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Old Growth - Trinity Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 19.83%
Wants: 101
Gots: 32 | 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.
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by vacax:
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3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of WeisGuy
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Stabone33
2.12/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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