Trillium - Trillium Brewing Company

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 31
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013

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Ratings: 298 | Reviews: 29
Photo of jbeizer
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A truly terrific farmhouse. Glad I live near by so I can by it regularly.

Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Drinking here is unfortunately limited to samples but I still found this to be a very worthwhile visit. Service was what made the difference. The bartender that waited on us was wonderful, taking the time to answer all of our questions about this excellent brewery and talk with us about the overall scene in Boston. She let us try various samples and and just all around kicked ass.

Beer was fantastic.

Hopefully one day they open a space to serve pints (if it's even legal for taprooms to do so in MA ... I'm not so sure).

Photo of handcrafty
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Solid take on a Saison.
The nose is fantastic - fresh grass, dandelions and the finest Massachusetts wheat.
The taste is almost too clean, and the carbonation is over the top.
The taste starts wet with banana, clove and bubblegum - very similar to Live Oak Hef.
This beer finishes dry, maybe a bit more than I would like, but still very enjoyable.
Great 'namesake' beer from an up and coming brewery.
Excited to see what these guys make in the future.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

The nose is absolutely fantastic. Hay, flowers in a field, stone fruits, and much more from what seems like Brett or at least a very interesting saison yeast. Finish is nice and dry while the carb is perfect. This is one of the best farmhouse ales I've had quite frankly. It's slightly more interesting and drier than a well aged Blvd Saison Brett. Really impressive beer.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like a band that self-titles their album, this brewery self-titled their beer, I really hope this lives up to it. Esp since I love a good farmhouse saison and can be quite critical.

Over carbonated pours 3 fingers of head and only 2 fingers of beer and forces a small pour, fades semi slowly too with splotty lacing bubbles, although a mostly clear lemony straw yellow color.

Nose is pretty nice though, a nice farmhouse aroma without a big funk, nice grassy aromas, straw like, fair lemony aromas, lemongrass, effervescent and pretty floral, mild appley fruit and tree fruits, a bit of a yeasty funk, and some decent grassy floral hops in there but not a lot, some mild esters, hints of phenols as well, and a bit of a grainy toasted malt like.

Taste brings nice grainy malts out front, lots of toasted malts, straw, a little toasted wheat like, straw malts, mild husky with a little syrupy like sweetness, and fairly grassy as well. A mild lemony cereal grain like touch in there, with a mild saison funk, farmhouse yeast flavors, even a touch of the yeast itself, with a mild funk note, some phenols that increase as it warms, cereal flavors, lemongrass, etc. A mild grassy floral hop note, with touch of lemon and citrus like notes, and mild to fair bitterness. Finish is dry, a little sticky note, more lemony flavors, mild farmhouse yeast lingering, more grassy floral hops lingering with mild bitterness, bit of straw and grainy malts lingering. The phenols get a little hot as it warms a bit more but still pretty nice, and starts to get more farmhouse funky like, and more like I wanted from it. Interesting...

Mouth is med to lighter bod, fluffy effervescent carb.

Overall not bad, nice farmhouse saison, not big funky but nice grainy wheaty toasty straw malt base with little dry bready yeasty funk and some lemony notes, little floral citrus hops, and effervescent carb. Tasty, fairly drinkable and enjoyable, although not as funky as I want in a typical saison but still nice as not all saisons can be crazy funk.

Photo of Florida9
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Very light pastel straw yellow in color. Slightly hazy. Forms a large foamy white head. Excellent retention and moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly yeasty esters with lighter, brighter notes of lemon.

T: Taste is that classic Farmhouse taste. Light and effervescent with notes of lemon and white grapes. A hint of yeasty spice in background. No sweetness.

M: Lighter bodied. Heavier carbonation. Minimal bitterness, though there is a mild astringency to the beer. Dry.

O: A well made and accurate representation of the style. A quality flagship beer. and another very nice beer from Trillium.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, medium-high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: sour apple apple, grass, and hay

Taste: sour apple apple, grass, Belgian spices, and hay

Mouthfeel: sweet start with funkiness and mild bitterness, light bodied and medium-high carbonation

Overall: A good saison. Very clean and it hits all of what I expect from the style. Well crafted and enough to keep me curious about this brewery.

Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color, hazy, with a finger of frothy white head that sank to a wispy layer, coating the glass with lace. In the nose, grassy funk, light fruity esters, peppery spice, pretty standard stuff for the style, all where it should be. The taste reflected the nose, notes of pear and banana, wet grass, moderate funk, peppery spice, with a crisp, herbal hop quality, and an earthy finish. Light-medium body, nice drinkability. There's nothing new and amazing going on here, but it's a very good bottled saison, and a good representation of the style overall.

Photo of Altrurian
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow into the large Duvel tulip, with an appearance somewhere between lemonade and clouded honey, topped by thick, meringue-like suds. The beer has a muted lemony aroma, with no acidic edge; instead, it almost leads to an expectation of mild sweetness. What's actually delivered to the palate, however, is an unusual, crisp, vegetal freshness--not lemony at all, but more suggestive of al dente yellow squash or juicy, raw kernels of just-picked corn. This unlikely combination of smell and taste works very well, resulting in a pleasant and quaffable brew that is further distinguished by its rich, unexpectedly smooth texture. Quite good.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, straw/gold. Huge fluffy white head. Fades quickly to a rocky head and leaves nice lacing.

S - Peppercorn, lemon zest, some spiciness, maybe from the yeast. Some hay.

T - Banana, clove, strong fruity esters. None of the flavors are too overpowering. A very balanced farmhouse ale. Bitterness lingers along with some pepper.

M - Medium body, Medium to high carbonation, but definitely not spritzy. The carb level is just right.

O - I had high expectations for this ale going in and I am not dissapointed. One finest saisons I've ever tried. I'm lucky to have tried this and I will certainly seek out more from Trillium.

Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light apricot color with a 4F head in a tulip. Very nice looking beer.
The head resolved itself within a few minutes.

The aroma was wonderful: strong clove and fruit. One of the best aromas in a Saison I have tasted- and very balanced. The clove melded well with the fruit.

The mouth feel was not very carbonated- I liked this because it leads to a nice transition to the taste.

The taste is also balanced like the aroma: fruit, clove, and barnyard funk. None of the taste elements are overdone, which blend well together.

There is a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Overall- a well done Saison. Very well balanced and delightful to drink. Will buy another bottle.

Photo of Resuin
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 07/21/14 notes. Have had this a few times, all on draft, but now reviewing it out of a 22 oz. bottle thanks to jslot38; thanks Justin. Poured into a mini-snifter.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, honeysuckle, grains, spice, floral hops, citrus hops, oranges, and apples and bananas.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, floral hops, apple brandy, grains, wheat, and citrus hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and crazy easy to drink.

o - Overall great nose and very drinkable. Nose has a lot of fruit and good stuff going on, a very good house beer.

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Maxwell
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of HattedClassic
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of SebD
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of dancaplette
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of DrugsDelaney1
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

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