink so mind numbingly sour, only for the stout of heart. Sour beyond belief. Glad I got to try it, but bloody expensive. I'm sure some wine drinkers might dig this

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wax-sealed 750 mL bottle shared at the Baltimore BA gathering. The sourest beer ever.

A: The wild ale has a caramel brown color, reasonably translucent with minimal head and carbonation.

S: The nose is funky and sour, acidic and acetic with a focus on the tart pucker factor. Not much other than the tartness sticks out, but wow what a blast!

T: Man, the nose doesn't queue you up for the tartness that follows. This reminds me of my first encounter with sours and how mouth-puckeringly bitter they were. Now I'm a seasoned vet of sours and this one floored me. The lemony citrus tartness is blinding, taking over all aspects of the all and leaving it bone dry. Each sips cries out for a hydrating moist liquid to replenish the tastebuds and salivary glands. Man oh man this is dry but fantastic. I went back to the well 4 times.

M: The sourest, driest ale I've ever had. Trinity, you have taken the cake on wild ale mouthfeel!

D: Bam! It's dry but very drinkable with a wickedly low alcohol volume. I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At least 12 oz. today at FoBAB in Chicago. Wacky label featuring a mashup of Dr. Seuss and partying yeast cells in a primordial land. Bottle #216-9, barrel #SB6.

Bright clarity, tawny copper, a decent amount of foam that fades quickly down to a ring. Later pours from the last of the bottle are more murky from the yeast.

Sharp sourness in the nose, pleasant barnyard, rather acetic and balsamic. Similar in flavor, more sharp puckering sourness, it really delivers in the sour aspect. There is a passing resemblance to other Flemish ales (especially La Folie). Alternately dry and somewhat grainy, there is a basic malt flavor that lingers after the vinegar sourness has passed. Deceptively simple. A very clean sour that kept me coming back for more.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vinegar and sourness are present in the nose. The smell gets stinger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of vinegar along with notes of sourness and oak. Faint bits of sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style. It's a little sour and tart, and the vinegar is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of vacax
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jer for sharing this with me. Also thanks to The Firkins who recommended this beer as the "sourest thing they have ever tasted." Old Growth pours a deep brown with little head, a few microbubbles stick to the edges of the glass, nearly nothing though. Good clarity. The aroma has some berry or currant to it, though it is hard to get past excessive amounts of nail polish and acetic acids.

While the aroma is somewhat lacking, the flavor itself works in concert with the sharp, acetic notes. This sour character is intense and defines the beer from start to finish, everything else is background. The front of the tongue picks up berries, maybe marionberries or sour cherry, it is hard to detect on account of the pervasive sourness. Cocoa powder also comes through a bit, though it is hard to identify in the face of such sourness. The finish (aside, again, from acidic/acetic sourness) brings bit more tart berry, touch of earth, and some puffed corn cereal. This beer is unique--intensely sour without aplogy and little else defines it. I imagine this to be very love/hate.

The body is moderately thick and there is very little carbonation, which hurts the appearance but lets the acidic notes sting the throat in its place. Nice to have a small glass of this and see what complexities I can pick up in something so intense. Sour as all hell, and acidic, do not open this without a small group to try it. It is too hard to drink more than a little bit though. Good in small doses.

Photo of WeisGuy
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle numbered 408-10, barrel SB4 from 2009. Shared by sarro at Derek's epic going away tasting - thanks, Kyle!

Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a minimal white head. The aroma is incredibly sour and acidic with hints of acetone. You can tell this one is going to assault your palate before even tasting it. The taste is very sour with lots of lemon juice and citric acid up front, pretty nice, really, but the finish takes a turn for the nearly unbearable with the sourness turning almost corrosive. This burns your esophagus all the way down almost like your swallowing nail polish remover. Extremely dry and acidic on the palate with a slightly thin mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty low due to the throat-burning, stomach-churning sourness. I've been wanting to try this for awhile, and I'm glad I was able to, but 2 oz of this stuff is more than enough and a bit of a chore to get down. Unique and interesting if nothing else.

Photo of Stabone33
2.12/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up the bottle Sunday, 7 Aug, drank 9 Aug. Bottle 1009/11-10, barrel SB2. Bottom line: Maybe there's a reason brewer's yeast is brewer's yeast, but I get a vision of what the first accidental brewers may have found at the bottom of their flooded barley jars eight thousand years ago.

Pour was unexpectedly flat…no head whatsoever, especially considering other reviews here. Beautiful dark amber, almost mahogany. Acetone nose that disappears quickly, replaced by the barest hint of oak gall, unpeated scotch, maybe a hint of milk farm and lactic...butter..ish...ness.

First taste was shocking. Reeling -- first impression was that I just drank from a bottle of apple cider vinegar. Vinegar taste is overpowering. Vinegar slowly devolves into harsh vanilla extract on tart fruit. Lemon zest on the sides of the [vinegar] palate if I force it over there [vinegar] and fight the urge [vinegar] to get it past my [vinegar] tastebuds as [vinegar] quickly as [vinegar] possible.

Mouthfeel is decent, but clings to the roof of the mouth and triggers compulsive swallowing from excessive saliva that goes on for many minutes.

This beer might be used creatively and successfully over fish ‘n’ chips or drizzled on Irish corned beef, cabbage, and potato...but I would not drink it. Again.

Really disappointed with this beer considering Trinity's consistently outstanding other offerings. I understand the experimental adventure typical of "Wild Ales," but I have to say...brewing novelty beer that tastes this bad isn't really an achievement when thousands of years of experimentation have brought us to Brewer's Yeast as a means to an end. If "wild" yeast was the best form for brewing, we'd still be using it to brew Budweiser.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing this bottle. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a medium amber color without much of any head action going on. Thin collar after the pour, but that's about it. The nose is almost nothing but sourness. A bit of chemical acid and some very, very sour SweeTarts candy, if I give anything to them. The taste isn't particularly good either and there is a ridiculous sour presence there. Paint thinner and all. Something about the level of sourness is enjoyable, but it's not how it tastes. Does not drink very well at all. Good to try and unlike the Santa Fe Wild, I actually finished a small pour of this.

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ShogoKawada for cracking this at the Central NE BA Meetup.

Pours a rosy dark mahogany red a bit of clarity with a very light fizzy head that disappears instantly.

Nose brings some sour dark malts, malt vinegar, light fruits, tart, light spicy funk.

Taste is just wow! Crazy sour, tart, mouth puckering sourness and eye watering, malt vinegar and acetic acid, light fruit, bit of citrus, and a bit of malts, mouth watering, tingly acidic and even solventy, some interesting flavors but just so crazy sour and acidic.

Med body with light but decent carbonation, a bit of an acidic tingle.

Drink is very tough, its just so sour, tart, and acidic, a bit sweet but nicely dry, and a bit flemmy.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle sharing at Beermongers, Portland, OR
Thanks to writerLJberg for the share!

Gotta love that Dr. Seussian artwork. Poured a murky, ruddy brown with a thin whitish head that receded to almost nothing. Aroma of tart cherries, acetic acid, and booze-soaked wood. Taste of tart and sour cherries, but not too lip-puckering (after reading other reviews, I have to wonder how long this bottle sat in the cellar, and if it indeed mellowed out a bit with time), more acetic acid / vinegar, chewy bread, and hints of citrus, oak, and wet grass. Medium-bodied, quite acidic, but still pretty tame compared to other members of the style, not to mention pretty low in alcohol. I liked this one. It's no RR Supplication, but it's still pretty good.

Photo of AgentZero
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks again to TurdFurgison for sharing this one.

A - Brownish colored beer that looked kind of dead. No real head, not really anything else. Kind of an ugly looking beer, particularly for an American Wild.

S - Monsterously sour smelling beer with some candy and off-chemical smells. Not really sure what to say about this, it smells slightly unpleasant due to the chemicals.

T - It's incredibly sour, which I'm assuming is suppose to be the focus of this. It's almost too sour to drink, and the chemical aftertaste makes it a little bad.

M - Lower carbonation, medium bodied.

O - If it's novelty sour you're going for, this one actually is a winner. Not a huge fan, as the taste just isn't all that good. was fun to try, but wouldn't be interested in getting this one again.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet. This beer had around a year of age in the bottle when I drank it. It was from the original batch, and aged in barrel #3, which was a New Belgium barrel. Unblended.

Pours with no head whatsoever. No bubbles rising in the perfectly clear crimson liquid. Looks as if it isn't carbonated. Deep red body, very interesting and unique.

I have smelled nothing like this in a beer before. It took a minute of thinking to place the smell because it is not something I have smelled in a food or drink before. Spray paint... very clearly distinct spray paint smell. Some serious funk is present as well but is almost completely overpowered by the aerosol paint smell.

For the first 15 minutes that this beer was exposed to the air, pretty much all I could get in the flavor was spray paint and a puckering tartness. As it breathed however, the spray paint fell away and some seriously funky cherries, a little brett, and a touch of vinegar came to the surface.

Very low carbonation which lends a smoothness to this sour beer. Drinkability isn't a strong point for this beer, but then again I don't think that the brewers intended this to be a session brew, but instead one that explores the limits of this style.

Conclusion: I think this beer is extreme, and will continue to draw extreme opinions from the people who drink it. Some will accuse it as the worst attempt at a sour of all time. Some will bow down to its outrageous flavors and interesting characteristics. I fall in the middle. I enjoyed it much, but didn't like the flavors at all. I appreciate the thought that the brewers put into it, and their interesting experimentation. I got to meet one of the assistant brewers, and he said that one of the yeast strains in the beer was harvested from a raspberry in a canyon where Colorado Springs locals spend time hiking and bouldering. What a cool idea...

Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this particular bottle and thanks to Troy for sending me a few of these as well.

A: The pour is a muddled brownish red color that is completely still with no head whatsoever.

S: A huge wave of tartness in the nose. A lot of vinegar and sour cherries along with some lemon, currants, and oak. Not too much in the way of funkiness, though.

T: This beer will melt your teeth, tongue, and innards. One of the sourest beers I've ever had. Tons of cherries, vinegar, lemon, and a hint of oak. Oh, and it's really friggin sour.

M: The stillness allows this acid to slide over the tongue nicely and smoothly. The beer will cause some salivation as it is just that sour.

D: I was initially not quite sure what to think of this beer. This is a sour beer that will test your endurance and the toughness of your organs, but I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Spider889
2.07/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle #661 presented with a cool Dr. Suess label.

Pours reddish in color, quite cloudy with no head.

Smells tart and fruity - strawberry and raspberry and LOADS of vinegar.

Tastes like vinegar as well. Off putting at first. The first sip was so acidic it shot straight through my nose - heavy burning and fusel alcohol. Ketchup... aye cap'n, ketchup. Raspberry eventually makes an appearance once you adjust to the vinegar.

Extremely dry and acidic. The acidity makes drinking more than a few ounces of this painful. Glad this was shared within a group or it'd have wound up a drain pour. That said, I still don't think it was all finished at the end of the night.

Overall quite sour - if you want a kick in the nuts then this beer will deliver. Unfortunately I want kids some day. Those poor Lorax...

Photo of hayesez
2.07/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Received this guy about half a year ago from br3wmeister. I have been excited to try this ever since I got it, but for some reason have continued to wait for just the right moment...with no idea what that moment might be. I had heard this one was sour (and I love sour wilds), so I was pretty excited to crack this one open tonight. My older son (4 years) recently asked "why are there Truffula trees on that beer?" So tonight we read the Lorax before bed, and my wife and I decided this was as good of a reason as any to bust open the Old Growth.

Split between two tulips, we poured about half of the bottle. Even dumping this straight into the glass, I could only produce bubbles from the turbulence of the pour. Virtually no carbonation at all. Looks like a dark iced tea, but has a purplish hue. There are a handful of BB sized bubbles around the edge, but again, this isn't from any kind of carbonation. Zero lacing of any kind. This isn't really a good start...

Definite fruitiness as well as a strong acetic aroma. My wife commented that this beer smells more like vinegar than any she has ever tried. I agree. There is definitely a tart smell that has an odd combination with a dusty, earthy aroma. I'm having a bit of trouble identifying exactly what is going on in there, but I'm guessing that it isn't the sweet smell of fresh butterfly milk.

This beer is absolutely dominated by sour. And not the "good kind of sour" that you'd find in a 100% Kriek or something. I'm talking about an extremely acetic, enamel destroying sour. As I mentioned before, I do like sour beers - but the vinegaresque oversoured gluppity-glup is just too much. You can pick up on the cherries in there, but they are really just running in the background. We capped the remaining beer and put it back in the fridge...we have a few BA friends coming over tomorrow night - we'll "share" it with them.

The lack of carbonation is definitely a detracting factor of the beer. Almost a slick viscous fluid, I'm guessing this isn't what the brewers had intended. I'm really struggling with this one as the drinkability is extremely low. I don't think I'll be giving this one another shot any time soon...

UNLESS

Consumed: 8/7/2010

Photo of DefenCorps
1.27/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Um, a B average? "Thanks", Mike

Pouring a clear cherry-red with no real head or lacing, this is a decent looking flemish red. The nose opens (and closes) with a blend of acetone, antifreeze and cherries and vinegar. As Masterski notes in his review, this is barbaric stuff. Intensely solventy, there's some burning plastic as well in there. The palate opens incredibly acidic with flavors of bile, vinegar and acetone. Opening up a hole in my palate, I can feel my brains fall into my esophagus. Sour and vile, this is malt vinegar, not beer. Awful, between 7 of us, we maybe drank 1oz.

As an aside, this beer made me think of the songs "Unmercifully Beaten" and "Masochistic Rampage" by the band Unmerciful.

Photo of bamadog
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I pried off the cap and...silence. No pop of carbonation, this one is 100% flat. Not a good omen.

If I was worried before, the aroma quickly relieved me. Glorious. A healthy dose of brett first, then leather, and vinegar.

Leather and brett reemerge on the palate. Green apple and cherry lend a fruity element. Acidic cider vinegar puckers the mouth in a decidedly sour finish. This is one of the more aggressively sour beers I have had.

The mouthfeel is where Old Growth really loses it. Judging by other reviews, most bottles do not have the problems that mine have. My bottle is absolutely flat. Because of that, the mouthfeel takes on a thick, syrupy, almost mealy texture. This renders the beer difficult to enjoy. As my wife said, "I love the aroma and the flavors are great, but I can't drink this." I don't take such a harsh stance on it, but this does reduce Old Growth's drinkability substantially.

Too bad, this could have been a great sour. I guess that's the risk you take with such a

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased from Trinity, approximately $25. Bottle number 1020/11-10 from barrel number SB2. Into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a dark, dark red that almost verges on brown. Tons of garnet hues when held to the light. No true head develops, just a loose collection of bubbles around the edges. Really is a pretty color when held to the light.

S: This smells incredibly sour, tons of acetic acid and almost straight up acetone. Notes of vinegar and lemon juice. Some insanely sour cherries in here as well. A definite oak barrel presence as well. Smelling this makes my saliva glands cringe.

T: Incredibly sour, but tasty as well. Tons of lemon and sour cherries, a bit of an almost balsamic vinegar note. Big time oak barrel. Insane amount of acid that lingers long after I swallow the beer. The amount of acid here is pretty incredible, I'm pretty certain that the enamel on my teeth if it could talk would be begging for mercy. There's a little bit of funk in here that pairs nicely with everything. Really sour, but fairly tasty.

M: Not a ton of body, carbonation is pretty much non existent. Just a touch of carbonation. Finish is dry with tons of lingering flavors.

O: Definitely one of the most sour beers, if not the most sour beer I've ever had. Pretty one dimensional, but I really am enjoying getting my sour fix. Interesting beer, and one that will be interesting to see how it ages.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 615 Batch # NBB3-10 reviewed on the fly...

Pours a dark amber with minimal head. Light tracing on the sides of my tulip.

I had to skip ahead, but Beer advocate forums were correct - this is the most sour beer I have had (to date 1-14-2011) and I don't need anything MORE sour than this.

Nail polish remover, scathingly ripe granny smith apples, and fresh apricot abound. A sour attack on the palate. Bitter cranberries, light vanilla essence and oak. Cherry and some more nail polish remover. It seriously makes the back of my throat hurt while swallowing.

Trying to savor this moment. Wish I lived in Colorado Springs right now so I can have this whenever I wanted.

Scathing (defined as: Adjective: Witheringly scornful; severely critical:) is the only word that keeps coming to mind.

Aftertaste is lingering with bitterness for minutes after drinking - Wow.

Photo of Domingo
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow…reviews seem to be all over the place for this one. I never would’ve guessed.
Pours a medium amber to brown color with fairly limited carbonation. It never dies completely, but it’s never more than a slightly thicker mouthfeel than something flat either.
The flavor profile is both simple and complex at the same time. Sour citric notes alternating with a balsamic and soured English brown ale character. Some sips will make you pucker, while others lean more in the direction of a traditional vinous-like brown. At the end of the day, I like that flavor, though.
The real knock on this, much like the visual, is that the carbonation is so mild. It doesn’t need to be a weissbier or anything, but the body’s lacking for sure.
I like this beer even if it’s a bit too still. The flavor is something I never tire of and I really do hope I can get more of it in the future.

Photo of bret27
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanx to Grabbin2nd for this crazy sour.

A: Dark amber w/minimal head. Bottle had been sitting a while so fairly warm and carbonation probably lost from sitting out. Little sediment.

S&T: Vinegary acidic smell, w/some funk and wood notes. Taste is same but a lot of crazy stuff going on. Sour cherries, lemon juice, vinegar. But then also wood, barnyard funk, earthiness, sweetness. The most funk I've ever really had in a good sour.

M/D: Mouth is smooth and slick, actually reminds me a little of HOTD Doggie claws strangely. Very drinkable. Dry sour finish.

Overall: Not the very best sour I've ever had, but... the most funky wild sour I've ever had. So much going on, but it works.

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Old Growth from Trinity Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.