Le Capitaine - Trinity Brewing Company
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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
4.31/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a plastic cup (I know, i know) form a 750ml bottle at my hotel rooms desk.
Pours a bright golden color with a nice 1 inch white head. The retention is pretty good and the head sticks around for a while as it recedes it leaves nice sticky white rings around the glass.
The aroma is yummy with vinous notes to start. Some mild white grape skin notes. There is some slight grape sweetness as well. There are notes of woody oak and some slight lemony tartness in the nose as well as some yeasty phenols. The nose reminds me a bit of Vlad the Impaler from Cascade Brewing.
Flavor follows the nose but is more complex, complete and delicious. Full on vinous notes start things off. Like a buttery white wine (i.e. Chardonnay) notes of mild grape tartness and dryness comes up while some nice boozy and sugary sweetness follows and rounds out the tartness. There are some nice woody notes mixed in with the nice vinous notes. Malty grain notes are perceived under the nice aged brew notes. The finish of the brew has some nice dry tartness that finishes the medium carbonated brew well.
Brew reminds me a lot of Vlad the Impaler. Delicious vinous notes and character with a boozy sweetness that is not a distraction but a compliment to the mostly woody and white wine notes.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2013 03:52:21 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.04/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance- Pours up a tremendous amount of head that looks to have really good retention. The head is a fluffy, cotton white while the body is a dull, pale amber which appears as a golden, pale amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing has already been left behind. There is a bit of haze to the body.
Nose- Starts off with big, stinky cheese from the bottle. Very umami with notes of mustiness and armpit. The glass hues closer to the standards with a bright note off apple with a slight undercurrent of banana. The stinky cheese flavor of the bottle fades and shows some leafy greens and a bit of asparagus. Weird but it seems to work. Especially considering the cheese notes that preceded it. I'm guessing the green notes come from the endive. I also got a small amount of pumpkin on my initial sniff.
Taste- Very vegetal for a saison. While the overall flavor profile is dominated by apple which pervades the palate, this apple is punctuated by various other notes- some pumpkin, leafy green notes from the endive, some nuttiness, a bit of squash. Lots of umami that works with a certain slight sour aspect. Definitely a bit of savory note of cheese as well. To say the least, this beer is interesting and involves a few notes not normally associated with beer, even craft beer. Slight touch of chocolate and a slight bitterness that hangs around the edges. Not really sure what to think of this. It's definitely good but I'm not sure if the oddities propel it beyond that. I don't get a hint of alcohol which is pretty impressive for a 10.4% saison. Some citrus hangs around the edges and on the finish. Mostly orange that tends toward peel. I think the pumpkin might detract in this beer but I think it almost might be contributing to the savory and umami cheese aspects. It's hard to tell but I think this is definitely a pretty good beer. Not great by any means but I understand the love. Incredible complexity for a saison that doesn't muck the sublimity that should define a saison to a certain extent. Some flavors are a little distracting but their positives outweigh the negatives. Very interesting experiment.
Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied but closer to medium bodied. Seems a bit thick for a saison and the carbonation is a little lighter than expected. Sometimes airy but does have some zing. Doesn't really have the dryness you expect with a saison.
Drinkability- Very easy to drink and never boring. No sign of heat but this is not cheap. 22 bucks for somewhat of an unknown is a little much for me and it doesn't really live up to it. I gave Trinity a shot but I don't think I will buying their 20+ bottles again.
Overall- Really good beer that is very playful with the style. I enjoy the oddball flavors which still allow the basic sense of the saison to come through. It's worth a try but if you think the price is too much, you're probably right. If you've had a lot of saisons and want something different, this might fit the bill.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 04:44:32 | More by artoolemomo
3.91/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
solid bretty saison here from trinity, and if it wasnt for their insane pricing, i would drink this stuff a lot more frequently than i do. hazy but bright yellow in color and showing off a huge two or so inches of lasing white lace head. the nose is funky and bretty, more like wild yeast than saison yeast i know, and with some citric acidity in there as well as a smooth buttery vibe from the cacao. the guy i shared this bottle with said all he could smell was asparagus, and when i focused on it, thats all i could smell too, steamed bright green asparagus. not unappealing, just weird. the taste is less exciting than the nose, just a straightforward saison with a little bit of brett and that earthy creamy vanilla tasting cacao they added. one thing i love about it is how well the alcohol is hidden. this drinks like a 7% abv beer, but it packs a way heavier punch. well carbonated and fuller bodied for a saison, i like this one quite a bit. its just funky enough to be interesting, but the cacao adds more to feel than taste.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 16:43:17 | More by StonedTrippin
3.33/5 rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Barrel No. TBB 1-6 Bottle No. 652/12
Cloudy, sunset orange. Very thin cap of fizzy bubbles form before disappearing almost immediately. Looks pretty flat throughout remainder.
Really shines in the nose. Bright citrus zest. Lots of orange and tangerine. Little funk, and some oak.
Sort of loses me in the taste. While the bright spots from the nose translate well, I'm picking up on the cacao and it is completely out of place for me. Mouthfeel is really nice. Nice tartness. Crisp and light-bodied. Would be hard pressed to peg this at 10%.
The whole cacao aspect detracts from me liking this beer more. Take that out, and you have a pretty decent sour.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 05:02:21 | More by bigaltemple
4.39/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle 1188. Dark gold pour, opaque with tons of tight white foam rising up to form a thick cap of head. Retention is through the entire drink and while the lacing in minimal the head does attempt to cling to the glass. Lots of yeast floaties once you get to the bottom of the bottle.
For a saison the aroma gushes with sour and funk more than Belgian yeast character. Immediately I pick up dry citrus aromatics, lemon juice, tangerine, muscat from the chardonnay barrels and lactobacillus tart. Underlying wet hay, some vanilla sweetness, powder and herbal hops. Inviting.
Intense flavors of white grape, lemon juice, orange citrus, Belgian spice, salt and vegetable like hops. Funk comes in as musty wet hay and some feet and mild oak. Pleasant drying tartness to finish. Alcohol is present but well managed. Really a layered beer, very complex.
Medium bodied with well managed alcohol. Dries well with a flash of tart that lightly carries on in the finish. Carbonation is perfect.
A layered and complex saison that has so much going on that it's better defined as a wild ale. The saison base beer evolves equally with the addition of lacto, Brett and wine barrel imparting complexities that are impactful each in their own way.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2013 03:38:54 | More by rawfish
Le Capitaine from Trinity Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.