1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Trillium - Trillium Brewing Company

Trillium
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
88
very good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%


Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013)
View: Beers (43) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trillium Alström Bros
Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Resuin
Resuin

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. I don't see a bottle date, but I picked this up at the brewery last week.

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent medium amber/gold and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy white head, which take some time to fade to a small fluff, leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell: Big lemon zest, fresh peppercorn, slight hay funk, white grape skins, citrus rinds, some earthy tones.

Taste: Bready malts, peppercorn, some cloves, lemon rinds, lemon zest, citrus hops. The bready/yeast flavors are the most prominent, but there are some nice varieties of flavor in here.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with thin to medium body. Finishes crisp and a little bitter.

Overall: This is a nice, refreshing saison. Fairly straight forward but with some nice flavors to it. The aroma is really nice as well, with prominent lemon and pepper flavors. A good beer to kick back with on a nice, sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 20:54:13 | More by Resuin
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow leaning toward fresh wheat. Head is mega fluffy, loose, bright-white and clingy. Moderate retention keeps a small clumpy cap at all times. Moderate to lively carbonation. Mega pillowy head. Rather delightful.

Smell: Esters. Fruity with a soft blanket of spice. A touch of clove. Banana, ripe banana. Clean pale malts add a touch of sweetness and a nice bready backbone. Powdery yeast with some hints of damp and musty basement. A touch of lemon and then funk. Yeast runs closer to Belgian than I would anticipate. A bit floral. A touch of pear and apple, but it's buried and only really comes out as it warms. Mild spice note, but it's directly from the yeast. Clean and lightly sweet. Really mellow and soft.

Taste: Fresh white bread and some mild fruity esters. A touch of apple, pear, lemon zest, and generic fruitiness. Malts are incredibly light and sweet with a soft toasted element. Some yeasty spice and ripe banana. Bready and light. Nicely floral, like dried petals. Almost perfume-like in the back. A push of wheat and something that almost comes across as rye. Mealy red apple. Runs relatively clean with a slight powdery yeast finish. Grass, a touch of damp basement, and a funky field flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to light body with a moderate carbonation. Nicely dry with some astringency. Drinks easy.

Overall: You can do a lot worse.

A saison-Belgian hybrid. Yeast runs a bit heavy on the esters and pushes it out of firm saison territory. Nice and clean and easy to drink. Well worth trying and I imagine it's better at the source.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 17:22:50 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of Flounder57
Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Growler was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing from reduced head too. It is a slightly hazy yellow with good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spicy, herbal, floral, yeasty, vanilla, bready, apple, pear, and a little citrus.

Taste: Spicy yeast, herbal hops, bitterness, bready pilsner malts, pale malt sweetness, apple, pear, citrus, and a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, spicy, bitter, dry, light bodied, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice local farmhouse ale. A fine brew that can be enjoyed during the seasons.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2014 06:25:13 | More by Flounder57
Photo of tkelley
tkelley

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler, poured into a tulip glass.

A -- pale straw color. White head, thin. Good lacing, and retention. Clear with good nucleation.

N -- Banana yeast. Clove/spiciness. Something sweet. Can't put my finger on it.

T -- Follows the nose. Hoppier than a normal saison with a decent level of bitterness.

M -- Bubbly...

O -- Quite good. Enjoyed my first experience at Trillium today for my sister's birthday.

Cheers.

Serving type: growler

02-23-2014 02:13:46 | More by tkelley
Photo of dar482
dar482

New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a golden color.

The aroma has banana, Belgian spiciness, a bit of funk, some sweetness.

The flavor follows with a clean banana, lemon zest, orange, pepper spiciness and then a stiff bittering and drying. There's not much sweetness behind this one.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 01:00:54 | More by dar482
Photo of Andrew041180
Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from a growler into an oversized win glass. Head springs up an inch or so on an easy pour. Color is dark straw, very cloudy, as one would expect. Head recedes slowly due in part to ample carbonation. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Subdued, but has the components that one would expect from a Saison. Bit of funk to it.

T - Yeasty flavors hit first, with a nice funkiness to follow. Then the unexpected: a well-rounded bitterness that my limited experiences with Saison has rarely picked up. I like it. Adds another component to an already well-constructed beer.

M - Quite pleasant. The carbonation makes the beer feel pillowy. Nice medium-body leaves no sensation of fizziness. Little tingle on the tongue.

O - I bought the growler to share with my wife, but she didn't like the bitterness. I was all too happy to have her glass. I may pick up another one of these soon.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2013 12:30:37 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a goldenstraw color capped by a mighty impressive head; great stickage and lacing

Smell: Vague tones of banana, honey and white pepper

Taste: Opens bready, with banana, honey and floral tones; the peppery element arrives in the middle; after the swallow, there is a surprisingly hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot going on here and others have clearly enjoyed this; I just didn't particularly enjoy the range of flavors this beer presents

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 23:46:57 | More by brentk56
Photo of mynie
mynie

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Titular beer from an insanely friendly, slightly buzzy brewery in Boston. When the friendly brewer heard that my traveling companion was a microbiologist, he allowed us to sample straight from the barrel some funk-aged concoction of this very beer. Accordingly, politeness dictated that I simply had to take home a growler.

The result... underwhelming, according to hyper-contemporary tastes. Meaning it's not soaked with grapefruit, brett, and/or crushed up Shock Tarts.

Granted, my first sip was a little bit of a letdown. But that's just because of my moronic expectations--it has nothing to do with the objective quality of the beer. Taking a few more sips, I realize this is a classic, dry saison. And that's saying something, because American normally capital-S suck at making dry saisons. Usually the back end of an American dry saison is like you've just poured a bunch of silica gel into your mouth. This--this is more like the sensation you get from drinking a nice Brut champagne, only it's better because it's beer instead of wine.

As it warms a bit, fruit nodes become more pronounced. Light prunes, light lemon zest, but mostly fresh bread, a nice brush of yeast spiciness and then a dry, yeasty finish. Very good.

Also, side note, why don't more breweries have titular beers? Repetition is cool as hell. One time I seen the video for the Black Sabbath song "Black Sabbath," which is from the album _Black Sabbath_. The title at the end of the video read

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

And that was cool as hell. Trillium, by Trillium, is the beer world's version of that.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:15:28 | More by mynie
Photo of Maxwell
Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, straw yellow, almost green, with a nice little head of eggshell white bubbles that fizzles quickly into a tight scrim. In body, the beer is nicely hazy and appealingly pale with little of the other side of the glass coming through. On the nose, the beer smells of crisp, stale crackers and fresh hay, a touch of funk, and a light lemon pop on the end of the whiff. As you stick your nose deeper into the glass, the hay moves more towards freshly cut grass, pepper, and a faint and appealing brass scent. This beer smells wonderfully like a saison. On the tongue, the beer tastes nicely wheat-malt sweet with a medium bitter finish. A light, acidic pop comes throughout the taste and gives the mouth a nice bite. In flavor, the beer begins as light wheat flake flavors which slowly blend into a beautiful bitter flavor of fresh cut grass and peppers that dips towards lemon bread with a bright citric pop on the tongue. The finish brings a light caramel into the flavor, which blends beautifully with the wheat flake and grass flavors to crescendo in a dry, yet refreshing snap on the tongue. The aftertaste is softly bitter with grass and hay, with a lingering hint of wheat flakes. On the tongue, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a crisp, snappy carbonation that cuts lightly across the palate, scrubbing the tongue dry and leaving the mouth begging for another sip. The sides of the mouth, meanwhile, pucker slightly and wet with acid canceling saliva. Overall, this is a hugely refreshing saison with some beautiful complexities. It has some similarities to Mystic’s Saison Renaud, but this beer brings more of the grassy hops into the flavor and puts a nice balance between the malt, the hops, and the yeast. The mouthfeel is a little rough but the balance is hugely impressive, and very tasty, proving some major skill on the brewer’s part. I like this beer and I can’t wait to try more!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:25:39 | More by Maxwell
Photo of HattedClassic
HattedClassic

Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer pours a light head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a hazy pale straw.

Smell:
Earthy hops smell with a bit of lemon zest as well as some yeast.

Taste:
Very earthy hop taste with hints of yeast everywhere.

Mouthfeel:
Low carbonation and slightly medium-bodied but also slightly watery.

Overall:
A pretty decent Saison to drink. I'll probably get this in the future during the next heat wave.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:20:37 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of SebD
SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some peppery spices, citrus/lemon and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some yeast, breadiness, lemon, a touch of citrus and faint peppery spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: growler

06-18-2013 17:18:12 | More by SebD
Photo of dancaplette
dancaplette

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served from a growler into a tulip glass, pours a two finger creamy head that disappears rather quickly, leaving only at] thin white layer with nice lacing. slow steady carbonation. color is bright golden with a slight haze, which I really like.

s- strong aroma of sweet malt, the abv seems to come through.

t- slight bitterness at first, then malt backbone at the end, but it is not overdone abv also shines through.

m- medium thickness on the pallet (perfect for me) and feels light, clean and refreshing at the same time.

0- this is the 2nd beer I tried from Trillium, Ii have not been disappointed yet.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2013 00:20:18 | More by dancaplette
Photo of DrugsDelaney1
DrugsDelaney1

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic farmhouse beer. Lots of spices/ fruit and a bit of funk in the nose. Tastes slightly sweet with a bit of spicy yeast mixed in. Hides the alcohol well. Friends of mine who generally don't drink farmhouse ales loved this beer when I brought them a growler.

I would compare this to Fantom's Saison.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2013 19:12:23 | More by DrugsDelaney1
Photo of Gatch
Gatch

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewery is in a pretty cool location in Fort Point. Nice people.

Clear golden yellow with a big fizzy white head. Not much lace or retention. Nice spice and funk in the nose. Fruity and crisp. Some yeast. Same with the flavor. Barny, dry, and a bit of funk. Nice dry fruit and spice. Very enjoyable drinking experience. Great cold or at room temperature. Smooth and slightly sweet. Great feel and body. I didn't learn to truly appreciate this beer until the last glass of the growler. And you gotta love local beer! Delicious stuff.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2013 21:16:53 | More by Gatch
Photo of rbschult
rbschult

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color, with a light head. Left very little lacing

S- Lots of yeast esters on the nose which can come from the higher fermenting temperatures which Saisons are known for. Slight citrus aroma from the dry hops which are added to Trillium

T- Once again the esters from the yeast take over along with some great spice.

M- It could be that I travelled back to New York City with my growler, but the carbonation was pretty light. I generally like my saisons with slightly more carbonation, but considering I have sampled this beer during test batches, I'll take the carbonation level as a fluke.

Overall, Trillium is a very easy drinking beer which I can see myself drinking regularly. Can't wait for the sours to be ready, because I know what J.C. is capable of when it comes to sour and barrel-aged beers.

Serving type: growler

03-30-2013 23:54:09 | More by rbschult
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy golden color. Nice, tall head with mild lacing. Body glows.

S-Semi-soft on the nose. Mild yeast and butter. Some lingering hoppy notes too. Underlying sweetness with a hint of yeast-imparted fruitiness.

T-A well balanced Farmhouse Ale that isn't scared of the hops. Grassy hoppiness. Just as important is the crisp mixture of airy malt and Belgian yeast.

M-Rather light. Easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-Their flagship beer is a well built brew that showcases it's three main ingredients. I really enjoy how the hops and yeast both complement and contrast one another.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2013 01:10:51 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of CADMixes
CADMixes

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a fresh growler picked up at the brewery on 3/22. Beautiful hazy gold with a big head of soft carbonation that faded slowly. Aroma and initial taste both surprisingly mild, with lemon and some malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is pleasant if a little thin, and didn't have the sharper carbonation I would expect. Gets considerably more interesting on the finish as it leaves a pleasant earthy yeast flavor.

Overall not bad and I did truly enjoy the finish, but for a flagship beer from a brewery that intends to do interesting beers it seems a little tame.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2013 13:57:44 | More by CADMixes
Trillium from Trillium Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.